West Runton Station Adopters to host special event
The dedicated team of volunteers that tend to West Runton Railway Station will host its annual community event this Saturday, 25 August.
Each year the volunteers look after the gardens at the village station, tending to a variety of plants and keep the platform tidy which provides an attractive gateway for passengers.
This year’s event which aims to raise funds for the station garden includes a cake stall, book stall and the opportunity to purchase an array of locally grown produce and honey.
A raffle, in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance will also be held at the event, which runs from for 2pm until 4pm.
Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s Customer Engagement Manager, said: “We’re very grateful to the excellent station adopter team at West Runton for holding an event this year, which will help raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
“West Runton is a beautiful station and the team of adopters work very hard to keep the gardens looking bright and welcoming. The team has held some very popular events in the past, and we hope as many people as possible this year’s garden celebrations.”
First opened in 1887, West Runton Station is situated on the Bittern Line between Cromer and Sheringham and is one of only two surviving Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway stations still in use on the main UK rail network, the other being Cromer.
The station has had a team of volunteer Station Adopters for many years and Saturday’s event coincides with celebrations to mark 21 years since the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership was formed.
The partnership was set up to support the railway running between Norwich and the North Norfolk Coast, passenger numbers on the line have increased significantly over the past two decades from 200,000 per year in 1997 to almost 700,000 today.