Cullingworth railway’s heyday lives on at school

Keighley News: Richard Kunz, right, and Alan Whitaker join children at the unveiling of the Cullingworth station sign in the grounds of the village primary school Richard Kunz, right, and Alan Whitaker join children at the unveiling of the Cullingworth station sign in the grounds of the village primary school

A piece of Cullingworth history installed at a school has been officially unveiled.

Pupils attended the ceremony to unveil the name board from Cullingworth railway station, which lay abandoned after the station’s closure and demolition in the 1960s.

The 16-ft sign – rescued by rail enthusiasts Alan Whitaker and Richard Kunz – was restored and put in the grounds of Culling-worth Primary School this summer.

Mr Whitaker said: “The sign has now been painted tangerine, which was how it looked in its last few years of service.

“Tangerine was used by the North Eastern Region of British Railways – not British Rail in those days. Cullingworth was part of the North Eastern Region between nationalisation in 1948 and closure of the station in May 1955.

Cullingworth Primary head Kate Sutcliffe said: “We are very pleased our school has been chosen as the site for the sign. It will be a continuous reminder to the children of the history on our doorstep.”

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