Civic groups celebrating architecture of Fylde Coast

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Images of the most iconic features of South Fylde and its neighbouring areas are to be highlighted in an exhibition opening in Lytham next week.

The shared celebration of the architecture of the Fylde coast past and present, at the Fylde Gallery, above Booths store in Haven Road, will consist of photographs of some of the most familar landmarks in Lytham and St Annes, such as Lytham Hall and Windmill, as well as Blackpool and 

Co-curated by Lytham St Annes Civic Society and its equivalent organisations in the resorts to the north, the display is open to the public from next Thursday, May 29, to Friday, July 4, and is being held to coincide with Civic Day, June 21.

Members of each of the 
respective societies helped in the selection of the images, all by local photographers, and the exhibition is being organised to allow each society to select seven buildings, public open spaces or parks to represent their area.

Marion Coupe, chairman of Lytham St Annes Civic 
Society, said: “We have a wonderful built heritage in Lytham St Annes and we are delighted to be able to share it in this exhibition with people of the town and our many visitors.

“All three societies share a coastline; a history in the 
development of the Fylde and, as societies, pride and concern in caring for, protecting and enhancing the local built environment. The exhibition features some of the Fylde’s most iconic buildings but also has a few surprises, reflecting a wide variety of designs and architectural styles.”

Joan Humble, chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust, added: “This is how civic societies should work, particularly where there is a shared 
history or where, like on the Fylde, we’re all so physically close”, while Margaret Daniels, who chairs Fleetwood Civic Society, said she is delighted to be participating in the exhibition and pleased to have further publicity for some of the many heritage buildings of Fleetwood.

The exhibition will be official opened next Wednesday (May 28) by Dr Freddie Gick, chairman of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England.