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Lichfield Live to be honoured for ten years of community reporting with train station plaque

Lichfield Live has been named as one of the region’s community heroes.

It comes after West Midlands Railway and the West Midlands Rail Executive received nominations for organisations along the route of the cross city line which have made an impact on their local area.

The website – which celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year – will now be honoured with a plaque installed at Shenstone station later this month.

It comes as part of the Cross City Heroes competition to mark the 40th anniversary of the cross city line.

Other Lichfield organisations to be recognised are Friends 2 Friends at Lichfield Trent Valley and Lichfield Cricket Club at Lichfield City station.

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “We have received a fantastic range of nominations for our Cross City Heroes competition, and the final 24 are a really deserving list of winners.

“The route is key to connecting people across the city, and there is so much going on around stations on the line.

“We want to thank everyone who submitted nominations, but more importantly to our winning groups for everything they contribute to their local communities.”

Roger Lawrence, chair of West Midlands Rail Executive and West Midlands Combined Authority portfolio holder for transport, said: “The cross city line is by far our busiest commuter rail route and now carries more than 55,000 passengers every day.

“Local rail lines are an important part of any local community and to mark the cross city line’s 40th anniversary we are delighted to acknowledge the inspiring work people in those communities are doing to help others.”

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  1. Steve Norman

    5th May, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I understand why this well deserved plaque is not being placed on Chasetown Railway Station but I’ll travel out to Shenstone to see it as soon as I can.

    Looking forward to another decade of community service of impartial and daily – even hourly it seems – reporting.

  2. Philip Allso

    6th May, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I have every respect for Lichfield Live and applaud Ross and his team. I only wish the work was more widely known and recognised. From the comments it seems a relative few express opinions. The Mercury of recent times has become a shadow of its former self and like many local newspapers must be vulnerable. It is imperative that local issues are open to public scrutiny. In the new communications age the likes of Lichfield Live will be the only platform at our disposal. Spread the news about its existance and contribute. News and opinion is important to us all and is the way we bring council committee’s to account. The plaque is good but much wider exposure is needed.

  3. Darryl Godden

    6th May, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this source of hyper-local information, run by volunteers is indispensable.

    Well done all.

  4. Asellus aquaticus

    7th May, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations to Ross and team. Well deserved :)

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