This is the latest news from St Pancras International…
Thursday 04 October 2018
As part of the National Poetry Day celebrations, St Pancras International announced 12 year-old Ide Crawford, as the winner of the 12th Betjeman Poetry Prize, and the station’s fourth ‘St Pancras Laureate’.
Led by John Betjeman’s granddaughter – and Prize Director - Imogen Lycett Green, and judged by poet Scottish poet laureate and co-judge and poet, Zaffar Kunial, the annual Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from talented 10-13 year olds across the UK, all competing to impress the judges with their poetry writing skills.
Thousands of entries were whittled down to a shortlist of just seven young hopefuls, who read their work aloud beneath the station’s famous statue of Sir John Betjeman. The celebrity-attended Betjeman Poetry Prize award ceremony saw last year’s winner, Amineh Abou Kerech, congratulate Ide Crawford on their achievement. Other guests included Penny Mortimer, Nell Dunn, Lauren Child and John Lyons, who gathered to listen to the impressive poetry from some of the country’s youngest poets.
Monday 01 October 2018
St Pancras International has teamed up with prestigious Parisian culinary experts, Le Cordon Bleu, to reveal a giant Birthday cake, which is inspired by the iconic destination, to celebrate the station’s 150th birthday.
Passers-by will be able to snap a picture of the six-foot showstopper, which will be displayed on the station’s Grand Terrace for Monday only.
Lucky people who attend the station’s special cake cutting ceremony at 6pm will also have a chance to eat some cake.
The cake will also be handed out to passengers with help from EMT staff at the gate-line from 6pm.
Legendary landmarks which can be found on the cake include the station’s iconic Victorian archways and Barlow Shed roof, as well as edible scale models of the ‘The Lovers’ statue, the Eiffel Tower as a nod to where you can travel to, and even British Poet Laureate - Sir John Betjeman himself, known for famously halting the demolition of the station in the 1960’s.