POEMS and paintings created by children are inspiring passengers on railway journeys.

The illustrations and reflections are now on show in new display cabinets on the Manchester to Crewe platform at Goostrey Station.

Pupils at Goostrey Community Primary School have been exhibiting their artwork on the walls at the station for the past nine years, since Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) community group was founded.

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Passengers enjoy reading poems and looking at art work while they wait for the train

The cabinets are sealed and lockable to protect the exhibits from vandalism and adverse weather conditions.

FOGS chairman Dave Roberts said: "They look really impressive."

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One passenger said: "Lovely to read whilst waiting for the train."

Goostrey Station

Edward Lear's poem The Owl and the Pussycat inspired children's artwork

Another person added: "Top marks for display and presentation. Really enjoyed the positive message and beautiful pictures."

The display cabinets were funded by Sibelco, who are currently excavating high quality sand in Goostrey, Community Rail and Northern Rail.

Sibelco is always keen to play a positive role in the community and they provided a significant proportion of the cost. Community Rail regularly provides money for volunteer groups who are improving their local stations.

A spokesman for Community Rail said: "The long standing relationship between FOGS and the local Primary School is outstanding and has been the basis of several awards, both regionally and nationally."

Becky Cowell, deputy headteacher of Goostrey Primary has been the driving force behind the exhibitions which helped the school achieve Artsmark Gold.

Themes for the displays have ranged from Going Places to the Queen’s 90th birthday and the centenary of the end of the First World War.

In 2014, the arts festival Goosfest included the display called Rainbows in an Art Trail. Two years later, Jodrell Bank telescope featured in Star Gazing.

A nativity play called Holly from the Bongs by local author Alan Garner was celebrated in another exhibition.

In 2017, when pupils and teachers from Elizabethfontein school in South Africa visited Goostrey, children from different backgrounds worked together to decorate a float for the Rose Day procession. Afterwards, the creations were displayed at the station.

A display the following year was inspired by Edward Lear’s poem The owl and the pussy cat.

Friends of Goostrey Station welcomes new members.

Volunteers work tirelessly to improve this historic station which opened in 1891, securing grants, tending plants, sweeping the platform and using various DIY skills.

For more details visit friendsofgoostreystation.org.