Events to celebrate St George

Lytham St George's Day Festival lunch on Lytham green.' David Haythornthwaite.
Lytham St George's Day Festival lunch on Lytham green.' David Haythornthwaite.

This year’s St George’s Day Festival in Lytham is the largest ever planned.

More events have been planned into the now five-day festival than ever before.

The proceedings will this year be started with the official flag-raising ceremony on Lytham Green on St George’s Day itself, April 23.

The flag will be raised after a ceremony starting at 11am prompt at Charlie’s Mast, opposite the Clifton Arms Hotel.

Two events follow on April 24.

A tea dance featuring a fish and chip lunch supplied by Whelan’s in Lytham runs from 1 to 4pm on the festival’s marquee on The Green. Live music will be courtesy of the Bill Barrow Quartet with vocalist Lynne Fox. Tickets are priced at £10 which will include tea or coffee to be served at 2pm with the lunch.

Later that evening, from 7pm onwards, the marquee plays host to a comedy evening hosted by Phil Walker, with tickets priced £15.

April 25 has a sporting theme with a four-ball golf tournament running through the day at Green Drive Golf Club. In the evening, the event marquee on Lytham Green hosts a related sportsman’s dinner.

The traditional St George’s Day lunch takes place on April 26 with tickets priced at £55.

The five-star afternoon begins at 12.30pm with a Champagne welcome followed by a four-course lunch , dancing and entertainment.

A parade takes place on the Saturday followed by a black tie gala dinner – the festival’s most prestigious event – from 7pm in the evening. The night starts with a beating of the retreat followed by wartime tribute act Heather Marie and popular band Hooper.

A family fun day will be held in the enclosure on Sunday.

Festival founder David Haythornthwaite said: “This year the St George’s Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

“It’s really going to put Lytham on the map.

“We have a five-day festival planned with the traditional ball and family fun day, a new golf dinner, an afternoon tea and the ever-popular comedy night.

“With the support of Lytham’s businesses and residents, this festival has grown over the years and we’re determined that this one will be the best yet.”

For details of all events and to book tickets, visit www.april23.co.uk.