New alcohol licence application submitted for Lytham's WonderHall Festival

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Promoters behind a new music festival coming to Lytham this summer have applied for a licence to serve alcohol at the event.

The application by Live Nation which works in conjunction with locally-based promoters Cuffe and Taylor, will be heard by Fylde Council's licensing panel on Monday, May 17.

The hope is the licence will cover the six-day WonderHall Festival, running from August 25 to 30 in the grounds of the Hall and featuring performers such as Sir Tom Jones, Russell Watson, Marc Almond, Anne-Marie, UB40 and Marc Almiond.

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The licence will be entirely separate to that currently applicable at the Hall, which only covers events with less than 5,000 people.

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Around twice that number are thought to be likely for each night of the Festiival.

The Hall's deputy general manager Paul Lomax said: "Cuffe and Taylor/Live Nation have applied separately for the licence so it protects Lytham Hall's licence already in place.

"For example, if someone from a beer tent was caught selling alcohol to underage persons, it wouldn't affect the Hall's current licence and its future operation.

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"Our current licence already allows us to sell alcohol inside our buildings and outside within our grounds.

"Therefore, the proposed new licence has no affect on our alfresco situation or smaller outdoor events of up to 4,999 people."

Mr Lomax added that a great deal of preparation work is doing into keeping disruption to a minimum at the Festival.

Parking for the event will be on Lytham Green, with the only cars allowed on site blue badge holders.

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They will also have an alternative route into Lytham Hall via a neighbouring drive to avoid any additional traffic causing disturbance to the housing estate adjacent to the Hall.

Lytham Hall's main drive will be left entirely traffic-free to allow pedestrians to stroll to the Hall without encountering cars sharing the same space.

"A great deal of thought and meticulous attention to detail has been implemented into all the plans for the WonderHall Festival," he said.

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