Morecambe rocks for brilliant bank holiday bash

Crowds watch the dancers at Jukebox Jive held as part of the Morecambe Live Weekender at The Platform. Photo by Tommy Pinder.
Crowds watch the dancers at Jukebox Jive held as part of the Morecambe Live Weekender at The Platform. Photo by Tommy Pinder.
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Morecambe’s social scene always does well on Bank Holiday Sundays and this past weekend was no exception.

Thousands of revellers descended on Morecambe venues to let their hair down and enjoy what has become known colloquially as ‘The Sunday Sesh’.

Maisy Dickson with a friend at the Trimpell Club Family Fun Day on Sunday.

Maisy Dickson with a friend at the Trimpell Club Family Fun Day on Sunday.

Pubs and clubs put on live entertainment and raised money for charity.

The Trimpell Club hosted a family fun day on Sunday with live music from Stuart Michaels, Gary Barlow tribute act Alex Taylor and Jason ‘Stardust’ Mcloughlin on the bill.

Money was raised for St John’s Hospice and the Blood Bikes charity.

Around 2,000 people also flocked to the promenade and the Platform for the Morecambe Live Weekender – a rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and soul event.

Stuart Michaels performing on stage at the Trimpell Family Fun Day.

Stuart Michaels performing on stage at the Trimpell Family Fun Day.

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Steve Middlesbrough, organiser of the weekend.

“So many people from outside the town came along.”

The Royal Hotel at Heysham held its ‘Heyshambury’ event on Sunday with acts including Twenty Four Seven and Ashleigh Wood, and Heysham village residents singing songs in aid of St John’s Hospice.

Smokey O’Connor’s pub was also rammed on Sunday for a performance by popular rock band The Bottlenecks.

Visitor columnist David Brayshaw, a Morecambe town councillor, events organiser and local businessman, was at three events in Morecambe on Sunday with his wife Carla, the deputy mayor of Lancaster.

Coun Brayshaw said: “(Heyshambury) was rocking and the charity band were awesome. I’ve never seen the Royal so busy. The Trimpell Family Funday was also very busy. Then to Smokeys, we’ve heard a lot about the Bottlenecks but hadn’t seen them until Sunday, brilliant!”

Steven Graham, who was at Smokeys on Sunday, said: “The entertainment was absolutely first rate in a really good environment. For such a small town we have more than our fair share of talent when it comes to local musicians.”

Denise Thwaite said: “First stop William Mitchell, great turn out and some great acts.

“Andy Creevy and Amanda Duffy as Body and Soul as awesome as ever.

“Then I carried on down to the Trimpell. Another great afternoon albeit wet underfoot but a great turn out again with lots of activities for the kiddies and good stalls.

“The rain started as Jason Stardust started his set but inside we all went and Jason as professional as he is set up inside the concert room and continued.

“Then off to Smokeys where the brilliant Bottlenecks were performing. Outstanding is the word I would use. My ears are still ringing today!

“What a brilliant bank holiday Sunday. Well done to everyone.”