A GRAND National winning horse that was owned by a former Ludlow Mayor and bookmaker features in plans for a new pub in the town centre.

The sign for a planned pub in High Street features a blood bay Grand National winner from the 1930s that was owned by a Ludlow mayor at the time.

The Son of Saxon, the company behind the Dog Hangs Well and the Ludlow Ledger, has published more details of its plans for 13 High Street and Andy Boddington who represents the town on Shropshire Council approves.

He says it will help Ludlow town centre to be distinctive and not look like a clone of other towns.

The Ludlow pub sign of a blood bay horse will be painted by Ashford Carbonell artist, Jonathan Adams.

It will celebrate the 1932 Grand National winner ‘Forbra’ owned by Ludlow mayor William Parsonage.

The sign depicts horse and jockey Tim Hamey on Whitcliffe looking over Ludlow.

He will be wearing Parsonage’s colours of blue, white, grey and red.

“The designs look good to me,” said Andy Boddington.

“Saxon has not adopted the dour grey that many retailers currently favour for fascias and I am pleased that we are getting a design that is local and distinctive.

“One of the threats to the character of our town centre is the spread of clone shops that look like they could be on any high street in the country.