There's still time to join the fascinating Leyland factory project

Bygone times, workers leaving the Leyland Motors factory
Bygone times, workers leaving the Leyland Motors factory
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Former Leyland factory employees are being urged to come forward and reveal tales of their working days.

Leyland Historical Society wants as many folk as possible to take part in the project.

Interviews are already under way, but the soceity says it still wants more people to tell their stories about working in Leyland at factories such as Leyland Motors, the three rubber works, the four cotton mills, Leyland Paints, Bleach Works, Gold Thread Works and any of the small industries.

The society said while researching the book on The Industrial Heritage of Leyland and Farington it was surprising the number of factories and businesses that have been conducted within the area in the last hundred and fifty years.

From the smallest blacksmith to the multi-national, all types of business could be found in Leyland and Farington.

At one time there were more than 18,0000 people working within Leyland itself.

So the Society appealed to the people of Leyland and their families and friends to help it establish a database of Leyland and Farington workers.

Their memories are being recorded for future generations making them available to the local museums, colleges and schools in the form of CD, video and publications.

The second edition of the book which is expanded and updated is available from the society or from Great Grandfathers for £9.95.

However if you provide the society with your memories you will receive a free copy of the new book.

Leyland Historical was formed on 1st July 1968.

To leave your details for the oral history project, go to the society’s website and click on the large green button which leads to a page where you can submit your working details to the society or just email the society at peter@leylandhistoricalsociety.co.uk

There are also leaflets available around the town in many shops, offices, churches, railway station, library and museum.

Please complete the slip in the leaflet and forward it to Leyland Historical Society, c/o 14 Clifton Avenue, Leyland PR25 3ES or telephone the chairman on 01772 641604.

Extra copies of the leaflet are available to ensure that no one is missed.

so if a member of your family, a friend or a neighbour worked in a Leyland or Farington factory ask them to get in touch.