Television appearances giving our town publicity that money can’t buy
ONE of the great joys of writing this column is the opportunity it gives the BID to showcase and promote the great and quirky businesses that help define Southport and make it what it is.
And there’s no better example of the great and quirky than our very own Antique Man, John Nolan, whose business has been running in town for more than 25 years.
His shop contains around 90,000 items of one sort or another (and I bet he knows the history behind them all!).
Being the renowned expert that he is John has probably done as much as anyone to bring the television cameras to town (22 times at the last count) as viewers of daytime television’s antique programmes (that’s “antique” in subject matter not age!) will testify.
Most of them have featured him in some capacity or other.
Next time you pop into the shop ask him about the time the late great Johnny Cash invited him round for a bar-b-que.
Or what he’s managed to do with Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish’s dining room table.
There’s more on John and our other great independents on www.southportindependents.co.uk. Talking about television appearances, the Bay Trees Hotel on Queens Road is being featured in five episodes of Steph and Dom’s 1 Star to 5 Star programme on Channel 4, the first of which appears on November 6 at 5.30pm.
It’s the only guest house or hotel representing the North West.
The owners, Maria and Victor Foulds and Caroline Clarke, had to take part in three challenges: Room and Décor, Hospitality and Service, and Food and Drink.
By all accounts the filming went well with plenty of opportunities to talk about and promote our town.
It’s the sort of publicity that’s hard to buy!
Hard to believe but in just over two weeks we’ll be switching on the Christmas lights.
The line-up has almost been finalised and all will be revealed in the next few days.
It’s not just what happens on stage though.
This year we’ve brought more things to do away from the stage including family friendly attractions along Lord Street.
It all happens on Sunday, November 19 from mid-day onwards.
The Baytrees hotel on Queens Road, Southport