Two train stations recognised with special awards
Friday 20th January 2017 @ 15:22 by Adam Higgins
Community Hyde News

Two railway stations have been recognised with special awards.

Broadbottom and Hattersley have both been honoured in the annual Cheshire’s Best Kept Station awards.

Teaming up with local councillors, Hyde and Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds and the Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick travelled to both stations to present Friends groups at the rail stops with their accolades.

Cheshire is the only county in England that has a Best Kept Station award to honour the communities and Friends Groups that care for their stations, where mystery shoppers go round all of the stations in Cheshire to choose the award winners.

Mr Reynolds said: “Well done to the staff and customers who take pride in their stations, as well as the great volunteers of the Friends of Broadbottom Station and Friends of Hattersley Station.

“The work the friends have done here is magnificent and it is fantastic that people are so willing to make them nice urban spaces, to make a contribution to them, getting the artwork, flowers and hanging baskets up.

“It’s a massive contribution and even nicer when, without asking for any recognition, that that recognition comes like this.”

Babs Allen, from Friends of Hattersley Station, said: “We are absolutely over the moon. It’s really good that we get awards like this – it’s fantastic when you get rewarded for the work that you do and it celebrates that, especially as we are only a small group – and well done to Broadbottom too.”

The Mayor of Tameside had initially been presented with the two prizes on behalf of the borough at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards held at the Grange Theatre, Hartford, last week.

Broadbottom was named best newcomer and Hattersley was highly commended in the Queen’s 90th birthday section.

The awards were presented by Prof Paul Salveson, group adviser, society and communities, at Arriva UK Trains and a founding father of the community rail movement.

David Briggs MBE, lord lieutenant of Cheshire, was also at the event.