A FAMILY business and a Northallerton charity stepped in to help spruce up a train station for the UCI Championships and leave a lasting legacy.

Northallerton Town Councillor Caroline Young was hoping that Network Rail would provide hanging baskets and flowers to decorate Northallerton train station before the cycling championships.

When she was let down with a week to go, she turned to the Northdale charity and Braithwaite's Nursery in Leeming Bar who were quick to help.

Braithwaite's supplied hanging baskets and troughs free of charge, while Northdale Horticulture provided flowers and compost.

Cllr Young decorated the station with the donated items in time for the races last week and wanted to show her gratitude for the support received.

She said: "When Network Rail basically said they weren't going to do anything, it prompted me to go out with my begging pot.

"Straightaway Northdale and Braithwaite's offered compost, flowers and planters.

"Ben at Braithwaites was just so quick to say 'yes I will help you', I just wanted to say a massive thank you to him and to Northdale."

Cllr Young is hoping to enter Northallerton into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition next year and says the station displays are a good start to the campaign.

She also intends to form a Friends of Northallerton Station group to tend to the displays and anybody interested in joining can contact her on 077620-76665.