The Devil God's Best Friend

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If you have any interest in: Ufology, Paranormal, Angling, Paganism, the Eco-system and general controversy then this may just be the place for you. I am a published author of books concerning these particular topics...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Armed Forces Day, Southport 2017

Locals and visitors to the resort were treated with the Armed Forces Day spectacular.

Grand music from the Band of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment on Lord Street.

Keeping order with dignity and patience. 

George Formby's vocal admirers are never far away.

Plenty of vintage military vehicles to fascinate the enthusiast. 

1953 Alvis Saracen armoured personnel carrier. 

Veterans and younger military staff, all enjoying the day.

The weather stayed dry too, which was a bonus.

Pat Regan © 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Woodvale Rally 2017

Sights and sounds from Southport's Woodvale Rally

Held at Victoria Park, Southport - 17th and 18th June 2017 

Woodvale Rally is run by the 1st Southport Scout Group, raising funds to help youngsters with their scouting activities, camps and trips. Also to assist local charities with donations.

Pat Regan ©

Monday, 12 June 2017

The mysterious SS Chrysopolis, still holding her secrets in the Irish Sea

The SS Chrysopolis allegedly got stranded in February fog about 2.5 miles off Southport's Spencer's Bank, some time around the end of WW1.

Dates and reports vary it seems because some give the stranding as 14th February 1919. Other sources say it was 21 Feb or 28 and in 1917 or even 1918.

To add to the mystery, wartime reporting restrictions were said to apply to the press. Therefore, how confident can we be that it was even a straightforward standing? 

The Chrysopolis was 260 feet in length and weighed over 2,931 tons. She was  a two masted steamer with holds fore and aft and a center bridge. Chrysopolis  was built for the Straights Steamship Co of Dover at the Irvine shipbuilding Company.  

The following source seems hold  convincing data.

'On February 14th, 1918, the Italian steel cargo ship CHRYSOPOLIS, built in 1892 by Irvine's Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. and owned at the time of her loss by Italian Government, on voyage to Liverpool with a cargo of iron ore, was wrecked, 15 miles NE from the Bar Lightvessel.'

One day she will rust away and be reclaimed completely by the Irish Sea. However, for now these images remain to give evidence of her lonely tidal existence. 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Ainsdale Discovery Centre flooded again

Once again, minor flooding has occurred this weekend following heavy rain at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre car park.

If you live in Ainsdale - make sure you own a good pair of wellies. The old Lido area sees these minor floods on a regular basis.

Above: this was the scene in January 2016. 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Ainsdale Fun Day, 3 June 2017

Nice warm weather arrived for the 2017 Ainsdale Fun Day, which appeared to be very successful.

Below are photos and videos from the popular event...

Damon Noone, brother of Herman's Hermits' Peter Noone, performing live at the Fun Day.

Terry Durrance (left) with Damon Noone.

Musicians everywhere, doing what they do best

Brass in action 

Worthy causes that need highlighting at the event 

Seriously tasty vehicles on display 

Fantastic day had by all and well done to the organisers... 

Pat Regan ©