David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

Good news for all those planning to attend the carnival: Morecambe Brass Band will be appearing in place of St Andrew’s Church Lads’ Brigade, so I won’t have to dig out my old Boys’ Brigade uniform and bugle and parade around in short pants.

I’m really pleased that the band can participate; I think it’s important that Morecambe people support Morecambe events and the support which the carnival has received is fantastic.

I’ve had people ringing me to say they’d like to give me money and it does all go to the carnival, I promise.

We’ve almost reached our sponsorship target, that’s £30,000 which local people and businesses have donated. I cannot tell you how immensely proud I am to tell people this.

The people of Morecambe, a place that I’ve heard people describe as a ‘dump’ and worse, have come together and raised such a huge sum to put on an event to celebrate their town.

To everyone who has contributed to the carnival so far, from those who have given us money to those who have pressed the ‘like’ button on Facebook, Thank you.

If I could personally thank everyone I would and, if you see me on carnival day, please say hello and I will thank you personally.

As I’ve mentioned previously, our health and safety expert has limited the number of procession entries to 40.

I wasn’t particularly bothered about this as I never dreamed that we’d reach this number.

Surprisingly though, we have surpassed this number and are still getting more float enquires by the day.

I don’t know how I’m going to get this past the health and safety guy other than to distract him as the procession is passing and hope that he loses count.

Again, I’m absolutely amazed at the response that we’ve received from people, groups and businesses wanting to enter a float.

I cannot wait to see what I’m sure will be, the fantastic entries. You should all be applauded.

We’ve also decided to try a celebrity programme signing on the Saturday before the carnival. We are in negotiations with two soap stars who we are hoping will visit the Arndale Shopping Centre and the Festival Market (both of whom have entered a float) to sign autographs and pose for photos. CancerCare will benefit from every programme sold and signed.

I can’t tell you which celebrities, because we have not confirmed names and, even if we had, I wouldn’t know them because I stopped watching soaps when Coronation Street killed off Jez Quigley. We are still waiting for The Bay to confirm the names of the headline acts for the Grand Finale. I’ve told Bill, the M.D., that if it’s Kylie she can stop at my place although if it’s the ‘Where’s me phone, where’s me keys?’ guy, Steve Middlesbrough can accommodate him.