Many thanks to Ian Hazlehurst for his great photograph of the Spitfire flying over Hoylake this Bank Holiday Monday for the annual Lifeboat Day. A Hoylake man himself, you might know Ian from his Hoyle Blinds shop in Banks Road, West Kirby (formerly Hazlehurst’s Linen). Not a cloud in the sky on what was quite a lovely day in west Wirral!
Many people incorrectly presumed the Red Arrows would be appearing again, however the above Spitfire gave not one but two displays during the afternoon. Lovely to see such a graceful aeroplane that played such an important role in WW2, flying over the beach. Thanks to whoever organised it!
As I felt a little under the weather during the day I didn’t manage to walk along the promenade during the afternoon. I did however do the prom earlier in the day and I’d say that it looked pretty busy. But I’ve heard a few people say that this year’s event didn’t seem quite as busy as previous years. I’ve no idea if that’s actually correct and in fact as it’s a ticket-less, admission free event, I wonder how the visitor count is actually recorded?
Lifeboat Day does compete with other events, notably this year the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool and the Wirral Food Festival at Claremont Farm in Bebington. The organising team behind Hoylake Lifeboat Day therefore need to put together a strong enough line up to entice visitors to come to Hoylake instead of going elsewhere.
I thought I’d give you the opportunity to offer your thoughts on what you’d personally like to see in Hoylake on Lifeboat Day. Maybe you think the day is just right, or maybe you’ve thought that it could be even better …well here’s your chance to say so!
By the way, I haven’t been asked by the organisers for your thoughts, but I’m sure they’ll be interested to hear them. Some topics to discuss could include:
- the stalls along the promenade
- the fairground rides and simulator rides
- is the beach utilised enough – could there be more events on the beach?
- although it’s free to attend is the event expensive after paying for an attraction/refreshments?
- traffic management – parking problems and long traffic jams can be a problem
- do local retailers in Market Street benefit from the increase in visitors
- would live music be an attraction?
- does Lifeboat Day indirectly promote Hoylake in regional media?
Those items are just off the top of my head to get you all thinking and I’m sure I’ve not even scratched the surface. Please feel free to have you say
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