BY MAYA CHAVVAKULA
She stopped trains as a child in the classic 1970 film The Railway Children, now actress Jenny Agutter is hoping to stop travellers in their tracks and sample the delights on offer around her local railway station – Denmark Hill.
The 66-year-old Camberwell resident, now best known for her role in the BBC drama Call the Midwife, has joined forces with Camberwell community leaders to help boost local businesses.
The project is centred around the Denmark Hill railway station in Camberwell – visited by seven million people annually.
She has been joined by fellow Camberwell resident and TV star Lorraine Chase who has come a long way since making her name in Campari adverts in the 1970s.
The project they are supporting aims to revitalise the station by installing colourful visuals and signpost visitors to local attractions.
Ms Agutter said: “As a resident I am keen to see the creativity and diversity of Camberwell reflected at its station.
“The Camberwell Banners and other projects aims to bring Camberwell’s vibrancy to life.
It will help to create a brighter high street and bring more customers to our excellent
independent local businesses.”
The campaign includes rubbish collection teams and displays of work by local artists on the station’s grounds.
The community is also crowdfunding for raised lamp post banners which will lead
passengers from the station down into Camberwell.
Nick Mair, chairman of the Camberwell Society, said: “Millions of people use Denmark Hill station every year but they may not know they are in Camberwell.
“We want to encourage visitors to use local businesses and discover our fascinating heritage.
“Our volunteer Rubbish Raiders will tackle the litter outside the station and make it
Debbie Allen of Camberwell Arts said: “Passengers arriving at Denmark Hill railway
station will enjoy the new and imaginative developments instilled by the Camberwell
College of Art (UAL) and many other local artists.”
You can see the designs at the Camberwell Fair on August 31.