LYTHAM Club Day was a roaring success last Saturday with people turning up in droves to soak up the summer sun and enjoy all kinds of colourful floats in the procession.

Crowds lined the streets to see the parade, whose highlights included the beautiful Thwaites dray horses, the Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers Display Band and a "Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth" float from the St John's Brownies. There were plenty of winners, too, as Natalie Horritch scooped the prize for Best Children's Decorated Cycle with a bicycle dressed up as an English country garden.

Christine Barr won the Children's Fancy Dress competition, picking a very topical theme and dressing up as Foot and Mouth by covering herself in "Keep Out" and "Beware" signs.

The Vintage and Classic Cars Parade ended with Mr and Mrs Cyril Charlton being awarded a prize for their red Morris Colby.

Twelve-year-old Rose Queen Yvette Spedding, from St Peter's Church, was crowned in a special ceremony in Lowther Gardens by Fylde Mayoress Katie Fieldhouse.

There were four teams of Morris dancers filling Lytham's town centre, and the Singleton Cloggers drew an enthusiastic crowd in the centre's piazza.

The day wound down with the Panama Steel Band performing so well in Hasting's Place that they were persuaded to give a 15-minute encore by a thrilled audience.

THERE was one cloud on the horizon last Saturday.

Procession marshall Bill Mercer organised the participants and floats on their route through Lytham and, although he enjoyed the day's parade, he said that the event was at least six floats short of last year's total.

"The procession wasn't nearly as long this year, mainly due to there not being as many volunteers," he said.