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Taking up Arms – crews preserve Fylde’s heritage

Eric Wright, Coun Alan Clayton, Coun Linda Nulty and Chris Evenson at the development in Derby Road, Wesham

Eric Wright, Coun Alan Clayton, Coun Linda Nulty and Chris Evenson at the development in Derby Road, Wesham

 

Demolition crews at a Fylde coast housing development have helped to maintain part of Fylde’s history by saving a coat of arms.

Applethwaite Homes, part of the Eric Wright Group is working on a project at the council’s former Derby Road offices in Wesham.

The crest was once situated on the front of the former council office building which was pulled down to make way for a new development of 24 detached three and four-bedroom homes.

Chris Evenson, of the Eric Wright Group, said: “We always take care during the demolition process and this project is no exception.

“To uncover something with such interesting historical significance is an honour and we’re delighted to have returned the coat of arms to the rightful owners.”

The crest was granted to the council in July 1954, and includes windmill sails to recall the area’s former prosperity in agricultural activity, a shield for the rose of Lancashire and two circles with waves which characterise the rivers Wyre and Ribble.

The motto Gaudeat Ager is translated as ‘Let Fylde Prosper’.

The preservation of the crest was welcomed by Wesham councillor Alan Clayton. He said: “Fylde Council will now keep it safe and try to incorporate it into a suitable project in the future – perhaps in a regeneration project or a park which I hope will be in the Wesham area where it originated.”

 

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