Sunday Snippets, 9 June 2024

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from Birkenhead News. It is a round-up of the important local news stories you may have missed over the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

Wirral commemorations mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day

D-Day, considered by many to mark the beginning of the end of World War II, was the largest seaborne invasion force in history. 

On 6 June 1944, 156,000 Allied servicemen had landed on the beaches and fields of Normandy by the end of the day.

Allied casualties were documented to be at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Within a few days around 326,000 troops, 100,000 tons of equipment, and more than 50,000 vehicles had been landed.

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Calls to repair Eastham road ‘deteriorating’ with over 20 potholes

People have been complaining about a Wirral road littered with potholes nearly every day for more than a year.

Eastham Rake serves several housing estates in the south of the borough of Wirral but in a section near the town’s train station, more than 20 potholes can be found with large parts of the road surface becoming detatched in another part.

Last year, people living on the road told the LDRS repairs hadn’t improved things.

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Best of British press photography comes to Port Sunlight in new exhibition

The British Press Photographers’ Association are bringing their annual exhibition, ‘Assignments 2024 – The BPPA Exhibition’, to the historic Port Sunlight between 8 June and 1 September.

It is the first time the exhibition has been presented in Merseyside and follows a successful showcase in London’s Southbank.

The exhibition is a showcase of the best 100 photographs from members of The BPPA, celebrating the best of press photography.

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Coastal ride in memory of Haydn Griffiths to raise funds for RNLI

In July 2022, on the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, Haydn Griffiths, a strong swimmer, tragically drowned whilst swimming off New Brighton Beach.

After five days of searching by the RNLI and coastguard, his body was recovered.

In July 2024, two years on from the incident, Nick Devereux, Sarah Jarman, and Alex Hughes will be cycling the coast of Wales over seven days; a total of 530 miles.

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Anger as 22 trees cut down in Birkenhead town centre

Wirral Council has been accused of “environmental vandalism” after most of the trees on Birkenhead’s high street were cut down.

Work has been carried out to fell trees along Grange Road in Birkenhead along the main high street as part of a £12m redevelopment of the town centre.

This will make a number of changes aiming to make it more attractive and bring more shoppers in.

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‘From Birkenhead to Everest’ Mountaineers commemorated 100 years on

A series of thought-provoking events will mark the centenary of a 1924 Everest expedition where two climbers with close ties to Wirral lost their lives attempting to reach the summit.

As part of Wirral Borough of Culture 2024, local residents and visitors are invited to a series of events throughout June, remembering two intrepid explorers, George Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine.

Jason Gooding, Director of Neighbourhood Services, said, “100 years ago George Mallory and Sandy Irvine became pioneers in their attempt to climb Mt Everest. Sadly both disappeared and much debate continues to this day as to whether they made the summit or not before they perished.

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Wirral West election special: Residents looking for ‘hope’

Residents in villages, towns, and an estate looking for “hope” in a quiet corner of Wirral are set to make a big choice next month.

Political parties are campaigning across Wirral West ahead of the 2024 general election on 4 July. The seat has been held by Labour since 2015 and a recent YouGov poll suggests the party is on track to win it again in 2024.

However, the boundaries of the seat have changed as the Wirral South constituency has been abolished. Areas such as Clatterbridge, small villages like Thornton Hough, Brimstage, and Raby as well as Heswall, a town that has long voted Conservative in council elections, will become part of the reshaped constituency.

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Housebuilder team takes on 11,000ft skydive for children’s hospice

A team from housebuilder David Wilson Homes North West are taking on their biggest challenge yet to raise funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

The team of five, including Managing Director Claire Jarvis, is preparing to do a 11,000 ft skydive to raise £5,000 for the children’s charity. Gavin Powell, Ryan Godliman, Julian Digby and Kirsty Smith make up the rest of the team.

Claire House Children’s Hospice opened in December 1998 with the mission to help seriously and terminally ill children live as full and as happy a life as they possibly can. The hospice now supports over 400 families in Wirral and the wider Merseyside area.

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Timetable for the 2024 general election

A general election is to be held in the UK on Thursday, 4 July, 2024.

The King dissolved Parliament by Royal Proclamation  on Thursday, 30 May, 2024. The proclamation also set the date for the return of Parliament after the election as Tuesday, 9 July, 2024.

In Wirral, a review of constituency boundaries has resulted in the reduction of MPs from four to three. The Wirral South constituency, which covers areas including Heswall, Bebington, and Brombrough, will cease to exist.

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Young family want to turn venue back into a community pub

A pub in Wirral is hoping to turn over a new leaf after past issues caused concern for neighbouring residents.

The Wellington at 10 The Village in Bebington has applied for a number of changes to update its licence after its takeover by a young family who want to turn it back into a community pub. These changes included removing a number of historical conditions and expanding the licence to the outside area.

The application was made by Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited on behalf of the pub’s new tenant landlords Michelle and Michael Yates. The couple said they have already invested £285,000 into it and plan to stay for at least five to ten years.

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Birkenhead firm secures safety maintenance contract with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has selected leading marine and offshore services company Star International to provide safety maintenance for its three-strong fleet of smaller-sized cruise ships.

The five-year partnership with the Birkenhead firm includes the annual inspection and repair of firefighting systems and life-saving equipment (including SOLAS inflatable lifejackets) onboard the Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral.

Star’s Managing Director, Matthew Ball, commented, “Having worked with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on a number of occasions recently, we were delighted when they approached us for this long-term contract to help safeguard their passengers and crew.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police and crime news in and around Wirral during the last seven days.

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