A diamond celebration

Staff at HM Land Registry in Warton celebrate its 60th anniversary.  Pictured is Rachel Fury with Nicole Eastwood.
Staff at HM Land Registry in Warton celebrate its 60th anniversary. Pictured is Rachel Fury with Nicole Eastwood.

HM Land Registry’s presence in Fylde is 60 years old – and staff have been holding a host of events to mark the anniversary.

They have included Fancy Dress Fridays, reflecting each decade since the Government department came to Lytham in 1957, as well as quizzes, bake-off competitions and even a performance by the office band.

Staff at HM Land Registry in Warton celebrate its 60th anniversary

Staff at HM Land Registry in Warton celebrate its 60th anniversary

In the process, more than £1,200 has been raised for the office charity, Trinity Hospice, through staff donations while taking part.

The first HM Land Registry office in the area opened in October 1957 in Lytham with 25 members of staff. At its peak, that grew to 640.

In the year 2000, the office moved locations from Birkenhead House at the east end of Lytham Green – now converted to the Jubilee House home of Danbro accountants – to a new base at Lytham Road, Warton.

Nine years later, the Lytham and Lancashire offices merged to form the Fylde office, one of 14 around the country and currently employing 280 staff.

The Land Registry’s connection with its Wrea Brook Court home in Warton actually dates back to 25 years before its switch from Lytham.

It acquired the site – a US Army Air Force base during the Second World War – in July 1975 and it was used initially as an overspill office and later for file storage.

A spokesman said: “We are all very proud of the anniversary and the staff have been delighted to take part in the celebrations.”