Rememberance Sunday.Old Swan Funday

It’s always a bonus as a Cultural Champion to advertise something in advance rather than reviewing after the event so when I ask you all “Hey what are you up to Sunday afternoon?”
just answer  “Oooh I don’t know John what do you suggest?”
Well it’s funny you should ask because this Sunday from around 1pm til 5pm in my beloved Old Swan there will be a  Festival held at Doric Park in rememberance of murdered teenager Joseph Lappin  (easiest way to get there is straight up Dovercliffe Road [where the old Home and Bargain used to be. Now it’s Heron.Gammon grills £1.00 wohoo! but only does Maxwell House boohooh] to where you’ll see a large pair of gates).

I have a special affection for this park as  I taught my daughters to ride their bikes there and I can still picture my eldest as a teary eyed five year old, elbows and knees cut to ribbons  pleading with me not to take her home yet because “I’ve nearly learnt it Dad.Look! THUD!”
Anyway that’s my suggestion.Funfilled and community spirited and if this weeks weather is anything to go by it will be an absolute scorcher.Below is the press release from Liverpool City Council in more detail:

The Joseph Lappin Memorial Festival takes place at Doric Park, Old Swan, L13, from midday until 5pm.

It has been co-ordinated by Old Swan ward Councillors Joanne Calvert, Peter Brennan and Gary Millar, working in partnership with Joseph’s family and friends, local community groups and businesses.

The festival aims to create a day to remember and give the local community a positive day of togetherness and friendship in Joseph’s name. The organisers are expecting warm weather and are inviting people of all ages to attend for a day of music, sport, dance and much more. People are also being asked to bring their picnic gear and spare pennies for the raffle to raise funds for the Joseph Lappin Foundation.

With the Olympic Flame passing through Old Swan on 1st June, the event has been given a sports and health theme. The day will include football, netball, basketball, cricket and hockey sessions, along with dance performances and lessons

Brouhaha International will be bringing a carnival sprit to the park, and there will be hair and beauty treatments, as well as animals from Rice Lane City Farm. Music will be provided by the Liverpool Signing Choir and local bands.

There will also be a fire engine, bouncy castle, a climbing wall, and a designated picnic area.

And the event will be given an even greater sense of civic occasion at 1pm with a visit from the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, she will be joined by local MP Luciana Berger.

Councillor Gary Millar, Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool said: “Joseph was a tremendous role model, who was loved by everyone who knew him. We want to make sure his memory lives on, and this festival is a fantastic way of doing that.

“I would ask all members of the local community to come along to the festival to show support for this worthy cause.”

Joseph, a 16-year-old Army cadet from Old Swan was attacked and stabbed on his way home with two friends from a local youth club in Everton in October, 2008.

Toni Lappin (Joe’s mum), Liverpool City Council, the Youth Service, Old Swan businesses, the Scouts, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Your Housing, the PCT, the police and the fire & rescue service have all been involved in making the event a reality.

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One response to “Rememberance Sunday.Old Swan Funday”

  1. andreascultureblog says :

    Might pop round there with my little darlings. Doric Park’s a special place for every kid who grew up nearby. I have fond memories of the big slides that used to be there and the fire engines that got called nearly every other day to remove some kid’s head that had got stuck in the rungs of the ladder. Great stuff.

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