Looking at Brid’s heritage

Old Town History information panel which have been placed on the junction of High Street and ST John Street.'Much of the information provided by David Mooney.'NBFP pa1506-8A'Penelope Weston, Liz Philpot (ER council), David Hinde (town crier)

Old Town History information panel which have been placed on the junction of High Street and ST John Street.'Much of the information provided by David Mooney.'NBFP pa1506-8A'Penelope Weston, Liz Philpot (ER council), David Hinde (town crier)

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The Old Town of Bridlington has unveiled new visitor information boards to help people find their way around the original heritage centre of Bridlington.

The boards are a legacy project as a result of the Priory 900 celebrations during 2013 and the project has led to a partnership approach between Priory 900, the Old Town Association, the Lords Feoffees and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, to provide boards in the Priory Churchyard, at the Bayle, High Street junction and in Stepney Grove Car Park.

Penelope Weston, who ran the project as part of Priory 900, said: “This has been an excellent way to put some really good heritage information around the Old Town so that visitors can get the best out of their visit. The boards were developed and designed in parallel with the update of the Old Town Trail last year.

“I am very grateful for the way that everyone has responded to the idea and worked together to make this happen. The boards will be a great addition for the annual Heritage Open Weekend in September, which is gaining popularity by the year.”

Chairman of Bridlington Old Town Association, Terry Stubbins, said: “We’d like to thank East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Steve Carvill, John Walker and local historian and Lord Feoffee, David Mooney, who gave his invaluable assistance with historical information for both the interpretation panels and the recently reprinted free Old Town Trail, available from Old Town Gallery on High Street and Bridlington Tourist Information Centre.

“This is the first of many small scale projects that together create a Heritage Interpretation Showcase for Old Town.

David Hinde, Bridlington town crier, said: “I’m delighted that town crier Dickie Fletcher, who served during the 1820s, is incorporated into the heritage interpretation boards. He was quite a character in the Old Town’s history and has his portrait in the Tasmanian Art Gallery in Hobart.”

Funded jointly by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Lords Feoffees and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the interpretation boards will be featured at a Priory 900 Legacy Event on March 28 at the North Library, Bridlington when other Priory 900 Legacy Projects will also be unveiled.