Pete Waterman, author, DJ, Pop Idol judge, who launched the careers of artists such as Kylie Minogue, John Travolta, Rick Astley and Steps, is appealing for £1.25m to complete the "last mile" of a heritage railway line.
A lifelong railway enthusiast, Pete Waterman who is president of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) which currently operates trains between Cheltenham and Laverton, but wants to extend to Broadway in Worcestershire, said: "There's nothing wrong with the railway now but the jewel was always Broadway."
Ian Crowder, from GWSR, said it would put Broadway "back on the railway map for the first time in half a century".
"We've been laying track at the rate of about a third of a mile a year since 1984 and by the time we reach Broadway we'll be the fourth longest heritage railway in Britain," he said.
Along with funding the last mile of track, it is hoped the public share issue will also pay for a station at Broadway which is due to open in 2018, 58 years after it closed.
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