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Celebrate Withernsea's new Fossil Trail on 29 October

Date
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
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A fun filled event has been organised for Monday, 29 October to celebrate Withernsea’s unique exciting new Fossil Trail, which has been installed on the promenade.

Starting at 11 am, activities will include a fossil walk, fossil hunt, fossil display, treasure hunt, Active Coast activities (sand drawing, stone art and stacking, beach crafts), Go Karts and special bikes on the Promenade. Find out more at Pier Towers.

Withernsea Fossil Trail, a part of the Withernsea Seafront Improvement Plan, has been funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The trail sees eleven distance marker posts made out of reclaimed ‘groynes’ from the old sea defences, placed every 200 metres (a furlong) along the promenade in both directions from Pier Towers. Each post has a marker plaque showing an image of one of the types of fossils that can be found on Withernsea beach.

Kevan Hough, chair of Withernsea and South East Holderness Regeneration Partnership (W&SEHRP), said:The Regeneration Partnership is very pleased to see our new Fossil Trail opened on the promenade at Withernsea. Thank you to all of the people involved in making it happen and to those who are supporting the launch event on 29 October. Initially we were going to place Distance Markers on the promenade but came up with the idea of adding a Fossil Trail to make even greater use of the marker posts. So the images of fossils would go onto the plaques and we designed a leaflet to go with them so that the children ( and adults too ) could follow the Fossil Furlongs. We also decided that we would recycle the scrap timber from the groyne replacement project to make the posts.

“The fossils you see on the trail leaflet can be found on our beach, so why not get your family together and go searching for specimens? You can find out more by visiting www.withernsea1.co.uk.”

Trail leaflets are available at Castle Cafe, Shores Centre, Withernsea Town Council office and East Riding Leisure Withernsea, or can be downloaded from the website. Participants can also try doing a rubbing to make a fossil picture to put on their wall. Follow the Fossil Furlongs and afterwards perhaps try a fossil hunt on the beach.

Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Withernsea seafront is an important location for both residents of the town and for visitors to enjoy.

“The new fossil trail has been identified as a priority by local people and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working alongside the community and our partners, is delighted to be delivering on these local priorities.

“The improvements along the seafront will complement other recent investments in the town and will also help spark further regeneration in Withernsea.”