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A plaque will be unveiled at Beeston Station today (Wednesday 8th October), recognising the 175th birthday of the historic station building.
The ceremony will be led by David Horne, Managing Director at East Midlands Trains and Sir Neil Cossons, who was born and raised in Beeston and was Chairman of English Heritage for seven years.
Beeston station is currently operated by East Midlands Trains but was first built back in 1839 for the Midland Counties Railway, with services beginning on June 4 of that year. The small cottage building was subsequently replaced by the Midland Railway Company in 1847 with the current building.
Sir Neil Cossons also worked as a porter at the station between 1955 and 1961 and commented: “During my time as Chairman of English Heritage, I was fortunate to unveil scores of heritage plaques, right across the country. However, this one is immensely personal to me.
“My working life started in the beautiful Beeston station and it is a testament to its importance to the local community as well as many years of hard work and dedication that it is still standing today.”
David Horne, Managing Director at East Midlands Trains, added: “Beeston station is one of the most historic in the country and it is entirely fitting that we mark the site’s 175th anniversary today.
“We are grateful to Sir Neil Cossons, the Southern Broxtowe Blue Plaque group and others who have helped to deliver this plaque and I am sure it will be welcomed by local residents and passengers alike.”
Sir Neil Cossons also unveiled the first plaque from the group in Chilwell in August 2010 on the site of the former Barton Bus Company headquarters. The plaque at Beeston station will be the 34th plaque to be unveiled by the group.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the plaque unveiling from 11.30am but are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.