I just want to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone who attended The Bay Stage at Morecambe Carnival.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The crowd was incredible and the view I had from the stage was breathtaking – a sea of people going back as far as the eye could see.
Thankfully it was dry by the time the procession started and the sun actually made an appearance at exactly the same time as Black Lace graced the stage in a resplendent Hawaiian shirt that required extra dark sunglasses to glance directly at it.
The boyband Stereokicks seemed to cause the biggest fuss. They are an eight piece group and were finalists on last year’s X Factor.
It never fails to amaze me how much teenage girls get excited around a good-looking bunch of lads.
The girls were telling all sorts of porkies to staff in a bid to get into the boy’s hotel room, from pretending to be relatives of the band to claiming they actually work at the hotel.
The lads were not on stage until about eight in the evening yet a core of dedicated fans were waiting outside the stage in the pouring rain from seven in the morning.
Every time we mentioned ‘Stereokicks’ on stage we were deafened by the screaming. The group don’t release their debut single until June yet the fans already knew every word.
My personal highlight was the performance by the winner of ‘the Voice 2014’ Jermain Jackman. Stunning, sensational and every other superlative you can think of.
There was one note he seemed to hold for an entire minute.
That guy is such a talent and such a genuinely nice bloke too.
Stereokicks may have had the teenage girls all aflutter, but Shayne Ward seemed to have the same effect on the mums. Shayne was also lovely backstage too and made sure he signed hundreds of autographs throughout the day.
Our headliners at the end of the evening were 911.
The 90s boyband entertained with all of their biggest hits and proved they can still move like they did 20 years ago. During their finale ‘Bodyshaking’ they were joined on stage by Shayne Ward who just couldn’t resist getting back onstage. The crowd went wild.