Delight at Morecambe festivals cash boost

Stuart Michaels.
Stuart Michaels.
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Festival promoters are delighted to receive a cash windfall from Morecambe Town Council.

Organisers of a new music festival in Morecambe and a bonfire and fireworks event on the prom spoke of their glee after they were awarded grants.

Brian Bromiley.

Brian Bromiley.

Stuart Michaels, organiser of the Morecambe Music Festival, said he was “over the moon” after the town council agreed a £1,100 payout for the new event.

“I’m happy at the support I’ve had and honoured and privileged that people have shared my vision enough to give me some funds,” said Stuart.

“The long-term strategy is to build it up over the years and hopefully in the first year we can go out there and put something on for everybody.

“All we need now are the pubs to get involved and get in touch.”

The event, planned to be a Morecambe version of the highly-popular Lancaster Music Festival, is due to take place on July 8.

Brian Bromiley, organiser of the Morecambe Bonfire Spectacular, said: ”I’m very very very pleased.

“It’s really good that the town council have taken it on board to support the local community.

“We brought the Bonfire Spectacular back last year and there were 5-6,000 people there.”

Councillors approved funding at Thursday night’s Morecambe Town Council meeting held at Morecambe Town Hall.

A one-man band festival called The One Man Band Shebang (due to take place on July 21) was given £2,000 and Armed Forces Day (set for June 25) got £1,000.

But a programme of music events called Morecambe Live, organised by DJ and promoter Steve Middlesbrough, received nothing.

The council’s festivals advisory panel said “the presentation of the finances lacked clarity and there was not sufficient precision in the overall application”.

A new festival called Morecambe Fringe (scheduled for September) to include a live performance based on the 1960 film The Entertainer, was also awarded no funding.

The panel said “the proposals scored less than the criteria threshold”.

Other popular Morecambe festivals taking place in 2017, including Vintage-by-the-Sea, the Catch the Wind kite festival and the A Splendid Day Out steampunk event, had already received town council funding.