MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

AN astonishing array of talent has now been finalised for this year’s Lytham Proms.

With X-Factor star Olly Murs unveiled last week as the Sunday night star, adding to Alfie Boe on the Saturday night and an array of 80s talent on the Friday, it promises, yet again, to be another great weekend.

Add in Elton John, who is performing up the road in Blackpool, becoming the first artist to play at the new Tower Headlands, and boy-bands The Wanted and McFly, who are set to entertain the younger generation the week after, and we’re set for a splendid summer of entertainment on the Fylde coast.

I hope this incredible line-up will bring in a welcome boost to the coast’s tourist industry and those who work in it and show off all that Lytham and St Annes have to offer.

With the efforts currently being put in by groups such as the award winning Lytham in Bloom, I know that our town centres will look excellent just when we need them most.

And, of course, while we are never short of quality hotels here in Fylde, there are now an array of quality bars and restaurants which, I hope, will keep our guests coming back for more.

This will also be a major asset for our other huge summer event – The Open.

Credit, of course, must be given to two young men from Fylde too, Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor who, through their events company Cuffe and Taylor, have made much of this possible.

They have shown real entrepreneurial flair as well as major pulling power in bringing in some star names.

It’s up to us as a community to support them and remember that, as a coastal resort, tourism is our bread and butter business.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

So let’s hope for great weather for all these events – after all we don’t want the Rocket Man’s Candle In The Wind getting blown out by the famous Blackpool bluster – and have a great summer.

Elsewhere this week I held a surgery at Lytham Cricket Club and also had the pleasure of meeting with their chairman.

I also tabled a number of written parliamentary questions on Fylde issues including Weeton Barracks, Westinghouse, BAE Systems, flooding and cycling and spoke out in Parliament on hate crimes against disabled people and the Government’s proposed benefit cap, which I’ve received a great deal of support for.

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