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Honour for rail stalwart
1:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THE life of a rail enthusiast and tireless campaigner is being marked in a special celebration next weekend.
As previously reported in the Journal, Oliver Lovell, who founded the Cotswold Line Promotion Group (CLPG) in 1978, died after collapsing on the platform at Moreton Station following a heart attack in June. The 76-year-old, who lived in Church Street, Moreton, was instrumental in securing the future of the line, which runs between Oxford, Moreton, Evesham, Worcester and Hereford.
A memorial celebration of his life is taking place in the waiting room at Moreton Station at 12.30pm on Saturday, September 14, at which a plaque will be unveiled. Derek Potter, vice-chairman of the CLPG, said the plaque will be installed next to a notice board that Mr Lovell maintained.
“The memorial is really for people who couldn’t be at his funeral and also for members of his family to be there and a plaque to be unveiled,”
he said. “We think it will be nice to have a plaque.” The committee is also working on another lasting way to remember Mr Lovell with a memorial fund to be set up and launched in the next CLPG newsletter.
“I think the favourite idea is to do something with the waiting room on the upper platform that goes to London,” said Mr Potter. “The building that’s here at present is a sort of portable cabin.
“It would be a replacement for the present room. He was such a figure in the group we must do something as a permanent memory of him. If it wasn’t for Oliver, CLPG wouldn’t have come into being and arguably the train service wouldn’t be anything as it is now.
“We would like something significant on Moreton Station so people will say ‘I wonder who this Oliver Lovell was’.”
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