WE had fantastic news last week that the Olympic torch tour will be heading to Fylde next summer.

I was over the moon when I heard the news and it just goes to show yet again that Fylde can truly punch above its weight when it comes to bringing in big events.

The torch relay is sure to a wonderful occasion and is just the latest in a long-line of special events that the area has hosted.

Lytham Proms, of course, has attracted a terrific new star to headline next year’s event in local lad, Alfie Boe, as well as recruiting world famous talents like Katherine Jenkins, Boyzone and, of course, Status Quo, last year.

We also have had some terrific community events that have attracted national attention.

The St George’s Day Festival – which took a monumental effort by the organisers to get up and running – has attracted plaudits from far and wide.

And the Battle of Britain wartime weekend, a terrific idea by Fylde Council, also scooped a lot of praise.

Kirkham, meanwhile, brings in massive names that wow the public on a regular basis too with Silverdell bookshop bringing in the likes of Michael Caine and Jack Dee for special events.

It all goes to show that Fylde truly does have the clout to put on a show and I am sure the torch relay will not disappoint.

And speaking of punching I know Lytham-based boxer Scott Cardle is an Olympic hopeful who is vying for a spot at London 2012.

You may recall he was my nomination to carry the torch during the torch relay and he has passed through to the next stage of judging for this honour.

As well as wishing him luck with his bid to qualify for a place in Team GB, I am also hopeful that he will now get the honour of carrying the Olympic flame in his home town.

Finally I cannot let this week go by without mention Remembrance Sunday.

This is always a very important occasion and I was present at the well-attended services at both Kirkham and St Annes.

I was pleased to see so many people putting aside their time to remember the sacrifices of the people who gave our lives for this country.

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