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Trip Report Oh I do like to be beside the seaside:Lytham and Lytham St Annes

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I love both ends of Blackpool. I take after my Mum that way. I remember sitting on the promenade at the “Cliffs” end with Mum in her late age reminiscing about her working days there. It moved me enough to write an article attempting to inspire care workers to treat older people with dignity.
At the other end of Blackpool are the wonderful towns of Lytham and Lytham St Annes. Lytham just beats St Annes as being ‘upmarket’; but don’t tell the people of St Annes that.
Lytham has an almost cosmopolitan atmosphere especially on a hot summer day when the people spill out onto the pavements and into the Cafes. It has a number of good Italian restaurants, and we ate there that Saturday: Le Spago.
http://www.spagolytham.uk/#_=_
Great food and slow service.
There are plenty of other places to eat many of which are Mediterranean, or you can plonk yourself in the local award winning chippy: Seniors.
http://www.seniorsfishandchips.co.uk/#_=_
Great service and even better fish (served with mushy peas and a pot of tay). Mrs Lyon insisted on making chip butties and I could sense Mum moving in her grave. Seniors serve fish tapas – small portions of plaice, cod, and haddock.
St Annes also has a range of restaurants catering for all tastes. Greens is a fabulous English restaurant tucked away on a backstreet. Its great food and atmosphere attracts a lot of people.
http://www.greensbistro.co.uk/Greens_Bistro_Page.html
The main reason for our trip this time was for the Lytham Proms. Last year we went and endured Tom Jones (actually he was quite good) and enjoyed it so much we visited again. Lytham Proms lasts for four days catering for a range of tastes. Thursday night was rave/dance music; Friday night was 80s/90s with artists like Billy Ocean; Saturday we endured McBusted and Sunday was classic night with Elaine Page etc. You can take a picnic with you on the last night and much champagne is consumed and Marks and Spencer butties eaten.
Its difficult getting accommodation during Proms weekend in Lytham but our friends talked us into going AirBNB which turned out a fantastic choice. We had some fabulous hosts who insisted on ferrying our various possessions up to the Proms and were just accommodating in every way. We had a big four poster bed which we shared with a friendly pussycat (making me feel at home and less missing of my own cats). AirBNB has a range of accommodation options from private flats through to sharing a house. It was our first experience of it and will not be our last.
All in all, a great weekend helped by being blessed by great weather, great hosts and great food.

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