Walmer Bridge shows signs of being very friendly

The writing's on the wall: Yvonne Dean next to three of the welcome to Walmer Bridge signs, and a Little Hoole Parish Council sign
The writing's on the wall: Yvonne Dean next to three of the welcome to Walmer Bridge signs, and a Little Hoole Parish Council sign
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It may be one of the smallest, but with 10 ‘Welcome To’ signs, Walmer Bridge is definitely one of the friendliest villages in Lancashire.

Situated in the parish of Little Hoole, just outside Longton, the area is flanked on all entrances by signs of all sizes, shapes, and there’s even a bridge proudly displaying the village name.

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign

“It’s definitely a welcoming place”, said Hoole Coun John Rainsbury, who lives in Tristan Avenue, Walmer Bridge.

“There’s very much a strong community spirit here, everyone knows one another and gets on.”

He added: “Even though it is small, there’s a lot here to draw people in from outside the area, including the pubs, the takeaways, the lovely butchers and the Village Hall, which always has a lot going on.”

The majority of the signs have been paid for by Little Hoole Parish Council, and many also have floral displays.

It’s definitely a welcoming place

Chairman Coun David Suthers said: “People are proud to be from Walmer Bridge.

“The signs are about making the village look attractive and I’m pleased to say that I’ve just had notification that we’ve got to the final of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village.”

But it seems that one of the signs is causing a bit of confusion.

Coun Suthers said: “There’s a sign to the north end of the village that is a bit controversial because it says Welcome To the Parish of Little Hoole.

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign

“We resurrected some 
old 1950s signs and this one originally said Wal

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign

Sign of the times: Welcome to Walmer Bridge sign