On Monday June 10, Blackpool Civic Trust chairman Joan Humble and the Civic Trust's President Elaine Smith, joined Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, Members of Parliament, Civic Voice, and other Civic Societies at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London to mark the launch of this year’s annual Civic Day event.
Joan Humble commented, “This is a momentous occasion. For Blackpool to be selected to represent the civic movement for Civic Voice at such a prestigious event shows the organisation is ahead of the curve and attracting attention on a national scale.
Of all the Civic Trusts and Societies invited to London, only three were asked to speak about their work. Elaine Smith and I spoke of the exciting events Blackpool Civic Trust has organised over the two years of Civic Day celebrations and what we are planning for this year.
“Civic Day 2013 is our opportunity to shout about what the trust does. We’ve put on some great social events this year. Everyone is welcome to get involved. Why not try it, meet us and if you like what you see you can join us.
Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice added: “A Civic Trust or Society is a friendly society, a concerned society and an active society. There has never been a more urgent time to get involved with our towns villages and cities. What is going on in your high street? Well this is your chance to find out. Civic day is happening all over England. Find out about the hard work of Blackpool Civic Trust the fun they have doing it. Get involved. Get on to the streets. Help make our towns work. Be local.”
The Blackpool Civic Trust is celebrating Civic Day again this year on Saturday 22nd June with events that have been planned to highlight the distinctiveness of the area.
This year for Civic Day and for the preceding week Joan Humble Civic Trust Chairman announces the following events -
Friday 14th June We are holding our second Scarecrow Festival at the Salisbury Woodland ( next to the Zoo),continuing over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday
Monday 17 June Our regular monthly meeting takes place at the Town Hall with guest speaker Barry Hellewell on the subject of Great Speakers Through the Ages.
Tuesday 18 June join us for a Heritage Bus Tour starting at the Solaris South Beach at 1pm.
Wednesday is Quiz Night at the parish centre of St. Stephen on the Cliffs, St Stephen's Ave. The Mayor of Blackpool will open proceedings at 7pm.Come and show off your knowledge of Blackpool .
On Civic Day itself we are celebrating in the Olympia at the historic Winter Gardens. The festivities will be opened by Gordon Marsden MP at 11am. Radio Wave's Andy Mitchell will host the event and introduce the entertainers. We will have lots of stalls, face painting and fun for everyone.
On Sunday 23 June the Totally Transport day at the Solaris ends a week full of events celebrating our civic pride in Blackpool.
Organised by Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, details of the programme of events being run across England can be found using the Civic Day map at www.civicvoice.org.uk/civicdaymap