Volunteers create memorial garden at March railway station

PUBLISHED: 14:04 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 10 August 2017

The memorial garden was officially opened by Mayor of March Councillor Kim French, centre.

The memorial garden was officially opened by Mayor of March Councillor Kim French, centre.

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Hard-working railway volunteers have helped to create a commemorative garden at March station.

Paul Stannard, Max Mobius, Kim French and a representative from Fenland District Council.1Paul Stannard, Max Mobius, Kim French and a representative from Fenland District Council.1

Station adopter Max Mobius has worked since October to create the garden, which was created in memory of those who have worked on the railway in the local area.

Network Rail donated railway sleepers and Greater Anglia paid for the plants and a plaque. Flowers were also donated by members of the public and some came from Max’s garden.

Max, aged 69, said: “The garden is in memory of all those that worked at the station, signal boxes and at Whitemoor, and of course to the people of March.

Mayor of March Councillor Kim French unveiled a plaque after the opening.Mayor of March Councillor Kim French unveiled a plaque after the opening.

“The feedback has been amazing so many people both very young and the elderly have loved what I have done and I have appreciated all the positive responses.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way, from donating the materials, plants and those who encouraged me to keep going, especially Wanda from TrainsEurope who made endless cups of tea for me.”

Max spent almost three months clearing and digging the ground before he was able to start planting the garden.

Paul Stannard, area customer service manager at Greater Anglia, said: “We are very grateful to Max and the excellent station adopter team at March for their hard work.

“The memorial garden looks wonderful and we have received some lovely feedback. It’s a very pleasant welcome for passengers and those visiting March station.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have so many great station adopters on our network and we are very thankful to all of them for their continued help.”

The memorial garden was officially opened by Mayor of March Councillor Kim French, who unveiled a plaque afterwards.

She said: “The location of this memorial garden by the station car park and the footpath leading to the ticket office is a very visible location.

“It therefore seems fitting that the community have developed this former waste ground into a beautiful garden to remember other members of the community.

“The prominence of this site should ensure that we are all reminded of the sacrifice others have made for us when we are using March railway station.”

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