Award for rail station cafe

The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms at Sowerby Bridge Railway Station have come second in a national competition.

The Refreshment Rooms, which opened in July 2009 and aims to recreate a traditional railway cafe, came runner up in the National Rail Heritage Awards. The business is run by brothers Chris and Andrew Wright, both railway fans.

Last month's awards ceremony was attended by more than 250 people and was hosted by railway enthusiast Pete Waterman – better known as a judge on Pop Idol.

It took place at Merchant Taylors' Hall in London, but unfortunately due to the bad weather and resulting travel chaos at the end of the year Chris and Andrew were unable to make it to the capital.

Instead the award, which saw the Refreshment Rooms classed as 'highly commended', was accepted on the Wrights' behalf by Jim Cornell, the executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust. Cornell travelled to the Refreshment Rooms on Monday and awarded the accolade to the brothers.

Chris said: "The award was just for rail industry projects.

"We were judged twice at regionals, then when we went through to the finals we were just pipped at the post and finished runner up. Sowerby Bridge is a small town though, so for a small business like ours we've done quite well."