Sculptures to mark town’s heritage trail

A small-scale model of a truck
A small-scale model of a truck

It has only just unveiled the latest Leyland gateway feature, but South Ribble Council is already planning another big attraction in the town in the near future.

The council’s regeneration team is in talks to develop a magnificent art trail of colourful truck sculptures around the town, to further celebrate Leyland’s industrial heritage.

It has joined forces with national project Wild in Art, which has a catalogue of successful schemes under its belt, to develop the idea.

Wild in Art is known across the country for developing exciting art sculpture trails across towns and cities to boost tourism and provide feel-good factors in areas with something worth celebrating.

Now, the exciting organisation is in talks with South Ribble Council to create a similarly ambitious Truck Trail around Leyland, to commemorate the town’s world-famous industrial heritage.

Visitors to the official unveiling of the new Welcome to Leyland fire engine gateway feature earlier this month saw posters advertising that ‘Something Big Is Coming’, alongside a small-scale model of a truck to showcase how the sculptures could look.

The idea first stemmed from the Leyland Town Team’s list of proposals when appealing for shopping guru Mary Portas to plough cash into improving the area last year.

Although the Portas bid was unsuccessful, some of the plans are still being considered, and the time has now come for the special Truck Trail project to be driven forward.

Wild in Art’s director Sally Anne Wilkinson said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council to look at what it means to develop this public art sculpture trail.

“We’re particularly pleased to have been invited to work in Leyland, and the discussions are still ongoing.

“South Ribble Council came to us because of our reputation and experience, and the Truck Trail would be such a great project to work on.”

- For more on this story including photos of previous Wild in Art events, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.