Showcase bid for old resort fire engine

Neal Glover from Bellfield Road brought this picture in of "Emily" a fire engine outside Morecambe Fire Station on Clark Street. Neal reckons the picture was taken during World War Two, around 1941.
Neal Glover from Bellfield Road brought this picture in of "Emily" a fire engine outside Morecambe Fire Station on Clark Street. Neal reckons the picture was taken during World War Two, around 1941.
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A vintage fire engine which served in Morecambe during World War Two could be used as a gateway feature in a South Ribble town.

Planning permission is now being sought to house the fully-operational 1938 Leyland TL fire engine, affectionately known as Norma by staff at South Ribble Council, in a box made of toughened glass outside the Leyland Hotel in Leyland.

The engine was spotted on the internet by a member of staff on the lookout for a new feature for the town. They enlisted the help of businessman Martin Ainscough, who bought the engine and donated it to be put on show.

The engine is currently being looked after by experts from the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The engine started its life being made in Leyland and was uncovered on Google in a warehouse in the north east of the country.

“We have had detailed discussions with Leyland Hotel and they are really excited about it.

“This has been a good team project between all parties.”

Mr Ainscough said: “This is a masterpiece of Leyland engineering, and the only one of its kind left, so we’re very lucky to have been able to save it and bring it back to where it belongs.”

The project is part of the Gateway initiative which also includes the Centurion Tank on Flensburg Way, which was also donated by Mr Ainscough.

South Ribble Council revealed the idea is for other commercial vehicles to be displayed in the case in future.

The council’s planning committee will make a decision on whether to approve the plans in the coming weeks.