Morecambe needs more risk-takers

JOHN HARRIS presents HAIL! HAIL! ROCK 'N' ROLL''The Greystones, July 30, 2011
JOHN HARRIS presents HAIL! HAIL! ROCK 'N' ROLL''The Greystones, July 30, 2011
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MORECAMBE needs more risk-takers if the town is ever to become a “Brighton of the north”.

That’s the verdict of a renowned journalist who visited the town last week to film a video report for a national newspaper.

John Harris called Morecambe “the seaside town that cuts brought to a standstill” in a 10-minute mini documentary for The Guardian website.

A film crew followed Mr Harris to the Midland Hotel, Frontierland, the Winter Gardens and Chatsworth Road in the West End.

He interviewed David Lawson, Lancaster City Council’s assistant head of regeneration and policy, Coun Janice Hanson, deputy leader of the city council and Evelyn Archer, chair of the Friends of the Winter Gardens.

Mr Harris concluded that recession and cuts had brought Morecambe’s regeneration to a halt and if the town is ever to revive it needs more private investment.

But he concluded that “you’d have to be a basket case” to think Morecambe had no future at all.

“Morecambe hasn’t got the grim feel of other English seaside resorts,” he said.

See The Visitor (27-07-11) for full story.