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“Southport has now established
itself as one of the UK’s leading destinations for major, top quality
events and its reputation for staging such a well organized and diverse
programme is spreading,” says Cllr. Lord Fearn, Sefton Cabinet
member for Economic Development and Tourism. “I am confident
that the 2002 programme will be a huge success attracting even more
visitors to the resort and further boosting the local economy.”
The programme kicks-off in April with
the most prestigious and acclaimed steeplechase in the world. The Grand
National takes place at Aintree racecourse between April 4th and 6th
and is just a short drive from Southport.
The third annual Spring Gardening
Festival once again takes place in the beautiful 100-acre grounds of
Meols Hall in Churchtown between the 4th and 6th
of May offering visitors the chance to see floral displays, talks
and demonstrations, live music, expert gardening advice, trade stands
and children’s play area.
Southport will commemorate the
Queen’s Golden Jubilee in a big way, Plans are already being made for
a major celebration in the resort between the 1st and 3rd
Southport Jazz Festival returns for a
second year between the 13th and 16th of June
attracting top names in the jazz world and an exciting month-long
programme of music, mime, street theatre and dance starts on July 25th
with the Southport 2002 Street Festival.
Other established favorites will again
feature in the 2002 event’s calendar are the Southport Charity
Carnival on June 29th, Woodvale International Rally on 3rd
and 4th of August, Southport Flower Show, the biggest
independent flower show in the country, between 22nd-24th
of August and the 24-hour yacht race at the Marine Lake on September 14th
Southport Air Show remains the
highlight of the Southport events programme attracting hundreds of
thousands of visitors to the resort. In 2002 the air show takes place on
August 31st and September 1st and already organizers
are promising bigger and better displays.
The British Musical Fireworks
Championships has also become a firm favorite and is now one of the
country’s leading firework events. Each display uses half and ton of
fireworks and some are fired up to 600 feet in the air. Next year’s
event takes place between 6th-8th September.
And for the first time ever Southport Theatre and Floral Hall will be playing host to the Cult TV Festival. Nearly 1,000 people with a love of cult TV programmes are expected to gather in the resort for the 9th annual festival between October 25th and 28th.
Special guest appearances will be made
by actors from long lost TV shows together with special screenings of
programmes like Sapphire and Steel, Doctor Who, The Man from Uncle and
Star Trek. There will also be TV production workshops including special
effects, make-up and costume and a charity auction.
Article by Julia Brough.