Tills get ringing as splash of sun brings visitors

A packed St Annes beach on May Day bank holiday Monday
A packed St Annes beach on May Day bank holiday Monday

Traders were celebrating bumper takings after crowds of bank holiday trippers flocked to the Fylde coast.

Traffic was brought to a standstill and car parks were packed to capacity as the glorious sunshine prompted hectic activity in St Annes in Lytham.

“What a wonderful weekend that was – it was great to see and our members were delighted with the extra business,” said St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham.

“At one stage, it was taking an hour to get from Starr Gate to Lytham and I couldn’t believe the number of cars parked all the way along Clifton Drive North into St Annes.

“It just shows what a difference the sun can make, but once the people come in, it is up to us as traders to look after them and such crowds make all the hard work worthwhile. St Annes was an absolute picture and it was kind of weekend we all strive for.”

Vice-chairman of the Lytham Business Partnership and owner of Lowther Cafe Robert Silverwood said the great weather was a chance too good to miss for businesses in the town.

He added: “It was amazing really – it was just a bumper bank holiday.

“It’s one of those you dream of. It was bumper to bumper with cars with people flooding into the town – it looked like the middle of summer. The cafe and gardens looked great, with families out looking happy.

“We’ve missed out for the last few weeks including Easter because of the weather so this was the first one where we could take advantage and it was great.I couldn’t believe the queues around town – so many people wanted to take advantage of the warm weather and bank holiday.”

St Annes seafront was particularly busy and Andrew Tracey of the Mini-Links golf course reported crowds and queues all weekend.

“It was a brilliant weekend – at one stage all of our equipment was hired out and that was unprecedented.” he said. “The staff are tired but it was all well worthwhile – it was marvellous to see such crowds.”