(A joint venture with Royden Revolve and Wallasey Rotary Clubs)

Once again we are indebt to Rusty Keene at Vale Park, Doug Darroch at Fort Perch Rock and Kate Carpenter at the Floral Pavilion for the extensive facilities at all three sites made available to the Rotary Clubs making this event possible.

This year there was one extra feature which was so much appreciated-sunshine. This encouraged people to leave their homes early in the day and those early birds were able to enjoy the Ukulele Band at Vale Park. By the afternoon the Wirral Symphonic band were playing to a full house.

Thanks must be extended to the schools who responded magnificently to the call to show their appreciation of our wonderful coastline. There were so many entries of poetry, paintings, models, stories that there was a scramble to provide sufficient display boards to do justice to his grand effort.

The main displays were at the Floral Pavilion which also housed the display of owls, snakes and suchlike and was a popular stopping off point for many. The warm weather even encouraged some snakes to appear outside the building, much to the fascination of passers by.

Kite making and Face Painting were as popular as ever.

Nautical displays were evident on the Marine Lake and the Lifeboat Station was open with an amazing display of rescue craft. The Fort had something for everyone; an historian resplendent in uniform of the time gave in depth information about the Fort and its history while comedy and music were performed throughout the day on the stage area within the Fort.

Ron Entwistle, actor and poet kept the audiences chuckling and also acted as compere to the many musicians who entertained throughout the day, such as “Half-a-bag of minstrels”, Bob Brand, Emma Ronchetti, Tim Kingham and comedian Callum Oakley.

Attention was drawn to this event by the Dragon Drummers who made a good sound on the balcony of the Floral Pavilion for most of the day.

The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Councillor and Mrs Sue Mitchell were able to spend a considerable time touring the exhibits and chatting with those taking part.

Judging of the entries is now taking place and, as last year, a book will be produced later with winning entries given pride of place.

To all those who took part in any capacity, a big thank you, your efforts made this a most enjoyable day for all the community.