David Brayshaw column

David Brayshaw.
David Brayshaw.

Last Wednesday saw the formal creation of the Morecambe Events Cooperative, which has been established by the festival and event organisers in our area.

The aim of the group is simple – to promote our town by establishing and supporting festivals and events to be held in Morecambe.

It’s really quite exciting to see how a group of disgruntled individuals, who came together unhappy with town council policy, have developed into a well organised cooperative, with common aims and ambitions, whilst still retaining their individuality.

By joining forces our group will have a louder voice to shout for policies to promote our town and aims to have representation on both councils.

Our group is open to all festival and event organisers in the area and we would encourage and welcome anyone who isn’t already a member to get in touch or simply come along to one of our monthly meetings.

We are in the process of developing a website and social media pages at the moment so please feel free to drop me a line or contact the group via. Morecambe’s Town Clerk.

For anyone who isn’t feeling in that Christmas spirit yet, get down to the Festival Market in Morecambe on Thursday, December 4 between 12 and 8pm, to see the Coca Cola Christmas Truck. This visit heralds the start of another fantastic Christmas weekend in Morecambe.

There’s the ‘letters to Santa’ in the Arndale Centre and over at the Festival Market, Paul Hayes will be leading the entertainment at their Christmas Festival, along with choirs and a Christmas flea circus. In addition to all this of course, Santa will be in residence in his grotto, after arriving on his sleigh on Saturday.

This Saturday is ‘Shop Local’ day, so what better way to support your local businesses by getting some Christmas gift shopping done right here in Morecambe and keeping your money in our local economy? Also, there’s free parking on Sundays in December on the LCC car parks.

The traders in the Festival Market really helped the carnival this year by donating lots of raffle prizes and buying plenty of tickets (in fact, I still have two prizes which were won by Tom from the Market. I promise I’ll get these to you; I’ve checked and can confirm that they aren’t alcohol so they’re no use to me.)

Earlier this year we joined forces with the Festival Market and the Arndale when we brought Adam and Anthony from ‘Emmerdale’ to Morecambe and, more recently we brought Michael Parr. These guys seem to be really popular with locals so we’ve decided to do another celebrity signing just before MC15, but would like some ideas of who to try to get. I suggested Michelle Keegan but Carla gave me a ‘look’, so I guess that’s a ‘No’.

If anyone has any suggestions for who you’d like to see, why not Facebook us with your request at www.facebook.com/MorecambeCarnival.