Northern, part of the Arriva group, has been celebrating another great year of Community Rail Partnerships following the annual ACoRP Community Rail Awards held at the Floral Hall in Southport.

Among the 14 winners was Brian Haworth of Community Rail Lancashire, who won the Involving Young People award for “Rose Grove Revived and the Adventures of Small Fry”.

A number of station community groups were successful, with the Friends of Hindley Station winning the It’s Your Station Gold Category, while the Friends of Hattersley Station won the Bronze Category. The Friends of Buxton Station won the Small Projects Award for their fanlight, and the Friends of Bentham Station won the Best Community Engagement Event award for “Great Scenic Railways”.

Also recognised in the ceremony were the Friends of Glossop Station, the Friends of Guide Bridge Station, the Friends of Brighouse Station, the Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, and Mike Bishop of the Friends of Handforth Station, along with the “Royal Teddy Bear’s Birthday Party” event organised by the Friends of Hattersley, Glossop, Guide Bridge and Hadfield stations.

“All Together Now”, by Community Rail Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Northern, also received recognition, as did the “Rail to Trail” project with the Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership and the Skipton Rail User Group. Geoff Mitchell was also successful in the Essence of Community Rail photo award.

Neil Buxton, General Manager of ACoRP, said “We would like to congratulate all the winners. They are all very well deserved! We would also like to acknowledge all the runners up and shortlisted projects.”

Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern, said “Thank you to ACoRP for organising a great event, and congratulations to all the winners. I am very pleased to see so many of our community rail groups recognised, as they do a wonderful job throughout the year.”