Mick Dennison column: Carnival is fantastic opportunity for town

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At last something to actually shout about – a proposal for a Morecambe Carnival in 2014. Let’s hope it goes ahead.

I for one can remember those halcyon days in the 60s and 70s (I left the town in 1974 for the army), where it would be a day to remember.

I used to position myself near the old Super Swimming Stadium to watch the floats come past and marvelled at the ingenuity of the differing themes as wagon after wagon drove past; the whole town encompassed along a half mile of colour and noise.

What the business community now needs is an early decision as to what is going to take place to allow floats and marching bands to assemble in time to make this an event repeated every year.

I actually lived in the West Country for many years; when Morecambe’s Carnival was a dim distant memory.

The carnival season saw towns such as Weston-super-Mare and Bridgewater putting on lighted carnival floats at night – very impressive.

What we now need in Morecambe is a go-ahead Carnival committee forming. It needs to encourage local businesses and community groups to get involved, show off their companies and causes and make lots of money for charities.

It could be for many businesses a red letter day in the year, where money could be made, tourists flocking in and the feel good factor coming back to the town.

I mainly mention this subject because the last bank holiday weekend before Christmas finished with not really much actually going on in the town – as far as bringing in trippers is concerned.

Okay, the weather was great on the Sunday and many folk were walking along the prom, but what was there to do?

Not many attractions I believe. I did scout this newspaper for events going on but they were rare – next weekend is the seaside festival – a case of bad timing me thinks?

Good luck to Morecambe FC this week against Newcastle. With a bit of luck and the whole town behind them we could just pull it off.

Woe betide Alan Pardew if he brings a weakened side to the Globe Arena.

How good would this be for the town if we win? In the words of ex-Newcastle manager, Kevin Keegan, – “I’d love it if we could beat them”.