MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

PROMS fever took Lytham by storm this weekend and huge congratulations are due.

As the sun set on Sunday, many people spoke of their pride in the community for coming together for such a special event.

And first and foremost credit must go the organisers Cuffe and Taylor, their staff and all the people who helped to make the weekend such a roaring success.

From the pulling power they clearly have in attracting three fantastic acts like Status Quo, Katherine Jenkins and Boyzone to the organisation of the entire weekend I was hugely impressed.

Recruiting three internationally renowned names who between them have sold astonishing numbers of millions of records is incredible in itself.

But the carnival atmosphere created too, with so many people and families enjoying themselves and partying the night away, was truly a joy to behold.

Yes this is, of course, a commercial venture but it is, I believe, an event which certainly brings the community together.

Call it The Big Society, call it community; people were united – as is often the case – by music.

Credit must go to the authorities too in ensuring there were no big problems.

Signposting, it was mentioned to me, for people from outside the area was good. The road closures, I hope, did not cause too much of a problem and there was no trouble.

While Lesley Garrett was reportedly excellent last year (unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend) the scale, size and big names on display this year have taken the event to a whole new level and I truly hope it will continue next year.

I don’t know what plans are in place to keep this marvellous event going but, already, I can’t wait.

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