Sixteen Cheshire stations scoop awards

Sixteen Cheshire stations scoop awards

31 Jan, 2020

Sixteen stations in the former county of Cheshire have scooped awards at the 17th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards evening held on Tuesday 28 January and attended by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mayors from all eight Boroughs that constitute the former County of Cheshire and eight town Mayors.

The Awards were presented before 160 guests at The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich by Mr. Kulvinder Bassi, community rail team leader from the Department of Transport.

Rose Hill Station in Marple, Stockport won the coveted top “Best Kept Station’ Award”, the first time the top award has gone to a station in the metropolitan area of the former county. A special “John Hobbs Award” was presented to Frodsham and Runcorn stations to mark the restoration of regular passenger services over the Halton Curve. Goostrey won the ACoRP Campaign Award for their work to have the almost unique wooden prefabricated station building preserved. A framed print of Elizabeth Gaskell from the ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ series was presented was made to Sally Buttifant MBE to celebrate her ten years of service as Community Rail Officer for the Mid Cheshire Line, her work for the wider Community Rail movement and for Cheshire Best Kept Stations.

On presenting the awards, Mr Bassi said: “It has been a real privilege for me to present these awards which recognises the outstanding volunteer efforts of so many. Through their selfless efforts they have helped transform Cheshire’s railway stations, making them such welcoming gateways across the county. My thanks go to you all”

On announcing the Awards, Mark Barker, chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said: “Tonight’s awards evening is a celebration and a thank you for all the volunteers and community groups who do so much to brighten up our stations in Cheshire. You are all winners! – whether or not you pick up an award tonight, this is a big thank you to you all;  a party for volunteers and for those who support & encourage you; rail industry, civic leaders and local authorities. You deserve it. We can celebrate something to be truly proud of at so many of our Cheshire stations. We have seen some truly excellent work from volunteers and staff at stations right across Cheshire.”

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