Leyland Portas video catches Mary’s eye

Mary Portas
Mary Portas

Celebrity retail expert Mary Portas has officially shown her support for Leyland.

After members of the community submitted an application for the town to receive funding and advice from the Queen of Shops, she took to social networking site Twitter to praise Leyland’s video.

The video, which was put forward as part of the bid for Leyland to become a Portas Pilot town, features members of the public donning bright orange wigs and talking about ambitious plans to improve the area.

Ms Portas tweeted: “Last one from Leyland. You simply have to watch this one. It’s actually enough to make me dye my hair. Go Leyland Mx.”

Business owners, shoppers, residents and council workers submitted the exciting application on Friday, in the hope that Leyland will be one of the 12 towns selected to receive a share of £1m from the Government, and help from Ms Portas herself.

Now, the Guardian can reveal the full list of potential projects which will go ahead if Leyland is chosen:

Evening economy – a community cinema, music festival, and longer market opening hours

Market town – extending the outdoor market on to Hough Lane

Digital market – giving traders ‘internet stalls’

Market multiplier – donating stalls to other villages on non-market days

Step upmarket initiative – offering free stalls to young people

Shop club – linking national shops to local businesses

Town centre square – for events and a place for people to meet

Heritage trail – an interactive theatrical walk involving shoppers and visitors

Transformation team – a toolkit of power washers and paint to spruce up shops and pubs

Loyal2Leyland – marketing campaign to promote what Leyland has to offer to those living out of the town

- For more on this and other Support Our Town stories, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.

Leyland’s Portas Pilot video can be viewed at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7BK7PXorVU