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Shopkeepers asked to go shrimping for victory in resort

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Shop owners and businesses in central Morecambe are invited to ‘Bring in the Bay’ and to dress their shops to celebrate Morecambe Bay.

Following on from last year’s successful ‘Eric’ themed competition, this year’s window dressing events will celebrate the Bay: from fishing to kiting, beach to birds and of course, the famous shrimp.

The Bay has always been vitally important to the economy of the area, both in terms of its resources and its spectacular views and this is now being celebrated as part of Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) 2: A View for Eric, a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lancaster City Council.

THIs seek to invest in and regenerate historic town centres and help communities learn about and look after their heritage. Supporting the businesses within these areas is an important part of this and window displays offer a cheap and effective means of promoting identity and quality.

To inspire and enlighten businesses, a free workshop in visual merchandising will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at 56-58 Euston Road between 10am and 3pm with lunch provided.

The workshop will mix theory and demonstrations, showing how to create stunning but simple window displays and, for the first time, how to present eye-catching internal displays to draw in the customer even more.

To book a place at the ‘windows’ workshop email viewforeric@lancaster.gov.uk or call 01524 582307 by Friday May 2. Application forms to enter the competition are available at Morecambe Town Hall and online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/viewforeric and should be submitted by May 9.

Coun Janice Hanson, chair of the judging panel, said: “The training and competition offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to learn and perfect some basic but very effective skills which can help showcase what Morecambe businesses have to offer.”

 

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