Exciting plans for hall are unveiled

Consultation day at Lytham Hall
Consultation day at Lytham Hall
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RESIDENTS have been given the opportunity to have their say on plans to revamp a Fylde coast stately home.

RESIDENTS have been given the opportunity to have their say on plans to revamp a Fylde coast stately home.

The grounds of 18th-century Lytham Hall will open as a Country Park next month, while fundraising is in full swing to refurbish the house itself and re-open it to the public.

And residents were delighted for a glimpse of the Grade-I listed building during a consultation day on Heritage Trust North West’s ambitious proposals.

Kyly Jakes, 28, from Lytham, who works at the town’s King Edward and Queen Mary School said: “I’m a teacher and we bring the children here.”

“It will be even better when it’s done up and we will get more time here because there will be a lot more to see and do.”

The hall was owned by Guardian Royal Exchange before it was taken over by Lytham Town Trust and leased to Heritage Trust North West (HTNW).

They aim to raise £3m – and claim £2m Lottery funding – towards refurbishing the property by next month.

Former Guardian worker Marie Kershaw, from Ansdell, is delighted at the thought of being able to visit the hall again.

She said: “I used to work for Guardian and we used to come around when they had open days.

“There’s nothing else like this. The money has got to be found from somewhere, it’s very important.”

HTNW want to refurbish different rooms of the hall to reflect all aspects of its history – including the affluent period of the Clifton family, their decline and its time as one of Guardian’s offices.

Freckleton resident Peter Standley, who was with his wife, Tracey and nine-year-old daughter Hannah at the event, said: “It such a lovely place it seems a shame for it to be closed so we’re very pleased it will be open.

“As lovely as the Fylde coast is there’s nowhere else like this where you feel you’re out in the countryside.”

Paul Hodgkiss, project manager for the lottery bid, added: “We’ve taken people on tours and explained to them about the project. Hopefully it will validate what we’re going to do and show public support.

“Just the fact so many people have attended shows the interest.”