This year's national Civic Day was 22 June 2013 but Blackpool Civic Trust doesn't just celebrate on one day. We have a whole week of events!
We began on 14th June with the opening of the Scarecrow Festival in the Salisbury Woodlands, near the zoo. Scarecrows large and small, scary and funny were placed along the woodland walk. Several schools entered our competition and we had over two thousand visitors on a nice sunny weekend.
Best in Show: Devonshire Primary School
Under Fives (Pre-School)
1st Baines Children's Centre
2nd Boundary PS
3rd Mereside Family Centre
Primary (KS1 & KS2
1st Park School
2nd Bispham Endowed Primary
3rd Our Lady of the Assumption RC Primary
Secondary (KS3 & KS4)
1st Aspired Futures
2nd Highfurlong School
3rd Altogether Now - Blackpool Zoo
Winning school entry: Willie Wonka
Thanks for a very successful event go to Betty and Danny Bradford and their energetic group of workers.
See below for more photos.
On Monday 17th June we held our regular meeting with guest speaker, Brian Hellewell, who spoke with great enthusiasm and knowledge about Great Speakers through the Ages.
On the Tuesday we boarded a Heritage bus to have a tour of the town, starting at the Solaris and learning about things rarely mentioned in guide books.
Wednesday evening saw us at the Parish Hall of St. Stephen on the Cliffs, for our Heritage Quiz. The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool joined us, as did many members of the church's congregation led by Canon Andrew Sage who discovered a new talent as Quiz Master!
On Thursday we travelled up to Fleetwood to see the Decimus Burton exhibition, showing the many buildings he designed as Fleetwood was developed in the 1840s and 1850s. We went into the Mount Pavilion, across the road to the Marine Hall and then up into the Lower Lighthouse opposite the North Euston Hotel. Members of the Fleetwood Civic Society kindly showed us around and explained the importance of the three lighthouses to Fleetwood and their unique nature.
Trust members on balcony of Mount Pavilion
On Friday we began preparing the Olympia in the Winter Gardens for our Civic Day indoor street party on Saturday 22nd June.
Civic Day was full of fun, entertainers, lots of stalls, raffles and prizes.
Late in the afternoon
Mayor and furry friend
The Mayor gave the Rose Bowl prize for nominating the winner of our Best Kept Street competition to Coun. Kath Rawson, and a street sign to a resident of Elk View Court.
Sunday June 23rd Totally Transport is organised by Lancastrian Transport Trust and Blackpool Civic Trust with the support of Marketing Blackpool, Solaris Centre, Caffe Chicco on the Green and the Tramway and Light Railway Society. Our First event took place in 2005 and has been held come rain or shine annually since.
Blackpool Transport put on a heritage tram service between the piers.
Lytham Corporation and Blackpool Corporation examples.
Manchester to Blackpool Mini Run
Chrysler PT3 collection always put on a good show.
Standerwick Luxury Bus.
Model Illuminated Trams in the Solaris Centre.
Here is a random collection of scarecrows. It was so scary no crows were seen at all.
Except for this crow. Cone Beak Scary Crow.
Sleeping on the job.
Family Crow with Chimp
So scary it was tied up.
Civic Day is co-ordinated by Civic Voice the national charity for the Civic Movement in England. Click here to find out more.
Blackpool Civic Trust one of three selected to speak at the Civic Voice national launch day at the Houses of Parliament.
Click here to read all about it.