New crest at port’s icon gets its official unveiling

101-year-old Georgina Chantler (right) and war veteran Eddie Holt (left) ready to unveil a plaque dedicated to the new Mount Crest.'Photo by RS Studio.
101-year-old Georgina Chantler (right) and war veteran Eddie Holt (left) ready to unveil a plaque dedicated to the new Mount Crest.'Photo by RS Studio.
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The new crest at the Mount in Fleetwood has been officially dedicated – and one of the oldest people in the town performed the honours.

Georgina Chantler (pictured), who is 101-years-old and is still living in the town where she was born, officially unveiled the new crest.

Fleetwood Town Council launched an appeal to find one of the port’s oldest residents.

Council clerk Michelle Hargreaves said it was “quite fitting” that Mrs Chantler performed the unveiling because her late husband, Ernie Chantler, was once the Memorial Park superintendent and it was his job to over see the growing of plants and flowers, for display at the Mount.

Mrs Chantler herself also worked at the park as secretary, she added.

The permanent crest was completed a couple of weeks ago at a cost of £20,000 and the special ceremony took place on Sunday at noon.

Mrs Chantler officially dedicated the crest, along with the Mayor of Wyre, CounRon Shewan, and chairman of Fleetwood Town Council Terry Rogers, who is also Wyre’s deputy mayor.

There was representation from Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Rotary Club and entertainment from Fleetwood Old Boys Band.

Local schoolchildren were also been invited, and cadets lined up at the Mount gates to welcome people.

Coun Rogers said: “The new crest with the Onward logo is a dedication to the Mount’s heritage.”

The prestigious Mount crest scheme was made possible thanks to Fleetwood Town Council, which donated £20,000 last year.

Town Council members agreed on the donation after hearing how the Mount Heritage Group, which had formulated the idea for the crest, was finding it hard to get funding for it.

The unveiling comes just weeks after it was confirmed that Fleetwood businesswoman Doreen Lofthouse is donating £1m to spruce up the Mount park, with new railings and planting.