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King george's playing fields Published Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Join Wyre and special guests at Marsh Mill on Friday 20 January, 12noon - 4pm, to tell us how King George's Playing Fields in Thornton can be improved.

How can King George's Playing Fields in Thornton be improved? That's the question Wyre Council is asking those who use the site and live in the local community.

Members of the public are invited to a special consultation event at Marsh Mill on Friday 20 January, between 12noon and 4pm, to tell Wyre how they use the playing fields and how they could be improved. There will also be food demonstrations by Twelve Restaurant, tours of the mill and membership offers from YMCA.

£54,000 is available to improve the playing fields and the land adjacent, north of Royles Brook, which lie between Thornton Health and Fitness Centre and Marsh Mill Shopping Village on Fleetwood Road North. 

Councillor David Henderson, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces at Wyre Council, said: "King George's Playing Fields are already well used by local clubs and dog walkers but have the potential to be enjoyed by many more people. We know that drainage is an issue and will be looking to address that as part of the proposals. We could add features such as seating and walking trails to give the area more of a park feel, if local people would like to see this.

"Having already spoken with representatives of community groups we would now like to open it up to a wider section of the community to make their suggestions about how they would like to see this area of open space enhanced for the future.”

Those who come along will be able to enjoy food demonstrations and samples by Twelve Restaurant and free tours of the Grade II* listed tower mill with Wyre's knowledgeable volunteers. The magnificent sails will also be turning.

Anyone interested in becoming more active and living a healthier lifestyle can talk to the YMCA team from Thornton Health and Fitness Centre, who will be offering advice and free one day memberships.

Wyre's Volunteer Coordinator will also be on hand to discuss the many different volunteer roles available and opportunities to put something back into the community, which can be good for both mental and physical health.

BBC Radio Lancashire's John Gillmore will be broadcasting live from the event and finding out about the history of King George's playing fields, Marsh Mill and the local area. 

Dedicated to the memory of King George V, the playing fields were first formed in the 1930s before being further developed under the design direction of the famous Thomas Mawson practice in the 1960s. Today there's a floodlit pitch, children's play area, woodland area, pond, miniature railway and disused pavilion.

Drop in to the event at Marsh Mill, Fleetwood Road North, any time between 12noon and 4pm on Friday 20 January. 

All the feedback obtained at the event will be used to help develop proposals for the site and potentially apply for additional funding.

For more information email parks@wyre.gov.uk or call 01253 891000.

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