With a fortnight to go the North West gears
up for Armed Forces Day on 24 June
just 14 days to go, Towns and Cities across the North West of England are
preparing to mobilise to
show their appreciation for the UK's Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to say thank you to the
entire Armed Forces community for the outstanding work they do:- Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and women, both Regulars and Reservists, Cadets and
In its 9th year, Armed Forces Day is the national day
dedicated to honouring the work of the Armed Forces. From fighting Daesh in
the Middle East, to guarding the UK's skies and seas, the UK's Armed Forces
will be saluted at a record 300+ events across the UK and at the National
Event, which this year takes place in Liverpool.
Events will take place across the North West, including:- a
march past and display of military vehicles, in Manchester, 3 games of Armed
Forces rugby, in Warrington and a cadet marching display, in Bolton.
During the national event in Liverpool a military village of
static displays, machines, equipment and exhibitions, physical training and
motorbike displays will be on show. Ahead of the event in Liverpool,
football mad sailors, soldiers and airmen met local footballing heroes
Liverpool's Gary McAllister and Everton's Graham Stuart.
Also encouraging people to mark Armed Forces Day were the
crew of the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, the vessel which is
still under construction is affiliated with the maritime City of Liverpool.
Commander Bernie Thompson, Chief of Staff at the Naval
Regional Headquarters in Liverpool said:-
"The Armed Forces have
strong historic and current links with the North West region and the City of
Liverpool. This year's Armed Forces Day National Event provides a great
opportunity for us to engage with the public, who give us such tremendous
support, and for the public to find out more about our kit and our people.
Those currently serving in the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces, along with
veterans and cadets, are eagerly looking forward to meeting the many
thousands of people who will be in Liverpool, on the 24 June 2017."
Chief of Defence Staff Sir Stuart Peach commented:- "I'm delighted to see people across the United Kingdom coming
together to mark Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance for people to say
thank you to the extraordinary men and women, stationed across the globe who
dedicate their lives to defending their country and keeping British people
Councillor Wendy Simon, Assistant City Mayor and Cabinet
Member for Culture Tourism and Events at Liverpool City Council, said:-
"It is a huge honour to be the national host for the celebrations and
together with our partners we look forward to staging an unforgettable event
which will do our City, the whole country and the Armed Forces proud."
UK Armed Forces are currently involved in over 20 Operations
in more than 25 countries, from South Sudan to Iraq. But many of those back
at home will be in attendance at events across the country.
Also present will be many veterans that make up the estimated
2.56 million Armed Forces veteran community living in the UK. Young Cadets
will be present too; together the Sea, Army, and Air cadet forces have
almost 100,000 members, many of which will be at events up and down the
Local events in The North West will take
place in the following Towns and Cities:-
STALYBRIDGE - 1 July 2017 - Tiny Armed Forces - promenade
MERSEYSIDE - 1 July 2017 - Armed Forces Celebration Jamboree.
MORECAMBE - 25 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Morecambe.
MORECAMBE - 25 June 2017 - Submarine Association Morecambe
Armed Forces Day.
SOUTHPORT - 25 June 2017 - Southport Armed Forces Day 2017.
ST ANNES ON SEA - 25 June 2017 - Fylde Armed Forces Day.
SALFORD - 25 June 2017 - Broughton House Armed Forces Day.
DENTON - 24 June 2017 - Tameside Armed Forces Day 2017.
LANCASTER - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day.
LIVERPOOL - 24 June to 25 June 2017 - National Armed Forces Day.
PADIHAM - 24 June to 25 June 2017 - Padiham Armed Forces Day.
WYTHENSHAWE - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day, Northenden And
WIGAN - 24 June 2017 – Wigan Borough Armed Forces Day
STRETFORD - 24 June 2017 - Trafford Armed Forces Day.
SKELMERSDALE - 24 June 2017 - 1439 ATC Squadron Armed Forces
PRESTON - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Preston.
MANCHESTER - 24 June 2017 - Manchester Armed Forces Day: A
Big Thank You.
ECCLES - 24 June 2017 - Salford Armed Forces Day.
WARRINGTON - 24 June 2017 - Warrington Armed Forces Day 2017.
WARRINGTON - 24 June 2017 - Warrington Armed Forces Day At Crosfields Arlfc.
LIVERPOOL - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Gathering
BIRKENHEAD - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Celebrating Recovery
BOLTON - 24 June 2017 - Joining Forces, Armed Forces Day.
NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS - 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Family
Picnic In The Park – Newton-Le-Willows.
GOLBORNE - 23 June 2017 - Golborne St Thomas Ce School Choir
Sings For The Armed Forces.
HAYDOCK - 23 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Fancy Dress Party.
GLAZEBURY - 21 June 2017 - A Social Occasion To Say Thank You
To Our Armed Forces Families.
BOLTON - 19 June to 24 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Bolton.
BLACKPOOL - 19 June to 25 June 2017 - Blackpool Armed Forces Week.
SALFORD - 19 June 2017 - Salford Armed Forces Flag Raising
GOLBORNE - 19 June to 23 June 2017 - Armed Forces Enrichment Week
RAWTENSTALL - 19 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day Flag Raising
Ceremony – Rossendale.
HEYWOOD - 17 June 2017 - Armed Forces Day/Forgotten
Wars/1940's – Heywood
URMSTON - 17 June 2017 - Armed Forces "Thank You"
Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full
list of events, can be found on the dedicated
website. British Pathé footage of the previous launch (Lady Sponsor,
the Princess Royal) can be found
Wirral's tourism businesses set for a huge boost
A new plan to increase
Wirral's annual tourism revenue to ₤450 million is set to be agreed by
Wirral Council. The Wirral Visitor Economy Strategy; created by local
tourism businesses, industry experts, the Wirral Chamber of Commerce and
Wirral Council; will see new promotions, events and attractions developed,
to increase the value of Wirral's visitor economy to ₤450 million, per year
by 2020. Already the fastest growing tourism destination in the
region, the new strategy describes how the borough will focus on increasing
overnight visitors, targeting younger and family groups, and increasing the
amount of corporate and conference business attracted to the peninsula.
Cllr Phill Brightmore, Wirral's cabinet member for
Environment which also covers tourism and the visitor economy, said:-
"I think we all sometimes take for granted just how special Wirral is. We
are surrounded by stunning coast and countryside, unique garden villages,
fantastic food and drink and places to stay; including the only Michelin
star restaurant and 5 star hotel in Merseyside and we are perfectly
positioned between Liverpool, Chester and Manchester. It is about time we started telling people about
Wirral, and encouraging people from all across the UK and Europe to discover
our unique peninsula. This strategy will help us massively, it will attract
thousands of new visitors to the borough and help our award-winning and
dedicated tourism businesses create many new jobs for local residents."
Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, led the
group of industry experts who developed the strategy. Paula said:- "I
would like to thank the many regional and national experts who gave us their
time and expertise to develop this strategy. I would also like to pay
tribute to the local tourism businesses which have done and will continue to
do so much to develop our visitor economy.
We are extremely lucky in Wirral. Our food and drink
offer is second to none; great restaurants, award-winning producers and
breweries offering some of the most diverse and locally produced food in the
UK. We have to capitalise on this, shout about Wirral's
offer and make sure we promote what a fabulous place this is to visit and
enjoy. This strategy helps us do it, and I am delighted to be able to lead
The Wirral Visitor Economy will be considered by the
Council's cabinet, on Monday, 19 June 2017. So what are your views on this? Please email us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com with your thoughts.
hand of friendship
from Skelmersdale has recounted how being part of a friendship group has
been the tonic to her happy life. "When I lost my husband, the support
I received from other members was tremendous. Knowing there were people around
me who cared made all the difference..."
said Brenda Lowe, aged 59. Brenda has shared her experience in support of her local
Oddellows group's 'Get your 5 a Day, every day' promotional
campaign; appealing for new members to come along and give the group a try. Brenda, originally from Plymouth, became an Oddfellows member
at birth after her parents were so convinced by the support it offered. She explained:-
"I was down to be an Oddfellow before I
was even born in Plymouth. When I left home I was able to join the local
branch in Ormskirk and Southport. It made making friends in a new area much
easier. My grandparents were also members so we are now into the 3rd
generation of Oddfellows members. Being
part of a friendship group has given me support in a number of ways. Rebuilding
my life after losing my husband, Derek, was made easier by the care shown by
other members; a number of them would come round to my house to take me out. It
was a touching and a very welcome distraction at such a difficult time." Brenda, who went to work in the x-ray department at Ormskirk
Hospital when she moved from Plymouth 39 years ago, made contact with the
local Oddfellows Ormskirk and Southport District Branch through a patient
she got talking to at the Hospital. She explained:- "From there, it was easy. I went along
to a meeting and I had found friends again, lovely people. I'd say the same
to anyone in a similar position, just give it a try. I believe the Oddfellows
offers something for everyone. You have people all around you for support when
you might need it. I've made many lasting friendships as a result of being part
of a local community group. We get together regularly, there are trips away; you
just have lots of opportunity to spend enjoyable times with others. I'd
definitely recommend it if you're looking to get out and about more, or would
like to meet new people," she added. For more than 2 centuries, the Oddfellows, with 310,000
members and 132 Branches nationwide, has been serving up a unique recipe of
friendship and support to local members, with the 5 key ingredients of
regular social events, care and welfare support, travel clubs, discounted
offers and historical archive access. To find out more about the Oddfellows in Ormskirk and Southport, and to receive a membership pack and
local events diary, contact Bonita Hesketh on:- 01695
424149, sending an
email or by visiting:- OddFellows.Co.UK
further details. Annual membership costs ₤30 a year (or ₤28 by Direct
1st National Clean Air Day marked by
funding announcement for City Region electric vehicle charge points
THE 1st National Clean Air
Day (NCAD) took place, on Thursday, 15 June 2017 and was marked in the
Liverpool City Region by the announcement of a ₤110K fund to supply and
install electric vehicle charge points (EVCs) at business premises across
the City Region. Any member of Merseytravel's free to join Employers'
Network will be eligible to apply for the grant of up to ₤5,000 for the
supply and installation of electric vehicle charge points, provided for the
exclusive use of their staff, visitors, company pool and fleet vehicles,
with no match funding required. This initiative follows the ongoing success of Recharge, a
network of charging points at key locations to support electric vehicle (EV)
travel throughout the Liverpool City Region. The most recent of which is due
to be installed in Prescot within weeks, bringing the total number of
publically available charging points across the region to 54. Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of The Combined Authority
Transport Committee, which oversees the work of Merseytravel said:-
"The Merseytravel Employers Network allows businesses to promote more
sustainable travel choices to their staff, including public transport, walking
and cycling, so being able to offer grants for workplace charge points is a
great way to extend this support and encourage some drivers to switch to
The funding has been made available through the Growth
Deal via the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
to support the region's low carbon initiatives to provide cleaner air and
encourage greater use and purchasing of electric vehicles. Further details about the grants can be found on the