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Station worker creates Christmas decorations for Ashford International including Wallace and Gromit figure out of 3,000 recycled train tickets


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A 4ft high figure of Wallace and Gromit made from thousands of used train tickets has become a centrepiece at Ashford International this Christmas.

It was made by station worker Estelle Waters who created the decorations out of 3,000 recycled tickets which will be on display over the festive season.

Estelle Waters with her upcycled Wallace and Gromit. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern
Estelle Waters with her upcycled Wallace and Gromit. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern

Having worked at the station as platform staff for nineteen years, Mrs Waters wanted to bring Christmas cheer to her team and passengers while also inspiring them to get creative with recycling day-to-day items into their own decorations.

It took her three months of preparation to create the paper chains and tree decorations, with four weeks dedicated to perfecting the Wallace and Gromit cutout.

She needed a template for a design idea and saw the comedy characters in the window of a DFS store and thought it was the perfect fit.

Saving it from being put in a skip, she recycled it into her decorations.

The 55-year-old from Ashford said: “I’ve re-purposed used tickets into trees, turned them into decorations to hang around the station entrance.

The decorations are now up at Ashford International. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern
The decorations are now up at Ashford International. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern
It took Estelle three months of preparation. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern
It took Estelle three months of preparation. Picture: Andy Jones/Southeastern

"It’s a bit of fun for passengers. I’ve tried to be creative, to make the station bright and cheerful and have been saving them since the beginning of the year instead of simply throwing them away.”

This is not the first time tickets have been used to decorate a station.

To mark London Pride, staff at Charing Cross also created a dress of tickets to be worn as part of a drag performance raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

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