Bobby the Iron Horse has been unveiled as the latest Leyland gateway sculpture – and locals love him!
The latest piece of public art is a 15ft high iron shire horse pulling a wagon loaded with barrels and timber and sponsored by C&W Berry Ltd. ‘Bobby’ has been installed at the junction of Longmeanygate and Schleswig Way. It is the latest in a trio of roadside landmarks along the bypass. It joins the Centurion Tank on the junction of Flensburg Way and Penwortham Way and the Leyland Tractor, known as William, at the junction of Schleswig Way and Leyland Lane.
The sculptures celebrate Leyland’s proud heritage and welcome visitors to the town. South Ribble Borough Council, supported by C&W Berry Ltd and Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association worked together on the latest project. The sculpture itself was crafted by Dave Palmer at DP Structures in Nelson.
South Ribble councillor Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and leisure, said:
“He looks magnificent and already locals seem to have taken a shine to him. I’ve had many people get in touch to say how much they love him. We were able to deliver this project thanks to the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.”
Bobby the Iron Horse will be officially unveiled at a ceremony next month, when the area surrounding his new home will have been fully landscaped.