Maghull’s Labour MP Bill Esterson tables Parliamentary debate to

Bill Esterson MP and Frank Hornby Festival organiser Rev Nick Wells at the grave of Frank Hornby at St Andrew's in Maghull.


Maghull's Labour MP Bill Esterson has tabled a Parliamentary adjournment debate to discuss the legacy of the town's most famous son.

Bill has called for the debate in honour of Frank Hornby, the creator of Hornby model railways and dinky toys, and the inventor of Meccano.

Hornby was born in Liverpool 150 years ago this month, but he spent much of his life living in Maghull at houses near to the train station.

He is buried at St Andrew's Church in the town.

Although Hornby also served as a Tory MP for the constituency of Everton, our current Labour MP Bill Esterson said it was only right that the legacy of Hornby the inventor be celebrated.

Bill said: "The Frank Hornby Charitable Trust here in Maghull put on a fabulous programme of events to mark the 150 birthday of Frank Hornby. It is only right that the man's legacy is discussed in Parliament.

"Millions of youngsters have enjoyed playing with a Hornby train set. Thousands of young people have been inspired to become engineers or mechanics after playing with Meccano.

"The impact he had to the British economy cannot be estimated.

"How we can learn from Frank Hornby and how we can build on his legacy are two questions which I would like to discuss during the adjournment debate."

Bill said an adjournment debate would also give him the chance to promote Maghull's connection with Frank Hornby.

Bill said: "While people across the world know about Frank Hornby, not a lot of people outside of Merseyside know that Frank Hornby is from Maghull.

"I know that Rev Nick Wells, Les French and the rest of the Frank Hornby Festival organisers, have been building up the profile of Maghull in relation to Hornby, and if we are lucky to get this adjournment debate, it will be opportunity to add to that work.

"Frank Hornby is a major part of Maghull's heritage. We need to promote that throughout the world and celebrate it right here."



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