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Off The Wall

the beach, Fleetwood
My parents invited themselves to stay at the weekend, which was surprising but fine, we then found out that they were going to see Alfie Boe in concert so their motives became clear. We gave them a lift to the venue, told them to behave themselves, then went for a walk to kill some time before collecting them. 

We headed off to see the very new sea defence at Rossall, just north of Blackpool, it's far more pretty than a trip to see a wall might sound! The bridges and art work have been designed by Stephen Broadbent, other works include River Of Life in the centre of Warrington which came about after the 1993 bombing in the town. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral has the Sheppard Memorial, there's Tudor Square in Sheffield, and Propellers of the City is a fairly recent addition to the streets of Sunderland. Here, the art continues to tell the story of The Sea Swallow that I've mentioned before herehere and here.





Land-side of the sea wall is a park and grassed area which has been planted with wild flowers and looks gorgeous. 


The paths run on multiple levels, so there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the area, whether travelling on foot or by bike. 


This huge (£63 million) project has been worth the wait, it has transformed quite an unexciting stretch of the coast, an most importantly 7000+ homes are better protected from flooding. 

We still had to wait in the car for over an hour as Alfie Boe was enjoying himself too much to stop singing apparently!

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  1. What a well thought out project (the sea defences that is, not your parents inviting themselves....although that too was clearly well worked out lol). I like that walkway with the undulating upright wooden stakes (if that's what they are).

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    1. I think both plans worked out well!

      There's a huge amount of sea defence works going on all the way up the coast, it takes time, and a lot of money, but the results are about as beautiful as large walls can be. The wooden stakes are part of one of the new bridges and hopefully will weather nicely over time.

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  2. Looks lovely. 😁. I hanker after a day at the beach. X

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    1. It's lovely there now, it was a bit on the bleak side at times before. I'm loving being near the beach at the moment.

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    1. It's such a nice area now, it has a little bit of an end of the world feel as it's between places, but it's lovely for a walk now.

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  4. Back on his home ground made Alfie sing some more! We walked along this very place two weeks ago and it was a scorching day, You were really kind to provide a taxi service for your parents especially as it wasn’t right on your doorstep.

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    1. I think he did more talking than singing!

      My parents aren't familiar with the area so I think they were a bit surprised at how far it was from here, they were grateful for the lift, and it was good for us as we were able to explore somewhere new!

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  5. Those wild flowers are beautiful! I hope your parents enjoyed the concert. X

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    1. Thanks, they really did, it was the topic of conversation all day on Sunday!

      Part of the plan with the wild flowers is to encourage native coastal plants too I think. That's certainly happening down at my end where large amounts of Sea Buckthorn and other invasive species are being cut back to allow other things space to grow.

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  6. I must go take a peek at the new sea wall. Looks a totally different place to the one I've walked before. When I was little the Sunday afternoon walk was taken along the sea front to Rossall.
    xx

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    1. Hi Mum, it's very different now, I hope lots of residents think it's been worth the disruption.

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  7. I hadn't ralised that part of the prom had reopened. Must take a look soon. On Sunday Laura and I walked up to Rossall Point from the other end of Fleetwood where it's untouched by the renovations. It was so peaceful.
    Carolx

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    1. I think it's very recent, we didn't know it had opened, but when we were passing we saw people walking around, there's a small parking area too at the end nearest the school. I do enjoy it when we visit, it has such a different feel to our beach, it's a pleasant change.

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