Digging in to launch £1m gardens revamp

Fisherman's Friend owner Doreen Lofthouse dug the first sod to officially start the Marine Gardens re-design at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood. Pictured with Doreen and the ceremonial spade are Leader of Wyre Borough Council Peter Gibson, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre David and Glenice Bannister.
Fisherman's Friend owner Doreen Lofthouse dug the first sod to officially start the Marine Gardens re-design at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood. Pictured with Doreen and the ceremonial spade are Leader of Wyre Borough Council Peter Gibson, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre David and Glenice Bannister.

THE transformation of the Marine Hall’s gardens has officially started after a sod cutting ceremony.

Upon completion of the £1m project, council representatives hope the gardens will be reinvigorated and resemble the venue’s heyday of the 1930s, providing a tourism boost to the landmark.

Doreen Lofthouse, whose family has donated a substantial amount of money to the project, officially cut the first patch of earth, and was joined by representatives from Wyre Council, consultants BCA Landscapes, newly appointed contractors William Pye and local businessmen and women.

Construction work will begin on Monday, June 13, as part of Wyre Council’s regeneration work along the waterfront under the Sea Change banner.

The landscaping will be designed in the style of a contemporary English marine garden with a visual nod to the seafront setting, with new features including a dramatic outdoor performance area.

Coun Barry Birch, portfolio holder for regeneration at Wyre Council, said: “Our vision is to create a striking marine garden and firmly establish Marine Hall as a key venue for entertainment and performance, both for the people of Fleetwood and visitors.”

Mrs Lofthouse was presented with a commemorative spade by Wyre Council to thank her for the generous support she has shown to Fleetwood over a number of years.

She added: “I am really looking forward to seeing the new gardens.

“They have been neglected over the years because of the cost but now we can give them a lift.”

A public launch to celebrate the new gardens will take place in 2012.