Our Morecambe Day brings the noise

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Morecambe town centre was a lively place to be on Saturday for The Visitor’s fifth annual Morecambe Day.

Musicians, singers, face painters and a fantastic carnival band came out in force.

The Baybeat Carnival Band lead the Eric Parade through the streets of Morecambe.

The Baybeat Carnival Band lead the Eric Parade through the streets of Morecambe.

And despite the teasing rain during the Baybeat band’s rendition of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, a crowd of people still gathered by the Eric Morecambe Statue at 3pm, all wearing cardboard specs in tribute to the town’s favourite son.

Morecambe Day is held every year on the closest Saturday to Eric’s birthday. The comedian, who died in 1984, would have been 87 today (May 14).

Morecambe Day host Steve Middlesbrough paid his own tribute to the great man, playing ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and ‘Positive Thinking’ to entertain Arndale shoppers.

Eric’s nephew Michael ‘Wiggy’ Threlfall also popped along to tell a few stories about growing up with the Morecambe and Wise star.

Meanwhile talented young singers Katie Clarke, Amy Eastwood and Imogen Mechie took the microphone to show off their blinding vocals. Katie and Amy are both 12 years old, but have incredible voices.

Shoppers stopped to listen in wonder as they belted out covers of Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’.

Imogen is an accomplished singer and songwriter in her late teens. Her self-penned song ‘Build My Wings’ was a particular crowd-pleaser.

Our chosen charity More Music was also a lively presence in the Arndale on Saturday. The Baybeat Band got everyone going, leading the Eric parade down to the statue with some style.