Tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances giv­ing our town pub­lic­ity that money can’t buy

Midweek Visiter - - Southport Bid -

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

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