Tagg presents book to train company as a gesture of appreciation
Exeter City vice-chairman Julian Tagg recently presented a signed vintage book on Great Western classic locomotives to the area management of First Great Western (FGW), by way of a thank-you gesture.
In November, FGW chartered a special train named ‘The Red Grecian’ to take Exeter City supporters directly to Fratton Park for the League 2 fixture away at Portsmouth. The book was given as a small token of appreciation from the club to FGW for laying on the service, and for raising £260 onboard to go towards the football club’s ‘Light Up the Park’ campaign to upgrade the floodlights at St James Park.
Julian Tagg commented: “The book belonged to my grandfather, and it seemed the perfect way to express the club’s gratitude to First Great Western. In particular, we have to extend thanks to Barbara Fearn, Matt Fearn and David Crome for all the work they put in to the Portsmouth train, and the extremely kind gesture of the donation to floodlight campaign.
David Crome, General Manager for First Great Western, said: “It is a gesture that is very much appreciated by all of us here and we will make sure we take very good care of this superb artefact.
“We will keep the book at Exeter St David's station on permanent internal display for all our staff to see. It represents a marvellous historical record of the great era of steam locomotives and the inspiring heritage of Great Western.”