Plan to bring coast icon back to life

Campaigners and historians have come up with plans to save Wyre Light, a structure which has stood off the Fleetwood coast since 1840.
Campaigners and historians have come up with plans to save Wyre Light, a structure which has stood off the Fleetwood coast since 1840.
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Plans are being drawn up by campaigners to restore an iconic piece of Fleetwood’s coastal heritage.

Wyre Light, one of the town’s three lighthouses, has stood dilapidated and ruined since a fire in 1948.

The original screw-pile lighthouse was the first of its kind when it was built in 1840 and historians and campaigners are eager for a restoration project to go ahead.

Margaret Daniels, chairman of Fleetwood Civic Society, said: “It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while.

“What we would like to do is see it conserved and not get any worse than it is now.

“We are sure it has value to Fleetwood and it needs to be preserved.”

Society members will talk about how to move their plans along at their next meeting on May 29 at the North Euston, in Fleetwood.

Every year around 1,500 walkers embark on a Wreck Trek to the Wyre Light, which is situated two miles off the coast.

It is not known who owns the structure but one Fleetwood historian is keen to see it dismantled and put back together on land.

Dave Pearce, of Galloway Road, Fleetwood, claims the move would help to preserve the structure and attract more visitors.

He said: “It could be salvaged, brought in shore, and re-erected on an iconic site.

“It’s worth keeping for its historical importance.”

Dick Gillingham, an historian at Fleetwood Museum, also supports the plans.

He said: “I’m very concerned about it but I’m not so sure trying to preserve it where it is now is the best idea.

“People need to get expert advice about where it could be moved to, like the Harbour Village next to the old docks.”

Bob Boal, of the Fleetwood Development Partnership, has also called for action to be taken.

He added: “It has a long association with Fleetwood and someone needs to put their hands in their pockets and save it.”

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