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Nottingham's Victoria Station's 50 year closure commemorated at INTU Victoria Centre

NOTTINGHAM’S intu Victoria Centre has joined forces with local history enthusiasts Nottingham’s Railways Remembered to host a commemorative ceremony this week (4 September), marking 50 years since Nottingham’s iconic Victoria Station closed.

The station, which closed its doors on 4 September 1967, has been memorialised with a specially designed plaque affixed to intu Victoria Centre’s Clocktower, which is the last remaining architectural element of the old station.

The plaque was unveiled by 87 year-old Gordon Cripps - a former employee of the Victoria Station who started working at the station in 1944- and has been paid for by fundraising of the Nottingham’s Railways Remembered group.

Speaking of the event, general manager of intu Victoria Centre Nigel Wheatley said:  “Nottingham’s Victoria Station is an important part of the city’s heritage and we were delighted to host a commemorative celebration on its 50th anniversary.

“Nottingham is an incredibly vibrant city with an equally exciting past. We know marking this former city landmark with a plaque to stand the test of time will mean so much to so many people in the local community and ensure our history is not forgotten through the years.”

Nottingham Victoria Station opened on 24 May 1900 on its namesake, Queen Victoria’s, birthday.

Janine Tanner of Nottingham’s Railways Remembered said: “It is a big achievement for us as a group to be able to see the station recognised in this way.

“She didn’t have a very long life, Victoria Station, but she held an array of memories within her walls. During her time here, she saw very many men off to fight in the two world wars, and welcomed many of them back again. She sent thousands of families on holidays to east coast seaside towns and dealt with a vast quantity of fish trains from Grimsby, express trains to London, parcel trains and all manner of passenger and freight services.

“The Victoria Station is an important part of the city’s heritage and, especially for young people of the city who may not know the station existed, this is a great way to have its legacy and memory immortalised for years to come.”

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