Mytholmroyd Station Partnership : Christmas 2007Santa (in the guise of Paul Salveson, Northern Rail Manager) paid a visit to the upper Calder Valley rail adoption groups who have made big improvements to the local stations this last year.
He was welcomed to Mytholmroyd by a choir from Burnley Road School, who after tucking into mince pies at the Church of the Good Shepherd, greeted homeward commuters with a variety of carols.
The party was joined by members of the station adoption groups from Littleborough, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge as well as the 'home team' from the Mytholmroyd Station Partnership.
After they had sung for the passengers arriving off the Leeds and Manchester trains, Santa told the youngsters and their headteacher, Pam Savile, that they could have a special trip on Northern Rail trains when the weather gets a bit warmer.
Santa and the station groups then boarded a Leeds to Hebden Bridge train where they were entertained by the station choir and local muscians 'Ragtime Angie' whilst they enjoyed mulled wine provided by the Station Cafe.
The next port of call was Todmorden station where the artwork in the Platform One Gallery was admired before proceeding to the Bear Cafe for supper and more local music.
Santa Salveson told the station volunteers how much their work is appreciated both by Northern Rail and users of the Calder Valley train services. and he hopes to see more innovative improvements to the local stations in 2008.
Further detailsGeoff Mitchell
Mytholmroyd Station Partnership