Train station gets a pleasing new look with platform posters

KNARESBOROUGH in Bloom has completed a project that has been two years in the making.
Three art panels in the style of old railway posters are now in place on the platform at Knaresborough Railway Station.
The project first began in October 2008 when the Knaresborough in Bloom committee discussed improving the appearance of the railway station.
It was impractical to put more floral planting on the Leeds-bound platform because of the lack of a water supply, so the committee hit on the idea of artwork.
Committee member Doris Hayton had old pictures of the station with 1950s railway posters, so it was decided the theme for the art would be old railway posters.
After getting the green light from Northern Rail, prices were obtained from various local artists and Shirley Vine was chosen to produce the artwork.
"I produced the pictures myself with help from my watercolour class members," said Shirley. "They are painted on board with acrylics then have three coats of varnish. They are quite large, enough to be seen by passing trains and bright too.
"The pictures celebrate Knaresborough as a welcoming place, an historic place and a memorable place to visit, each supporting one of those titles."
As fundraising got under way, Judy Dickinson, who used to run The Flying Pig gallery on Kirkgate, donated her 'Flying Pig' stained glass panel to the group to be auctioned to raise funds and Knaresborough Lions Club also generously contributed.
Knaresborough in Bloom was delighted to be awarded surplus funding from the Blind Jack Working Group, and with this final injection of cash, the project was able to go ahead.
"We are delighted with the posters," said the chairman of Knaresborough in Bloom, Christine Willoughby. "They are bright and attractive and will encourage train passengers to walk up the hill to enjoy the town.
"I congratulate Shirley Vine on a marvellous job and I hope that the rail passengers and other visitors to the station will enjoy this artwork for many years to come."