The Idea started last year, then tickets were bought and on Thursday we went to
It was going to be a birthday treat from last month, a prezi from my friend and best of all she was coming with me.
When we were children we would often go to Morecambe for the day, and it holds lots of fond memories for me. It's had it's ups and downs but I think it is looking rather good at the moment.
My friend's one wish was to look inside the Midland Hotel.
The hotel is designed in the Streamline Modern style of Art Deco.
We sat and had coffee in the main reception, very grand.
The day was warm and sunny but with a low lying haze across the sea.
Looking back to the hotel from the Stone Jetty.
The Stone Jetty contains several sculptures, riddles etc. set into the ground, mainly around the theme of bird life found in Morecambe Bay.
Boat stranded on the sand.
and one still out on the water.
A few sea birds were milling around in the mud, Herring Gull, Curlew, Turnstone and even Starlings were feeding on the seaweed.
Walking along the sea front, I notice this little flower, ranging in colour from white to lilac.
It was growing out of the sand that had built up round the railings, turns out to be
Danish Scurvygrass (Cochlearia danica)
I have not recorded this plant before, Danish Scurvygrass has moved inland along roads where salt has cleared vegetation on the verges, the plant that has moved into more areas on the map than any other in the past half-century. A interesting link and worth a read.
You can not go to Morecambe and not visit Eric Morecambe.
Unveiled by the Queen in 1999, the slightly larger than life-sized statue depicts Eric Morecambe in one of his characteristic poses with a pair of binoculars around his neck (he was a keen ornithologist). The statue is set against the stunning backdrop of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District hills, and people queue to have their photo taken alongside it. The statue and the arena below it are equally sensational at night, with superb lighting effects bathing the area. (link)
A set of fat lovely bronze sculptures , quite a lot of the sculptures are not named and finding it hard to find any information on them. This set would look wonderful in my garden.
I did find some real birds a young Herring gull.
There are many amazing buildings to see but my favourite has to be
Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club Race Office
This small building, elevated above the promenade to provide a better view across the bay, is owned and used by Morecambe and Heysham yacht Club.
There is a lovely tribute to 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster.
"The Bay of words" by Laverne can be read here.
The beach was filled with children paddling,
flying kites and just having fun in the sand..
We had a lovely day....
Thank you Mrs C....