Community Rail Awards. Wednesday 5th October Manchester Convention Centre

Entry for Section 8. Photo competition: best image capturing the essence of community rail

Title: Edna, still volunteering in her 100th year


 Tile Map On Wednesday 18th August Edna Bates, aged 100n cut the ribbon on the North Eastern Railway Tile Map at Hunmanby Railway Station

Title: Cutting the ribbon at the North Eastern Tile Map, Edna, still volunteering in her 100th year

History was made on Platform 1 at Hunmanby station on August 18th 2021. The first new North Eastern Railway Tile Map on the national network since Edwardian times was celebrated at a happy community event spanning several generations. The 300 tiles had been paid for by an anonymous donor, and supplied at cost price by the North Eastern Tile Company. At a simple celebration with tea, cake and biscuits, the ribbon was cut by Edna Bates, a Hunmanby resident born in 1920; in attendance were Edna’s neighbours and friends from Pop Ins, Hunmanby Methodist Church, Gods Acre, and St Catherine's Hospice Shop, organisations for which Edna was still volunteering in her 100th year. Present also were John and Chris Edmonds, Hunmanby builders who installed the tile map free of charge, and John and Monica Bridge who own the old station house wall on which the tile map has been erected. One of the youngest at the ceremony was their granddaughter Bethany, aged nine, from Hunmanby School, helping serve the cakes which were provided by the Spring Community Café, in the village. The whole occasion was the culmination of a true community project.


Tile Map Hunmanby, afternoon tea, ribbon cutting by Edna Bates aged 100, 18th August 2021 

Photo caption: Serving afternoon tea at the unveiling on the North Eastern Tile Map, Hunmanby