Helping save rail memories
PENSIONERS and schoolchildren are being encouraged to get involved with a new lottery-funded project aimed at preserving memories of the iconic Crewe Railway Works.
The Enterprise and Education Alliance (EEA) has teamed up with the Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum and Cheshire East Council for the initiative.
Called 'Those Were The Days', it will include producing an oral history of rail operations from the 1930s to the 1970s.
The project, supported by a £9,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, covers the period when British Rail used the site to build and repair steam trains, electric trains and carriages.
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Crewe Works employed thousands of people and played an integral role in local life. Rail-related work is still carried out there and part of the project will document the change in working practices.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East's cabinet member for communities, said: "Crewe is a railway town and Crewe Works plays a major part in the pride and passion townspeople have for the railways.
"Not only will this create a valuable historical resource that future generations can use, but it will also allow older people to get out and socialise and reminisce about times gone by."
The project will be officially launched tomorrow.
Lesley Christiansen, from the EEA, said: "We are looking forward to talking to older residents and learning about their skills, abilities, home and work life, and sharing those memories."
To get involved, call Lesley Bakkers on 07949 240371 or Deb Lindop on 07736 694443.