Stuart Black has donated a piece of artwork on behalf of
Reverend Richard Paten to the people of Peterborough, which will be
presented to the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor George Simons,
at the Town Hall on Bridge Street, Peterborough, on Tuesday 12 June
2012 at 4pm.
Reverend Richard Paten bought the “City of Peterborough”
locomotive on 28 August 1972 and donated it to the city a year
later. The ‘City of Peterborough’ locomotive is now held at
Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station,
On Tuesday 12 June at 3.30pm, Councillor George Simons, Mayor of
Peterborough and Leader of the Council, Marco Cereste will meet
Councillor Charles Swift, Vice President of the Nene Valley Railway
(NVR) amongst other VIP’s, at the Peterborough NVR Station.
The unveiling of the dedication plaque on the side of the
locomotive will be performed on the platform. Rev Richard Paten
will also be awarded a nameplate of the locomotive on behalf of the
NVR to show Peterborough’s appreciation for his donation.
The ‘ceremonial party’ will then travel back to Peterborough
Town Hall for 4pm where they too will witness the unveiling of the
painting and ‘City of Peterborough’ nameplate which will be given
to the city of Peterborough.
Councillor George Simons, Mayor of
Peterborough said: “This ceremony will be marking Richard’s gift to
the city and a celebration of 40 years since the naming of the
locomotive he saved for Peterborough. The locomotive is a real
attribute to the city and was the founding 'father' of
volunteer-run, Nene Valley Railway, an attraction that has enticed
over two million visitors to our city since it opened.”