Southport – Betting on a bright future for our local seaside town

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/seven-reasons-2019-could-southports-15593282

A really positive article here which can only help our local seaside town – well done Liverpool Echo

Sunset -As seen from the end of Southport Pier

But what else could help Southport develop its potential? Well, a bypass around Ormskirk would be a big boost as would regaining the once excellent rail link to Wigan and Manchester which has seen very poor services in recent times.

Remember Southport was built on the success of its railway connection to the east because Manchester business people came to live in the Town due to its once excellent and reliable trains to Manchester. Restoring reliable, comfortable, fast and regular trains on this line could work wonders for Southport. And reconnecting Southport to the north and Preston would be a welcome positive step as well and all it will take is the rebuilding of a short section of connecting track at Burscough.

Departure board at Southport Station.

The Liverpool City Region and indeed Sefton Council needs to stop looking at the Lancashire boundary, which surrounds most of Southport, as a no-go barrier and instead see it as an opportunity. For too long Southport has been held back by an invisible on the ground local government boundary. The transport solutions to help Southport develop are mostly in Lancashire and it’s not rocket science to see what they are!

Southport – The bucket list

Sunset as seen from the end of Southport Pier

The Liverpool Echo has come up with a bucket list for Southport and it’s on the newspaper’s web site – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/things-southport-before-you-die-14353042

Come to Sunny Southport and do the Echo bucket list!

Southport – An open top bus tour

Well it was an open top bus tour and it was on a vintage Southport Corporation bus, but the tour was actually around St. Helens rather than Sunny Southport.

A visit to an open day at the North West Museum of Road Transport (see previous posting) in St. Helens on 6th May brought about my open top bus tour. It was great that they had got out a vintage Southport Corporation bus to do honours, not least because the sun was cracking the flags in St. Helens just as it was in Sunny Southport that day.

The colour scheme of the former Southport Corporation (red and cream) was just made to make their buses stand out. So sad that our local seaside Town has lost all its colourful buses.

Come to Sunny Southport the advert said……

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So I went, yesterday in fact, and had a grand day out at the cricket.

Lancashire County Cricket Club have been on their annual visit to Birkdale Cricket Ground and it is always a delight to be there even though I support Nottinghamshire CCC. I went to watch the 3rd day’s play in the 4 day 1st Division County Championship match against Durham and took these photos:-

Sunny Southport's Cricket Match

Sunny Southport’s Cricket Match

Marking out the hallowed turf

Marking out the hallowed turf

Waiting for a slip up!

Waiting for a slip up!

This one got what for

This one got what for

Should've gone to put the bails on - (Specsavers are the sponsors)

Should’ve gone to put the bails on – (Specsavers are the sponsors)

Click on the photos to enlarge them. By the way Lancashire were batting all day and Durham were fielding.

I found a shady spot under some trees by the railway line and had a lovely relaxing day out. It must have been a near capacity crowd, I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in Birkdale Cricket Ground. What’s more the weather was cracking the flags; real cricket weather in Sunny Southport.

The 5 photos are also on my Flickr pages at:-

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

Southport – Lancashire V Derbyshire – A day at the cricket

It was hardy Sunny Southport yesterday morning indeed in was more like Shivering Southport! But the sun came out in the afternoon and a great day out was had despite the strong wind at Birkdale Cricket Ground.

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Lancashire's Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Lancashire’s Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Seeing Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince get his double hundred was something I had not previously witnessed on a cricket ground and it was well deserved.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

A lot of new faces in the Lancashire Team these days as they strive to get back into the 1st Division of the County Championship. Based on what I saw today they stand a good chance of doing it but I just hope it is not at the expense of my team Notts who seem to be doing all they can to get themselves relegated at present!

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

With Derbyshire 58 runs behind with 3 second innings wickets down the last day looks set up but unfortunately I can’t be there.

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