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Gordon calls on Stanley Park to be crowned Best Park in the UK

Gordon and other Stanley Park enthusiasts are calling on the local community to back the park’s bid to be named the Best Park in the UK.Stanley_Park_Award.jpg

The park is one of 17 across the North West region and one of 214 across the UK to be nominated for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park award and Gordon is urging people in Blackpool to vote for it. You can vote for Stanley Park by visiting the Fields in Trust website at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/northwest up until November 9th.

He said: “Stanley Park is an absolute haven of interest and tranquillity at the heart of Blackpool. I have been proud in my time as its MP to back the various successful lottery bids which have hugely aided the park’s renaissance alongside sustained input of effort and money from Blackpool Council including the recent work on the Italian Garden aided by Richard Ryan of the Illuminations Department. But also the tireless work of the Friends of Stanley Park led by Elaine Smith and other volunteer groups which makes it the haven of enjoyment and solace enjoyed by both visitors and residents today.”

“Promoting and championing local parks and green spaces is something I was very keen to do when I launched my ‘Cleaner, Greener Blackpool’ initiative earlier this year - it would be a great fulfilment for the town if Stanley Park was to be named the UK’s Best Park.”

Elaine Smith MBE, Chair of the Stanley Park Committee added: “Stanley Park is Blackpool’s Jewel in the Crown. Whether it be the beautiful Italian gardens, our playing fields and lakes, the heritage on display in the visitors’ centre or the popular Art Deco Café, there is something for everyone at Stanley Park – I hope everyone in the town can get behind us and vote.”

If the park comes top of the North West region, it will then go up against winners from the other UK regions in an awards ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground later in November being organised by Fields in Trust. The charity legally safeguards over 2,600 parks, playing fields, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the UK, a total of 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres).

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