MORECAMBE FACES: A PORTRAIT OF MORECAMBE
An aged, verbose, strutting peacock .”Bryan Griffin, 2019
Bryan is a Morecambe-based performing poet, author, MC, after-dinner speaker, radio presenter, and, in his own words an “aged, verbose, strutting peacock”!
Not Morecambe-born, but with happy memories of the place from the 1950’s, Bryan came first to trace distant relatives, then moved here, drawn by the landscape and a desire to end his days by the sea. He says his affections for the town are a mixture of feeling inspired, hopeful and protective.
It’s his hope that Morecambe “aspires to its former glory instead of mourning its loss, and builds upon its heritage”, whilst fearing that it stays an “Ichabod”- he whose glory hath departed.
When asked if he has a special story or memory to share he tells me he owns a photo of “an old man (a relation), dressed in belt and braces and a cloth cap. The man owned a slipper factory and had the contract during the war to look after Blackpool Tower. He was also a Lancaster Station Master and apparently owned shops that were rumoured to be run by his mistresses. The photo shows Bryan (aged about 5) paddling with the man, in the sea, in Morecambe’s West End, dressed as described, serge trousers rolled up, no jacket, no collar, with his youngest daughter a year younger than me. A man who could make a mickle out of a muckle in so many ways.
N.B. As I photograph and talk to each participant, I ask them to suggest someone else for me to photograph.
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