Morecambe vintage festival scoops top award

Yvonne Jaques in her Messerschmitt at the Morecambe vintage festival.
Yvonne Jaques in her Messerschmitt at the Morecambe vintage festival.

Morecambe’s Vintage-by-the-Sea festival has been given a double boost.

Wayne Hemingway’s celebration of British culture scooped a top gong at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

This came days after the 2015 vintage event was earmarked for £18,000 of funding from Morecambe Town Council.

Vintage-by-the-Sea, which drew an estimated 40,000 people to Morecambe in September 2014, won the Tourism Event award for its 2013 debut event.

The ceremony was held on Thursday night at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, hosted by journalist and broadcaster John Sargeant.

It beat off tough competition including the 120th Anniversary at Blackpool Tower, the Blackpool Switch-on Festival Weekend, Light Up Lancaster and the Lancaster Music Festival.

The vintage festival in 2013 was organised by Mr Hemingway’s Hemingway Design team.

The award application was made by English Lakes Hotels, operators of the Midland hotel.

The art deco hotel hosted and funded much of the 2013 Vintage-by-the-Sea, which included a vintage marketplace, a 1930s-style function called ‘The Torch Club’ and a soul night at the Winter Gardens.

Other local winners at the Marketing Lancashire awards were: B&B/Guest Accommodation award – The Castle Inn, Hornby; Wedding venue award – Ashton Hall, Lancaster; Holiday Park/Holiday Village award – Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth; Large Hotel award – Lancaster House Hotel; Best for Groups award – Leighton Hall, Carnforth