History of Leyland wing opens at hotel

Fitting tribute: Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, with MD Stuart Hunter
Fitting tribute: Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, with MD Stuart Hunter
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Leyland’s rich history has been brought back to life – in a rather unique way.

A luxury 1920s car and two of the famous faces behind the Leyland – She’s a Lady Leyland Motors’ calendars are the focus of a £275,000 refurbishment at the Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel.

Bosses at the Leyland Way hotel have sought the expertise of volunteers from the town’s British Commercial Vehicle Museum to develop the new History of Leyland wing, which was unveiled during a special event this week.

The decor and furnishings have been designed to celebrate the heritage of the town’s motoring industry, with walls and cushions adorned with symbolic images of Leyland’s past.

Stuart Hunter, managing director of the Feathers Hotel Group, said: “This is the gateway to Leyland and we’re committed to the investment of this hotel to create jobs and growth in the local economy.

“This new wing is a celebration of that investment and commitment.

“We’ve built up a good reputation which we’re very proud of, and we hope to continue getting the support of the public for this community hotel.”

Derek Westall, from the vehicle museum, said: “I’m very impressed with the new 
rooms.

“It’s a good idea to have a local theme, and the town of Leyland was really built from the trucks factories.”

A lady from the 1951 calendar, and one from 1961, are both featured as part of the 32 newly refurbished rooms, with cushions on the beds also showing off the artwork.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, officially opened the new wing on Wednesday.