Fleetwood’s iconic Marine Hall is set for a rooftop revamp thanks to a timely post-Christmas £50,000 grant.
The cash will be used to renovate the building’s most startling feature – the hall’s magnificent stained glass and leaded lights dome.
It means the Marine Hall’s best feature can be given the full prominence it deserves
At present, the dome is covered by a protective layer which means sunlight cannot filter through the glass.
But the work will mean the cover can come off and the dome will be displayed safely in its full glory, showing off the galleons and the Fleetwood Coat of Arms featured at eight points on the circle of the dome.
The project has been made possible after Wyre Council successfully applied to the Governments’s Coastal Communities fund.Coun Peter Murphy, Wyre Council’s Planning and Economic Development portfolio holder, said: “It’s tremendous news for Fleetwood and Wyre.
“It means the Marine Hall’s best feature can be given the full prominence it deserves.
“This is yet another successful grant bid by Wyre which can benefit Fleetwood.”
The Marine Hall owes its art deco style to the era in which it was built – the 1930s.
Completed in 1935, the seafront venue immediately became a hub of social activity in Fleetwood, with regular dances being held there.
The latest development will further enhance work already achieved through funding from the Sea Change and Coastal Communities schemes.
The Marine Hall Gardens have been extensively redesigned to create a seafront entertainment area with several new attractions including a skate bowl, a splash pad, extended café, external picnic and play area. News of this latest funding comes at the end of Marine Hall’s 80th birthday celebrations.