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Morecambe’s big weekend looms large

The Headstrung Puppet Company will be part of the Morecambe Variety Festival and Morecambe Carnival.

The Headstrung Puppet Company will be part of the Morecambe Variety Festival and Morecambe Carnival.

Excitement is building ahead of Morecambe’s biggest weekend in years.

The ‘Viva Morecambe’ weekend – including the return of Morecambe Carnival after a 13-year absence – will draw thousands into town and boost our economy.

The extravaganza kicks off with The Visitor’s Sunshine Ball on Friday, May 2 at the Midland hotel.

Our annual awards dinner, sponsored by Wright and Lord solicitors and in aid of our #SaveOurHospice campaign, will recognise the people who make Morecambe great.

Guests of honour will be Gail Stuart, daughter of Eric Morecambe, and her husband Jonathan. Gail will accept the Ambassador Award on behalf of her late father Eric Morecambe, who died 30 years ago this year. Tickets are completely sold out for the ball.

Festivities continue with the Morecambe Variety Festival on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at the Winter Gardens theatre.

Weird and wonderful acts celebrating the golden days of variety will entertain crowds throughout the two days.

The carnival is on Sunday, May 4 and includes a parade along the Promenade, family activities and a live stage, hosted by The Bay radio, with top pop acts including X Factor boy band Kingsland Road and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowell. Acts go on stage from noon and the parade starts at 2pm.

An afterparty will be held at The Platform in the evening. ‘Disco Inferno’ will be a grand finale to the weekend from 9pm with soulful disco tunes from 1974-1984.

We will have a full preview of the Viva Morecambe weekend including a supplement with a full rundown of all the information you need in next week’s Visitor.

 

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