THING OF THE WEEK
SPLASH THE CASH… Southport’s Splash World indoor water park is on course to finally reopen after a three-year wait. The centre, which boasts numerous slides and a mascot called Murtle the Turtle, was closed in December 2019 for essential repairs. The project was delayed due to the onset of the pandemic before work restarted last year. Now, Sefton Council is due to sign off an additional £270,000 that could pave the way for Splash World to reopen in October.
PUBLIC SERVICE… An initiative from Salford City Council could eventually unearth the next Andy Murray. With Wimbledon on the horizon, news that the local authority is investing £272,000 of Section 106 contributions to upgrade tennis courts at some of its parks is timely. Salford noted that tennis participation increased during the pandemic but has since dropped off again, adding that most of its community courts are in poor condition. What an ace idea.
ATTRACTION… Exhibition designer Mather & Co has been appointed to create a new immersive and interactive attraction inside Manchester Town Hall, telling the story of the iconic building, which is currently undergoing a £214m renovation. “We don’t want this experience to be a museum,” said Sarah Clarke, managing director at Mather & Co. “We want to create a memorable experience with personality.”
He's done it! 125 miles in 5 days from Birmingham to Manchester raising funds for @TheChristieNHS – well done @pjfjackson and big thanks to Joyce his walking guide #Seddon125 #125miles https://t.co/fqZgtFxupW pic.twitter.com/DVKgf3jqeU
— Seddon (@yourseddon) June 17, 2022
IMPRESSIVE FEET… He’s done it. Seddon MD Peter Jackson has completed his 125-mile walk from Birmingham to Manchester raising an incredible £7,300 for The Christie at the time of writing. That works out at an average of £58 a mile, only slightly higher than the price of fuel at present. Well done, Peter.
REVOLUTION… The renovation of parts of Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is well underway, as this new video shows. Both the Power Hall, home to one of the UK’s largest collections of steam engines, and the 1830 Station and Warehouse are being given a bit of TLC.