Morecambe fancy dress shop gears up for Halloween

Lisa Glover, shop manager at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe, with a Minion!
Lisa Glover, shop manager at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe, with a Minion!
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It’s the time of year the fancy dress industry most looks forward to.

Millions of us are getting ready for Halloween costume parties and wondering whether we should dress as Dracula, invest in some Werewolf wear or even try the fashions of Frankenstein.

Lisa Glover, shop manager at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe.

Lisa Glover, shop manager at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe.

For Lisa Glover, owner of Fonzies Fancy Dress Hire in the West End of Morecambe, the scary season is a magical time.

“It’s our busiest time of year,” said the Morecambe mum.

“I love the fun that we have in here with people trying on costumes.

“Most come in and say they don’t know what to dress up as for their fancy dress party, then they look around the shop and have a ball.”

Reporter Greg Lambert took a shine to this Noddy Holder costume at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe.

Reporter Greg Lambert took a shine to this Noddy Holder costume at Fonzies Fancy Dress in Morecambe.

Lisa’s shop on the corner of West End Road and Marine Road West is a veritable treasure trove of outfits, masks, wigs and make-up.

You can let your imagination run wild in Fonzies and become anything from Michael Jackson to a Minion.

Lisa moved into the shop in 2013 after initially running a smaller premises on Heysham Road.

She previously worked in her local Spar supermarket but fancied a new challenge with hours to better suit child care.

Then she saw an opportunity to run her own fancy dress business advertised on the internet and took the plunge.

Now she spends her days surrounded by costumes and masks of Mr T, Kermit the Frog, Fireman Sam, Sonic the Hedgehog, Madonna, Beetlejuice, Frank N Furter from The Rocky Horror Show, Darth Vader, Olaf the Snowman from the Disney film Frozen and even Noddy Holder from the 70s glam rock group Slade.

“We can pretty much get any outfit,” said Lisa.

“My husband tells me I’ve got to stop buying them, otherwise I’ll end up with nowhere to put them!

“We do get some strange requests - once we had somebody who wanted to be Father Christmas...in June!”

Lisa is carrying on the town’s rich history of fancy dress shops.

Morecambe entertainer Ronne Coyles, famed for his long pantomime dame career and TV show with Harry Hill, had a costume store in the West End for many years.

Ronne Coyles Fancy Dress Hire opened in the late 70s in an upstairs room inside what is now The Carleton.

It then moved to premises on Lancashire Street, next door to the nightclub, where it remained until closing in 2003.

Ronne then sold his stock of costumes to Louise Harwood and Deborah Griffiths who opened a new fancy dress shop, Fancy That, on Pedder Street in Morecambe town centre in 2004.

Their shop closed recently after more than a decade in business.