MERSEYSIDERS GEAR UP FOR THE MANCHESTER TO
LIVERPOOL BIKE RIDE
THE NSPCC are going back to its historic Merseyside roots and is calling on people
across Liverpool to join them by taking part in a bike ride to the
City on Sunday 29 May.
Final preparations are underway for the bike ride which will begin
in Manchester and follow 37 miles through to Otterspool Park in
Liverpool. For Liverpudlians, a coach service will run once in
the morning from Liverpool to Manchester, leaving at 7am, to take
riders to the start and then at intervals throughout the afternoon
to take riders back to Merseyside after the ride. Booking is
recommended to guarantee a seat and the cost is £23. for one rider
and a bike.
Lizzie Pickup, NSPCC corporate fundraising manager for Merseyside
commented:- “Liverpool is renowned for its history of giving
and we’d love to see Liverpudlians come together to support the
charity through taking part in the bike ride.
There are still places available for the ride so get involved and
join the fun! Why not sign up with family, friends, work colleagues
and neighbours, get sponsorship for the ride and enjoy a fantastic
days cycling whilst helping to end cruelty to children. £1 donated
for every mile of the ride could pay for a member of the public to
talk through their concerns about a child with us, and for us to
report these concerns to the child protection authorities. ”
Tickets for the ride are priced at £16 per person and participants
must be over 8 years of age. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by
an adult over 18 and wear a helmet.
For more information and your fundraising pack and to book your
place on the ride please visit
bikeevents.com or contact Elizabeth Pickup, corporate
fundraising manager at the NSPCC on 0161 628 1221 or send a
The money raised .will go towards supporting the NSPCC’s helpline
services – ChildLine the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline
for children and the NSPCC Helpline for adults concerned about a
child – so that no child's cry goes unheard. Liverpool is home to
the Hargreaves Centre which houses a ChildLine base and offers
services to children and young people living with abuse, domestic
violence and alcohol and substance abuse within their families.
Merseytravel’s Conning plan unveiled
nearing completion on a major new feature at The U-Boat Story
attraction at Woodside Ferry Terminal. A life-size replica of
the Conning Tower of German U-boat U-534 will be open in time for
the late spring Bank Holiday weekend of the 28 May 2011.
Engineers crafted the replica to allow visitors the chance to
experience what it would be like to stand on the bridge of the
historic vessel, and from inside, experience using a periscope to
view across the River Mersey. U-Boat Story opened in 2009 and
has far exceeded the expected visitor numbers, with the 100,000th
visitor expected through the doors shortly.
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, which owns and
operates Mersey Ferries, said:- “This is the latest in a
series of developments we have undertaken to ensure the Mersey
Ferries maintains and enhances its position as the most popular
paid-for attraction in our region.
Many visitors have asked to see inside the conning tower but this
has not been possible for a number of reasons including the fact
that we cannot make it fully accessible to everyone. The accessible
replica will show visitors just what it was like inside the original
- as well as giving them a fantastic view of Liverpool and the
Mersey through the periscope!"
Cllr Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, added:- “The plan to
reposition the Ferries as a major tourist attraction is paying
dividends for the Merseyside economy. We are helping the region
generate around £34million per year in income, and are supporting
the equivalent of 742 full time jobs.
More people than ever before will be able to experience life aboard
U-534 through this addition to the Woodside attraction.”
Designed by Duncan Howarth of
modelartanddesign.com, and built by PC
Engineering, the forward looking design ethos, and the extraordinary
convergence of PC’s project management and traditional
metal-working skills, ensured the integrity of Merseytravel’s
To celebrate the new addition to the attraction Woodside Ferry
terminal will host a number of fun activities for children including
Potty Portholes and Potty Periscopes clay tile making and free paper
boat or kite. There is a Wilfred Owen display featuring facts
and pictures of his time in Birkenhead along with Wilfred’s more
light hearted poems set to music for children to join in or play
Activities will take place daily between 1130 to 1300 hrs.