Efforts of railway station volunteers are recognised

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Volunteers who give up their time to keep four stations along Sudbury’s rail line in pristine order have been commended for their work.

Helpers from the Gainsborough Line – consisting of Sudbury, Bures, Chappel and Wakes Colne and Marks Tey stations – were awarded a runners-up prize in Greater Anglia’s best adopter group category on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Greater Anglia said: “We have almost 200 volunteers that work at our stations throughout the area. They are involved in the presentation of the sites and anything from gardening, litter picking, reporting faults, artwork and more.

“The Gainsborough Line in particular was recognised as a group that works very well as a team across the whole line and promotes their line rigorously at events and things.”

John Sayers, who volunteers at Sudbury station, said there were around ten volunteers across the stations.

“We are very proud of our Gainsborough Line and it is quite an achievement for us to come runner-up,” he said.

“We try to keep our stations in good order, looking after the cycle racks, seats and flower beds.