David Brayshaw column

David Brayshaw.
David Brayshaw.

Just over a week to go to MC14 and what an epic journey it’s been; so many highs and lows but now there’s no stopping it. Rain or shine its happening and it’s going to be epic.

I’ve not always been so certain though. In fact there have been times when I’ve really thought that we’d reached the end of the road and I’ve lain awake, in the middle of the night, thinking how I’ve built up so many people’s hopes and now I’ve let them down.

But then I’d wake up the following day to a bunch of emails from float entries, supporters, vendors, committee members and the amazing people of Morecambe and I’d realise that there is such a fantastic team involved in MC14 that it cannot fail.

And, sure enough, here we are and it is thanks to everyone who has played any part, at all, over the past 14 months of planning and preparation.

We’ve trained nearly 120 stewards who will be on duty on the day and it’s people like this who have made the carnival possible.

They’ll be the ones walking the route, alongside the floats, making sure that everyone is safe.

Sure we’ve got security too but without these volunteers MC14 wouldn’t happen.

Not only have these people agreed to give up their day to be a steward, they’ve also agreed to give up four hours of their time to undergo the training prior to the carnival so when you see them on the day, give them a smile.

They are all an essential part of the MC14 team.

I’m sure that many of you know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Eric Morecambe’s death and it is a fitting tribute that his daughter Gail will be accepting the Sunshine Ambassador Award on behalf of Eric, at The Visitor’s Sunshine Ball on Friday May 2.

The Carnival Committee felt that we wanted to pay our own respects to Eric Morecambe and so, with help from The Bay, we have decided to create our own ‘Community Anthem’ to be sung on carnival day and, of course, it has to be the iconic Morecambe & Wise song, ‘Bring Me Sunshine.’

Chris, from Morecambe Press, has really got behind us on this and has produced, free of charge, 2,000 pairs or Eric Morecambe glasses which we will give out on the day.

Then, during the evening performance, we will perform our ‘Community Anthem’ encouraging the audience to don their glasses and sing along. Check the Facebook pages for either Morecambe Carnival or The Bay for a reminder of the lyrics.

Unfortunately we are a little too late to get the Guinness Book of Records involved but, who knows, maybe for MC15 we can go for a world record; the largest audience participation live on a radio station. You’d be surprised at the current record and we can certainly beat it.

Personally, I just want to see Mr Zip and Kingsland Road singing Bring Me Sunshine!