Wirral Show 2009

Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 see this year’s Wirral Show come to New Brighton’s Dips.

Highlights this year include the Musical Ride of the Merseyside Police, the Yakovlevs Aerial Display Team and the Royal Artillery Parachute Team.

Rumour has it that the Airbus A380 may make another appearance this year.

Also present will be the largest mobile climbing wall, operated by the Royal Marines.

More details are available at www.wirralshow.com

Bank Holiday Success

40,000 were in Hoylake, watching the Red Arrows, for the RNLI Lifeboat Open Day, and 13,000 attended the first annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival.

Organisers of the Food and Drink Festival are now hoping that they will be able to make the event a yearly fixture on Wirral’s calendar, while it is expected that the Lifeboat Open Day has smashed last year’s fundraising total of £27,000.

Anne Benson, one of the volunteers who organised the event (the Food and Drink festival), said many stallholders had said it was the best festival they had attended and would like to return next year.

She had said how amazed she was as streams of people flooded into the festival site as it opened on Sunday, and later queues formed on the roads outside with many more waiting to enter.

She said: “We’ve had fantastic support from everyone who has come here as well as from all the volunteers who have helped make it so successful.

“It would be nice if we could repeat that success again next year.”

If you were at either event over the weekend, and have stories or pictures you would like to share, please comment below or email us at leftbank@nerdshack.com (apologies for anyone who tried to email last week from the blog, but I misspelled the email address, which was highly clever of me! This is the correct one to use.)

Billy’s Smart Circus

The world renowned Billy Smart’s Circus rolls into New Brighton’s Kings Parade for a week from Thursday, August 31 until Wednesday, September 6.

With two shows a day except for the opening and closing days, everyone who wants to see this fantastic show should be able to. Prices start from £10 for kids and £12 for adults, but half price vouchers seem to be in every shop around (in Birkenhead, at least). It’s a brand new show for 2006, and it’s completely, 100% human – so no animals to worry about. For tickets, phone 0870 444 1505.

Joytime Memories

While looking through the blog’s stats the other day, I noticed someone had arrived here via a search for “Joytime Wirral”. So I did a search, which revealed precious little information. Some information follows:

Started in 1953 by Norman Trafford and his wife, Dorothy Carr (later known as Aunty Dorothy and Uncle Norman), Joytime ran for 45 years, becoming the longest running childrens show of it’s kind. One of the main features of the show was the talent contest, which spawned hoardes of kids almost rushing the stage every day for their five minutes of fame. The winner of each day’s contest went on to the final on Friday, with Friday’s winner going on the the Grand Final at New Brighton’s Floral Pavillion at the end of the summer.

Along the years, Joytime started off many stars, including Keith Chegwin, Janice Long and Sonia as well as thousands of children who just had a fun time, such as my brother and I with our rendition of both the Neighbours theme tune and Rolf Harris’ Two Little Boys. We never got to the final.

Aunty Dorothy continued with the show until ill health forced her to stop in 1997, winning the British Empire Medal in 1992. She passed away in 1998. The show continues to this day as “Summer Sensations”, still on Vale Park’s bandstand.

If you have any memories of the show or information on it’s history, please comment on this post. This is a fantastic bit of Wirral’s history, which brought joy to thousands of children over the years, and needs to be documented.

Plenty To Do This Summer…

With the Open having been and gone, the summer is still far from over as far as events around Wirral are concerned.

Looking at the leaflet in front of me, I can see that today marks the first of this year’s “Summer Sensations Children’s Talent Show” at Vale Park, New Brighton. People of a certain age (including myself) will be more likely to remember this as Joytime. It’s the usual thing, bribe the kids to get on stage and do a party piece, each day’s winner goes to the semi final on Friday, the winner of that goes to the Floral Pavillion on Saturday, 30th September. Just don’t let them sing the Neighbours theme tune like my brother and I did one year. (Daily from 3pm to 5pm)
The 26th and 27th see a two day children’s event at Ness Gardens, with numerous activities planned. (26th & 27th July, 10.30am to 4pm)

This Sunday (July 30th), we have the Wirral Historic Vehicle Rally, which starts at Bromborough’s Village Hotel and takes in a lunch break at Thornton Hough, before ending in Port Sunlight. (Phone 0151 647 6780 for details)

All this and more before August 5th and 6th’s Wirral Show, with all the usual happenings. More details when they come in.

If you know of anything else, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and we’ll feature the event.