Club day leads weekend of entertainment

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A revamped Lytham Club Day is the headline event in a weekend of fun-packed entertainment.

As the historic event enjoys its 120th anniversary, National Armed Forces Day, Fleetwood Lifeboat Open Day and other events will be celebrated across the Fylde coast.

Lytham Club Day’s special birthday brings with it a series of changes as the crowning of the Rose Queen moves from Lowther Pavilion to Lytham Hall.

Organisers spokesman Cath Powell said: “The aim is to create a family day atmosphere and we are encouraging people to catch the free buses from Ballam Road to the Hall and back.

“Serco is sponsoring the buses and everyone is being encouraged to bring picnics and stay for as long as they like.”

The crowning of Isobel Russell as the new Rose Queen gets underway 1.45pm and along with dance demonstrations and the presentations of processions trophies, other attractions will include everything from donkey rides to hot air balloon rides, coconut shies to climbing trees with the Kaos high-wire centre.

Small fairground rides will be available for the younger children while the main Club Day Fair continues on its regular site at the west end of The Green.

A Hurricane aircaft will fly over town just after 3pm on Saturday afternoon as part of the Armed Forces Week celebrations, with events held across the region, including a Sunday morning service at the Cenotaph in Blackpool, followed by a parade from 10.30am.

Fleetwood Lifeboat Open Day is on Saturday from 10.30am at the station in the Esplanade, while entertainment continues with Mamma Mia! at the Blackpool Opera House and The Vicar of Dibley at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.