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The Friends of Meols Park held a second successful Fun & Fireworks Event on Sunday 7th November 2010 for the local community to enjoy.
There was a Funfair, Sideshows,Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Chips as well as Live Music, Licensed Bar with Beer and of course Rachel’s special Mulled Wine.
Fun started at 1pm and the Firework display went off at 6.35pm with the Days Event eventually ending at 7.30pm. The weather was kind to us again, with blue skies all dayand not a drop of rain, just like last year.
The VIP Plunger Raffle Ticket Draw was won by local primary school girl Poppy who got to start off the display.
Thanks to all who attended the Event and the Artistes who gave up their time to entertain us and a special thanks to our small band of Volunteer helpers on the day and of course our MC (and sound tech) for the day Mr Brian Campbell… Here’s to the next event!!!!
On Sunday 1st August 2010, Professor Stephen Harding visited Meols Park with Stein Thue, from the City of Trondheim council and he was very impressed with the park. The kids play area was full of youngsters and we discussed about a possible statue etc. etc. He came up with 2 suggestions
1. Concentrate initially on getting a large replica Viking boat or something that the youngsters can play in. (Sigurd Aase will probably let us have the design for free). Stein says it should be easier getting the funding with this being of direct benefit to the public – i.e. the youngsters.
2. With regard the statue he says that (i) do that after the boat (ii) he pointed out there were a number of Viking statues buried after the 2nd world war because they were ‘too Nordic looking’ and there is currently a debate as to what to do with them – to leave them buried or to display them
There is to be an announcement made soon about the huge reconstruction of the sensational Drakken – Harald Harfagre’s huge longship. The plans are that it will be coming to Meols,Wirral via Dublin and Anglesey after its completion in 2013……..
Viking history boards were unveiled in Meols Park on Saturday May 15th 2010 and it could be the first step towards a Wirral-Wide Viking trail.
THE quest for a trail celebrating Wirral’s Viking past is gathering pace with the unveiling of a themed history board in Meols at the weekend. The Friends of Meols Park worked with Wirral Council and Wirral Viking expert Professor Stephen Harding on the project to give visitors an insight into the area’s history as a Viking trading port. It is hoped the idea will be taken up by other groups across Wirral – and there are also plans for a Viking statue if funds can be found. The finished board was unveiled by Esther McVey on Saturday, in her first official engagement as Wirral West MP.
Other Viking-themed celebrations included a re-enactment in front of St John the Baptist Church.
Professor Harding said said: “We hope that these boards going up will see the start now of a Wirral Viking trail and the next job is to raise the money for a statue.” Vikings are thought to have arrived in North West England over a millennium ago. After their expulsion from Dublin in AD902 the Wirral Vikings, initially led by the Norwegian Viking Ingimund, would have landed in their boats along the North Wirral coastline. Some historians believe a Viking boat is buried under the car park of the Railway Inn in Meols.
Roy Shuttleworth, secretary of the Friends of Meols Park, said: “The next thing we want is to get a statue of Ingimund – that’s the vision.” Article by Lorna Hughes- Wirral News
The Legendary Eighties Band China Crisis made a guest appearance at our Celebration Day Event on Sunday. It was a “best kept secret” and they wowed the crowd with their musical flair sprinkled with humour. Gary Daly said “He felt like the Vicar of Dibley, but that he would draw the line at judging the bonnie baby competition.The event was a celebration of the new park play area that we have worked so hard to raise funds for.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Andrew and Kathy Hodson officially opened Great Meols Bowling Club veranda extension last night. Local community fundraiser and member of the club Roy raised the funds for the much needed extension. The bowling club is a jewel in the community has over 250 active members. The extension allows friends, family and visiting guests to watch the game in a sheltered environment. Words..