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


Welcome to Wirral Waters!

Peel Holdings, owners of the MDHC, have finally revealed their masterplan for Birkenhead’s dockland. The plans are to be “the biggest regeneration scheme in the UK” and will give this area a skyline to rival any city in the world.

The plans include:

  • A Retail and Leisure quarter at Bidston Moss
  • Mixed use (residential and business) developments around the East Float and Vittoria Dock
  • Port employment would continue at the West Float and Twelve Quays
  • Around 25,000 new residents
  • Around 27,000 new jobs (!)
  • £4.5b worth of investment
  • 50 Storey+ buildings

The scheme will come to fruition over the next 30 years, but wil first need to pass a public inquiry, due to the sheer size of the plan. For the sake of the area, we can only hope it passes. Another plan like this will never come along.

The masterplan can be found here.

If you wish to comment on this story, leave a comment below, or email leftbank@nerdshack.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.)

    Blooming Marvellous!

    If you’re at a loose end on Sunday, August 20, get down to Birkenhead Park’s new pavillion for the first annual Wirral Flower and Vegetable Show. Open to the public from noon until 4pm, the show will feature over 35 different classes of plants, fruits and vegetables. The Lord Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Peter Johnson, will present the prizes.

    The show is sponsored by Gordale Nursery and Garden Centre and is supported by the Birkenhead Regeneration Community Partnership, the National Vegetable Society,  Wirral Allotment Society, the Birkenhead Lions, and Wirral Borough Council.

    For more details, phone Adam King, Birkenhead Park’s Senior Ranger, on 0151 652 5197.

    Looking For Work?

    On Thursday, 7 September, Wirral’s retailers will be holding the Wirral Retail Jobs Fair from 10am until 4pm which is open to all members of the public.

    The event will be held at the Lauries Centre, Claughton Road, Birkenhead and is aimed at getting local people into Christmas retail work.

    It may well be too late to book a table, but for more information, phone the Employer Engagement team on 0151 801 5773.

    Things To Do In August

    Coming up this month (next week in fact) we have the Wirral Festival of Golf at Caldy Golf Club. It runs from August 13th until the 18th and has a numberof categories for all manner of stick and ball fans. For more info, contact Caldy Golf Club.

    The bank holiday weekend sees the first ever Wirral Food and Drink Festival at Claremont Farm in Spital. Billed as a celebration of all things home grown, the festival aims to promote the great range of restaurants, bars, farm shops andchefs in the area. It runs on the 27th and 28th of August and more details can be found on the website.

    Also on the bank holiday monday is the now traditional Hoylake Lifeboat Day. Star attractions, once again, are the world famous Red Arrows at 12pm. There’s a whole host of other stuff happening, too, so get down there. More details on their website (beware, though, it’s pretty graphic intensive).

    If you know of, or have, an event not listed here, contact us by commenting below or emailing leftbank@nerdshack.com.

    Symbols of Wirral

    If Wirral was to use one feature, be it a landmark or an historical symbol, what would it be? Would it be the Wirral Horn? The Mersey Ferry (which, nowadays, is more a symbol of Liverpool, rather than the Wirral owned and operated entity it always was.)? Parkgate? Bidston Hill? (The Former) Cammell Lairds? What could it be that would bring our area into someone’s thoughts?