Rasen Station project to get Royal seal of approval

Some of the children who have taken part in projects at the new station heritage centre - and they will now get the opportunity to meet the Princess Royal
Some of the children who have taken part in projects at the new station heritage centre - and they will now get the opportunity to meet the Princess Royal

Princess to unveil plaque and meet volunteers at restored building

Market Rasen’s newly restored station building is set to win the Royal stamp of approval next week.

Princess Anne on a visit to the area last year

Princess Anne on a visit to the area last year

The Princess Royal will visit the station on Tuesday, December 11, where she will unveil a plaque and meet volunteers from the Market Rasen Station Community Project, who helped bring the Grade II-listed building back to life.

She will also chat to children from Market Rasen and Nettleton Primary Schools, who have designed posters about the station’s history and the important role it has played in the town. Lynn Ritson, Property Manager at the station, said she was delighted that The Princess Royal had agreed to officially open the building. She added: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness is going to visit the station and officially unveil the plaque at the Heritage Centre.

“The restoration of the building involved so many people from the local community, and without hardworking volunteers driving the project forward, it would never have happened.

“It is fantastic to be able to mark their success with such a high-profile Royal visit.”

The station was unveiled to the public in September following a three-year, £700,000 restoration scheme, which saw the dilapidated building turned into a heritage and community centre and business units.

Prior to the work, which was supported by the National Lottery, the building had been standing empty for 21 years and was on the Buildings at Risk Register.

Building work at the station began in June 2016 thanks to an initial development grant of £71,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The first stage involved restoration of the roof, which saw all of the original slates stripped off and the water-ravaged rafters repaired, before new slates were fitted to ensure the building was watertight.

Then, following confirmed National Lottery funding of £463,900 from HLF in November 2016, work to restore the rest of the building began in June 2017.

Lindum is leasing the finished building to the Market Rasen Station Community Project for a peppercorn rent for the next 25 years.

Also attending the opening will be representatives from the Station Adoption Group, Lindum Group, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and other funders of the project.

•For safety reasons, part of the car parking area at the station will not be in use on the day.

Those catching a train on the day of the Royal Visit should be aware they may need to allow a little more time.