Visitors to Farington will be welcomed in Victorian style from next month.
For the first of a number of new signs is to be erected, bringing the past into the future.
One of five that will eventually be put in place, the new sign incorporates a Victorian balustrade and was chosen following a schools competition, organised by Farington Parish Council.
Parish council chairman Roy Clarke explained: “It’s going back three years since it started. On School Lane there were two railway bridges, one was redundant and one was for the Blackburn line. Network Rail decided they would get rid of the redundant bridge and replace the other bridge with a modern structure. This is when we decided we didn’t want to lose the Victorian balustrade. After a lot of negotiation with Network Rail, they agreed they would gift the balustrade to the parish council to make ‘Welcome to Farington’ signs.”
He added; “So what we decided on the parish council was to have a competition among all the local schools within Farington for the children to design the new signs. The design incorporated the balustrade. We had a very good response from the local schools, I think we had about 300 entries.”
The winning pupil came from Farington Primary, Rose Street. They received a certificate and the school got £25 worth of vouchers to spend on equipment.
The parish council found a firm to carry out the ironwork for the sign which is due to be erected at Greenfield Drive and Coote Lane, on the parish border from Lostock Hall, in a ceremony on April 27, at 11am.