June the 10th – at last! All in place, thanks to George our Deputy Chairman, and looking good in spite of the mizzling atmosphere.
Lunch was at twelve. The Queen’s representative Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mrs Chris Harris, attended, together with her husband Stuart, the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Tony Hodgins, and his Consort Hazel Scrivens and Father John Gott all did a stirling job in making this celebration go with a swing. They joined guests from London, Leeds, York, Bentham as well as Halifax and Huddersfield, and of course Mytholmroyd.
It was informal, joyful, full of fun and high spirits and reflected the installations on the station embankment. The birthday cards, all ninety of them, created by our Community; the Cubs, the Marmaladies, the three local schools plus additionally pupils from Ravenscliffe school in Halifax. Local residents were not left out, and friends of friends all joined in to make this special tribute to a special Lady – Queen Elizabeth, and were much admired by Mrs Harris. We all enjoyed the company, and repartee, of this relaxed and informal but worthy representative of our Queen – (she is from Yorkshire- says it all)
Gertie the Giraffe stole the show – (created by associate member Sue Norton) but courageous and gorgeous Gertie was not dominated by Agatha, or Selwyn (papier-mâché heads) nor by the ‘cat in the hand’ or by the visiting Martian and his bee!
The Mayor, Cllr Tony as he is known, unveiled the posters of artwork on the station building, composed of works by all three schools in previous years, as well as new history boards were compiled and designed by Annie Lawson; ‘The library steps’ by local artist lynda Thomas was admired by all present.
Fr. Gott opened the display of ten year plaques dedicated to our good friends and sponsors with generous and kind words for the Station Partnership. All in all a fabulous occasion, and we know it was enjoyed by all who attended.
All pictures by Paul Bigland (Professional Railway Photographer) Thanks Paul for these.
This morning Thursday the 9th of June, George, Geoff and Sue met on the station to start assembling the 90 cards that have been created by our fantastic community – together with bedding-in the flirtatious Gertie and finding a home for all the other weird and wonderful creations that are part of our Fantasy and Fun weekend of celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Keep watching out…
We are in the national Station to Station project. Celebrating HM Queen 90th birthday – AND our group has been going for 10 years.
Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters – not to mention the couple of dozen volunteers who come out in all weather to make your village station an attractive gateway.
If you are interesting in joining our friendly band – gardening or non-gardening it is a very exciting time ahead with all sorts of promising stuff mentioned by the new franchise.
In the meantime, come down and see what fabulous local talent of all ages can produce.
It is Fun Station Time.
Friday 10 June at 1.30pm at t’station.
Five youngsters from this very special school in Halifax contributed these colourful cards!
Thank you all very much – we look forward to meeting you on Sunday when you are cycling to Mytholmroyd from Halifax as part of your own Queen’s Celebration! Well done!
Last week I went up to Calder High School to the 6th Form Block where our intrepid young pupils from Burnley Road Academy have been temporarily placed since the Boxing Day Flood; Deputy Head Mr Theaker met me with sixteen completed cards for our celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday; they are stunning, works of art – and will look wonderful displayed on the Manchester side embankment of our Mytholmroyd community-minded station together with other 74 cards. Above is just a ‘taster’ of what’s on offer!
Come and see for yourself over the w/end of 11th and 12th of June!Grateful thanks to Mrs. Cope and the young artists as well as Mr Theaker.