Double celebration time for Cleveleys clocks and sea signs

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group with the return of the information signs at Cleveleys beach
Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group with the return of the information signs at Cleveleys beach
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Cleveleys residents had a double celebration when the clocks were unveiled in their beloved clock tower and the information boards are back on the beach.

A community wide fund-
raising campaign has paid off with four clocks being replaced in the iconic shelter.

Jane Littlewood, publisher of the Visit Cleveleys website and Facebook page, launched the campaign to get the shelter restored last April and has been overwhelmed by the support it’s received from the public, and the way that it’s brought the community together.

She said: “We had raised £2,500 and were told that our bid for £500 from the Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving campaign was likely to be a success. So we went ahead and ordered the repair of the remaining clock and to have three copies made for the other faces of the shelter.

“The best thing is the way it had brought the whole community together. Everyone has been talking about it.

“I want to thank everyone who has raised money and donated and especially 
Keeley Jones from Wyre Council’s estates office for all her help.”

The council’s scaffolding came down yesterday and the clocks were fitted by repairers Smiths of Derby.

The council helped out with the total cost of £8,000 as £5,000 came from the Shaping your Neighbourhood Grant.

Meanwhile, Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group were delighted to welcome back the information boards to the seafront nearly a year after the original ones were washed away in the storms last December.

It had taken the group a considerable amount of research and effort and a Big Lottery grant to install the first set of boards right against the edge of the beach, so they were devastated when four were washed away in the high tides on December 5.

They successfully applied for a second Big Lottery grant, and this week the new boards have been installed between The Venue and the Five Bar Gate near to Rossall School.

Jane Littlewood said: “It’s fair to say that we could all have cried after the damage last year – we’d purposely researched what we thought was a weather-proof product, but clearly the frames were no match for the power of the sea and the stones and rubble which it carries.”

The new installation uses the same artwork for the boards and the frames were put in by local company Bailey Engineering.

Two of the lost boards came back to shore and were rescued, and although one had broken the other was in good enough condition to be reused.