17th August 2021. The team from the National Coastwatch Institution Fleetwood station at Rossall Point, will celebrate the first National Coastwatch Day on Saturday August 28th in an innovative way.
To mark the event the Coastwatch volunteers hoped to stage an open day so the pubic could get a better understanding of their work, but the Wyre Council-owned Rossall Observation Tower where they are based is currently not open to the public. So NCI Fleetwood commissioned a local film maker, Juliette Gregson, to shoot a film of them in their station, and on National Coastwatch Day the film will go 'live' on the group's website.
Martyn Cripps, station manager at NCI Fleetwood said: "We wanted to celebrate the first National Coastwatch Day and help raise the profile of our work here in Fleetwood, as well as raising much needed funds. We want to thank Juliette for her time and support in helping us to do something a little different on this special day.’
The specially produced film will show views of Morecambe Bay from the top of the tower at Rossall Point, as well as a ‘guided tour’ of the equipment used by the volunteers, inside the NCI station.
The volunteer watchkeepers initially operated from the old Coastguard tower at Rossall Point, before moving into the newly-built Rossall Observation Tower in 2013.The station was renamed NCI Fleetwood in 2019.
There are now 56 National Coastwatch stations in the UK with NCI Fleetwood being the furthest north and is operational every day of the year.