Life On Mars car is the main attraction

Gene Hunt's Cortina in Life On Mars
Gene Hunt's Cortina in Life On Mars

A CAR used in the cult BBC period drama Life On Mars will take centre stage during a special weekend of activities.

The 1974 Ford Cortina, driven by no nonsense, old-style copper DCI Gene Hunt will feature as part of a two-day historical extravaganza called Leigh For All.

On Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 activities will take place in and around the Civic Square, Leigh including a classic car rally, heritage walks, talks, tours, dance and drama highlights.

Local folk duo Chonkin Feckle will also be performing.

Astley-based supercar specialist – Keating Supercars Ltd – will also have their Keating TKR on display. The car has reached speeds in excess of 200mph but was damaged during a failed bid to break the world “blind” speed record in August this year.

The weekend has been organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) in partnership with Wigan Council, Leigh Parish Church and the Soroptimists.

Linda Marsh, from Wigan’s Heritage Service, said: “Leigh For All is a weekend dedicated to bringing history out and about and engaging people with the past by allowing them to get up close to it.”

Leigh For All coincides with the national Heritage Open Days scheme where buildings across Wigan and Leigh will be opening their doors for free.

Linda added: “There’s lots to see and get involved in and best of all it’s free.

“So make this weekend a weekend of discovery.”

Activities as part of the Leigh For All event take place between 11am and 4pm on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11

For more information visit www.wlct.org/heritage or call (01942) 828128.