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Old sign set to take pride of place at new Kenilworth Station

Leamington Editorial 1st Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT’S FULL steam ahead for a piece of railway memorabilia to be given pride of place at the new Kenilworth railway station when it opens in December 2016.

A red and white sign from the old station, which closed in 1965, has been unearthed at Kenilworth Rugby Club. The sign, which bears the town’s name, has been hanging in the clubhouse for years although no one knows how it got there.

Club President Willie Whitesmith thought designers of the new £11.3 million rail station might be interested in the sign after reading about a stained glass window from the old station building being incorporated into the new complex, which will include a ticket office, 90-space car park and cycle parking.

With the club’s blessing Mr Whitesmith contacted Hannah Collett, Kenilworth Station Project Manager to ensure the sign is returned to its rightful home.

He said: “It seemed the right thing to do to give the sign back to the new station.

“The idea has been well received in the Rugby Club. We will miss it but it is now back where it belongs,” he added.

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