Today I attended a rather different event – the twinning of two of Yorkshire’s station friends groups. Mytholmroyd (W Yorks) and Bentham (N Yorks) are two well established groups that have deep roots in their local communities. The lines they’re based on couldn’t be more different. Whilst Mytholmroyd has 70 trains a day serving it, Bentham has a grand total of 10. Despite the disparity of services, the groups have a lot in common. They’ve got to know each other so well they decided to twin to reflect these links, encourage greater co-operation between station groups and to share best practice. Hopefully other friends groups will be encouraged to do the same.

The first of the twinning events was held today at St Michaels church in Mytholmroyd. This church was so badly damaged by the terrible floods on Boxing day 2015, that much of it is still under repair and will be out of action for another year.

The event was well attended and included both the local mayors and community representatives as well as Northern, the local train operator.

Here’s a few pictures from the event.


Representatives of both station groups and the wider community attended the event.



Cllr Tony Hodgins, Mayor of Hebden Royd, led the audience in a round of applause for Sue & Geoff Mitchell who are the powerhouses behind the Mytholmroyd station friends


To commemorate the event, Two of the friends of Bentham (Bob Sloan & Gerald Townson) presented Mytholmroyd with a slate plaque to adorn the station.