Fleetwood 175

Fleetwood 175

Fleetwood 175 was the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the town, in 2011. It was a year of events and parties, and a monument to mark the occasion.

A public meeting was held in 2010. The unanimous opinion from residents and existing groups was that the anniversary was a special occasion. It should be marked with a year of events and activities for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

A committee was set up to plan a years parties and celebratory events. It was led by Margaret Lund as Chairman of the 175 Committee and Margaret Daniels from Fleetwood Civic Society.

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All the primary school children in Fleetwood received a commemorative 175 model trawler as a memento of their fishing heritage. Fleetwood Museum worked with a local author who wrote ‘Fabulous Fleetwood’, a storybook about history and heritage, which was given to all under 11’s in the town.

A Year of Events

There were some special one-off events, along with a special 175 focus for longer running annual events. There was tremendous support and enthusiasm from the community.

The events during 2011 included:

11-JanNational Archive Film FestivalMarine Hall
28-30 JanSteamer 175 Charity Music FestSteamer
10-12 Feb29th Camra Beer and Cider Fest
10-MarSchools’ 175 Music FestivalMarine Hall
08-AprExhibition openingMuseum
09-Apr175 Spring BallNorth Euston
22-24 AprilJazz FestivalNorth Euston
24-AprEaster Sunrise ServiceThe Mount
28-AprMusical Heritage FestivalNorth Euston
08-MayHeroes Fun Day and TattooFleetwood FC
17-JunSchool Playground Parties
30 Jun -1 JulThe Golden DreamNorth Euston
25-JunFleetwood Carnival 175
JulyDecimus Burton ExhibitionMarine Hall
13-JulSchools’ Dance Festival
17-JulTransport Festival
23-JulMemorial Park Fun Day
2,3,4 SeptFleetwood Folk FestivalVarious venues
8-11 Sept175 Heritage Festival
21-SepSongs of PraiseMarine Hall
30-Sep175 Royal Marine Band ConcertMarine Hall
3-5 NovFleetwoodstock 175Marine Hall
05-Nov175 Community BonfireRossall Field Westway
13-DecSchools’ Christmas ConcertMarine Hall

And a Fleetwood 175 Monument

In 2011 the town turned 175. A fantastic achievement and celebration of a town that still retains much of the architecture in the streets originally laid out by Decimus Burton.

2012 was another big year for Fleetwood with many more exciting events.

  • It was the year that Marine Hall Gardens were reopened after remodelling,
  • the Queens Golden Jubilee Party,
  • and the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

This was also the year that the new Fleetwood 175 Monument was unveiled.

The team were really pleased that there were enough funds left from the 175 celebrations to install the new monument on the Esplanade, to remember the anniversary for many years to come.

Mrs Doreen Lofthouse, Chairman and Honorary President of Fleetwood Civic Society, unveiled it on 7 September 2012 with Margaret Lund and Margaret Daniels. A special event was held, attended by local councillors, school children, members of the Rotary Club, and supporters of the town of Fleetwood.

Fleetwood 175 Monument
Fleetwood 175 Monument

Monuments Marking Special Events

The Fleetwood 175 monument joins many others from Fleetwoods past. They mark historical occasions, fishing tragedies and new buildings, in a town which has always had strong community pride.

It’s inscribed with the town’s crest ‘Onward’ and the very true inscription, ‘Fleetwood – A Town with a Heart’.

The new stone is at the site of an old wishing well, just across from The Mount public house. Everyone can see it here, in its spot overlooking the outer promenade and sea beyond.

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