I’m Glad You’re Here was the first in a series of creative engagements with Preston’s train station that TheyEatCulture delivered as part of their major Arts Council funded project Hit the North.

Manchester artist Lowri Evans brought the premiere of I’m Glad You’re Here to Preston Railway Station, co-produced by Derelict Sites and TheyEatCulture.

During April 2015, Evans met passengers at Preston Train Station with a series of bespoke greetings.

Through advance booking those sick of carrying themselves through long journeys (and perhaps life in general), could take their pick from a menu of encounters, this was their chance to have a fleeting, filmic moment in an unlikely place.

Menu of encounters:

The Red Carpet. Arrive in Preston with style. As you hit the red carpet, you will receive a choice of sparkling water or wine, a paparazzi photo and some shades. Expect to give your autograph. (5 minutes)

Favourite Things. Feel at home with a personalised welcome. Upon leaving the train you will be served a food and drink of your choice as your favourite song plays. (5 minutes)

The Cheer Cheer. Everyone will be rooting for you at Preston. Featuring a banner, a crowd and optional confetti shower. (5 minutes)

The Day Porter. For those who want some help carrying their bags, or themselves, off the train. Features include a gloved porter, a trolley and some comfortable slippers.

The Catch Up. Over-familiar is the word. You will receive a hug and conversation on a subject of your choice.

The Brief Encounter. Experience a filmic moment on the platform which includes dramatic facial expressions, a dramatic run and an over the top hug.

The Heavy. A security guard will meet you off the train, complete with ear piece, and serve a secure exit from the train station. Sunglasses included.

Railway Children. Emerge from the train to a tearful, emotional welcome á la the classic film, The Railway Children. Run, hug and hankies included.

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