Bike & Go launches Chic Cyclist 2017 competition

Bikeandgo1Newlywed Pippa Middleton, supermodel Kendall Jenner, and actress Blake Lively have all been snapped in chic – but very normal - cycling gear.

And now the country’s leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go is inviting you to do the same.

Bike & Go has launched its annual search to find Britain’s most stylish cyclist. So if you pride yourself on looking as effortlessly chic on your bike as you do off it, then pull out that selfie stick and start snapping.

Whether your cycle chic is jeans and Converse for a casual weekend ride, or heels and a shift dress for an office-ready commute to work, Bike & Go want to see it.

Any gender is eligible to enter, with the winner riding off with £150 worth of Love to Shop vouchers, which can be redeemed at a wide range of UK stores and attractions.
Simply take a selfie, or ask a friend to do it for you, of yourself on your bike in your most stylish cycling outfit and tweet it to @UKBikeandGo using the hashtag #ChicCyclist2017

The winner will be announced via Twitter on Friday, July 7 through the @UKBikeandGo handle.

Rosanna Downes, 31, won last year’s Chic Cyclist competition. She said:

“My partner Tom and I love riding our tandem, so when we got engaged there was no doubt in our minds that it should be a part of our wedding.

“In my winning entry I'm definitely the most chic I've ever looked on a bicycle, though I was amazed to win against some pretty stiff competition. I celebrated with a suitably chic shopping trip. I'd urge anyone considering to submit an entry - it's great fun seeing your pic alongside all the other chic cyclists and you never know, you might just win.”

Cycling enthusiast and Bike & Go’s business manager Linda van der Haar, who has brought her own version of cycle chic from the Netherlands to the UK, said:

“Last year’s Chic Cyclist competition revealed just how many stylish cyclists there are riding around the UK, and we’re hoping that this year we’ll see even more fabulous entrants taking part.

“Cycling isn’t about donning Lycra that clings in all the wrong places – it’s about getting around in a way that provides lots of mental and physical health benefits, and is good for the environment too. Our Chic Cyclist 2017 competition aims to highlight the fact that anyone can jump on a bike – whatever they’re wearing.”


Shop Scene from the Past

I wonder how many of you know what this is? 

Older followers are likely to recognise it first, but I challenge the younger reader to try a guess before reading more. 

Wire cash carrier

It’s a wire cash carrier found in many High Street shops in the 1950's. Recently I found myself remembering a Foster Brothers high street shop in Shirley, Birmingham. 

A men's and boys outfitters only found in the Birmingham City area in the 1950's. Imagine a large High Street shop like Derbyshires in Formby, or Brynes at Freshfield, both characterised by the presence of different departments.

Fosters had a department for shirts, another for 'off the peg' suits, another for socks and so on. As you went to each department, a shop assistant would be available to help  you with the products only available in that section.

The assistant would write out the invoice by hand, take your cash, fold it into the invoice and stuff into a leather pouch. This would be attached to a wire cash carrier, the release mechanism triggered and the pouch would whizz across the shop floor above customers and staff, arriving with a short crashing sound at the cashiers office.

Soon after, the pouch would be returned in a similar manner, the invoice replaced by a receipt acknowledging the transaction. In the meantime the shop assistant would meticulously pack your purchases using a single sheet of brown paper,  securing the whole parcel  with string fastening.

How times have changed, now 'click and collect' is transforming our High Streets beyond recognition. 



Sefton Circular Cycle Route

Sefton Council launches circular cycle route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route. On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section. The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.


Meet The Fornebei Vikings


Formby Library have invited the ‘Fornebei Herfolk Group’ to politely invade Formby Library’s newly developed garden space for the day.

The invasion takes place on Saturday, May 20 when the Fornebei Vikings will be roaming the library garden from 10am-2pm.

During the day, there will be a bird of prey demonstration, Viking storytelling, game playing, a shield design competition and displays of weaponry, costumes and weaving.

Historian and TV presenter, Mark Olly, will also be there to answer questions about Viking life and culture.

Entry to the event is free of charge and there will be prizes to be won.





Formby Parish Council Needs You

Have you got the ideas and the energy to enrich the life of Formby?

There's a vacancy on Formby Parish Council. Get involved in the life of your local community.

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Something for the weekend?

Are you worried about your health?

Do you want to lose weight, start some exercise, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg? Sefton Council have provided lot's of outdoor Green Gym equipment across the Borough.

And you don't need lessons on using the equipment here's some advice from Sefton on one of the common green Gym machines. The Cross Rider. Enjoy.

Cross Rider Live

The Football Pools Sign Britain's First £3 Million Footballer As The Ultimate Ringer

Submitted By Paul Garbett | Senior Account Manager | Fast Track | Part of CSM Sport & Entertainment

Britain’s first £3 Million footballer Ian Rush has made a surprise return to football – as The Football Pools brought in the Liverpool legend as the ultimate pub team ringer.

Railway FC Team LiveRush surprised Over 35’s side - Railway Formby Vets FC – by turning out in a five-a-side match to promote the chance to win £3 Million for just £1 on The Football Pools.

30 years ago, Rush became the very first British player to breach the £3 Million mark when he signed for Juventus from Liverpool for £3.2 Million – a British record transfer fee at the time.

And the former Liverpool striker insisted he was delighted to get back on the pitch for his local team, and add Railway Formby to his impressive list of former clubs.

He said:

“Grassroots football is where the game’s heart is, and when The Football Pools asked if I wanted to make a comeback, I was delighted to put my boots back on.

Looking back on my career, the £3 Million British record fee was a significant moment, and I hope the same amount will be even more special for someone playing The Football Pools. The Football Pools is a great Liverpool institution and it’s brilliant to see a real tradition of British football coming back into the public eye.”

And having been presented with a brand new kit for the team, Railway Formby captain Mick Shannon admitted he still couldn’t quite believe he could count a British football legend amongst his teammates.

He said:

Football Shirt Presentation LiveHe’s not a bad player is he? If he keeps working hard he’ll go far here.

In all seriousness though, we had to pick our jaws up off the floor when he turned up. There’s lots of Liverpool fans in the team, so it was incredible to play alongside Ian. I can’t wait to tell my other mates that I’ve played with Ian Rush now and I’d like to say a big thanks to The Football Pools for setting this up and providing the new kits.”

The Football Pools, which was founded and remains based in Liverpool, is celebrating a comeback of its own - with a brand new TV advertising campaign launched at the weekend.

The Pools offers the chance to win a £3Million Top Prize for just £1, and can now be played at WHSmith stores as well as at and via their mobile iOS app.


Paul Garbett, Fast Track Agency
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