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Bus shelter photo display 'fosters local pride', says MP

Benwick's newly decorated bus shelter highlights Fenland's rich cultural history and will help to foster pride in the local community.

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So said local MP Steve Barclay when he officially opened the shelter's two eye-catching montages of old photographs last week (November 10).

More than 20 people gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including pupils from the village's primary school, members of its Street Pride/In Bloom group and Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for the environment. 

Mr Barclay said: "We have a rich cultural history in the Fens which it is important to cherish. This exhibit is a wonderful way of bringing it to life and gives a very strong message to people both of what is familiar about the village and also how it has changed over the years.

"It is a great way of fostering the community pride that we have."

He congratulated everybody involved in the project, including local historian Janet Fountain; about 50 images from her vast collection of historic photos make up the display.

Mr Barclay said he had been delighted to be asked to the opening ceremony. "Too often the focus is on our towns and the villages get forgotten. I've always thought their interests are overshadowed."

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Article added November 14, 2016