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Carragher and co wish Bootle a big Happy Birthday!

A host of famous faces have joined residents across Sefton in wishing Bootle a very happy 150th birthday.

Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher, fashion designer George Davies and radio legend Jimmy McCracken are just some of a group of well known Bootle born celebrities who have paid tribute to their hometown on its landmark birthday

From Monday October 22 to Saturday October 27 all eyes will be on Bootle as the town celebrates its 150th year of incorporation with a week long series of events, talks, celebratory party and the unveiling of a special exhibition.

It’s part of a number of special occasions across South Sefton as both Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and the Girobank building mark their fiftieth birthdays.

Bootle’s 150th celebrations will include the unveiling of the refurbished Town Charter which was signed in 1868 and has not been seen by the public for decades.

LFC and England legend Jamie Carragher said: “I’d love to wish Bootle a very happy birthday on its 150th.

“I’m sure there’s another 150 of them to come and I’d like to say Bootle has played a major part of my life and everybody else’s life around here. Thank you.”

Broadcaster Jimmy McCracken recalled some of his fondest memories of his hometown, adding: “People go all over the world and say they are from Liverpool, but not me.

“I go all over the world and say ‘I’m Bootle, me.’ There’s nowhere I would rather come from than Bootle. I would love to say a big happy birthday.”

Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson, was delighted to also receive well wishes for Bootle from world renowned fashion designer and Bootle boy George Davies, as well as football journalist John Keith, who launched his best selling international football show from Bootle Town Hall.

An exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s history will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Friday (October 22-Friday 26).

Scavenger hunts for children and tours of Bootle Town Hall, done personally by the Mayor of Sefton on Monday 22nd & Wednesday 24th at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm will also be held.

The full list of ticketed events at the Town Hall are:

Monday 22: Sefton OPERA 150th Themed Tea Dance (1.30pm)
Tuesday 23: North West Charity Singers (1pm)
Wednesday 24: β€˜From Bootle to Broadway: It’s Coming Home’ Theatrical performance by SPACE Project (4pm)
Thursday 25: Bootle History Talk with Hugh Hollinghurst (10:30am & 2pm)
Friday 26: Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Group 150th Themed Bingo (7pm)
Saturday 27: 150th Celebration Party including Buffet, Bar & live music (6:30pm)

For more information or to book tickets please call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.