David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.

Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

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Now that the festivities are done with, it’s time to turn our attention to 2015 and concentrate on the serious matter of fund raising for the Morecambe Carnival.

The weekend of the May 2 and 3 will be upon us before we know it and there is still much to do.

The next major fund raiser will be our carnival casino night at the Globe Arena on March 7. This will be a ‘James Bond’ themed black tie event, hosted by our friend Danny Matthews from The Bay Radio, complete with gaming tables (pretend money only) top quality entertainment and three course meal.

Tickets are on sale via the carnival website, so if you fancy a glitzy event to look forward to after the long winter months, why not treat yourself and raise money for a great cause at the same time?

Plans for the 2015 carnival are well underway and we have an ambitious programme of events spread over the two days.

One exciting new addition is ‘It’s a Knockout’ which will be held on the Saturday in the Bay Arena. We need 18 teams of nine Adults and 10 teams of nine Children (aged over 12 years) to compete with one another, to win the ‘Morecambe Carnival It’s a Knockout Challenge Cups’.

If you are a group of friends, colleagues, gym mates etc. and you fancy battling it out over two rounds over inflatables, foam and lots of water, why not enter a team? We will shortly be adding the entry form to our website, but you can register your interest via the Contact Us section of our website.

We have invited a very special popular TV personality to host the event for us and it promises to be a great family day out.

Another popular event which we will be bringing back on carnival Saturday is the sandcastle competition. We will have a sand sculptor in residence, hosting sandcastle building master classes and there will be cash prizes awarded for the best sandcastles. Entry will be free, but entries will need to pre-register.

Again, the application form will be available via the website or contact us if you can’t wait.

Applications are now open for food and drink concessions in our food village and for stall holders offering craft and produce in our shopping village.

Pitches are going fast and are for two days of trading only. We have received over 60 applications for float entries for the 2015 Morecambe Carnival, so if you are still debating whether to submit your entry, again, head to our website for details.

Perhaps the most ambitious new attraction for 2015 is our motor village. Car dealerships will be in attendance over the weekend, displaying new and nearly new cars and offering some great deals and promotions. We hope this attraction will become a permanent feature of the Morecambe Carnival weekend and that it will encourage even more visitors to our town.