THE year is 1932, the scene is set for an important ceremony to take place - the laying of the foundation stone for Accrington's new police station.

It was laid by Home Secretary Sir Herbert Samual.

At the time the brick versus stone controversy ran fiercely as many people felt it was only right to use Accrington brick, rather than Yorkshire facing stone.

However Yorkshire stone was what the plans stipulated and the plans had been chosen from a dozen entries in a competition which invited architects to design the new premises for not only the police station and the court, but a fire station.

This ambitious project took around three years to complete and provided welcome employment for those economically depressed years.

The opening ceremony took place on May 9, 1935.