Have you seen the colourful shiny discs attached to the planters at Goostrey Station? One local resident exclaimed ‘they look so lovely and cheerful! Well done all!’
The discs were created to mark the coronation of King Charles 111 and the project was funded by Crewe to Manchester Community Rail Partnership.
During the Big Help Out on Monday 8th May, over 60 adults and children worked at Goostrey Art Studio with professional artist and FoGS member Debbie Goldsmith to make and decorate clay discs. They used natural materials and letter shapes and each person chose their own design. Some drew flowers, some had words such as Do Not Worry and Peace, while others spelled out their family name or their address.
No breakages! Artist Debbie Goldsmith and chair of FoGS Craig Sidebotham unpack the finished coronation discs
(No breakages! Artist Debbie Goldsmith and chair of FoGS Craig Sidebotham unpack the finished coronation discs)
Once the discs had dried, Debbie carefully transported them to the Clay Studio in Manchester for the first firing. In July, about 30 of those who had made the discs were available to colour and glaze them. Miraculously all 70 discs survived a second firing and the journeys to and from Manchester.
After cleaning and repainting the exterior of the wooden planters, the discs were glued in place. This year the beautiful flowering plants were bought from Hassall’s Nursery with a donation from Goostrey Companions. The coronation discs complement the flowers and the vibrant colours and intricate shapes of the platinum plaque in the platform shelter. The discs and the plaque are unique memorials of two special occasions in our nation’s history.