Teeing off for cash windfall

Clifton Drive's 'Boulevard of Nations'
Clifton Drive's 'Boulevard of Nations'
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THE return of The Open Golf Championship to Royal Lytham in 2012 is set to bring a windfall of up to £100m to the Fylde coast.

Planners are expecting around £47.5m to be spent in the area by golf fans while more than £50m worth of marketing value will be gained from hosting the world’s most prestigious golf tournament.

The forecast comes as it was revealed Fylde Council lost in the region of £600,000 of North West Development Agency money to regenerate St Annes during recent Government cutbacks.

However, town hall bosses, working with Lancashire County Council and other organisations, have managed to secure around £400,000 to make improvements to the area and run golf-related activities in the run up to the big event, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors.

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