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"L" is for "Ladysmith" and today's photo shows the Ladysmith Centre in Ashton.
The Ladysmith Centre started life in the 1960s as a grim concrete shopping area known as "The Precinct", but has undergone major refurbishment and some rebuilding. The centre now looks bright, modern and clean. Being a private site it is kept locked at night and litter is quickly removed. In the photo you can see a cleaning trolley behind the advertising board, indicating that the centre's cleaner was somewhere nearby.
The centre takes its name from the city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The first battalion of the Manchester Regiment, which was based at Ashton under Lyne Barracks, had been involved in the Battle of Ladysmith in the Boer War. They played a part in the relief of the city, which had been under seige for 118 days. Two privates from the battalion were later awarded the Victoria Cross for their amazing bravery. The barracks were later renamed Ladysmith Barracks.
See Birds Eye View of this location.
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