Stockport Express



THE Friends of Marple Station are putting on a number of events to mark the 150th anniversar­y of the station on July 1.

The celebratio­ns are being tied in with the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie, author of the famous Miss Marple books.

It is understood that she named the character after visiting Marple, and September 15 this year is the 125th anniversar­y of her birthday.

Events organised by the friends group include the launch of a book about the station’s history, a family festival in Memorial Park, and a special train excursion organised by Retro Railtours from Marple to Carlisle.

The family festival will take place on Sunday, July 5, which will also see the friends group and Agatha Christie Ltd come together to celebrate all things Marple.

From 11am there will be a blue plaque unveiling at the station by Matthew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie and patron of her trust.

Matthew will give a speech, and there will be a presentati­on of a letter written by Agatha Christie herself acknowledg­ing her link to the town.

A backdrop of specially commission­ed Miss Marple book covers produced by publishers Harper Collins will line the platform fences.

For more informatio­n about the upcoming events e-mail friendsofm­arplestati­on@gmail. com or visit friendsofm­arplestati­on.

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