Congratulations to David Brayshaw for organising the Morecambe Carnival despite all the problems and lack of enthusiasm from Morecambe Town Council.
Prior to retirement I had an event management company and an event staging company so, looking at it with professional eyes, I have to say that he deserves every plaudit that comes his way.
The pre-event promotion was first class with the numerous posters, the joint Viva Morecambe posters and his weekly column in the Visitor newspaper. Well done also to the Visitor for giving their support.
Tens of thousands of people lined the route and as I filmed from high above in the Winter Gardens I thought that this is the first time that I had seen Morecambe look as it did in its heyday in the 1960s.
All of us from Morecambe Bay Movie Makers who filmed over the weekend remarked how happy and cooperative everyone was.
When not filming I was manning the Morecambe Heritage stand and we were amazed at the large numbers of people who were really interested in the heritage of Morecambe and want to support our attempt to establish a heritage centre.
Not only that but we had on display several of the finds from our recent archaeological dig in the grounds of the Morecambe Hotel in Poulton. So many people had seen the reports in the Visitor and wanted to see what our team had unearthed.
As Morecambe Heritage have only been in existence for six months it has given us added impetus to renew our efforts to establish a heritage centre, especially as we were offered so many stories for the audio library that we are setting up along with many artefacts and pictures.
It was nice to see such a successful event, which was entirely funded by local people and organised by local people, for the local people. Yet again, another example of the shortsightedness of Morecambe Town Council who did not financially support it at all and who do not realise how important it is to support local event initiatives. When will they realise that events like this bring in tens of thousands people to the centre of Morecambe and, judging by the queues outside the ice cream venues and other businesses, put many thousands of pounds into local companies.
Congratulations to David Brayshaw and his team of volunteers who, along with the support of Bay Radio, contributed to a magnificent day and raised a very large amount of money for local charities.