Archive for February, 2012
After years of campaigning, especially by my colleague Cllr. Chris Blakeley, we finally had a street party signalling the start of the development. I attended last Tuesday with Chris and Cllr. Simon Mountney. It went very well with over 200 residents calling in. There was fish & chips supplied by Sid from the Town Meadow Supper Bar. Chris, Simon & I all said we wouldn’t have the fish & chips as our weights were still suffering the effects of Christmas, but on getting the smell we all succumbed to a portion each! Debbie from Deborahs Hairdressers made a fantastic cake in the shape of the new development.
Mr Bullah from the convenience store provided the soft drinks. Music and compering was provided by 7 Waves Community Radio. Merseyside Fire Service provided a fire engine for an hour and entertained the children with hose useage, and trips around the fire engine. There was also a Bouncy Castle and Face Painting for the youngters.
Wirral Partnership Homes the owner and developer had many staff in attendance answering questions and organising the event. Speeches were given by Chris and Wirral Partnership Homes Chief Executive, Brian Simpson.
The work of the development, three new shops and twenty four dwellings starts Monday 20th Ferbruary and should take about 18 months to complete.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the Floral Pavilion for the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. About 700 children from 27 schools across Wirral were in the audience. Many are Year 11 History and Humanities students. Despite have attended four times it ceases to amaze and inspire me. The main part of the day is a talk from Rudi Oppenheimer, a Holocaust survivor. Despite being 80 years old Rudi talks for about an hour and a half, colourfully describing events from him being a young boy to present day. He also displays a great sense of humour.
It is always so interesting to see so many youngsters come into the theatre quite noisy and boisterous, yet after Rudi has started talking, and they see realise the enormity of it, in the auditorium you can hear a pin drop. Some students took part in a candle lighting ceremony and 2 in particular, Holly Pierce and Olivia Dragicevic from Prenton High School, gave an entertaining talk about their recent visit to Auswicz and Bergen Belsen.
This is the 11th year of this event. The initial speaker was Paul Oppenheimer, Rudi’s elder brother who sadly died in 2007. Following this Rudi took his role in ‘spreading the word’ about these atrocities. There is an excellent book available From Belsen to Buckingham Palace that was written by Paul.
This years commemoration went extremely well thanks to the organisation headed by Deidre Smith, Principal Manager of the Children & Young People’s Department and her team. A very poignant address was also given by Mark Parkinson, Acting Deputy Director. The Mayor of Wirral, the Bishop of Birkenhead, Jane Owens who is the Chair of Wirral Governors’ Forum, and five fellow councillors also attended, and all agreed it was an excellent awe-inspiring event.