Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival was founded in 1894 and it’s the biggest carnival of the year here on the Fylde Coast!
Only previously cancelled for the first and second world wars, sadly Lytham Club Day won’t go ahead in the usual form in 2021 either. The organisers said
“We are keenly aware that, based on current advice, should we hold our usual parade and crowning ceremony we will be calling thousands of people to gather together without any sure way of ensuring their safety from Covid-19. If you have ever been on Westby Street whilst the parade is waiting to start, you will know how many people congregate within a small area and therefore a greater risk. It is because of that fact, coupled with the uncertainty at a time when we need to plan, that we have decided not to hold the parade or crowning ceremony again in 2021.”
However, it’s not all bad news! They also added “Whilst we are cancelling the main elements of Club Day we will mark the day in a way that can be organised in less time with the benefit of up to date Government advice. I personally think the bunting should go up! We will keep you posted.“
2020 STATEMENT FROM THE ORGANISERS:
“It is with great sadness that the Lytham Club Day Committee decided to cancel the 2020 Rose Queen & Club Day Festival due to Covid-19. We do not take this decision lightly, indeed Club Day has only ever been cancelled in the past due to the first and second world wars. We’ve considered all information available at the moment including projections that indicate the timing of the peak of the virus and believe it is the right thing to do.”
Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival
This annual event is amazing to see. It’s an event that the whole community joins in with. But it takes a LOT of organising – and fundraising to pay for it!
Can you help out in any way? Please get in touch with the Committee if you can.
Note that this event isn’t organised by Visit Lytham. Please go to their own official website for further details.
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Many thanks to Visit Fylde Coast contributor Sue Massey for these photos from the 2019 event –
Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival
The event begins with a procession through the beautiful town of Lytham. It features the Rose Queen Elect and retinue, marching bands and dancers, decorated floats, classic cars and more besides.
After the parade, the day continues at Lytham Hall. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment, games, food stalls and fun for all the family. Bring your picnic!
Did you know? That “Floats” were so called as they were originally decorated barges on the river Thames for the Lord Mayor’s Parade. When the parade moved onto the land the term stayed.
Over the years this event has witnessed some incredible Floats. Many of you will have happy memories of travelling through the streets on a float when you were younger. Or tiring memories of preparing the float in the weeks and months leading up to the big day. Not to mention building it on the Friday evening in some secure little corner of the town.
More About Lytham Club Day
The format of Club Day that we enjoy today has been around for over 120 years and seen many changes but managed to survive.
It’s testament to the community spirit of people in Lytham that it has kept going. Because people are prepared to put in the considerable amount of effort it takes to organise it.
Between 8:30am and 12:30pm (approx.) the streets are closed so that children and adults can parade in fancy dress. The town is alive with the hustle and bustle of tableaux, decorated cycles, horses, local traders and bands. Of course the highlight is Lytham Rose Queen and her retinue, plus visiting Queens from the Fylde.
It’s a day for everyone – from Punch & Judy shows throughout the day to Morris Dancers and performers all over town.
The main procession is led by vintage cars, followed by the Rose Queen. She lays a wreath in remembrance of the dead from the two World Wars at the Cenotaph. They, and the whole parade, are cheered on by hundreds of spectators who line the streets to watch the bands and floats.
From lunchtime/1pm the fair opens and the afternoons entertainment gets underway at Lytham Hall with the crowning of the Rose Queen and the official festivities and entertainment into the evening.
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