‘Clash’ could scupper beach Olympics

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PLANS for a summer Beach Olympics on Morecambe sands may not get under starter’s orders after all.

Organisers fear they may have to postpone the It’s A Knockout-style event after Lancaster City Council revealed plans for its own sports festival to mark the Olympic torch’s arrival in our district.

The council’s event, described as a “weekend showcase highlighting the sporting assets the district has to offer”, could take place on June 23 and 24, the same weekend as the torch passes through Morecambe, Lancaster, Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands.

Meanwhile Morecambe businessman Ian Hughes had already set wheels in motion to run his “Olympiadathon” event in the resort on August 4 and 5, when the London Olympics are actually taking place.

But tourism head Ron Sands, a city councillor, said he believed the two events could co-exist.

“The two are very different and two months apart,” said Coun Sands. “The event being planned for August is billed as a fun and quirky ‘salute to the Olympics’ and is proposed to take place on a beach in Morecambe and include raft races.”

See The Visitor (17-01-12) for full story.