Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport  24/25th Sept 2016

A BIRKENHEAD LIONS RUN EVENT      NOW IN ITS 9th YEAR OF RUNNING.                                                       

Young or Old we have something for Everyone A Truly Great Day out!

LATEST SHOW NEWS ----THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING AND SUPPORTING THE BIGGEST AND BEST SHOW ON THE WIRRAL----THIS YEARS SHOW DATES ARE 13 AND 14 SEPTEMBER 2014---THIS YEAR WE HAVE AN EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER SHOW FOR YOU TO COME AND SEE----NEWS FLASH----THE BIRKENHEAD PARK FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT SHOW WILL BE THE ONLY BIG SHOW ON THE WIRRAL THIS YEAR AS THE PORTSUNLIGHT EVENT WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR !--- WE WILL BE DISPLAYING A FULL SIZED REPLICA OF A WW2 SPITFIRE AND HAVE TWO FULL DAYS OF DOG SHOW EVENTS IN THE SHOW ARENA!!!

CHAIRMANS WELCOME

On behalf of the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show and the Lions International charity welcome to our seventh annual event.


This event is organised and staged by enthusiastic volunteers who in the face of severe financial hardship have again managed to deliver this two day festival.


Unfortunately over the past few years we have had a drastic reduction in sponsorship due to the Council and various companies reducing their expenditure. Last year, we were faced with either cancelling the Festival or charging a £2 per adult admission fee. This nominal charge secured this years’ event by making up our financial shortfall and hopefully this years’ nominal admission fee will secure the next Festival.


Again we have a diverse range of attractions including a WW 2 replica Spitfire fighter courtesy of the Spitfire Heritage Trust. We also felt it was appropriate to mark the centenary of the First World War by inviting various living history re-enactors complete with a section of WW 1 trench. 


Naturally transport is well represented, the impressive ‘Foremost’ and ‘Renown’ steam engines will be amongst the display of large and small steam traction engines. The 1907 Paterson car, one of only a few surviving examples will be on display together with vintage and classic cars, commercial and military vehicles. 


Other favourites include the Howard Brothers vintage steam Gallopers, Punch and Judy, entertainment artistes and even a Postcard Fair in the visitor pavilion. 


The arena entertainment comprises two days of dog shows and various displays of working dogs.


I would like to acknowledge the support of you, the all important visitors to our Show. 


Also, Printability printers, Merseytravel, Merseyrail, Honda Cars, Select Security, Birkenhead Park staff, Friends of the Park, Wirral Transport Museum, Wirral Radio, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, the Sea Cadets and our commentators Glynn Thomas and Bryn Mallion. 


Not forgetting the festival committee of Steve McGreal, Dave Sutton, Mike Friend, Neil Hilton, Martin Connolly, Jim Crabtree, Peter Standish and Tony Bowyer and our willing volunteers.

 

We will shortly begin arranging next years’ festival scheduled for 19th and 20th September, if you would like to Volunteer or Sponsor the event please contact us.


Ken Fretwell, Festival chairman and Birkenhead Lion.




Birkenhead Lions Club




Your local charity is pleased to promote our 7th festival now an established family favourite. 


We pride ourselves on the event being a great family day out for a very modest cost and any surplus funds generated by the festival are distributed among local charities and youth organisations, thanks to last years’ festival 11 beneficiaries received donations. 


Should you wish to join Birkenhead Lions we meet every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Saddle Club in Birkenhead. We hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.


Jim Crabtree, President of Birkenhead Lions Club.






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What Our Show does.

We are the only remaining show left on the Peninsular bringing a great deal of joy and pleasure to the residents of Wirral and to people from much further a field.


The Show is run by Volunteers on a not for profit basis, and part of the money we raise is Donated to various local Wirral based Organisations and Charities. 


Some who have Benefitted in the past have been the Local Army, Navy and Air Cadets, Dale Farm, Parkgate Pony Sanctuary, 7 waves Radio, Friends of Birkenhead Park, West Kirby Model Boat Club, 1 Borough Group and many others. Some of the money we raise we put to one side to help us improve on the next year’s show.




Would you like to help out at this years show ?


We are currently recruiting Volunteers to help out at this years Show.

This is a very Exciting Opportunity for People to help out behind the scenes at Wirrals Biggest and Best show this year.


You can help out for a few hours, a day or the whole Show Weekend. If you would like to discuss this further please click here to go to Volunteering page.


Honouring The Few.

 As this Year marks the 75th Anniversary of the start of WW2 we are proud to be able to announce that we will be displaying a full Scale Replica of a WW 2 Spitfire to Commemorate the Brave Men and Women of the RAF who prevented the fall of our Country to the Natzi,s in 1940.

An RAF spitfire also crashed into Birkenhead park near the Dog show arena on 14th October 1942.

The pilot - US serviceman Douglas Cooper Goudie - managed to bale out of the plane and land in Dingle with just a sprained ankle.


The plane continued on over the River Mersey and plunged into a field in Birkenhead park on the Wirral without hurting anyone.


The Mark 2a Spitfire had taken off from RAF Hawarden on a test flight on the day of the crash.


It came down in a field within Birkenhead Park known as the Night Pasture.

Much of the wreckage, including the engine and some of the cockpit instrumentation, remained buried in the field until five years ago when an excavation team from the Warplane Wreck Investigation Group mounted a salvage operation.


The engine is now on display alongside other war plane artefacts at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton.

Fort Perch Rock is managed by Doug Darroch, whose father Doug Darroch Senior witnessed the crash.


Artefacts from this plane crash will be exhibited next to the replica Spitfire.


SPITFIRE HERITAGE TRUST

LAUNCH AT THE BIRKENHEAD PARK FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT SHOW 13/14 Sept 2014.

The Spitfire Heritage Trust is bringing a life-sized replica Spitfire fighter aircraft to the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show, marking the start of a series of Spitfire initiatives throughout Merseyside in 2015, the year of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Come down and take your picture in front of the most iconic aircraft of all time, say hello and learn about the inspiring work of the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

 

In partnership with local charity Liverpool Heartbeat, the Trust is launching the Tribute to Lesotho Project which shall bring together children from Liverpool and the tiny African Kingdom of Lesotho.



 Ian Hewitt Co-Founder of the Spitfire Heritage Trust.  


“Lesotho is one of the heroes of the Second World War. In 1940 Britain was on the brink of invasion, at this critical time the Kingdom of Lesotho (formerly known as Basutoland) presented Britain with twenty-four Spitfire fighter aircraft, sufficient to equip two entire RAF squadrons. This was a disproportionately generous contribution from a Commonwealth country the size of Wales and with a population of only 400,000 people, and has never been officially acknowledged. We believe it is time to say thank you on behalf of the British people.


The Spitfire Heritage Trust is constructing a life-sized Spitfire Tribute to be presented at the opening of the Lesotho new Government, to be on permanent display in the public areas of the newly constructed Royal Palace.


The Spitfire was built and flown by men and women just like us, that is why it is so important that this icon of the people continues to work hard to defend the values and principals of our commonwealth. This is a grass roots initiative from the people of Great Britain.


Please join us at the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show, 13 and 14th September. Come and record your own Facebook ‘Thank you Lesotho’ video: hats off to the people of Lesotho.”

Robin Baynes MBE founder Liverpool Heartbeat


“Liverpool Heartbeat is delighted to be working with The Spitfire Heritage Trust, informing, educating and inspiring young people across Merseyside. It is important that young people understand how the past influences their lives and that they too, can influence the future. We’ll be bringing children over from Lesotho to work and engage with Liverpool children, and taking Liverpool children back to Lesotho to be a part of the Royal presentation. The Lesotho Tribute project will change young lives in both Liverpool and Lesotho. We are developing fantastic projects through 2015 from the Bikes for Lesotho Project to the Tri4life Katse Dam to Maseru Challenge”.



David Spencer Evans, chairman of the Spitfire Heritage Trust…


“Seventy five years on; it’s difficult for the generations that follow to appreciate the enormity and lasting effects of the events of the 1930s and 40s on the greater part of the world. It seems to many of us born in the generations that followed the Second World War that it is a question of honour that we should remember the support of the Kingdom of Lesotho for what they gave us. We are now half way through building a full-sized replica of a Spitfire to present to Lesotho. It will be presented at the opening of the new Government and Royal Palace complex in 2016 where it will be on permanent display.

This symbolic gift from the “grass roots,” the ordinary folk of Britain, will be particularly meaningful.” 

Liverpool Heartbeat have donated a Flight In A Tiger Moth


Simply purchase a raffle ticket at the Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show to be in with a chance of winning this once in a life time experience to fly over the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire on a date of your choice.

DIDN'T WIN THE TIGER MOTH FLIGHT, WELL TRY THIS INSTEAD.

The Micro Drone 2.0 is a small battery operated drone which is remote controlled by a transmiter.It is great fun and easy to fly, and can be equiped with a HD camera to take stills photographs or video.


The Micro Drone stand will be at our Show on Sunday giving awesome demonstrations on how this can be flown and selling the drone and cameras as well.


Come along and watch this thing fly, its not long till Christmas !

DOG SHOW ARENA.

This year our Show Arena is dedicated to two full days of all things dog.


Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport Show is a highlight of the North West calendar, and the annual dog show is one of the most popular attractions.


This year our Arena will host a two day celebration of our unique relationship with dogs and their role in our family, sporting and working lives.


The dog shows are kindly sponsored by Wirral Dog Food, Point2point Dog Training, Wirral Kennel Association and CSJ specialist canine feeds.


Come along to discover many different breeds and find out more about type, temperament, health and activity needs.

This event is about awareness and responsible ownership as well as a celebration of our best four legged friends.There will be lots of advice and information about feeding, training, handling, rescuing, showing and choosing the right dog for your family and lifestyle.


This year we will again be having demonstrations by Guide Dogs, come along and see how these wonderful dogs are trained and how they change peoples lives.


Saturdays Arena - includes Pedigree dog show, training demonstrations, canine games.


Sundays Arena -  working dog show including Terrier, Lurcher, Whippet and Gun dog rings and working dog demonstration.Our popular fun dog show will be running on both days.


SKYFALL, are you brave enough to ride it ?

SKYFALL is a new type of High Adrenalin rush ride brought here from the United States and making its debut at our Show this year.


Dare you ride the SKYFALL??


What about a ride in the spitfire simulator

Had your photograph taken standing next to the Lesoto Spitfire, wondering what it would be like to fly in a real one?


Then take a ride in our flight simulator,hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

Try your hand at archery

For the budding Robin Hoods out there why not try your hand at Archery. 


Situated near the Catering village, no previous experience is required, great fun to be had by adults as well as children.


You may like it that much that you will want to take it up as a Sport, there are clubs locally who will teach you how to do it.

Ken Fretwell


Chairman,


Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport.