Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth win big at county tourism awards

Morecambe's vintage festival won at the Lancashire Tourism Awards. Photo by Paul Heyes.
Morecambe's vintage festival won at the Lancashire Tourism Awards. Photo by Paul Heyes.

This area is tops for tourism and it’s official!

That’s because some of our best attractions won big at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea festival won Large Tourism Event, Lancaster Music CIC - the company behind the Lancaster Music Festival – won New Business, and Carnforth Station Heritage Centre won Best Small Visitor Attraction.

“We did it! “ said a spokesman for Deco Publique, co-organisers of Morecambe’s annual vintage festival, on their Facebook page.

“Thanks to all the wonderful, talented artists and performers that made this year’s programme so special and to everyone who works to make this event happen for Morecambe.”

Wayne Hemingway MBE, co-organiser said: “Between us all we have created what seems to be increasingly recognised as the North West’s best free event.

“But let’s not rest on our laurels; Morecambe has wonderful attributes and with the help of the community and the local businesses we can make this Britain’s best free event. That should be the aim , let’s go for it!”

Coun Darren Clifford, Lancaster City Council Cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “This is the icing on the cake for everyone involved with Vintage by the Sea. It’s a tremendous event for the district and showcases Morecambe’s greatest attributes.

“The festival has really helped to establish the town’s place on the map as a great place for hosting top events and is also great for the local economy.

“Putting it together is a real team effort and I’d like to send my personal thanks to the vintage festival team and the Hemingways for making Morecambe the home of their amazing event, to everyone at Deco Publique, the city council and all the others who work so hard behind the scenes to put on such a great event.

“My congratulations also extends to the other local award winners – the organisers of the Lancaster Music Festival and Carnforth Station Heritage Centre.”

Peter Crowther, chairman of Carnforth Station Trust, praised John Adams, Heritage Centre manager for his “persistence in striving to achieve the award for the last four years and on his day-to-day management of the Heritage Centre and his total involvement in the future development of the centre”.

Mr Crowther said: “The award is also well-earned recognition of the efforts of the volunteers and the board over a lengthy period of time and we are all still committed to improving the quality of the ‘visitor experience’.

Hipping Hall from Kirkby Lonsdale is also celebrating triumph in the Boutique Accommodation category.

Others from our district nominated for awards included Aspect Bar and Bistro, Leighton Moss at Carnforth, Lancaster House Hotel and The Bay Horse Inn at Lancaster.

Awards were handed out at a ceremony at Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday night hosted by BBC presenter Bill Turnbull.