LINE the streets and get ready to celebrate, that was the message to Fylde’s residents as towns gear up to welcome the Olympic flame.
Hundreds of singers, peals of church bells and a hot air balloon will line the route as the iconic flame makes it was through St Annes, Ansdell, Lytham and Warton.
The torch relay starts at 6.20am on Saturday, June 23 –but Fylde Council is urging residents to set their alarm clocks and prove Fylde can party at any hour.
Council leader David Eaves told The Gazette: “This is Fylde’s moment to shine – the chance of a lifetime to line the streets, party and form memories which will last forever.
“We want a huge and enthusiastic turnout to show Fylde’s best face to the world and to the runners.
“It is a fantastic summer for Fylde. We had nearly 20 street parties for the Jubilee, we’ve got the Olympic torch and then we’ve got the Open Golf.
“I know it’s early in the morning, but it would be good for people to make a special effort and celebrate in one big party.
“Some people might even want to get their bunting out again or get into fancy dress. That would be great – we need to show the world how proud we are of our area.”
The relay will start at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club – the host of next month’s Open Golf Championship – and will head through St Annes, into Ansdell, and then into Lytham where the first section will finish near Lytham Windmill at around 7.18am.
The 300-strong Lytham Community Choir will perform on Lytham Green, and it is hoped spectators will spend the whole morning in the town ahead of the Club Day festivities later in the day.
The torch will then be carried to Warton by vehicle and the relay through the village will start at the Welcome to Warton sign near the Land Registry at 7.22am.
Residents can line the streets and cheer the torch through the village before the relay ends around 20 minutes later at the roundabout between Warton and Freckleton.
Coun Eaves added: “People in Warton have been extremely busy so far with plans for church bells ringing, a breakfast party and a sports party.
“But there will be excitement at every stage of the route as the people of Fylde show they can party at any hour.”
The full route through St Annes and Lytham takes in St Thomas’ Road, Clifton Drive South, King Edward Avenue, Inner Promenade to Ansdell Road South, Clifton Drive, West Beach and Central Beach.