Hindley poppy display

Northern offer free travel for military personnel past and present

The train operator Northern is set to hold remembrance events across their network throughout the upcoming weekend on Friday 11th November and Sunday 13th November, allowing customers and colleagues across the rail sector to join Northern in paying their respects for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Northern are also offering the luxury of complimentary travel throughout the weekend, including Friday, for service personnel across their entire network. All those wearing an armed force, cadets’ uniform, or carrying a military ID card and veterans who display valid identification (such as the Ministry of Defense issued Veteran's Badge) will be entitled to free travel on all Northern services.

This offer will also be offered to the hundreds of licensed poppy sellers who have been volunteering their services across the network in the lead up to this weekend.

Northern staff across the region will pay their tributes to the armed forces via wreaths being laid at Sowerby Bridge, Mexborough, Penistone, Preston, Todmorden and Barrow-in-Furness stations as well as Newton Heath depot. Community groups have also been busy with decorating projects of their own, dressing up stations, including Westhoughton and Hindley in Greater Manchester, with poppies and bunting.

At Aspatria station in Cumbria, a display of crocheted poppies now adorns the northbound platform, created by local volunteers.

Representatives from Northern will attend the Remembrance Service at the Railway Memorial, Station Rise in York to lay a wreath.

At Manchester Victoria, a memorial service will be held at the station at 10:45 at Soldier’s Gate on Sunday 13 November with railway Chaplin Mike Roberts. A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am.

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