Sea Change grant winners announced

Coastal tourism projects in Lancashire and Cumbria will receive funding from the Government's Sea Change programme.

In Fleetwood, a grant of £835,000 will pay for a performance and recreational space on the seafront at the North Parade. The scheme will reflect the Viking, Roman and Neolithic history of the resort. There will be a mythic trail along the coast and an observation centre to view local bird and wildlife. A public art programme will see local artists compete to design and manufacture artwork that will then be displayed in three locations along the coast.

A new visitor centre on Piel Island in Barrow-in-Furness will be created with a Sea Change grant of £280,000. The new centre will be housed in a refurbished building at the Grade II listed Ship Inn and will provide information about local heritage and orientation for walkers.

Five other projects around England will also receive funding through the Sea Change programme. Among the projects Britain's oldest surviving rollercoaster, in Margate, is being restored to its former glory, a Victorian railway station will be transformed in North Tyneside, fishermen's cellars from the 1800s will be refurbished in St Ives, Cornwall.

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