Southport Flower Show 21 August to 24 August 2008
Flower Show, the UK’s largest independent flower show is delighted
to announce Coleen Nolan as the opener for the 2008 show.
Coleen, a regular presenter on ITV's chat show Loose Women is
everyone’s favourite girl next door. She writes a column in
Woman magazine and a parenting column in The Mirror. Coleen has also
hosted the popular daytime programme This Morning.
Coleen will officially open the 4 day family event at 10am on
Thursday August 21. Coleen says:- “I’m delighted to be
involved in this year’s Southport Flower Show. I’m a keen gardener
myself so I’m looking forward to picking up some tips at the show!”
The show, now in its 79th year, attracts over 80,000 visitors to
Southport’s stunning Victoria Park which is transformed into the
perfect setting to experience the best in garden design and
exceptional floral displays. With everything that the amateur or
professional gardener could need or want from a packet of seeds to a
complete garden makeover Southport Flower Show will be a memorable
day out this summer.
In addition to marvelling at over 1 million flowers in bloom,
celebrity gardeners will be on hand offering hints and tips and
there will be the chance to take your pick of the region’s finest
food and drink. Families are well catered for with outdoor
entertainment, ranging from exciting acrobatics to the birds of prey
show. David Bellamy will also be hosting his ‘Bellamy’s Budding
Gardeners’ competition on Sunday, 24 August 2008, and don’t miss the
children’s area which houses healthy eating, fun activities and
learning about caring for the environment all under one roof!
A treat for mothers and daughters is the wonderful Ladies’ Day on
22 August 2008. Champagne and refreshments are served as guests soak up
the atmosphere of the show and enjoy beauty demonstrations and
fabulous fashion shows, with a goody bag to take home as a memento
of your day.
For tickets visit
or call 0844 847 1555.
CLEANING UP – IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!!
LIVERPOOL ONE is aiming to be one
of the cleanest shopping areas in the UK when it is fully open in
September, claims Paul Brady, the man responsible for the effort
and in a year’s time he also hopes to be in profit!
“We are making an immense investment in training and equipment
to make sure that Liverpool ONE exceeds our customers’ expectation
in matters of hygiene,” he said. “By September we will
have 34 trained staff to the standards of the British Institute of
Cleaning Science (BICS). Street cleaning is not an area where
most people bother with training but we are doing things
differently. Every one we employ will undertake progressive BICS
training. We have already done a two day course with our existing
team which has proved to be hugely beneficial. They are a great team
– recognised by one of them being nominated as part of the party who
met the Queen when she visited recently.”
Mr Brady also emphasised the importance of customer feedback, for
example there had been a call for more bins and these have now been
placed on South John Street and Paradise Street. “We’d also
love it if people can see how much effort we are making and work
with us by putting all their litter in the bin s we are providing,”
As street cleaners are a constantly visible part of Liverpool ONE it
is important that they reflect well on the organisation. For this
reason they are to be coached in greeting foreign visitors; not the
only surprising things about the Liverpool ONE hygiene team.
“Everyone focuses on litter and that is obviously the most
visible part of our job. But in today’s world of environmental
awareness and re-cycling it is not enough to just pick up paper cups
and empty bins.”
Mr Brady explained that his team also collect and then re-cycle
waste from all the shops in Liverpool ONE. “When the cafes and
bars open in September we will also be collecting a huge amount of
food waste. With payments for commodities now available we hope to
be at least covering our costs in a year and maybe even turning in a
For now however, cleanliness is paramount. “We powerwash
the streets every night and sometimes in the daytime if necessary. We
are constantly seeking new ways to make sure Liverpool ONE is a
credit to us all.”