A couple with fond memories of an iconic mill have saved their own piece of history from the building... before it is gone forever.
Brian Maley, 73, and Dorothy Harrison, 76, met at Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge in 1968 and have been together ever since.
With demolition of the mill well under way Brian has rescued a brick from the site and put it in his garden - complete with an engraved plaque about the couple’s meeting place.
The pair both worked for Baxi Heating when it was based in the mill.
Brian was a sheet metal worker and worked for Baxi on and off at its different sites until 1996.
Dorothy spent two years working there and later worked in medical supplies and for Redrow Homes.
Brian said: “At the start of the demolition I obtained a brick from the ladies’ toilet wall with blue paint on it, this was the first part of the Mill to be demolished.
“Dorothy remembers these facilities well so I mounted the brick in our back garden wall and inscribed a plaque commemorating our meeting at the mill.
“The plaque reads: ‘New Mill Wesley Street, Brian Maley and Dorothy Harrison worked here in 1968-1970 for Baxi Heating. Mill demolished 2013, Dot and Brian still going strong.’
The couple, who never married, live in Leyland Lane, Leyland. They have four children from previous relationships and one daughter and one grand daughter together.
Brian said: “The mill is iconic and its a shame that it is being demolished.
“We moved in together in 1970, bought this house in Leyland in 1971 and here we still are.
“We are going to finish our lives together.”
Work to demolish the mill started back in June after plans to build up to 200 homes on the site were given the go ahead.
It is hoped Brian’s brick won’t be the only thing saved from the mill.
Council bosses have said they are hoping that some of the landmark mill’s features will also be saved.
It is hoped a stone inscription of the Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company, together with a 1907 date stone, on the mill building can be reused, possibly as an entrance feature to the site when it is redeveloped.