TV re-run leads to a new chap­ter in his­tory of Pegu

Midweek Visiter - - The Sefton Coast -

THE power of the telly (do we still call it that?) is a won­drous thing, as we re­mem­bered thanks to a re­cent re-run of the Bri­tain at Low Tide doc­u­men­tary which fea­tured the Sefton coast.

The pro­gramme, made by Tern TV with the help of com­mu­nity archaeologists CITiZAN and the Sefton Coast Land­scape Part­ner­ship, looked at the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal her­itage of the coast, in­clud­ing pre­his­toric foot­prints, the “Blitz Beach” at Crosby, the re­mains of the world’s first lifeboat house at Formby, and of course, the wreck of the Pegu on the edge of the old nav­i­ga­tion chan­nel into Liver­pool.

The Pegu is named af­ter a river in Burma – the des­ti­na­tion for the Pegu’s mar­itime freight.

I was lucky enough to “ship-hike” out to the Pegu on a bumpy boat ride from Birken­head with the film crew last year as it is not ac­ces­si­ble on foot, and we dis­cussed the wreck’s won­der­ful his­tory and how the good folk of Formby man­aged to “sal­vage” much of its cargo of whisky when it ran aground in 1939.

Fol­low­ing the re-run on Chan­nel 4, Rob Daw­son, who lives on the other side of the coun­try got in touch with the news that he had the Pegu’s bell!

Rob had bought it many years ago and since the wreck in 1939, the bell has had an in­ter­est­ing his­tory…

“I bought the bell from a chap in Black­pool”, Rob ex­plains.

“He had used it for 20 years as a door stop and to hide his house keys when he went to work!

“He told me he came across the bell when he worked at an old zoo or air­port in Black­pool”.

Rob added: “I also had a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from a lady who used to be at a pri­vate school in the 50s or 60s where the Pegu bell was hung and used as the school bell.

“The girls trans­lated “Pegu” to mean “Please ev­ery­one get up”.

Thanks Rob – great to dis­cover a new chap­ter in the Pegu’s his­tory.

Not far from the Pegu, the Na­tional Trust has added more events to Coast Fest 3, the fort­night cel­e­brat­ing the Sefton coast from Septem­ber 9-24.

On Mon­day, Septem­ber 18, Seal­ife Manch­ester are or­gan­is­ing a beach clean at Na­tional Trust Formby, for more de­tails, please con­tact Con­ser­va­tionSLM@mer­li­nen­ter­tain­ments.biz. Then on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19 from 10am to noon, there’s a chance to meet Rob the Ranger and the Na­tional Trust’s grazing herd at Na­tional Trust Formby. This will be a free drop-in ses­sion. For de­tails see www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/formby

If you missed last week’s col­umn, email land­scape.part­ner­ship@sefton.gov.uk and we’ll send you a PDF de­tail­ing all the events tak­ing place in the fes­ti­val.

The wreck of the Pegu, and right, the bell from the ship

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