High winds Force Star Wars cancellation

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. New baddie Kylo Ren takes to the screen.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. New baddie Kylo Ren takes to the screen. PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

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Lytham Festival organisers had to cut short a showing of the latest installment of the Star Wars series after high winds battered the Fylde coast.

The Wednesday night showing – of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – had to be stopped at around 9pm, and halfway through the film, when windspeeds continued to increase.

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Even Stormtroopers need some tea. Six-year-old Ethan Rimmer tucks in.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Even Stormtroopers need some tea. Six-year-old Ethan Rimmer tucks in. PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

The hardy crowd of thousands endured rain and winds for the screening, but conditions deteriorated, with the Met Office recording gusts well over 40mph.

All attending will now be offered a refund.

A spokesman for Lytham Festival said: “Unfortunately the force of the wind was too much for our showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Lytham Festival and we were forced to halt the show.

“We are of course very disappointed that we had to take this action but this is a huge site surrounded by temporary structures and therefore the sensible decision was to stop the screening as the winds increased significantly.

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Isaac and Elijah Robins feel the rain as much as the Force.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

Lytham Proms 2016: A giant screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. Isaac and Elijah Robins feel the rain as much as the Force. PIC BY ROB LOCK 3-8-2016

“The safety of our customers is our priority at all times and while we appreciate this is very disappointing to all concerned, the weather is not something we can control.

“All customers can claim a FULL refund.”

Customers wishing to claim a refund for Star Wars at Lytham Festival must post their tickets to:

Star Wars, Cuffe & Taylor, 13 Bartle Court, Bartle, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0HF