Motors’ ladies popular overseas

Popular: Stephen Bullock with the new calendar
Popular: Stephen Bullock with the new calendar

A flashback calendar showing the faces of ladies who worked at Leyland Motors during the company’s heyday are attracting interest from overseas.

Volunteers at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in King Street, Leyland, decided to make the 2013 calendars after the display of portraits in the museum were a hit with visitors.

Trustee Stephen Bullock said: “The Leyland Ladies calendars were produced by Leyland Motors for over fifty years starting from 1930.

“Each year a lady wearing the fashion of the time appeared in the ‘She’s a Lady’ calendar.

“The museum now displays portraits of nearly all the ladies, many being the original paintings.

“A number of visitors asked if they could purchase copies of the portraits, which gave us the idea of producing a new calendar.

“For 2013, we have produced a calendar showing thirteen of the ladies; one for each month plus a cover.”

He added: “To test the market we produced a limited number of 250 copies, and to our amazement, they sold out.”

They received orders from as far away as America, Australia, and China from the museum’s website, and have now decided to produce a further limited print run to satisfy demand.

Stephen said: “Over the past two years we have researched the origins of the original artist, Walter Lambert, and of some of the ladies who modelled for the paintings.

“We have even been able to make contact with his daughter-in-law who lives near London, and she said that this is a wonderful tribute to the original idea of Leyland Motors and the artistry of Mr Lambert.”

- Copies of the ‘Leyland: She’s a Lady’ calendar are available to order from at £9.95 each, (plus postage and package), or can be collected from the museum on Mondays between 10am and 5pm.