News in brief - Timely Tales from around Wyre
Published on Thursday 27th October 2011
Poulton Market, Taking Pride in Poulton, North West in Bloom and a Naval Visit!
Poulton Market enjoys successful first event
Poulton Market has proved a huge hit after opening this morning for its first event in the town. Stalls selling a variety of goods, from curtains and silver jewellery to cheese and fudge, displayed their wares in the sunshine to an excellent turn out.
Mr and Mrs Thompson, visiting from Cleveleys, said "We are very impressed with the market. We have never seen Poulton so busy and if it brings people in to the town, it's a good thing. We've just passed a cafe nearby that is packed."
And the traders were just as pleased:
Phil Kershaw from The Travelling Pig Hog Roast Company completely sold out by early afternoon. He said "Today has been a complete success. The market has been very well managed. It's a lovely town with lovely people and I'm looking forward to coming back."
Jill Martin from M & N Textiles said "Today has been highly successful for a first time market. We have previously had shops in towns and were always busiest on market days. We have loved it and so have the public."
Pride in Poulton comes to an end
Poulton was last week the focus of attention from Wyre Council, Police, Fire Service and Trading Standards aimed at tackling crime and grime issues that had been identified by community members.
Action taken included substantial weeding to improve the appearance of streets and open spaces in the town, the removal of fly tipping waste and tackling dog fouling. The council also made a number of referrals to Lancashire County Council about potholes in the roads.
During two reassurance roadshows in the town centre, free padlocks, bike theft prevention packs and purse dipping prevention packs were handed out to members of the public and many signed up for free home fire safety checks with the Fire Service.
Mayor of Wyre, Councillor David Bannister welcomed Commodore S R Baum to Wyre Council last week. Commodore Baum, Naval Regional Commander for Northern England, visited Wyre Civic Centre following a trip to Fleetwood Nautical College and as part of a fact finding mission looking at new ideas to celebrate the town's maritime history and future.
The Commodore is a supporter of the Sea Change regeneration programme currently underway in Fleetwood including the construction of a new observation tower at Rossall, and developments to the gardens at Marine Hall. During discussions Commodore Baum offered his assistance with a proposed sea festival and revealed plans to sail a naval ship into Fleetwood next year, for members of the public to view.
Wyre picked up a massive 27 awards at the North West In Bloom awards last week.
Poulton railway station was described as "absolutely magnificent" as it picked up the title of best small tourism attraction and Garstang once again took best small town. There
was a gold medal for St Michaels, silver gilts for Thornton, Poulton and Great Eccleston, silver for Carleton, Forton, Hambleton and Cleveleys, plus a bronze for Preesall and Knott End.
Individual businesses did equally well and Wyre Council officer Jo Sharp received a special accolade to mark 10 years of hard work in the competition.
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