150th anniversary commemorated with Blue Plaque and exhibition

A Blue Plaque commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway, that took place on 2nd August 1869,  has been unveiled at Macclesfield railway station by The Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Janet Jackson.

Macclesfield Mayor Councillor Janet Jackson, braves the stormy weather to unveil the blue plaque commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Macclesfield, Bollington & Marple Railway.

Plaques have also been placed at Rose Hill, Marple, Macclesfield and station sites at High Lane, Middlewood, and Bollington.

The MB&M was opened on 2nd August 1869 and was promoted and owned by the North Staffordshire Railway and by the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway. It closed, with hundreds of other local lines, following the Beeching Report on Railways in 1970.

John Ryan, civil engineer and project manager who worked on the London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Crewe railways for 33 years, before retiring in 1993, enjoys some of the photographs on show in the waiting room on platform 2 at Macclesfield rail station.

A small exhibition of photographs, on display in the waiting room of Platform 2 of Macclesfield Central Station, were taken between 1870 and 1960, when the original station was demolished.

Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Janet Jackson and her consort and husband David.

As part of the MB&M 150 commemorations, Macclesfield Mayor, Councillor Janet Jackson also opened an exhibition of railway photographs, (curated by Molly Spink of the Bollington Discovery Centre), at Macclesfield Library. The exhibition will run from 1st to 16th August 2019.

Edwin Bowlas, a 91 year old former train driver who drove the last train over the “Bollington” line, as it was called on 5th January 1970, with local author Basil Jeuda at the opening of the photographic exhibition at Macclesfield Library

The Discovery Centre has also published a book on the MB&M written by local historian, Basil Jeuda – available from the Discovery Centre and from Macclesfield Visitor Centre.

Basil Jeuda with some of the photographs, many of which appear in his latest book, on display at the exhibition at Macclesfield Library until 16th August.

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