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.
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-Jan||National Archive Film Festival||Marine Hall|
|28-30 Jan||Steamer 175 Charity Music Fest||Steamer|
|10-12 Feb||29th Camra Beer and Cider Fest|
|10-Mar||Schools’ 175 Music Festival||Marine Hall|
|09-Apr||175 Spring Ball||North Euston|
|22-24 April||Jazz Festival||North Euston|
|24-Apr||Easter Sunrise Service||The Mount|
|28-Apr||Musical Heritage Festival||North Euston|
|08-May||Heroes Fun Day and Tattoo||Fleetwood FC|
|17-Jun||School Playground Parties|
|30 Jun -1 Jul||The Golden Dream||North Euston|
|25-Jun||Fleetwood Carnival 175|
|July||Decimus Burton Exhibition||Marine Hall|
|13-Jul||Schools’ Dance Festival|
|23-Jul||Memorial Park Fun Day|
|2,3,4 Sept||Fleetwood Folk Festival||Various venues|
|8-11 Sept||175 Heritage Festival|
|21-Sep||Songs of Praise||Marine Hall|
|30-Sep||175 Royal Marine Band Concert||Marine Hall|
|3-5 Nov||Fleetwoodstock 175||Marine Hall|
|05-Nov||175 Community Bonfire||Rossall Field Westway|
|13-Dec||Schools’ Christmas Concert||Marine 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.
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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