As you’ll no doubt remember, the stations at Bentham and Mytholmroyd and their community station adoption groups, the Friends of Bentham Station (FOBS) and Mytholmroyd Station Partnerships (MSP), were twinned in September 2016, where ceremonies were held at that time in both towns to mark the event and gifts exchanged.
Mytholmroyd presented Bentham with a statuette of the Yorkshire Dales farmer, Hannah Hauxwell, created by Sue Mitchell of MSP, whilst Bentham bestowed Mytholmroyd a locally-made fused-glass picture of Ingleborough. The twinning was promoted by a ‘Station to Station – Across Yorkshire’ theme, following on to the successful ‘Station to Station’ event held in celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The twinning has now been formally recognised on both stations with beautiful hand-carved slate plaques. The expertly designed and carved plaques were created by Bob Sloan of FOBS in his home workshop and truly reflect the time and patience shown in their creation. Both plaques also carry the white rose of Yorkshire not just to signify that the stations are both still in Yorkshire but were once part of the historic West Riding.
Both groups now look forward to sharing ideas, developing new community rail initiatives together and building further links between the two towns.