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Broughton Bypass to be named in honour of Preston war hero

Posted on - 25th September, 2017 - 12:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, History, News, Roads, Transport
The Broughton bypass and Private James Towers Pic: Preston Digital Archive
The Broughton bypass and Private James Towers Pic: Preston Digital Archive

The Broughton Bypass is already no more.

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A new name for the road has been announced paying tribute to one of Preston’s war heroes.

James Towers Way is the new name for the road which is due to open in early October.

Private Towers was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in 1918.

He made his way across No Man’s Land volunteering to relay a message as a runner. Five people had already lost their lives attempting it.

The Broughton-born soldier made it across and brought support in for his battalion in northern France.

Broughton Parish Council suggested the new name for the road to remember Private Towers’ efforts.

Private Towers’ granddaughter Glynis Castle, who lives in Preston, said: “We are very proud and pleased with this tribute to my grandfather. It seems very appropriate that it’s in Broughton, as he lived and worked here.

“I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. If my mum had still been here, I know that she would have been very pleased as well.

“I’d like to thank both councils for this honour, which means a lot to our family.”

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The long-awaited bypass, due to ease congestion at the Broughton crossroads, saw its opening brought forward after it had been pushed back to January 2018.

The Bypass is a 1km route taking out the A6 through Broughton
The Bypass is a 1km route taking out the A6 through Broughton

Leader of Lancashire County Council Geoff Driver CBE said: “It’s almost a century since Private Towers’ heroic actions, which makes this a fitting tribute.

“He knew the dangers he faced and risked his life to save his comrades. I’m proud that this new road will bear his name, and that more people will be made aware of his heroic actions.”

The road name was agreed by Preston City Council who have to sign off on any new road names.

Read more: Watch the route the Broughton Bypass will take

Executive member for community and environment city councillor Robert Boswell said: “It is with great pleasure that I am able to grant this honour to the memory of James Towers, with a road so significant to the village he grew up in. This tribute will enable us to pass the story of his bravery and sacrifice onto further generations.”

The James Tower Way will open to the public on Thursday 5 October and has cost more than £30million.

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