Brisk start to Referendum Day polling in Lancashire

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European Union referendum polling station at Roebuck School, Ashton
Eric and Noah Lawrance

Photo Neil Cross European Union referendum polling station at Roebuck School, Ashton Eric and Noah Lawrance

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Lancashire voters were turning out in force today determined to have their say in the Europe referendum.

Polling stations across the county welcomed a steady stream of voters throughout the morning, with a peak predicted for the tea-time period of 4pm- 7pm.

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European Union referendum polling station at Roebuck School, Ashton
Mitzi making her mark

Photo Neil Cross European Union referendum polling station at Roebuck School, Ashton Mitzi making her mark

For Ian Sayers, an early bird voter marking his cross before 10am, the first indications were there could be a bumper turn-out. Speaking after making his mark at the Ribchester Polling Station in St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, the Chairman of Ribchester Parish Council said:”The throughput seems to be much higher than at a general election. There’s a continual stream of folks coming in.”

At Roebuck C.P, School’s sports hall on Parker Street, Preston, little Noah Lawrance was possibly the youngest visitor to a polling station. At five months old he wasn’t taking much notice of the debate but his parents Eric and Danielle Lawrance were keen to take part in the poll.

For Eric, who lives in Ashton, manages Lancaster’s Starbucks coffee shop there was a particular reason to be interested in the regional outcome ... Lancaster has been declared a “bellweather town” and how it votes is likely to reflect the national result. He said the referendum had been a keen topic of debate with customers: “We’ve talked about it quite a lot. There’s been a bit of a buzz about it. I think it’s more interesting than normal elections.”

Meanwhile he and wife Danielle agreed there was an extra special reason to vote as the outcome could determine what kind of Europe Noah grows up in.

Ian  Sayers of Ribchester Parish Council cast his vote at a polling station for the EU Referendum

Ian Sayers of Ribchester Parish Council cast his vote at a polling station for the EU Referendum

Venues for voting ranged from schools and sports halls to chapels and included the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and the Quaker Meeting House, in Preston,

Polls close at 10pm.