Sold out in just six days: Tickets for RNLI salute

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LYTHAM’S first-ever Cockle Ball is a sell-out success in only six days.

All 250 tickets, costing £35 each, have been snapped up for the newly-named gala dinner at the Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, on Friday, February 3.

And organisers have started a waiting list while exploring ways to accommodate more guests at the event which is a fundraising way of saying thanks to the Lytham St Annes lifeboatmen, in the wake of the cockle fishing chaos.

Members of the RNLI crew will be VIP guests at the dinner which will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner, entertainment from top singer Steven Bayliss, The Ian Hooper Band and top DJ Gazyer Tarjany.

St Annes hotelier Paul Rowley, who first posted the idea of a fund raising event on Facebook, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the magnificent response from the public and the number of people wanting to attend the Cockle Ball. The response has been extraordinary – it’s definitely the hottest ticket in town. We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful occasion and we are now looking at ways in which we can make more tickets available.”

One of the highlights of the evening - in association with the Express - will be a giant auction with a host of lots donated by local businesses from champagne breakfasts, hotel breaks and beauty treatments to Lytham Proms tickets.

Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or contribute to the gala event should contact Paul Rowley (01253) 721534 or

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