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Monday, November 11, 2013

Pirates to drop anchor at Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale

Shiver me timbers!  Pirates are set to sail into Skelmersdale.

Captain Concourse, a pirate-ship themed play area for children, will soon be docking at the Concourse Shopping Centre.

The pirate ship play area, which is targeted at children up to nine years old, is a partnership project and has been jointly funded by West Lancashire Borough Council via the High Street Innovation Fund and the Concourse Shopping Centre.

The wooden play ship will be located in the ground floor atrium and is designed to encourage more families to visit the Concourse and increase dwell time. It will be installed shortly and the Mayor of West Lancashire Borough Council, Cllr Iain Ashcroft, will be visiting the Concourse on Wednesday 27 November to inspect it.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“It will be really great to see such an innovative play feature in Skelmersdale town centre. As it will be within the Concourse it can be enjoyed by young children, whatever the weather. 

“It is one of our priorities as a Council to boost the prosperity of town centres. We held  discussions with the Concourse  and  agreed that a pirate ship would be a fantastic addition to the town and would be a great way to bring more young families into the centre. It is hoped that increasing the number of people shopping in the Concourse will help attract new shops and other businesses.”

Gary Mitchell, Concourse Centre Manager, said:

“We are really excited to be involved in this project in partnership with WLBC and Pendlewood Limited and believe this will be great addition to the shopping centre. Don’t forget to keep a weather eye open in the New Year for our pirate-themed activity day.”

The pirate ship has been manufactured by Pendlewood Limited, specialists in wooden play equipment, who are  based in Skelmersdale.

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