BRITAIN'S Got Talent has just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

I suggest they localise it more.

How about a regional programme heat and kick it off with Wirral's Got Talent?

There's certainly plenty around the peninsula.

Our slogan should be Wirral - Arts in the Right Place.

Reading the Globe's noticeboard each week and the monthly arts newsletter for the region, I am astonished at the local productions especially in places such as the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight.

I am also looking forward to Wirral-based Off the Ground's next thrilling production - this time it's Zorro.

I would love to see this open-air show performed in New Brighton's Dips - Drama in the's that for a snappy title?

And now I have news of a local lad making very good.

Heswall's Tom Lloyd plays the lead in Parade at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre until June 5 and is praying for an extension of the run.

This powerful classical musical revival has received five-star reviews and talented Tom says it is a dream come true working with such a great cast.

He said: "I saw the production in London and it stayed with me.

"I love to come home and touch base. I love the energy of Heswall."

Tom, who is studying at the Manchester School of acting, added that Wirral has played a big art in his multi-layered career to date.

He said: "I have always lived and grown up in Heswall. It's a beautiful place to call home.

"As a child wishing to be involved in any aspects of the arts my incredibly supportive parents taught me a great lesson - to look on your doorstep and get involved there."

Tom Lloyd, a name to look out for.


TIMING is everything - just ask best-selling Wallasey-based author Stephen Done who wrote the hit mystery New Brighton Rock and is enjoying success with his seventh novel Blood and Custard.

It is set in Leicester in 1952 and Stephen tells me it was a labour of love and written in 2015 before the Premier League dream team shook the soccer world.

Stephen's mother comes from Leicester.

Now Stephen is sending a signed copy to the city's mayor following the success of the Foxes football team triumph.

So now thanks to Stephen, there is much more to Leicester than Richard III, Premier League winners and Gary Lineker.

Inspector Vignoles is the real star player in the historic railway detective world.

Surely, time for a television adaptation.


I WAS delighted that Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, is hoping to bring back the famous "Giants" in 2018 and not just to the other side of the city.

I am sure everyone would support such a move to see these magnificent creations in Birkenhead.

It would be just the ticket for the area and help with its revival, socially and economically.

Already Birkenhead is getting much deserved good press as the new brilliant book A Walk the Park by Travis Elborough gives the world-famous location star billing.

Giants and literary fame - great leaps indeed.


AND finally...I have interviewed many celebrities in the most unusual of places:

  • Charlton Heston at Heathrow baggage carousel.
  • Priscilla Presley on a lift elevator.
  • Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on a zebra crossing.
  • Ringo Starr as he walked around Liverpool Town Hall.

This week another encounter came to mind when I reviewed the memorial concert for George Harrison at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002.

I was chatting to an affable American at the ice-cream stand who was telling me about his love of the Beatles.

As I walked away someone asked me how I'd managed to get Tom Hanks for an interview?


I can assure you the star of the new film A Hologram for The King really is a modest Mr Nice Guy. And I never even got a selfie.

Peter Grant