Chamber Chat – Richard Bradfield
I consider myself to almost be a local to the North Lancashire and South Cumbria area now after almost 30 years of living here. One thing that I found from those early years and continues to this day, is the wealth of things to do in the area at the weekends.
This summer, despite the weather, has been a triumph for Morecambe and the Lancaster district, with the area swarming with thousands of weekend tourists.
Recently the Vintage Festival, organised by Wayne Hemmingway, proved a success and Steve Middlesbrough’s ‘top ten’ events pepper the summer schedule with a varied offering from soul nights in the Midland to larger music events in the Platform.
Without such people’s energy and enthusiasm the resort would have to rely purely on the council, stretched as it is, to put on events week after week.
These events rely on local business and community support and one example of that collaboration is the now well-established Morecambe Carnival weekend organised superbly and tirelessly by local business people David and Carla Brayshaw.
The Brayshaws along with a well-drilled team of volunteers and The Bay (holding the music reins), never fail to disappoint. It’s just weekend after weekend of family-friendly fun across the area.
At the power station we were delighted to play our part in the carnival weekend entertaining some of the 50,000 people who are estimated to have been in the resort that weekend, bringing in some £3million for the area.
We staged the EDF Energy Science Zone at The Platform, which proved a massive hit with more than 600 people turning up to two free science shows performed by the Royal Institution’s Dan Plane.
Our staff, and some key contract companies, also put on a variety of interactive science stalls including a chance to build your own power station using a virtual reality headset.
The key to ensuring such events are a success is partnership between the community and businesses, whether large or small. Morecambe BID is a prime example of how by joining businesses together improvements will follow.
Working together to bring large numbers of people into the resort can only benefit us all. At the power station the team here is very proud of where they live and work, and to see the promenade thronged with crowds can only enhance that.
We look forward to MC18, and the many events that will entertain and enthuse next summer.