Carla Brayshaw column

Visitor columnist, Carla Brayshaw.
Visitor columnist, Carla Brayshaw.
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It’s been quite an eventful week for the carnival team.

Last Thursday saw the return of the iconic Eric Morecambe statue, restored to his rightful place on Morecambe’s promenade.

Plenty of spectators braved the elements to witness the low key unveiling of the fully restored statue, now sporting an extra special sheen after his two month down time in the workshop.

David and I were invited along to the Midland, along with members of the regional and national media, to meet up with Graham Ibbeson (Eric’s sculptor) and members of Eric’s family, by Jim Cadman, who is Graham’s business associate.

We have met Jim before at the public meeting called by The Bay immediately following Eric’s removal where Lancaster City Council explained their plans for his return.

At that meeting Jim revealed his ideas not only for the Eric Morecambe football trophy (thankfully won on Saturday by The Shrimps when they played Luton Town) but also for an Eric Morecambe Day in July 2015 and a planned bronze wall relief to depict both Eric and Ernie.

Jim wanted to introduce us to Eric’s family and is keen to work with the carnival team over the coming year to help deliver his ambitious plans. Jim recognises that there are many good people in Morecambe, working hard to improve the town and he is keen to harness this goodwill to keep this process moving forward.

Cooky and Danny Matthews from The Bay broadcast live throughout the event from inside Eric’s café and amongst their interviewees was the artist Rob Newbiggin.

We have commissioned Rob to produce an original Eric artwork which will go on permanent display in Morecambe Town Hall. In order to get a feel for his subject, Rob will be doing some practice pieces, including a charcoal and pastel portrait of Eric and Ernie which he brought along last Thursday.

It really is a stunning piece of artwork and at our carnival Christmas party on Friday it was first prize in our raffle. Rob will be doing another practice piece for us just of Eric and he will be using this same image in the finished article.

We have our big carnival fundraiser next year and we will raffle the artwork there. Speaking of this, don’t forget to check out the carnival casino night on March 7, 2015 at The Globe Arena. A black tie event not to be missed.

Friday night was our carnival Christmas party at the Trimpell Club. After a hectic year it was great to get together with the committee and friends for a social event and one where I wasn’t required to take any minutes.

The room looked spectacular, the food was great and we were entertained with live music from Greenheart and the mighty Fuse. Danny Matthews did a great job compering the night and I even joined him for our own version of Play Your Cards Right.