Behind the scenes of heritage gems

Ann Allen and Shirley Matthews of the Friends of Little Marton Mill.
Ann Allen and Shirley Matthews of the Friends of Little Marton Mill.
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LITTLE Marton Windmill, the Masonic Hall and Central Mosque are among the historic venues which will throw open their doors to the public next month.

Visitors will get chance to go behind the scenes at landmarks across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre as part of the annual Heritage Open Days from Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9.

Every year, on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors free of charge.

Central Library in Queen Street, which recently celebrated its centenary with a full refurbishment, is included for the first time this year.

Tours will be led by Blackpool’s newly-trained heritage champions.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “A lot of the buildings people might use during their everyday routines, such as the library or the town hall, without truly appreciating the fantastic design and historic stories behind these locations.

“This will be the first Heritage Open Day where our newly-trained heritage champions will be leading tours.

“After a training period last year they have a wealth of knowledge about these tours and Blackpool’s history in general and I really encourage people to try and take part in one of their guided tours also.

“I also thank all the buildings which have opened their tours for Heritage Open Days, as they help to make it such a diverse and fun weekend.”

Ann Allen, chairman of the Friends of Little Marton Windmill, said they were looking forward to welcoming visitors.

She said: “During the summer we have opened on the last Sunday of every month and that has proved a great success.

“Our volunteers are very enthusiastic and we have a superb exhibition about the history of the mill, and all the mills on the Fylde.

“We also have a slide show on the ground floor for those who cannot access the upper areas of the mill, and we will be putting on refreshments.”

For a full list of venues which will be open visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/heritageopendays2012 or www.heritageopendays.org.