Morecambe landmarks light up for Christmas

Lights on top of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe are causing a stir. Photo by John O'Neill from Morecambe BID.
Lights on top of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe are causing a stir. Photo by John O'Neill from Morecambe BID.

Landmarks in Morecambe have been put under the spotlight, quite literally.

Spotlights on top of the Midland Hotel and other prominent town buildings have been causing a stir for the festive season.

The outside of the Winter Gardens has been lit up for the festive period.

The outside of the Winter Gardens has been lit up for the festive period.

The lights have been organised as part of the Morecambe BID (Business Improvement District). BID money is raised by Morecambe shops and businesses paying an extra tax which can be spent on improvements to the town centre.

John O’Neill, manager of the BID, said he hoped the lights could become a long-term project.

“There are some stunning buildings in Morecambe,” said Mr O’Neill.

“It’s a talking point and we hope it will draw people into town.”

The Clock Tower, the Winter Gardens and the Arndale Centre have also been lit up for the whole of December. Evelyn Archer, chairman of the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust, said the theatre lights were self-funded.

The switch-on coincided with the ‘Light Up a Life’ event for St John’s Hospice at the Winter Gardens.