Commemorative bench unveiled for friend of Handforth Station

Many friends of Steve Nash who died a year ago gathered at Handforth Station last week to commemorate Steve Nash who was treasurer of Friends of Handforth Station for over 20 years.

The Friends wanted to recognise everything that Steve had contributed to the station over so many years and arranged for a memorial bench to be installed.

Andrew Backhouse said "Steve was an early member of FoHS and contributed an awful lot to the local community via FoHS, providing quiet and calm reasoned comment, keeping other volunteers sane with a gentle dry humour and using his considerable height, to advantage when working at the station especially when installing hanging baskets and raising numerous artistic flags over the years."

Michelle, Steve's widow unveiled the bench and a plaque in the presence of Sue Bidwell, Mayoress of Cheshire East and many of Steve's friends and railway staff.

The Mayoress said "I am honoured to be here today to represent the Mayor of Cheshire East & Cheshire East borough at this special event in Steve's memory.

Steve was a gentle, kind, unassuming and self-effacing man who worked quietly and tirelessly for his community, not just here at the Station but also with our young people. I enjoyed working with him so much when I was a Macclesfield Borough councillor; he always had my respect and affection.

Sadly I was not here when we lost him. He is hugely missed and I am so glad to see this lovely seat here in his memory."

Photos by James Mander :Michelle Nash with Sue Bidwell, Mayoress of Cheshire East.

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