Other welcome guests included Andrew Walker from the HPHVCRP, Vicky Cropper Community and Sustainability Manager from Northern, Simon Brooks Station Manger ( we thank Simon and Carillion staff for all the snow clearing of platforms and car parks preceding the launch!), Anne Michaelides the designer from naturesigndesign who has such done an excellent job with the boards, Mike Brown from Glossop Heritage Trust, Andy Griffin from Network Rail and Steve Forde from SEMCRP. Making his first visit as ACoRP representative was Ian Davies who had made an early start from West Yorkshire to join us. Other fellow friends from station groups also joined us. Their support was much appreciated following the wintry weather of the weekend!
Paul Abell, former editor of Today's Railways, and his wife Shirley were made welcome too. Paul is involved in Phase Two of the boards and has been a diligent advisor of the English used in the three launched today!
Refreshments including home made soup and cake were served in the warm community rooms of Hadfield Hall from 12.30 onwards. Joy and her team had organised these in a very efficient manner. Tasty sandwiches were kindly donated by Mike Ball from TWIG cafe whose ongoing support remains staunch.
The boards are the culmination of a three year project by the Friends of Glossop and The Friends of Hadfield Stations. They have been funded by the HPHVCRP in conjunction with Northern. We are very grateful for Andrew Walker's ongoing commitment to the project. We thank too Mike Brown, Margaret Buxton-Doyle and other local sources for permissions to use archive photographs.
A phase two for similar boards at other Glossop line stations is underway. We see these boards as not only celebrating the rich historical legacies of the stations but as springboards to marketing and tourism initiatives currently under development with our community rail partnerships and Northern.
We hope you enjoy viewing them!