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Pyrford TV Arts, the online TV station that staunchly supports local creativity, has turned its attention to another member of Woking Writers Circle. After interviews with Amanda Briggs and Alan Dale, this year it featured Greg Freeman’s poetry collection Trainspotters in a seven-minute “summer special” edition, on location at the disused Bramley and Wonersh station near Guildford, with the resulting programme including archive footage of steam locos. This followed Greg’s appearance on an earlier Pyrford TV arts feature on the Phoenix Cultural Centre, reading his poem ‘The 21.53’. Greg said: “I was bowled over by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by Tim Matthews of Pyrford TV Arts, and his sidekick Anne Jones, who usually interviews but on this occasion played the part of an intriguing woman reading a book, while I paced the platform, as directed, trying to look a little like Sir John Betjeman, waiting for a train that would never come. Quite clearly it would never come, as the line closed over 50 years ago! But the local council have done a lovely job in restoring the station, and made the setting very evocative of the golden age of steam. The line from Guildford to Horsham was the only one in Surrey that was closed by the notorious Dr Beeching, partly because it had never been modernised for electric trains.” (That’s enough trains info – Ed). Greg’s poetry pamphlet can be purchased here

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