New ‘Welcome to Leyland’ feature unveiled

The 1938 Leyland TL fire engine will be a 'Made in Leyland' gateway feature.
The 1938 Leyland TL fire engine will be a 'Made in Leyland' gateway feature.
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Spectacular plans to create a new landmark gateway in Leyland have been unveiled.

A one-of-a-kind fire engine that was used in World War Two will be the next ‘Made in Leyland’ feature to be placed in a huge glass case at an entrance into the town.

The 1938 Leyland TL fire engine, the last remaining one of two made, will be the second vehicle to be used as a focal point into Leyland, following the Centurion Tank at the roundabout of Flensburg Way and Penwortham Way.

Ambitious plans involve placing the rescue vehicle near the M6 in a glass tank, which will be on top of a platform or suspended from wires.

It will also tilt downwards so that passers-by can see the front of it properly. The engine, which has been locked in a collector’s garage for around 30 years, was bought by businessman Martin Ainscough, who has now donated it to South Ribble Council.

- For the full story and more pictures, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.