This Saturday I went out with a friend around Blackpool for Open Heritage Day. We went to 2 churches and a very interesting tour of Blackpool’s Masonic Hall. I was very impressed with the openness of tour and we got to see all the rooms, including the temple.
The visit to the churches (one not in use any more) was also very interesting St Stephens on the Cliff and Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. St Stephens is famous for having the Actors Alter paid for by amongst others Coco the Clown and Mae West. Our Lady of Lourdes is now no longer used and is being restored by the historic chapels trust. This great building has a 1920’s Art Deco feel about it and although deconsecrated still has a formidable spiritual feeling about it.
Open Heritage Day is a great scheme that allows the public to enter and tour buildings and places that are not normally open to them. It is just a real shame that Fylde missed out this opportunity to see some of our great buildings opened.