Leyland Historical Society

Films & Videos

Our regular entertainment at the February meetings is Sid Calderbank who recites poems, songs and recitations  in Lancashire dialect.

Here he is in foreign country at Frodsham Folk Club telling the tale of Bobby Grundy and the Village Shop as written by Benjamin Woods.  


Back in the 1980's on Channel 4 on a Thursday evening you could find a programme called Treasure Hunt which featured Anneka Rice rushing round the country in a helicopter with a camera man called Graham,  a sound recordist called Frank and a helicopter pilot called Keith.

This episode introduced by Kenneth Kendall and Wincey Willis started outside the Leyland Vehicles headquarters on Wheelton Lane before heading up the Ribble Valley. 

To celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary on 23rd April 2016, we saw this sketch. See who you can spot?   

On 20th April 2016 we also lost a great northern comedian and writer, Victoria Wood.

Here Thomas explains the Middleton family coat of arms

Wednesday 20th April 2016 found fourteen of the Society members at the College of Arms being given a guided tour by the Garter King of Arms, Thomas Woodcock, one of our members.

A selection of films that can be found on You Tube which either feature Leyland or have amused the Chairman.

Back in 2000, I was one of the many who visited

the Millennium Dome to see the exhibitions that were put on including the special edition of Blackadder.

The Show in the centre of the dome went from ground level up to the ceiling of the dome using wire work, flying trapeze and all manner of stunts. It told the Story of Ovo and was based on an album by Peter Gabriel. This is the first video I have seen of the full show, a short excerpt being available on the CD.

I saw the show twice, once from ground level and once from the balcony and still missed some of the action. Enjoy...  

James Bond (Mark 2 - George Lazenby) visiting the College of Arms in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"