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To The Community
Sunday 11th July 2010
For a good few years past, Southport Lions have sent an Expeditionary Force to Crosby
to assist with the annual Carnival. The reason for this is not due to any desire
to territorially expand our horizons, but because our nearly-neighbour Club, Crosby
& District Lions, are the organisers of a day of fun and frivolity more or less just
down the coast from us.
There is, also, an ulterior motive, though one hallowed by years of tradition. The
fact that we lend a hand at Crosby means that we feel much less reluctant to invite
Crosby to our Carnival, together with their impressive mechanical elephant!
It is probably an inescapable part of any English event, but the weather formed a
fundamental topic of conversation as the grounds of Great Crosby RC Primary School,
Northern Road, were being prepared, and all the stalls put up. Especially the fact
that at least half a gale was blowing, and tents and gazebos were showing signs of
heading off independently in all sorts of directions.
The shady covering for the Southport Lions contingent was one of these, and following
a few collapsed struts it was decided that demolition was the better part of valour.
Of course, later on, the wind dropped, which left the intrepid Lions working away,
hard labour out in the sun. Oh for a simple life!
Attractions this year included a solo mountain bike stunt show by Jez Avery, displays
by Ridgeside Falconry, and the Liverpool branch of the World Ju-Jitsu Federation,
plus numerous fairground rides.
Crosby Lions’ ever-popular ‘Rajah’ the mechanical elephant was also hard at work
giving rides to children. There were games and refreshments all day, along with a
number of charity stalls whose operators were fundraising individually.
Alasdair Francis, a member of Crosby Lions who helped organise the event, said: “Jez
Avery’s show is a spectacular extreme stunt show which had audiences young and old
alike on the edge of their seats.”
With the improvement in the day, people started to stream into the Carnival, and
really enjoy themselves.
Which included the Worshipful the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Maureen Fearn, seen
here accompanied by the President of Crosby Lions, left, talking to Lions Andrea
Hayward and Sylvia Corfield from Southport.
All-in-all, a great day out for everyone, including us! So, well done to Crosby Lions
for another great Carnival.