Olympic torch rallying call

Geraldine McGrane, who has been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer.
Geraldine McGrane, who has been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer.
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LET’S make the most of the Olympic torch coming to town — despite the early hour.

That’s the rallying call from community leaders and Fylde MP Mark Menzies after it was confirmed that the great sporting symbol will be relayed through St Annes and Lytham from 6.20am on June 23.

That is Lytham Club Day and although the torch – carried in turn by 16 bearers on its relay through Fylde – will have left the area long before the usual mid-morning parade timing, plans are already being considered to co-ordinate the two events, possibly with some form of initial breakfast-time Club Day celebration.

While neighbouring areas such as Fleetwood and Cleveleys will get to welcome to flame in mid-afternoon the previous day and Blackpool is treated to a full evening event, Fylde folk will have to set their alarm clocks to make sure they are at the Saturday starting point at Royal Lytham Golf Club, arriving at Lytham Windmill at 7.18am.

But any initial disappointment there might have been at the timing has been brushed aside to be replaced by determination to make the most of an opportunity which will live long in the memory of everyone involved, either as a spectator or participant.

Among the torchbearers through St Annes and Lytham is 48-year-old St Annes IT analyst Geraldine McGrane (pictured).

Full story in this week’s Express.