World War One-themed display in Fleetwood plagued by thoughtless vandals

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A group aiming to clinch a top North West in Bloom award for Fleetwood said vandals will not put them off.

The Fleetwood in Bloom team has chosen the centenary of the end of the First World War as its theme this time round.

And the stirring display will include masses of red and white flowers, 1,000 specially-made plastic poppies, and six new black and gold memorial benches.

But the organisers have been frustrated by vandals, who have struck several times over the past few weeks, with railing troughs and plants being taken from several planters and, in some cases, just thrown on the floor and left to 

Fleetwood Town Council is playing a leading role in the campaign and Dawn Spooner, the council’s community development officer, said: “The aim this year is to improve on last year’s silver gilt award and aim for gold, but sadly there have been several instances of vandalism.

“This senseless destruction is causing a lot of work in backfilling flowers.

“It’s ruining the enjoyment of the flowers for the great majority of Fleetwood residents and disrespecting those who have kindly donated this year.

“We’re asking people to be vigilant and report any vandalism to us.”

Judges for North West in Bloom will be visiting Fleetwood on Wednesday, July 18, and the awards event is later in the year.

Before last year’s silver gilt result, the town had recorded two consecutive silver awards, in the large town category.