The recent pandemic has taught the world many things. One huge lesson being, the negative effect that our existence can have upon the environment. We need to learn to love the planet again and I am starting in my hometown.
It is going to be some time before we can safely travel from country to country and see the wonders that the world has to offer. Even when we can, for the sake of our planet we should try to limit the amount of time we spend in the sky. Instead, I encourage you to spend a while exploring the hidden treasures of your hometown. The places that you haven’t visited since you were small, the secret spots where the writers dwell and the long walks through concrete jungles and overgrown pathways.
My morning strolls and late night local wanderings have led me to some sights that I could only dream of seeing, from starlings dancing across the ocean to blood red lightning striking the waters of the bay during a sunset’s grand finale. I am constantly amazed by what the place I call home has to offer and I would like to share that with the world.
Nestled into the North West coast of England, Morecambe is a beautiful seaside town in the county of Lancashire. It is decorated with art-deco buildings, quaint fisherman’s cottages and some of the world’s most stunning sunsets. Morecambe was once a thriving holiday destination, with thousands of families visiting every year. From dancing at the Central Pier, basking in the sunshine on the sandy beaches, singing along to famous bands at the Winter Gardens and even riding the rollercoaster at Frontierland, it’s easy to see why Morecambe became so popular.
Sadly, when commercial flights became an affordable holiday option for families, the interest in British seaside getaways suffered. People began to favour the exciting adventure of exploring exotic locations rather than returning to the familiar and comforting charm of our coastal towns. Morecambe relied on the support of holiday-goers and as less beach towels lay on the shores, more business shut their doors.
Morecambe had gone from being the star of the show to cancelled within a decade and it was heartbreaking for the locals. Ever since, efforts have been made to revitalise the town, put it back on the map and show the world that we are not a dingy little town in the North of England, however, due to lack of funding, among other reasons, nothing has yet transformed its reputation.
I believe that things are beginning to change. The stunning art deco Midland Hotel graces the promenade, offering delicious afternoon tea whilst overlooking the sparkling shores. You can watch the sun sink behind the mountain ranges of the Lake District whilst sipping on an exotic cocktail at Aspect Bar. There are gardens to stroll in on a warm summers day at Happy Mount Park and Glebe Garden, both close enough to the beaches for a cooling sea breeze. The Old Pier Bookshop is filled, wall to wall and floor to ceiling with inviting second and collectible books. There’s even the statue and the legacy of Morecambe’s most favourite star, Eric Morecambe, who proudly stands at the heart of the promenade for fans and visitors to have a photo-op.
Things are looking great for Morecambe as business is returns and the lockdown begins to ease but there is still a little more magic that needs to be revived. After a poll on my Instagram, a mere 30% of my followers had heard of Morecambe before (and they were the followers who lived in Lancashire!), this needs to change! There are ways that we can all help which is why I am starting project: The Town that England Forgot, to help make Morecambe great again. The charm of the North is still as strong as ever!
Morecambe is the showman who was born to perform and hasn’t had the chance for far too long. I believe this is Morecambe’s time to shine once again.
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