LYTHAM’S Club Day procession will start an hour later than usual this year as a direct result of the Olympic torch being relayed through the town earlier in the day.
The parade will also be shorter in a bid to make up time in advance of the accompany afternoon events in Lowther Gardens, at which 13-year-old Sian Thompson will be crowned Rose Queen in succession to Tabitha Riley.
The scores of floats and accompanying participants will set off for the procession on June 23 at 11am rather than the traditional 10am.
After following its usual outward route, it will turn at Grosvenor Street rather than Lytham Hospital as it heads for Warton Street and Clifton Street before dispersal at Park Street.
Announcing the new arrangements, Club Day committee chairman John Porter said: “In response to arrangements for the Olympic Torch, the Club Day Committee have agreed to a police request to start the parade at 11am, instead of 10am. Dispersal of the parade will be at 1pm and not 12.30pm as normal.
“To help make up time a decision has been taken that for this year only the parade will be shortened by going down Grosvenor Street rather than round by the Hospital. It is recognised that this may very well disappoint a number of residents who are used to the parade passing by.
“But it must be stressed that this is a one–off response to this year’s unusual circumstances.”
Mr Porter added: “We are unable to extend activities in Lowther Gardens beyond 4.15pm as there is an event in the Rose Garden at 5pm, although they will start slightly later at 2pm.”
The Olympic Torch relay will set off from Royal Lytham and St Annes golf club at 6am on Club Day and head for Lytham Windmill. FA relay from Warton to Freckleton follows shortly after.
Insp Keith Ogle, Fylde’s geographic police inspector, said: “We liaised with the organisers and asked if the parade could start an hour later due to policing operational reasons and we thank them for their support and cooperation.”