Dressed for success shops’ happy 89th birthday to town legend Eric

David Lewis and Katie Brown from Lewis's Cafe.
David Lewis and Katie Brown from Lewis's Cafe.

Judging of the 2015 Morecambe Town Centre Window Dressing Competition has been held and the results are in.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Birthdays’ to celebrate what would have been Eric Morecambe’s 89th on May 14.

Businesses showed their love for Eric with display variations included giant ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ cakes, piñata-style ‘89’ figures and even a baby Eric from 1926 complete with trademark glasses.

There were two winners, Kerry’s Coffee House on Marine Road Central winning in the ‘THI2 Area’ and The Little Shop of Hobbies on Pedder Street winning the town centre area award.

The THI2 Area includes part of Marine Road Central, Skipton Street and Victoria Street.

David Lawson, Lancaster City Council regeneration manager and one of the judges, said: “The competition is now in its third year and it was fantastic to see the effort that so many businesses had gone to.”

The Kerry’s Coffee House entry, which included an Eric Morecambe-themed birthday cake, was created by Kerry Brotheridge and Chloe Ford.

Second place in the THI2 area went to The Pottery Basement on Skipton Street and third was JuJu’s Boutique on Marine Road Central. Birchall Blackburn Conveyancing on Victoria Street was also Highly Commended by the judging panel.

In the wider Morecambe Town Centre area, Little Shop of Hobbies owner Barbara Boyd’s creative baby themed display, complete with photographs of her grandfather on the promenade in Eric’s birth year of 1926, won a closely-fought contest.

Second place went to Herbert Brown jewellers in Morecambe Arndale and third place to Cocoa Hearts on Victoria Street. Both The Uniform and Leisurewear Company on Euston Road and Morecambe Library were Highly Commended by the panel.

The winners and runners-up will each win a certificate and vouchers to buy new display props and materials to make their future displays even better.

The training and competition were arranged as part of the ‘Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) 2: A View for Eric’, a five year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lancaster City Council to invest in the central seafront area opposite Eric and some of the streets behind. The other judges were Greg Lambert, content editor of The Visitor, Councillor Janice Hanson, Christine Stebbing, chairman of Morecambe Town Team, and David Croxall, clerk to Morecambe Town Council.