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Journalist launches bid to make ‘dirtiest, ugliest’ town a World Heritage Site

Larry NeildA journalist has launched a campaign to have a town once branded the “dirtiest” and “ugliest” in England to be classed as a World Heritage Site.

Larry Neild is campaigning for the status to be conferred upon Widnes and Runcorn by the United Nations’ UNESCO agency due to its “significance at the birth of the Industrial Revolution”.

World Heritage Sites are given legal protection by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and Larry has written to Halton Borough Council proposing that the two towns be nominated as a joint-candidate

Larry, who was city editor at the Liverpool Daily Post between 2004 and 2007, has explained his campaign to the Liverpool Echo.

Larry, pictured, said: “People may think of a town once described as the ‘dirtiest, ugliest town in England’ as the last place to win this iconic status.”

But he added: “The more I delve into the history of Widnes the more I realise its significance at the birth of the Industrial Revolution.

“I believe a journey towards World Heritage Status could give Widnes a major boost for tourism and the economy.

“It would also put Widnes on the world map, not as a dirty, ugly place, but a location worthy of recognition after all of this time.

“The estuary and the bridges make a terrific backdrop.”