Blackpool Civic Trust organised tours of the Town Hall on the 20th and 21st of September, as part of Heritage Open Days.
On the Friday pupils from several schools enjoyed tours of the Town Hall conducted by the Chair of the Civic Trust, Joan Humble. They also met the Mayor, Cllr Amy Cross.
Tours for the public took place on Saturday 21st of September and just over a hundred visitors and local residents took the opportunity to inspect the many fascinating historical features of this nationally listed building (Grade 11) and hear about its history. Visitors were particularly impressed by the beautiful illuminated windows, including the recently renovated stained glass ceiling in the Council Chamber. They were also delighted to hear that the Council with the help of Blackpool Civic Trust had succeeded in their bid to bring Lucy Morton’s Olympic gold medal back to Blackpool.
Everyone appearing in the photographs gave their consent.
Chair of BCT, Joan Humble, speaking to a tour group in the Chamber on Saturday 21st September:
Vice-President, Barry Shaw, pictured alongside one of his tour groups on Saturday 21st September:
Visitors standing under the Blue Plaque of Lucy Morton on Saturday 21st September:
Heritage Open Days Tours of the Town Hall - Sat 15th Sept 2018 9.30am to 3.30pm
As part of Heritage Open Days on the Fylde, Blackpool Civic Trust will conduct tours of Blackpool Town Hall for the public on Saturday 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Discover the history of this Grade II listed building with a unique look around the building including the Council Chambers. Learn about its development and use as the centre of local and political discussion and debate.
Heritage Open Days 2018 - Town Hall Tour
It was a very busy, successful day, despite all the barriers and road diversions surrounding the Town Hall, and the inclement weather.
We had visitors from different parts of the country and got very positive feedback from all those who took the tour of the building.
The deputy Mayor, Cllr Kath Rowson and Deputy Mayoress Joan Goldin was in attendance in the morning and the Mayor, Cllr Gary Coleman, and Mayoress, Debbie Coleman, greeted visitors in the afternoon. Visitors greatly appreciated their relaxed, friendly manner and being shown the Mayor's Parlour, photo below of a group led by our member John Garnham:
Joan Humble offers information:
Read the complete brochure for Blackpool,Wyre and Fylde Heritage Open Days 2018 on line on the link below. Open it in full screen.
Heritage Open Days Tours of the Town Hall - 9th Sept 2017
As part of Heritage Open Days on the Fylde, Blackpool Civic Trust conducted tours for local schools on the Friday and ran tours for the public on Saturday.
Over one hundred members of the public, including visitors from London and Aberdeen, were shown around our splendid Town Hall. They clearly found the experience both enjoyable and instructive, judging by the very positive feedback we received.
Many thanks to our enthusiastic volunteers who made the two days so successful, with particular thanks to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for their valuable support.
Here's looking forward to next year!
Blackpool Town Hall Guided Tour
On Saturday 10th September, Blackpool Civic Trust showed visitors around the Town Hall as part of Heritage Open Days.?
Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, Joan Humble,?said "it was a pleasure to be joined by the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun. Kath Rowson". Civic Trust volunteers showed many interested visitors around the building and explained its history. One visitor had come from Australia and spoke to the Mayor about her visit.
From L to R: Barbara Geary, West Australia: Pat Blackeley, Staining; Joan Humble, Blackpool Civic Trust, Mayor Coun. Kath Rowson, Christine Lambe, Civic Trust.
The Town Hall was just one of the many venues that proved popular with visitors. One hundred and seventy-six school pupils visited on Friday and were given a conducted tour by the Deputy Mayor and members of the Civic Trust. In an email of thanks to the Trust, St Kentigern's School (see photo below) thought that the visit had been especially valuable in promoting citizenship and strengthening links with our 'culturally rich town'. On the Saturday morning Civic Trust members were joined by the Mayor to guide 37 visitors around the Town Hall, including one visitor from the Czech Republic. Clearly word is getting out!
For information about Heritage Open Days all over England please visit the Heritage Open Days website: