David Brayshaw column

David Brayshaw.
David Brayshaw.

I woke up on carnival day at 3.30am and it was raining. My heart sank.

This was my worst nightmare. Actually it was my second worst nightmare, my first is always the one where I get bitten by a vampire whilst I sleep (kids, don’t worry vampires aren’t real or, if they are, they only bite adults.)

Anyway, if it wasn’t for the fact that Carla had pinched all the covers during the night, I would have pulled the covers over my head and cried.

I also know better than to wake Carla in the morning so I begrudgingly got up and went to make a coffee.

I sat there pondering, will people still attend if it’s raining? What can we do for the youngsters in the parade?

They will be cold and wet, the very least we can do is give them a poncho. We can then sell the rest and at least recoup some money.

Or can we? If people have come to support us and are standing there in the rain, can I really make money out of them by selling them a poncho?

I don’t think that I can. It looks like we might be giving away our 2,000 ponchos.

How do I explain this to the Treasurer?

But, the weather got better and, in the end, wasn’t an issue at all.

The people of Morecambe turned out in their thousands to show support for Morecambe Carnival and I cannot tell you how grateful we are to all of you for this.

I still can’t quite believe how many people lined the parade route and were in the Festival Arena, estimates vary between 30, 000 & 50,000.

The parade route was packed. I’m so glad we did the steward training with ‘Go Morecambe’.

The volunteers were amazing, they dealt with the crowd congestion as if they did it every day and thanks to them and, the way in which ICU Security dynamically managed the unexpected numbers of people the whole event went without a hitch.

The feedback that we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, although as with everything in life there have been a few negatives.

I know that Rita’s Café were disappointed that we had catering vans along the route; yes I can understand this however, all the cafes and bars along the promenade were packed with people waiting 45 minutes to get a coffee.

Many struggled to cope, so how would it have been without the mobile caterers?

After saying this, we did try to get as many local food vendors as we could and, if any want to be involved in MC15, get in touch.

I had a complaint that I hadn’t laid on sufficient trains between Lancaster and Morecambe.

I had a laugh at this at first but then thought no, it is a valid comment. I will discuss MC15 with the bus companies and Northern Rail.

We will learn from this year and make MC15 even better in whatever ways we can.