Successful coastal bid for Lynton and Lynmouth

The current exhibition at Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall.

Posted on: 15 December 2015

Lynton and Lynmouth is to benefit from a grant of £50,000 to help modernise a memorial hall.

The funding will be used to reinvigorate Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall, which houses an exhibition reflecting the area’s severe flooding in 1952.

The grant has come from the government’s Coastal Revival Fund, with the project being led by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council, supported by North Devon Council and residents in the town.

Secretary of the Flood Memorial Hall is North Devon Council Alderman, Edward Nightingale. He says: “Our success in securing this money means we will now be able to modernise our hall, improving the layout and access, whilst at the same time improving our exhibits for our visitors. The exhibition reflects a significant part of our local history and I am delighted that we will be able to preserve this for future generations.”

North Devon Council’s Executive Member responsible for community safety, Cllr Pat Barker, says: “I am delighted we have been able to support the town council in securing this grant. By carrying out improvements to the hall and the exhibition, I believe we will be improving the visitor experience, developing it as a tourist attraction and therefore helping to boost a local coastal community’s economy.”

Local district and town councillor, John Patrinos, says: “Lynton and Lynmouth has attracted many visitors over the last 100 years, with some of our other tourist features being the Valley of Rocks, our water powered Cliff Railway and our new pavilion. Many still remember the flood disaster of 1952, which swept half the town away at the time. So we hope this grant will help us preserve our heritage assets, whilst attracting new visitors to come and find out about our history, which in turn will help support our local economy.”

The Lynton and Lynmouth grant is one of 77 projects to benefit from a share of the £3 million Coastal Revival Fund. The successful bids were announced by the Communities Minister Brandon Lewis on Friday 11 December. More information about them can be found on the gov.uk website.

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