• New Ferry, lantern parade

Community lantern parade to mark anniversary of New Ferry blast

New Ferry community members are encouraged to take part in a lantern parade marking the anniversary of a devastating blast.

The ‘Into the Light’ event aims to ensure those affected by the explosion two years ago have not been forgotten, reminding others that the Wirral town continues to need support.

Workshops will take place in two of the area’s primary schools and artists have been commissioned to work with the wider community to hold lantern making workshops, creating lanterns for the anniversary parade.

A drop-in session is being held between 10am and 4pm on 16 March at Windsor Close Community House on Windsor Close, offering an opportunity to receive guidance from the artists to create a handmade lantern.

Everyone who attends will take away a lantern, ready to join in the parade when it takes place on 25 March.

‘Into the Light’ comes as a result of work by Wirral Council to support people affected by the blast on 25 March 2017, which rocked New Ferry and Port Sunlight communities, and develop an appropriate anniversary event.

Wirral Council leader, Councillor Phil Davies says: “From immediately after the explosion council staff have been closely involved in both helping those affected by the blast and working on rebuilding the town centre.

“This lantern parade will ensure that the people of New Ferry know they have not been forgotten and will hopefully serve as a reminder to all those farther afield that the town continues to need our help and support.

“In order for this event to be a success we need the community to get involved, so tell your family and friends, come along and get involved.”

A public consultation event took place earlier this year seeking the public’s views on possible New Ferry residential developments.

Meanwhile the local authority has also been progressing with its own regeneration plans to invest £1.3 million in residential schemes, which involve buying and demolishing several privately owned derelict and dilapidated properties.

Last week Wirral Council approved an additional £200,000 to support residents and businesses affected by the explosion, on top of around £400,000 in emergency funding for New Ferry from the local authority in the last two years.

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