Gardens open after revamp

Doreen Lofthouse cuts the ribbon, assisted by chief executive of Wyre Council Peter Gibson.

Doreen Lofthouse cuts the ribbon, assisted by chief executive of Wyre Council Peter Gibson.

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FLEETWOOD’S Marine Gardens have been opened after a £1m revamp.

The two-year refurbishment includes a new outdoor performance area, landscaping and a water fountain play feature.

Families were encouraged to take picnics along to help celebrate the occasion.

The gardens were opened by Doreen Lofthouse, from the Fleetwood family which makes the famous Fisherman’s Friend sweets, on Saturday.

Chris Wyatt from Wyre Council said he was “very, very proud” of the refurbishment, which aimed to recreate the atmosphere of the garden’s 1930s heyday.

“It’s the people’s gardens and we really want to encourage local people to use the garden in their own right,” he said.