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Date: 14 April 2010

A short walk around St. Annes on 14 April 2010 from the pier, along the promenade to East Bank Road, Clifton Drive South, Wood Street, St. Andrew's Street, The Crescent, Garden Street, St. George's Road, Clifton Drive North and Ashton Gardens.


Les Dawson   Pier entrance
Bronze of Les Dawson   Entrance to the pier
Pier   Pier
End of the pier   Back towards the town
Railings   On the beach
Detail of railings   Ready for the visitors
Roof-line   Pier
Pier roof-line   Side view of the pier
Lifeboat coxwain   Methodist church
Statue of lifeboat coxwain   Wesleyan Methodist Church of 1877
Wood Street   Crescent
View along Wood Street   The Crescent
Roof line   The Crescent
Upper Storeys on Park Road   The Crescent
Garden St   Market Hall
Garden Street   Market Hall
United Reformed   Gates
United Reformed Church   Gate to Ashton Gardens
War Memorial   War Memorial
Part of the War Memorial in Ashton Gardens   Statue on summit of the War Memorial
War Memorial   War Memorial
One of the brass panels on the War Memorial   A haunting figure of a soldier

The bronze statue of the comedian, writer and musician Les Dawson near the entrance to the pier was sculpted by Graham Ibbeson and unveiled in October 2008. Among his many jokes about mother's-in-law, now regarded as politically incorrect, he said "I wouldn't say my mother-in-law was big, but in the First World War she used to kick-start Dreadnoughts for the Navy." His deliberate playing of wrong notes in his piano pieces were hilarious. In fact he was a very good pianist.

Stone figure of a lifeboat coxwain erected in memory of five men drowned while trying to rescue German sailors in 1886. The Wesleyan Methodist Church founded in 1877 is at the junction of East Band Road and Clifton Drive. It is much grander than many Methodist Chapels in the Lancashire in having a spire. St. Annes on Sea United Reform Church is at the junction of St. George's Road and Clifton Drive North.

Ashton Gardens were given to the town by Lord Ashton in 1914. The gardens hold one of the most magnificent war memorials I have seen, a testatment to the wealth of the benefactors. It commemorates 170 men of St. Annes lost in the Great War. The sculptor was W. Marsden in 1923. The figure on the summit represents new life and hope. There are brass panels depicting scenes of war and the haunted look on the soldier sitting here on the shaded side is very moving


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