Plant, Food & Country Fair...
based Garden Festivals Company put on a very well received
event that was sited on the playing fields outside Stanley
High School, Southport. The event ran from 12 April
2008 to 13 April 2008 and was the Company's first ever
Southport Plant, Food and Country Fair. The event involved
helicopter rides, provided by a local company, Alpha
Helicopters, through to fascinating falconry displays,
ferret racing, and cooking demonstrations as well as a
fantastic open dog show and a dog display team from the
Wirral. If that was not enough, crammed on the park
were working model steam engines, giving rides around the
show site, as well as a few full size engines. A food
hall, a shopping mall and even a craft marquee were among
the many attractions.
Entertainment was also provided in the form of local brass
bands and dance groups, as well as the David Campbell Soccer
School & Penalty Shoot Out. For the horticultural fans, the
event had a few displays and attractions including Gardening
Question Time and NAFAS. As for the school, they had the
local Army Cadet Unit, who are based at the nearby school to
show people what they do. Even the chainsaw carver was
hard at work throughout the weekend.
was a wonderful community event with lots of things to do
and we look forward to it returning next year!
For a list of other locations that the Southport Company is
using to host events, please log onto their
to see more photographs taken at the event.
WITH SPOOK HUNT REQUIRED!
October 2007 we where asked to ask our readers if they could
help a local writer, called John Reppion, to track down
stories about ghostly goings on in the Merseyside area. We
can now inform you that John's book will be out very soon,
entitled "800 Years of Haunted Liverpool".
John said:- "I would like to thank all of you at
Southport & Mersey Reporter for your help. I am very pleased
to inform your readers that my book is currently in the
process of organising a launch/signing event for late
June/early July is now planned, hopefully in Liverpool city
centre. I hope that some of you might be able to attend."
For more info about the forthcoming book go to
Also with some pre-orders, your could get a special edition of the book (limited
to 26 lettered and 24 numbered copies) featuring an
exclusive bookplate by artist Mo Ali, signed by John are now
being taken. Also pre-orders will include a special bonus
article:- “The Underground Empire of Joseph
Williamson” in the form of a handmade booklet signed
by John and its illustrator Leah Moore. Each volume costs
£9.99 (plus postage and packing), the same as the RRP of the
regular edition. Orders can be placed via
to read the past report also