Anger after ‘mindless’ vandal attack on pavilion

Coun Christine Wright inspects vandalism at Bispham Rock Gardens
Coun Christine Wright inspects vandalism at Bispham Rock Gardens
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A community leader today told of her anger after vandals 
attacked a recently refurbished pavilion in a Blackpool park.

Coun Christine Wright was shocked to discover the damage at the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens which is holding a family fun day tomorrow.

The upgraded Vista building at the park was unveiled in June after a £30,000 investment of cash, including a £22,000 grant from Greenlands ward councillor’s budget and £5,000 from the Beacon Area Forum.

A friends group has also been formed to look after the beauty spot.

But Coun Wright says she was stunned to find the damage caused by “mindless” 
vandals. Coun Wright said: “The step has been broken and a piece of stone has been used to bash deep chunks out of the door.

“Thankfully there are steel bolts in the door. But there isn’t anything of any value inside. This is just mindless vandalism and after all the hard work of the volunteers over the last two years, it is 

“It is a shame when money we raise has to go towards rectifying something instead of for further improvements.

“However a lot of people, including dog walkers, use the park, so we are hoping someone saw something and I would ask them to report it to the police so we can catch the culprits.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said officers are investigating the incident.

Tomorrow’s fun day takes place from noon until 3pm and will include a bouncy castle, a treasure hunt, an outdoor bowling alley and a set of stocks to throw wet sponges at.

The Friends of the Rock Gardens have overseen the refurbishment of the Vista with new doors and roof.

The spot is famous for the panoramic views it offers over Blackpool.