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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 86

Date:- 14 February 2003

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£9 Million for Mersey Waterfront Park
Report with thanks to Lisa Margis of the NWDA

THE North West Development Agency (NWDA) is to provide a massive £8.7 million towards the development of a magnificent Mersey Waterfront Regional Park spanning 70 miles of Merseyside coastline.

Building on the international reputation of Liverpool’s extraordinary waterfront, this ambitious project will provide a fantastic new waterfront experience for residents and visitors.

This excellent scheme has the potential to add enormous value to the tourism market in Merseyside, securing new economic momentum throughout Merseyside and England’s Northwest.

It is expected that over 200 jobs will be created as a result of this major regeneration project.

Today’s funding announcement comes at an important time for Liverpool, providing a significant boost to the city’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Mike Shields, Chief Executive of the NWDA said: -  “This is another fantastic project for Merseyside that builds on the area’s reputation as an internationally respected location of the highest quality. The Mersey Waterfront Regional Park project will further attract and retain skilled and talented people to live and work in the region and increase its potential as a place to invest. We are delighted to be able to provide funding for such an important project.”

Tom O’Brien, Chief Executive of the Mersey Partnership, said:-  “We are ambitious in our aims to make Liverpool a world class city and today’s announcement marks the start of a long-term project to develop the Mersey waterfront. We will be working with a wide range of partners in the delivery of these enterprising projects and we are enthused by the genuine commitment to collaboration and quality right across the Liverpool City Region.”

Sir Bob Scott, who is leading Liverpool's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008, said:-  "Liverpool's waterfront is world renowned and is being nominated for World Heritage Site status. But as well as having stunning architecture we want it to be a living, thriving and developing area.

The park development will breathe life and even more vibrancy into the waterfront and will make our bid to become Capital of Culture even stronger."

A taste of things to come!

A KEY attraction at the 2003 Mersey River Festival, when she was launched in Marmaris, Turkey, in August 1997, Grand Turk was the first wooden British frigate to be built for more than 150 years. 

This magnificent ship shot to fame almost overnight. In September 1997 she sailed to the Crimean Coast of the Black Sea for the filming of the first series of Hornblower. The following spring she was to be found on the Portugese Atlantic coast for the second part of filming. 

In August ’98 she was the focal attraction at the International Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth and less than a year later this magnificent vessel was starring in the Granada Film production Longitude, the fascinating story of Harrison’s quest to design and build a marine chronometer (a watch or clock designed to keep accurate time in all conditions, especially at sea).

Grand Turk’s rising celebrity status brought her to the attention of The National Trust and in the summer of 2000 she undertook a 14 port, 3000 mile circumnavigation of the United Kingdom on behalf of the Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign.

Matthew of Bristol (arrives in Liverpool on at approx. 10 a.m. on 12th June)

‘Home’ for this elegant replica of a 15th century square rigged caravel is Bristol harbour. We are delighted to welcome her to Liverpool, all 85 tonnes of her!

Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew, hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there. He actually arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore many believe he was the original discoverer of America, not Christopher Columbus.

In 1997 the replica Matthew followed the same course as John Cabot in 1497. She sailed across to Newfoundland carrying the same number of crew as the original vessel and took the same time to complete the crossing.

Prior to her visit to Liverpool, Matthew of Bristol will make an appearance at the International Festival of the Sea in Edinburgh on 23rd May. 

The ship has a limited number of sailing passages. For details call the Pursers Office on 0117 9255 578 or fax 0117 9255 788.

Information might be subject to change.  More information about the Festival next week.

Report thanks to Liverpool City Council.


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