MORE than two years of planning will finally be realised when Lifelink takes over Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre for ten days in May.

The scheme is being promoted by more than 180 churches in the area to attract youngsters who have a boring picture of the church.

The event will be the biggest of its kind in the region and has united Christian churches of all denominations.

The launch will be at a festival in the Norcalympia at Norbreck Castle Hotel on May 8.

Pam Rhodes from Songs of Praise and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards will attend the evening of music, theatre and prayer.

Another huge event is the Creation Day arts festival that will occupy Blackpool Tower on May 16.

The Definition of Sound Roadshow, bands ranging from reggae and rock, theatre groups, an escapologist and Soundnation DJs are all included in the admission price of £5, along with every feature of the Tower.

Even fans at Blackpool Football Club are getting the message with tannoy broadcasts at Bloomfield Road announcing the forthcoming events.

There are events for everyone throughout the ten days from lively prayer meetings to line dancing, family fun days and tenpin bowling.

Steering group chairman George Fisher said: "There are events planned in night clubs, in homes, for the elderly, the disabled, the businessman, the pubgoer, children and youths."

If you want to find out about events in your area, contact the following:

Lytham St Annes - the Reverend Andrew Hardcastle on 739043; Blackpool South - Rev Graham Rainford on 687937; Blackpool North - Rev Graham Peadon on 392720; Thornton - Rev Paul Clemence on 825107; Poulton - Rev Paul Ruddick on 892211.

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