The residents of Fylde took to the streets, parks and open spaces this weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a wonderful borough-wide show of community spirit and national pride.
Thursday evening saw the lighting of the National Jubilee Beacon at Fairhaven, as crowds gathered despite the downpour to enjoy wonderful music from Ami Alex, Amy Marie Borg, Peter Anthony, and harpist Maxine Molin in the prelude to the main event. The Mayor of Fylde, Cllr Ben Aitken, and Deputy Mayor of Fylde, Cllr Alan Clayton, along with Mayoress Ms Bernadette Nolan and Deputy Mayoress Mrs Helen Ementon, were amongst the local luminaries in attendance for the once in a lifetime celebration as Fylde’s beacon blazed with countless others across the nation to mark the momentous occasion.
The St Annes on the Sea Jubilee Carnival brought four days of festivities as it combined the commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with the 100th anniversary of the St Annes Carnival, with live music, the parade and a family fun day in the park. St Annes on the Sea Town Council, the St Annes Carnival Committee, their partners and participants are all to be commended for a fabulous celebration.
Not to be outdone, the village of Warton welcomed its Right Royal Carnival to Bridges Playing Fields with a parade, fun and games, and live performances from numerous talented artists. Elsewhere in Fylde, merrymakers held numerous street parties as neighbourhoods came together to make the most of the special weekend. The start-studded ‘Reet Royal Do’ at Lytham Hall and the cheerful Platinum Jubilee Picnic at Fairhaven Lake both went off without a hitch, rounding off a delightful weekend of fun and festivals in honour of Her Majesty.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “It has been humbling to see the people of Fylde put on such an exemplary show of togetherness and celebration on this most special of occasions. There were far too many spectacular celebrations to list them all, but on behalf of Fylde Council, I’d like to offer our thanks to all who got in touch to let us know about their planned events, the organisers for making this weekend so exceptional, and all those who took part in the festivities in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.”
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