The Sea Swallow & the Mythic Coast

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The Sea Swallow

The Mythic Coast project is part of the regeneration of Wyre's waterfronts. The project was made possible by a cash injection from the Government's Sea Change programme, which recognises schemes that have the potential to regenerate seaside towns through cultural and environmental enhancements. Match funding came through contributions from Wyre Borough Council and the support of the Lofthouse family, makers of the world-famous Fisherman's Friend, manufactured in Fleetwood.

The Sea Swallow story was written by children's author Gareth Thompson. His story brings together the project's aims: to reference landmarks across the Wyre; be appropriate for staging or outdoor performance; have contributions from the local community; include educational and geographical reference points; be adaptable for website and other multi-media follow-ups and open up themes for large-scale sculpture and public artworks. The Sea Swallow is his fourth book. His previous novels, published by Random House, were young adult novels.

The book is illustrated by Wyre Way Mythic Coastline competition winner Hannah Megee. Hannah beat off stiff competition from over 100 artists in the nationwide search for the right illustrator to convey the The Sea Swallow's themes in captivating imagery.

Hannah's designs also provide the inspiration for the Mythic Coast artworks which will be created by artist Stephen Broadbent. Stephen designed the award winning Cleveleys' 'People's Promenade', a new public space that serves as a tourist attraction with sea defence works that will protect 2700 houses and 219 businesses in Cleveleys from tidal flooding.

Stephen will create a sculpture trail, telling The Sea Swallow story, that visitors can touch and play with. The first sculptures will be unveiled on Cleveleys promenade this Autumn [2011[, with more sculptures to come, up and down Wyre's waterfront.

In July 2011, copies of The Sea Swallow were given to 4,200 Wyre schoolchildren aged 7 - 11.

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