Handforth scoops a Best Kept Station Award

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Handforth Station has scooped the 'Cheshire East Award' at the 16th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards evening held on Tuesday 5th February.

The awards were presented before 160 guests at The Grange Theatre in Hartford, by Professor Garfield Southall, Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester and Chair of North Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

The evening was attended by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and twelve mayors from boroughs, town and parishes across Cheshire, including the Mayor of Cheshire East.

The judges were particularly impressed with the colourful flags at the entrance, historical photos in the booking office and the excellent collection of station signs from around the world.

On presenting the awards, Professor Southall said:"It has been a great pleasure for me to present these awards this evening and it has been an eye-opener to see how much volunteering there is on our railway stations in Cheshire.

"My thanks go to all those Friends Groups and rail staff that make our stations lovely gateways to our cities, towns and villages across the county."

On announcing the Awards, Mark Barker, chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said: "Tonight's Awards evening is a celebration and a thank you for all the volunteers, community groups and rail staff who do so much to brighten up our stations in Cheshire."

Andrew Backhouse, chair of The Friends of Handforth Station, said: "There is so much work goes in to our station at Handforth by so many people, and it is very good to get appreciated for it.

"How many volunteers get proper appreciation like this?"

Photo: (l-r) Barry Burkhill, Mike Bishop, Andrew Backhouse and Jenny Barnes collecting the plaque. Photo by Rob Sawyer.



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Sally Hoare
Sunday 10th February 2019 at 1:38 pm
Congratulations all.