York Greenways has recently received a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for the Railway to Greenway project which is based on the cycle/walking path that goes through Bishopthorpe and follows the route of the old East Coast mainline. This section was closed and re-routed in the 1980s to allow development of the Selby coalfield, which has itself subsequently closed.
Many of the people who remember or worked on the railway, the coal mine or on building the greenway will still be living in the area, and the project is keen to record oral history interviews to preserve their memories for posterity. The project has already been launched with 60 children from the Junior School, and York Greenways are hoping to work with individuals, youth groups and older peoples groups and residential homes in the area to gather as much information as possible about the changes from industry to nature along the route.
If you or a friend or relative have memories you are willing to share, Greenways would love to hear from you.
Contact Peter Huxford on 07979611763 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view more information about the project by following this link : Railway to Greenway