Calls for statue to honour Doreen Lofthouse

Fleetwood businesswoman Doreen Lofthouse was always keen to donate to important monuments in the town - now calls have been made for one to be created for her.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 1:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 1:32 pm
Calls have been made for a monument to be established for Doreen Lofthouse,who was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Wyre and awarded the OBE

Residents say Mrs Lofthouse, who died yesterday aged 91, did so much for Fleetwood that she should have a statue of her own in the town or some other monument.

Many on social media said Mrs Lofthouse, a great benefactor for the town, should be recognised in some way.

Margaret Daniels, chairman of Fleetwood Civic Society, agreed it would be fitting for a lasting tribute to be set up in the town.

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The Society was a key member of the group which organised the statue of Fleetwood's founder, Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, which was unveiled in the town on May 6 2018.

Mrs Lofthouse made a generous donation to that statue.

Margaret Daniels said: "Provided the Lofthouse family was happy about it, I think it would be good for her to be recognised in some way.

"It could be a statue, a plaque or having something major named after her.

"If there were serious discussions I'm sure the Civic Society could be involved.

"There has been a lot of talk on social media about having a statue for her."

Some residents on the Gazette and Fleetwood Weekly News Facebook sites think it would be a good idea.

Carol Griffiths posted; "We should have something made in her honour for all she has given to our town and its people."

Sheryl Beckett said: "I agree."

And Linzi Foster- Nicholson said: "She should have a statue in the town."

Mrs Lofthouse was recognised by being granted the Freedom of the Borough of Wyre and was also awarded the OBE.