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WHAT'S NEW IN MEMORIES AND PHOTOS:

 

The New Ferry Summer Community Event was held in July 2014.  See the 2010s page.

 

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You can also see Miss Johnson's class of 1937-18 at Port Sunlight Church Drive School. See the 1930s page.

 

You can read the e-book about the Bromborough Ju88 incident in 1940.

 

 

 

MEMORIES AND PHOTOS - 2000s


THE NFRAG SHOP, 39 BEBINGTON ROAD  c.2001

When New Ferry Regeneration Action Group first started in 1999, the group wanted to find a way to consult with local people to ascertain what residents and businesses thought about New Ferry and what they would like to see happen.  Founder member of NFRAG, Mel Roberts, volunteered to run the shop which the group opened with funding given by Wirral Borough Council. 

The driving force behind NFRAG was Mel, his colleague Arthur Waller (who became the first chairman of NFRAG), local businessman Dave Gregory.  They were ably assisted by resident Marion Sloane and were given support by local councillors Bob Moon (Lib) and Anna McLaughlin (Lab).  South Wirral MP Ben Chapman was also instrumental in helping NFRAG's first major project win approval, the installation of CCTV cameras around the shopping centre.

In the top photo, Arthur Waller is seen posing outside the shop shortly after it opened in 2001, whilst in the second picture below, both Arthur and Mel can be seen at work on the community's behalf.  The shop closed in 2004.

NFRAG was Mel Roberts' passion.  Not a native "Ferryite" (as he called them), he spent over 25 happy years living in New Ferry, during the latter of which he helped to set up the Butterfly Park and took pride in being known locally as "The Butterfly Man".  Mel died in November 2002, whilst his close friend Dave Gregory - another NFRAG stalwart - also died 12 months later.  They are both a huge loss to this community.

 

 


ALDI STORE, BEBINGTON ROAD c.2004

When Aldi first approached Wirral Council with their proposal to build a store in New Ferry back in 2002, the design was the usual standard building thrown up almost anywhere.  However, because of the new store's proximity to the architecturally sensitive Port Sunlight Village, Aldi were forced to redraw the plans and produce a much more sympathetic design befitting of such a location.  The new design featured brick and stone detailing to make it sympathetic to its important surroundings.  If only all developers could be forced to make such concessions, then maybe we wouldn't be so critical of most modern architecture.

 

THE GREAT EASTERN  c.2005

A last look at the Great Eastern pub before it closed down around 2007.  The building remained boarded up for several years, the last operators having stripped out and sold off the last of the surviving relics purchased from the breaking up of Brunel's SS Great Eastern on the shore behind it in 1888/9; because the artefacts had all been removed, English Heritage refused to list the building, which was eventually demolished in 2010 by Worksharp Eco Homes who plan to build 10 semi-detached houses on the site.   As yet, they haven't done so - and this important site is now a mass of overgrown weeds.

 

 

LAST DAYS OF THE TRAVELLERS REST PUBLIC HOUSE, NEW FERRY ROAD  October 2001

In 2006, the former Travellers Rest pub, as seen on the 1910s page, was converted into a row of new cottages (the existing building became three cottages, whilst two new ones were built to the right).  The pub had been empty and boarded up for many years.  Here it is seen in its final days before the builders moved in to start work. 

Unfortunately, the building work damaged the roots of the lovely tree seen to the far right which was part of the small garden between New Ferry Road and the garages.  Within a year, the weakened tree succumbed to the strong winds of the next winter and had to be cut down.  By late 2007, the Council also ripped out the rose bushes which had grown infront of it.  A shameful waste! 

 

LAST DAYS OF THE DELL PRIMARY SCHOOL,  Summer 2005

In 2007, the former Dell Primary School was demolished to make way for new flats.  Many children from the north end of New Ferry went here rather than to Grove Street.  Here we see the school as it was in its final days before a demolition team moved in to knock it down to make way for yet more apartments.

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NEW FERRY SNOWSTORM     February 2006

Text and photos submitted by Mark Anthony Craig, 20th October 2009

"It isn't often that we get snow in New Ferry, being so close to the sea as we are.  However, February 2006 was an exception when a particularly heavy blizzard hit (it was the one which the weight of snow sunk the ferry landing stage at Liverpool's Pier Head).  My daughter Shannon immediately wanted to go out and build a snowman.  However, we had to walk to the postbox in New Ferry Road to post a letter - and in that time the wind was so bitingly cold in our faces that Shannon quickly changed her mind and opted to go back indoors by the warm fire.  It was during that trip to the postbox that I took the camera with me and took these snaps between Shorefields and New Ferry Road."


TALL SHIPS VISIT THE RIVER MERSEY   21 July 2008  

Shorefields Nature Park is a fantastic location on the western bank of the River Mersey. It is the largest, flattest area remaining next to the river and has brilliant views of the river estuary across to the city of Liverpool. The beach at this location is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the importance of its mudflats to a variety of wildfowl.  This short video was filmed from the cliff top at Shorefields.



 


LAST DAY OF WOOLWORTHS STORE  27 December 2008

It was a sad day, not only for New Ferry, but the rest of the country as well when our much beloved Woolworths stores all closed down for good.  Many people will remember the friendly store in New Ferry, and its helpful staff.  Whatever you needed, Woolies usually had it - and who can forget having your young children drag you through the toy aisles in the run up to christmas, and then the end of year sales when the store sold all those end of lines items.  Woolies, we miss you.  Today the shop is Heron Foods.

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BROMBOROUGH LANDFILL FIRE   May 2009

In May 2009, New Ferry and Bromborough residents had a bit of a scare one sunny weekend afternoon when some extremely misguided local youths sneaked onto the landfill site and set fire to some of the exposed bitumen impregnated lining material which BIFFA use as a layer between the tipped rubbish and clay/topsoil layer. 

A massive plume of black smoke billowed into the sky, temporarily making the landfill mountain resemble a smoking volcano.  The still photo to the right was taken from the other side of the river at Otterspool.

One New Ferry resident filmed the unwelcome spectacle from their bedroom window (see below).

What is worrying is that if the methane gas being produced by the rotting rubbish underneath the fire had ignited, there would have been a just a massive water-filled crater left where the landfill had once been.  There could have been fatalities in the surrounding community when the tip could have exploded like a massively destructive bomb!  And many homes further afield would have been putting in insurance claims for broken windows as the least of the damage caused.

Read the newspaper article printed the following week about the incident.

 


BEBINGTON STATION   February 2009

Class 507014 departs Bebington while another 2 arrive

 


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