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Thousands expected for Port Sunlight Festival
AN estimated 40,000 people are expected to attend a festival marking the 125th anniversary of Port Sunlight Village later this month.
Taking place on September 21-22, it will coincide with its Founder’s Day celebrations.
Key elements will include more than 100 regional food and craft producers, chef demonstration stage, vintage entertainment and children’s rides, a fun dog show, a vintage and classic car display, and live music.
Lionel Bolland, chief executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust, said: "The festival is our most ambitious event initiative to date and we see it as an opportunity to demonstrate how we can widen our role, profile and offer amongst the tourism hub of Merseyside, Wirral & Cheshire.
"Given our exciting partnership with lead sponsors PG Tips in hosting the event, we're planning a two day bonanza with a heavy emphasis on food, family fun and entertainment.
"This will boost both the community, indigenous food producers, many SME businesses in the area and of course, generate multipliers effects for the tourism industry too.”
The village was founded by Bolton-born businessman William Hesketh Lever, later the 1st Viscount Leverhulme, in 1888.
The festival's organisers are also inviting visitors, residents, employees and all those with an interest in the village to share their memories and stories of the village over the years on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortSunlight125
Katherine Lynch, manager of Port Sunlight Museum enthused: “We’re very keen to be regarded as much more than just a visitor attraction as part of our future growth.
"Even in the same year that we have re-opened the Museum following a substantial five figure refurbishment and in addition to our new offer, we want to take the Museum and Port Sunlight Village’s engagement to another level.
"We believe staging a Festival of this nature and magnitude demonstrates our intentions and future long term strategy for boosting visitor numbers and bringing the Village to the people."
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern, in whose constituency the festival will be held, said: "I am delighted about the combining of the summer festival and the food fayre to create this exciting event to be held in Port Sunlight.
"It sounds sure to be a great community event and Port Sunlight is a lovely location for such festivities.
"It is a wonderful way to mark the 125th anniversary of the Unilever Factory and to celebrate Founders Day."
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