The Festival of Britain took place in the summer of 1951 and celebrated the nation’s recovery after WW2. Located mainly on the South Bank of the Thames at Lambeth in London, the site was developed from old Victorian industrial buildings and railway sidings. New structures were built to house exhibitions exploring Britain’s landscape, the British character, British industry and science.
Although the Festival took pride in Britain’s past, most of the exhibits looked to the future. Science and technology featured strongly. In one of the pavilions, many Londoners saw their first ever television pictures.
Blackpool’s commemorations of the Festival of Britain included the planting of the trees in Stanley Park.
Each of the trees has a plaque set on a small stone associated with it. All are presented ‘In Commemoration of the Festival of Britain 1951’.
(Poster & General information about the Festival of Britain was extracted from http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/festival-britain-1951)
Listed in approximate order:
|19.||Part hidden Stone|
|20.||Prunus Serrulata Hizakura||Double Red Cherry||St John Ambulance Brigade(Blackpool Ambulance & Nursing Divisions|
Map of Stanley Park (Extracted from: http://www.friendsofstanleypark.org.uk/photos/NEW%20PARK%20MAP.pdf)