Passengers set to receive a download with a difference

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PASSENGERS on board trains travelling through 1066 Country will be able to enhance their trip with a special audio experience designed by aspiring local writers.

The Who’s Listening project has been designed and created by the School Creative Centre in Rye in conjunction with a number of local partners.

The project is a collection of audio stories by adults and young people from local areas including Hastings and St Leonards.

The idea is for passengers to download one of the stories as they travel giving them a fascinating insight into the area.

A launch will take place on Wednesday on the 12.32pm train travelling from Brighton to Ashford.

Passengers will be able to connect via a smartphone code or download via a website.

The project has been supported by Rother District Council, East Sussex Arts Partnership and Sussex Community Rail Partnership.

The four stories available have been written and produced by local writers.

A team of young people got together at the Creative Centre to write and produce two stories, A Smugglers Tale and The Case of Alice Martin.

Budding author Dave Payne, from Hastings, wrote The Fools Erand and Kate Tym, also from Hastings, wrote A Bicycle Built for Two.

Sally Lampitt, spokesman for the School Creative Centre, said: “The stories are aimed at enhancing the travelling experience of both day-trippers and commuters.

“It is an innovative project giving local writers access to a wide ranging audience.

“The stories help create the atmosphere and history of what the passenger can see on board.”

To download the audio visit www:eastsussex.wordpress.com/rother-district.