Birkenhead – Vandals caused £20,000 worth of damage when they set the Swiss bridge on fire last September.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35315248

The BBC web site has the story – see link above.

The vandals who caused £20,000 worth of damage when they set fire to the Swiss bridge in Birkenhead Park last September make you despair of their utter stupidity. Why destroy what is so historic and beautiful?

Thetis Memorial

Thetis Memoria at Woodside

Thetis Crest

On the riverside near to Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead there sits this memorial to the submariners who perished in the 1939 disaster. She sank during trials on 1 June 1939 with the loss of 99 lives.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Thetis_%28N25%29

Thetis had been built in Birkenhead at the Cammell Laird shipyard.

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Osborne/Anderson – is this some form of political love in?

From the Liverpool Echo web site – Mr Osborne also declared his “door was open” to Joe Anderson over proposals for a Merseyside Mayor, providing it is the wish of voters in the area.

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Well here’s a odd story. A Tory Chancellor seemingly trying to do Liverpool’s Labour Mayor a favour in his ambitions to run all our lives across Merseyside/The Liverpool City Region.

But is it odd? Well not if you look back at the history of the Tories backing Labour on Merseytravel/Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority. Or what about the short lived Tory/Labour joint administration on Sefton Council in 2008.

These old and supposedly very opposed political enemies are closer than most voters would realise or care for. No one other then the Labour Party will thank George Osborne for giving Joe the power to run Southport, St Helens, Runcorn, Formby, Birkenhead, Maghull, Prescot or anywhere else outside of his present Liverpool boundaries.

No Mr. Osborne we don’t wish for this scenario thank you very much!

Birkenhead – Hamilton Square Station Refurb’ – Things uncovered.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/watch-hamilton-square-station-refurbishment-8136696

Some interesting historical aspects/artifacts of this station have been uncovered during its on-going major refurbishment. The Liverpool Echo has the fascinating story.

Egerton Bridge – Birkenhead Docks

A recent trip to have another look at Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society’s Birkenhead Taylor Street HQ brought this bridge into view whilst riding on a preserved/rebuilt Wallasey tram.

Egerton Bridge

Egerton Bridge – click on photo to enlarge

The bridge is of the bascule type that was placed at various locations around Birkenhead Docks and it is impressive. The wikipedia page below has some information about it:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egerton_Dock

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/