BEBINGTON ROAD, 2000:
Somerfield were then occupying what had been Kwik Save (then Gateway). Somerfield was replaced by the Co-op around 2006.
LAST DAYS OF THE TRAVELLERS REST PUBLIC HOUSE, NEW FERRY ROAD, October 2001
In 2006, the former Travellers Rest pub, as seen on the 1910s page, was converted into a row of new cottages (the existing building became three cottages, whilst two new ones were built to the right). The pub had been empty and boarded up for many years. Here it is seen in its final days before the builders moved in to s
BEBINGTON ROAD, April 2002
The precinct was still fairly busy on a Saturday in 2002. Kwik Save was still is business before it became Gateway and then Co-op in the years that followed. All of the shops from Kwik Save down to the Cleveland Arms all looked to be in use.
New Ferry also had a dry cleaners; when it closed, residents switched to the one in Bebington - but even that one closed down in
BEBINGTON ROAD, April 2002
Further down the precinct from the photo above we cab see the white sign of the New Ferry Regeneration Action Group shop, and beyond that the Connexions shop which would later be taken over by Pascal Blasio in 2016.
NEW FERRY REGENERATION ACTION GROUP SHOP, 2002
In 2000 the Council gave the residents association funding to open the shop so that community volunteers could share the New Ferry Regeneration Action Plan with residents, and get their feedback.
In this first photo, Arthur Waller (who would later be awarded an MBE for his services to this and the former military veterans' organisations) is standing i
The shop was mostly run by New Ferry resident Mel Roberts (otherwise known as the Butterfly Man for his involvement in setting up the New Ferry Butterfly Park next to which he lived). The shop operated for four years and closed after Mel sadly died.
Here, Arthur and Mel are seen working together inside the shop circa 2002. Arthur died a few years later.
THE DELL SCHOOL, 2005
How many people were pupils at the Dell Primary School which closed in 2006 following a review into primary schools in Wirral by the education authorities? Pupils transferred mostly to Grove Street, and plans were approved for the site to be redeveloped for housing - but nothing ever started.
In 2018, revised plans were approved to build 32 apartments and 39 houses on the
Text and photos submitted by Mark Anthony Craig, 20th October 2009
"It isn't often that we get snow in New Ferry, being so close to the sea as we are. However, February 2006 was an exception when a particularly heavy blizzard hit (it was the one which the weight of snow sunk the ferry landing stage at Liverpool's Pier Head). My daughter Laura immediately wanted to go out and build a snowman. However, we had to walk to the postbox in New Ferry Road to post a letter - and in that time the wind was so bitingly cold in our faces that she quickly changed her mind and opted to go back indoors by the warm fire. It was during that trip to the postbox that I took the camera with me and took these snaps between Shorefields and New Ferry Road."
Kwik Save dominated New Ferry for over 20 years, but by 2006 when the company hit a few financial problems, they let some of their less profitable stores go. Somerfield took over the store which had been constructed in 1991 and were there for several years until it was taken over by the Co-op. Co-op quit in 2016. The building is currently occupied by the Phabulous Community Hub
In 2004, a stolen car was pushed over the cliffs at Shorefields onto the beach. For 4 years it remained stuck, half on the cliff, half on the beach. The Council wouldn't touch it as they said it was "on the beach" which is the responsibility of the Crown (the Queen!). We (residents) wrote to the Crown Estate asking them to remove the car, but they refused and said it was the Council's responsibility because it was also "on the cliff".
After 4 years of arguments and getting nowhere, then Vice Chair of the New Ferry Residents Association, Julie Fitzgerald and June Hancox got funding from the BBC's Breathing Places which paid for the Army and Merseyside Search & Rescue forces to remove the car and other debris from the beach including discarded motorbikes and shopping trolleys, whilst local children cleaned up the field with a community litter pick. Those kids (seen in these photos) will now be adults. How many can recognise themselves?
LAST DAY OF WOOLWORTHS STORE 27 December 2008
It was a sad day, not only for New Ferry, but the rest of the country as well when our much beloved Woolworths stores all closed down for good. Many people will remember the friendly store in New Ferry, and its helpful staff. Whatever you needed, Woolies usually had it - and who can forget having your young children drag you through the toy aisles in
BROMBOROUGH LANDFILL FIRE May 2009
In May 2009, New Ferry and Bromborough residents had a bit of a scare one sunny weekend afternoon when some extremely misguided local youths sneaked onto the landfill site and set fire to some of the exposed bitumen impregnated lining material which BIFFA use as a layer between the tipped rubbish and clay/topsoil layer.
A massive plume of black smoke billowed i
What is worrying is that if the methane gas being produced by the rotting rubbish underneath the fire had ignited, there would have been a just a massive water-filled crater left where the landfill had once been. There could have been fatalities in the surrounding community when the tip could have exploded like a massively destructive bomb, far greater than the explosion which New Ferry endured i
RIGHTWAY DIY STORE, BEBINGTON ROAD, August 2009
A whole generation of New Ferry folk used to love Rightway, and purchase all their decorating materials, tools and gardening equipment from this popular store which sadly closed in 2012 when the owners of the building asked Rightway to sign up to an unacceptable new lease agreement.
The building was badly damaged in the New Ferry explosion in 2017, a
During Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture in 2008, an armada of stunning sailing craft assembled in the River Mersey over four days in July as part of that year’s Tall Ships Race.
Masts lined the river from Wellington and Sandon to the Albert and Canning Docks, and a million people crowded the waterfront to see ships take part in a spectacular parade of sail.
For New Ferry residents, Shorefields Nature Park was a brilliant vantage point to see several of the ships off our beach.
BEBINGTON ROAD, 2009
Connexions (to the right) provided training and job skills advice to young people. Notice the trees in the precinct in those days.
BEBINGTON ROAD, 2009:
The former Morris Edwards gents clothes shop became Chinese buffet restaurant Yuan Da before it morphed into Lan's House.
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