David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.
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Carla and I took a stroll into Morecambe recently and wandered into the Winter Gardens.

It’s an absolutely stunning building and even now, not looking its’ best, it is worth a visit and a tour.

I’ve been inside a few times recently, to a dance show, a craft market and I even got 10 minutes on carnival day to pop in and take a peek at the Variety Festival.

The venue really does lend itself to a wide range of activities and, if anyone is seeking a beautiful traditional venue, you could do a lot worse than looking at the Winter Gardens.

Carla says she danced on the stage with Joyce Warrington’s School of Dance back in the 70’s, but I don’t remember visiting the building prior to its’ decline however, it must have been a stunning venue in its’ heyday and it would be marvellous if the dreams of the ‘Friends’ were to be successful and it was brought back to former glory.

And what a benefit to Morecambe that would be.

The dance show which I mentioned was one of Tracey Austin’s shows and my daughter Amy was taking part.

The place was full of teenage dancers and their proud parents, oh and Steve Middlesbrough playing his Disco Inferno records from 40 years ago.

We had an extra Carnival meeting last week.

After the recent Town Council meeting which agreed a new Festival and Event proposal, we decided that we needed to meet and discuss how this might affect us.

It was a good idea to have the meeting but we chose the wrong venue.

We decided to have the meeting at Trimpell and start at 5.00pm so we could go straight from work. Not good.

Some people on our committee talk a lot anyway (not necessarily you Debbie Cain) but after a drink or two, you can’t shut them up.

It was a very positive meeting, although what was discussed after 6.25pm is anyone’s guess as Carla forgot to take minutes because she got bored and was talking to someone about horses.

We were extremely pleased to welcome representatives from the ‘League of Splendid’ to our meeting.

They entered a float into the Carnival and I thought that they were… – well, splendid!

If you don’t know of them, check out their Facebook page.

I love the whole steam punk look (especially the corsets) Carla tells me that I’m not allowed to say that they are ‘slightly bonkers’ because they might be offended.

Pity, I think ‘slightly bonkers’ is a compliment.

Rob Splendid (would be a fantastic name but I did make it up) has agreed to be our ‘accessibility consultant’ so that we can try to ensure that all the elements for MC15 are accessible and available to everyone.

I’ve not told him that it is an unpaid position yet.