Kiribati Reunion at the Leighton Buzzard Railway

Stephen Doughty, Leighton Buzzard Railway  |  Published: Dec 6th 2017
LBNGR Kiribati visit, courtesy LBNGR

An unusual reunion took place on Sunday 3rd December at the LBR when 11 passengers with connections with the Gilbert Islands met up to see Santa, bringing their traditional garlands to add to the festivities. The visit was a part of an annual reunion which attracts members of up to 100 families with connections to the UK  The Kiribati (in the local language) are the first to celebrate Christmas and New Year as their Islands are located on the equator between Papua New Guinea and Hawaii close to the International Date Line.  The islands, which have no railways of their own, are low-lying and are one of several groups of islands at serious risk from climate change. The flag shows the frigatebird which symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns, the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati, and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.

Take your opportunity to see Santa at the Leighton Buzzard Railway, but make sure to book your tickets on line at  Many trains are filling up but there is plenty of space on 20, 21 and 22 Dec.  We look forward to seeing you!"

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