THIS remarkable horse was turning out for work after years of service which had been capped off by a recent agricultural show success.

Polly, the Welsh bay mare horse, lived an incredible 42 years. She and the delivery van belonged to the Old Country Laundry in Grant Street- now Grant Road- at Witton in Blackburn.

When pictured in 1928, they had just won the prize for the best-turned-out horse and van at the Royal Lancashire Show.

The tradition began in 1767 and has been a highlight in the calendar for people throughout the county ever since, giving them the chance to showcase livestock, food, produce, crafts and more.

The 2018 edition of the show will be returning to the area for three days on the weekend of July 20 at Salesbury Hall in Ribchester, after around 15,000 people attended the event last year.

The event was held that year for the first time in Blackburn and was hosted at the Old Mother Redcap.

It was most recently held in the town in 2016 at Witton Park.

Far right on the picture is the laundry company's head van man, Mr Robert Wilkinson, pictured with his colleagues Albert Lancaster, to the left, and Jimmy Pomfret, who helped provide the valuable service to people across the area.