St George ready to march on to Green

Last year's parade and (below) founder David Haythornthwaite.

Last year's parade and (below) founder David Haythornthwaite.

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WORK has started on preparing Lytham’s famous Green for its annual St George’s Day Festival celebrations.

Organisers of the fundraising event have announced a series of events for the 2012 celebrations, which will see money raised for charities The Army Benevolent Fund, Donna’s Dream House in Blackpool, and Lytham community group Park View 4U.

David Haythornthwaite

David Haythornthwaite

An evening of amateur boxing will be held on April 18 to start the proceedings.

That will be followed by a carbon copy of last year’s hugely-successful comedy evening on April 19, with the annual St George’s Day lunch held the following day.

The event’s grand black tie ball will be held on April 21.

In a change to the planned programme, a parade will be held through Lytham on April 22, before a huge family fun day opens its doors to the public in the gated arena on The Green.

St George’s Day Festival founder David Haythornthwaite said: “Some people made suggestions to us that it would be good to see the festival expand.

“Fundamentally, all of these events will help us become successful in our main festival aim, which is to raise a lot of money.

“We’re now making final preparations and the marquees will start to go up on The Green in the next few days.

“There’s been a great reaction to the event and ticket sales are strong – the lunch already has more attendees than last year’s event, and the ball as ever promises to be an amazing affair.”

On April 22, a flag-raising ceremony will be held at Charlie’s Mast on The Green, to mark St George’s Day followed by a large fancy dress parade through the town led by marching bands. There’s £4,000 of prizes to be won and entries are still welcome.

A spokesman for Fylde Council added: “The St George’s Day organisers have done superb work in recent years in reminding people of this traditional celebration.

“It is a fun event for the whole community and we can only applaud the organisers.”

To find out more, or to book tickets, visit www.april23.co.uk or call 01253 667431.