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Community groups across rail network commemorate Remembrance Day

Community rail partnerships and station adoption groups across the rail network have paid their tributes to the armed forces in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Friends of Hindley Station.
Friends of Westhoughton Station.

Community groups have been busy decorating stations across the Northern network, including Friends of Westhoughton Station, Friends of Hindley Station and Nafferton in Bloom, who adorned their stations with hand-crafted displays of bunting and poppies.

Nafferton Railway Station.
Nafferton Railway Station.

At Aspatria in Cumbria, the station adopters put out a call to the Old Aspatria Facebook group to see if members of the local community would be willing to assist the group with their Remembrance project. For the last six months, a small group of volunteers have been tirelessly crocheting poppies for the remembrance display that now features on the northbound platform of Aspatria railway station, beautifully commemorating those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Aspatria Railway Station.

On Greater Anglia‘s patch, Wherry Lines CRP worked with historians Bob Collis and Chris Brooks of Lowestoft Remembers to host a special exhibition for Remembrance Week in the Parcels Office at Lowestoft Central Station. The exhibition featured information on the town during wartime, as well as two local men – Claud Castleton and Tom Crisp – whose gallant actions during WW1 earned both a posthumous Victoria Cross. You can find out more about the exhibition here.

East Midlands Railway (EMR) collaborated with local artist Mel Langton and eight community groups across the East Midlands to create unique artwork installations for Remembrance Day. The project has been jointly funded by EMR, Community Rail Network and six Community Rail Partnerships across the East Midlands.

In the interactive workshops, participants spoke about the importance of Remembrance within their locality. The groups looked at how this could be translated into art, by using a range of different mediums. Some used paint, others pencils, 3D collage and found objects to represent Remembrance in their community.

Each group created a unique piece, and all the pieces have now been installed to create one large piece of art at both Nottingham and Derby railway stations.

The Routes of Remembrance artwork. Individual pieces (from top to bottom, L-R):
Great Coates Primary School – Great Coates Station;
St Martins School Horizon Group – Peartree Station;
Rhubarb Farm – Langwith-Whaley Thorns Station;
Ambergate Primary School – Ambergate Station;
Arts & Minds at Middleport Pottery – Longport Station;
9th Lincoln Rangers – Lincoln Station;
Allison Scout Troup and Wildford Scout Troup – Barrow-upon-Soar Station;
Sleaford Cadets – Sleaford Station.