ELR wins the Queens Award for Voluntary Service

ELR wins the Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Postby XTMike » Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:03 pm

The East Lancashire Railway has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is said to be equivalent to an MBE

The East Lancashire Railway is a 12 mile long heritage railway that runs from Heywood in the east to Rawtenstall in the north, passing through Bury, Summerseat, Ramsbottom and Irwell Vale. The railway is operated using a range of preserved steam and diesel locomotives to haul vintage train services through the scenic Irwell Valley. The railway is the third most popular paid visitor attraction in Greater Manchester and welcomes over 160,000 visitors each year.

The railway is run by the East Lancashire Light Railway Company and staffed by members of the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society. Both the Company and the Society are voluntary organisations, which together make up the East Lancashire Railway.

Peter Duncan, former Chairman of the East Lancashire Railway, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May 2016, where he met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The East Lancashire Railway is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

The East Lancashire Railway will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.
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