Mayor unveils next stop on the heritage trail

Unveiling: The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret, at the new heritage board with walkers
Unveiling: The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret, at the new heritage board with walkers

A new heritage board has been unveiled at Leyland Railway Station.

The new board tells the story of the railway coming to Leyland, and is the latest addition to the Leyland Heritage Trail, extending the existing walk from the town centre.

The boards start at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum on King Street, where the old Leyland Motors South Works used to be, and cover aspects such as the Sumner ‘Smithy’, Leyland’s industrial landscape and Regent cinema, Leyland Motors North Works, the Leyland Clocks and the Leyland Eight.

The unveiling of the new board at the station will took place on Saturday as part of an organised history walk, Steam, Gas and Cotton: Early industrial Leyland led by Dr David Hunt.

The walk and extension to the Heritage Trail are timed to coincide with the Golden Age of Steam exhibition at South Ribble Museum, on Church Road, featuring an extensive collection of railway memorabilia.

l The Leyland Heritage Walk aims to help visitors find their way around Leyland and to encourage them to explore the history of the town centre.

The town centre map is available free from the South Ribble Museum and the Civic Centre on West Paddock.

Visit www.visitleyland.co.uk/heritage for more information.