MORECAMBE CARNIVAL: Teeming carnival huge success for town

The Heysham High School carnival float.
The Heysham High School carnival float.
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Thousands packed the prom for a triumphant Morecambe Carnival.

Expected rain on Sunday eased off and the dry weather brought teeming crowds out to watch the carnival parade and an outdoor pop music concert.

By the time headline acts Shayne Ward, 911 and Stereo Kicks took to the stage at around 7.30pm, the sun was peeping through the clouds over the Bay Arena.

The event closed with a stirring fireworks display over the bay.

Earlier, local people and organisations got right into the carnival spirit, riding a colourful parade of floats along the seafront as crowds lined the route.

Morecambe Football Club won Best Float, with manager Jim Bentley, assistant manager Ken McKenna, club directors and players including Barry Roche and Stewart Drummond riding their Alice in Wonderland themed wagon just 24 hours after their final game of the League 2 season - with Jim dressed as one of the fairy tale twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

The West End Traders won Best Musical Float, with help from Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise impersonators Bob More and Roy Dennis singing ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Steampunk enthusiasts The League of Splendid won Most Original Float, Total Tots Nursery won Best Themed Float and the Festival Market Traders won the judges’ special recognition award.

The judging panel was made up of Black Lace star Dene Michael, local singer Amy Jo Clough, The Bay Radio’s Peter Storry and The Visitor content editor Greg Lambert.

Fancy dress competition winners were Matthew Livingstone from the Morecambe Football Club float, West End traders John Baker and Gwen Wood, Cath Evans from the Welcome Cafe in the Arndale Centre, Diana Murphy from Go Speedie and Lewis Swarbrick Thompson (13) and Kian Lee Butler (12), who were part of the parade dressed as computer game characters Mario and Luigi.

The competition was judged by Greg Lambert.

After the parade, the Bay Arena was packed with people to watch live music from around 30 acts on The Bay radio stage.

Local musicians performing included Lancaster X Factor star Paul Akister, Ashleigh Wood, Amy Jo Clough, Stuart Michaels, Ben Simpson, Fuse, Molly Warburton and the Batala drummers.

Also singing were The Voice winner Jermain Jackman, pop group Everyoung, Black Lace and 12-year-old Henry Gallagher from Britain’s Got Talent.

Stay tuned to The Visitor website for videos of the Morecambe Carnival and a photo slide show of the event.

We have full coverage and pictures of the carnival in tomorrow’s Visitor newspaper.