These two neighbouring parks provide a large, highly attractive area of green space about ½ mile north of Thornaby Town Centre.
Littleboy Park has a small play area, bowls club and some delightful tree-lined footpaths. It is named after locally born Wilfred Evelyn Littleboy, an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed during a First World War attack on the Polderhoek Chateau, France in October 1917. As a memorial to their son Wilfred’s parents donated the land for the creation of this park, which was opened to the public by his mother, Agnes in 1930.
Allison Trainer Park comprises a network of grassed area with cycle ways, tree avenues, footpaths and art features. The Five Lamps stands at the north-eastern corner of the park, off Mitchell Avenue. This is a replica of the original feature which was erected in 1874 at the junction of George Street and Mandale Road, Thornaby. In that location, the Five Lamps became an important meeting place for local people and was used by preachers, politicians and others, becoming a symbol of free speech.
The park was renamed in 2011 as a tribute to former local Councillor Allison Trainer and a commemorative plaque stands close to the Five Lamps.
The car park and main entrances to Littleboy Park can be accessed off Acklam Road, just north of the junction with Mitchell Avenue. From here a cycleway takes you into Allison Trainer Park, although there are several other entrances and a main gateway off Lanehouse Road.
We are currently seeking ways to improve and develop Littleboy Park. In order to help us, we would like to hear your views about how you use the park and what improvements you think would be most worthwhile. Even if you don't use the park we are interested in hearing from you.
We would therefore be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete our on-line survey.
Littleboy Park and Allison Trainer Park are open daily.
Allison Trainer Park