Northumberland’s Wylam Station is one of the oldest stations in the UK, standing on the Tyne Valley Line which runs from Newcastle to Carlisle. Recently, the station has been adopted by the Wylam Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. To celebrate this station adoption, a new sign has been placed in the entrance to the station – “Our Station Adopters, Wylam Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – Welcome you to Wylam”.
In order to mark the adoption, Wylam Brownies and Guides held a poster competition to show the attractions of Wylam village. Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) arranged for the winning entries to be mounted on Foamex boards and placed in the community noticeboards, one on each platform.
At a ceremony on Tuesday 2 September, competition winners, Hebe and Erin unveiled their winning entries and were presented with their prizes by Northern’s regional community and sustainability manager (North East) – Marie Addison, who said “It is nice the girls’ work will be seen by everyone on the train”.
Colin Percy for Wylam Parish Council said he fully endorsed the choice and the posters would be displayed in the village and eventually be placed in the library or the railway museum, which are housed in the same building.
Clare Overton, Brownies Leader, helped with the unveiling ceremony and said: “In their Rainbow, Brownie and Guide Promises, our young members promise to “serve their community”, being Station Adopters is a brilliant way for the girls to keep their promise”.
Hebe and Erin explained that their posters showed the favourite things to do in Wylam and give visitors coming off the train ideas on what to see and where to go.