Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, joined the Friends of Reddish South Station on Sunday to unveil a new mural to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
The unveiling of the mural, which should have taken place two years ago, was delayed due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. The commemorative artwork was designed by children from 1st/4th Reddish Scout Group.
A number of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts attended the event, and Gwynne was joined by Reddish South Councillor Janet Mobbs. Attendees were also treated to a performance by The Belle Vue Brass band.
Friends of Reddish South Station is a community campaigning group which was founded in 2007, and aims to restore Reddish South Station to its former glory. The station is one of the quietest in the UK, with only one return journey scheduled per week. FORSS is campaigning for the station to be properly reopened, with a regular passenger service from Stockport to Manchester Victoria via both Reddish South and Denton, an aim that Gwynne supports.
Commenting on the event, Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was an honour to be invited by Friends of Reddish South Station to help unveil this extraordinary mural, and I’m really grateful to the children from 1st/4th Reddish Scout for devoting so much time and effort to creating it.
Within the context of renewed hostilities in Europe, this mural serves as a poignant reminder that the victory won 77 years ago is fragile. As we celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe, our thoughts and prayers remain with Ukraine.”