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World War II hero honoured by Yorkshire Coast CRP

Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership (CRP), alongside train operator Northern, has paid tribute to railway hero Ernest Barker with a blue plaque installed at Bridlington Station.

Ernest Barker, a courageous ticket collector, helped save numerous lives after a bomb strike during the Second World War. The heroic railway worker saved lives by battling a fire after a bomb hit the station yard close to a train carriage full of ammunition. Barker’s brave act was carried out 82 years ago (on 11 July 1941) and he became one of the first people to receive the new George Medal.

Yorkshire Coast CRP was joined at the unveiling of the blue plaque on 11 July by Northern and members of the community including local dignitaries, veterans’ groups, and local school children.

Tony Baxter, regional director at Northern, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to pay tribute to a local hero and the heritage of Bridlington Station.

“I’d like to thank everyone for attending the event and we are delighted to be a part of this community project.”

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