St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea railway station celebrated its 150th birthday on Wednesday 21st November.
Exciting presents are the norm for such occasions and the station celebrates with the news that the closure of its booking office isn’t going ahead as part of the nationwide closure programme announced earlier in the year.
Three new compost bins also arrived to mark the occasion and these will certainly aid the Station Friends group in driving the sustainability agenda. Six new self-watering hanging baskets are also on order to keep the front of station looking as good as it does throughout the year.
Last week contractors worked overnight to install tactile paving and laid fresh tarmac along the platform.
Chairman of the Friends Group Tony Ford said, “It has been a hectic year at the station and it is good to see so many improvements taking place in the station’s 150th Anniversary year. The station is actually older than the town, one of only a handful of stations in the country where the arrival of the railway proved to be the catalyst for further development.”
He added “We still have the time capsule to install on the station which will bring an end to a very successful year for the Friends of the Station. The dedicated group has been featured on Radio Lancashire several times, was nominated for a Make a Difference Award and achieved Outstanding in the In Your Neighbourhood in the Britain in Bloom Awards for the fifth consecutive year.”