A glorious year packed with big events in store

Pictures:Bill Johnson.'Alfie Boe at Blackpool's Opera House.
Pictures:Bill Johnson.'Alfie Boe at Blackpool's Opera House.
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WHAT a super year this promises to be in terms of top-drawer events.

More than 200,000 visitors are set to flock to South Fylde - and boost the economy to the tune of over £70m - as the Open Golf Championship makes its return to Royal Lytham and St Annes for the first time in 11 years.

AS the Olympics head for London for the first time in over 60 years, the Olympic torch is set to pass through Lytham on Club Day in June, while there are another three magical evenings in store at Lytham Proms in early August, with tenor Alfie Boe headlining on Saturday, August 4.

It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which means the opportunity for more street parties to follow those which celebrated the Royal Wedding last April.

“It’s going to be a fantastic year for residents and visitors,” said Fylde Council’s new chief executive Allan Oldfield.

“The Open in particular is a world-renowned event that places Fylde firmly on the map with millions of viewers and thousands of visitors experiencing the beauty that Fylde has to offer.

“It will have a massive financial benefit for the local community and as always will generate longer term return from repeat visits and a lasting legacy.

“Along with all the other major events locally, we are fortunate to have an extensive border with Preston which is celebrating the Guild in 2012 with many of the events spilling over into the Fylde as we celebrate with our neighbours.”