Festival set to be biggest yet

St George's Festival parade in Lytham
St George's Festival parade in Lytham
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Lytham’s eighth annual St George’s Day Festival is shaping up to be the most successful yet.

With two weeks still to go to the start of the five-day extravaganza on April 19, several of the events within the Festival have already sold out and organisers are hopeful of comfortably topping the record £82,000 raised for charity last year.

A comedy night with TV favourite Jason Manford sold out some weeks ago and the Festival’s golf tournament and St George’s Day lunch in a giant marquee on Lytham Green have now followed suit.

There has also been plenty of interest in the Festival’s new and extended features this year. Along with a community choir evening and a busking festival, they include a Parade of Dragons, Damsels and Knights and a celebration of England’s Finest on Lytham Green featuring pole dancing, horse displays and the White Helmets Army Motorcycle Display Team,

Stalls around the edge of the parade ring will provide a wide variety of locally grown and prepared foods, while the Festival will culminate on St George’s Day itself, Sunday, April 23, with a Family Fun Day on The Green.

That day, the Grand Marquee will be transformed into a variety theatre featuring dance, song and magic acts for the whole family, while outdoor events will include five-a-side football, tug of war and a wide variety of funfair rides.

The Festival, which traditionally begins with the raising of St George’s Flag on The Green, is this year again supporting three local causes - ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Trinity Hospice and Love Lowthjer.

Festival committee chairman Tim Lince said : “We are all looking forward to what we are sure will be an absolutely wonderful Festival. We are delighted with the support so far and hope we can set a new record amount for the charities we support.”

Weekend passes are available at £10 for adults, with children free, from Lowther Pavilion or the St George’s ticket hub open in the town’s Piazza at weekends. Tickets are also available online at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk or www.stgeorgesdayfestival.com