FOR most of the first half of the 20th century, there was a huge fuel distribution centre at Diglis in Worcester.

Fuel was brought up the River Severn by 450-ton barges from BP's refinery at Llandarcy, near Swansea, and stored in massive tanks before being distributed across the UK in road tankers.

It was one of the largest and best equipped facilities of its kind in the country.

But after 42 years it all closed in 1968 when Shell-Mex and BP pulled the plug and the area became an industrial estate.