Withernsea's historic picture boards to be given a new home

Fri, 26 Mar 2021

The popular historic picture boards located on Withernsea Promenade are to be relocated and given a brand new home in one of the town's public parks and the community will be invited to join in the celebrations and share iconic images of their own.

The historic picture boards, a project funded by Big Local, will be relocated to the grounds of the town council's 'Italian Gardens'. The relocation project also includes community partners Active Withernsea, which will be helping with the cost of the relocation, and Withernsea Town Council which owns the Italian Gardens.

The great news is the iconic 19th and early 20th century images of a bygone era, can continue to be enjoyed, but in the relaxing surroundings of the Italian Gardens. It will also provide an opportunity for more people to explore and enjoy the green open space of the Italian Gardens.

In May, to celebrate the unveiling of the picture boards in their new home, a temporary walking trail around the town will be launched. People from across the community will be invited to join in and become part of the trail by showcasing historic pictures in their own windows. Whether it be the swinging 60s, roaring 20s or millennium celebrations, we hope to see a wide range of historic images celebrating Withernsea's past.

Emma Kelly, Active Withernsea Development and Implementation Lead, said: "The new location of the historic pictures will give more people the chance to enjoy the images in the setting of a nice relaxing green space.

"The temporary trail presents a great opportunity for people to find new ways to explore the town on foot and a chance for the community to connect.

"We look forward to sharing more details about how you can get involved in the trail in April."

Rodger Read, Big Local chair, said: "We are excited to be part of the relocation of the picture boards to the Italian Gardens.

"These pictures have proven to be incredibly popular with both residents and visitors alike and it will be lovely to see all of them in their new location. 

"We have made provision for keeping the boards looking good in their new permanent home and we are proud to have been able to provide Withernsea with a reminder of the past for the future."

Jayne Moxon, town clerk at Withernsea Town Council, said: "The town council is pleased to offer the Italian Gardens for the re-location of the historic picture boards.

"They are a popular attraction and we hope that they will become an integral part of a regular walking route along the seafront gardens."

The work to take down the historic picture boards will begin in the coming weeks. The hoardings located on the promenade will also be checked by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of the removal of the picture boards.

Full details on the walking trail event are expected to be launched in May, with more details on the ways that you can get involved expected to be announced in April. Keep up to date with the latest information by following Active Withernsea's social media channels, visiting www.activewithernsea.org or calling us on (01964) 782299, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday or by following your local media outlet.

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