Fun day to greet return of park lions

One of the lions being removed.

One of the lions being removed.

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A special family fun day is being held to celebrate the return of Stanley Park’s famous lions.

The two lions sat in the Italian Gardens for many years but Blackpool Council made the decision to remove them to prevent the valuable sculptures after a number of thefts of metal and pieces of public art.

They were loaned to Stowe House, in Buckinghamshire, and two full size replicas have now been cast and will be officially unveiled at a fun day to be held from 12.30pm on Saturday.

Elaine Smith, chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, said: “We’ll be so glad to see the lions back in the park.

“It has felt so bare without them.”

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