Some Damn Good Old Fashioned British Pride

10 11 2008

Remembrance Sunday 2008

To quote my very great departed friend and father in law, “Its piddling down”.. (whats new) but thankfully it remained rain free just long enough in Memorial Park Fleetwood for today’s remembrance ceremony which was a very moving event, well organised and very well attended.

Representing Wyre Borough Council and taking part in the annual procession, I was wearing many hat’s, in tribute for the past and with pride for the present. Proud husband & father, community leader and local business man.

We gathered around the cenetaf as the wind howled through the otherwise silent park.

As the last post rang out and with a lump in my throat I remembered that this was an occasion not only to salute all our brave servants from every walk of life who have been lost in wars past and present, but also a time to reflect on personal losses, loved ones passed on who in turn would have stood proudly where I stood remembering their gallant comrades, including horrific moments forced upon them by terrible conflicts.

Looking around the gathering, which represented many parts of my community standing respectfully silent, I was uplifted by the presence of so many young people who had given their time to be with us, some not fully understanding the necessity of the occasion but learning how to give respect to others who had given their lives in the belief that they would help to create freedom and a better world in which to live.

If we do not continually strive for improvement and freedom together the lives of our great servicemen and women will have been lost without reason.


The Death of Fleetwood Pier?

20 09 2008
The Pier in its prime

The Pier in its prime

Will Fleetwood Pier live on?

Fleetwood Pier was built by the Fleetwood Victoria Pier company for £30,000 and opened on Whit Monday in 1910. It boasted an ornate oriental pavilion, five bars, a nightclub, a fish and chip shop and a 330ft jetty. A cinema was added in 1942, which became the Place to be for courting couples. The cinema was the seat of a fire in August 1952 which destroyed the pier, and was rebuilt almost immediately.

Always overshadowed by, and having to compete with, its three well known neighbours only a tram ride away in Blackpool, the pier continued to remain profitable throughout the declining years of the seaside resort, even receiving a £70,000 facelift in 1972. Sadly this was not to remain the case and the pier’s owners, Fleetwood Amusements Ltd, eventually closed the pier in 2000, after going into liquidation.

In 2003 the pier was given a new lease of life with manchester based Persian Leisure being granted development permission. For a time this injection seemed to breath new life into the structure re-opening most of the former attractions but sadly this could not be sustained.

It was then acquired by Mike Simmons, a professional comedian and property developer well known locally as Joey Blower. Mikes plans for housing development of the pier hit a raw nerve with the local community and as yet no further formal application for planning has been received by Wyre Borough Council.  

It is believed the fire started near the entrance to the pier, between the disused cafe and pub. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown although arson is suspected. Mike Simmons has reported that the pier was not insured making the recent demolition order a further burden on overheads.

Things Have Been Worse for Fleetwood

20 09 2008

Curtesy of utube this clip should bring back memories of harder times in Fleetwood. The Fleetwood flood brought devastation to the town nearly 100 years ago.

See if you can guess the streets involved here.