Tony Ford updates us on all the latest news from Lancashire’s South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership.
Friends of Squires Gate Station have been granted of Licence by Network Rail for use of disused platform area at Squires Gate Station. Within just a few days the Friends Group had uncovered a large section of the platform area and tidied it up, a fence was temporarily repaired and brushwood and other vegetation was removed to allow easier access. The apples from the overgrown and heavily laden trees were harvested and turned into 20 litres of fresh apple juice thanks to the local allotment association’s fruit press.
St Anne’s Station is outstanding
Judges from the RHS North West In Bloom organisation not only voted St Anne’s Station as outstanding in the “In Your Neighbourhood” category, and also presented the St Anne’s Friends Group with the Best Station Award. Lytham Station was also classed as outstanding.
A fitting remembrance
Several stations along the line have contributed to the theme of Remembrance. Lytham has made use of two of the Silent Soldier templates and added red foliage, whilst Friends of Ansdell & Fairhaven Station have created a poppy out out of painted pebbles. At Squires Gate a large banner accompanied by two ‘Silent Soldiers’ was placed on the recently repaired fence on the reclaimed derelict Platform 2 to commemorate Remembrance.
Makeover at Moss Side
Moss Side Station has had a makeover thanks to Katie Warburton and her grandfather railway enthusiast and author Peter Fitton. Unattractive concrete fencing panels have been painted up and have transformed the look of the platform.