Letters - August 17, 2012

Jan Teasdale at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Project in St Annes Road West, St Annes.
Jan Teasdale at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Project in St Annes Road West, St Annes.
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FOLLOWING the fantastic response to our recent arts project, commissioned for the Revealed Festival during The Open, we would like to thank everyone who came along and gave their support.

In addition to showing some of the photos from our Is Britain Great? archive in The Caravan Gallery – our mobile exhibition venue in a caravan – we embraced the opportunity to transform an empty shop in The Square, St Annes, into a temporary art gallery-cum-visitor centre dedicated to celebrating the unique character of Lytham St Annes.

From our point of view, the best thing about this project was the way it brought together people from all walks of life.

A formerly empty shop became a temporary dynamic creative hub fostering a genuine sense of community.

Our visitors included road sweepers, councillors and local government staff, shopkeepers, artists and curators, holidaymakers and day trippers, children, young people, retired people and everyone in between – and more dogs than we’ve ever seen in one place before.

We held a closing celebration to thank everyone who had supported our Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project, and again were inundated with offerings from local people and bowled over by their warmth and generosity.

Judging by comments in our visitors’ book and residents’ feedback, there is a real desire for a permanent contemporary art space of this sort in Lytham St Annes. We hope our presence might inspire someone to help make this a reality.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who supported our project, especially the Lancashire Arts Development Service and Fylde Council for allowing us to do something a bit different and adventurous, also St Annes Town Council, local businesses who donated prizes and everyone who came along to the exhibition.

In the words of the immortal Arnie, we’ll be back!


The Caravan Gallery

THERE is a sign at the entrance to Carleton Crematorium’s Garden of Remembrance stating “all tributes placed on the rose beds or grassed areas will be removed regularly”.

It is a pity that Blackpool Council does not apply that same rule to the ridiculous amount of dandelions and other weeds that are spoiling the beds.

Dead-heading of the 
roses would not go amiss either.


ONCE again I notice Blackpool Promenade is full of horse manure.

I was under the impression Blackpool Council had sorted this by having all horse-drawn landaus fitted with, what I describe as, nappy bags.

They may have these bags on, but they are positioned at an impossible angle to do the job 
of catching anything – as is obvious by the mess on the Promenade.

So come on Blackpool Council, do something about it because it’s becoming an eyesore again.


Knowle Avenue