A 91-year-old Lancashire man was taken back to his blacksmith roots of the 1930s, thanks to Myerscough College.
The college arranged for Dick Banks to make a special visit to its farriery workshop.
Dick trained as a farrier in the family business when he left school at the age of 14 in 1936, working with his father and brother at their forge in Lodge Street, just off Marsh Lane, in Preston.
He was a blacksmith and master farrier for more than 30 years before the industry declined in the ’ 60s. Dick then worked as a welder at British Leyland for many years.
He was delighted to spend time in the college workshop, observing students at work and meeting staff, before receiving a special commemorative horseshoe.
Myerscough is the only college in the north offering recognised industry recognised farriery qualifications.
Dick said: ‘’It’s been fantastic being back in workshop, experiencing the sights, the sounds and the smells of it all.
“Back in my day we concentrated on the shoeing of heavy horses used on the railways. It was a very important job and the hours were long.
“We worked hard but were paid quite well. I earned around three guineas a week, which was very good money in those days.’
“Talking to the staff, it looks as if the basics of the trade have remained the same, but they don’t use wrought iron to make the shoes with anymore.
“It’s great to see a new generation coming through to keep the industry alive.’’
Dick’s daughter, Ann Wilson, helped to arrange the surprise visit and said:‘’I know it will have brought back many happy memories.
“He loved being a farrier, as this was the family trade, and was so sad when he had to give it up.’’