Morecambe Carnival could head for new date next year

Picture by Julian Brown 01/05/16''Morecambe Carnival Parade
Picture by Julian Brown 01/05/16''Morecambe Carnival Parade
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Thousands braved harsh winds and rain to turn-out to one of Morecambe’s biggest carnivals.

The wet weather didn’t dampen people spirits as an estimated 40,000 visited Morecambe Carnival over the bank-holiday weekend. Top headliners, Alesha Dixon and pop-band Scouting For Girls dazzled on Sunday and Black Knights parachutists were among the attractions on Saturday.

Chief carnival organiser David Brayshaw believes approximately 40,000 people came to enjoy the carnival, although a definite figure will be announced soon.

Despite rain falling steadily throughout Sunday and a five-minute power cut during Scouting for Girls’ set which threatened to bring the party to a premature conclusion, crowds still came from far and wide.

Plans are already set in motion for next year and the carnival committee have put in a bid for a third stage, which may sit in-between The Bay Stage and what was the new EDF Family Fun Zone stage this year.

The committee are also “seriously considering” a change of date to try and guarantee a warmer day.

Mr Brayshaw said: “A change of date is top on our agenda. Seeing all these kids in the parade dressed up, they were soaked and cold, we shouldn’t be putting them through that, it should be a pleasure for them.” The committee are keen to keep the carnival on a bank-holiday weekend but do not want to jeopardise existing events such as the Nice ‘N’ Sleazy Festival and a Splendid Day Out.

Mr Brayshaw said: “Morecambe has three big gigs, the carnival, Vintage By The Sea and Catch The Wind Kite Festival, we need to keep a similar time frame.” This was the third carnival since the event, organised by local people, made a comeback after over a decade in 2014.