Oh what a night! The Visitor’s fourth annual Sunshine Ball was the biggest and best yet.
The sold out Midland hotel was packed with the great and the good of Morecambe who came together for a sparkling occasion to honour our 2013 Sunshine Award winners.
TV star Gordon Burns was our special guest and got right into the spirit of things.
The Krypton Factor host handed over our main award to Cedric Robinson MBE, Queen’s Guide to the Sands of Morecambe Bay for the past 50 years.
Cedric, our 2013 Ambassador Award winner, then brought the house down with a rousing acceptance speech.
Other award winners included Emma Hamilton, from the charity West End Impact, who scooped our Unsung Hero award and gave a touching acceptance speech.
Lancaster and Morecambe Homestart won the Community Group award while youth football coach Scott Thornton was our Sport winner.
Punk music promoter Ivan Harrison lifted the Entertainment award and Pedder Street News, who are marking 110 years as a newsagent in Morecambe, won the SOS Business award.
Live music came from the superb Twenty Four Seven, whose upbeat soul covers had the guests up and dancing until midnight in their tuxedos and ball gowns!
Earlier, our chosen charity More Music put on their own musical presentation, headed by Pete Moser. Pete led a band of young musicians in a rendition of ‘Big Bay View’, a song synonymous with the West End organisation.
Master of Ceremonies Michael Glen added pomp to the occasion while The Visitor’s own Greg Lambert hosted proceedings.
A charity balloon pop organised by our main sponsors Wright and Lord, and an auction and prize draw helped raise over £2,200 for More Music.