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Ingenious transformation of Thomas the Tank Engine BBQ into planter centre-piece at Portadown Train Station

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Formerly a family Thomas the Tank Engine BBQ which had a fabulous makeover with the help of many local business people and is now a centre-piece planter at Portadown Railway Station – all thanks to Portadown Rotary Club. (Photo: Contributed)

Rotarians and guests joined the Directors of Translink and the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to unveil the novel feature earlier this week – a Thomas the Tank Engine flower planter.

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About three and a half years ago a Translink initiative offered small grants to Charitable groups such as Rotary Clubs to provide planters in which flowers could be placed to brighten up railway stations.

As Portadown Railway Station is a key hub in Northern Ireland’s railway system it seemed appropriate that the Rotary Club of Portadown should get involved. This was when a past president of the club, Mr Sean Hagan, offered the club an old barbecue made in the image of Thomas the Tank, a popular TV show with children for decades.

Formerly a family Thomas the Tank Engine BBQ which had a fabulous makeover with the help of many local business people and is now a centre-piece planter at Portadown Railway Station - all thanks to Portadown Rotary Club. (Photo: Contributed)

Formerly a family Thomas the Tank Engine BBQ which had a fabulous makeover with the help of many local business people and is now a centre-piece planter at Portadown Railway Station – all thanks to Portadown Rotary Club. (Photo: Contributed)

In an awe-inspiring show of solidarity and using the vast array of talents of local business people, Thomas the Tank Engine went through an exciting and elaborate transformation, using the skills of engineers, painters and artists.

Sean and his wife Philomena away

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