Patriotic boost at community base

Park View 4U trustee Ray Norsworthy, St George's committee member Ruth Thompson, and Chairman Park View 4U Tony Croft.
Park View 4U trustee Ray Norsworthy, St George's committee member Ruth Thompson, and Chairman Park View 4U Tony Croft.

Funds raised by last year’s St George’s Day Festival in Lytham will go towards a new community centre in the town.

Money from the festival will be shared out between ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Lytham community park charity Park View 4U, and Donna’s Dream House in Blackpool.

The first charity to receive a cheque from last year’s event was Park View 4U, which received £5,000 towards the costs of its community centre on Park View Road playing fields.

Tony Croft, chairman of the group, said: “We’re delighted to have been included in the celebration last year and it was a tremendous success.

“The money will be used towards the installation of a kitchen in our community centre which we hope will be of great benefit to the whole community.”

Ruth Thompson of the St George’s Day Festival committee said: “We are pleased to support local charities with our festival.

“Over the past three years, we’ve raised £57,000 which has gone to national, regional and local charities.

“We’re hoping next year’s event will be even bigger and better, allowing us to support local charities further still.”

The St George’s Day Festival has been extended to a six-day event next year.

An amateur boxing evening will be held on April 18, with a comedy evening the following night, St George’s Day lunch on April 20, black tie ball the following evening, family fun day on April 22 and a parade and flag raising ceremony on St George’s Day itself.

It’s hoped the Park View centre will be up and running in early 2012.