GENERATIONS of Warringtonians have known instantly when the Mayor of Warrington has travelled by them on the town’s roads.

That is because, for decades, the Mayor’s car has been emblazoned with its familiar ‘ED1’ number plates.

But did you know the reason why its has this registration?

The plate dates back to the time when vehicles from Warrington ended with the letters ED.

And fittingly, as the borough’s first citizen, the Mayor claims the honour ED1.

Number plates were first introduced in this country in 1904, with the system which identified Warrington cars via the ED code introduced in 1963 amidst a growing number of vehicles on the roads.

This remained in place until 1983 – when the registrations beginning with letters A to Y came into play, before being replaced by the current year of creation identifiers in 2001.