Warm welcome at landmarks

Vicar Fr David Lyon at St Annes Parish Church
Vicar Fr David Lyon at St Annes Parish Church

More famous Fylde buildings than ever before will be open this weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Days incentive.

St Annes Parish Church, which holds such a special place in the history of the town, is involved in the event for the first time and joins the likes of Lytham Hall, St Annes Town Hall, Lytham Windmill and the White Church, Fairhaven in welcoming visitors.

“It’s a wonderful idea and we are delighted to be part of such a marvellous national incentive,” said the vicar of St Annes, Fr David Lyon.

The church gave its name to St Annes and a prime attraction inside is the heritage mural, 8ft long, 6ft 5in high and comprising 2,166,528 stitches. It depicts aspects of the life and times of the town and took seven years to embroider.

The Parish Church will be open between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, as will the Masonic Hall in Garden Street, while St Annes Town Hall, which opened its doors for Heritage Day for the first time last year, is open from 10am to 4pm.

Along with Town Hall rooms not normally accessible to the public, visitors will have the chance to view prized artworks from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection, which are now in the process of being catalogued by members of the Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society on behalf of the Friends of Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

Meanwhile, the White Church is open today and Saturday from 10.30am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1.30 to 4pm; Lytham Methodist Church from 10am to 4pm from today to Saturday inclusive; Lytham Windmill from 10.30am to 1pm and 2 to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and Lytham Hall from 11am to 4pm on Sunday. All visits are free.

Starting out 20 years ago with 700 sites, Heritage Open Days has since developed into Britain’s most popular grassroots heritage event, with participation more than since 2000.