THE work carried out by volunteers on Chirk railway station has come under the scrutiny of a VIP guest.

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones was welcomed to the station by the Friends of Chirk Station (FoCS) volunteering group to look at the developments to the station and the gardening work completed there.

FoCS adopted the station 15 years ago, and has since been responsible for its maintenance.

Miss Jones spoke highly of the station, saying it is in the best condition since she became an MP in 2010.

"I am incredibly impressed by the work that has been done here," she said.

"I’ve been involved with the Friends of Chirk Station group since I was elected back in 2010.

"It has been fantastic – as with many community groups there have been differences in the number of people involved at various times – but what you can see is that this excellent station is run by a group of really active volunteers, and that shows.

"I think the way it looks now and the point it is at is the best it has ever been since I can remember.

"It’s extraordinary to see all of the flowers and the different activities going on."

Miss Jones gave a special mention to the volunteers for their hard work towards the upkeep of the station.

She added: "I think what’s so impressive about the station is how many people from the community are involved.

"A lot of people give up a lot of time to make sure the station is as presentable as it is.

"I’ve been past here on a Sunday afternoon at times when I’m heading down to London or elsewhere, and I see Christine and many of the volunteers working across the station to make sure it’s clean and tidy.

"There are a lot of hours that go into making it like this.

"It makes a tremendous difference and it’s very much a gateway to Chirk, Ceiriog Valley and elsewhere."

Member of FoCS Christine Ashford said: "We were very pleased to see Susan here today, she’s been a great supporter of our group right from when she took on her role.

"She’s not just been supportive of the station, but an awful lot of other community projects.

"It really helps us as volunteers to be able to have support and know that our work is appreciated."