Morecambe MP pulls strings for Bernie Marsden gig

David Morris.
David Morris.
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A guitar legend who co-wrote a classic rock anthem has teamed up with our MP to raise money for the Winter Gardens.

Bernie Marsden, formerly of world famous rock band Whitesnake, will bring an all-star group of musicians to the theatre on Thursday, March 26 for the first big-name rock show there in almost 40 years.

Bernie, who co-wrote the US number one hit ‘Here I Go Again’, has joined forces with David Morris – an old friend, and himself a musician and songwriter.

The gig will help raise cash for a new heating system in the beautiful old building.

Marsden reached number one in the iTunes blues chart last August with his latest album ‘Shine’.

He has also just returned from touring the USA alongside one of the world’s best young blues guitarists, Joe Bonamassa.

Bernie and David – who was a session musician – have played for charity together in the past.

The MP recently introduced Marsden to the Prime Minister David Cameron.

And Mr Morris, a guitar buff who owns a huge collection of quality rock instruments, has not ruled out dusting off his own electric guitar to perform on the Winter Gardens stage on the night.

All of the musical equipment used on the night will be loaned by David Wood and Rossi at the Promenade Music Shop in Morecambe.

English Lakes Hotels have also sponsored the event.

The gig came about after Mr Morris read in The Visitor about the theatre’s recent heating woes.

Members of the public and performers have been complaining about the cold temperature inside the Grade II* listed building.

Owners the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust have tried to get permission for a new heating system but have encountered planning and funding issues.

Tickets for the gig, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £20 and are available at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, Marine Road Central, Old Station Buildings, Morecambe. Or call 01524 582808.