2011 – the last six months

Travelodge, Morecambe.
Travelodge, Morecambe.

The second half of 2011 saw a new Travelodge open in Morecambe, hundreds of people left without telephone or internet access after metal thieves stole underground cables, a leading concert ticket company red-faced after claiming Rihanna was due to perform in Morecambe and Friends of the Winter Gardens sickened when thieves stole lead from the historic building’s roof.

Reporter Michelle Blade takes a look at the stories that made the headlines between July and December.

JULY

A GROUP of teenagers and adults chased a terrified young deer around a cemetery, where it had been grazing on floral tributes.

The deer was seen bolting throughout Torrisholme cemetery and was in a state of stress. The deer was sighted running on the railway tracks near Bare Lane station a week earlier.

MORECAMBE’S new Travelodge opened at the end of August, creating 12 new jobs. The 60-room hotel was on Central Drive and Euston Road, next to the Arndale shopping centre.

YOUNG footballers were devastated after their clubhouse was vandalised and left looking “like a scene from Beirut”. Volunteer officials at Carnforth Rangers FC, one of the oldest amateur football clubs in the area with 200 child members, had to raise up to £70,000 for new facilities.

A FORMER manager of a West End antiques shop wanted to open a new market in the Alhambra Buildings.

Joanne Harrison, who used to run Morecambe Antiques and Collectables in the shop unit next to The Carleton, on Marine Road West, hoped to rally local traders behind her idea. The market opened later on in the year.

See The Visitor (10-01-12) for full story.