A stained glass window has been unveiled at Maghull Train Station in memory of two remarkable local men.
Nigel Winchester and Alan Pritchard were both chairmen of the award-winning Maghull Station Volunteers group.
The pair were committed rail enthusiasts and passionate about the station, which has won numerous awards under their stewardship, including the National Train Award for Best Small Station in 2013.
In honour of their service a stained glass window, which signifies the railway as the gateway to the world, has been installed in the Liverpool-bound waiting room.
The window, which was created by local organisations, Maghull & Lydiate U3A Glass Group and Maghull Double Glazing, celebrates both the old and the new, showing a steam train and a modern train with the railway lines crossing to various world landmarks.
Nigel’s widow, Ena, said: “I am delighted that Nigel’s voluntary work at Maghull Station, and many other projects in the Maghull area have been recognised.”
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail which funded the project, said: “Nigel Winchester will always be remembered at Merseyrail for his unstinting dedication to the station and his community.
“When Nigel died Alan Pritchard took over the mantle of chairman. The station continued to blossom under his chairmanship and guidance.
“The local commuters frequently stop to admire the wonderful display of plants and congratulate the volunteers on the good work that is done, and what a pleasure it is to travel from the station.
“This window will act as a permanent tribute to the two men who have made such an impact to their community with love and commitment to their surroundings and their neighbours.”
Maghull Station Volunteers have previously won the Spirit of Merseyside Grassroots Award and Sefton In Bloom’s Best Community Garden Award. They were also runners up in the Best Station Adoption Group, from The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRPS).
The Maghull & Lydiate U3A glass group, led by John Jackson, designed the stunning stained glass window and local business, Maghull Double Glazing, provided the window.
At an emotional ceremony last week, the window was unveiled by Nigel and Alan’s widows’ Ena and Eileen, alongside the Mayor of Maghull Councillor Byrne. It was then officially dedicated by the Reverend George Perera.