The Launch of Buzzard Trails and the Living History Trail

Alexander Merriman outside the LBO and Jackson Printers

To celebrate the people of our town, Leighton-Linslade Town Council has created a ‘Living History Trail’ supported by the launch of an interactive trail app ‘Buzzard Trails’ (available from today).

We are proud of our social history in Leighton-Linslade. The people who have lived and worked here have made it the thriving community it is today. This 12-point trail has been created to share some of the stories of the people from our town’s history.

Betty Holmes, Betty Tots to Teens

Cllr. Amanda Dodwell, Chair of Cultural and Economic Committee said, “There is so much to learn about the fascinating characters from our town’s past. We hope to keep telling their stories.”

Strolling down Leighton Buzzard’s High Street into the wide Market Square takes you through a thousand years of history. “It’s been particularly rewarding to have worked with local history group members in making the Trail. We have also had contact with people who have family or other links to the people featured in the Trail who continue the next thousand years of our history,” continued Cllr Dodwell.

The app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

For a full interactive experience, please download the ‘’Buzzard Trails” app via your app store available from today (26th September 2019). The Trail has visual and audio information and the map shows where the drop kerbs are to help everyone navigate their way around the town centre where the trail is based.

You can download a Living History Trail map and information leaflet from or pick up one from The White House, Hockliffe Street. Please look out for updates via @LLTCNews social media channels. The Trail’s official launch is 5th October.

With special thanks to: The families of those featured in this trail; Leighton Buzzard Historical and Archaeological Society; Bedfordshire Archive and Records Service; Peter Hailes and the Leighton Buzzard Fire Station; Leighton Buzzard Observer; Ian and Arthur Summerfield; Colin Holmes