West End will shine again

Malcolm O'Neil, Christine Fishwick and Clive Fishwick from the West End Traders.
Malcolm O'Neil, Christine Fishwick and Clive Fishwick from the West End Traders.

Christmas lights will brighten up the West End this year as traders toast a double success.

Regent Road, Yorkshire Street and Albert Road will have their own bright white ‘illuminations’ to bring a little festive cheer to the much-maligned shopping area.

And although traders say not to expect ‘Las Vegas’, they have promised the best quality lights display in the West End for some years.

The lights, to be installed by Lupton engineer Gordon Higton, cost £2,000 - funded £1,000 each by Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council.

Clive Fishwick, chair of the West End Traders, also welcomed news of a new 19-space temporary car park on Parliament Street, which was given planning permission last week.

“The West End Traders are backing this car park 100%,” said Mr Fishwick, who runs Morecambe Business Services and Sweet Treats on Yorkshire Street with his wife Christine.

“It’s a free ‘three-hour stay’ car park and that shoppers will be able to turn off Regent Road to use it.”

Malcolm O’Neil, a plumber and member of the West End Traders, said: “We want to now get a big sign near the car park to shout about the shops we have in the West End.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this by a lot of people, and that’s encouraging.”

Mr and Mrs Fishwick and Mr O’Neill also praised city councillors Janice Hanson, David Whittaker, Margaret and Ian Pattison, and David Kerr, town clerk David Croxall and his assistant Abi Fawcett, and PCSO Chris Dyson for their support.

The Christmas lights will shine by the time of the West End Lantern Festival on Wednesday, December 12.