Mick Dennison column: Hotel could be great boost for Shrimps

Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.

Living in Morecambe, it should be the norm that you support Morecambe FC.

However looking at the gate for the visit of Accrington Stanley last weekend it was disappointing to see just over 2,000 supporters.

I personally couldn’t attend because I was due in Blackpool to attend a regimental reunion at the Blackpool FC Hotel.

However, it proved to be a great experience and although there was a game on that afternoon and we couldn’t use the full bar facilities until after 6pm on the Saturday night, the rest of the time there was great.

For one, the restaurant and function suites overlooked the ground, making a great backdrop. Secondly, the football memorabilia on display gave it a homely feel and thirdly the price of the whole weekend for a couple with meal and bed & breakfast, plus reasonable bar prices, made it very competitive.

It seems that Blackpool FC make good money from their new venture into the hotel industry and maybe it’s something we could be following. Although it’s a case of what comes first, a club that can progress up the football league with small gates or be a commercial success off the field and hope the money comes in.

The financial woes of our club (and lack of support from the town) match the general apathy towards businesses throughout Morecambe. Unless, that is, you are a national franchise with an advertising budget bigger than the player budget at our club. One day there will be no small locally-run businesses to support because they will all be gone.

It’s getting near to remembrance weekend and the problem regarding poppy distribution throughout the town is almost sorted. In fact, on November 4 the Royal British Legion will have a pitch in the Arndale Centre. Please support the Poppy Appeal as generously as you can afford.

All money collected goes to provide help and support for many great causes for ex-service personnel. Next week I’ll be publicising an event where we will be attempting to turn Morecambe red with a poppy scatter - watch this space!