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Stephen Middleton

Renaming steam locomotive Nightingale Seacole

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[p]Veteran locomotive renaming to honour frontline Nurses[/p][p]1916 built steam locomotive ‘Illingworth’ will be renamed 'Nightingale and Seacole’ to mark the courage of those in the front line tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.[b] Please donate to our renaming appeal to help nurses and midwives fighting the pandemic now. [/b][/p][p]It will be a lasting remembrance of this difficult time, honouring the frontline staff and others who have put their lives at risk. Mary Seacole was a half Jamaican nurse who, like Florence Nightingale advanced nursing in the Crimean war of 1854. Many believe that she did not get the recognition she deserved and this name can remind future generations of the sacrifice BAME and overseas healthcare staff have made. Florence Nightingale was a pioneer of nursing and changed the profession forever.[/p][p]Illingworth is resident at North Yorkshire’s Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and is seen regularly on the Victorian passenger trains. The railway approached me (Stephen Middleton of Stately Trains) the owner, suggesting a name change. Currently, it carries two names, Illingworth and Mitchell of Bradford Corporation. It will soon carry the two names of the nursing care pioneers.[/p][p]A naming ceremony will be held as soon as it is judged to be safe and it is hoped that the railway, along with others in the wider community will take the opportunity to remember this time for current and future generations. [/p][p]Note, Illingworth served the country in both world wars and worked on several pioneering projects in the UK. The locomotive acquired six names under various owners so this latest change is not without historic precedent.[/p]

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