For as long as I can remember there have been wrecks of boats along the River Wyre. On a recent visit to Skippool Creek and Fleetwood Marsh things were very much as I remember them from childhood. Skippool was once an important trade centre as well as being known for smuggling and a popular haunt of the ‘press-gangs’.
Walking further along the Wyre there are scattered remains of other boats. From single ribs of wooden hulled trawlers to partially cut up steel hulls.
Whilst in the area I went to have a look at ‘Mary’s Shell’. This is a sculpture on the beach at Cleveleys and was installed as part of the ‘Cleveleys Mythological Coastline’ project, which aims to regenerate the coast through the Arts. In Cleveleys, the project creates a legacy to follow the sea defence works, and a story that’s Cleveleys very own for the future. In 2011 each primary school child in Wyre was given a copy of a book called The Sea Swallow. This is a fairy tale based on local features including the shell.
A brief stop at Lytham St Annes on the way home to have a look at the windmill (now a museum) and the old lifeboat station.