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


Lungs of the Mersey…

BBC News Online have been highlighting traditional seaside resorts in recent weeks. Last Saturday was the turn of New Brighton, and it’s actually pretty favourable…

Australian Bob Williams, 51, has returned to the town for the first time since leaving it 32 years ago.

He said: “I’m really impressed with the place, how clean it is, the lack of graffiti and it’s safe to be walking round. My parents emigrated because they didn’t like the atmosphere.

“But I can see now it has a lot of potential and I don’t think people realise what they have here. It’s wonderful walking along here with no cars. We don’t want to go home.”

Check out the comments for people’s memories and see what this area needs to recapture.

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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.

New Brighton Is The Place To Be This Weekend!

Despite the planning knockback, there’s still plenty to do in New Brighton this weekend.

Nautical sets sail on Saturday night (5th August). I’m reliably informed that they’ll be selling tickets again tonight in Wallasey’s Lightouse pub. Look out for the big, silver Nautical shield, apparantly.

Also, Saturday and Sunday see the 30th anniversary Wirral Show on The Dips. This year, the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry are the star attractions. If you haven’t seen it, or even if you have, get down there. Also on show are the Black Knights parachute display team, the Royal Signals’ White Helmets motorcycle display team and the West Lancs Dogs Team, amongst a whole host of other treats. There’s also a massive funfair, the local radio stations will be on hand, and there’s always a large beer tent for the parched.

It may also be worth getting down to the site on Friday evening, you may get a go on the fair and see the Household Cavalry watering their horses in the sea.

If you know of anything we should be featuring, or have something to tell us, email us at leftbank@nerdshack.com

New Brighton Scheme Rejected

The Government have thrown out Neptune’s controversial scheme for New Brighton’s regeneration.

While it’s all well and good arguing the toss about heritage and NIMBYism (and there’ll be plenty of that to come…), what needs to happen now is for all sides to sit down and find a proposal that will work for the resort.
As it is, New Brighton is a great example of a dead resort. Nothing that is there at the moment will draw people from outside the area to it as happened before.

Our neighbours are in the midst of their biggest period of building and growth since the war, we need the same. The emphasis there is on need.

Please, Wirral Borough Council and neptune, dust yourself down and get back to the drawing board.

Wirral Show Schedule

So the big attractions for Saturday and Sunday’s Wirral Show are the Household Cavalry and the White Helmets motorcycle display team. Here’s the full arena programme (From Wirral‘s website):

Arena Programme for Saturday 5th August 2006
11.30 Terry Large Falcon display
11.55 Joseph’s Amazing Camels
12.40 Tom and Tilly (novelty act)
13.15 Black Knights parachute display Team
13.30 Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team
14.10 West Lancs Dogs Team
14.35 Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry
15.10 Terry Large Falcon display
15.25 Joseph’s Amazing Camels
15.55 Hawk Aircarft Display
16.10 Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team
16.50 West Lancs Dog Team
17.00 Tom and Tilly
17.15 Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry
17.50 West Lancs Dogs Team

Arena Programme for Sunday 6th August 2006
12.00 Terry Large Falcon display
12.30 West Lancs Dogs Team
13.15 Black Knights parachute display Team
13.40 Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team
14.00 West Lancs Dogs Team
14.40 Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry
15.15 Terry Large Falcon display
16.00 Hawk Aircraft display
16.20 Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team
16.50 Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry

The show is on the Dips at New Brighton on Saturday and Sunday, the 5th and 6th of August.

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.