Despite the weather, Saturday’s wonderful celebration of light and sound to mark the restoration of the Japanese Gardens was a shining success. The wealth of iridescent illuminated lanterns lit on this special night are beautifully shown in the featured photograph and photograph below courtesy of Mark McNeill of Lancashire Drone Photography – for more of Mark wonderful work visit https://lancashiredronephotography.co.uk/. (Mark had full permission from Blackpool ATC for his drone flight).
Saturday’s event also saw the premiere of a new outdoor theatre and music performance, Conference of the Birds, by Frolicked Outdoor Theatre, which was performed by puppeteer Beka Haigh with original music from Chris Davies and featured bird puppets singing their story while making their way through the landscape. The Japanese Garden was an original feature at the Lake when it was laid out almost a century ago but were covered over in the 1960s. It is now splendidly restored.
Julie Vale, Fylde Council’s Activity Development Officer, said, ‘We had just under 200 people come to the workshops to add their birds to the flock and 150 came to see the performances of Conference of the Birds. The feedback was great – everyone enjoyed the unique experience and being able to get hands on for the installation. The evening was magical with the sounds and lights transforming the Japanese Garden.’
Councillor Michael Sayward, Chairman of Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee, said: ‘The Japanese Garden has been restored with monies from the National Lottery Heritage fund project and lent itself perfectly as a location for this event and many more to come.’
This photograph courtesy of Mark McNeill of Lancashire Drone Photography
The lovely photograph below is by Carole Booth