Reunion 50 years on from Lancaster station closure

Ken Smith ready for his first day at Wennington (1947)
Ken Smith ready for his first day at Wennington (1947)

Retired workers from Lancaster’s Green Ayre station are being reunited as part of a special event to mark 50 years since its closure.

Local historian David Chandler has traced a number of men who worked on the line between Green Ayre and Wennington and is keen to find more. They will be invited to share their memories as part of a video project being produced with local film club Morecambe Bay Movie Makers and will also be guests at the ‘Green Ayre Rises’ event at Lancaster Library on May 1-2.

Keith Wyatt (Fireman, Driver) in 2016

Keith Wyatt (Fireman, Driver) in 2016

“We’ve already recorded a number of interviews and there are some lovely stories that we have been privileged to capture for posterity”, said David.

“We’ve interviewed loco drivers, firemen, porters, office staff and have recorded memories of Green Ayre going right back to the 1940s.

“I met one gentleman quite by chance, when I was photographing the old Green Ayre site recently. He came over and we got chatting and it turned out he worked at Wennington station in 1947! We recorded a lovely interview with him last week – it was incredible to hear his stories from nearly 70 years ago.”

The interviews will be shown as part of the Green Ayre Rises event in May and will be made available online afterwards.

Last train from Green Ayre (1966)

Last train from Green Ayre (1966)

Did you, or someone in your family work at Green Ayre or any of the other stations on the line (Halton, Caton, Hornby, Wennington, Scale Hall)? David would love to hear from you.

Contact David by email dchan52169@aol.com

More information on Green Ayre Rises can be found at http://www.friendsoflancasterlibrary.org.uk/

Ken Smith in 2016

Ken Smith in 2016