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31 May 2022

All dressed up for the Platinum Jubilee

All dressed up for the Platinum Jubilee: Knitted Queen at Battle Station

LONDON, 31 May 2022:  Southeastern is getting into the Platinum Jubilee spirit by decorating stations across the region - and not just with bunting!

From now until next week, there is bunting, flags and even a life-sized knitted Queen. Staff will be wearing red, white and blue to give some Jubilee cheer to customers over the Queen's four-day celebration to mark a remarkable 70 years of service.

Stations are expected to be busy with an array of events being held across the network from Trooping of the Colour near Buckingham Palace to the Central Band of the Royal British Legion appearing at Canterbury Cathedral to a Bank Holiday House Party at Leeds Castle. 

There is also a special steam-hauled 'Sparkling Afternoon Tea' train that will journey through the glorious High Weald countryside in the Garden of England. For information on all the Jubilee events across Southeastern's network please visit our dedicated website here.

Steve White, Managing Director, Southeastern Railway, says: "It promises to be a wonderful four-day extravaganza to celebrate our Queen's 70 years of service. Our team wanted to do our bit for our customers – to help them get in the spirit and enjoy the celebrations.

"All of our staff are looking forward to celebrating the Jubilee and playing our part as customers make their journeys across our network to celebrate the various events marking this special anniversary of the Queen's.”

One employee who will certainly be "doing his bit" to help customers celebrate is Dougie Calder, a Station Supervisor at Margate, who has worked on the railways since 1969. He vividly remembers working during the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when he was in his mid-twenties.

"It was a brilliant atmosphere. We didn’t decorate stations but there were lots of people travelling ‘all dressed up’ to go to street parties. And as soon as we had finished our shifts, we rushed off to join our own street parties!"

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

The knitted queen will be at Battle Station approx 9am on Saturday 4th June and then on to Tunbridge Wells at 10:45, arriving at 11:07, then arriving in Robertsbridge at 14:05 to join in celebrations before arriving at Hastings at 15:29 and back to Battle at around 17:00.

Media contacts

Southeastern Press Office
0330 095 9091

About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating 1,600 trains a day, carrying more than 400,00 passengers, serving 180 stations and covering 540 miles of track.

SOUTHEASTERN is owned by SE Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL.’ DOHL has responsibility for three rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited and SE Trains.

Southeastern is the trading name of SE TRAINS LIMITED. Registered in England under company 03266762. Registered office address: Albany House, Floor 8, 94-98 Petty France, London, England, SW1H 9EA. SE Trains Limited is a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort Limited - ‘DOHL.’


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