Fleetwood gets set for 175 excitement

Fleetwood Sea Cadets will be among those involved in the town's 175 Tattoo on April 30.
Fleetwood Sea Cadets will be among those involved in the town's 175 Tattoo on April 30.

A SPRING ball and a youth tattoo are among the forthcoming highlights of the Fleetwood 175 celebrations.

Organisers of the town’s 175th birthday celebrations have been adding new events to their long list of activities.

This Saturday there will be a black tie ball at the North Euston, with a champagne reception at 7pm before the main dinner gets underway at 7.30pm.

However, tickets costing £24.95 per person are selling out fast, and those wishing to attend the event, which includes live music and a DJ, are advised to contact the North Euston as soon as possible.

The youth tattoo takes place at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium on Saturday April 30, beginning at 7pm.

Organising the event is Allan Johnson, a former colour sergeant with Fleetwood Marine Cadets who has organised similar events in the past.

The last was in 1995 to mark VE Day.

He said: “There should be around 100 young people and given the right weather it should be a tremendous night.

“It will be a great showcase for the town’s youth.

“It would be nice if we could make it an annual event.

“We would need more military involvement and we need notice for that, but we are a big enough town and there are lots of people in the forces in Fleetwood.

The two-hour spectacular will conclude with a firework display.

Contributions will be made by the Fleetwood Marine Cadets, the Bulldogs gymnastic team, the Royalettes Morris Dancers and the Red Tiger karate team.

Music will come from the Fleetwood Sea Cadets Old Boys’ Band and a pipe band from Preston.

And on June 17 it will be party time when schools will be getting out the trestle tables and bunting for parties in the playground.

The cost of road closures and insurance have ruled out street parties, but 175 organisers are determined that won’t spoil the fun.

Margaret Lund, chairman of the 175 Steering Committee, said: “Our town has a fantastic community spirit and I’m sure everyone will pull together to make 2011 a year to remember in Fleetwood.

Other 175 events include a garden party at Rossall School on July 2 and a schools dance festival at Fleetwood High School on July 13.

Also included will be 175 versions of annual events.