Friday 30 September 2016

Friends hold Christmas party on train

Published 21/12/2015 | 10:01

Chris Lines and friends celebrating Christmas together on their daily train ride to work (Chris Lines /PA)
Chris Lines and friends celebrating Christmas together on their daily train ride to work (Chris Lines /PA)
The party was held during their usual commute to work (Chris Lines/PA)

A group of friends stunned fellow passengers after staging their Christmas party on a rush-hour train to work.

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As far as venues for festive bashes go, they do not come much more unusual than the 8.08 from Abergavenny to Cardiff.

But that is exactly where six friends opted to celebrate Christmas together by cracking opening the bubbly and having a party complete with paper hats, crackers and decorations.

Solicitor Allan Wilson, PR man Chris Lines, HR adviser Sian Grainger and RSPB men Jon Gruffydd, Jeremy Powell and Cellan Michael all enjoyed a breakfast banquet on their way to work.

Father-of-four Mr Lines, who works for charity Sustain Wales, said: "As we often spend 40 minutes a day travelling to work together, we thought 'why don't we have a Christmas party?'

"We brought along prosecco, smoked salmon and sausages and we even had paper chains on the windows and pulled crackers.

"Because there were only two carriages we were a bit cramped, so we had to sit at a table that had someone already sitting there.

"We asked him if he minded lifting up his laptop so we could put our Christmas tablecloth on.

"He looked at us as if we were crazy, but he soon got into the swing of things."

And by the time the train arrived at Cardiff Central on Friday morning, the rest of the carriage had also got into the spirit of things too.

Mr Gruffydd added: "We also shared some of our goodies with the neighbouring seats.

"It was generally appreciated and brightened up a dull early morning."

However, there was no party on the way home for the group - as they all get different trains home.

Mr Lines, 53, added: "The train home is dominated by city dwellers. I don't think they have the same spirit as us Abergavenny lot."

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