One of ESRA North's oldest memmbers, 94-year-old Gee Cooper, has just taken a trip down memory lane, accompanied by 58 friends from the association. Gee says that she remembers being on the last train to leave Sa Pobla station way back in 1981. Earlier this week she joined the first ESRA shopping trip to take the newly-opened Sa Pobla to Palma train service.ESRA North members are always helping out: they man the Puerto Pollensa Salvation Army charity shop, they raise funds for cancer research, the local schools and many other charities that may need financial help, not forgetting the abandoned dogs and cats at Josefina's in Pollensa, and above all they help their own aged and ill through ESRA Care. So just for once, this day out organised by their social secretary was for pure pleasure. February is always a good time to get out and about the island to admire the almond trees which are now in bloom, and to do it from the train added just that little difference from the usual. he day started with a visit to the toy museum in Sa Pobla before boarding the train. The toy museum is on the first floor of the Can Planes contemporary art museum and most of the pieces on show are on loan from the collection of Ton Boig Clar. The museum has 4'000 pieces in all, from the early 19th century to the present day, and as they cannot all be shown at once, the exhibits are changed on a regular basis. On arrival in Palma, there was free time before lunch at S'Escorxador, the old converted abattoir, more shopping time and a coach ride home.

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