IN PICTURES: Lytham’s St George’s Day Festival parade

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The seventh annual St George’s Day Festival in Lytham proved the busiest yet.

Lytham was awash in red and white as thousands of people took part in the festival’s numerous activities to raise funds for charity and awareness of the day.

St George's Family Fun Day on Lytham Green.'Damian Hayhurst with his 1952 Triumph Renown.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-4-2015

St George's Family Fun Day on Lytham Green.'Damian Hayhurst with his 1952 Triumph Renown. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-4-2015

Sadly, a world record attempt to gather more than 1,096 people with the same name in one place didn’t succeed.

There were plenty of Georges, including TV architect and Restoration Man George Clarke, in attendance, but the record for the largest number of people with the same name is still Mohammed, set 10 years ago in a Dubai shopping mall.

Organisers said many of the events were the most popular they have ever seen in the festival’s seven-year history.

Starting with a flag-raising event on Lytham Green on St George’s Day itself, there was also a charity golf tournament, tea dance, lunch, black tie ball, family fun day and the Run Lytham 10k.

It was a bit drizzly for the parade but everyone who took part made a huge effort with their costumes

Bob Gallagher

Bob Gallagher, chairman of the St George’s Day Festival, said: “It’s been magnificent.

“It was a bit drizzly for the parade on Saturday but everyone who took part made a huge effort with their costumes.

“It was the biggest parade we have had on.

“Thankfully the sun came out for the family fun day – people were queuing to get in at 11am!”

Around 470 people attended the lunch – 150 more than previously – and an auction at a gala dinner.

Festival founder David Haythornthwaite still decided to hand over the keys to a red and white Mini Cooper as a prize during the world record attempt, despite the fact it wasn’t successful.

Mr Gallagher added: “People have been very generous.

“As well as promoting St George’s Day and our national flag, the events raise money for our charities ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Trinity Hospice and the Boathouse Youth.”