A ‘Best Kept’ double

Volunteers from the Old Station Heritage Centre in Longridge
Volunteers from the Old Station Heritage Centre in Longridge

Longridge has claimed double honours in the prestigious ‘Best Kept Village Competition’.

The famously rigorous judges placed the town second only to Longton in the Large Village category, while the Old Station and Heritage Centre secured the top slot in the public hall section.

Deputy mayor Coun Chris Parkinson said he was delighted with the news of both successes.

He said: “This is very welcome news for the town. It shows we are making progress and getting the balance of creating Longridge as a place to live with the pressures of modern life, and expanding and originating business in the town. I think we are holding that balance well and taking care of the long term – it is all very good news.”

His added delight with news of the Old Station’s winning entry was matched by that of Peter Smithson.

Peter, director of Longridge Social Enterprise Company which manages the complex, said he was exceptionally pleased to hear the results.

“The volunteers are really pleased because they put in such a lot of work running the centre and station areas,” said Mr Smithson.

“They organise exhibtions, enter information for the archives, help people with information.

“This win is a real boost for them and what they do, and a boost also for Longridge.