March 26th  2018

All Aboard the Asparagus Express for

First-Ever National Asparagus Day

Gus the Asparagus Man at Broadway

 

The first-ever official National Asparagus Day, marking the start of English Asparagus Season on 23rd April, will be celebrated this year with the unveiling of the Asparagus Express Steam Train - and everyone is invited.

 

Traditionally, the day, which also happens to be St. George’s Day, is marked by a host of festivities to honour the first-cut round of asparagus, which is then delivered to a worthy cause. This year, the round will board the Asparagus Express at Broadway Station, being re-opened this year by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, more than 50 years after it closed.

 

After a journey that will include music, entertainment and an aspara-breakfast, the round will be met at Cheltenham Racecourse Station by Bobby the AsparaHorse and representatives from Cotswold Riding for The Disabled Association who plan to auction it to raise money for their charity.

 

Anyone interested in coming along can buy tickets from www.britishasparagusfestival.org – with the chance to make the first, non-stop steam train journey from Broadway to Cheltenham in more than 100 years. Breakfast, coffee and entertainment included within the ticket price. The day starts at 10am and the train will return to Broadway by early afternoon.

 

ENDS

 

For press enquiries contact Sara Stewart at Mad As A March Hare on 01684 575207 or 07833 467774

Ian Crowder GWSR on 07775 566 555 or ian.crowder@gwsr.com 

 

Editor’s Notes

 

The Great British Asparagus Run

 

The Great British Asparagus Run traditionally begins at the The Fleece in Bretforton – an historic pub owned by the National Trust. Celebrations include Morris Dancing with asparagus spears, odes performed to honour the vegetable (led by Trevor Harrison, BBC Radio 4’s Eddy Grundy from The Archers) and appearances by Gus the Asparagus Man and the world-famous Asparamancer.

 

 

Characters such as the Asparafairy and Saint George also join in the fun and the convoy of Morgan Motor Cars, other classic cars and giant spears of asparagus accompany the round to its final destination. Buckingham Palace, the EU in Brussels, Worcester Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Fortnum & Masons are just a few of the places past rounds have been delivered.

 

Find out more about the British Asparagus Festival - http://www.britishasparagusfestival.org

 

Details on GWSR - https://www.gwsr.com

 

Details on Cotswold Riding for The Disabled Association  - https://www.cotswoldrda.org.uk