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David Piggott – Our Amazing Station Master


At the end of April, First Capital Connect recognised David Piggott’s amazing service to all who pass through Meldreth Station.


I’d been lucky enough to nominate David and so was asked to organise a small gathering for the occasion. We had a few representatives of the Rail User Group, and also the Meldreth and Melbourn local history groups, who had decorated the booking office last summer with historic photographs of our station. For


this occasion, the two groups sponsored another lovely display which you can see hanging over the fireplace. It features the ‘Marvellous Meldreth’ piece from the Daily Telegraph letters page last summer.


There was just one blip on the morning of our presentation to David, which we had kept secret from him. Unbeknown to all of us, he had taken the day off! Luckily, we managed to locate him at home, delayed his plans for a trip to London, and got him to the station in time for the presentation.


Lots of stories were swapped about ‘the time David rang me at home to tell my grandson/ wife/daughter/etc that the train was delayed by ten minutes’. We discovered that everyone under the sun gets the same star treatment.


Not to


mention the thousands of cups of tea and coffee that have kept people warm and happy while waiting for a late train in the booking office.


It was great to have a chance to say ‘thank you’.


Susan van de Ven


Above, Keith Jipps, FCC’s Customer Service Director, David Piggott and Susan van de Ven 15


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