Olympic flame heading to Fylde

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THE Olympic flame is on its way to Fylde, it has been revealed.

The route for the Olympic Torch parade was announced on November 7th and, following an entry from Fylde, submitted by local MP Mark Menzies, it has been announced that the torch will pass through Lytham and Warton.

It will arrive on the Fylde coast on Friday, June 22nd 2012 as it heads south from Lancaster.

It will follow a route which goes from St Michael’s On Wyre to Fleetwood, Cleveleys and then Blackpool

The torch will spend a night in the resort before heading off again on the Saturday via Ansdell, Lytham and Warton before being taken to Preston.

The idea to bid for the torch follows discussions between Fylde Borough Council, Mr Menzies and Lytham community worker Cath Powell, a trustee at Park View 4U.

Cath came up with the idea and drafted Fylde’s successful entry.

Mark Menzies MP said: “I’m absolutely delighted the Olympic torch is coming to Fylde.

“I spoke to Lord Coe and LOCOG about how this would fit in fantastically well with the events that weekend and I’m delighted they were so receptive.

“It should make it a very special day for Fylde.

“Enormous credit must go to Cath Powell, who suggested the idea to me initially and put together such a fantastic entry, and Fylde Borough Council for their support.

“Cath received an MBE recently from The Queen for her community work and this is just another example of why the honour was so well deserved.”

Discussions on exactly how the parade will work are now set to be led by Fylde Borough Council and the Club Day organising commitee.

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