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New home for iconic Essex crossing gate

New home for iconic Essex crossing gate
A set of iconic railway metal gates in Essex have been given a new home by the area's heritage trust.

The Frinton-on-Sea gates, which have been synonymous with the area for generations, will be relocated to the town's railway station gardens after being replaced by a set of automatic barriers by Network Rail in 2009.

Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust (FWHT) will unveil the new home to the gates today (April 10th) with a "final closing" ceremony.

The gates, which are widely recognised as the entrance to the town, have guarded the railway since 1867 and residents met the closure to replace them in April three years ago with anger and a number of protests.

Rachel Baldwin, of the FWHT, told the BBC: "The gates are iconic. Frinton's had gates for virtually as long as it's been a town. Frinton is effectively a triangular town and is bordered on three sides by the sea, the railway line and the marshes."

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Date: 10/04/2012 15:35:06

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