Port Sunlight celebrates 125 years

Port Sunlight celebrates 125 years

VIDEO: Weekend festivities at Port Sunlight

Celebrations have been going on through out the weekend to mark 125 years of Port Sunlight.

The site in Wirral was the brainchild of soap magnate Lord Lever.

He set up a factory surrounded by a village for his employees and their families.

At it's height there were 8,000 workers at the site.

The plant expanded to produce some of the worlds biggest brands including PG Tips and Persil.

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Port Sunlight celebrates 125 years

Lever House Credit: PA

Port Sunlight is celebrating 125 years. A festival will be held this weekend in honour of the global household goods and food manufacturer Unilever's milestone.

Lord Lever Credit: Unilever

William Hesketh Lever originally set up business in Warrington in 1884, making Sunlight soap before expanding to produce some of the worlds biggest brands including PG Tips and Persil. Lord Lever 64 acres at Port Sunlight into a factory surrounded by a village for it's workers.

Today the grade II listed building still remains. At it's height there were 8000 employees at the site today there are 900 staff.

There are also proposals for a £40m production plant at Port Sunlight.

The original product Credit: Unilever