Opinion: Huge party on the prom
I’VE had a few days off the radio show and enjoyed a city break in Stockholm.
I'd never been to Sweden before, my only experience was flat pack furniture, which is not my forté. After hours of sweating and swearing I end up with three left over screws, how is that possible?
The thing I was most looking forward to was Stockholm's famous Abba museum. I'm quite the fan. The whole thing is really well done. You get to see the iconic costumes, see their recording studio and dozens of gold discs. There is a red telephone which is said to ring occasionally and when it does it is actually a member of the group calling. I loitered for ages but it never rang!
I do feel though, that I connected with every member of the group, albeit tenuously. On the train from the airport Bjorn does pre-recorded announcements welcoming visitors to his home city. I got chatting to a local tour guide whose mum went to school with Freda. A woman I met once saw Benny buying salmon in her local fishmongers and I got talking to a waitress whose brother-in-law is a joiner and fitted Agnetha's kitchen. Now that’s showbiz!
From one fabulous destination to another, if you are at a loose end this weekend you should head to the seaside. It's Morecambe Carnival. On the prom we have the Bay Radio arena and on Sunday myself and Danny Matthews from the Breakfast show will be hosting an afternoon of free live entertainment. We have some fantastic local acts performing.
Also, the brilliant Toploader are headlining. We are all familiar with Dancing in the Moonlight and even Achilles Heel but they have so much more to their back catalogue than that. I mentioned Martine McCutcheon will be performing at the carnival too in what will be her first major live show in years. Simon Webb is one quarter of the boyband Blue. He is also the one with the successful solo career with huge hits likeAnother former boyband survivor on the line-up is former JLS singer and backflipper Aston Merrygold. Sticking with boybands, Yes Lad are on the bill. They are managed by Nigel Martin Smith, the guy who formed Take That. We also have X Factor finalists Union J performing. The guys achieved chart success with their smash hit single, Carry You. I first chatted with the boys when they popped into The Bay studios. There were so many fans waiting outside to catch a glimpse of the lads, we caused traffic chaos!
I’m excited to see Karen Harding whose debut single was a huge top 10 hit in Europe. Say Something has sold half a million copies in the UK alone.
And that is just this tip of the iceberg. So if you are free this Sunday, pop down to Morecambe prom for a huge party. The weather will be glorious, well hopefully!