We are happy to introduce you to the heritage champions. Watch this space for more personal profiles of our team.
I am a Yorkshire Dales girl and mum of two teenage children, in 2001 we moved to the Fylde Coast in search of new opportunities. Being a practical, outdoors kind of girl you can usually find me at the stables or in a garden somewhere, that is when I’m not too busy working on the next new project such as Blackpool Heritage Champions and training to be a tour guide. My latest achievement is completing my BA(Hons) degree in travel and tourism management which is a complete change in direction from having my own business as a qualified garden designer and landscaper. You can see some of my work at The Great Hall at Mains, Singleton. If you were at RHS Tatton in 2007 you might have seen the back to back show garden I was contracted to build, we were very proud to be awarded a silver medal. I have come a long way since leaving school to work in the office. My learning journey is far from over and I believe it is never too late to learn new skills and meet new people. From little acorns, oak trees grow.
I am a local lad, a sandgrownun, and have lived the majority of my life in the north shore area. I was educated locally and at Huddersfield University receiving a BEng (Hons) in Computer Aided Engineering in 1995. My main areas of interest are football, I edit the website of Blackpool Wren Rovers, I also like listening to a variety of music from Bruce Springsteen to ABBA, and like reading the novels of Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth. I have joined Blackpool Heritage Champions because, whilst we need to improve the towns facilities, we need to preserve what heritage we have left.Back Row: Pauline Roberts, Diana Holden (North Shore Methodist Church), Dave Evans, (Heritage Hounds and Pub Trail), Gary Kirkham, Kevin Armstrong (Archiving with Tony), Sylmay Eaves (Friends of Layton Cemetary).
Group photograph with Heather Morrow (bottom right)
Front Row: Ann Nowell (North Shore Methodist Church), Lynne C. (archiving with Tony), Heather Morrow (Head of Heritage, Blackpool Council).
Tony Sharkey is the local historian based at the Local Family and History Centre based at Central Library where the collections are kept and available for the public to access for research. Watch this space about information for the opening of the library.