Bumper year to bring the crowds

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FLEETWOOD is set for a year to remember with a calendar of attractions to put it on the tourism map.

The arrival of the new supertrams on April 3 will herald a series of events poised to boost local businesses and showcase the town’s assets.

The red-letter days will include the Olympic torch being paraded into town on June 22.

Other big events will be the lifeboat wreck trek on June 3, with a celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the Marine Gardens the following day.

Chairman of Fleetwood Chamber of Trade Derek Eaton said: “It certainly looks like being a good year.

“Fleetwood is definitely getting its share of the Olympic torch because it will be here for longer than anywhere else in Wyre.

“It is going to be a tremendous day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and everyone will want to see what should be quite a spectacle.

“We have had this long period without trams which has been terrible but now it looks as though things are coming right.

“We have had the bad times but now the good times are coming back.

“One thing about Fleetwood is, you can’t knock it down - it has a resilience.”

Carnival Day is tis year on June 16, and hundreds will be attracted by the annual Sotos Fun Run on June 24 with July 15 seeing the town’s biggest crowd-puller - Tram Sunday, which could get an attendance of around 30,000.

July also sees Lifeboat Day on the 21st and the bowls festival from July 23 to 27.

If Fleetwood Town FC gain promotion to the Football League next month the champagne corks will be popping again.

And there will be a new attraction opening at the new £600,000 Rossall Point tower.

Among those ready to welcome the crowds is Craig McOmish who has three ice-cream and refreshment kiosks on the seafront.

He said: “We could have a really good year - we just need the weather. The Olympic torch is tremendous news - especially on our doorstep.

“A lot of people will travel to see it because it’s such a rare thing.”

Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, Coun Alan Marsh, added: “It’s a terrific year which we won’t have again.

“We just have to come together now and really market Fleetwood with all these are events, which will welcome families.

“It’s tremendous and we have to take advantage of it and get people coming into our town and spending money.”