Mock battles at war weekend

Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival weekend
Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival weekend
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Lytham is set to turn the clock back more than 70 years as thousands of visitors descend on the town for its annual wartime weekend.

The popular event, which saw an estimated 25,000 people visit the town last year, promises an excellent weekend of entertainment, with attractions including a mock battle on Lytham Green, a vehicle rally and a fly-past by a Spitfire Dakota.

Coun Susan Fazackerley, Fylde Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We’re all really excited about this year’s festival.

“As well as the hugely popular military vehicle displays and parade through Lytham, vintage rides for children, living history camps and entertainment zone, we’re looking forward to the special Battle of Britain memorial flight of the Spitfire Dakota flyover planned for the Sunday shortly before 2pm. Let’s hope the weather is kind.”

Last year’s festival saw Lytham town centre come alive with many visitors in wartime dress, while shops, pubs and cafes entered the spirit of the occasion.

Coun Fazackerley added: “We hope to attract thousands of visitors and residents to this event, making it a fun-filled and busy weekend for everyone in Fylde.”

Viv Wood, head of tourism at Fylde Council, said: “The event is getting bigger and better every year and we have plenty of attractions for visitors.”

See The Gazette on Monday for a picture special from the event.

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