Another visit to Nelson today. It took two hours each way by train, including changing stations in Bradford and Burnley. It didn’t help when the guy in the ticket office at Burnley didn’t know where the town’s other railway station was and didn’t have a map. If Beeching hadn’t cut the (what? 15 - 20 mile?) link to Skipton it would take half the time. There is talk in Skipton that the rail link with Colne (currently the end of the line) should be renewed. Maybe some of the pocket money from HS2 could find its way northward. Carillion can't use it now.
Nelson Library made the tedious journey all worth while. Enthusiastic members of staff dug deep into the archives, to find photographs, newspaper cuttings and niche interest books. At the same time, one or two library users who were awkward, the worse for drink, or just lonely were treated with respect and dignity ensuring the library remained welcoming to all as a place for study and reflection. What a joyful experience; what a great asset to the town.