Crowds flock to Morecambe’s Seaside Festival

Re Take That performing at the Morecambe Seaside Festival on Saturday night.

Re Take That performing at the Morecambe Seaside Festival on Saturday night.

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THE Red Arrows air display was cancelled as the rain bucketed down and high winds battered the promenade on Sunday.

But despite these disappointments, Morecambe still enjoyed its busiest weekend of the year as crowds turned out in droves for the Seaside Festival.

The event, organised by Lancaster City Council and jointly funded by both the city council and Morecambe Town Council, took place over two days and brought a spectacular end to Morecambe’s Top 20 programme of festivals and events with a feast of live music, vintage attractions and fireworks.

Staff at Morecambe’s award winning Visitor Information Centre were kept busy during the weekend and dealt with more than 900 people calling into the centre.

And on Sunday lunchtime promenade cafes, pubs and shops, The Platform and the Winter Gardens were packed as the crowds ducked in out of the rain.

Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, described the festival as “a wonderful weekend”.

“I’m sure that those people who attended the festival who are not regular visitors to Morecambe will have seen what Morecambe has to offer and consider coming back for more,” said Coun Sands.

The highlight of the weekend was live music on the Morecambe Arena outdoor stage from Take That tribute group Re-Take That followed by a fireworks display on Saturday night.

Both of these events pulled in a large crowd.

Earlier there had been a programme of live music from local acts on the stage.

See The Visitor (14-09-11) for full story.