First celebration weekend for Kingston Flyer

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The new owner of the Kingston Flyer has announced the first celebration weekend for the historic steam train.

David Bryce is running the weekend on March 31 and April 1.

Three trips will depart each day, for Fairlight and back, for $20 per adult, $10 per child and under-5s free.

Bryce, 53, is donating $5 from every ticket sold to the Stroke Foundation of NZ.

Bryce, who suffered a stroke last April, credits the foundation with supporting and helping his rehabilitation.

The stroke also contributed to him buying the Flyer, which had laid dormant after the previous owner suffered financial failure in 2009.

“I had to struggle to rehabilitate myself physically and mentally and did so by setting small goals,” he says.

“When I saw the Kingston Flyer for sale on Trade Me, I made it my goal to secure ownership of the train and build the business for the community.”

Bryce, who was living then in Blenheim, has shifted to Kingston, close to where he was raised in Lumsden.

Bryce is inviting people to get involved in the weekend, for example, by hosting a stall.