The Friends of Handforth Station (FoHS) organised an Art Trail in the village at the end of Summer. Some 30 pictures by Manchester artist Eamonn Murphy, illustrating stations along the Crewe to Manchester railway line and their local places of interest, were displayed at various places throughout Handforth.
People used leaflets produced by the FoHS to walk through the village, admiring the various pictures. They also entered a competition, in which they were asked to note which pictures were displayed where.
The winners of the competition were delighted to meet Eamonn at the Handforth Lights Switch-On event on Saturday 26th November. He presented each of them with their prize, which was a signed print of the picture of their choice.
Barbara Fenner, who chose a picture of one of the Marple Locks, said “Thank you so much for the lovely prize. It was an unexpected surprise because I was a last-minute entrant.”
Oliver, aged 13, said “I chose a picture of a train because I love travelling on trains and it reminds me of the freedom I have to go to different places using the train”.
Jenny Barnes, the Chair of Friends of Handforth Station said “Eamonn’s wonderful pictures, owned by the Crewe to Manchester Community Railway Partnership, are moving from town to town in the area. We are very grateful to local shops and businesses for participating in the Art Trail.”
“This initiative is part of our efforts to link the Handforth Community to its railway station, and to help encourage knowledge and use of the local train line,” she added.