Norma has arrived!

Under wraps...the vintage fire engine in its glass case outside the Best Western Leyland Hotel in Leyland
Under wraps...the vintage fire engine in its glass case outside the Best Western Leyland Hotel in Leyland

The much-anticipated heritage fire engine which will act as the town’s new ‘Welcome to Leyland’ gateway feature has now arrived.

The 1938 vehicle, dubbed ‘Norma’, has been placed inside a giant glass case outside the Leyland Hotel on Leyland Way, near the M6 motorway junction.

It has been covered up ready for the big unveiling next Thursday.

The engine, which had been locked in a collector’s garage for around 30 years before being bought by Leyland businessman Martin Ainscough who then donated it to South Ribble Council, is the last remaining one of two of its kind ever made.

It was made by Leyland Motors and was used during the Second World War.