Port insignia gets funding

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Fleetwood’s famous Mount is set to bear an impressive permanent feature thanks to £20,000 of funding.

Community leaders joined 
together to create a lasting feature for the grassland in front of the Pavilion at the town’s centre point.

The Mount Heritage Group has now secured the money to install a colourful Onward crest, made from crushed glass and resin, to be displayed on the Mount slope.

The area has featured floral displays on and off in recent years,but a permanent display was not possible due to funding cuts.

Now enough money has been raised to fund the installation of a 16ft by 18ft glass and resin feature, showcasing the town’s historic crest.

Gordon Oates, a member of the Mount Heritage Group and also a Fleetwood Rotarian, said: “The historical significance of the Mount is paramount to this.

“The Mount is the focal point for the history of the town and that plot in front of it has historically been used for floral displays.

“In recent years, because of economic cuts, it’s not 
always been possible for Wyre
Council to put flowers in so we’ve been looking to put something permanent there.

“So the plan is to put the Fleetwood crest there – we can’t think of anything more appropriate.”

The red, yellow and blue crest bears the word ‘onward’ 
below it as well as two birds, a boat and a Lancashire red rose.

‘Onward’ is a word which resonates with many in the port town, Mr Oates said, with Fleetwood singer Alfie Boe adopting it as the name of his first album.

The Mount Heritage Group comprises councillors and members of Fleetwood Town Council, Fleetwood 
Civic Society and Fleetwood Rotary Club, who have worked with Wyre Council’s planning teams on the plan.

An initial bid for £20,000 of Lottery funding was knocked back, leading the group to apply to Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Borough Council for the cash.

Wyre Council’s neighbourhood fund has offered up £2,800 while the Town Council are set to meet the rest of the costs.

Working with local companies the feature has been designed to last at least 15 years but is intended to have a life-expectancy of up to 25 years.

It is hoped the feature will be in place by the end of the year.

Heritage Group members felt it was important for the feature to go in during the centenary year after the Mount’s Pavilion’s clock was donated as a First World War memoriam.

An information board will also be installed to educate visitors and residents about the significance of the Mount and the crest to the town’s 

The area currently features a floral display commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, funded and 
planted by Wyre Borough Council.