Bumper crowds flock to Wartime Weekend

Wartime-style wedding at St John's Lytham of Andy and Kath Hacking.
Wartime-style wedding at St John's Lytham of Andy and Kath Hacking.

A WEDDING with a wartime theme was the icing on the cake as Lytham celebrated a super successful Wartime Weekend which attracted crowds of up to 20,000 over two days.

World War II re-enactment enthusiasts Andy Hacking and Kath Plummer, from Accrington, opted to tie the knot at St John’s Church, during the festivities – and left for honeymoon in Kenya aboard an armoured car.

Throughout the town, shopkeepers entered into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in costume and suitably kitting out their stores.

Residents and visitors thronged the many displays of vintage vehicles and activities, which included battle re-enactments, a vintage vehicle parade, weapons displays and a static display of a genuine Spitfire.

The weekend was organised by Fylde Council and leader Councillor David Eaves, said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The huge crowds meant it was hard to move on the Green between the windmill and the Clifton Arms.

“The town centre shops, cafes and restaurants were full of families enjoying themselves and that is good for the economy, good for residents and good for the reputation of Fylde as tourist destination.

“Fylde has a soft spot for the veterans of the war. They will always be welcome here.

“Their numbers have been swelled in recent years by the younger generation who want to find out more about this honorable past.”