On September 15th the new season of talks and the new venue will see a curtain-raiser presentation from Ian Morgan. Ian will enlighten of the history of the A1 road. The A1 – renowned as being the route from London to Edinburgh has changed its path and even its name many times over the years, yet as the travellers pass on their way do they know just how fortunate they are? Ian writes “We shall see the scenes of horrific battles, the haunts of highwaymen, the sites of murder and much, much more… Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of horror and humour as the stories of this ancient highway unfold.” The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK, at 410 miles (660 km). It was designated by the Ministry of Transport in 1921, and for much of its route it followed various branches of the Great North Road. The Great North Road was a coaching route used by mail coaches between London, York and Edinburgh.