‘The Jetty at Knott End.’ C. 1957, L.S. Lowry

This 18″ x 24″ pastel on canvas by L.S. Lowry inspired a community project to improve this area of Knott End beach which, besides looking tired, had a long-standing problem with rubbish accumulating below the jetty when the tide went out.

Following a visit to the beach on a cold day in January 2013, the children and their teacher from Preesall Fleetwood’s Charity School embarked on a mission to have the beach area around the jetty cleaned-up, seating areas created, information on the history of the area made available for visitors and graffiti art and sculpture to be celebrated in the area. Concerned for the environment, the children wrote letters to Wyre Borough Council and met with WBC at the site to discuss their ambitions for the area.

The council listened to the children’s views and showed proposals to create an improved sea defence at the area. These plans included a ramp down to the beach area which would allow a beach cleaner to gain access to the beach to clean it regularly. The children discussed their plans for art and seating areas to allow people to enjoy the landscape free of charge.

Having fun with art, they produced their own 3D sculpture of ‘The Jetty at Knott End’ along with Lowry-style pastel pictures of well-known landmarks in the Knott End area which were displayed in Knott End library asking for feedback on the project from the community. The response was favourable! And…

…Two and a half years later the project was complete!…

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