Also making welcome returns to the station were Mark Barker Northern's original Client and Stakeholder Manager and Paul Spencer Service Delivery Manager for Northern. Both gentlemen have been instrumental in their support of FOGS over the years. On hand to answer many historical questions relating to displays was Mike Brown of Glossop Heritage Trust whose photographs aroused a lot of interest!
Creating a colourful splash were the attractive new leaflets and posters - and a new mobile banner- marking the anniversary - created by Paul Marsh who happily, was able to stay throughout the event along with his wife Hilary.
Present too were Joan Swindells the daughter of the late and much missed Jimmy Melia and Pat from Decor 8 - Pat has been a staunch supporter of FOGS' work coming from a local railway family! Representing Glossop Gardeners were Ian Simpson, Chair and Sue Astles who, along with Chris Harris, have given much support to FOGS. Unable to be present but sending good wishes were Mark Eastwood Line Manager in 2006, Linda Newman, Damien Greenhalgh, Rosie from Glossop Garden Centre, Brian Barnsley from ACoRP, David Mansell, Mike Bishop,Steve Forde from SEMCORP, Geoff and Sue Mitchell from Mytholmroyd and Matt Worman, Client and Stakeholder Manager Arriva Rail North.
Neil concluded his speech with special thanks for Theo McLauchlan Glossop Line Manager for Northern. Neil praised Theo's commitment, his good humour, practical advice and the trust shown to the group. We are fortunate to have a Manager like Theo!
The event concluded with the Mayor rededicating a plaque he had launched but which had subsequently been relocated marking the restoration of the waiting rooms and new ticket office in 2011. He quipped," It's not often I get to do the same job twice!!"
FOGS would like to thank all those who have sent in messages of good will and congratulations in recent weeks. The group remains committed to enhancing the qualities of our lovely historic station alongside the promotion of the Glossop Line as an excellent way to travel!