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Running time: 25 mins

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Two hundred years ago, on the 23 May 1822, the first rail was laid in what was to become the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

The ceremonial laying of this first rail took place at St John’s Well, next to what we know now as Bridge Road. As was traditional on such occasions, a grand procession followed, a sumptuous dinner in the Town House, while some of the navvies who were building the railway were given money for ‘beer and bread’ to be spent in the town’s taverns that evening.

This short animated film, made by a brilliant group of local people, tells the story of what happened in Stockton that day – bringing to life the people who were there!

Stay for a short Q&A with the film makers after the screening.