The message is clear ‘Bringback Fleetwood Pier’

George Greenall.

George Greenall.

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A campaign to restore the once-popular Fleetwood Pier destroyed by fire in 2008 is starting to gather momentum thanks to the power of social media.

Residents, visitors and even ex-pats are throwing their weight behind the plans by posting pictures on Twitter.

Devastation   Fleetwood Pier caught on fire in 2008

Devastation Fleetwood Pier caught on fire in 2008

Fleetwood Plus Community

Interest Company is hoping the message will spread and its plans for a People’s Pier will attract support from right across the globe.

It has already spread as far as Mexico, where two teachers have given the project their backing.

George Greenall, director of Fleetwood Plus CIC, said: “These are people who remember the old Fleetwood Pier.

People have been posing with signs saying "Bring back Fleetwood Pier" and posting them on Twitter to suport plans to rebuild the attraction after it was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

People have been posing with signs saying "Bring back Fleetwood Pier" and posting them on Twitter to suport plans to rebuild the attraction after it was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

“People might have come on holiday and remember the old pier from years ago or it could be people who have moved away and remember it from their childhood.

“We’ve probably had around 50 photos sent in up to now – they are coming in slowly but surely.

“We want to get people from different places to do it. We haven’t got one from Australia yet but I’m hoping to get one.”

He said the Twitter campaign was about raising awareness, as the group tries to raise £375,000 to secure the 
lease for the site.

Fleetwood Plus CIC has held a series of public meetings to discuss plans for the site and possible fund-raising ideas.

An online petition supporting the project has already attracted more than 250 signatures but Mr Greenall is hoping the Twitter campaign can pull in a famous face or two to give it a welcome boost.

“I’m hoping a couple of bands will get involved,” he added.

The lease for the site is currently owned by Mike Simmons, also known as entertainer Joey Blower, but it is understood an agreement has been reached that would see Fleetwood Plus CIC take it over.

Mr Greenall said they need to find a third of the £375,000 fee as soon as possible and will have a further 12 months to secure the remainder of the cash.

A meeting over the plans for a “sustainable 21st century pier” is set to take place at the North Euston Hotel, on the Esplanade, tonight, starting 
at 6.30pm.