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Fantastic fireworks, tasty treats and astounding aerial displays revealed for 2020

Fantastic fireworks, tasty treats and astounding aerial displays will once again delight thousands of people in 2020.

Ahead of schedule, Sefton Council is delighted to confirm the incredibly popular line up of major events in Southport for 2020.

Officers from Sefton Council’s Tourism team work tirelessly throughout the year to plan the Southport Air Show, Food & Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship, among many other fantastic events.

Alongside Sefton’s annual tourism calendar, a number of unique community events, talks and displays will be taking place as part of the Borough Of Culture 2020 celebrations

Sefton will be Liverpool City Region’s Borough Of Culture for 2020 which will focus on celebrating our local history and environment.
Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Every year we host an incredible line up of events and 2020 is set to be even bigger than ever before thanks to our Borough of Culture status.

“Our teams work incredibly hard to put on shows, festivals and displays which are renowned up and down the country, drawing in crowds from across the UK time after time.

“Make sure you put these dates in your diary and keep your eyes peeled for more news about each event by visiting www.visitsouthport.com.”

Dates have been announced for the following events:

Southport Food and Drink Festival (May 29-31)
Southport Air Show (September 11-13)
British Musical Fireworks Championship (September 25-27)
For more information about the Sefton 2020 Borough Of Culture project, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/sefton2020

Bulb Planting will be blooming lovely for Borough of Culture!

More than 44,000 spring flowering bulbs have been planted by primary school children in locations across the borough as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations.

The huge number of bulbs dug into the ground almost replicates a bulb for every primary school child in Sefton.

The crocus and daffodil bulbs have been planted during November and December through the Council’s Green Sefton team and will burst into life next Spring during the Borough of Culture year.

Some of the sites involved in the planting are: North Park, Bootle, Crescent Garden, Alexandra Park and Moorside Park all in Crosby, Victoria Park, Waterloo, Botanic Gardens, Preston New Road, Bedford Park, King’s Gardens, Devonshire Road and Ainsdale Village park, all in Southport, Merrilocks Park, Blundellsands, Marian Square Gardens, Netherton and Mellanear Park, Litherland.

Some of the primary schools involved include All Saints, St Edmonds, St Thomas, Linacre Primary, St Monica’s, Ursuline Primary, Great Crosby, Churchtown, Hillside Park, St Elizabeth’s, Lander Road, Christ Church, St Oswald’s and St Mary’s prep.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

The focus of Sefton’s year will be on stories, looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

Mark Shaw from Green Sefton, said: “The activity is to help highlight the launch of the Borough of Culture and to celebrate the wonderful parks and greenspaces we have in Sefton.

“Through our Green Sefton Rangers, we have planted more than 44,000 bulbs and believe the planting is a great way to get school children interested and passionate about their environment.

“During 2020 we will watch the bulbs spring to live adding beautiful colour to our amazing parks and greenspaces as part of our Borough of Culture year and they’ll keep on flowering for many years to come.”

Vote Now! Celebrate Sefton’s most famous figures in 2020

Ahead of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year, we want residents and visitors to tell us what stories they want us to celebrate throughout 2020.

To vote for this Sefton figure in our public poll please click here

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

The focus of Sefton’s year will be on stories, looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

Through the Sefton Stories Project, we are already planning to celebrate narrative around the Bootle Blitz, Red Rum and the Grand National, the borough’s amazing coastline, Southport’s tourism and Maghull amateur astronomer Isaac Roberts.

But as the borough is blessed with so many other different and unique stories and individuals behind them, we want the public to decide on who else to celebrate in 2020.

After much deliberation, a list of 10 stories has been chosen to vote on with at least 4 more being added to the final list. A blank box has also been added enabling people to champion stories or individuals they think we have missed and one of these will be included as well.

An online poll has now been set up on www.mysefton.co.uk for people to cast their votes and we are encouraging groups and individuals to champion different stories telling us why they should be celebrated.

The poll will run until January 13, 2020 with the full list for the Sefton Stories Project announced shortly afterwards.

The list to vote for includes:

Spotlight On: Sefton’s Maritime History:
The Heroes of the Lusitania and Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic

Spotlight On: Frederick J Hooper:
Polar explorer, member of Scott expedition

Spotlight On: Dame Beryl Bainbridge 
Acclaimed British writer

Spotlight On: Thomas Fresh:
Pioneer in British environmental health

Spotlight On: Kenny Everett:
Comedian and radio disc jockey

Spotlight On: Sir Henry Segrave:
Made the land speed record in 1926

Spotlight On: Frank Hornby:
Meccano, Hornby Model Railways and Dinky Toys

Spotlight On: Albert Pierrepoint:
The last hangman in Britain

Spotlight On: James Dunwoody Bullock:
Confederacy’s chief foreign agent during the US Civil War

Spotlight On: Christiana Hartley:
Social and welfare rights activist, philanthropist

Spotlight On: Dame Beryl Bainbridge

Dame Beryl Bainbridge
1932-2010

Beryl Bainbridge was brought up in Formby and became one of the most respected and successful writers of her generation.

She led a colourful, yet turbulent life. Expelled from Merchant Taylor’s School for Girls, she carried on her education at a school in Hertfordshire which specialised in the arts. After school, she took up acting and met her future husband in the theatre.

She married the artist Austin Davies in 1954, had 2 children, but divorced in 1959. By this time, she was living full time in London. A third child, Rudi, appeared after a relationship with writer Alan Sharp.

To make ends meet she continued to act with a variety of roles including one on Coronation Street, and also took manual roles such as working in a bottle factory. In the late 1960’s she took up writing and published her first novel in 1967.

Soon the novels were flowing and she became a full-time writer. Her works were dark, mysterious and comic, characterised by strong storylines – and critically acclaimed. By the end of the 1970’s and early 1980’s she was acknowledged as one of the most important writers of her time, and soon the accolades were to flow.

In 2000, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). In June 2001, Bainbridge was awarded an honorary degree by the Open University as Doctor of the University. In 2003, she was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature together with Thom Gunn. In 2005, the British Library acquired many of Bainbridge’s private letters and diaries. In 2011, she was posthumously awarded a special honour by the Booker Prize committee.

Musician Mark Knopfler included a song titled “Beryl” dedicated to her and her posthumous award on his 2015 album Tracker.

Beryl Bainbridge died in 2010 aged 77, although she always claimed she was 2 years younger. She is buried in Highgate Cemetery.

To vote for this Sefton figure in our public poll please click here

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