Morecambe Carnival comeback

Members of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee at the launch of the Morecambe Carnival 2014.
Members of Morecambe Carnival organising committee at the launch of the Morecambe Carnival 2014.

The Morecambe Carnival is making a return.

Sunday May 4, 2014, will be the day when one of the town’s most-missed events returns to the calendar after a 13-year absence.

The Morecambe Carnival was a fixture on the promenade for decades, with a colourful parade of floats drawing huge crowds onto Marine Road before traditionally ending with stalls and fairground rides at Lancaster Road School field.

The carnival was last held in 2001, after dying a slow death in the late-90s and early 2000s due to a shortage of funding and health and safety concerns.

But a new organising committee, headed by businessman David Brayshaw, has been working behind the scenes for several months to bring the event back.

Mr Brayshaw, boss of Aqua Engineering on White Lund. said: “We’re bringing back the feelgood factor.

“I used to take part in the carnival with the Boys’ Brigade. We always had a float.

“We’re trying to remain faithful to some of the traditions but due to health and safety, we’ve had to change some things.”

The carnival used to start from the Battery and head eastwards down the promenade. But next year’s event will start at the old lifeboat station and head in the opposite direction, turning around at the Battery before finishing with a get-together at the old Morecambe Dome site.

The Carnival will be funded by sponsorship from The Bay radio and grants.

For more details of the Morecambe Carnival 2014 keep an eye on The Visitor.