Lowry sculpture unveiled at Knott End jetty

The Mayoress and Mayor of Wyre Mrs Alene Balmain and Councillor Tom I Balmain with children from Fleetwood's Charity School at the unveiling of the Lowry statue at Knott End
The Mayoress and Mayor of Wyre Mrs Alene Balmain and Councillor Tom I Balmain with children from Fleetwood's Charity School at the unveiling of the Lowry statue at Knott End

A sculpture in honour of artist LS Lowry has been officially unveiled on the seafront at Knott End.

It celebrates Lowry’s links with the village as depicted in his painting ‘The Jetty at Knott End, near Fleetwood’ and portrays a matchstick man and dog from his artwork.

The Lancashire artist often visited Knott End in the 1940s and 1950s and painted a number of seafront scenes illustrating the Fleetwood ferry. The sculpture is on the spot next to the jetty where the artist was known to stand and sketch.

The project has been jointly funded by a £2,000 Shaping Your Neighbourhood grant and £3,500 from Preesall Town Council, and forms part of a wider plan by Fleetwood’s Charity School in Preesall to improve the area around the jetty and celebrate Over Wyre’s arts heritage.

Coun Vivien Taylor, Cabinet member with responsibility for community engagement at Wyre Council, said at the unveiling: “Wyre Council is very proud to co-fund the project with Preesall Town Council through Shaping Your Neighbourhood.

“As a child, I had the privilege of watching Lowry undertake some of his sketches at this spot, so I am thrilled that we’ve been able to create this lasting reminder of his work.

“I’m also delighted that the children who first considered celebrating the artist were able to take their ideas and put them into action.”

The Mayor of Preesall, Councillor Philip Orme, added: “Celebrating Lowry’s links to Knott End is a means of attracting more visitors to the area and the sculpture will hopefully help put the village on the map.”

In August, children took part in art workshops inspired by Lowry’to create a mural.