Southport - the Classic Resort on England's North West Coast
Sefton Sports Awards
Supporter of the Year
To The Community
81st Southport Flower Show
19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd August 2010
The Southport Flower Show first started in 1924, and with only a few years break
(for other more important activities during the early 1940s!) has been held every
year since. This year marks the 81st time the doors have been thrown open to the
Because carrying loads of shopping around for half a day is no-one’s idea of fun,
our three Plant Crèche and Left Luggage locations provide much-needed relief for
hundreds of visitors, and help us raise funds for our charitable activities.
Strategically located near each of the entrances (and exits!), our Relief Centres
allow for retail therapy to continue more or less without interruption, and this
year, in addition to our own Club banners and signage, we were also treated to some
impressive new signboards from the organisers! Now there can be no excuse for not
knowing what we do!
With good weather prevailing - for much of the time - the more relaxing outdoor events
attracted thousands of visitors. Here, the excellent steel band show just exactly
how much tune can be extracted from a beaten-up (literally!) oil drum. The same bandstand
also hosts the most useful question-and-answer sessions to sort out gardening problems
of all kinds.
But, of course, not everything is taken with deadly seriousness. One of the joys
of manning the Duke Street Left Luggage is the fact that one gets to see all sorts
of people. Tall and short, thin and fat, sane, and, well, you decide for yourself.
It isn’t so much the rolling round the show on a big rubber ball that seems odd -
it’s talking to the concrete gnomes....
And then it’s all over for another year, and time to take down the bunting and the
signs, empty the tents, pack away the green string, the tickets, the sticky tape,
scissors, bin bags, money bags, tea bags and the myriad other things that umpteen
Lions, and helpers, need to man three stalls for four days. We can stand down, go
home, and reflect on a few more pennies collected for those less fortunate than ourselves
and the considerable generosity of our customers each year. Thanks!
This year’s must-buy offer was an eco-friendly jute bag, just right for organic shopping!
Lions helper Elsie Leather sets out the stall ready for the morning rush!