Coastal community celebrates local spirit

Local residents and local school children gathered to celebrate the achievements of Cleveleys Coastal Community Team – and unveil a new map in the bus station.

In the 18 months since its inception, the coastal team has done a lot to improve the town centre and make sure that it’s ‘better than ordinary’.

The town centre team have looked after the planters, litter picked and weeded.

HMP Kirkham have helped by painting most of the street furniture, engineering company WEC has provided a town centre noticeboard, and the new weekly market is at the invite of the coastal team.

The event on 7 November was to thank all of the people who have given their time and services, including students at Blackpool and the Fylde College who came up with the concept for the map.

Importantly, it was to celebrate what a great sense of community spirit there is in Cleveleys.

Little did the volunteers know that their sense of community spirit was to be put to the test!

The new map which welcomes people to town had been left covered until the big reveal, however the vinyl was a little too well stuck to the graphic and all hands were needed to free it!

Jane Littlewood, chair of Cleveleys Coastal Community Team, thought it was an afternoon that everyone would remember.

“When we realised that the backing plastic had adhered to the graphic in the cold weather everyone just got stuck in and helped to peel the plastic off.

“In an entirely unplanned way it was a perfect example of why we were there in action.

“Everyone did their bit, in good spirits and having a laugh at the same time, and we’ve made lots of new friends.”

The children from Northfold Primary and Manor Beach Schools led the group in a sing-song of ‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside’.

Local MP Paul Maynard addressed the gathering to congratulate everyone on their achievements.

Ms Littlewood finished by saying that the CCT has lots of plans for next year which will help to keep Cleveleys great.

It is important that everyone works together, much like they did when uncovering the sign, to resist our town centre declining like other towns are all over the UK, she said.