SIXTIES folk queen Miriam Erasmus launched a Christmas-themed evening entertainment at Ingrow railway station.

She sent a song and a message over the Internet from her home in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, to welcome people to Songs at the Station.

Originally known as Miriam Backhouse, the musician was one of the pioneer singers of the folk revival in the 1960s.

Songs at the Station organiser and local musician Jim Pickles said the station’s waiting room was comfortably filled on the snowy evening of last Saturday.

He said: “A set of seasonal songs was performed by local folk duo Debbie and Paul Cross, with an interlude for mulled wine and mince pies, and a Christmas story.

“The evening was rounded off by community singing of more songs, chosen by the younger members of the audience."