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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Ridgeway Park's Model Railway
The only miniature train railway in London.
Location: Coleman's Moor Lane, Chingford
Description: The Chingford and District Model Engineering Club is based here in Ridgeway Park.
The club seeks to promote all forms of model engineering and model making such as boats, planes, trains & static Models.
Virtually every Sunday Morning throughout the year you will find a group of members at the track finding something to do, if it's only having a cup of tea and a chat.
The club run the miniature railway which is open on Sunday afternoons from April to September and helps attract extremely large visitor numbers to the park in the summer months.
Disney founder Walt Disney was a very keen miniature railway enthusiast and had his own 71/4 inch miniature railway at his home in USA. One day while visiting London on business and as he had completed his work, he asked his chauffeur if he knew of any miniature railways in London. The chauffeur brought Walt Disney here and he drove trains around the track and allowed the press to take some photographs and had a good time.
When the public heard that Walt Disney was visiting the railway every body rushed over to see him, just as the Mayor of Chingford was about to open the celebration of 1954's Chingford Day.
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