STRICTLY Come Dancing head judge and Wirral born dancer Shirley Ballas launched Wallasey Village in Bloom’s Floral Trail.

Originally from Wallasey, the 58-year-old star returned to her roots on Sunday, May 5 to launch the new trail at Wallasey Village Library on St George's Road.

Joining Shirley was her mum Audrey Rich and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Councillor Geoffrey Watt and Anne Watt.

The new Floral Trail consists of four walking routes which are all at different lengths aiming to cater for all with trail maps available at the library plus local shops and businesses.

They were part funded by Tesco Groundworks and local businesses.

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Shirley Ballas cutting the ribbon for the new Wallasey Village in Bloom Floral Trail (Picture: Tom Miller)

Wallasey Village in Bloom chairwoman Michelle Price told the Globe: “It’s been quite a journey, planning the routes and developing the trail maps – which will be available throughout Wallasey Village, at the library and local shops and businesses.

"We hope everyone enjoys walking one, or even all four of the different Trail routes.

"Our aim is to make ‘our village smile with flowers’ and we hope we’ve achieved this.

"Over 80 people attended the launch of the Floral Trails today, it was a fantastic turnout.

"Huge thanks to the Friends of Wallasey Village Library for catering afternoon tea and home-made cakes which were enjoyed by the whole community.

"Watch this space for our next project!"

Wallasey Village in Bloom was founded in 2013 by Anne and Michelle Price with the aim of making the village ‘smile with flowers.'"

Shirley spent more than an hour signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans who turned up to witness the launch.

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Shirley Ballas arriving at Wallasey Village Library with her mum Audrey Rich (Picture: Tom Miller)