Lytham Club Day celebrates its 120th anniversary in style this weekend – by entering a new era.
After the morning procession follows its usual route through town, the crowning of the Rose Queen and subsequent entertainment will take place at the new venue of Lytham Hall.
Organisers spokesman Cath Powell said: “The aim is to create a family day atmosphere and we are encouraging people to catch the free buses from Ballam Road to the Hall and back. Serco are sponsoring the buses and everyone is being encouraged to bring picnics and stay for as long as they like.”
The crowning of Isobel Russell as the new Rose Queen in succession to Anna Jackson gets underway at the Hall at 1.45pm and along with dance demonstrations and the presentations of processions trophies, other attractions will include everything from donkey rides to hot air balloon rides, coconut shies to climbing trees with the Kaos high-wire centre.
Small fairground rides will be available for the younger children while the main Club Day Fair continues on its regular site at the west end of The Green.
In the evening at the Hall, there will be music from a Ceilidh band from 6pm followed by a steel band until 10.30pm, with buses then available to take people back to the gates.
Organisers’ chairman John Porter said: “Our aim has been to create a family fun day and the committee has worked extremely hard in putting together an exciting programme for the afternoon and evening.
“We would urge everyone to take advantage of this support their efforts.”
The morning procession starts at Station Road at 10.15am, with assembly starting from an hour earlier. Extra marshals would be welcome to help with road closures and volunteers should contact Andrew Fallow on 07974 180926.
A Hurricane will fly over town just after 3pm on Saturday as part of the Armed Forces Week celebrations.