Three years in the pipeline – a heroes tribute

An artists impression of the Gynn Square Emergency Services Monument.

An artists impression of the Gynn Square Emergency Services Monument.

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A monument honouring the emergency services will be unveiled tomorrow after three years of fund-raising.

Volunteers have raked in £30,000 to pay for the memorial which will overlook the seafront location where three police officers drowned while bravely trying to save the life of a holidaymaker in 1983.

Four 6ft high figures representing the police, fire brigade, ambulance service and Coastguard were due to arrive today at Jubilee Gardens at Gynn Square, Blackpool.

Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Colonel Alan Jolley, will perform the ribbon cutting and dedication at 7pm tomorrow.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn, who will also join representatives of the 999 services at the ceremony, said: “I’m delighted this landmark to lifesaving services has been completed.

“I’m pleased the council has been able to support the project and I think it shows how well we can work with community groups who have the will and energy to make things happen.”

Fund-raiser Dana Gledhill said: “It’s been a long campaign and we’ve had plenty of hoops to jump through but we got there in the end.

“We all know the Fylde coast has quite unique challenges and how hard our emergency services work to meet them.

“This monument is, in the simplest terms, the way in which the local residents can say thank you.”

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