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Marine Gardens, Fleetwood, was a bit more of a paradise before it was dug up for a parking lot
Marine Gardens, Fleetwood, was a bit more of a paradise before it was dug up for a parking lot
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How much greenery has disappeared under a black asphalt surface?

As Joni Mitchell warned us in her 1970 ‘eco song’ Big Yellow Taxi: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Marine Gardens, Fleetwood, now much of the featured area is a car park'from Fleetwood and Thornton Cleveleys Through Time

Marine Gardens, Fleetwood, now much of the featured area is a car park'from Fleetwood and Thornton Cleveleys Through Time

And you need look no further than the northern end of the Fylde coast peninsula for a perfect example.

The land in question comes under the spotlight in a new book Fleetwood and Thornton Cleveleys Through Time (inset).

Among the many photographs compiled by Peter Byrom for this book are the two featured here, which show views, several decades apart, of Marine Gardens, Fleetwood.

The fine gardens have been sacrificed in the name of progress so that people using the Marine Hall and neighbouring local leisure facilities can arrive by car.

A case of needs must, the politicians would tell us in justification.

Peter has delved into the history of Fleetwood, Thornton and Cleveleys for his book but instead of a detailed account he devotes just two pages to a brief outline, leaving the many pictures, with their concise captions, to tell the story.

The book is published by Amberley Publishing, price £9.99, and is one of the latest titles in its highly successful Through Time series. It is available at Fylde coast bookshops and online at www.amberley-books.com, with an automatic 10 per cent web discount.