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East Midlands Trains has teamed up with Lions Clubs International today (Friday 23 June) to launch a train named in honour of the great work they do in the local community.
‘Lions Clubs 100’ now proudly sits on the side of Meridian unit 222017 which is used for services on the mainline between Nottingham and London St Pancras.
Lions Clubs International works in over 200 countries throughout the world and has 1.3 million members. Their mission is to help people and communities by leading and assisting with projects including refurbishing playgrounds or parks, building medical clinics, expanding libraries, sponsoring fountains and contributing donations towards large-scale infrastructure projects.
Mark Coney, Head of Fleet Delivery for East Midlands Trains, said: “I was asked if we might be able to commemorate Lions Clubs International and their centennial celebrations and thought what better way than to name one of our trains.
“Our connection to the communities we serve right across the East Midlands is integral to everything we do so we really wanted to recognise their positive work over so many years.
“It was great to have such a large turn-out to witness the plaque unveil and see the train off.”
Clive Yates, Service Delivery Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “This was a really special moment for me because, as well as being a dedicated member of staff, I have also been active in Lions Club International Vale of Belvoir branch for 32 years.
“I am currently serving my third term as the club President and I’m very proud that we continue to raise in excess of £10,000 each year to support local, national and international causes.”
Balvinder Sokhi, District Governor for Lions Clubs International, said: “It’s a fantastic gesture from East Midlands Trains to acknowledge our work in the community.
“It’s a train that customers use every day so it will be great to see it running up and down the network for all to see!”
After the unveiling of the ‘Lions Clubs International’ plaque at Nottingham station, the 1205 train departed for London St Pancras. Several of the assembled guests boarded the service to Beeston where they continued to reminisce about various community initiatives from the past and look forward to future community events