The legacy of one of Barrow’s most distinguished people has seen a major road named in his honour.

Sir John Fisher Drive has been developed as the access road from the A6 to Lancaster University’s new Health Innovation Campus and has been named to recognise the Cumbrian shipping magnate, who was knighted for his role in the Dunkirk and Normandy operations during the Second World War.

David Dawson, executive officer from the Sir John Fisher Foundation, said: “The trustees, staff and everyone associated with our foundation feel very proud of the legacy left by Sir John and Lady Maria.

“This recognition is a fitting tribute to a great local leader.”

Sir John was the chairman of James Fisher & Sons plc, the Barrow-based shipping company founded by his grandfather in 1847 – and now one of the world’s oldest maritime organisations.

Before his death, Sir John and his wife, Lady Maria Fisher, set up the Sir John Fisher Foundation, to fund charitable and community projects, particularly around Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness Peninsula.

Throughout their lives, the couple took a deep interest in many social and charitable organisations, giving personal support as well as financial aid.

Sir John gave a substantial proportion of his shares in James Fisher and Sons plc to the foundation, so it could continue that tradition after his death.

His legacy has been honoured by the naming of the road.

The road has already been used by people attending the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic.