BILL Wyman of the Rolling Stones was among many celebrities who joined the hundreds of young men who arrived each day at Padgate Railway Station.

They then marched along Station Road to the main entrance and into RAF Padgate Camp throughout the war years and afterwards during their national service.

A Heritage Day next month will be a first for Padgate and visitors will be taken back to the early 1800s, uncovering secrets of the past along the way.

Uncover the answers to historical questions such as finding out where the grave of the first Mayor of Warrington lies, more on Bennett’s Rec and find out which church can trace its history directly back to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

Discussion will also take place to find out where exactly Padgate is and when it became a village since it is not recognised as a Warrington Borough Council ward.

By paying a visit to Padgate Heritage Day you will be able to discover a hidden history of the village, all for free.

The Friends of Christ Church Graveyard, came up with the idea of a history day and organised this exciting event involving exhibitions, quizzes, graveyard walks and local history for both young and old alike.

With the support of Christ Church, Culture Warrington, Padgate Library, local community groups and the people of Warrington, the team has uncovered amazing photographs of the walking days among the many others.

Visitors will see historical displays on Padgate’s churches, local history and old maps of the area, landowners and benefactors, famous Padgate places such as Bennett’s Rec, the railway station, RAF Padgate, village club, tennis and bowling clubs.

The exhibition covers more than 40 display boards and will be set out within and around the Christ Church building and graveyard on Station Road.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day for visitors.

Guides, leaflets and maps will be on offer and visitors will be encouraged to contribute to existing records from their own knowledge.

The day is open to all residents in Warrington to learn just how an area of farmland developed into a village.

The heritage day will take places at Christ Church, Station Road next Saturday, September 8 from 10am until 4 pm.

Admission is free.