Locals are desperately hoping a proposed eco-arts centre will lure tourists back to their resort

“This is a lifeline for us,” the hotelier told Si Bellamy, the head of Eden Project International, at a tourism reception in Morecambe’s Midland hotel. “Everyone in this room, everyone in Morecambe, we would get on our hands and knees to make this happen.” Afterwards, Darren Clifford, a Labour councillor in the seaside town, went one further: “I would be willing to make a pact with the devil to get this done.”

When Cornwall’s Eden Project revealed plans to open an outpost on the Lancashire coast last summer, it sent ripples across Morecambe Bay. There was a mixture of excitement and incredulity: could the Eden Project, the indoor rainforest cum arts venue, really be heading to tired old Morecambe?

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