Station’s handsome hind

Sandy Davidson and Brian Openshaw with the wicker hind for Hindley Railway Station
Sandy Davidson and Brian Openshaw with the wicker hind for Hindley Railway Station

SHE’S unnamed as yet, but the handsome hind still sits proud as punch among the flowerbeds on No 1 platform at Hindley railway station.

And while folks on the trains admire the wicker animal they haven’t a clue that he’s been part of the town’s history for 1,000 years.

The “hind” represents the animal and “lea” the local fields ... thus, Hindley.

Sheila and Sandy Davidson, who with a host of Friends of Hindley Station, have spent thousands of hours improving the platform gardens, are pleased to report that the wicker hind is a permanent feature, and has been supplied bythe Wigan In Bloom team.

Sheila said: “We thrive on praise and hard work.

“We started on the bramble and weed ridden area next to the platform around five years ago and the total transformation has not only won prizes, but been admired by so many.

“Our group is growing and we meet every other Sunday from 10 until two.

“In addition to the hard work, we have a laugh and cups of tea.

“We’ve made it a social meeting.

“Work has now started on the opposite platform and just now it’s hard going because the brambles and trees have not been tackled for many years.

“A feature of the platform was a wishing well and we’ve had a replica made to put in place once the work is complete.”

Ancient railway mosaics are also an attractive part of the scheme.