Wirral's warm Open welcome praised by council leaders

Wirral's warm Open welcome praised by council leaders

Volunteers Jack Skilling, Keith Mills and Adam Pulham.

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THE warm welcome offered by Hoylake residents to visitors to the Open Championship has been praised by council leaders.

When Hoylake hosted the Open in 2006 it set a record for the highest attended Open ever, with 230,000 people attending over the week.

That is a record Hoylake still holds despite this year’s event attracting less than that, although all predictions on attendance for the 143rd Open were met.

Even Saturday’s wet conditions failed to put a dampener on events, with crowds turning up in their thousands for the third day when the weather helped Hoylake chalk up another first – the first ever two-tee start in the history of the 154-year-old championship.

With Hoylake and Wirral presented beautifully in mostly glorious sunshine, the area received unprecedented worldwide positive publicity and is expected to receive a considerable boost to tourism as a result.

Another positive legacy will be the partnerships forged by inviting key business leaders and influences as guests of Wirral during the Open, showcasing its potential as a business local to investors.

Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, said: “There has been an unprecedented amount of positive media interest in Hoylake and Wirral as a result of the championship and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“As in 2006, one of the most memorable aspects of the week has been how residents have made our visitors feel welcome.

“Journalists in the media centre who travel all over the world to cover these kinds of events have commented on the unprecedented level of local interest, the buzz in the town, and how they have been made to feel part of the community.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this – the R&A, residents, businesses, and our staff and contractors for making it such a success and for sending our guests away happy.”

Chief executive Graham Burgess echoed the comments on the council leader, adding: “I am very proud of the welcome Wirral has given our visitors during the Open and the way our staff have rose to the challenge, particularly around making sure that roads and infrastructure worked efficiently.

“This week has been a fantastic opportunity for us to show Wirral to the world and I am confident that the benefits to jobs and the economy will be felt for many years to come.”

The council has been working hard to use the boost to the region’s profile created by the Open to drive the economy, grow employment and ensure local businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

During the championship, Birkenhead-based he Contact Company announced that it was creating more than 100 new jobs over the next six months thanks to major new contracts with Sainsbury’s and digital TV service provider U View to provide customer service call handling.

Wirral guests at the Open included a range of national and international companies and organisations with a focus on the offshore energy and automotive supply chain sectors.

Businesses represented include Dong Energy Group, Osiris Projects, Solar Consulting Australia, Bentley Motors, McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors and Toyota.

Throughout the Open week. Wirral Chamber of Commerce showcased everything from breakfast cereals to offshore survival kits at a special exhibition at Egerton House.

Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce said: “I can’t think of a better opportunity to show off the skills of some of our thriving businesses and then excellence of their products are created here on our doorstep."

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3:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

johnhardaker says...

One wonders how many councillors & officers attended the open & more importantly how much it cost the poor ratepayers of the wirral in entry fees & hospitality, my guess the bill will run into tens of thousands & as usual no doubt the will try to keep a closely guarded secret .
I could be wrong but lets wait & see when the council answer freedom of information request which is allready in place.
One wonders how many councillors & officers attended the open & more importantly how much it cost the poor ratepayers of the wirral in entry fees & hospitality, my guess the bill will run into tens of thousands & as usual no doubt the will try to keep a closely guarded secret . I could be wrong but lets wait & see when the council answer freedom of information request which is allready in place. johnhardaker
  • Score: 5

3:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

The show casing of breakfast cereals is a euphemism for “We all met first at Egerton House for a free breakfast”. I understand the staff worked 10 hour shifts providing a range of patisserie before the exclusive transport arrived to ferry our VIPs to further “show casing” at the tented village at the expense of the Wirral tax payers.

To be fair in 2006 they all started with a full English breaky at Egerton House so on this occasion it would seem they’ve been watching SuperScrimpers and downsized from a large rasher and a sunny side up to a selection of sticky buns.

But, then its money well spent if we gain a few zero contract jobs in a call centre.
The show casing of breakfast cereals is a euphemism for “We all met first at Egerton House for a free breakfast”. I understand the staff worked 10 hour shifts providing a range of patisserie before the exclusive transport arrived to ferry our VIPs to further “show casing” at the tented village at the expense of the Wirral tax payers. To be fair in 2006 they all started with a full English breaky at Egerton House so on this occasion it would seem they’ve been watching SuperScrimpers and downsized from a large rasher and a sunny side up to a selection of sticky buns. But, then its money well spent if we gain a few zero contract jobs in a call centre. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 6

5:27pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Thepleb says...

After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies???
After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies??? Thepleb
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Cloud 23 says...

Thepleb wrote:
After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies???
Yes because at the end of the week guess what pleb? Nobody hands over a cheque for 70 odd million to the Council and says there you go you dont need to make savings as a result of government cuts now...but then you knew that didn't you.
[quote][p][bold]Thepleb[/bold] wrote: After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies???[/p][/quote]Yes because at the end of the week guess what pleb? Nobody hands over a cheque for 70 odd million to the Council and says there you go you dont need to make savings as a result of government cuts now...but then you knew that didn't you. Cloud 23
  • Score: 7

8:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

Thepleb wrote:
After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies???
You don't need Mystic Meg to answer that one!
Don't ask how much it cost,but how much working time is lost,and if the answer is "none",then do we need these highly paid parasites. Perhaps they should be added to the 500!
[quote][p][bold]Thepleb[/bold] wrote: After all this investment will Wirral Council still make 500 people redundant from September this year,close Lyndale,sell off Europa pools,Guinea Gap,Leasowe and Woodchurch leisure centres to private companies???[/p][/quote]You don't need Mystic Meg to answer that one! Don't ask how much it cost,but how much working time is lost,and if the answer is "none",then do we need these highly paid parasites. Perhaps they should be added to the 500! bigfoot
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

wirralexile says...

A lot of cynicism about the Open on here predictably. I can understand it about the role of local councillors and their usual freeloading but the tournament itself is surely something positive to be applauded. Some of the jobs created might be of the zero hours seasonal variety, but the potential is there for attracting good and lasting investment, especially for tourism in some of the attractive coastline we've got in the Wirral. Not everything is an opportunity for a good moan.
A lot of cynicism about the Open on here predictably. I can understand it about the role of local councillors and their usual freeloading but the tournament itself is surely something positive to be applauded. Some of the jobs created might be of the zero hours seasonal variety, but the potential is there for attracting good and lasting investment, especially for tourism in some of the attractive coastline we've got in the Wirral. Not everything is an opportunity for a good moan. wirralexile
  • Score: 6

12:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

rover600 says...

I despise our wasteful, arrogant and aloof councillors as much as any of you but it has to be recognised 'The Open' probably delivered more to the area in a couple of weeks than 'that motley shower' do in a year... Hoylake was in the main thriving, retailers, restaurants, hoteliers all employers in the main had a field day so lets not knock this bunch for helping bring the Open back (again) and the revenue that came with it. Mersey Rail Hoylake handled circa 11,000 passengers each way per day probably at around £4 a ticket ... A lot of the infrastructure such as temporary bridges and barriers were all funded by the Open or rather the R&A..

I'll begrudgingly accept they 'needed' to showcase either on or off course, I'd like to be reading in 6 months what the showcasing actually delivered in terms of attracting new employers and investors to the area, that is the acid test to me...
I despise our wasteful, arrogant and aloof councillors as much as any of you but it has to be recognised 'The Open' probably delivered more to the area in a couple of weeks than 'that motley shower' do in a year... Hoylake was in the main thriving, retailers, restaurants, hoteliers all employers in the main had a field day so lets not knock this bunch for helping bring the Open back (again) and the revenue that came with it. Mersey Rail Hoylake handled circa 11,000 passengers each way per day probably at around £4 a ticket ... A lot of the infrastructure such as temporary bridges and barriers were all funded by the Open or rather the R&A.. I'll begrudgingly accept they 'needed' to showcase either on or off course, I'd like to be reading in 6 months what the showcasing actually delivered in terms of attracting new employers and investors to the area, that is the acid test to me... rover600
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Local Govwatcher1 says...

Wirral councillors need an 'away day' at the Open, after all the hard work they put in finding ways of wasting Wirral taxpayers money. Another opportunity available in May 2015 to vote these parasites out of office. For those who didn't vote this year, usually those who whinge the most, can do something about making a difference in Wirral.
Wirral councillors need an 'away day' at the Open, after all the hard work they put in finding ways of wasting Wirral taxpayers money. Another opportunity available in May 2015 to vote these parasites out of office. For those who didn't vote this year, usually those who whinge the most, can do something about making a difference in Wirral. Local Govwatcher1
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dantealighieri says...

Yer 'avin a laff aren't ya Wirralexile. "Not everything is an opportunity for a good moan" Obviously you must be a rare visitor to this site. If the Second Coming of Jesus Christ happened in Wirral they'd moan about that. Who invited Him then, more expense for the ratepayers, more freebies for the councillors, schools closed early, more disruption, traffic lights rigged, welcome to rip off Wirral, price of 5 loaves and fish in Hoylake, £14, disgraceful.
Yer 'avin a laff aren't ya Wirralexile. "Not everything is an opportunity for a good moan" Obviously you must be a rare visitor to this site. If the Second Coming of Jesus Christ happened in Wirral they'd moan about that. Who invited Him then, more expense for the ratepayers, more freebies for the councillors, schools closed early, more disruption, traffic lights rigged, welcome to rip off Wirral, price of 5 loaves and fish in Hoylake, £14, disgraceful. Dantealighieri
  • Score: -4

8:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

This is a worrying bed mate with WBC at The Open particulary with regard to fracking:
Dong Energy Group = DONG Energy is one of the largest acreage holders West of Shetland and is an active explorer. We are a partner in the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries and have a number of other West of Shetland developments in the pipeline.
This is a worrying bed mate with WBC at The Open particulary with regard to fracking: Dong Energy Group = DONG Energy is one of the largest acreage holders West of Shetland and is an active explorer. We are a partner in the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries and have a number of other West of Shetland developments in the pipeline. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 2

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