Syston pays tribute to those who travelled by train from the station to serve their country in times of conflict
In the afternoon of Remembrance Day, a ceremony was held at Syston Station to honour those who used the station to travel as Forces members or civilians to serve our country in times of conflict.
The Syston in Bloom Group, many of whom are ‘Station Adopters’, had arranged for a piece of Mountsorrel granite to be installed near the entrance to the platform. An appropriately engraved plaque was attached and the surrounding area was enhanced by planting flowers and shrubs.
Those present included Cllr and Mrs T. Barkley, representing Syston Town Council, Donna Adams from East Midlands Trains, Mike Stevens from Tarmac, Major Peter Dalton, Capt. Hedley Midgley and Sgt Vince Smith representing the armed forces, and Rev Tony Pick.
Howard Midgley welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the memorial and its’ dedication. Trevor Hodson paid tribute to Tarmac, De Montfort Memorials, East Midlands Trains, and Oasis Garden Centre, all of whom made this project possible through their kind generosity. Maurice Bent spoke about the civilians who used the station and Peter Dalton described how members of all the armed forces relied on the station. He then introduced a two-minute silence to remember all those involved in conflict.
The plaque was then unveiled by Derek Cox and Hedley Midgley, as examples of older and younger generations of those who had travelled from Syston to serve their country, shown in the picture at the top of the article.