Focus on Fylde is back bigger and better

Mark Alexander manager of Lowther Pavilion

Mark Alexander manager of Lowther Pavilion

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Focus on Fylde is back at Lowther Pavilion on Sunday – with an even bigger array of information, instruction and performance than on its debut last year.

The daytime section of the arts fair event, running from 11am to 4pm, will include a series of masterclasses and workshops on a wide range of facets of drama and performance.

Throughout the day, a whole host of organisations from across the Fylde will be offering information on what they have to offer at display stalls around the Lytham venue. They include Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the Ormerod Trust, St John Ambulance, the Fylde Coast Players, the Anonymous Players, UR Potential, the St Annes Arts Trail and the RNLI, whose lifeboat will be in Lowther Gardens from noon.

In the evening, from 7.30pm, there will be performances from Fylde-based individuals such as singer-songwriter James Butcher, Sarah King and Helen Longworth as well as representatives of organisations such as Clifton Academy, the Ormerod Trust, Karen Hunter Dance, the Fylde Stage Academy and Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts.

It’s a free event, which will be officially opened at 11am on Sunday by TV actress Kay Purcell, best known for spells in Tracy Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground and Emmerdale. She has also appeared in panto at Preston Charter Theatre and was among the cast who switched on Lytham’s Christmas lights in 2011.

Lowther manager Mark Alexander, who will himself be giving a panto workshop, said: “Following last year’s successful community showcase, we are very proud to present the second Focus On Fylde Arts and Community Fair.

“It will once again be reminiscent of university fresher week where interested people can come along and see what activities are available within the community to participate and we are delighted with the number of organisations which will be represented as well as the showcase of entertainment on offer in the evening.”