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Monday, July 15, 2024

Community rail volunteers kick off a year of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of St Anne’s Station

Community rail volunteers in St Anne’s celebrated Community Rail Week with the launch of an exhibition of railway artwork and the unveiling of a time capsule to mark the station’s 150th anniversary.

The Friends of St Anne’s Station will bury the time capsule in November – as part of an extensive programme of events to mark the anniversary – and they would like local people to donate everyday items with railway associations.

Deputy Mayor of St Anne’s Cllr. Karen Harrison set the ball rolling by depositing a personal letter and a pamphlet about the town into the suitably engraved capsule. Owain Roberts Regional Stakeholder Manager for Northern Trains Limited handed over badges, train timetable covers, tickets and a lanyard which all went into the time capsule.

Time capsules provide historians with invaluable insights into people’s actual lived experience alongside official accounts and histories. Other items planned for inclusion are a memory stick, laminated photographs, coinage and anything else that is rail-related that will fit.

Chairman of the Station Friends Group Tony Ford said: “The Time Capsule is being buried so that in 50 years’ time, our successors will get a real flavour of what life was like in 2023 when this station celebrated its 150th Anniversary.”

“We would still like to receive any railway-related items from members of the publicbefore we seal the capsule up for posterity. We are looking for everyday items ideally related to the railway, the trains, tickets, timetables and photographs.  Old travel passes, railcards and old and new tickets will all be considered.” 

Local artist Nicky Thompson, who designed a series of distinctive railway posters, also launched an exhibition of his artwork in the ‘Shifting Sands’ exhibition at stations along the South Fylde Line.

The exhibition celebrates the railway poster as an art form and explores the development of the railways in the north and their impact on the Fylde Coast. The artworks depict well-known and beloved landmarks that bring tourists and rail travellers to the Fylde Coast in droves to this day. Community Rail Lancashire co-sponsored the exhibition when it initially opened at Lytham Hall in February 2022.

After opening the exhibition at the station, Nicky donated one of the posters for display in the waiting room at St Annes.

The time capsule and the poster exhibition are just two of a number of events taking place on the South Fylde Line to mark Community Rail Week.

Anyone who would like to donate items for the time capsule should contact Tony – ideally with a photo of the item and any ‘back-story’ – to allow collection/storage and acknowledgement information can be documented: [email protected]

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