Success for Morecambe’s Seaside Fiesta

Morecambe's Seaside Fiesta. Picture by David Forrest.
Morecambe's Seaside Fiesta. Picture by David Forrest.

Despite the blustery conditions thousands gathered to witness Morecambe’s first Seaside Fiesta.

A colourful display of world food and culture was celebrated along a packed promenade on Sunday August 2.

Beatnik Collective and Melodrome Stage at Morecambe's Seaside Fiesta. Picture by David Forrest.

Beatnik Collective and Melodrome Stage at Morecambe's Seaside Fiesta. Picture by David Forrest.

More than 200 drummers from Lancaster’s Batala Encontro got the crowds going as they pounded their way through the parade from the Battery to The Midland Hotel.

Food stalls, beer stalls and live music welcomed families and visitors between noon and 6pm.

David Brayshaw, chairman of organisers the Morecambe Events Co-Operative, said: “A few people were put off by the rain but we are hardened in Morecambe.

“Batala are so colourful, vibrant and loud they do a sway and they got people involved and it was amazing to see.”

After Sunday’s success the team are keen to make the fiesta an annual event – one that is still based on world music, but comprising a different theme.

Mr Brayshaw said: “We got a lot of positive feedback after the event and it has certainly made us sure to do it again next year.

“This year we based it on Batala, but we will change the theme next time, it may be Irish music next year.

The licensed Parisian Bar, located in the former shop at the front of the Morecambe Winter Gardens also welcomed many during the Seaside Fiesta.

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