Top Tours 2014 Season
FOLLOWING on from the
success of the 1st 2 years' operation in 2012 and 2013, the
Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) is pleased to announce that it will
once again be operating circular open top tours of Southport during
the holiday season of 2014. These tours will be provided entirely by
volunteers using historic vehicles.
Starting from the tradition
location of Southport Pier, the tours will operate as a
free of charge circular service taking in the sights of Southport
that have on a tour that has proved a popular tourist attraction for
many decades. Ensuring that the tours continue operating has proved
to be very popular with Southport locals, families and tourists
alike; since their first year extra journeys have been added to cope
with increased demand and popularity.
Picking up where Arriva left off
in 2011, the tours are to be operated using historic Leyland
Atlanteans that have been operating these tours in past years and
are now in preservation; 1449 (GKA 449L) and 1551 (OLV 551M). After
a leave of absence during the 2013 season 1551 went through an
intensive rebuild and has been restored to the livery it carried
during the 1980s when it originally operated the tour and is ready
for its public once again.
Exclusively for the 2014 season,
1449 has been treated to a front end repaint into yellow to
commemorate 30 years since the Liverpool Garden festival in 1984;
so here's your chance to come out and ride the festival bus! A
closed top vehicle will be substituted in adverse weather
The tours take in such beautiful
Southport attractions as the Marine Lake, Marine Bridge, Royal
Birkdale Golf Course, Hesketh Park, Lord Street Boulevard and the
The operation of the tours will
commence on Sunday, 27 July 2014 and will operate on every Sunday
through to Sunday, 24 August 2014, also including August Bank Holiday,
Monday, 25 August 2014. Departures are timetabled for:- 12:00, 13:00,
14:00 and 15:00 hours from Southport Pier, in front of the carousel.
For more information, please
consult the MTT's
Junior National Underwater Hockey
Photographs by:- Damien
SUCCESS for players from as far afield as Hale
in Liverpool, Greenfield in Lancashire and New Mills in Derbyshire,
members of a club in Tameside.
Declan McNulty, from Hale in Liverpool, Vice Captain of the
achieving team has only been playing a couple of years.
Saturday saw Xarifa's Underwater Hockey club Under 12's take Bronze
A combined Under 18's Northern Team, including many players from
Xarifa, took silver medals in the competition.
Xarifa UWH entered players into 5 teams into the 2014 Junior
The children were split into 4 age categories, Under 18, Under 16,
Under 14 and Under 12's.
The Junior National had teams entered from clubs as far apart as
Orkney to Plymouth.
The tournament was held in Leeds' John Charles Sport Centre, with
the international pool split into four playing areas.
Xarifa put together another Under 12 team with players from Batley
club, although they didn't come away with any medals they gained
valuable competition experience.
Under 12's were playing in a 5-a-side competition, each team being
allowed 3 substitutes.
UWH, also known as Octopush, is normally a 6-a-side game (U14's and
above), with 4 substitutes.
Xarifa's Under 14's and Under 16's teams met with some stiff
competition and had many very close games, sadly neither team
qualified in any of the medal positions.
Team South West were the most successful squad, gaining gold medals
in all 4 age category.
"TSW have a few junior clubs to select players from. It's no wonder
they produce excellent teams." said Phil Thompson, Xarifa
Coach and Treasurer.
Xarifa UWH has been at Dukinfield since 2005 and has players from 8
years of age all the way up to 18, celebrating its 10th Anniversary
Xarifa now has a 2 hour pool session allowing more time and space
for the different age categories to play a better game; Beginners
are welcome on Fridays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Dukinfield
begins - 2014 Crewsaver 24 Hour Race!
PREPARATIONS are well under
way for the 48th year of the Crewsaver 24 Hour Race at West
Lancashire Yacht Club (WLYC), Southport. The club are very excited to
welcome you to this year's event, that is due to run over 13
September to 14 September 2014. With 52 boats entered so far
entries are up on last year, making this event bigger and better
than ever! Of those entries we are pleased to see four boats from
the recently re-introduced Firefly Class, numerous boats from
various universities and a large increase in Lark entries. Friday night promises to be a
lively one; with the hugely popular sailing band Elephant Juice and
resident DJ Steve Blackburn confirmed to keep the entertainment
going until the early hours! Back by popular demand is the folk
afternoon which will take place on the Saturday, followed by a soul
night in the evening. The main marquee has been
increased in size to help house all of the additional entries and
providing more room for on shore activities which promise to rival
last year's surf competition. After the catering success of last
year, and WLYC are again catering in house with beer supplied by
Robinsons. Your local chandlery, 1st Mark,
will also be on site selling some of your favourite Crewsaver kit at
some fantastic event prices. Due to the extensive popularity of the
kit last year he will also be increasing the size of his marquee;
helping to ensure all the kit you need is on hand to keep you out on
the water. This year WLYC had both Robin Jones and
Isaac Marsh, from Scammonden Water Sailing Club, sailing a Firefly
for the full 24 hours in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing
Foundation. Please donate to show your support for these 2
embarking on this fantastic challenge again, this year! Liverpool Yacht Club has gone the
extra mile for this year's event by building an Enterprise
especially for the race; and WLYC are look forward to seeing the results of
all your hard work in September. "Huge thanks must be made to
Crewsaver, title sponsor of the event, for their on going support
which enables us to improve on the event year on year. In addition,
this year Crewsaver have helped to support a prize draw to win some
of their fantastic Phase2 sailing gear range on the Saturday in the
main marquee – more info to follow on the Facebook page closer to
the event. Thanks also to GJW and Robinsons,
our other 2 main sponsors, for their continued help and support.
We can't wait to see you all and,
if you haven't entered yet, get your entries in soon so we can make
sure we have enough sausages and bacon for the breakfast butties!"
said the club.
For more information and live
updates before, during and after the event please visit the West
Lancashire Sailing Club's 24 Hour Race Facebook
Police comments following the "Memories of August 1914" event
MERSEYSIDE Police have
thanked the hundreds of thousands of people who have been in
Liverpool since Wednesday, 23 July 2014, to see the Memories of
August 1914 event. Huge numbers of visitors and local people have
turned out to see the return of the Little Girl Giant and her dog
Xolo, along with the new Grandmother Giant. The giants
have enchanted the crowds, touring the City, putting on spectacular
shows in Newsham Park and Clarence Dock and finally leaving on a
boat down the River Mersey on Sunday, 27 July 2014.
Silver Commander for the event, Chief Superintendent Jon Ward,
said:- "I'd like to thank everyone who has come to see the
Giants for creating a fantastic atmosphere in Liverpool over the
last 5 days. The event has combined a huge spectacle of street
theatre with some very poignant moments as people mark the 100th
anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Giants have once again
proved hugely popular and there's no doubt the crowd's enthusiasm,
good humour and patience have contributed to making the event the
enormous success it has been. I am also pleased to say that we have
had no arrests over the 5 days, which is a credit to the people of
Merseyside and everyone who has visited us. We have worked with our
partners, including Liverpool City Council, for a number of months
to plan the event, and I'd like to thank them for their support. I'd
also like to acknowledge the professionalism of the officers on duty
along with that of the hundreds of volunteers who have given up
their time to make the event run smoothly. Memories of August 1914
has created lots of interest both across the UK and around the
world. Liverpool is renowned for showcasing events of this magnitude
in style and I'm pleased people have, once again, had the
opportunity to see what a great place our City is."