Celebrating history

Spitting on a Roast are among entertainers lined up for the gig.
Spitting on a Roast are among entertainers lined up for the gig.

A night of music and song in a popular Fleetwood pub will help to round off a year of historic celebration in the port next week.

Strawberry Gardens 175 is an event designed to tell something of Fleetwood’s unique story since the town was founded by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood.

The Strawberry Gardens pub, on Poulton Road, has played an important part in that story.

In Fleetwood’s heyday as a major fishing port, the pub was a popular meeting place for fishermen and their families.

Landlord Dave Shaw, a local councillor and member of the Fleetwood 175 Committee, said: “Entertainment is very much part of the scene at the Strawberry Gardens and I wanted to stage an event for Fleetwood 175 in the pub. The Fleetwood Folk Club meets here every Thursday evening, so I asked them to help me.”

The result is Strawberry Gardens 175, which will be staged on Friday, December 9. Admission is free, and the fun starts at 9pm.

Performers include Spitting on a Roast, Scold’s Bridle and folk duo Liz Moore and Sue Bousfield, who will be joined on stage by singer, guitarist and songwriter Dave Walmisley and by Fleetwood’s Alan Bell, director of the Fylde Folk Festival.

To round the night off, Dave Shaw and friends from the brass band world on the Fylde coast will produce a finale with a flavour of Last Night of the Proms and some Christmas Carols.