(Shower) cur­tain’s up on rov­ing show

Midweek Visiter - - News - with Neil New­ton

THERE’S noth­ing bet­ter, for me, than tak­ing my ra­dio show out and about to meet new peo­ple and lis­ten­ers.

Re­cently, my Sand­grounder Ra­dio pro­gramme came live from Brun­slee Court in Church­town.

For those who don’t know, this is a re­tire­ment com­plex in Cam­bridge Road for the over-55s.

I was in­vited by McCarthy & Stone, the own­ers, to spend the night there.

As it was a Fri­day, I took along my great friend and fel­low pre­sen­ter, Johnny Kennedy, who is pic­tured here broad­cast­ing live from the shower! Surely a ra­dio first? South­port is full of great restau­rants and even big­ger char­ac­ters.

I wel­comed “Onny” from Vo­lare into the stu­dio for some­thing we call Foodie Thurs­day.

Orig­i­nally from Si­cily, the Vo­lare team are cel­e­brat­ing 10 years in busi­ness in Lord Street. Here’s to the next 10! That end of South­port, known now as the North­ern Quar­ter, con­tin­ues to shine.

If you own a res­tau­rant and fancy tak­ing part, do get in touch. You can bring the food! Fi­nally, once a month I also run some­thing called the Sefton Surgery.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly was my lat­est in­ter­vie­wee.

We talked about a wide range of sub­jects, in­clud­ing Sefton’s Year of the Coast 2017.

Au­tumn, ap­proach­ing win­ter time, is al­ways a fab time to visit our gor­geous beaches and prom­e­nades.

Do join me on week­day morn­ings, 7-11am live from South­port and across the North West on DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio, via our free mo­bile app and on­line too.

Fol­low me @pre­sen­terneil.

ARECORD num­ber of star­lings have come home to roost at WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre.

Martin Mere is cur­rently home to one of na­ture’s most amaz­ing spec­ta­cles – 50,000 star­lings roost­ing at the cen­tre.

The birds dis­perse dur­ing the day but re­turn at ap­prox­i­mately 4pm ev­ery day with a fan­tas­tic 20-minute spec­ta­cle, cre­at­ing shapes in the sky as they pre­pare to roost for the evening.

It is the largest num­ber of star­lings the cen­tre has ever seen, be­ing at least 10 years since the last large roost of 30,000 birds.

The best views of the birds’ dis­play is from the reedbed walk from the Har­rier Hide.

At the mo­ment they are dis­play­ing be­tween 4.10pm and 4.30pm but as the even­ings get darker it will grad­u­ally come ear­lier.

Re­serve war­dens are walk­ing every­one back af­ter the dis­play to the exit as the build­ing closes at 4.30pm.

Star­lings spend a lot of the year in flocks. They are smaller than black­birds, with a short tail, pointed head and tri­an­gu­lar wings.

They look black at a dis­tance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of pur­ples and greens.

WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre is open ev­ery day (ex­cept Christ­mas Day) from 9.30am to 4.30pm dur­ing win­ter months and park­ing is free of charge.

Visit the web site www.wwt. org.uk/mar­t­in­mere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT wet­land cen­tres.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, left, on the Sefton Surgery and, right, Onny from Vo­lare joined Neil for the Foodie Thurs­day slot

Neil at Brun­slee Court, left, and special guest Johnny Kennedy check­ing out the shower

A record num­ber of star­lings have come home to roost at WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre

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