What a wonderful turnout to remember the freight train explosion at Bootle on the 22nd March 1945 where Driver H Goodall was killed by the explosion, if it hadn’t been for the actions of Fireman NH Stubbs many more people may have lost their lives, he was awarded the George Medal for his bravery.
Dave Faulkner (Bootle Parish Council) and Terry Taylor (CcRUG) provided some background to the event before MP Trudy Harrison unveiled a poster and plaque to commemorate the occasion, both are now located in the shelter on the northbound platform.
The plaque was provided by CcRUG – (Cumbrian Coast Rail User Group) and the poster by Bootle Parish Council who had commissioned Martin Stanev to design and illustrate this poster with the pupils of Captain Shaw’s Primary School. Community Rail Cumbria and Northern both supported the event and were present at the unveiling.
Many of the local village attended, along with members from CcRUG, Bootle Parish Council, Station Adopters, pupils from Captain Shaw’s Primary School and Martin Stanev.