Original Postman Pat sets go on display in Manchester as part of 40th anniversary

The ‘Welcome to Greendale’ exhibition marks 40 years since Postman Pat first aired.

To mark 40 years since the iconic animated Postman Pat series first aired, some of the original props and sets have gone on display for the very first time in Greater Manchester.

After production was completed, the miniature sets and props were moved to a storage facility in Stalybridge, but the iconic village of Greendale was served notice this year. With the models no longer required for filming the plan was to have them destroyed unless a new home could be found.

The Welcome to Greendale exhibition is at Waterside in Sale, Trafford, home to Cosgrove Hall Films Archive.

Thanks to the kind support of Dreamworks, NBC Universal and the acclaimed Altrincham-based animation studio, Mackinnon & Saunders -three of the major companies behind the creation and development of Pat, Jess, Mrs Goggins and all of Greendale’s much loved inhabitants over the years - Waterside has been asked to display and archive all of the remaining original and handmade sets.

Pat’s cottage, the school, the lighthouse, and the Pencaster Square, complete with original props, will be exhibited at the venue’s Lauriston Gallery to showcase and preserve the skill, beauty and craft behind this much-loved TV show and its equally loved characters.