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Buxton’s first-class post for Platinum Jubilee

The Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) have commissioned a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork to commemorate the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee.

The new installation features a red Royal Mail post box from the reign of HM The Queen, along with a cascade of 70 metal ‘letters’ made from recycled scrap.

Each letter bears a real stamp with the Queen’s profile from one year of her reign, along with names of many local volunteers and others who have helped FoBS in their various successful projects. 

The post box and letters will form part of this summer’s Buxton Art Trail, but for now, they can be seen under the fanlight window from the end of Platforms 1 and 2 at Buxton Station.

Commenting on the new artwork, Dave Carlisle, chair of FoBS, said: “Such an important event spurred us on to work with local metal-working artist Andy Hill to create something special. The letters look magical as they blow about in the wind.

“We came up with the idea as a companion to our red phone box. It was a great way to use my old stamp collection too! Many of the addresses are demolished bits of Buxton, others are fictitious, and the date of each unique stamp is revealed by the last four numbers on each postcode.

“We had to get special permission from Royal Mail, but it was worth it. I’m so pleased with Andy’s work, he is an understated genius!”

For more information on FoBS, who received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021, visit their Facebook page.