The church at The Willows was consecrated on Tuesday 22nd April 1845 and opened the next day, on the Feast of St George, in elaborate ceremonies attended by a great number of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, as well as a large congregation from Kirkham, The Fylde, and towns as far away as Preston, from which a special train was laid.
Posters were prepared and issued to advertise this great event. The photographic image provided is of such a poster, the original of which is framed and hangs in the sacristy.
Note that a collation [a light meal] was provided in the School Room at a charge, and that, thankfully, ladies were allowed to be admitted !
An original copy and transcript of a newpaper report of the consecration and opening events can be accessed here.