Traders give their Morecambe Carnival verdict

Large crowds at the Morecambe Carnival parade.
Large crowds at the Morecambe Carnival parade.

Businesses gave a thumbs up to the return of the Morecambe Carnival.

Many pubs and cafes reported a bumper day of trade with takings through the roof.

Debbie Carter, licensee of the Pier Hotel and Queens Hotel pubs, said: “We’re busier than normal in the Pier and it’s brilliant that everybody has come out even in this weather. It’s massively important for Morecambe.”

Karen Kay, chair of the Festival Market Traders, said: “The market was packed (on Saturday) and this morning. We had the lads from Emmerdale (soap stars Adam Thomas and Anthony Quinlan) doing an autograph signing on Saturday and they were fantastic.”

Sue Byers, manager of the Arndale Centre, said: “We were heaving. The Carnival has created an absolutely fantastic buzz. The organisation has been incredible.”

Julie Fisher, who runs Juju’s Boutique next to the Winter Gardens, said: “I have a lot of regular customers so it hasn’t affected me at all, although I’ve seen a few different faces. We’ve had one woman who is from South Africa and staying at the Midland, and people from Southampton, Carlisle and Glasgow.”

Lee Robinson from Rita’s Cafe said: “We’re steady anyway and it’s absolutely brilliant for the town, but again they have allowed food concessions on the other side of the Promenade which affects our business.”

David Brayshaw, chair of the carnival committee, said: “I can understand what Rita’s are saying. We tried to get as many local vendors as we could and we had to keep them on that side of the prom, rather than direct people across the road, for safety reasons.”