£2.4m bid plea

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THE FLEETWOOD public will be called on to help in the £2.4m facelift of the town’s Memorial Park.

After getting a £102,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a plan for the park, Wyre Council is now driving the project forward with the goal of submitting a bid for all the Lottery cash in the new year to pay for a makeover of the whole area.

The authority now needs the public’s ideas and memories of the park from days gone by to provide a strong historic background to support the bid.

Then, shortly before Christmas, it will be asking for the public’s ideas for the restoration of the park.

The bid – if successful – is likely to bring a host of better facilities to the park, including better sport and play equipment, improved pathways, and essential conservation work. But first, on November 10, there will be an open day at the North Euston Hotel where Fleetwood folk will be encouraged to bring pictures or any other items relating to the Grade II listed park.

Even if they have only memories they will still be welcome because the council will be recording oral histories to keep the area’s story alive.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Public participation will form a very important part of the bid for funding. We are very keen to get people’s memories of an important part of the town.

“If people want to bring pictures and items we will take copies so that they won’t have to leave anything with us.” She added: “The council is looking to the local community to help bring the park’s history to life and demonstrate its importance in Fleetwood’s heritage.

“Information about those commemorated on the war memorial and the children who planted the original trees are of particular interest.

“People with stories to tell will be given the chance to take part in audio recordings at a later date, to create an oral history that will be archived in the North West Sound Archive.”

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