A trio’s golden dream of port

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A trio of local experts have teamed up to write a themed show as part of the Fleetwood 175 celebrations.

Dave Pearce, Ron Baxter and Ross Campbell have written The Golden Dream – Fleetwood’s colourful story in songs, stories, sketches, poems and more backed by digitally projected images from Fleetwood, past and present.

The show follows other successful presentations such as Final Trawl, From Fleetwood to ’Frisco and Onward which have drawn capacity audiences in the past.

The title comes from the late Bill Curtis’s book The Golden Dream, telling the story of Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood’s dream of creating a new port and resort on his Rossall Estate.

As with past shows there is a mixture of humour, reflection and tragedy: the delightful aroma of Isaac Spencer’s Fish Meal Works, shopping at Albert Foulds’s Dome of Discovery and the rise of the football club’s Cod Army are mixed in with the decline of dockland and the tragedies and triumphs of the deep sea fishing industry.

Alan Bell will be making a guest appearance singing his classic, Jacinta.

From the Romans and Vikings in and around the Wyre Estuary to modern day successes like Tram Sunday and Fleetwood Town Football Club, all will be featured.

Controversial characters like Frederick Kemp will be brought to life and songs from many past successful shows have been included.

Tickets for the show – to be staged at the North Euston Hotel Ballroom at 7.30pm on Thursday June 30 and Friday July 1 -- are now on sale at Fleetwood Museum and the North Euston Hotel reception, priced £5.

The ballroom is Fleetwood’s oldest entertainment venue, having opened in 1841. Only 175 tickets are available for each night.