A blinder of a day out for Peaky fans in Chasewater Railway visit

By Harriet Evans | Burntwood | Attractions | Published:

More than 100 people gathered at Chasewater Railway station for a vintage-themed photo shoot.

Shirley Kelly, Derek Brennan, Roy Short, Ryan Hyland and Ash Russell at the Peaky Blinders event at Chasewater Railway.

Inspired by the hit BBC television programme Peaky Blinders, guests came dressed head to toe in 1920s outfits to pose with the classic steam trains and coaches.

Despite the freezing, foggy weather on Sunday, 1920s fanatics flocked to the railway station at Chasewater Country Park, in Burntwood.

Men donned iconic peaked flat caps, suits, waistcoats and long jackets, while ladies kept warm wearing faux fur-lined coats.

An extra from the latest series of Peaky Blinders, Darryl Bradford from Droitwich, who's rubbed shoulders with the likes of Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, came dressed for the occasion and chatted to fans of the show.

Daryl Bradford, Trevor Rigley and Marc Oxbrough

He said: "I played one of Alfie's Jews. I'd love to go back and be a part of the show again. It was brilliant fun to be part of it."

"This is the third one of these events I've been to now. I have a few different outfits I throw together with different outfits and waistcoats, on a day like today it's all the layers keep you really warm, it's great."

Some fans even crafted their own replica antique guns made from recycled pot noodles, biscuit tins and old shock absorbers, painted to resemble the weapons.


Trevor Rigley, Daryl Bradford and Marc Oxbrough as they get into character

The event was organised by Mark Winterbottom, aged 47, from Wolverhampton, and Richard Arnold, aged 19, from Cheslyn Hay, who works at the railway.

Mark said: "There's a number of groups on Facebook where we all know each other from, we have common interests as we all love the 1920s era and adore the show.

"We thought we would set this up today so that members of the group could get to meet face to face instead of talking online.


Mark Winterbottom, Richard Arnold and Ash Russell

"We've had people travel from all over the country to come today and we're really pleased with how it's turned out.

"Next time we hold this event we want to make it public and invite even more people."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at


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