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Special design just the ticket for passengers
PUPILS from Holmes Chapel and Hermitage Primary Schools have been working with Northern Rail to create a one-of-a-kind ticket for its passengers under five.
These children travel for free by rail, and as such don’t require a ticket, but Graham Blake from Holmes Chapel station ticket office spotted a few disappointed faces when a big brother or sister had been given a ticket to travel.
Graham said: “I wanted to be able to give the children something to take with them on their journey and to learn from a young age what it means to be a passenger on the railway.
“They love the designs, and will no doubt be trying their best to collect all four.”
The winning drawings were designed by Annabel Hardstaff, 10 and James Petty, 10 from Holmes Chapel Primary School and Molly Bevan, seven, and Jenny Bennet, eight, from Hermitage Primary School, each of whom received a VIP trip on Northern Rail for their school friends.
Each of the tickets has a message on the back, in memory of Simon Godfrey, previously the customer communications manager at Northern Rail, who worked with Graham on the initial concept.
Simon died in March, and the ‘Simon says’ message is a tribute to his passion and enthusiasm in reaching out to young people and encouraging them to use the railway responsibly.
Helen Scott, headteacher of Holmes Chapel Primary School, said: “We thought the idea was excellent and were delighted to be involved in this competition.
“We are very proud of all our children who took part, and congratulate Annabel and James on winning this competition.
“Our children can’t wait to start collecting these tickets.”
Helen Jarrold, head teacher of Hermitage Primary School, said: “Our children enjoyed taking part in the competition.
“Well done to Molly and Jenny who won the competition from Hermitage. Collecting the tickets will be lots of fun for the children.”
Designs from the ticket competition will be on display at Holmes Chapel station until the end of the year.
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