So much to be proud of... and a bright fu­ture to look for­ward to

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

IWAS at an event last week when some­one came up to me and sim­ply said: “South­port’s aw­ful, sim­ply aw­ful”.

Aw­ful as in very bad or un­pleas­ant.

Well, I thought, that’s a strange re­mark to make.

Of course, it’s com­pletely wrong.

We know we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same chal­lenges as other towns in the coun­try.

And, in many ways, it’s tougher for towns like ours that are close to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional cities as we are with Liver­pool and Manch­ester.

But, even so, to de­scribe us as “aw­ful” is sim­ply un­true.

South­port is so much bet­ter than that.

A few days ear­lier we’d re­ceived the lat­est tourism fig­ures for our town.

The num­bers that re­ally stood out (vis­i­tor num­bers, the eco­nomic im­pact, the num­ber of lo­cal jobs that are de­pen­dent on tourism, and the num­bers of vis­i­tors stay­ing overnight) were all up.

So clearly all of us in­volved in pro­mot­ing every­thing that’s good about visit­ing and in­vest­ing here are do­ing some­thing right.

Of course, there is a long way to go, but as a town we’re con­tin­u­ing to at­tract new qual­ity in­vest­ment, con­tin­u­ing to at­tract vis­i­tors by their mil­lions, and con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand an al­ready packed events pro­gramme.

Talk­ing the town down and knock­ing those who want to im­prove things sim­ply makes it harder for ev­ery­one who wants to bring pos­i­tive change.

Later this month if you’re out and about in the early hours you’ll start to see the Christ­mas lights be­ing in­stalled.

We’ve con­tin­ued to ex­pand the num­ber of streets get­ting lights this year and brought in new de­signs.

The great “switch on” is hap­pen­ing on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 19.

But be­fore then we’re get­ting ready to launch our new look South­port Hal­loween Fes­ti­val.

We’ve been work­ing hard on de­vel­op­ing a new Fes­ti­val for our town and have come up with some great events that, judg­ing by the com­ments on so­cial me­dia, have cer­tainly got peo­ple talk­ing.

There’s still time to get in­volved.

Just send us de­tails of any­thing that you’ve got planned and we’ll in­clude it on our ded­i­cated Fes­ti­val web­site www.spookysouth­

The Hal­lowe’en Fes­ti­val will be com­ing to South­port this month

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