Who is the man in statue?

Nostalgia: The 1920s picture that inspired the statue
Nostalgia: The 1920s picture that inspired the statue
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A £100 reward has been offered to anyone who can identify the person behind the new iconic bronze statue in the centre of Leyland.

Last week, the mould of a former Leyland Motors worker was unveiled on Hough Lane as part of a regeneration project.

Now, a local businessman has come forward with an incentive to anyone who can give details as to who the man was.

Derek Forrest, who owns Solicitor Direct on Hough Lane, says he is intrigued by the identity of the mystery man and hopes someone can shed some light on the mystery.

He said: “The statue has been a great addition to Leyland, making it a focus point that will hopefully attract more shoppers.

“It’s a great shame that the man has not been identified - he may not even have known his photograph was taken.”

The idea for the statue was taken from a 1920s photograph that captures Leyland Motors workers leaving the former North Works site, what is now the site of Leyland Market.

The black and white picture shows hundreds of men in flat caps, suits and overalls coming out of the site after a busy day.

The statue is a reminder of the town’s rich industrial past, along with the Leyland Motors clock, the Leyland Wheel, and the Centurion Tank.

Derek said: “It is unlikely his family know he was the inspiration for the feature. He is very much a working man, which is good to see.

“The man is shown going towards Towngate so he may have lived in that area - or may have just been off to the pub.

“He is likely to be to have been in his 30s or 40s when the photo was taken in May 1929.

“To find out more about the mystery man would add nostalgia and meaning to the statue.

“It would be great for his children and grandchildren to fund out about it, too.”

Do you know who the mystery man is? Or can you help us with any information? Email charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk or call 01257 264911.