Southport's 1st Halloween
Photographs by Patrick
A spooktacular parade
through the streets of Southport was held on Halloween, 31
October 2014. The event has raised mixed reactions from locals
and visitors as young and old, dressed in costumes attended the
town’s festivities. For those taking part, this event was
fantastic fun, as we found out after talking to many of the
participants. This event was part of a weeklong themed series of
events, around Halloween, leading to organisers dubbing the
town:- "The nation's Halloween Capital." The
parade started at 6:30pm from Pleasureland and snaked its way
down the Esplanade, onto the Promenade, turning off down Neville
Street, then running along Lord Street. It then turned off and
headed down Coronation Walk, back on to the Esplanade and
finished at the start, in Pleaureland's car park. Even though
the event replaced the Christmas Lights Parade, it was not as
big, as it was the first year and it had been very quickly
organised, this was a fantastic starting place to build up from.
Taking part were the Ormskirk & Southport District branch of the
Oddfellows Society, D'vine catering Southport, Goldwing
Motorbike Club, Dance Flava, Baby Ballet, Pleasureland, The
Champion, Barry Pedder's "Addams Family" hearse,
a headless horse rider, local fire dancers, Southport Offshore
Rescue Trust and a few others. On the Town Hall Gardens, there
was hot food and drink to purchase, including; candy floss,
toffee apples, hot doughnuts, hot chocolate and much more! Well
done to all who took part, as it was very entertaining. As well
as the photos in this edition, we also have some video footage
from the event on our Facebook
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Arson attack in Southport
as young children and parents sleep in their house!
MERSEYSIDE Police are
appealing for witnesses and information after a fire was started
deliberately at a house in Southport, at around 1.30am, on
Saturday, 1 November 2014.
Officers, from the Sefton
area, were called
to the house on Norwood Road by Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service, who had atened a man living at the house had been woken
up by his dog barking at around 12.50am. Luckily he went
downstairs and found that 3 wheelie bins had been set on fire
outside his house. The fire then spread to a caravan on the
drive and subsequently to the house itself. The outside walls
were damaged and some windows were smashed, but it is a miracle
no one was injured.
The property has been forensically examined
by crime scene investigators and house to house inquiries have
been carried out. Also CCTV is being located and reviewed and an
investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the
incident is continuing.
Detective Inspector Rob Hill,
Sefton CID, said:- "Whoever did this is incredibly
reckless and has put an entire family's lives at risk. In total,
2 adults and 3 young children were in the house at the time of
the incident and it is only through sheer good fortune that none
of them was injured, or even killed. I'd like to reassure the
community in Southport that incidents such as this are very rare
and we are doing everything we can to bring the people
responsible to justice. Norwood Road is a very busy road and
even though this happened in the early hours of Saturday, it's
likely that people were still on their way home from Halloween
events or nights out. I'd appeal to anyone who saw people acting
suspiciously in the area, or has any information whatsoever
about this fire, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can call detectives in Sefton
CID on:- 0151 777 3011 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800
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