Friends of Crewkerne Station, passengers and managers from South Western Railway, wished booking office clerk Judy Kyle a fond farewell on her last day of duty. Judy who was one of the longest serving booking office clerks on the Salisbury to Exeter line, having worked for the railways for 19 years, was presented with a cheque and a card by Chairman of FOCS Tony Reese. In his speech at Judy’s leaving party on September 12th, Tony commented on how important it was for passengers to have a person in the station, rather than just a machine, and how much Judy had been appreciated for her skill in finding the best tickets. Tony said: “We will miss Judy and are very pleased that her post has now been advertised by South Western Railway, for a replacement booking clerk. The Friends of Crewkerne Station know how much help we provide to passengers when the booking office is closed.”
At the end of a week of goodbyes in which Judy received gifts and farewell cards from passengers, many who had known her for 10 years, a special cake made by Sue’s cafe in the former weighbridge was presented by FOCS at the leaving party, which was also attended by SWR mangers Alison Finch, Phil Dominey and Chris Loder, booking clerk Helena Omar and Blackmore Vale CRP officer Caroline Rowland. Judy said: “I have just been so amazed at how many people have come in to say goodbye and thank me. I feel overwhelmed by this little party organised by the Friends of Crewkerne Station, to say goodbye. It has made me feel that all my efforts to help passengers have been appreciated.” The Friends of Crewkerne Station have volunteered alongside Judy since the groups inception nine years ago.