A railway station in Derbyshire has recently celebrated a very special anniversary.
On Sunday 2 February, the Friends of Dronfield Station (FoDS) and members of the public gathered to mark the 150 years since the station opened in 1870. Two specially commissioned brushed steel plaques were unveiled by local MP, Lee Rowley and town mayor, Cllr Lilian Deighton. Music was provided by the locally based Genquip Brass Band and at 10.50 the bells of St John’s Parish Church were rung.
Dr Peter Hayward , Chair of FoDS gave a short speech outlining the history of the station since it was opened by the Midlands Railway in 1870 to provide transport for the locally based industries. He went on to explain that following privatization of the railways the service to Dronfield slowly declined but, after a campaign led by FoDS, an hourly service was introduced in 2010. Since then Dronfield Station has gone from strength to strength with annual passenger numbers up to a quarter of a million.
Lee Rowley went on to congratulate all the FoDS volunteers who have devoted their time to improve the rail service to Dronfield and to make the station a welcoming and attractive part of the town.
The Anniversary will be continued on Sunday 19 July with a full day of events at the station including a vintage car display, a pop up bar supported by a local brewery, a photographic display, a miniature railway and a station to station walk.