On May 23rd 2010 FOWS' campaign to restore Sunday services to Walkden achieved an historic landmark as the first trains for over 41 years ran from the station, marking the start of a one-year trial funded by GMITA.
To celebrate the occasion FOWS held a gala at the station with civic guests and bringing together more than 20 local businesses, schools and voluntary organisations. The weather was fantastic and hundreds of local people turned out to make it a truly special day.
Except where otherwise stated all of the photographs on this page were taken by Daniel Eden of Eden Photography. FOWS are extremely grateful to Daniel for providing his professional services for free, and for the marvellous pictorial record he has given us. If you would like to use or copy one of Daniel's photos, please contact him at Eden Photography.
The balloon arch in Northern Rail colours was generously donated by Abracadabra Party Organisers.
There was great excitement as the first passenger train to call at Walkden for over 41 years arrived at 9.37 bearing commemotative headboards specially made by Northern Rail for the day.
The crowds were entertained by the splendid Beau Brass Band playing on the station platform.
The platform was packed with well-wishers to hear addresses by our special guests.
Spontaneous applause and cheers greeted trains on arrival !
Chair of FOWS Peter Aust with the Mayor of Salford, Mayoress of Salford Carole Wilson and Councillor Keith Whitmore, Chair of GMITA. The celebration cake was kindly donated by Combs Hair & Beauty of Newearth Road, Walkden.
The Mayor of Salford Councillor George Wilson cut a ribbon to mark the launch of the Sunday service.
Special guests at the gala included Cllr Keith Whitmore (left), Cllr George Wilson the Mayor of Salford, the Mayoress of Salford, and Barbara Keeley MP (centre), and our magnificent Master of Ceremonies Derek Timmins-Jones.
The Mayor of Salford Councillor George Wilson cut the cake, and was presented with a donation to one of his chosen charities The Salfordian Trust from FOWS.
Northern Rail's Mark Barker presented replicas of the special commemorative train headboards to (clockwise from top left) Barbara Keeley MP, Peter Aust (FOWS), Cllr Keith Whitmore (GMITA), and Cllr George Wilson the Mayor of Salford.
Guests and visitors to the Walkden station gala pose beneath the smartly painted Victorian platform canopy.
FOWS sold home-grown herbs to raise funds for station gardening, while crowds on the platform enjoyed the sunshine and speeches.
Gala guests of honour prepare to leave the station via the balloon arch.
FOWS Chairman Peter Aust escorted the Mayor and Mayoress around the station at Walkden, pointing out the improvements made by FOWS and Northern Rail.
Children from Christ the King RC and St Paul's C of E school took part in a poster design competition to advertise the new train services from Walkden. We were amazed by their creativity and artistry, and we plan to showcase some of the posters at the station in future. Here Barbara Keeley MP presents prizes to Kerris Forrester from St Paul's school and one of the winning children.
The Sunday trains were a constant source of interest to gala visitors, and splendidly turned out by Northern Rail with special commemorative headboards.