New festival set for the West End

The Dolallies will entertain the crowds during the West End weekend.
The Dolallies will entertain the crowds during the West End weekend.

A new festival celebrating the West End of Morecambe takes place this September.

The West End Weekend is an arts festival and street market organised and funded by West End Million, the group distributing £1 million from the National Lottery to improve the area.

Gary Bridgens and Dolly who will be among the street entertainment at the West End weekend.

Gary Bridgens and Dolly who will be among the street entertainment at the West End weekend.

Focused mainly on West Street and Yorkshire Street, it will bring the West End alive with art, crafts and music.

The event begins at 6.30pm on Friday, September 9 with the free opening of a photographic exhibition at The HotHouse in Devonshire Road.

The weekend gets into full swing on September 10 when there will be musical performances throughout the day to produce a family friendly festival atmosphere for all to enjoy for free.

Yorkshire Street shop windows will display shields and cabinets specially created to include items reflecting their business or history.

These West End Windows will form an art trail and visitors can collect maps to follow along one of Morecambe’s best independent shopping streets.

On nearby West Street, there will be a vibrant street market selling the best locally sourced produce, arts and crafts, many of them created in the Enterprise Hub established there exactly a year ago.

And there’s a chance to produce flags for the West End during a workshop at The Exchange Creative Community in West Street.

As part of the festival activities, a Morecambe Mini Multiplex will screen three films in a marquee.Tickets for West End residents are just £5 and £12/£10 for visitors.

The West End Weekend is the first major event to be organised by West End Million.