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Glimpse behind the scenes

Fleetwood's Masonic Hall is among those to be opened up to the public for this year's Heritage Open Days.

Fleetwood's Masonic Hall is among those to be opened up to the public for this year's Heritage Open Days.

The Fylde’s cultural treasures are set to be opened up to the public once more as part of a series of national Heritage Open Days.

The Fylde coast’s cultural treasures are set to be opened up to the public once more as part of a series of national Heritage Open Days.

From Fleetwood to Lytham, 43 attractions across the Fylde coast will be giving members of the public behind the scenes access.

It is part of a free annual event that takes place over a weekend in September, supported by local civic societies.

In Fleetwood, a talk on the history of Euston Park Gardens is the new addition among 20 separate events planned over four days.

And this year, a tour of the North Euston Hotel, on the Esplanade, returns after last year’s absence.

Maragret Daniels, of Fleetwood Civic Society, said: “They weren’t in last time because they were having some work done.

“It is a great opportunity to get into places you don’t normally get to see, like the masonic hall and the lower lighthouse.

“There are things going on everywhere, like the museum which is really interesting if you haven’t already been.

“This year, with it being the centenary of the start of the war, there is a walk around Fleetwood Cemetery and I’m sure they will be mentioning the war graves.”

Other attractions that will be opened up in the port include the lifeboat station, Rossall School, the Jacinta trawler and a host of churches.

Meanwhile, the brochure listing all the events that will take place in Blackpool is set to be launched during an event at the visitor centre on Tuesday.

Events set to be included for this year’s Heritage Open Days, taking place from September 11 to 14, include a “history and haunts” tour of the resort and tours of the popular venue Funny Girls and the grade II-listed North Shore Methodist Church.

Other attractions opening their doors for the event will be Lytham Windmill, which houses a seasonal museum focused on the history of milling; St Annes Town Hall, which is allowing people into areas normally closed to the public; and The Grand Theatre, which is offering a rare opportunity to see archive materials to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

The Heritage programme is managed by the National Trust, Civic Voice and the 
Heritage Alliance. Funding for the project has been provided by English Heritage.

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