England fans will have to wait to find out whether they will be able to watch their heroes on a big screen, if they reach the World Cup Final.
Blackpool Council has said it is busy looking into ways it can provide a big outdoor screen if England are in with a shout of grabbing football’s biggest prize on Sunday.
Tomorrow’s semi-final against Croatia has come too soon to arrange a large scale event with security and bar staff required.
However, residents in other parts of the Fylde Coast and Wyre have already had hopes of watching the game outdoors with a big crowd dashed.
Licensing red tape strangled any chance of watching the quarter-final victory against Sweden on Saturday.
Attempts were made to show the game to outdoor crowds at Ashton Gardens in St Annes, Lytham Green and Lytham Hall were refused by Fylde Council, which said in a statement: “We have not been able to support any outdoor screening of football over the coming few days because of the lack of notification required to licence the broadcast or provide resources.”
Meanwhile, Wyre Council said it would need 10 clear working days in order to issue a temporary licence.
The game was shown on an 80ins screen at Hambleton’s Bob Williamson Park during the Hambleton Gala after that screening was arranged by Hambleton Sports and OPsocioal Club.
A Wyre Council spokesman said: “Licences depend on the individual/business existing licences. Some have the ability to show films etc outside so they wouldn’t need to submit an application.