A grand opening launch has been staged for an exhibition at Fleetwood which celebrates iconic buildings from across the Fylde coast.
Last year, Fleetwood Civic Society joined forces with the coast’s other civic groups for the first time, in a ground-breaking joint exhibition staged at Lytham.
This time it was Fleetwood’s turn, with the Marine Hall’s spacious foyer hosting the display put together by Fleetwood Civic Society, Blackpool Civic Trust and Lytham St Annes Civic Society.
The new Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun Tom Balmain and wife Alene, officially cut the ribbon at the event.
On display were framed photographs of celebrated local architecture, including Fleetwood’s North Euston Hotel in the snow, the Mount Pavilion, the Pharos Lighthouse and the cenotaph in the town’s Memorial Park.
Examples from Blackpool included the Winter Gardens and also on display were photos of the new Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station and Lytham Windmill and Old Boathouse.
Margaret Daniels, chairman of Fleetwood Civic Society, told the gathering of civic dignitaries and guests: “Fleetwood Civic Society welcomes Blackpool Civic Trust and Lytham St Annes Civic Society.
“A great deal of work has been done for this exhibition and I would like to thank the photographers for allowing their work to be displayed.”
Joan Humble, chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust – and Fleetwood’s former Labour MP – said: “I’m really pleased that all our societies are working together and sharing ideas, it makes perfect sense.
“The Marine Hall is a really beautiful setting for these very special photographs.”
And Marion Coupe, chairman of Lytham St Annes Civic Society, added: “It is an excellent idea to work together, very much a case of strength in unity.
“This has been a true partnership project between the three different groups.”
The exhibition will run throughout the month of June.
Coun Balmain said: “It is a privilege and an honour to be in Fleetwood and to open this exhibition.
“Fleetwood has a lot of nice buildings and it is good to see some of its best landmarks being restored to their former glory.”