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The grand unveiling of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood statue

Euston Gardens Published Thursday, 03 May 2018

Fleetwood is to welcome a new statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood, founder of the town with the grand unveiling to take place 6 May at 2pm.

A committee including members of Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Rotary and Fleetwood Museum Trust have worked tirelessly to fundraise the amount needed to erect the statue.

Now, with the generosity of benefactors, the committee is to hold a grand unveiling of the statue to the general public.

The statue will recognise Sir Peter and his efforts to establish Fleetwood as a seaside destination on the Fylde coast.

Originally, Fleetwood existed as coastal dunes with no significant settlement until the 1830s. Sir Peter spent most of his summers as a student in holiday resorts and wished to develop a holiday resort and port in Lancashire.

His legacy in Fleetwood includes the installation of many fine, now Grade II listed, Victorian buildings designed by his friend and architect, Decimus Burton. These include the Queens Terrace, North Euston Hotel, Higher and Lower Lighthouses.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council, commented, "This is a fitting way to celebrate the legacy of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood who built the town from scratch. 

"It seems right that Fleetwood has a statue to thank him and the positioning of it in Euston Park is perfect.”

The statue will be bronze, life size and feature Sir Peter holding a miniature Lower Lighthouse as well as standing over Fleetwood.

Wyre Council agreed to the installation of the statue and are to provide annual maintenance.

The event to unveil the statue will be hosted by the committee at Euston Park on 6 May at 2pm.

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