Christmas and New Year over with and now the build up to the carnival starts in earnest.
There’s so much work to do between now and the end of April to try to ensure that MC16 is as successful as the previous two.
The first thing to look at is our main annual fund-raising event, our themed casino night on Saturday March 5th.
I’ve already had a discussion with Morecambe FC general manager Mark Dixon and he has confirmed the club will continue their support of the carnival by agreeing to host the Casino Night at The Globe Arena.
I’ve also had discussions with Brian Peters of R Leisure and he is happy to continue to support us by providing the gaming tables and croupiers free of charge. Support from local businesses like these, is more important than ever this year, as we need to raise an extra £3,000 just to clear up any litter the visitors to Morecambe may leave behind.
Last year’s casino night was our first but it was a huge success and we intend to build on that success to ensure this year will be even better. I’m relatively confident I can persuade the Morecambe MC to be our official meet and greeter (otherwise look out for the photos in next week’s Visitor!) and I’m hoping the Las Vegas Show Girls will make a reappearance too.
I have to say Carla doesn’t appear too keen on this idea though! Unfortunately we can only accommodate limited numbers and we have sold a number of tables already so, if you fancy a fantastic night of entertainment, you’d better get in touch as soon as you can.
As I hinted, we will be slightly altering the Carnival Parade finish area this year which is going to restrict the number of floats we can have, so I strongly recommend that anyone who hasn’t completed the online application, does so as soon as they can.
We have decided we will not be having the It’s a Knockout challenge this year, although it was fun for the participants, our online feedback survey indicated it wasn’t that entertaining for the spectators; mind you, the pouring rain didn’t help either!
Instead, we are delighted Mick Gorry has agreed to loan us one of his HGV cab units and we are inviting local clubs and groups to come along and compete for the fastest time to pull the unit along our course.
Look out for the registration opening up on our website very soon. We are also hoping for something a bit different going on in the Bay Arena on Carnival Saturday. The Sunday is obviously taken with the Bay’s live stage but watch out for news of Saturday’s activities; I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Please don’t forget we are always looking for helpers for the weekend, if you’re interested please get in touch.