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Unwelcome visitors to Formby

Mussels-752846_640Here's an interesting story for you to think about over the holiday weekend. I suspect that whatever the weather Formby beach will be a popular with visitors.

I wonder whether they'll be as controversial as these in the following newspaper report.

It's taken from the Liverpool Daily Post, Thursday 27 September 1945. By the way the story is itself a reprint from 50 years earlier.

FIFTY YEARS AGO From the Liverpool Daily Post.

Scene on the Formby Shore.— For some time past the followers of the cockle and shrimp industry hailing from Banks, near Southport, have visiting the shore Formby and used the cockle beds. This, the local men contend, they have no right to do, as they have to pay a rental to the lords of the manor for the use of the beach, whereas these outsiders pay nothing.

On Tuesday morning three carts owned by fishermen from Banks were discovered on the shore and the owners busily engaged on the cockle beds. Mr. Thomas Rimmer, of the Royal Hotel, who takes a particular interest in the Formby Fishermen’s Association, in company with two police officers, visited the shore. The intruders on seeing them approach dropped the cockles they had gathered and made of in the direction of Crosby.

Yesterday morning matters reached crisis, when between twenty and thirty carts turned up, and immediately made for the cockle beds. After a good many bags had been filled a large crowd of local fishermen put in appearance, followed by four policemen.

The visitors went off in the direction of Crosby, but they were soon outpaced by the local fishing folk, who boarded their carts and threw what cockles they had gathered on to the sands. Several blows were exchanged, but the encounter was not of such serious nature as to make the police interfere.

Rather than home empty-handed, the Banks representatives purchased a number of sacks of cockles from Crosby and Liverpool gatherers who pay a rental for the beds.— September, 1895

Election Notice for Formby Parish Council Published

Sefton Council has published a Notice of Election for a vacancy on Formby Parish Council. An extract from the notice is shown below.

FPC Election 2018

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Election of a Parish Councillor for the Parish Ward listed below

Parish Ward
Number of Parish Councillors to be elected
Formby (Harington Ward)

1. Forms of nomination for Parish Elections may be obtained at Sefton MBC, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.

2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Sefton MBC, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE on any day, Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm, after the date of this notice but no later than4.00pm on Friday 6 April 2018.

3. If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018

(For more information contact the Sefton Council Electoral Registration Officer)


Today is Good Friday

Formby residents commemorate Good Friday with a Walk of Witness.

Good Friday Tomb
St Peter's Church Formby 2017

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover
(Source: Accessed 27 March 2013)

Here in Formby local residents will mark the event with 'The Good Friday Walk of Witness' which finishes at The Pool Gardens.

There will be a presentation of words, music and costume that will recreate the events of Jesus' last hours. From his trial before Pontius Pilate to his death on the cross.

Ainsdale Beach Parking

Sefton has made some changes in parking arrangements at Ainsdale Beach over the Easter Holiday period.

Ainsdale Beach
Ainsdale Beach Entry Point by Google

Due to high tides, Ainsdale beach will remain closed to vehicles over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Each year the beach is normally closed to vehicles from September 30 – April 1, but this year as high tides are forecast, it will continue to be closed until after the Easter weekend.

However, in order to maximise the amount of parking available, the Council has suspended the introduction of the seasonal parking restriction (single yellow line) which would normally apply to the north side of Shore Road, Ainsdale (from the Sands pub to the beach entrance).

This will not be enforced for April 1/2 – instead it will come into operation on Tuesday, April 3.

The Council will also seek to make parking available on the overflow car park at the Promenade and at the Sands pub.

This means there will be a limited amount of parking available for visitors who may wish to access Ainsdale beach over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Ainsdale beach will be back open to vehicles from Tuesday, April 3 and for details about parking and Sefton’s beaches visit