Great War commemorated at Alsager station thanks to Alsager School

26th September 2014

An innovative community rail artwork project by Alsager School students for their local station is to be unveiled today.

The project has been developed with the school by North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP). Through the project, Alsager School students have applied their artistic skills to create individual poster artwork which serves to commemorate the centenary of the Great War 1914-18.

14 students, all aged 12-13 years, have been involved in the project and have designed five very detailed and captivating posters to mark the centenary. Four of the posters feature unique poppies inscribed with the words ‘Your country needs you’ and ‘Come and do your bit’ which surround illustrations including WW1 troops, the town’s war memorial, and troop trains, together with photographs of soldiers and WW1 correspondence. The fifth design features the story of a WW1 soldier and his award of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for risking his life to save an injured comrade.

Faye Lambert, NSCRP Project Officer, said: “This is the third community rail artwork project for the station by Alsager School. The students are great supporters of their station and as usual, they have delivered incredible designs.

“The poignancy of each is truly respectful of such an emotive subject and illustrates how absorbing an activity the students have found working on the project. I am sure that passengers will appreciate the effort and thought that has gone into creating each design.”

Neil Micklethwaite, Commercial and Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “The railway played a vital role in supporting the country’s efforts before and during the Great War and we are thrilled to work with the Community Rail Partnership and Alsager School to commemorate this. The artwork the students have produced is inspiring and I am sure it will be very well received by our passengers.”

Richard Middlebrook, Head of Alsager School, said: “We are very grateful to Faye Lambert and NSCRP for supporting this project through community rail. Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed being involved and the quality of the artwork they have produced is superb. As a school and educators we feel it is very important to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and this art project has been a novel and engaging way of doing so. My thanks to Ms Ford who led the project here at Alsager and congratulations to all the 14 year 8 pupils involved.”

Students will unveil their new station artwork at Alsager School today before it is displayed at Alsager station.

For further information, contact Faye Lambert, NSCRP, on 07880 043513.


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