Vintage Morecambe

Sunny Morecambe Beach

Vintage seems to be the buzz word in fashion and design and with the Queen’s Jubilee upon us I’m getting in to the street party spirit and adorning my place of work, The Midland with bunting for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Being from the seaside town of Morecambe I am nostalgic to the idea of the fun filled UK seaside holidays of the past, and (not at all brought about from my fear of flying) I am determined to see this sleepy seaside town brought back to the splendour of its heyday. Listening to tales of Morecambe’s history and seeing images and footage adds fuel to my fire and even if it means being very British standing under a brolly on a rainy promenade, ice cream in hand, we owe it to the town (and to our bank balances) to bring to the seaside holiday back.

Bathing Beauties on Morecambe Beach

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Wildzone launches with a ‘Wear Red for Wildlife Week’

1263.Wear-red-for-wildlife-_2800_copyright-Jane-Hunt_2900_ Wildzone, a dynamic group of Cumbrian private sector businesses including English Lakes and public sector wildlife charities, trusts and organisations, formed to put responsible Cumbrian wildlife and nature experiences firmly on the British tourism map, has launched with a 22-day-long promotion ‘Wear Red For Wildlife’ promotion.

The Wildzone’s ‘Wear Red for Wildlife’ initiative (running from October 8 to 30) draws inspiration from some of Cumbria’s most iconic creatures, the endangered red squirrel and red deer, but also focuses on birds such as red-breasted merganser and red kite, the red leaves of autumn, red flora and red sunsets over Morecambe Bay.

To celebrate the forthcoming promotion, Wildzone members gathered at Storrs Hall to dress a tree, demonstrating the engagement with nature that is Wildzone’s ethos.  This builds on the belief that the best way to protect nature is to encourage people to engage with it in a responsible, yet exciting and interactive manner, to celebrate its many facets.

During ‘Wear Red for Wildlife’, the public is encouraged to wear red and go wild, taking part in a variety of interesting, fun, educational events and volunteering activities highlighted at www.wildzonecumbria.org

By wearing red, they can access special deals from various Wildzone members. Arriving at Lakes Aquarium wearing red between October 8 and 21, gives adults a £2 admissions discount if referring to Wildzone.  At the Leighton Moss café, a 10% discount can be had from October 8-30 if doing the same.  Those wearing a red top will get a 20% reduction on a meal at The Wild Boar Inn, near Bowness, plus a complimentary trail map, to help exploration of the inn’s wild woods.

The thrilling range of wildlife, to be found in Cumbrian coastal habitats stretching from Morecambe Bay to Silloth, in and around its lakes, on wild peaks and fells, in wonderfully wild rivers and tarns, wild forests and woodlands and on its limestone pavements and marshes, is all showcased at the new Wildzone website.

The website fosters an engagement with nature and wildlife by inviting nature watchers to upload details of their sightings, upload photographs of wildlife and take part in a variety of exciting events and opportunities to volunteer for action in the wild.

Current members of the Wildzone on the public sector side are Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, RSPB, the Forestry Commission, Northern Red Squirrels, the Lake District National Park, the Western Lake District Tourism Partnership, South Copeland tourism, Nurture Lakeland, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Private sector partners are Ullswater ‘Steamers’, English Lakes Hotels, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Woodclose Park, Hill of Oaks and Waterfoot caravan parks, Lakes Aquarium, The Wordsworth Trust and The World of Beatrix Potter.

A competition at www.wildzonecumbria.org has a prize of a wild weekend at The Wild Boar Inn, near Bowness.  This 4* inn has wild woods to explore, as well as a smokehouse, which can put the taste of the wild on the plate.  The winner will bag a two-night stay, as well as an Ullswater ‘Steamers’ cruise and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway trip.

Speaking on behalf of the Wildzone, Rachel Bell of Ullswater ‘Steamers’ says: “The Wildzone is unique, because it has brought public and private sector together, to work as partners.  We are all committed to showcasing the best that Cumbria has to offer in terms of wildlife and nature experiences and will be taking our offer out to the wildlife tourist in an exciting and creative manner.

“Whilst we have our founder members and our initial Wear Red for Wildlife promotion, we want other private sector businesses to come on board, so we can grow the group and enrich the wildlife tourism product offered.  We are also open to sponsorship offers, from the right sponsor, so we can increase marketing activity behind the Wildzone and make a tangible difference to wildlife tourism in Cumbria”.

The Midland to Host Ladies Day at the Races Event

November The Midland is proud to host ‘Ladies Day at the Races’ this Sunday 3rd July 2011, an event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK organised by fundraiser Kate Hardcastle, who has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness of the cause.

"Pancreatic Cancer claimed the lives of my mother, Marguerite, and my brother, Terry.  Their pain made me determined to raise awareness of and funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK; so that a test may be found to detect this cancer early and so to save more than the 3% who currently survive."

"Since 1st March 2009 over £10,000 has been raised due to the generosity of people on our previous charity events such as our 7,000 mile Odyssey around the UK by bus in 2009 and on our 97 mile walk from Morecambe to Saltburn in 2010.  My goal is £20,238 and with your help this can be achieved”.

At the event you will own and name your own racehorse and the winning horse gets a bottle of champagne. The afternoon is inclusive of strawberry afternoon tea, half price cocktails, a ladies Hat competition, grand raffele and you could even win money by betting on the races. Entertainmet for the even will be porivded by Ray Evans, Lounge Pianist.

Tickets for the event are £30 per person and include a Pimms reception, your own racehorse, strawberry tea and half price cocktails.

The event starts at 2.30pm at The Midland Morecambe. Tickets can be purchased through Kate on 01524 823080 or 07702980903. All proceeds will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK.
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