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Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 05:06 GMT 06:06 UK
Brief Encounter station opens
Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard
Taking a walk back in time

The railway station immortalised in the 1940s film classic, Brief Encounter, is reopening after being given a face-lift.

Star feature is the tea-room which featured in Sir David Lean's tearjerker movie starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.

Carnforth Railway Station in Lancashire - once an important junction - fell into disrepair two decades ago becoming little more than a branch station.

But now it has been refurbished and Margaret Barton, who played the part of Beryl in the 1945 film, will cut the ribbon as the station shows off its new look on Friday.

Our ambition must be to get the West Coast Main Line trains to stop here once again
Peter Yates

Its restoration follows campaigning by local residents who helped raise the necessary funds.

The former infrastructure company Railtrack also provided investment.

The old tea-room is part of the station's new Heritage Centre which also includes a gift shop and exhibition centre, as well as new meeting and conference rooms.

Peter Yates, chairman of the Carnforth Station and Railway Trust, said the hard work had begun to pay off but there was still more to do.

"It's a great achievement by so many people that here we are on the eve of reopening the famous tearoom and having Margaret Barton doing the honours is a real and proud link with Carnforth Station's past," he said.

"We don't rest on our laurels though. Our ambition must be to get the West Coast Main Line trains to stop here once again."


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