Pirates' Galleon Drops Anchor in Longridge

Published Friday, 23 May 2014

Little landlubbers in Longridge are invited to drop anchor at the John Smith’s Play Area thanks to the arrival of a £24,000 pirates’ galleon.

The 40ft-long galleon has been installed at the play area thanks to cash from Ribble Valley Borough Council and the SITA Trust.

The blue and red pirates’ ship features a crawler tunnel, vertical climbing wall, rope bridge, deck slide, galleon cabin, rope tower, climbing nets, benches and overhead rigging.

Ribble Valley Borough Council resurfaced the play area, before the galleon was installed.

The galleon was funded by the SITA Trust after John Smith’s Playing Field was awarded diamond jubilee status by conservation charity Fields in Trust as part of a living legacy commemorating the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The play area is at John Smith’s Playing Field, which is based in a former quarry and still boasts quarry tunnels and the cast iron base of a crane.

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson, who opened the galleon with the help of pupils from Barnacre Road Primary School, Longridge, said: “This is a fabulous facility that will provide young people in Longridge with hours of fun for years to come.

“It underlines the council’s commitment to maintaining and improving the borough’s play areas, even when money is tight.”