Hall geared up for more Club Day revelry

Town crier Colin Ballard prepares for Lytham Club Day at Lytham Hall
Town crier Colin Ballard prepares for Lytham Club Day at Lytham Hall
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There is a feast of fun in store at Lytham Club Day this weekend, with Lytham Hall the venue for the Rose Queen crowning and afternoon festivities for the second year running.

Club day’s 120th anniversary celebrations at the hall last year proved such a success that officials have decided to do it all again on Saturday – but better.

Following the traditional morning procession, starting from Station Road at 10.15am and following an extensive route through the town centre up to around 12.30pm, the Hall section of the day will begin with a display of vintage cars from 1pm.

The crowning of the Rose Queen, procession of visiting queens and presentation of the parade trophies begins at 1.30pm and from around 2.15pm, a cavalcade of entertainment is promised.

John Porter, chairman of the organising committee, said: “There was very positive feedback to the afternoon events being held at the Hall last year so we are delighted to be back there and we look forward to another very memorable day.”

Among the entertainers will be Jennie Luke, originally from Lytham and now based in London, and her My Favourite Character team offering stories and plays for youngsters.

There will also be a display by the Fylde K9 Dancers dog display team, while through the afternoon on the Hall’s front lawn, Park View4U community team will be hosting a pond dipping session.

There will also be children’s sports events, fairground rides and donkeys and Lytham Ecumenical Partnership while hold a songs of praise-type concert in the marquee from 3.30pm.

An afternoon packed with music of all kinds will lead into evening performance by the Toll Bar Band from 6pm and the Panama Steel Band from 8 until 10pm.

Refreshments will include a hog roast, barbecue, vintage tea tent, Champagne and Pimms, ice creams and candy floss, although organisers say everyone is welcome to bring along their own picnic and gazebo.

Marianne Blaauboer, Lytham Hall’s activity plan officer, said: “We were thrilled to get so many positive responses to Club Day being held in the historic parkland at the Hall last year.

“It was brilliant seeing so many people through the gates, many of whom professed to not having visited before.

“As a charity, we heavily depend on the people of Lytham visiting and spreading the word about this gem on their doorstep. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Club Day back this year.”

As last year, a park and ride scheme in will be in operation, with heritage buses picking up from outside reception at Ribble House (Serco) opposite the entrance to Lytham Hall.

General vehicles will not be permitted access to the Hall so visitors are asked to park at Ribble House. A very limited number of disabled parking spaces will be available for blue badge holders only and can only be accessed via the Forest Drive entrance to the Hall and not the main front entrance.