Chester railway station has won the Queen’s 90th birthday award in the 14th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards.
The award was for a large event with free gifts for passengers, performances by Mersey Morris Men, a railway layout by Chester Model Railway Club, and stalls run by volunteer groups including the Samaritans, North Cheshire Rail users and Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.
Delamere Station won the Roberts Bakery Award for the most improved station. The tea room, run by a local group, was described as ‘excellent’.
Frodsham Station won the Cheshire West & Chester Award. The old railway building which is being used for businesses is in good order and adds to the pleasant atmosphere at this station and judges commented on the excellent colours in the flower beds.
The awards ceremony, at the Grange Theatre, Hartford on January 10, was attended by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, the High Sheriff of Cheshire and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester Razia Daniels.
The awards were presented by Prof Paul Salveson MBE, Group Advisor Society & Communities at Arriva UK Trains and a ‘founding father’ of the Community Rail movement.