IN PICTURES: Seafront arts festival

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A project intended to generate ideas for a new look for the area around St Annes Pool concluded with a one-day arts festival on the seafront site.

The Reach Festival featured a host of activities, including sea-themed story-making activities, a Punch and Judy puppet show, miniature bus rides, an arts and crafts market and folk band The Fylde Coasters.

Visitors also had the opportunity to view preliminary ideas for the pool’s exterior and talk to the artists delivering the project, with designs set to be presented to the council in the coming weeks.

The Reach Art Project began in March after an award of £12,000 was made to Fylde Council from Arts Council England.

It comprised a variety of art workshops to design a new-look landscape and signage scheme for the YMCA-operated pool and its immediate surroundings.

Reach Art Project artist Sarah Jane Richards, who has been involved in the project with landscape specialist Sophy King, said: “It has been an intensely creative few weeks and the aim of the festival was to bring all of our inspiration points together in one enjoyable family-friendly event.”

Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “The input and creative contributions made by the local community will have undoubtedly underpinned the creative direction that Sophy and Sarah Jane have chosen to explore and we look forward to seeing their final designs and recommendations when they are presented to the council.”




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