Friday, 7 June 2013

CCTV appeal after man is assaulted in Morecambe shop

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they need to speak with after a shopkeeper was assaulted in Morecambe.

The incident took place around 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st May at Body 'n Soul on Regent Road in Morecambe when the shopkeeper was involved in an altercation with a man who has hit him in the face. Fortunately the victim, who is 34, was uninjured.

The offender is described as a being white, aged in his late 30s or early 40s, 5ft 10inches tall, with short grey hair. He was wearing a blue denim shirt, dark blue jeans and trainers. The offender smelt of alcohol and had a Staffordshire bull terrier dog.

Sergeant Guy Hamlett said: “I’d appeal to anybody that recognises the man in the CCTV image to contact Lancashire police on 101 quoting log number LC-20130521-1332.”

Police still hunting Queen Street thug

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in broad daylight in Lancaster.

At 2pm on Tuesday 21st May, a 69-year-old man was walking along Queen Street when he was he was confronted by another man who was aggressive towards him, before punching him in the middle of his back.

Sergeant Guy Hamlett said: “This was an unpleasant experience for the man involved; fortunately he didn’t suffer serious injury.

“If anybody has any information about this incident they are asked to call police.”

The alleged assailant is described as a white man, of muscular build, with cropped dark brown hair, in his mid-20s to early 30s, slightly tanned with stubble and was wearing a dark sleeveless top.

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Morecambe Festival Soars To New Heights

One of Morecambe’s most popular summer festivals will be hitting a new high this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of More Music in the resort.

The Catch the Wind Kite Festival, organised by More Music, will be extended to a full weekend from June 29-30 to mark  20 years since the community and education charity was founded.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Morecambe Promenade and turn their eyes skywards to watch a vast array of kites of all shapes, sizes and colours create a spectacular display from noon to 5pm each day.

And there’ll be plenty to see and do on terra firma too. On the Saturday, there will be arts and crafts, a chance to learn circus skills in a circus tent, a bungee trampoline, street entertainers and the Baybeat band on the Stone Jetty and next to the Midland Hotel.

As an additional attraction on the Sunday, a stage outside The Platform will host a variety of musicians and bands creating a vibrant festival atmosphere – and it’s all for free!

Performers will include Lake Komo, Guns of Navarone, Baybeat Carnival Band, Bill Orrick and Leap to your Feet Appalachian Dancers

The Catch the Wind Kite Festival makes the most of Morecambe’s seafront and  its famous big bay view. It is one of a number of special events taking place this summer to celebrate More Music’s 20th anniversary in the resort. Others coming up include the West End Festival and Stages Reunion Gig on July 20 and the return of the One Man Band Shebang on 21st July.

Another celebratory event taking place during the kite festival is a gig by The New Rope String Band on 29th June at 8.00pm  in The Hothouse, More Music’s base.

The New Rope String Band combine superb musicianship with comic genius in a unique show featuring elements of the circus, vaudeville and slapstick with acoustic music from various world traditions including Celtic, bluegrass, cajun, boogie-woogie, Dixieland and classical work.

• Tickets for the gig are priced £10/£8 (concession). For more information and to book, ring 01524 831997 or visit

Lancaster's Kashish restaurant backs "Help for Heroes"

Lancaster's Kashish Indian restaurant is to host a special charity evening later this month in support of Help for Heroes - and it has the backing of both local MP Eric Ollerenshaw and the Prime Minister, who has donated a prize.

The price of a ticket includes a meal and entry into a special raffle at the end of the night - and we're told there are already some great prizes, including a signed bottle of whisky from Prime Minister David Cameron.

MMA fighter Carl Noon will be attending the night, as will Bay Radio's Danny Matthews, who will be drawing the raffle.

The Kashish opened on Parliament Street last year after a £300,000 makeover into an amazing looking 120-seater halal restaurant by three brothers whose family owned the previously disused building - Mohammed Dilpazir, Mohammed Sagir and Mac Khan.

The architecturally significant premises - originally designed in a Venetian style by renowned designers E G Paley of Paley and Austin Architects, who built the building in 1870 for marble merchant Richard Fawcett - occupy the former Nawab Balti House, which closed in 1997 after the brothers uncle, who ran it, decided to close it and move away from the area.

“This building was empty and was literally a shell when we decided to begin work on it, Mac told Asian Image last year.  “Every part of the building had work undertaken on it. When we were looking to redesign it we decided to make something unique which would also have the wow factor.

“It was important though to maintain parts of the traditional look of the building whilst at the same time bringing it into the twenty-first century.

“We have to say it has been amazing journey for us. When we first decided to take this project on we didn’t know what to expect, but the hard work has paid off and many people have commended us for bring back to life this magnificent building.”

• Help for Heroes Night - 7.00pm, Wednesday 26th June, Kashish, Parliament Street, Lancaster. Tickets are £18 and can be reserved by calling on 01524 388 222 or visit the website

Once tickets have been reserved payment can be made at the door on the night.

Please note the Kashish does not serve alcohol patrons are welcome to bring their own wines etc and so people can feel free to bring their own on the night.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Top singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert comes to Morecambe

Gwyneth Herbert
Morecambe-based More Music are hosting nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert at the Hothouse on Saturday 22nd June, supported by the Millennium Choir and Tom Metcalfe.

Gwyneth is a singer-songwriter with one foot in the jazz world and one somewhere in the future. With pierrot-dotted eyes, polka-spotted shoes and swanny whistle in hand, she may appear as whimsical as a Bonzo Dog but she writes beautiful melodies and has a poet's grasp of the world around her.

Her songwriting has been compared to Lennon and McCartney, Ray Davies and Janis Ian, while her influences range from the junkyard clunk of Tom Waits to the Brechtian punk of the Dresden Dolls and from the minimalism of Steve Reich to the banging drum'n'bass of Hackney's pirate stations.

It's quite a coup for More Music to have her perform and the tell us they're delighted by the opportunity to bring her in Morecambe.

• Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) Buy your tickets online here or here on Skiddle

• For more information, visit, call 01524 831 997 or email

National reviews of Gwyneth Herbert:

The Guardian

• The Independent

• Visit her website:

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Motorway accident victim named

Following the fatal road traffic collision on the M6 last week, the man who died has now been named as 34-year-old Mark Wilson from Kendal.

"Mark was an amazing, genuine man," said his family in a statement, "and anyone who knew him would speak kindly of him. He always had a big smile and a dry sense of humour, a listening ear and would never let you say goodbye without one of his big, strong, loving hugs.

"His life revolved around his wife and children and being a family man, he was always loving and protective of them. He was a wonderful father of two lovely children aged six and two. He gave his spare time to coach and encourage his older son with his passion of football and became actively involved with his sons football team. Mark's passion for football stemmed from being a devoted Manchester United supporter.

"He was a loving husband who supported his wife a 110% with raising both their children. As Mark was such a family man all his hobbies centred around his wife, children and family, with weekends taken up with fishing, bike rides, days out and kicking a football around with his children.

"He was a caring member of his family and was always there for them, especially in time of need for his mum, dad, brothers and sisters. He was the best son in law that you could wish to have.

"To his friends he was the salt of the earth, loyal and trustworthy who never had a bad word about anybody. He was one in a million who could never be replaced.

"To the rest of the world he may have been one man but to all of his family and friends he was our world and irreplaceable."

Morecambe MP welcomes rise in rise in rail passenger numbers

Morecambe MP David Morris has welcomed figures released by Lancashire County Council which suggest that rail passenger numbers have increased significantly at Carnforth railway station since 2004/5 - and for other local rail services.

According to the County Council figures, In 2004/ 05, 149,649 people used Carnforth Station. That figure has significantly increased by more than 40,000 passengers in 2011/12 to 191, 306.

“In recent times I have worked with the Carnforth community to promote Carnforth Station as a tourist destination," said Mr Morris, "and as a green way to travel into the Lake District. The increase in figures further backs up my calls for more connectivity at Carnforth.”

“The Secretary of State for Transport is currently consulting with Virgin Trains about picking up passengers in Carnforth, if this gets the go-ahead I hope that even more people will use Carnforth and I would encourage constituents to write to Virgin Trains in support of Carnforth Station.”

The figures also show that nearly 25,000 (24,964) more people use Morecambe Station than they did in 2004/5, over 10,000 (10,147) more people use Silverdale Station and nearly 25,000 (24,601) more people use Bare Lane Station.

Local Volunteer Achievement Awards 2013 launched

Do you know someone who gives their time for free and takes pride in their local community? Volunteers in the Lancaster district will have their hard work recognised at an awards ceremony in September.

And organisers of the event are asking for nominations of the people who volunteer their time to support others.

The Volunteer Achievement Awards 2013 is run by Lancaster District CVS, and celebrates the enthusiasm and dedication of local volunteers.

Nominations are welcomed in five categories, with prizes including free entry to local museums and attractions.

All nominees and guests are invited to the ceremony, which is a unique opportunity to encourage volunteers to continue their hard work and inspire others to become involved in volunteering. 

You can nominate people under the following categories:
  • Trustee of the Year
  • Young volunteer of the Year (18 and under)
  • Take Pride Active Citizenship Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Group nominations

The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th August 2013 the ceremony will take place on Thursday 26th September 2013, 4.00-7.00pm at Lancaster Town Hall.

• Visit for nomination forms and further information

Each nominee will receive a certificate, and winners will receive the prizes, donated by Lancaster City and Lancashire County Council, including an Xplorer Pass, unlimited free entry in museums across Lancashire; 10% discount on souvenirs, books and maps from Lancaster or Morecambe Visitor Information Centre; Family entry passes to Williamson Park attractions or a family meal vouchers for the Pavilion Cafe or free swim passes for Lancaster City Council pools; andThe Dukes have also donated 3 tickets for their Christmas Production

Appeal after teenage girl is assaulted in Lancaster Park

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 13-year-old girl was assaulted by four young girls as she walked through Ryelands Park at the weekend.

The assault took place around 3.30pm on Sunday 2nd June, when the victim was walking through Ryelands Park near Owen Road. She was approached by four young girls - believed to be aged around 10 years old - who asked her for a light.

When she told them she didn’t smoke, one of the girls pulled her hair and pulled her to the floor, and the other girls kicked her in the side of her body before running away as a member of the public approached them.

PC Iain Walker from Lancaster Police said: “This is an unprovoked assault on a young girl who as a result sustained a bump to her head and scratches to her torso.

“Fortunately incidents like this are rare but I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this assault or with any information about the girls responsible to contact police on 101.”

The offenders ran from the scene in the direction of Torrisholme Road.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Moscow State Circus back in Lancaster, set to amaze

The Moscow State Circus returns to the Lancaster's Ryelands Park this week (4th - 5th June) with its latest and greatest production to date.

Set in the mystical centre of Moscow's cultural and artistic quarter 'Park Gorkogo' (Gorky Park) is the perfect back drop for what is; undoubtedly the greatest and most famous circus on earth.

Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik and Klava invite the audience to this wondrous and mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll and take in Moscow at sunset and a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before.

As the Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling and roller skating performers.

As the park changed in accordance with the mood of the new century, its traditions were the basis of the new concept of Park Gorkogo, and these changes are reflected in the new show, as like a pendulum, it swings from the earth to the sky in incredible breath-taking succession.

This years show features:
  • The award-winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds
  • The unbelievable roller skating of the Veslovskis
  • Three bathing beauties swept up on the revolving Ariel Ring
  • The unique Yakovlev Vertical Pole Jugglers
  • The most demanding feats of strength from the hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik
  • The gorgeous and gracious Ariel sail of Natalia Goncharova
Add to this mix, the Kozak whip crackers and the revolving Russian Swing, catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapitou at breakneck speed.

• More info and booking: