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Burton heritage display spruce up

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A DISPLAY that honours the brewing heritage of Burton has been given a spruce-up by rail chiefs.

Network Rail was asked to take a closer look at a special information board and beer barrel display at Burton Railway Station after the area started to get overgrown.

Now, after lobbying from councillors and East Staffordshire Borough Council, the site has been cleared, thus allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of the town's history.

Bernard Peters, who represents Brizlincote Valley on the authority, played a key role in organising the clean-up.

He told the Mail: "During the past few years I have lobbied Network Rail, via the council, to clear a patch of dense shrubbery at Burton Railway Station which kept hidden, at this important gateway into the town, a prime example of public art which celebrates the heritage of our town.

"A collection of mounted beer barrels are now clearly visible as you arrive or depart from the rail station.

"Having had portfolio responsibility for art and culture in East Staffordshire, this piece of work complements my work to introduce the Bull and Centaur at either end of Town Meadows Way in Uttoxeter.

"I am proud to be associated with public art in East Staffordshire."

Earlier this year East Midlands Trains revealed it was relying on volunteers to help maintain foliage at Burton Railway Station.

Carl Wells, customer service manager from East Midlands Trains, said the rail giant was currently in the process of finding 'community volunteers' to help with foliage.

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