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Morecambe's West End Weekend Returns

Last year's entertainment was provided by The Baghdaddies (Photo, Phil Bull)

Morecambe's West End Weekend is back this weekend, celebrating everything that's good about the area.

Organisers hope to repeat the success of last year's debut event.

The West End Million project has reached its halfway point this year, using £1m from the Big Lottery Fund to spend on improving the area over a ten year period.

On the Saturday, West Street will be full of market stalls selling local crafts and produce and performers including Piece of Cake, Gary Bridgens, Captain Cabaret and more will be  entertaining passersby in the streets.

The Exchange Creative Community are organising an art trail with local artists creating artwork for local shops and over the two days they’ll also produce a community sculpture.

The festival continues into the evening with a gig at The Hothouse by Be Charlotte which begins at 7pm and tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.

Alexandra Park will be the focus for Sunday’s events when the community come together for a picnic in the park, food, live music from The Melting Pot and there’ll also be a face painter and magician.

More Music’s Pete Moser will be leading Morecambe street walking tours throughout the day, performing songs at the places they were written. Expect songs about waiting at a bus stop and bin bags piling up in the alley among others. Tours will leave Alexandra Park on the Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

This year, the West End Weekend runs alongside More Music’s Fun Palace where there’ll be events combining science and the arts.

Festivals are one of West End Million’s key priorities for improving the area and the West End Weekend, produced in partnership with The Exchange Creative Community, The Melting Pot, More Music and Morecambe Artist Colony, is its biggest event of the year.

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