Cash injection will help fund a dry bar in resort

Kevin Goodall.
Kevin Goodall.

A graduate has won funding to help set up a dry bar in Morecambe as part of his degree.

Money given from Rathbone Investment Management South Lakeland office will go towards the opening of a dry bar in the resort.

Graduate Kevin Goodall wanted to provide the young people from his hometown of Morecambe with an alcohol-free place to socialise.

Kevin was part of a community panel looking at drink-related problems in the area.

They concluded that a dry bar with a small cinema, an arts space and craft hobby classes was the right solution.

Kevin, 33, said: “It’s not about preaching the non-consumption of alcohol.

“We want people to come for the atmosphere and social aspect of the bar. There aren’t many places in Morecambe where you can be social with friends without the presence of alcohol.

“The grant will help ensure we have a really smart dry-bar that young people want to hang-out in.”

In a ‘Dragon’s Den’ scenario students including Kevin had to persuade a panel of four judges that community projects they had been working on as part of their unique three year Aspiring Leaders Foundation Degree deserved funding.

Panellist James Lindsley from Rathbones said: “The students all made excellent cases for their project to be funded and kept their nerve under a grilling from the panel.

“The three projects that were ready to go live were awarded £500 each.

“I was impressed by the students’ attitude, enthusiasm and determination to achieve something that they knew was important to their communities.”

Kevin joins a total of nine students who graduated earlier this month.

They all completed a three year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice for Business as part of the Aspiring Leaders Programme. Three more aim to graduate in the autumn term.