Bumper crowds ready for St George’s day fun

Ofsted at Ash Green Children's Centre, Mixenden. Tina Burke with two-year-old Lewis Jones.
Ofsted at Ash Green Children's Centre, Mixenden. Tina Burke with two-year-old Lewis Jones.

THE St George’s Day festival returns to Lytham next month and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

The festival, extended to four days this year and held over Easter, will celebrate all things English.

Organiser and festival president David Haythornthwaite wants to fly the flag for Lytham and deliver a fun-filled weekend for all ages.

“The main aim with this event is to put Lytham on the map,” he said.

“The family fun day is on the Bank Holiday Monday after St George’s Day, and we are hoping for good weather to get crowds of up to 20,000, double last year’s attendance.

“What’s great about this event is that we are working closely with the local community, as well as supporting national, regional and local charities.

“We hope to raise upwards of £75,000 for ABF The Soldier’s charity, Donna’s Dream house and Park View 4U.”

The festival begins on April 21 with a ‘Fish and Chip Comedy evening’, with three national comedians providing the entertainment.

Good Friday’s celebration is a St George’s Day lunch, which includes free beer and wine, while Saturday sees St George’s Day itself, with the traditional St George flag raising on Lytham Green, followed by a parade through the town.

Mr Haythornthwaite continued: “Saturday evening will see the highlight of the weekend, the black tie charity ball.

“We look like selling out again and there will be great musical entertainment, as well as a six-course meal provided by local caterer Paul Rowley.”