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southgate station 90th anniversary celebrationsAt 2.30 on Sunday 12th March, people will come together to sing Happy Birthday to Southgate Station, marking 90 years, less one day, since its first day in passenger operation in 1933. (Perhaps if there are enough people, they could join hands, form a circle and dance around the station, wouldn't that be fun!?)

The sing-a-long comes just over half way through a day of celebration in the area around Southgate Station, which will start at 11am and continue until 5pm - see the complete schedule below. The events are being organised jointly by Southgate District Civic Voice, Enfield Council and Transport for London. The most interesting are likely to the behind-the-scenes tours of the station (booking essential) and an exhibition of historic images at the Southgate Club in Chase Side.

Like many other 1930s suburban underground stations, Southgate was designed by the architect Charles Holden. It's an example of an architectural style known as Streamline Moderne and uses materials and techniques that were new at the time. As Jane Maggs points out in an article in the March issue of Enfield Dispatch, to the residents of Southgate the strikingly different station must have seemed like an extra-terrestial craft landed in their country village (don't miss the cover photo in the Dispatch). It still retains its ability to startle - I remember being taken aback when I first glimpsed Southgate Station from the top deck of a 121 bus some 35 years ago.

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1 Historic images exhibition 11am-5pm At Southgate Club & Gallery with Southgate District Civic Voice
2 Underground station heritage tours 11.30am-3pm
every 30 minutes
With TFL - tours need to be booked in advance at
3 Happy Birthday Southgate Station! 2.30pm At station entrance. Singalong followed by cake
4 Live music 2pm-3pm On station forecourt with Busker Department of London's The SKAM
5 Curate Southgate - New public art 12pm-4pm On station forecourt
6 Planting the station flower beds - come and talk about our plans 12pm-4pm At back of station with Bee Friendly Trust
7 Pocket park design consultation 1pm-4pm On green space outside Nando's with Jan Kattein Architects
8 Visit a 1940s RT bus 11am-5pm on Ashfield Parade with the London Bus Company
9 Reimagining Southgate Town Centre - Construction acitivity for kids 11am-5pm On Ashfield Parade with Doodle Design
10 Del the Dub - Live DJ on the street 12pm-5pm On Ashfield Parade
11 Street party 11am-5pm On Ashfield Parade with special offers from local cafes and restaurants

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