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Booths plans tribute to Burscough’s heritage

Store will look like a WWII aircraft hangar

How the Booths store is set to look in Burscough

Booths has consulted with a heritage society to ensure that its new store on the Ringtail retail park reflects the site’s military history.

The supermarket chain has designed the store to resemble a WWII aircraft hangar and is also planning to create a memorial garden which will be centred around the relocated war memorial.

During the war, the Royal Navy requisitioned 650 acres of land in Burscough and the station was commissioned on the first of September 1943,  with more than 40 squadrons using the facility for training and working up for shipboard operations.

HMS Ringtail was a very busy military establishment during its three years of service. When the station closed for flying in 1946 the Royal Navy kept the aerodrome under the status of care and maintenance and used part of it for a engine holding and repair unit.

Lawrence Critchley of the Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society is one of the people that has been advising Booths.

He said: "It’s wonderful the new retail park has been  named Ringtail, reflecting its historic location.

“The memorial garden will be fully accessible to visitors and provide a safe and secure environment for the monument, and we will still be able to hold ceremonies there.

“These are wonderful gestures by the Booths family and I feel this is a  first for any supermarket chain in that they are  keen to recognise the history and heritage of the store's location. 

“To me, supermarket buildings in general are very bland and standard; the design and features of the new Burscough store are groundbreaking and a fine tribute to what went on at HMS Ringtail.”

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