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Fleetwood Golf Course was once the home of a military rifle range for training volunteers. Below: Malcolm Clegg.
Fleetwood Golf Course was once the home of a military rifle range for training volunteers. Below: Malcolm Clegg.
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Members of the public have the chance to tour major Fleetwood landmarks and get an insight into the history of the port.

The long-running Fleetwood Heritage Open Days return next week and this year a one-off event has been added to the programme.

Malcolm Clegg

Malcolm Clegg

Among the buildings and other attractions being opened to the public will be a former rifle range.

Fleetwood Golf Club was formerly used as a military rifle range, where volunteers were trained to protect the country from the perceived threat of a French invasion.

Malcolm Clegg, who is responsible for organising a tour of the site as part of the open days programme, said the opportunity to see this part of Fleetwood’s history may never come around again.

He said: “It’s different to all the other events where people are going into buildings they may have already seen.

“What we are doing is a one-off by allowing the public onto the golf course.”

The rifle range was set up 150 years ago, during a time of rising international tension.

Mr Clegg said Fleetwood’s role in such a high profile situation is fascinating.

The interest in the tour is so high, he said, that one of the time slots is already fully booked.

He added: “I equate the rifle volunteers as a mix between the home guard and the Territorial Army – it is very fascinating.

“It is very interesting that 150 years ago Fleetwood was part of a national and international situation.”

Fleetwood Civic Society is in charge of putting together the programme of events.

Chairman Margaret Daniels said she would be taking a tour of the former rifle range.

She said plans are going well and she hopes to be able to match last year’s success.

She said: “Last year we had 1,000 people through the Mount Pavilion in two days and 1,000 through the Lower Lighthouse.”

The open days will take place between September 12 and 15. For a full programme of events visit ww.visitwyre.co.uk/events

Open days to offer insight into history

Some of Wyre’s most cherished buildings will welcome members of the public during the Heritage Open Days weekend.

wide range of events have been packed into the four-day programme, from September 12-15.

Coun Lynne Bowen, Wyre Council cabinet member with responsibility for culture, said: “These events are a wonderful way to bring local history to life and discover the colourful and diverse stories of some of the most popular places in Wyre.

“How better to find out about the Wyre Estuary’s links with trade in Russia and beyond than while tracing the area on foot?

“Or the folklore of Fleetwood’s coast than atop Rossall Point Observation Tower, built on the site of the original coastguard watch tower?

“There really is something for everyone with guided tours, walks and experiences in a variety of locations.”

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