Celebrating, by George!

Children and staff at Giggles nursery dress up in red and white to celebrate St George's Day.
Children and staff at Giggles nursery dress up in red and white to celebrate St George's Day.
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England’s green and pleasant land celebrated its patron saint’s day – and Lytham was once again the centre of the festivities.

The flag-raising ceremony on Lytham Green marked the start of a five-day St George’s Festival with events taking place on The Green until Sunday.

More events have been planned into the five-day festival than ever before with a parade on Saturday followed by a black tie gala dinner and a family fun day on Sunday.

There’s also a comedy night, golf tournament, sportsman’s dinner, and a lunch all taking place.

Shops throughout the town have been called on to deck out their premises in flags and other St George’s-related regalia with prizes for the best efforts.

See www.april23.co.uk for details of all the events and ticket prices.

Staff and children at Giggles nursery, on Ballam Road, in Lytham, showed their true colours by dressing up in patriotic red and white for the day.

A bouncy castle, raffle and party games such as musical statues formed part of the celebrations - while around £250 was raised in aid of the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Families Association.

Hayley Florence, from the nursery, said: “We really went to town with it and the children had an absolute ball.

“Their faces were painted with a St George’s cross, and there was red and white bunting everywhere.

“I’m not sure who had the most fun though, the children or the staff.”

Staff at Caring Hands Homecare in Clifton Street, Lytham, held a fund-raising event, including an appearance from Blackpool’s Town Crier.

Barry McQueen performed some war time classics and reminisced with some of the domiciliary care provider’s customers at the Clifton Street office, all in an effort to raise money for St. Catherine’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Lisa Reilly, care manager at Caring Hands Homecare said: “It is always an absolute delight to bring our customers together and see them sharing stories about their lives, and St George’s Day was the perfect opportunity for us to do that again.

“The two charities we selected are such worthwhile causes and do some amazing work so we were delighted to support them.”