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Merseyside History.  Southport.

SOUTHPORT recognised as a leading British seaside resort is also famous for the internationally acclaimed Lord Street - a mile-long tree lined canopied boulevard renowned for the quality of its shopping. There are miles of golden sands on the beach for holidaymakers to enjoy as well as excellent resort facilities such as a pier, baths, bowling greens, amusement park, marine lake, civic theatres, arts centre, and art gallery. 

Another of Southport's claims is to be the golf centre of Europe with its many famous courses, with Royal Birkdale being the best known as the host of many an Open Championship. Other championship courses in the resort include Hillside, Southport and Ainsdale, and Hesketh. 

Also to the north of Southport lies the Horse Bank, today the Horse Bank provides high quality molding sand, which is extracted for foundry work, some of it having been sent to Saudi Arabia. 

Southport's seven miles of golden sands also enabled Sir Henry Seagrave to raise the world kilometre record to 152.308 mph in 1926 in his 33hp 4.5l Sunbeam Ladybird on Birkdale sands. On September 8th, 1936 Billy Cotton, who was in the resort appearing at the Palais, clocked up 121.57 mph in Sir Donald Campbell's Bluebird.

Southport is also the home of the West Lancashire Yacht Clubs 24-hour dinghy race, which is held each September on the Marine Lake, and is a Le Mans style endurance race attracting dinghy sailors from all over the UK. In addition every August sees the Southport Flower Show, one of England's premier horticultural shows. 

St. George's Gardens (above) and War Memorial (Centre, right) The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa on The Promenade (above, top)  Ref. Southport by air (above, centre left) Diana Memorial Gardens in Southport. Situated in front of the town hall, the fountain and cafe area, above.


 Mersey Reporter and Liverpool Reporter are Trade Marks of Patrick Trollope. Copyright Patrick Trollope 2011 First written 2004, re-edited 2011, More information email.