Seaside Festival breezes in

Cash in the Attic star Paul Hayes was giving a talk on antiques at the Platform and found a very appropriate item to chat about with the cast of this year's panto Aladdin.
Cash in the Attic star Paul Hayes was giving a talk on antiques at the Platform and found a very appropriate item to chat about with the cast of this year's panto Aladdin.
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The Morecambe Seaside Festival once again lived up to its billing as the town’s greatest weekend of the year.

While not quite as spectacular as last year’s Red Arrows visit, the air display on Sunday and fireworks on Saturday night still pulled the biggest crowds of 2013 to the seafront.

Ticketed events – a Saturday night rock ‘n’ roll concert, ‘Rock Back the Clock’, at the Platform and a nostalgic film, music and projection show, ‘Sea Breeze’,at the Winter Gardens – were sellouts.

Stilt walkers, fairground rides and an antiques day hosted by TV star Paul Hayes were also part of the line-up.

Most hailed the festival as a hit despite windy conditions, especially on Sunday.

There was also confusion over the festival start time of 4.30pm on Saturday, later than in previous years.

Some visitors wandered down the promenade on Saturday afternoon and complained that nothing was going on.

“Last year we were very fortunate with a beautiful sunny weekend,” said Councillor Ron Sands.

“This year saw more challenging conditions with high winds and lower temperatures which did force some acts to provide shortened but more frequent performances or to perform in less open and more secluded areas because it was too windy for them to perform in full.”

Motorists nearly came to blows in chaotic scenes which were sparked by the festival finale.

Cars were trapped in queues for up to 90 minutes as they battled to leave Morrisons car park after watching the air show.

“It was all kicking off,” said one motorist. “People were cutting out in front of each other. I saw one guy get out of his car and threaten to let someone else’s tyres down and two other lads nearly had a fight.

“It didn’t help that Central Drive was blocked off between Morrisons and the promenade.”