Official Opening of The Mount Crest
You’re invited to come along to The Mount at 12 noon on Sunday 29 March to see the official opening of the new Crest, which is now complete on the seaward facing slope.
Entertainment will be provided by Fleetwood Old Boys Band, and everyone is very welcome to come along to this occassion, and witness history being made right here on Fleetwood seafront.
The Mount Crest is now in place
By the end of Friday 14th March, the new Mount Crest was in place, as you can see in these photos (left).
Safety barriers are still in place, prior to some final finishing off which is still to be completed.
I’m sure you’ll agree, it looks excellent, well done to everyone who was involved.
Mount Crest Plans Progress (published 11.12.14)
The Mount Heritage Group has continued to meet, with representatives including Fleetwood Town Council, Fleetwood Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Rotary and the Fleetwood Development Group.
They have secured funding of up to £20,000 from Fleetwood Town Council and £2800 from Wyre Council’s Shaping your Neighbourhood Fund to meet the cost of installation.
A display explaining the Crest project was on display at Fleetwood library between December 2013 and the end of January 2014.
A planning application submitted in August 2014 is currently with Wyre Council, for a permanent landscape feature in the area directly in front of the Mount which has been used previously for seasonal planted beds.
It’s a large feature – 4910mm wide x 5460mm high – of the Fleetwood coat of arms made out of coloured glass bound together with resin.
The Mount Garden is an important and attractive focal point on the Esplanade and for the town, and this will be an attractive and permanent display which won’t rely on funding being available for seasonal planting – leaving a bare patch of ground at other times.
Mount Crest Steering Group sets out to place a permanent Crest at the Mount – originally published 30.12.13
A team of people are working to secure funding for a new, permanent crest to commemorate all the Fleetwood people who have been killed or injured in wars or conflicts.
Some of the Steering Group (l-r)
Front row [holding picture] Margaret Lund Fleetwood Rotary, Margaret Daniels Fleetwood Civic Society, Mark Billington Wyre Borough Council.
Second Row Cll. John Warnock Fleetwood in Bloom, Cll David Shaw Fleetwood Town Council and Fleetwood Chamber of Commerce, Deryk Martin Rotary, Maurice Dowsing Rotary
Back row Roger Eaves of Roger Eaves Ltd, Gordon Oates Rotary.
Margaret Daniels Chairs the Fleetwood Civic Society, and says “You might not know, but the Fleetwood Mount Pavilion Clock is a First World War Memorial.
“The original structure did not have a clock on it when it was built. Isaac Spencers of Fleetwood presented the clock in memory of all the Fleetwood people who had died in the First World War. Inside the pavilion is a war memorial plaque.”
Margaret Lund is the Chair of the new Mount Crest Steering Group, and explains “Funding applications are now being put together to raise the money for a permanent Fleetwood Crest on the Mount to enhance the existing clock war memorial.
“A team has been brought together including members from Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Rotary, Fleetwood Town Council, Wyre Council, Fleetwood in Bloom, Fleetwood Chamber of Commerce, Roger Eaves Ltd and other interested parties will be co-opted onto the group.
“We’re also intending to organise a first World War exhibition in the Mount building depicting Fleetwood’s community involvement. We’re also hoping to have a commemoration day with a parade of military bands and school children, followed by an evening event.”
A display and details are in Fleetwood Library with comment slips available until the end of January 2014.
Margaret Lund went on to add, “The Fleetwood Crest will be approximately 16 feet wide by 18 feet deep, situated on the land at the front of the Mount to enhance and draw attention to the existing Mount Clock War Memorial.
“Around the crest will be a stainless steel rail 12 inches high to protect it. A plaque will fixed with the words, “In remembrance of all Fleetwood people killed or injured in wars and conflicts.”
“Below the crest will be a space about 16 feet by three feet, to allow the planting of a flower display saying “Centenary of the First World War 1914 to 1918.” In future years organisations could have their memorable date displayed, at a cost to them, or it can be filled with flowers.”
The crest will be in colour and have a guarantee of 15 years and a life expectancy of 25 years. The material is coloured recycled glass and resin, which is used on school playgrounds and can be power washed. The cost is expected to be around £27,000 which will be met by various funders and it is hoped the project will be completed by mid-2014.
Councillor Terry Rogers, Wyre Arm Forces Champion, said, “I fully support this partnership initiative and I will do all I can to help get funding. It is particularly relevant because next year is the centenary of the start of the First World War.”
For further information please contact Margaret Lund tel no. 01253 777819
The Mount, with previously planted beds.