Community groups come together to make Southport even better!

TWO community groups in Southport have joined forces to help make the resort look even better.

Following on from an article which appeared in the Champion which highlighted Lord Street in Bloom group’s need to gain insurance for their work making the town centre bloom with floral displays, the Southport Rotary Club have come to the rescue.

Kevin Long, a member of the Southport Meols Rotary group spotted the article and rallied his fellow members to lend a hand – and the generosity has not stopped there!

A spokesperson for Meols Rotary said: “As friends of Meols Rotary the gardening group would be covered by us for the work being carried out.

“Kevin was put in touch with Pauline Morris the ‘guiding light’ of Lord St in Bloom and put the proposal to her which then had to be ratified by Sefton Council before the arrangement could be formalised.

“Once agreed, the group became Friends of Southport Meols and, as such, they now wear hi vis vests proudly declaring the fact they are covered by Rotary Public Liability Insurance

“The group have even acquired some new volunteers from Meols Rotary who are now hooked on gardening!

“We recently helped Lord St in Bloom to plant 5000 crocus bulbs outside the Town Hall, which along with 5000 more donated by Southport Rotary, which are outside Sainsbury’s, and a further 1000 by Sunrise Rotary will create a splash of purple along Lord Street next Spring.

“2017 is the centenary of Rotary Foundation and one of their key projects is End Polio Now; when a child is immunised their pinkie is marked by a purple stamp to indicate that they have been vaccinated.

“So, as part of the activity to raise awareness and support to eradicate this disease worldwide, which is within our grasp, the Rotary Clubs of Southport are painting Lord Street purple!”