THE Friends of Goostrey Station have been recognised for their hard work in 2017, picking up an award at a county-wide ceremony.

Goostrey railway station picked up the Diversity Award at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations awards in January.

The prize commends the friends’ voluntary work throughout the past year, as well as their partnership work with Goostrey Community Primary School and other organisations in the village.

Goostrey has enjoyed regular success at the annual awards, previously winning the Network Rail Award in 2016 and Most Improved Station Award in 2014.

Work parties take place between 10am and 1pm on the second Sunday of each month, with work including tidying up platforms, steps and car parks as well as planted areas.

Volunteers include younger members working towards their Duke of Edinburgh qualification.

Meanwhile, primary school pupils continue to produce art for the platform shelter, a move welcomed by passengers.

Following the school’s exhibition on water earlier in the year, the display has taken up residence at the station and drawn many comments.