At Hunmanby, on Wednesday 18th August at 1pm the ribbon will be cut on the first full-size North Eastern Railway tile map in over 100 years to be installed at a station on the national rail network. Edna Bates, a Hunmanby resident, who was born in 1920, when the North Eastern Railway still operated trains, will cut the ribbon in a simple low key event with tea, cake and biscuits, with neighbours and her friends from Hunmanby Methodist Church and St Catherine’s Hospice Shop, where Edna was still volunteering in her 100th year. In attendance will also be John and Chris Edmonds who installed the tile map, and John and Monica Bridge who own the old station wall that faces the station platform.
The work has been completed in time for National Heritage Day on Saturday 11th September, Hunmanby railway station will be one of the attractions in the village that day, with the NER tile map, a display of photographs ‘then and now’ and a harvest giveaway, as the theme this year for Heritage Day is ‘edible produce’. Hunmanby railway station is a great community station and a ‘gateway to the village’ winning a first prize in the National Community Rail Awards in December 2020.
The replica NER tile map was made by the original manufacturers Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd. of Jackfield in Shropshire. The hand made tiles were supplied by the North Eastern Tile Company. They cost over £3,000 and were paid for by a kind person who wishes to remain anonymous. Local builders B Edmond and Son made no charge for their work or materials.