Red Rum Trainer
/ Owner Ginger McCain Has Died.
A local legend has been
lost. Southport's colourful racehorse trainer, Ginger McCain, sadly
died in his sleep, on 19 September 2011 after suffering from cancer. Ginger
McCain, rose to fame after he had 3 winners and 2 second places in
just 5 years period during the 1970s, with Red Rum. McCain gained
the nickname "Mister Aintree" after his National win with Amberleigh
House in 2004. He was to hand the reins to son Donald, in 2006, who
then went on to win the Grand National with Ballabriggs this year
(2011). Oddly, this international star of the horse racing world had
been an unknown taxi driver and car salesman in Southport, up to the
unforgettable record set by his horse Red Rum. The press have been
told that there will be a private, family funeral followed by a
memorial service in the next 2 weeks. There will be more information
in the coming weeks. An employee of Tienne, in Wayfarers Arcade,
Southport, where the statue of Red Rum is located said:- "I
was shocked to hear the news. It is so sad. I remember him as a kind
chap. He use to letting me stroke Red Rum. He will be missed by many
who carry fond memories of him."
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Roll on Sunday!
LIVERPOOL City Council are
now inviting local people of all ages to get on their bikes once
more this weekend, as the city’s latest Sunday cycle gets rolling.
Cycle Aigburth – the city’s popular FREE cycling scheme, hits
the road again on 25 September 2011, with the latest Cycling Sunday
event – a picturesque pedal, from Sefton Park to the Trans Pennine
Trail (Liverpool Loop Line).
Meeting at Sefton Park Gates (Ullet Road/Aigburth Drive) at 11am,
the ride makes its way at a leisurely pace to Otterspool Park and
further along the Waterfront to the Liver buildings, from where it
heads to Stanley Park.
The ride continues through Stanley Park to the Loop Line, which
cyclists will follow until Gateacre Brow. It's then back, via
Calderstones Park, to Sefton Park where the ride finishes after
about three hours.
It is a great opportunity for cyclists of all abilities to have fun,
meet other people who enjoy cycling, get some exercise and enjoy
some of Liverpool’s most splendid sights.
The route, which includes on-road stretches, will be led by
qualified and experienced cycling instructors.
Liverpool Street Is Re-born
ONE of the oldest streets
in Liverpool is now going to enjoy a new lease of life, with the
completion of a £2.9 million improvement project.
The Castle Street scheme, which began last November, has upgraded
the road and pavements along the street – offering pedestrians,
motorists and businesses a more attractive, modern route.
The sympathetic renovation takes into account the street’s position
in Liverpool’s Conservation Area and the World Heritage Site,
linking the Commercial Quarter and the main shopping area.
Liverpool City Council has worked with lead consultant 2020
Liverpool, urban design sub consultant Camlins and contractor North
Midland Construction to create an improved environment for
The road is now one way from the Town Hall to Cook Street, and a new
public transport interchange has been created on Cook Street, with
new bus stops, seating and information boards.
Wider pavements with York stone paving have created more space for
pedestrians, helping support the development of a café culture to
enable more people to enjoy the beautiful architecture.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member
for Regeneration and Transport, said:- "I am so pleased that
this important project – to regenerate one of our key city centre
streets and bring it up to 21st century standards – has now been
completed. Castle Street was one of the original highways through
Liverpool and is of huge historical importance to the city, so it’s
great to see it shining once more. This project will improve life
for the thousands of people who use this road every day. And it will
play a major part in attracting more investment and business into
Signs have been reviewed and upgraded and new signal controlled
junctions introduced, along with a new puffin crossing, seating and
trees which compliment the design of adjacent Derby Square.
Street clutter has also been reduced, with lighting and traffic
signals combined in a single column. For the first time, CCTV
cameras for traffic monitoring have also been mounted on the same
columns, which further reduces the number of posts required.
And the civic heart of the city has benefited from the works, with
the repaving of the streets around Liverpool Town Hall, as well as
the widening of the footpaths and narrowing of the road between the
Town Hall and Cook Street.
The city council has worked closely with its partners to minimise
disruption and keep local businesses up-to-date with the progress of
the works. Several local businesses have praised the project team
for the way it has carried out the work.
And a new era for Castle Street will get off to the perfect start on
Saturday 24 September with Fiesta Latina, a spectacular, free event
co-ordinated by the Commercial District Partnership. Castle Street
will be closed to traffic from 12noon to 6pm, as the festival
springs to life along the street, filling it with the music, sights,
tastes and smells of Latin America.
Nick Kavanagh, the city council’s Director for Regeneration and
Employment, said:- "This scheme is the latest part of our work
to drive up the quality of our roads. Castle Street is one of the
most important and historical roads in the city centre, so it was
vital to bring it up to modern standards while remaining sensitive
to its unique heritage. These improvements will bring huge benefits
to motorists, pedestrians and businesses for many years to come,
providing a more attractive, spacious area, as well as creating an
environment which better reflects the balance between low vehicle
flows and high levels of pedestrian use."
In keeping with the historically sensitive work, the Sanctuary Stone
– a Borrowdale Volcanics marker believed to be the only surviving
surface monument from Liverpool's medieval past – was lifted from
its existing location on Castle Street during the work, and taken to
the Conservation Centre for storage, while a new setting was
prepared to make more of a feature of it.
The stone, which possibly dates back to the 13th or 14th century and
served as one of the boundary markers for the city's fairs, has now
been returned to the street and is taking pride of place in the new,
Chris Lavery, Managing Director of 2020 Liverpool, said:-
"Castle Street is a beautiful street with a long history and now, a
bright future too. We're delighted to have worked with the Council,
other partners and local businesses to help bring about this
The project is funded by the Northwest Development Agency, Liverpool
City Council and Merseytravel. It is part of the City Centre
Movement Strategy which aims to balance the needs of all road users,
motorists, pedestrians, public transport and cyclists as well as
helping to attract private sector investment in the area.
For more details on this and other city council highway schemes,