Morecambe, Lancashire, England
We visited Morecambe in April 2006, a seaside resort that still
has it's pleasures. Its on the edge of Morecombe Bay one of the biggest tidal
estuaries in the the UK, famous for its wild birds. In an effort to brighten up
the place there are several sculptures dotted here and there and to a very high
standard. Eric Morecombe's statue is a tribute to one of Morecambe's most famous
son's. Victoria Wood and Thora Hird, also famous comedians, come from here, what
is it in Morecambe that creates this humour? A sort of old fashioned light
Along with many other seaside resorts it's a little fading, mostly because
people jet off to other foreign climes. But Morecambe is still a charming place
in the old tradition of the seaside and definitely worth a visit on a sunny day
or just to fill the lungs with some fresh sea air.
Where is Morecambe? it's in the northwest of England, just a few
miles from Lancaster. From the sea front across the bay one can see the Lake
District on a clear day.
to get the bigger picture
Morecambe Bay By John Morrison from
"For a landscape photographer there is a
constantly changing seascape of big skies, with
shimmering sands, wild birds in profusion, and
picturesque villages and noble, and more modest houses.
John Morrison records all this in its full diversity and
in all its moods"
Mum & Dad had a caravan outside of Morecombe. We went numerous times into
Morecombe & then took our four children there too. It was a brilliant place.Kids
spent most of the day in the open air baths, think that may have been the first
wave machine. watched beauty contests in the baths too. Then spent the evening
in the fair. Last time i went for a day out about 10 yrs. ago, I was so
disappointed, it was so scruffy and all the attractions have gone. What have
they done to the town?
I live in morecambe and have all my life i have watched our towns council get
rid of frontierland, bubbles, stop the womad festival, the light and water and
now the punk festival all of which brought much needed tourism to the area. i
absolutely love morecambe and will enjoy what is left of it with my family for
sometime. but a warning to other seaside towns DON'T let your towns council do
what they will with your town!!!! or it will end up another morecambe
Perhaps that penultimate, agreeably "vitriolic" posting, could be deleted since
it serves no apparent purpose?
I spent a year in Morecambe in 1981/82 in during my second year at Lancaster
University. It was quite cold and wet but during the winter it was full of
students occupying holiday flats. We had some great nights at the pier on Monday
evenings which set us up well for being late for lectures for the rest of the
week! It sounds like its all changed since then.
I grew up in Morecambe and I think it is amazing because Morecambe holds a lot
of history from Leanne
Lovely site. I grew up in Slyne/Hest Bank til I was 16. I loved the place. I now
live in London, but take my kids up to my Dad/Sis/Brother etc and they love the
place too. Every time we're up there, my son asks "Dad, when can we move up
here?" Nuff Said.
My Grandmother had a caravan at the Westgate Caravan Park in Morecambe in the
70's. My brother, sister and I would vists 3 or 4 times a year and couldn't get
enough of the place. Fun fair, sea side, the visitors centre at Heysham Head. It
was all wonderful, back then. How sad it's demise. Going back now is deppressing.
Ah well, memories are special I suppose! Brian S
Morecombe is a special place even though it is a bit neglected -
I paid my first visit last year and was impressed with the efforts being made
with the sculptures and the renewal of the hotel. My husband and I were only on
a day trip but we are returning for the day again this weekend and look forward
to seeing more of the town. Audrey
I would love to know more about the Polo Tower is there anyone
that can help please? We enjoyed a few days in Morecambe during the 1/2 term
holiday. Lovely walks along the promenade & a photo with Eric.
Its a different generation that now roam the streets of the once
very bright town. If you take away the things that are for the children, what
have they left...? Most will resort to crime and soon find themselves taking
drugs and most likely end up in prison. All this generates from them having
nothing to do. Boredom.. There is simple nothing for them...
I went to live in Morecambe as a young child during the war and
left in 1953. During that time i went to junior school in Heysham, secondary
school in Morecambe and started my further education in the art school in
Lancaster. I have been back a few times but not for ages now, many years but I
do have fond memories of the place and friends I had. It is so depressing to
read the comments being made. It sounds as though some very bad decisions have
been made over the years. Good Luck. Ken Roberts
I'm going to Morecambe in July, 07, to go down memory lane of my
5 years of evacuation there, (aged 3-8) from the bombs of London 1940-1945.
Whatever might have happened to it since then, it will always hold a very
special place in my heart. I stayed in the wonderful care of Mr. & Mrs. David
Shaw and their son Nigel. Gloria Paul (New Brunswick, Canada)
Rebuild Frontier land it is still sadly
very good place is Morecambe ! lol
We lived in Lancaster for six months in 1995 and made several
trips to Morcambe and surrounding areas. We are Americans so one benefit from
our visits is to be able to pick up on the many Morecambe jokes we hear on BBC
programs rebroadcast here. We agree the place still has many charms even though
its halcyon days are over. We especially liked a brassiere a couple of streets
back from the waterfront, and went there several times for Sunday lunch. Then we
spent time walking on the "boardwalk" eyeing the locals who were out for a
little Sunday afternoon recreation. By the way, it's easy to get to Morcambe.
All you need to do is get disoriented on the one way street going north out of
Lancaster on the A6 and the next thing you know you are crossing the River Lune
and headed for the bay. Cheers Dick
We returned to Morecambe in July 2006, after an
absence of 8 years or so, and couldn't believe how it had changed. Gone was
Frontierland and the lovely old Cyclone (Texas Tornado) - a classic 1930s
wooden roller coaster that should have been listed. The whole fairground site is
now a Morrison's except for a load of waste ground and the sad skeleton of the
water chute. There is also an Aldi and a sports footwear shop. Whatever happened
to the traditional seafront? These places are ok out of town or on the
edge, but surely not right on the promenade. It just doesn't seem like a
seaside anymore. There are huge rocks all along the sea wall so you cannot get
to the water except at a very small area. The open air pool has gone and all the
normal attractions are either closed up and abandoned or just temporary.
The most saddening thing however, is the complete lack of visitors. On the stone
jetty there were about 4 people on a hot sunny July Sunday. Two days later, in a
wet Whitby, you could hardly move for folk.
There used to be some large concrete-walled pools
on the beach - so that there was sea water even when the tide was out. These
have also gone. In fact there is so little left of this once great holiday place
that it may well become just another 'Milton Keynes' on the coast.
On the plus side there is a campaign to restore the Winter Gardens - and let's
hope the Midland project succeeds. Happy Mount Park has some excellent new
additions - why don't they advertise it in the brochure? Cheers
I grew up between Lancaster and Morecambe.
Sometimes we’d live in the historic, enigmatic and crackling City of Lancaster
with its lively and rural settings contrasting with the now alternative and rock
scene friendly community I grew to admire and love…and other times we’d live in
Morecambe. The article “Morecambe” on Wikipedia begins surprisingly honestly
describing Morecambe, referring to The West End as a “slum”, but then
compromises its beginning by misleading readers with declaring that the west end
is now “an up and coming” area. Anyone that has ever had the misfortune to live
in The West End (as I have) would-even now-laugh at such a statement. The only
good thing about living in The West End is the lack of door-to-door salesmen as
such people dare not venture far into the area.
Morecambe is a haven only to those so old they hide within the confinements of
its borders and find solace in grim pathetic fallacy and to crack heads that
take pleasure in the ease with which they can burgle the elderly,
that are too blinded by cataracts and their own demise to notice their floral
armchairs being swiped form beneath their very arses.
It is true that Morecambe used to be a perfectly picturesque seaside resort, and
that even in the early stages of its ruin had a certain and intriguing charm
(possibly in the fascination of watching something beautiful become something
awful), but now there is nothing left.
The only people I would advise visit Morecambe are poets, musos and artists
aching for a subject of melancholy, shamble and vulgarity formed form in the
skeleton of a once mesmerising body, fleshy and plump with life and laughter. In
such a respect Morecambe, to this day, retains a romantic charm, I only wish the
nature of this wasn’t in death.
The days I remember of Morecambe were spent being beaten by the grandchildren of
its former queens while crushing beneath my feet syringes that once were grains
of sand while the waters raged over the prom and the rats retreated into homes
cleaner than the veins of Morecambe’s children.
The north west is my home, though I currently reside in London, and my identity,
and though I cannot deny Morecambe is an integral part of that it reminds me of
a tumour, malignant and clinging desperately onto its host, onto Lancaster; a
loving city of boundless culture.
I hear Blackpool’s is fun though?
The last posting was far too hateful and spiteful
to be taken seriously. He really must have some personal issues to write
such nasty vitriol about one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Stay
in London please !
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