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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Maryport traders mount bid to revamp promenade

An ambitious plan to revamp Maryport’s run-down promenade has been launched by town traders.

They want to renew benches along the prom, fix dilapidated railings and establish viewing platforms out to the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm. It is hoped this would encourage more people to use the area.

A celebration of fishing would also be held as part of the area’s revamp.

A one-off summer event would highlight the town’s links with the fishing industry.

It would include a promotion of the harbourside fishing co-operative fishmongers The Catch, music, sea-related activities and a cooking competition using the catch of the day.

A new maritime trail could be established to lead visitors around the harbour area and town centre.

It would also promote Maryport’s links to the Titanic. The owner of the White Star Line, Thomas Ismay, was born in the town.

Last week the traders were told that an application from the Fisheries Local Action Group to fund a Titanic memorial in the town centre had failed.

But the group showed some interest in two other proposals for improved signs and a maritime trail.

The traders will go back to the group with its new ideas and will also apply for grants to E.on, which owns Robin Rigg, and WREN, a body which funds environmental projects.

Carol Tindall, a Maryport councillor, said she believed E.on had promised money to the area and would help with the promenade improvements.

Have your say

I'm the admin for a Facebook page titled Maryport Through The Ages and I agree 100% with Maryport Resident's comment. There should be a plaque on the Promenade telling of its past and how and why it was built. Also, I'm sorry about the state Miss Hayley Mercer found our Promenade in, this is down to the local council of Maryport not doing anything for its future. Maryport has so much potential but nothing is being done to harness this. Please don't give up on Maryport yet anyone, its such a lovely little town, we just haven't got the right people running it yet.

Posted by John on 21 February 2013 at 09:09

why do we want to promote links to 1 of the biggest disasters in maritime history i just cant understand it we should be washing our hands of it!

Posted by catty on 19 February 2013 at 18:51

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