New Preston link road opened and named after Victoria Cross hero

Posted on - 13th July, 2023 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, Transport
L-R Clive Buckingham, Glynis Buckingham, Luke Buckingham, William Young, Terry Young, Deputy Mayor of Preston Cllr Phil Crowe

The grandson of a First World War hero has officially opened one of the new link roads off the Preston Western Distributor.

William Young Way will run off the new link road, Edith Rigby Way, and connect homes in Cottam and the western side of the city with the new 2.5mile link road.

89-year-old William Young, who shares his grandfather’s name, was joined by his grandfather’s great granddaughter Glynis Buckingham and great grandson Terry Young, along with other family members, Clive Buckingham and Luke Buckingham, travelled to Preston from their home in Strood, Kent, to help mark the occasion and cut the ceremonial ribbon with the Deputy Mayor of Preston, Councillor Phil Crowe and other Preston guests.

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The road is named after the city’s Victoria Cross hero William Young.

He was given the honour after seeing his Sergeant was wounded he left his trench to save him under heavy fire.

Young had both his jaws shattered, and was shot in the chest, but still dragged his Sergeant, with the help of another soldier, back to safety disobeying direct orders from his officer in his act of bravery.

William Young said on attending the road naming in honour of his grandfather: “It has been the family’s honour to mark the opening of the new road in respect of my grandfather’s bravery and thank you to Preston for remembering him in this way. Although we are very proud of William Young, let us not forget that all the men who have served to protect our country are all heroes.

“I remember being evacuated to Preston in the Second World War and when I arrived, I stood at Preston train station as a child watching all the thousands of young men in uniform marching past me to go and serve on the front line. It is something I will never forget and that changed me forever.”

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The official ribbon cutting as William Young Way was opened

A second link road is also named after Avice Pimblett OBE, who was the first woman town councillor, first woman Alderman and first woman Mayor of Preston.

Preston City Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety councillor Freddie Bailey said: “This is an exceptional situation as these are major new link roads and we determined that the council would recommend the names. As the city has two VC holders and James Towers was commemorated at Broughton, we had been seeking a suitable opportunity to name a road for William Young. In the vast majority of cases for new residential ‘estate’ roads we work with the developer and if possible, try to agree something that links to the locality/history of the site.

“We chose Avice Pimblett OBE, as not many females have been honoured with road names in the local area so it is important that we continue to readdress the gender balance. Both persons are very worthy candidates and we are proud to honour their contribution to society and to the city of Preston.”

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