Gary Rycroft column

Gary Rycroft.
Gary Rycroft.

It was marvellous to see Morecambe so busy last weekend for “Vintage by the Sea”.

Driving along the Prom from the Hest Bank end on Sunday morning, with the sun shining, the sky blue and the tide in, the Bay with the mountains behind looked sublime.

The numerous old cars and folk dressed up in their vintage sunday best gave a glimpse of Morecambe in it’s glory days.

A real treat for visitors and locals alike.

I hope the Vintage Weekend goes from strength to strength and is a catalyst for development of something more substantial which Morecambe could benefit from all year, rather than just one weekend.

It’s clear that nostalgia has economic benefits and Morecambe needs to somehow harness that.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a new pier raise up from the Bay?

If you missed the Vintage Weekend in Morecambe, or if you were there and need a another fix of “nostalgia” and it’s close relation “heritage”, then this next weekend offers another opportunity to go back in time.

It’s the annual Heritage Open Days on September 11-14, when buildings and spaces not always accessible to the public are opened up so people can have a nosy round them.

There are many places in Lancaster, Morecambe and environs flinging open their doors this year.

Places we normally can’t access are by definition intriguing.

Ask any toddler; and curiosity about places that are out of bounds is something we retain as adults.

Two of the gems on my list to visit this weekend are the Bell Tower at the Priory and what’s billed in the brochure as “the hidden arts of the University of Cumbria” (or as those with a decent heritage call it St Martin’s College).

However, my personal number one is The Standfast and Barracks Printing Works on Caton Road.

Driving past the Stand fast and Barracks Factory I’ve often wondered what goes on behind that very long stone wall and I’d love to go inside the clock tower, a local landmark for years.

So hopefully this weekend all will be revealed.