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Lytham’s sixth St George’s Day Festival proved the biggest and best yet – with organisers delighted at the response from the public.

Events included the raising of the St George’s flag on Lytham Green, a golf tournament, luncheon, afternoon tea, comedy evening, black tie ball, parade, and family fun day.

There was also the inaugural Run Lytham 10k race which saw more than 350 runners take to the streets.

Festival founder David Haythornthwaite, who gave his Tangerine group staff the day off on St George’s Day and has called for it to be made a national holiday, said: “We are really pleased with how it went this year.

“It’s nice to get comments from people and we’ve had a few saying people were impressed with the size of the procession.

“We got some great weather too.

“Our first golf tournament went well and we were blessed with the weather, and it was fantastic to get more than 350 runners for the first Run Lytham.

“I believe we could get that up to 5 to 6,000 and have our own Beaverbrooks 10k. We had people coming from as far away as Leeds.”

The festival is not-for-profit with proceeds going to charities including ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Trinity Hospice and Donna’s Dream House.

Mr Haythornthwaite added: “We should know how much we’ve raised within a couple of week.”




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