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Thread #121561   Message #2657673
Posted By: Ross Campbell
16-Jun-09 - 09:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Who'll Go To Morecambe? /The Last Resort
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Who'll Go To Morecambe? /The Last Res
The advertising links at the bottom of Suibhne's link say it all - "Cheap Holidays to Greece", "Cheap Flights to Palma", "Cheap Flights to Newcastle" (sic).

I couldn't spot Brucciani's the last time I drove down the front. Somebody please tell me it's still there.

Exerpts from Kathryn Flett's 1999 article from the Observer (somebody else's editing - I can't find the original article):-
From The Observer, first published 25th July 1999

"For many years Morecambe seemed to be in denial about its ignominious slide in status - there is, of course, no longer any need for a glamorous gilded 3000 seat theatre in a town with a declining tourist trade, a place where the summer season artistes include a magician called Harvey Rush and Paul Wheater singing Jim Reeves and other country favourites'...

...The Labour council managed to get quite a bit done, enthusing the town with a bit of a 'vision', but residents lost faith after the premature announcement of an exciting revenue generating new tourist-attraction, a Noel Edmonds-endorsed Crinkley Bottom theme park

Mr Blobby-land soon went spectacularly, and very publicly, belly-up, however, and the local council is now run by a bunch of Independents.

...The ongoing £40million redevelopment is making a difference to Morecambe but it still feels like a town with one foot planted firmly in the past and the other poised hesitantly, waiting to step forward.

On the seafront, Gypsy Lee, who has plied her trade in Morecambe for 46 years ('my mother was here for 60') reads my palm for a tenner.

I'm going to live to a great age, apparently and although I've had a 'difficult few years, surrounded by chaos, things are looking up'. In fact, things look up rather faster than I expect as soon as I stumble across P. Brucciani, purveyors of award-winning Ice-cream, tea, coffee and snacks.

With its red formica tables linoleum and acid-etched glass Venetian scene, Brucciani's is a perfectly preserved slice of the 1930s...

If this were Brighton it would he abuzz with earnest conversation over Penguin classics and the fog of a million Marlboro.

But this is Morecambe and there is only me, six septuagenarians in Pacamacs and even though it is run by Italians, there is no espresso machine.

Despite this, it is heaven."

And revisited more recently:-

Kathryn Flett, Observer, May 2008

Incidentally, the "Crinkley Bottom theme park" is what they did to Happy Mount Park, referred to by Sminky above. Happily, all traces of Blobbiness (and, sadly, the money) have long since disappeared. I remember it as the site of the Morecambe Illuminations (RIP)