A GIANT leap for Wirral culture ...

At last a big step in the right direction for the Borough with the announcement that the world famous 'Giants' are stepping our way in what is probably their third and final outing.

The eyes of the rest of the country will be on us so it is time to seize the day and make the most of this premier league tourist attraction.

We certainly don't want Eric Morecambe's famous phrase to be echoing around before, during and after their October farewell.

"What do you think of it so far? ... rubbish."

While the Council is tackling the problem of litter, dog droppings and ciggie stubs (don't forget ghastly chewing gum deposits) litter really is public enemy number one.

WBC should be applauded for their ongoing clean-up campaign but there are ways money raised from the fixed penalty fines could also be put to effective use.

We don't want outside photographers coming and taking snaps of litter-strewn proms, car parks, pavements and beaches – a sense of déjà vu here.

The recent sunny bank holiday saw record figures enjoying time out. But the aftermath was an eye-sore.

Our local volunteer environmental teams do a grand job but we need more stewards and frequent bin collections to stop them overflowing.

How about free re-cycled bags for day trippers to take their rubbish home with them.

And PLEASE more public toilets - it’s unfair for supermarkets, cafes and pubs to cope with long queues.

I suggest a poster campaign: 'Keep Wirral Wonderful.'

The acclaimed writer Bill Bryson once said on a visit to Liverpool that he thought they were having a Litter Festival.

The Council, residents and visitors must realise we are all in this together.

Time to really clean up our act.


TAKE it as red in this end-of-season, soccer-themed Inferno, Alex Ferguson would have made a great manager for any of our Merseyside clubs.

I met him at a media gathering of managerial pundits for an ITV World Cup Coverage in the '90s.

In one London hotel room I met famous managers many of them one-time players who were known for not suffering fools gladly.

This was a celebrity get-together of household names from the dug outs.

Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, Graeme Sourness and Jack Charlton were a few members of this real life fantasy football league of gentlemen.

But the one I most feared meeting - because of his steely 'hair-dryer' reputation - was the Man United boss.

Yet, he could not have been nicer, took me to one side and over glasses of wine (red, of course) he spoke about the spirit of Merseyside players and the spirited fans.

He also talked warmly of the Beatles and his passion for the NHS. There was more to life than football for him

So I know I am not alone in wishing him a speedy recovery from his brain op and he has quality Fergie Time.



RESULT 2: One voice we will miss next season is commentator John Motson - or 'Motty' as he is affectionately known.

I once interviewed the great Kenneth Wolstenholme who gave us the immortal 'They Think It's All Over.'

Motty took over his mantle and had plenty catchphrases of his own including: 'Extraordinary!'

I recall the first time I met Motty a fan snapped him in those pre-selfie days.

Smiling in his sheepskin coat, he was captured on a Polaroid.

Now that shows how long he has been in our eyes and ears.


RESULT 3: I predict great things for Wirral's talented MerseyGirls who were finalists on Britain's Got Talent.

The all-singing, all-dancing talented troupe have released their first single for charity When We Dance Again.

It is a dazzling debut from the female fab five.

I reviewed it on the Billy Butler BBC radio show, who agreed with me that the harmonies are similar to American all girl group Wilson-Phillips.

And talking of local heroes, Billy Butler MBE, who became a Liverpool Citizen of Honour last week, should be given an MBE for real.

His current MBE status simply stands for 'Mrs Butler's Eldest.'


AN Officer and a Gentleman - a musical version of the romantic military film - arrives at the Empire next week and it will act as a curtain-raiser for a family fun day - featuring real life Commando Marines on a 6.5 mile run.

They will be raising money with military precision for The Teenage Cancer Trust and they want Wirral's legendary fund-raisers to help this Chase inspired by the telly series Hunted - at Church Farm in Thurstaston on July 29.


They are recruiting now - so click on event-hunters.co.uk


THIS Saturday billions will watch an event with more drama than the TV hit series The Crown.

Will he or won't he?

That is the question surrounding bride-to-be Meghan’s dad who has allegedly been involved in a branch of fake news – fake photos.

Nervous and shy Thomas Markle deserves our moral support – he's only human.

Americans envy our Royals so much so that they are claiming Prince Harry’s fiancé as their ‘Princess’ (It’s Duchess actually, y'all).

In Washington DC they have gone all un-PC converting an English theme pub called The Royal into a replica Windsor Castle with polystyrene stained glass.

Has Sarah Ferguson been advising them?

I am making a royal appointment with this ‘Match of the Day special.


AND the Final Score ...

Has Boris Johnson scored an own goal?

The Foreign Secretary has said that Donald Trump could one day earn a global olive branch award.

Comedian Denis Leary has his own perspective on this idea: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize."

Peter Grant