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Thanks to their artistic talents, a class of primary school children from Blythe Bridge will be all aboard for Derby on Friday 25 May 2012.
The children, aged 10 and 11 years from Forsbrook Primary School, have created a number of paintings of trains and stations for display at their local Blythe Bridge station. Their first set of artwork is now on display on Platform 1 and they are working on more creations to enable a rolling display at the station throughout the year.
As a thank you for the children’s endeavours, the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, Forsbrook Parish Council (who have adopted Blythe Bridge station) and East Midlands Trains are treating the whole class to a return rail trip to Derby station on Friday 25 May. At Derby the children will have a tour of the station with Station Manager Rob Burton and will be shown different types of rolling stock and all the various operations that go into managing this busy mainline station. Christine Snape, Clerk to Forsbrook Parish Council, said: “We are delighted with the children’s artwork; it’s eye-catching and colourful and has really added extra appeal to the improved environment of the station. The train trip and tour are a nice thank you from East Midlands Trains.” Faye Lambert, Community Rail Officer, said: “Some of the children have never experienced being on a train, so we hope this trip and guided tour help to introduce them to rail travel and give them inspiration for their new artwork, which will be displayed at the station later this year.” Rob Burton, Derby Station Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the children from Forsbrook Primary to Derby station. The artwork at Blythe Bridge is adding a welcoming feel to the station and we’re hoping that their trip to Derby will encourage even more artistic inspiration for their next set of paintings.”
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