Mick Dennison column

Mick Dennison.
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I read with amusement a few weeks ago that the consortium behind the new retail project in Lancaster was up in arms regarding the proposed retail project in Morecambe on the old Fronteirland site.

Are we for once, in downtrodden Morecambe, suddenly getting the better of Lancaster?

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it many years ago that Morecambe was always in the ascendency with a fantastic “proper” seaside atmosphere, quality shops, illuminations and a thriving nightlife. People from Lancaster flocked to Morecambe for their entertainment and even their football team was on a par with the Shrimps.

Now it seems they have just got a little bit too big for their boots.

Personally, I’m not in favour of retail on the promenade, I would rather the new by-pass brought people into a bustling town with lots of leisure activities. Imagine the scene as a family drives towards Morecambe. “Hey mummy what are we going to do when we get to the seaside?”

Mummy replies – “We are going round the shops my love”. A crying youth bemoans – “Ahh, we did that yesterday at home!”

Unfortunately for that family there are no real seaside projects planned for our town.

There are a group of people in the town who are quite happy with pound shops, charity shops and bookies whilst there is an even greater number of folk who would like to see the start of a proper summer season which would provide decent jobs for the townsfolk, especially the youth of our area.

If we are to have retail, or maybe a mixed bag, we don’t need Lancaster telling us what shops we can and can’t have. They basically bullied us into the by-pass going the wrong way because it would upset folk in a certain area of their city, we don’t need more interference.

Finally, talking of things to do, we have now had our final Bank Holiday. The Vintage Festival is probably the last hurrah of the summer then it’s heads down and work hard until Christmas.