Bonfire and fireworks night plan for Morecambe prom

Fireworks at the 2013 Seaside Festival. A November bonfire and fireworks display is planned for Morecambe seafront.
Fireworks at the 2013 Seaside Festival. A November bonfire and fireworks display is planned for Morecambe seafront.

A bonfire and fireworks night is being lined up for Morecambe central promenade this November.

Events organisers are planning a fireworks event, bonfire and live music stage on and around The Dome site on November 4.

The Morecambe Events Co-Operative has applied for a grant of £2,245 from Morecambe Town Council to stage the event.

Other Morecambe festival grant applications for 2016 have also been revealed ahead of a town council meeting on Tuesday.

They include a bid from artist and ice cream seller Kate Drummond for £6,878 to run a new Children’s Festival of Creativity in August.

Local theatre company Attic Door Productions has also applied for £4,000 to run a celebration of William Shakespeare in April.

Meanwhile Morecambe Carnival has applied for a grant of £10,000.

The carnival, which has enjoyed a highly successful comeback over the past two years, ran in 2014 and 2015 without town council funding.

The carnival committee applied for £7,000 from the town council to stage 2014’s event but was offered just £1,500, which the committee turned down. They did not apply for funding last year.

David Brayshaw, chairman of the carnival committee, said the bid was because they planned next year’s event to be even bigger than in 2015.

Three festivals have already been offered funding for 2016; the second year of a two-year contract with the town council. They are A Splendid Day Out run by local Steampunk collective The League of Splendid (£3,000), the Catch the Wind kite festival (£4,000) and Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea (£18,000).

Contracts will be reviewed for year two as part of the town council’s festival process.

Others applying for funds include the Nice ‘n’ Sleazy punk event, Steve Middlesbrough’s music festivals, the West End Festival and the North Lancs Soul Festival.

The town council has set a provisional budget of £55,000 to fund major festivals in 2016 - £50,000 for ‘major festivals’ and £5,000 for ‘community festivals’. But applications total more than £90.000.

A panel made up of town councillors, hotelier Jim Catterall, Lancaster Music Festival organiser Ben Ruth and Vicky Lofthouse from Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, has made recommendations on festival funding for next year.

Their suggestions will be looked at by Morecambe Town Council festivals and events committee at a meeting at the War Memorial Hall on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Final decisions on funding will be made at a later date.

FULL LIST OF APPLICATIONS

Firework Extravaganza £2,245

Promenade Concert Orchestra £2,000

80s Club Tropicana Weekend £3,000

The Bard on the Beach £4,000

Morecambe Carnival £10,000

North Lancs Soul Festival £3.640 (four years)

Nice n Sleazy £3,500 (three years)

Country Kickback £3,000

Barefest £850

Blueswater £3,000

West End Festival £2,000

Morecambe Jazz £1,000

Tutti Frutti £4,000

Seaside Fiesta £3,600

Children’s Festival of Creativity £6,878.18

Motown Magic £3,000

Morecambe Live Weekender £3,000

Zombieville £1,500

Splendid Day Out £3,000

West End Lantern Festival £3,000

Christmas on the Crescent £600

(Festival funding already agreed - to be reviewed)

Splendid Day Out £3,000

Catch the Wind kite festival £4,000

Vintage-by-the-Sea £18,000