I took my Husband here as a surprise birthday present and he loved it. From my first e-mail with Leon, he has been really helpfull. Recommending local hotels for us to stay in the night we went to the Centre. From the momemt we arrived until we left almost 3 hours later we were enthrawled. Leon has a fantastic knowledge of Fred and his place. We were overjoyed when Alf turned up and gave us an insight into this fantastic bloke. Between them they had us hooked from the very first story, (and there were a lot of them).
I had a trapped nerve in my neck and was in a lot of pain, so i was given as very comfotable seat by Leon, which was moved from one spot to another for me. We had a lovely and much welcome cup of tea in Freds kitchen and we saw the downstairs of his house, its beautiful, like stepping back in time. I cannot rate this place and the people more highly, they have a passion that is rare nowadays, if you love Fred as we do, its the place to go. We spent a lovely afternoon enthrawled, it was cold outside but we did not mind, the workshop was so warm, its heated by the original boiler from Betsy, his prized steam roller and looks fantastic.
If you get the chance to come down and see this place, please do so, you will not regret it. My Husband said it was the best birthday present he had ever had. We walked into the Town Centre to see the statue of Fred. I thought it would be normal sized but its huge, about 9 foot tall. We need to support places like this, as its our past and we need to preserve it, or it will be lost. Go along and learn something about steam and all things Fred, we did and loved it. Thank you Leon and Alf for making our trip worthwhile.
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