Firm to name vans after celebs

Richard Ashcroft
Richard Ashcroft

A BAKERY firm is asking locals to suggest names for its new fleet of 28 vans, using the theme of Lancashire legends.

Pie-lovers are invited to post their all-time-favourite people who are emblematic of the red rose county, and reasons for their choice, on the Holland’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Fans can also email their suggestion, along with their name, address and contact details to

David Girdler, Holland’s spokesman, said: “We really want people to use their imaginations and dig deep. There are clearly some obvious ones – Fred Dibnah, Coronation Street, Chris Evans for example – but we want some unusual ones too.

“People don’t need to feel they have to nominate celebrities either – if you have a local legend in mind give us the reason why and they’ll be considered along with the rest!”

The judging panel will select 28 names from the votes submitted – one for each of their vans. Along with the honour of naming a Holland’s Pie vehicle, the winners will get a batch of the Lancashire based firm’s pies, puddings and pastries delivered to their home in their chosen van’s legend.

With Lancashire being such a vast county, Wigan alone carries its fair share of legends.

The tale of Lady Mabel, who has to walk from Haigh to a stone cross every week as penance for bigamy, has kept the region busy with ghostly sightings.

Rugby League stars Andy Gregory and Billy Boston have kept Wigan on the map with glittering careers.

Ukulele player George Formby is one of Wigan’s most celebrated icons.

Adopted Wiganer and cyclist par excellence Bradley Wiggins has ensured the borough once again is high in the sporting ranks.

And The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft is another respected musician who started his career in Wigan.