What a su­perb week for town

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WOW – what a week that was!

How fan­tas­tic was it to see Royal Birk­dale set a new record for the high­est num­ber of golf fans watch­ing The Open?

More than 235,000 peo­ple flooded into the course to watch a truly ex­cit­ing tour­na­ment – many of them also en­joy­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity of ho­tels, shops, bars, restau­rants, and other lo­cal busi­nesses while they were here.

Huge credit must go to Sefton Coun­cil and Southport BID to bring more visi­tors into town to spend their hard-earned cash – and en­cour­age them to make re­turn vis­its to Bri­tain’s “Golf Coast”.

The shut­tle buses be­tween the course and the town cen­tre were a great idea. Em­ploy­ing am­bas­sadors to point visi­tors in the right di­rec­tion was also good.

The very eye-catch­ing golf ball sculp­ture in front of The Atkin­son was in­spired.

And the Sum­mer of Golf at­trac­tion in the Town Hall Gar­dens was a mas­sive hit with fam­i­lies. Thou­sands of peo­ple vis­ited the venue over the past few days, en­joy­ing free at­trac­tions in­clud­ing crazy golf, golf coach­ing, a bunker chal­lenge, long­est putt, and more be­sides.

Lots of peo­ple sat out­side lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, en­joy­ing an ice cream from the Town Hall Gar­dens, or sip­ping a gin from Rem­edy.

Ask­ing lo­cal firm En­vi­ro­lawn to cover the whole area with astroturf was ge­nius.

It made for a re­ally fun at­mos­phere in town and made the po­ten­tial of great event spa­ces like the Town Hall Gar­dens, Chapel Street and the plaza area at The Wa­ter­front, end­less.

What other bril­liant, creative, imag­i­na­tive, pop-up events like this can we stage in our town?

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