Made in Morecambe?

Made in Morecambe? is a personal project, looking at some of the local stories of Morecambe, some true, some perhaps just legend, who knows? 


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Made in Morecambe? #1: The Disco Ball

Although Morecambe cannot claim to have invented Disco, it does have a claim to being the place where the iconic symbol of disco was invented… The Disco Ball!

Local legend tells how sometime in the 1920’s, the doorman at the stunning Tower Ballroom invented his “Mystic Carnival Lantern” a ball of tiny mirrors to hang over the ballroom floor, to the delight of dancers below. The owner of the Tower Ballroom Lord Harold Addenbrooke, stepped in to fund the patent application and gave the ball a new name – “Addenbrooke’s Kaleidoscopic Globe”. We know it now as The Disco Ball! 

Morecambe – Home of The Disco Ball!. 

Made in Morecambe? #2: Bingo

Although Morecambe cannot claim to have invented Bingo, it does have a claim to being the place where the game as we know it was given the now universally recognised name… Bingo! 

Local legend tells how a Morecambe man, Mr Frank Richards, ran a numbers game on the Central Pier in the late 1920’s, and reportedly, on one memorable occasion shouted out a made-up word “Bingo” and thus gave the game its name! 

Morecambe – Home of Bingo!

Made in Morecambe? #3: Lettered Rock

Although Morecambe cannot claim to have invented seaside rock, it does have a claim to being the place where the letters inside the rock were first introduced!

Local legend tells how a Morecambe man, Mr Dick “Dynamite” Taylor, sold boiled sweets from his Morecambe seafront shop and is reported to be the first man to use a new technique allowing him to put words inside the rock, thus creating lettered seaside rock!

Morecambe – Home of Lettered Rock!