Beccles the Star of The Show

A new BBC2 series celebrating Britain’s railways kicked off with an episode featuring a journey from Great Yarmouth to Beccles.

Great British Railway Journeys, presented by former MP Michael Portillo, sees the ex-politician travelling on some of the country’s most historic routes and exploring local communities.

Arriving in Beccles, Portillo delved into the town’s unique history, including a visit to a graveyard to uncover the grisly trade in corpses, sent to London by train for dissection. With a copy of Bradshaw’s trusty rail almanac, Portillo made a point of celebrating some of the unique features of this historic line, including the beautiful Reedham swing bridge.

Future episodes will see Portillo follow the Great Eastern line from East Anglia into London, but one thing’s for sure – nothing is going to rival the delights of Beccles.

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