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New children’s trail

Residents are being asked for their input into the creation of a new Children’s Trail in the town.

The Leighton Linslade Children’s Trail is being designed to celebrate the town’s links with Mary Norton – author of the series of children’s books The Borrowers and Bedknob and Broomstick.

The author spent much of her childhood in the town and the trail will include pieces of artwork to celebrate this.

The trail will follow a route in and around the town centre and is being designed by artist Martin Heron alongside Central Bedfordshire Council and Leighton Linslade Town Council.

Members of the public were invited to play a role by taking part in a selection of sessions in March, to put forward their ideas for the project. Creative sessions were also set up for people to have a go at making fun characters, which will be used as inspiration for the artwork, and residents were invited to walk the route with the artist to help them come up with ideas.

Cllr Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities for Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We wanted the local community to play a part in the creation of the trail, which aims to encourage reading and an interest in literature for everyone.

 

“These events were a great opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in this exciting project for the town.”

 

Mary Norton, who died in 1992, used the area as inspiration for much of her writing.

 

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