New festival to kick-start the summer

La Quebrada, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent, are to appear at a new festival in Fleetwood next month.
La Quebrada, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent, are to appear at a new festival in Fleetwood next month.

A world record attempt and a zip wire over the Promenade are both planned as part of a huge new festival to kickstart the summer in Fleetwood, tourism bosses have revealed.

Traders in the town have today hailed the free event, which will serve as the official launch for the £1.5m Five for Fleetwood project, as a welcome boost.

It will signal the start of a major overhaul of the seafront which Wyre Council says will create more than 70 jobs and drive bring in more visitors over the next two years.

And town hall chiefs say the Dizzy Heights festival next month is a signal of their intent for the port.

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson said: “We have some lofty ambitions for Fleetwood that we can now fulfil thanks to the Coastal Communities Fun

“What better way to showcase our plans than a festival that invites the whole community to make the most of their seafront and celebrate with us?”

The five-hour event will take place on May 24 along the Esplanade and around the Marine Hall Gardens.

Mexican high diving company La Quebrada, who dazzled audiences on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, will put on a performance before staging their own world record attempt.

Hot air balloon rides and trips along the Promenade in a land train will also be on offer.

There will also be a range of street theatre and arts and crafts workshops on the day, with local bands playing for the crowds.

Fleetwood Town Council chairman Alan Marsh said: “It is excellent news – let’s hope this is the start of putting Fleetwood back on the map.

“The more events we have like this the better.

“People keep saying Fleetwood is being forgotten about but it’s not. We have got this, we have got the investment in Memorial Park and the sea defences.

“Now we’re getting the skate park and the paddling pool, which will be tremendous.

“I have been saying for years that we need something for the children. Now we have got something for everyone. And the best thing is this event is free.”

As part of the £1.5m Coastal Communities Fund investment in the port, announced last month by the Government, five sites along the seafront are due to be refurbished - the Five for Fleetwood scheme.

The five zones to be improved as part of the cash windfall are Euston Park, the Prom, a leisure hub from the pier to the sports centre, the Marine Lake and an ecology zone at Rossall Point.

Ann-Maria Selby, who runs the Bandstand Cafe in Fleetwood Market, said: “Anything that can bring customers in is good for us.

“But I wish they would do more that involves the market.

“Hopefully though people will go to this and also come into the market.”

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