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On Saturday 24th July 2021, the Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Roland Emmas-Williams and his Consort, Mrs. Sheila Emmas-Williams were honoured to be invited to Midland Railway-Butterley to officially reopen the local tourist attraction. 
 
Midland Railway had to close to visitors during the pandemic, but has now reopened. 
 
Councillor Emmas-Williams said, 'The Midland Railway Centre is a great tourism asset to the Ripley Township, bringing people from all over the Country to visit and we appreciate and thank all the people who work and volunteer here, to make it a famous visitor attraction that it is'. 
 
He added, 'As a Member of the Trust for a number of years now, I have always had a close relationship with you all here at Butterley and Swanwick, having visited on many occasions as the Mayor or as a Member, having just been invited to become your Patron during my Mayoral year, as I have nominated you as one of my charities to raise funds for. 
 
Ripley Town Council and Butterley Ironworks Trust are looking to work more closely with the Midland Railway to promote the venue and the Town and we are very much looking forward to holding the Big Day Out here on the 1st September 2021, which will be a free day out for our Community to attend'. 
 
Mayor of Ripley cutting the ribbon to officially reopen Midland Railway
Mayor of Ripley with his Consort and Richard Ward, Chairman of Midland Railway
Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Roland Emmas-Williams in the driving seat of a stationary train at Midland Railway
Mayor of Ripley and his Consort with Richard Ward, Chairman of Midland Railway stood on the platform
Mayor of Ripley and his Consort stood in front of a train with Richard Ward, Chairman of Midland Railway on the platform at Butterley station
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