It was a case of all aboard near Bedford as Santa came to visit

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Youngsters were certainly on the right track when they met up with Father Christmas at Lidlington.

The popular Santa Special switched tracks to Lidlington on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley on Saturday.

And Lidlington Church Hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the occasion, with Santa and his elves taking Christmas requests from all the children.

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Families were kept entertained while waiting to see Santa by a face painter, balloon modeler, model railway layouts and live music from special guests Chasing Deer.

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A collection taken on behalf of the Motor Neurome Disease Association resulted in such a heavy bucket that the elves struggled to carry it.

Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale community rail partnership officer, said: “I am delighted we were able to run a special Christmas even. It was great to welcome Lidlington residents and rail passengers alike. There was a truly festive atmosphere and it was certainly a day to remember. My thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen."

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