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Larkin's Whitsun Weddings celebrated with 50th-anniversary train ride

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Poet's fans to take commemorative Hull-to-London trip, complete with readings, jazz and costumed actors

It was the train journey that inspired one of Philip Larkin's best-known poems. Half a century after his seminal collection, The Whitsun Weddings, was published, the book's title poem, about the 200-mile trip from Hull to London King's Cross a drowsy train ride "all windows down, all cushions hot" is to be recreated in a unique event that will further confirm Larkin's reputation as one of the nation's favourite poets.

Described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the best poems of our time", the poem tells of the weddings that Larkin observed through the window of his carriage as his journey progressed one Saturday in June, the train picking up newly married couples on the way to the capital for their honeymoon.

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