David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.
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Well, I’m sat here writing an article about the Carnival which is three days away, but will all be over by the time you read this. How strange.

Did it go well? Was the weather kind to us? Did any floats break down? Did the horses poop?! All things that I worry about but can’t do anything about now.

The amount of support that we’ve received has been brilliant and so, deep down, I know the day will run well and everyone will have an absolutely fantastic time.

We will have attended The Visitor’s Sunshine Awards dinner at The Midland; I’m really looking forward to that. I hope that I get chance to meet Gail, Eric Morecambe’s daughter, which would be such an honour. I’m also looking forward to listening to the Paul Hayes Collection who, I believe are fantastic.

I went to the Festival Market just before Christmas to listen to them and got there just as they finished. Typical.

Of course I will be there because someone was kind enough to nominate me for an award. This is really quite humbling especially when you see the two ladies who have also been nominated in the same category and the fantastic work that they do. The nomination is amazing but it must be in recognition of the whole organising team, I wouldn’t have got past the first hurdle on my own.

We’ll also have done the celebrity programme signing on the Saturday before Carnival Day and hopefully made buckets full of money for CancerCare.

I’ll try to get some gossip on upcoming Emmerdale story lines and then give you the low down next week although I do know that Anthony (Pete Barton) will soon be filming sizzling scenes with Debbie Dingle. Trouble looms methinks!

If time permits, I will also have popped into the Winter Gardens to check out the Variety Festival. We are welcoming some of their giant puppets and performers into the procession and I hope I have been able to see some of their weird and wonderful acts. The Winter Gardens is a really great backdrop for their vintage sideshow theme.

I thought that last week’s article was going to be my last, because MC14 is now over, so thanks to Greg and Nicola for allowing me to carry on. So, to the guy that told me last week that he’s ‘tired of seeing my ugly mug in the paper every week’ sorry but here I am again!

I might wander off theme over the coming year and share what’s going on in my life and business, which has taken a bit of a back seat of late!

Watch out for the AGM notice, which will be an opportunity for the committee to be voted on for next year’s Carnival. People can volunteer their services, ideas and feedback on what went well and what we can improve on next time. Hopefully it will all be easier second time around.

Float Entries for MC15 are now OPEN!