Schoolchildren’s poetry on display at Dovercourt rail station

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Rail passengers at Dovercourt station can read poetry as they wait for trains, thanks to a community project involving local schoolchildren.

The children from Harwich Community Primary School swapped their classroom for the rail station waiting room as part of the ‘Words between the Lines’ project, which was organised by the Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and funded by Wordsart in March.

During the event the pupils, aged 8 and 9 years, wrote poems on the train from Harwich Town to Manningtree.

Now their words have now been turned into huge posters which have been installed at Dovercourt rail station.

Terri Ryland, Community Rail Officer, said, “The children were so proud to see their work on display at the station.

“It’s an ideal place as the poems will be seen and enjoyed by plenty of people as they wait for their trains.”

The pupils also recently received rail safety awareness training in school with representatives from the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer and Community Engagement Manager, said “I’d like to thank the children of Harwich Community Primary for their fantastic work which I’m sure will welcome and delight everyone who visits the station.”

“We are also very grateful to the Community Rail Partnership for doing this important rail safety work but also building links with the community by providing a really rewarding, creative and fun day out by train.”