Just down the road from me is the new Wirral Met College on Wirral Waters. It’s been there a year now and there’s a few things I really like. First up is the design. It reminds me of Icelandic architecture. I like the big windows so people can see in and out. Turns out there’s a reason for this. It’s so people passing can understand the use of the building and also invite people in. The idea is that you can see people learning a skill and maybe think you could try it too. Clever. On the flip side it the view inspires the students. They’ll see the area develop over time and how the skills they’re learning can be put to real world use. Again, clever.
It’s been 100 years since the start of WW1. I chose to document the Remembrance Sunday service close to home in New Brighton. I’m sure more people came out this year than others. Old veterans, families with young children and babies, men and women all came out to pay their respects.
Featured above is Don Roe who served on HMS Duke of York, 1943-46. He attended the service with his family.
The largest Viking longship built in modern times arrived in Wirral yesterday. I’ve had a connection to Vikings ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Thingwall. As I’m sure you know *ahem* Thingwall comes from the phrase for Viking meeting place, þing vollr. As kids our headmaster once marched us from the school to the local church. He wore a plastic Viking helmet. So I grew up with a connection to it. A minor one for sure but it was there. Seeing this ship arrive on the Mersey and sail into the docks was a really lovely sight. The detail in the ship is breathtaking. They didn’t just make a long ship they really really made a long ship. It’s a working museum piece.
The Wirral food and drink festival has been re-branded as Farm Feast Fest. The 2 day event came complete with sheep, cheesecake, New Order’s greatest hits and of course torrential bank holiday rain. Apparently my jacket wasn’t as waterproof as I had been led to believe so I had to pop to my dad’s to get dry clothes before hypothermia set in. It was epically wet and of course a lot of people just didn’t care. It was all part of the fun.
The Ship and Mitre had lovely pint glasses you could carry with you all day for a discount refill and even take home. They also had a huge assortment of beer and cider to try. Street food was available and it seemed like “dawgs n slaw” were the popular items more so than your standard gourmet burger. You could get cocktails in coconuts too. The vintage fair had an old game machine that was tempting. You know the sort that had tennis, football etc from some random brand wanting to cash in on Pong?