A super send off as Meldreth stationmaster David retires

Meldreth station master David Piggott.

Meldreth station master David Piggott. - Credit: Archant

Popular David Piggott was feted in a great retirement celebration when the Meldreth railway station stalwart retired on Saturday.

Scores of people turned out to wave off David Piggott.

Scores of people turned out to wave off David Piggott. - Credit: Archant

Many people baked cakes, wrote sentimental words and came along for a cup of tea to help wave off the generous and kind-spirited stationmaster.

Susan van de Ven, who chairs the Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group and organised the celebration, said: “Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate the greatest station master of all time.

“The rail user group has published a book of photographs and recollections entitled Memorable Moments with David Piggott.

“One of the funniest bits in the book is David’s own account of a day at work in 2003, when the train company at the time was busy drawing up detailed plans for the apparently imminent waiting shelter for the Cambridge-bound platform… a shelter that we are still waiting for.

“Please pop down to the station to see the wonderful portrait of David that is now hanging just over the ticket office window – intended to cast his spell over our station forever more. Thank you David.”

The farewell celebration for David was attended by scores of local people and train travellers from villages all around, including students and carers from Meldreth Manor School.