Silcocks Fair was given a last-minute green light to return to Fleetwood last week, days after Wyre Council refused the attraction its annual permit for a plot of land near Marine Hall on the town’s Esplanade.
A booking clash had seen councillors reject plans for the fair to occupy the seafront site from 4 August, however Silcocks was able to negotiate a new location with the authority and open just two days late.
“The initial application for the event was refused as the site is currently being used by our NHS colleagues for the warfarin clinic,” said a Wyre Council spokesperson at the time.
“However, we have been working with the event organiser and a new site has been agreed for this weekend.”
After reports emerged about the council’s reneging on its annual permit without offering a suitable alternative, many took to social media to express their disappointment.
“Letting kids down again,” commented Ann Mellor. “There’s not much in Fleetwood as it is.” Carol Ann Evans added “Wyre Council why are you letting our children down again?”
However, following discussions with the council’s licensing committee, Silcock’s was able to secure a location on the overspill car park of YMCA Fleetwood leisure centre, the building directly adjacent to the Marine Hall, and opened from 6 August until 8 August.