A gallery full of your thoughts

Jan Teasdale at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Project in St Annes Road West, St Annes.
Jan Teasdale at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Project in St Annes Road West, St Annes.

The best thing about Lytham St Annes? Being 19 miles from the M6.

And the worst? Being 19 miles from the M6.

Those were just a couple of the fascinating, quirky and clearly diverse answers given when residents and visitors were asked for their views as the travelling Caravan Gallery came to town during last summer’s Open Golf Championshi[p

Artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale brought along their Gallery, a small 1970s caravan, as the centrepiece of entertainment for non-golfers while the Open was being staged at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Alongside the caravan, an empty shop on St Annes Square was leased to stage a People’s Wall of recollections about the area, a separate display of Lytham St Annes souvenirs, and a People’s Map of places important to ordinary people.

The Gallery is back for the St Annes Music and Arts Festival, startingon Friday (Septenber 6) – and a book relating Jan and Chris’ experiences last summer is being launched to tie in with the event.

Thousands of residents and visitors left observations and memories, which have been married to photographs taken by Jan and Chris to form content for the book entitled Lytham St Annes Pride of Place.

It’s on sale for £6 at locations including Lowther Pavilion, Storytellers Inc bookshop and St Annes Library and is launched at Fresh cafe, St Annes Square tomorrow at 6pm, while Chris and Jan will be signing copies at Storytellers Inc on Saturday (September 7) at 1pm.

Jan said: “People loved the way it brought people together to share their experiences in a friendly creative environment. We’d love to think we’ve sown the seeds for future creative endeavours.”

Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council tourism chief, said: “All the observations about the area were very acute yet obviously full of affection.”