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Thread #121561   Message #3081799
Posted By: Ross Campbell
24-Jan-11 - 07:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Who'll Go To Morecambe? /The Last Resort
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Who'll Go To Morecambe? /The Last Res
sas1969 - you may be referring to one of my friend Suibhne's pics. I would certainly agree that Heysham has charms that its near neighbour Morecambe does not. One asset that may have disappeared is the local brew - Nettle Beer - several local houses, cafes and pubs used to produce this beverage but I was unable to find any last visit.

Please remember that the song is very much tongue in cheek ("Oh, No it's not!" - Ron Baxter). Morecambe still retains a few of its former glories. The Midland Hotel's newly-restored Art Deco style used to be reflected by a string of shop fronts of the period, some of which persist despite no longer housing Woolworths, Timothy White's, etc. The wonderful Winter Gardens is currently "in the care of the community" awaiting a new purpose in life - it featured in the recent Morecambe and Wise drama by local heroine Victoria Wood. There's an excellent second-hand bookshop on the front with unparalleled views over the bay to the Lake District hills (and another even larger one in nearby Carnforth, where you can also patronise the very Station Refresh used in the wartime classic "Brief Encounter"). A little further north round the bay are Silverdale and Arnside, off the beaten track because everybody (else) whizzes past to get to the Lake District, but great for walks and at the end of the day!

Suibhne also mentioned Sunderland Point which is a very atmospheric place to visit. This very informative blog The-Grave-of-Black-Sambo--Lancaster-and-the-Legacy-of-Slavery
describes a local feature that is well worth seeking out. "Sambo" was one of Alan Bell's most popular songs when I moved to this area forty years ago:-

"Sambo you lie so far from home,
quietly by the seashore, never more to roam,
Sleeping, or so your gravestone says
Waiting for your master, these long and lonely days."

Can't find the rest at the moment - it's in the Alan Bell Songbook.