Cuts to Morecambe festivals a mistake

David Boyd owner of the Westleigh Hotel in Morecambe.
David Boyd owner of the Westleigh Hotel in Morecambe.

A HOTELIER says the Top 20 festivals season has led to his best summer of business ever in Morecambe.

David Boyd, owner of the Westleigh Hotel on the promenade, said any cuts to town council spending on festivals would be a mistake.

Mr Boyd’s comments came as Morecambe Town Council seemed on the verge of a U-turn on their controversial funding plans for the 2012 season.

At a meeting on Thursday night, councillors said they would consider extra money for festivals on top of £85,000 already allocated, following an outcry over their original plans.

They will also set up a special meeting with event organisers, giving them the chance to state their case for extra cash.

This could offer a lifeline to under-threat events such as the kite festival and Tutti Frutti 1950s gathering, and to festivals organised by Steve Middlesbrough, the brains behind this year’s “Top 20” programme of 20 consecutive weekends of events. His £48,000 grant could have been slashed by half under original proposals.

Mr Boyd said: “The concept of the Top 20 is a great one.

“This summer has been the best in the three to four years I’ve been here, despite not having fantastic weather.”

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