THANKS for the memories – and the legacy – and come back soon!
Traders and civic chiefs were left delighted as the 11th staging of the Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes proved an overwhelming success and teed up the prospect of a resulting multi-million pound tourism boom.
More than 180,000 golf fans flocked to the course to watch a tournament which defied poor weather on the opening days to go down in the history books as a classic – with millions watching on TV worldwide.
Economic experts have estimated that, along with a £35m boost from the tournament itself, the legacy of the world’s greatest golf championship being staged locally could be worth more than £50m to the region in terms of future business and all the signs are Fylde really made the most of the opportunity.
Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “It was a wonderful event that people will remember for years to come and everyone should be proud of the welcome we extended to visitors.
“The overwhelming initial reaction is that it was very good for Fylde, with visitors coming from all over the globe.”
Full story in this week’s Express.