The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection have made their largest-ever donation to Fylde Council towards the preservation of prized treasures
Fylde Council looks after the items in the Collection, which has grown to hundreds of items since Alderman James Dawson donated the first to the then Lytham St Annes Council in the 1920s.
The donation of £6,700 will pay for restoration work on two marble figures on display in the Town Hall at St Annes - Hebe, The Goddess of Eternal Youth by Rinaldo Rinaldi
and Amphitrite by Benjamin Edward Spence.
The money, which included £4,000 from various fund-raising events along with £2,700 grant aid, was presented to Fylde mayor Coun Angela Jacques by Margaret Race, who is chairman of the Friends as well as grand-daughter of original donor Alderman Dawson.
At the same event, Margaret and Sarah Kellam, great great granddaughter of renowned artist Richard Ansdell, many of whose works feature in the Collection, gifted an Ansdell oil sketch called Three Sheeps Head, which they has recently bought at auction in equal share.
Sarah and her husband Colin also donated two lithographs by Thomas Ryall, depicting the Ansdell Masterpiece, Raising the Standard at Waterloo, the original of which is in Edinburgh Castle.
Margaret said: "The Friends exist to raise awareness of the Collection and to raise funds for its conservation and we were delighted to make the donation for the latest project, the cleaning, restoration and conserving of the two large statues situated in the Town Hall."