Children's art work creates warm welcome for rail users

Langho children with their station artwork. (s)
Langho children with their station artwork. (s)

Two pieces of art work designed by local primary school pupils who entered a logo competition has been unveiled at Langho railway station.

Pupils and staff from Langho primary schools – St Mary’s RC and St Leonard’s CE – came along to the unveiling which was also attended by parents and local clergy.

Chairman of Community Line Rail, James Syson, welcomed everyone and thanked the children from both schools for their hard work in producing the artwork. He also thanked all involved in the project including Langho in Bloom, Ribble Valley Rail, the artist Alastair Nicholson and Brian Haworth of Community Rail Lancashire.

Funding for the project was jointly sponsored by Association of Community Rail Partnerships and Community Rail Lancashire whose shared aim is to increase community involvement and give commuters and local residents a station to be proud of. The art work was produced by local artist Alistair Nicholson who extracted elements of all the logo entries to create the collages.

The CRP together with the Friends of Langho Station and members of Langho in Bloom work together to keep the station and its environs clean and tidy. The addition of the artwork is a colourful and cheerful welcome to the station.

Steve Gaughan, deputy head of St Leonard’s CE Primary School, said : “It is certainly a fabulous piece of artwork which manages to capture the sense of community in Langho. The children of St Leonard’s are very proud that their own creations are on display in such a prominent public area and it was a memorable experience for the winning designers to be part of the official unveiling.”

Debby Elliott, learning mentor of St Mary’s RC Primary School, said: “Our School Council worked with Langho in Bloom to launch a ‘Design a Logo’ competition throughout our school. We had lots of entries and the chosen finalists loved the collage running boards that they unveiled at the ceremony. We look forward to supporting Langho in Bloom in the future as we value this important link with our community.”

Also attending the event was Marjorie Birch, chairman of Ribble Valley Rail and Matthew Worman from Northern Rail. Matthew said that Northern Rail is happy to support this type of project which brings colour and interest to the station platforms.

Brian Haworth, representing Community Rail Lancashire, added that he was pleased to work with partners from the local community to enhance and raise the profile of local railway stations.

Anyone wishing to support Friends of Langho Station can contact Brian on brian.haworth@talktalk.net