On the 11th August, to celebrate this amazing moment of history, the new station played host to a grand opening party to honour the new building. Attended by over 200 guests which included local councillors, businesses, staff, project contractors and friends of the tramway, the evening was a special moment for all involved.
Entertainment and food was laid on with guests enjoying food provided by Rebel Town Pizza who were also recipients of the making it Local fund, of which Seaton Tramway received £100k towards the new station.
Seaton Tramway invited the brand-new Youth Drama group for children aged 11 to 15 years to perform a medley from their first show, Bugsy Malone, who are based at Seaton Gateway. This was the drama groups first ever performance to an audience. Soloist Mason Castree appeared from beneath the Gilbert the Station Master mask to deliver a set of wonderfully received Sinatra classics.
The evening ended in a great guest appearance by Eurovision legends, Brotherhood of Man, headlining the night. With all four original members present, the 3-time British number one artists and Eurovison record holders delighted guests with their best loved hits.
The night demonstrated perfectly just what the new station is capable of, from tram station by day and event space by night. The evening wonderfully bringing together the past, the present and future of the Tramway in one memorable night.