My name’s Carla Brayshaw and I’m married to David, who is the brains behind the ‘new’ Morecambe Carnival. Back in 2013, David had this idea to bring back the Carnival. After all how hard could it be?
Well here we are, 6 years down the line and every year the event gets bigger and better. Anyone who knows us, knows that we come as a team, so inevitably I’ve been involved in this every step of the way.
We have an amazing, but very small team of volunteers who make the Carnival possible. My role in the run up to the event is talking to businesses and potential sponsors to speak about the Carnival, why we do it and to encourage them to be part of it. Yes, it’s about raising money and businesses benefit from the increased exposure and footfall, but it is more than that, it’s about getting behind something that celebrates where we live and creates a holiday at home atmosphere.
David & I have always been advocates and supporters of Morecambe and we are thrilled that at last, Morecambe’s fortunes seem to be taking a turn for the better. With the recent ITV drama ‘The Bay’ set for a second series and of course the wonderful news that Eden North is coming to our town, the eyes of the World are upon us.
We don’t know what the Carnival will look like when Eden comes to town and we’ve spoken to their team about it. Clearly it can’t continue in the same format, but that’s fine. There’s plenty of prom and other spaces we can use, so we’ll just adjust. And if we have been a tiny part of Morecambe’s revival, then we’ll be happy with that.
So, on Carnival weekend, you’ll see me in the Bay Arena. It’s my job to make sure everything runs smoothly in that area. It’s one of our busiest areas and when the Arena stage goes live, it becomes the focus of the event and gets very busy indeed. On the Sunday it’s also my job to co-ordinate the float judging and make sure the Winners get to stage side in time to receive their trophies. I also make sure our Carnival royalty is looked after and receive the VIP treatment with their limousine ride in our parade.
I’ll finally relax about 10.05pm on August 11th when the fireworks go off over another successful Carnival, and then it all starts again.
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