Maghull Labour Action Team and local businesses back Frank Hornb

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Maghull Labour Action Team’s Cllr Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer and Westway shopkeepers.

"The next stop is Frank Hornby Square" - or it could be if Maghull Labour Action Team and local businesses get their way.


Maghull Labour Action Team and Maghull businesses came together earlier this month to launch the Support Our Shops campaign.


The latest idea to bring shoppers back to the town centre is to change the name of Central Square to Frank Hornby Square.


Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said the change of name will help the town capitalise on the Hornby brand.


Cllr McKinley said: "Changing the name of the Square to Frank Hornby Square would really give the town the chance to take full advantage of the popularity of one of the town's most famous sons.


"Hornby is a brand which is known world wide. There are major potential advantages for the town in capitalising on the brand and using it to market what we have to offer here in Maghull and attracting visitors to the hometown of the world's favourite inventor and toy maker.


"By using the Hornby name, we could attract tourists from around the world to Maghull to see where the great man lived, where he is buried and the areas which inspired his creations.


"Labour-run Maghull Town Council is also looking at the potential for a one stop shop for the Maghull community, for heritage, history, arts and information to complement the fantastic Hornby offering we have in the town hall.


"We are already working with Maghull's very own Les French who is Chairman of The Frank Hornby Charitable Trust, to see what ways we can utilise the name of Frank Hornby.


"The potential really is endless and all along we will benefiting the town of Maghull."


Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne said the renaming of the square was a good way of marketing the town centre.


Cllr Byrne said: "Frank Hornby is known throughout the world, we can use that to our advantage. Frank Hornby Square would put the town centre on the map.


"It will attract people in, which will be advantageous to the existing business, maybe even attract new ones, which in turn is a win for the whole of Maghull."


Manager of the Thomas Cook travel agents on Westway, Caroline Burkett, who launched the Support Our Shops Campaign, said Maghull should embrace the heritage of Hornby.


Caroline said: "We have come up with some great ideas, which really capitalise on the history of Maghull.

"Frank Hornby was a great entrepreneur and as a local community we should be coming together, to proudly embrace his fantastic creations and his history here in Maghull.

"We can educate the younger generation of this amazing community that we are all apart of, and hopefully encourage people from far and wide to experience Frank's legacy."


The town's Labour MP has also backed the idea.


Bill Esterson said: "There's no doubt that Frank Hornby is a world wide brand. Everywhere you go, people know of Hornby train sets or Meccano. But as of yet people don't necessarily associate Maghull with that name.


"If we can start to get Maghull recognised as the home of Hornby, Mecanno and Dinky Toys, then we could go a way to really making the most of one of Maghull's most famous residents and at the same time we will be introducing the town's younger generations to fantastic legacy which Frank left behind.


"This is a tremendous idea and I look forward to doing my shopping in Frank Hornby Square."

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