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PAGE TURNER: St Albans postie releases historical booklet to support cancer charity

 Published on: 17th May 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans postie who is passionate about the history of the local railway has released a historical booklet supporting an important cause. 

Mike Izzard, otherwise known as Nast Hyde Halt Mike for his restoration of the station, has released the A Journey Steaming into The Past documenting the history of the St Albans Hatfield railway. 

The booklet will not only provide an insight into the history of the local area but will also raise money for Orchid, a men’s cancer charity.

Mike said that after restoring Nast Hyde Halt Station he learnt about its history and decided that it was something worth sharing.

He said: “One of my favourite sayings is that a picture paints a thousand words so thankfully Roger Taylor, who wrote a book the history of the line, collated a load of photographs and gave me permission.

“I wedged about 70 photos in the booklet which is about 60 ages long and it takes you on a timeline journey of what St Albans was like before the railway and how the railway affected the lives of people in St Albans.”

The booklet is part of Mike’s annual fundraising with Orchid as this year’s chosen charity.

Mike said: “I have been very pleased and grateful for the support from Royal Mail St Albans, they helped me come up with the booklet and printed it free of charge.

“It’s been very good so far and we have raised just over £700.”

The release of the booklet marks the 70th anniversary of the closure of the passenger service between Hatfield and St Albans and Mike is asking for a recommended donation of £5.

You can purchase a booklet by messaging Nast Hyde Halt Mike on Facebook or collecting one from Hatfield and St Albans Royal Mail delivery officers and at LA James in George Street.

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