Preparations underway for screening of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon final and opera on Skegness beach

The UK's largest outdoor screen on Skegness beach.
The UK's largest outdoor screen on Skegness beach.

The UK’s largest outdoor screen was being set up on Skegness beach earlier today, ready to show Andy Murray taking on Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men’s final this afternoon.

As the players look set to face temperatures of up to 30 degrees centigrade, in one of the hottest men’s finals in history, the crowds heading down to Central Beach were happily basking in the sultry summer sunshine.

The screening, arranged only yesterday by the organisers of SO Festival, is expected to set two new records - the largest ever showing of a grand slam final and the first ever beach broadcast of Wimbledon.

“We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to see Andy Murray’s second Wimbledon final,” said festival director Robin Morley.

Murray is hoping to become the first Brit to take the title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry 77 years ago.

Despite the pressure of the nation resting on his shoulder, many pundits are optimistic about the Scotsman’s chances against world number one Djokovic.

“I favour Murray,” three-time champion John McEnroe told BBC Sport.

“I think that the physical aspect of Djokovic’s semi-final is going to have some impact.

“Novak is a truly, truly great player - both of these guys are - but I think the crowd is going to give Andy that extra five to ten per cent.

“When you toss all that into the mix, it’s going to be a fantastic final, but at the end of the day I think Murray is ready. He’s ready to finally do it.”

The match will begin at 2pm, before which audiences in Skegness will have the chance to enjoy a performance by the world renowned Garsington Opera.

The 50 piece orchestra’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel will be beamed across the beach from noon today.

“His music is a gloriously rich and lustrous evocation of dark forests where children are lost and found, where witches might lurk but will be overcome in the end,” said a spokesperson.