Wayne Hemingway festival gets £18,000 cash boost

Wayne Hemingway.
Wayne Hemingway.

A two day Vintage Festival run by designer Wayne Hemingway and a water sports festival in the bay have been awarded grants by Morecambe Town Council.

Mr Hemingway’s Vintage-by-the-Sea event (scheduled for next September) has been given £18,000 and the Morecambe Bay Water Sports Festival (scheduled for June or July) received £12,000.

The revived Morecambe Carnival, scheduled for May 4, has also been given £1,500, although this was £5,500 less than organisers bid for.

In all the town council budgeted £60,000 towards festivals in 2014 but has only allocated £45,000 to date.

The remaining £15,000 is still available. Promoters can apply before the closing date of December 20. This money will be awarded to “major festivals aiming to attract as many outside visitors as possible to the town”.

The council snubbed longtime Morecambe promoter Steve Middlesbrough’s annual series of music festivals, recommending he receives no money next year.

Mr Middlesbrough had asked for £20,700 to fund his Morecambe Live, Morecambe Jazz, BluesWater, Country Kickback, Motown Magic and Zombieville events.

A spokesman for the town council said: “The continuing support of the same festivals year on year, was unsustainable.”

The council also decided not to fund a World War 1 Centenary Event, a Christmas Festival, Inspired 2014 at Lancaster and Morecambe College, a Community Film Festival run by The Dukes, a Chinese New Year Festival and the Bay Summer Festival of Dance.

Grants were provisionally agreed by the festivals and events committee and will be ratified at a meeting at Morecambe Town Hall this Thursday, September 19.

The full list of grants is:

Vintage-by-the-Sea £18,000

North Lancs Soul Festival £2,000

Nice n Sleazy punk festival £3,000

Morecambe Bay Watersports Festival £12,000

Tutti Frutti ‘50s festival £2,000

Promenade Concert Orchestra £1,000

Winter Lantern Festival £1,000

West End Festival £1,000

Catch the Wind kite festival £2,500

Bare Fest £1,000

Morecambe Carnival £1,500

Mr Hemingway will hold his debut Vintage-by-the-Sea event in Morecambe tomorrow (September 14) from 11am at the Midland Hotel.