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Fylde art set for permanent home
Fylde Art Collection
About 20 Richard Ansdell works will feature in the gallery
A collection of work by a famous North West artist is to get a permanent home in an upmarket Lancashire supermarket.

The new Booths store at Lytham will feature a gallery to display works of art donated to Fylde Borough Council over the past 80 years.

The basis of the collection will be 20 works by Liverpool-born Richard Ansdell, famous for his rural paintings - many depicting scenes from Fylde.

It is the first time the work will have a permanent home, the council said.

The Fylde Collection has previously only been available for viewing by appointment and at civic events.

Margaret Race, granddaughter of Alderman James Dawson - the main contributor to the collection - and Sarah Kellam, great great granddaughter of Richard Ansdell, have campaigned for a home for the artworks.

The Fylde Gallery will be a superb showcase for paintings
Councillor Simon Renwick

"I am most grateful to the Booths Family who have thought to create an Art Gallery and incorporate it within their very attractive new store in Lytham," said Mrs Race.

"Having campaigned so long and hard for the people of Fylde to be able to view these beautiful works of art, I am delighted that the opportunity has now been created."

The idea for the gallery came from Graham Booth, Property Director for Booths and 5th generation member of the Booths family.

Fylde Borough Council has agreed to the long-term loan of paintings to form the basis of the exhibitions at The Fylde Gallery.

Other artists

Culture spokesman councillor Simon Renwick said: "We are extremely grateful to Booths for their important contribution to the cultural life of the residents of and visitors to Fylde.

"The Fylde Gallery will be a superb showcase for paintings from the Fylde Collection and it is fitting that the works of Richard Ansdell take pride of place."

Mr Renwick said the gallery would also be refreshed with work from other artists in the area.

The gallery will be open to the public next month.

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