A rousing success! It is official – this year’s Proms was the best Lytham has ever seen.
A sell-out crowd witnessed Fleetwood opera star Alfie Boe take to the stage on Saturday night, while packed houses danced the night away to Friday’s Here and Now 80’s show and screamed their way through Sunday night headliner Olly Murs.
And it is not only St Annes-based organisers Cuffe and Taylor who can celebrate the Proms’ success – tourism bosses are also revelling in the boost the established event is now bringing to the area.
Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “It has been the best-selling weekend of all the Proms so far.
“Saturday night was a definite sell-out and Friday was also absolutely packed – I don’t think they could have fitted any more people in and it was such a wonderful atmosphere. It was more like a party than a concert.
“Lytham was buzzing and I think people took the opportunity to go into Lytham at tea-time for something to eat and to have a drink.
“Attendance numbers for the Proms have gone up and up and people now know the quality of the event – everything is done very well.”
The event – which came on the back of the week-long Open Golf Championship and ahead of this coming weekend’s 1940’s weekend – provided another welcome boost to the town’s businesses.
One of those to benefit was The Queens, on Central Beach, the closest pub to the Proms’ Lytham Green stage.
Owner Clare Holt said: “This is our first year at the pub and the Proms was better than we thought.
“We’ve had a few events this summer like Lytham Club Day and the Open Golf, and they didn’t really live up to expectations but we did really well with the Proms and it exceeded expectations.
“There was a definite buzz and there was no trouble, there were a lot of families and it was really good.”
And along with the big name stars who took to the stage over the three nights, there was also some local talent on display. Kurtis Reid, winner of Fylde’s Got Talent, supported Olly Murs, while the 300-strong Lytham Community Choir were the stars of the build up to Alfie Boe’s performance.
The choir was formed by Park View 4 U as part of an initiative called Lytham Sings 2012, and the sell-out Proms crowd was their biggest gig yet.
Cath Powell, who founded the choir, said: “Everyone put on a great performance on Saturday night and from the feedback we’ve had everyone seemed to have a great time.
“It was a wonderful experience for us all and I would like to thank Cuffe and Taylor for giving us the opportunity to sign to our biggest audience – so far.”
It is only the second time the Proms has been held over three nights, with Status Quo, Katherine Jenkins and Boyzone taking to the stage last year.