September 28th, 2016

Hundreds turn up to MG Rover heritage day in Longbridge

MORE than 600 people visited the former MG Rover site in Longbridge for what was a real community engagement day aimed at remembering the local heritage and supporting the future.

The event was opened by Coun Peter Griffiths and Coun Andy Cartwright who spoke about the Pride of Longbridge and how it was a real grassroots community that engaged groups to share in a love of Longbridge.

Many different generations went along, including and classic car owners brought their vintage vehicles home for the day.

Organisers said it was great to open the factory for the day to share with the children of 2005 and others the great history and manufacturing skills.

The day included a slide show from Keith from Birmingham Lives and tours of the current MG set-up.

Lord Austin’s office was opened to show the history of the plant and visitors even got to see the coin that, when the factory was struggling and on the brink, Lord Austin was said to have tossed to see if he should keep the company open or close its gates.

There was also the chance to look around the museum, see a film about ‘working at the Austin’ and browse heritage stalls in the main hall, including memorabilia from Lucas.

The celebration was organised as part of Birmingham’s Heritage week in partnership with MG, Pride of Longbridge (POL), Keith from Birmingham Lives and Gemma Cartwright MBE.

Matthew from MG said he was proud of the partnership MG and Pride of Longbridge achieved together, adding he was excited and thankful to be part of heritage week.

The organisers want to remind people said there is still time for ex-employees and those linked to Longbridge to e-mail to share their memories for the POL book.