Lantern parade “Into the Light” will mark two years since New Ferry explosion

March 11, 2019


New Ferry community members are being urged to get involved in a lantern parade being held to mark two years since the blast which devastated part of the town centre.

 

Monday March 25th will mark two years since the blast that rocked the New Ferry and Port Sunlight communities in 2017, and Wirral Council has been working hard to support local people to develop an appropriate anniversary event.

 

Workshops will be taking place in two local primary schools and artists have been commissioned to work with the wider community to hold a lantern making workshop to create lanterns which can then be brought by those taking part to the “Into the Light” anniversary parade.

 

Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said: “From immediately after the explosion Council staff have been closely involved in both helping those affected by the blast and working on rebuilding the town centre.

 

“This lantern parade will ensure that the people of New Ferry know they have not been forgotten and will hopefully serve as a reminder to all those farther afield that the town continues to need our help and support.

 

“In order for this event to be a success we need the community to get involved, so tell your family and friends, come along and get involved.”

 

Public consultation took place earlier this year showing local people a number of options for possible residential developments within New Ferry and seeking their views, with the intention of identifying a ‘preferred’ option to take forward.

 

Running in parallel with this work, Wirral Council is moving forward with its own plan to invest £1.3 million to help bring about the proposed new residential developments. This involves buying a number of derelict and dilapidated properties in the area, which are currently in private ownership, and demolishing them as part of the regeneration plans.

 

Last week Wirral Council approved an additional £200,000 to support residents and businesses affected by the explosion, on top of around £400,000 in emergency funding for New Ferry from the Council in the last two years.

 

To take part and make a lantern, just drop in to Windsor Close Community House, Windsor Close, CH62 5BX between 10am and 4pm on Saturday March 16th. You will be guided by the commissioned artists and everybody that comes along will take away a handmade lantern, ready to join the “Into the Light” parade on March 25th.

 

If you have any further queries about the workshop of the anniversary event on the 25th of March please contact the Engagement Officer for Wirral South, Shannon Kennedy.e-mail: shannonkennedy@wirral.gov.uk or call on: 07771938871