999 tribute all set for seafront

An artists impression of the Gynn Square Emergency Services Monument.
An artists impression of the Gynn Square Emergency Services Monument.
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A STUNNING tribute to Blackpool’s emergency services heroes is a step closer to becoming reality

Planning permission has now been granted for the monument which will be placed in the sunken gardens at Gynn Square.

The memorial – believed to be the first in the country honouring all four emergency services – will feature four six foot high figures representing the police, fire brigade, ambulance service and coastguard.

Solicitor Dana Gledhill, who has led the fundraising campaign, said: “We are delighted planning permission is now in place.

“We are seeing some real progress now which is important because people have been so generous in helping us raise the necessary funds.

“There is still a lot of work to do in restoring the gardens themselves.

“However hopefully very shortly people will see things are moving quite rapidly, and we are hoping to have the memorial in place in time for a service of dedication in June which would link in with Veterans Week.”

More than £30,000 has been raised from events including the annual Blue Light Ball, and contractor George Cox is building the foundations free of charge. A report to planners says: “The figures of the monument will face inland and be illuminated, to be visible 24 hours a day from people on the trams, pavement or road, while supporting interpretation boards are also proposed to be installed within the gardens at a later date.”

Manufacturing of the memorial, which will be made from acrylic glass, is now underway.

The location overlooks the seafront where three police officers, Colin Morrison, Gordon Connolly and Angela Bradley, drowned in 1983 while trying to save the life of a holidaymaker.

Further fundraising events this year include the Blue Light road race on April 28, and the Blue Light Ball on September 20.

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