Burntisland man Trevor Francis, who is the popular station-master at Aberdour station has been rewarded for years of hard work looking after the local station, when he was made an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Trevor (65) has been station master at Aberdour for nearly 20 years, starting in December 1993, and was honoured ‘For services to the community in Aberdour, Fife’, having made a part-time job a full-time vocation. The award is recognition not only for his outstanding customer service but his dedication to the beautiful gardens at Aberdour railway station.
His passion has not only further enhanced the village but inspired other stations on the Scottish network to follow suit. Before starting work at the station at the age of 47, Trevor had worked as an aircraft fitter with the RAF, a mail sorter and a funeral director.
John McTaggart said: “I would like to offer my own congratulations to Trevor at Aberdour station at getting his honour today. Absolutely top guy.”
Carole Breen said: “Congratulations to the lovely Station Master at Aberdour station who looked after us so well when we were in Edinburgh, Trev, who got an MBE in the Queens honours list.”
In the award nomination, Trevor was described as: “Providing the highest possible service, whilst also providing a garden environment for everyone to enjoy. His ability to provide an imaginative, kindly and proactive service frequently astounds visitors and makes him exceptional.”
Outside his normal hours of work, unpaid, he is the station gardener and spends up to six hours a day nurturing floral displays and maintaining a variety of plants, shrubs and trees which attract wildlife. These displays have been widely recognised and there is an array of Best Station Garden awards in his name with the station’s fame extending far beyond Fife.
Trevor lives in Burntisland with his wife Rosemary and two sons.
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