Shining the spotlight on Blackpool’s gems

It’s known as the ruby anniversary – which seems appropriate for an organisation that has been looking after Blackpool’s gems for 40 years. Formed in February 1975, Blackpool Civic Trust has been following its aim to “stimulate a sense of Civic Pride, to promote high standards of planning and architecture and to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of features of historical or public interest” ever since.

To celebrate the milestone, the organisation is planning a special combined 40th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on February 27 at VIVA, when  awards including Best New Build, Best Refurbishment, Best Community Group, Best Shop Front and Transforming Blackpool will be among those announced. Previous winners include The Oracle, Michael’s Indian Restaurant, Trinity Hospice Gardens, Blackpool Illuminations, Abingdon Street Market and Aunty Social.

Compère for the evening is Radio Wave’s Andy Mitchell, presenting the awards is Blackpool Civic Trust Patron, former Blackpool and England football player Jimmy Armfield CBE and guest speaker is Freddie Gick, Chairman of Civic Voice. The evening kicks off with a drinks reception at 6.15pm, followed by the awards ceremony at 6.45pm and dinner at 8pm. The night will be rounded off with dancing to a Big Band.

Tickets are £30, and can be obtained from the Chairman on 01253 500881 or the Social Secretary on 01253 315162 or by emailing [email protected]


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