Long-serving Midland Railway Trust volunteers pick up top award

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Two long serving volunteers from the Midland Railway Trust have won the Derbyshire Museums Forum Outstanding Volunteer award.

Anne and Chris Deeth have been involved with the Midland Railway Trust for more years than they would wish to recall with both serving on the Trust Board and Chris as Chairman.

However they were nominated for the award for their more recent activities.

Following the untimely death of the Trusts long serving General Manager, John Hett, Anne and Chris became very involved in the day to day management of the Trust.

They had both recently taken early retirement and this gave them the time to help the Railway to continue to develop.

The pair have devoted a great deal of time and effort into a wide range of activities from acting as Guard to producing Business Plans and from producing a regular newsletter to running the bar during the Indietracks music festival held at the Railway.

Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Office said: “Anne and Chris have been crucial to the Railways continued success and without their ongoing efforts we would not be making nearly so much progress.

“Volunteers are essential to the Midland Railway Trust, most of the work at the railway including running the trains relies on volunteers to give up their time and effort.”

Anne Deeth said: “ We both agree that this award is not just for us but for all the volunteers who put in so much effort to make the Midland Railway Butterley such a popular attraction. We look forward to making the railway even more successful in the future.”