David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

It seems that people are in favour of a Lancaster and Morecambe Town Show.

It would certainly be a great showcase for us and another great event to get people to travel to the area.

Just have to decide when and where and, of course, what attractions to put on and which trade stands to book.

What with all this and the carnival to arrange, it’s a good job I don’t have a full time business to run.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I always suspected that the death of Elvis was hugely exaggerated and my suspicions were confirmed on Saturday when I met him, whilst he was performing at Heysham Golf Club. Carla and I even got the opportunity of performing with him, one either side shaking our tambourines in time with the music.

Actually Carla says that she was in time but, as usual, I was out of time and swaying around with no rhythm at all.

Strange this as I thought I was moving pretty well.

Although I was so pleased to see Elvis looking so well, I was surprised to learn that he’d moved from the USA to Morecambe and also that he’d left Priscilla and was now living with Sheila, his sound engineer.

He and Sheila now travel around the local clubs performing his best known numbers and, although it’s obviously hard work, it must be better than working in the chip shop.

It was a great event at the Golf Club.

In addition to Elvis there were some pitch and putting competitions including a challenge which involved chipping a ball into a toilet.

Not something you see every day, even on a golf course and it was good of Bathtime Ltd to lend it to us.

It’s the Morecambe Bay Golf Festival this week, now in its’ 14th year.

This festival has attracted thousands of visitors to the area and has a dedicated following of golfers who return year after year.

The two main organisers have decided that after this year, they need to take a step back and hopefully encourage some ‘new blood’ to take over fronting this festival. There are some big boots to fill but hopefully someone will step up to the challenge.

Maybe a representative from each of the three clubs involved could join forces to ensure that this festival continues?

I took up golf a few years ago, when I stopped playing football.

The idea was to keep me fit; this obviously didn’t work, but I quickly got hooked on the sport.

I’m sure all golfers will agree that it’s a frustrating sport but one which is very enjoyable and I don’t only mean the visit to the 19th hole afterwards.

Golf is now much more accessible for everyone and, if you’ve never tried it, I urge you to give it a go.

You’ll love it when you hit a good shot and you’ll hate it when you hit a poor shot but overall, who knows?