Gardens restored to former glory

Opening of Euston Park in Fleetwood.  Demi Thornley and Rose Somers from St Mary's.
Opening of Euston Park in Fleetwood. Demi Thornley and Rose Somers from St Mary's.

The sun shone down on the opening of Fleetwood’s restored Euston Gardens which have been transformed back to their original splendour.

The Mayor of Wyre, Coun Tom Balmain gave an opening speech to invited guests and children from St Mary’s Catholic School who dressed in Victorian costume for the occasion.

The restoration of the seafront park is part of the £1.5m seafront facelift and has been designed to form a gateway for visitors arriving by ferry and tram.

Wyre Council’s marketing manager Rebecca Bleasdale said: “ It was a really lovely occasion, everything went well and we were really lucky with the weather.

“People were invited for a tour of the Lower Lighthouse which was nice too.

“We had one visitor, Jim Cavanah Jnr, who had come all the way from Hampshire for the opening. His father, Jim Cavanagh Snr, was a Japanese prisoner of war and a fish merchant and used to live in Queens Terrace.

“He was 87 when he died and Mr Cavanah has arranged for a plaque to be installed on one of the benches in the gardens.”

Euston Park is part of architect Decimus Burton’s original plan for the town dating back to the Victorian era. The gates and shelters have been carefully restored to retain their original features and the fountain will be back on site within the next few weeks to complete the final of part of the jigsaw.

Refreshments were provided by Mount Pleasant Tearooms.