I went up to Snatchems last Friday as I knew that the new owner was having an open day and I wanted to meet him and say thank you for his support of the carnival over the past two years.
I say the ‘new’ owner but this isn’t really the case now because Steve has been there four years (how time flies).
I arrived shortly before 5pm and the party was in full swing.
There was the ever-present Steve Middlesbrough and his 70s vinyl, a jazz quartet and even Coronation Street’s Chesney pulling pints behind the outside bar.
Steve Hunt has transformed this place during the past four years.
He has added a delightful extension onto the main building which very tastefully compliments the features of this listed building and, in addition to creating a large car park and extended garden play area and outside event space, he has also created four spectacular guest accommodation rooms and installed three camping pods too.
What a transformation from the old Snatchems that I remember, when it only ever seemed busy with jet skiers for a few hours at weekend and, even then, only if the tide times were right for them.
Snatchems is now a great place to go for a drink or a meal and is a fantastic venue for weddings, christenings and any other celebrations that you care to mention.
It is great to see someone who believes in the town and is willing to invest so much of his time and money and I wish Steve the best of luck.
I have to admit that I also got Chesney’s autograph for Carla, she being a huge Corrie fan; that earned me some brownie points too.
I also bumped into David Morris whilst I was there.
He’d been invited to officially open the new guest accommodation and when he’d finished his duties we had a good chat about our differing roles in the recent election.
I’m sure that David must think that I’m stalking him because I also bumped into him at the opening of the new Morecambe Heritage Centre the week before.
I’d been invited along because my company had sponsored the lighting so, being a sucker for free wine and nibbles, of course I turned up.
If you haven’t been yet, I urge you to visit the centre and see the ‘150 years of music hall’ exhibition which is on display; it is pretty spectacular.
I arrived in time to hear the speeches and the various thanks and then David Morris did the official ‘cutting the ribbon’ bit.
I know that a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into getting the centre up and running but, in my opinion, the one person who has worked tirelessly towards this goal for years is Debbie Cain, the granddaughter of our very own Albert Modley and a true ambassador for Morecambe.
Debbie was even the tour guide at the Snatchems open day.
Debbie, you’re a star.