Lytham Hall 250th birthday celebrations
PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 November 2014
More than 300 people attended a special party to mark Lytham Hall's 250th birthday. Building work started on the imposing Georgian hall in 1764 when the local squire Thomas Clifton moved in and the anniversary was celebrated with music, poetry and fun.
Lytham Hall 250th birthday
Lytham Hall Project Manager, Simon Thorpe and Activity Plan Officer, Marianne Blaauboer, invite the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Coun. Kevin Eastham and wife, Valerie to complete a Lytham Heritage Questionnaire
Glitter Tattoos courtesy of Rekha Kaur of Penwortham
Blackpool's Treasure Trove of entertainment history celebrated here by youngsters, Luke (5) and Chloe Sanderson (7) with Lydia (7) and Isabella Walker (3)
Blackpool's Treasure Trove of entertainment history celebrated here by 5-years-old Luke Sanderson
Community Heritage Assistant, Laura Brennan presents a display of seaside deckchairs to promote Blackpool's Treasure Trove of entertainment history
Helping to provide 250 cream teas are Dianne Hammond, Jan Platel, Elisabeth Naylor and Trina Froud
Rekha Kaur and daughter, Ruby (aged 3), displaying some Glitter Tattoos
Lytham Hall questionnaire ladies, Lillian Hart and Margaret Brown
Poet Victoria Copelana of St Annes-on-Sea read a selection of 18th century poems for visitors
The April Keen Band provided the musical entertainment...(L-R); Myles Dunlop, Matthew Hill, April Keen and Michael Mayor
The Friends of Lytham Hall organised a masked ball in a marquee in the grounds and the first 250 guests at the party the following day each received a free cream tea. Music was provided by April Keen and her band and there were readings of poetry, including verses written by the last squire of Lytham Hall Harry Clifton.
Guests of honour at the event were the mayor and mayoress of Fylde, Cllr Kevin Eastham and his wife Valerie, and the day included tours of the hall, games for young visitors and a pop-up museum.
The existing hall replaced an older building, parts of which were incorporated into the red-brick structure which was built by John Carr of York. The older parts were used by the servants, with the grander rooms at the front of the hall for the Clifton family.