A piece of new artwork featuring a map of the village has been installed at Alderley Edge Station.
Kelvin Briggs, chair of Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group, commissioned Manchester-based freelance illustrator, mural artist and serial map doodler Dave Gee to put pen to paper to create a map of Alderley Edge village with the addition of some surrounding iconic landmarks.
Dave has produced maps of towns and cities across the UK and abroad in his signature monochrome linear style, including a mural at The Ryleys School which captured the interest of the Station Group.
Dave braved the -5 degrees temperatures on Friday, 16th December, to view the finished digital artwork in position on Platform One and met with Sarah Morgan and John Kenny from the Crewe to Manchester Community Rail Partnership who part-funded the project.
Kelvin Briggs commented "The new work adds to our platform one Art collection. It's the first time any of Dave's works have appeared on a station platform. We have had great interest in the village doodle from passengers and local people. We have exciting plans for more art works and gardening projects in 2023.
"We will be hosting gardening and tidying sessions on the third Saturday morning of the month at 10:00am starting in January and welcome new volunteers to help from time to time for an hour or so. No specialist skills required , just lot's of enthusiasm and a desire to make a positive difference in our village."
If you would like to help grow pride in the station, please contact Kelvin at [email protected] or call 07825 213205.
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For far too long our railway station has been letting the village down as the Railway allowed it to decay. I wonder how Northern Trains are doing with their promise to replace the up-line platform canopy which had been there since the line opened in 1842?
Alderley was one of the stations on the line that avoided modernisation in 1959 when the line was electrified, and thus retains many original Manchester & Birmingham Railway features.