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Artists impressions of the Sea Shell, based on the Golden Shell from The Sea Swallow story
Artists impressions of the Sea Shell, based on the Golden Shell from The Sea Swallow story
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THESE are the two new sculptures which are set to bring mythic folklore alive along the Wyre coastline.

Cleveleys Promenade will welcome the artworks as part of the Mythic coastline project, funded by the £1.6m Sea Change programme.

The Sea Shell and Stone Ogre sculptures will join two other pieces of art, The Sea Swallows and Shipwrecks, which have been inspired by Wyre folklore.

Plans for the two new sculptures were approved at a Wyre Council planning meeting.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure and culture at Wyre Council, said: “I’m delighted we are progressing with our Mythic Coast artwork trail.

“These unique pieces will bring to life two contrasting elements of The Sea Swallow story on the coastline that inspired the book.”

Every schoolchild, aged seven to 11, in Wyre has been given a copy of The Sea Swallow book, a story written specially for the project, based on the history, landscape and tales of the Wyre coast.

Mrs Bowen added: “The Mythic Coast pays tribute to the history and folklore of the area and is part of our Sea Change regeneration programme.”

The sea shell, based on the golden shell featured in The Sea Swallow, will be located on Cleveleys beach. At around four metres tall and eight metres long, it will tower over visitors, who will be able to go inside the shell to read text from the Sea Swallows story. It is also planned for the sea shell to spout water as the tide comes in.

The two metre high Sea Ogre, which will be built from limestone or granite, will be embedded into the stone groyne by the Jubilee Cafe on Cleveleys promenade.

To celebrate the opening of the first phase of the Sea Change project, Wyre Council will host a family event in the Marine Hall Gardens in Fleetwood on the afternoon of Saturday, September 22.