A town's railway station has had a colourful makeover.

More than 100 employees from a local paint firm took time out to give Batley Railway Station a brand new look.

Staff from Birstall-based PPG Architectural Coatings – the parent company of Johnstone’s Paint and Leyland Paints – spent two weeks sprucing up the station.

A celebration event took place to mark completion of the work and 1,000 balloons were released.

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The event was attended by Mayor of Kirklees Clr Jim Dodds, Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox MP, members of the the Friends of Batley Station and PPG’s marketing director Jason Metcalf.

The shop and café, as well as the front of the building, have been painted by the volunteers while a special mural depicting iconic venues in the town – including the famous Frontier club and Batley Bulldogs’ Mount Pleasant ground – has been created in the subway.

Artist, Mark Peacock 9left) and some of the team from PPG ho created the mural in the underpass of the station.

Batley West Labour councillor Gwen Lowe, chairman of the Friends of Batley Station, set up 12 months ago, said: said: “I’m thrilled that the station makeover is complete – and it looks fantastic.

“We started this project nine months ago and PPG shared that vision.

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“I’m proud to be from Batley and what we have now is a station which is a fantastic gateway to the town.”

Veronica Horsfall, communications manager at PPG, said: “Our volunteers have put in a lot of hard work and effort over the last two weeks and the results are stunning.

Launch of improvements to Batley Railway Station. Gwen Lowe Chair of the Friends of Batley Station in the renovated former waiting room which they are hoping to turn in to a cafe.

“Many of our staff are based in Batley so this is a project which has been close to their hearts.”

Northern Rail bosses signalled their approval too.

Client and stakeholder manager Pete Myers said: “The gardens, planters, mural and café look fantastic but the difference is more one of profile as the station can’t be ignored anymore.

“It is now clearly loved and this has made a big difference.”