Carnival organisers slam lack of funding

Members of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee at the launch of the Morecambe Carnival 2014.
Members of Morecambe Carnival organising committee at the launch of the Morecambe Carnival 2014.
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Morecambe Carnival will go ahead in 2014 in spite of Morecambe Town Council rather than with its help, organisers have said.

The committee of MC14 which is being reintroduced next year, were asking Morecambe Town Council to consider funding of £7,000.

However, the town council has recommended a 7% contribution of £1500.

Carla Brayshaw, of the Morecambe Carnival Organising Committee said: “MC14 is an event that will be free to attend, accessible and will be inclusive to all groups, including schools, societies, individuals and anyone who wants to enter the procession, or take part in the grand finale, to show how proud they are to be Morecambrian.We cannot understand why the sub committee members would recommend that Morecambe Town Council should snub our application in this way.

“We had sincerely hoped and to be frank expected, that our vision would be shared and supported by our elected town council but clearly, the recommendations put forward by the sub committee indicate that this is not the case.

“It seems that the Morecambe Carnival is going to have to proceed in spite of Morecambe Town Council rather than with its help.

Chairman of the MC14 organising committe, David Brayshaw, said: “The carnival organising committee have discussed the funding offer from Morecambe Town Council but feel that the conditions associated with it mean that it is not economically viable to accept.The committee have therefore decided to decline the offer.

Councillor David Kerr, chairman of Morecambe Town Council, said: “The Council had many difficult decisions to make as its budget did not allow all applicants to be supported.

“Despite this the Council was able to continue to support some of the towns established festivals which attract significant numbers of visitors already to the town as well as a contribution to the return of Morecambe Carnival.”