Birkenhead Festival of Transport 2013

I’ve not had a great deal of spare time of late and I have not uploaded some of my more recent photographs.  Going back a month; on Sunday 15 September I went along to Birkenhead Park to see the annual Birkenhead Festival of Transport.

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The Festival always features a popular traditional funfair.

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The weather was wet and windy and the planned Battle of Britain Memorial flight, which was to have performed a ‘fly past’ featuring a Lancaster bomber, had to be cancelled.

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But there were a number of other attractions to photograph.

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There were a range of road going steam engines as well as a Ffestiniog railway engine and carriage operating on a short piece of narrow gauge track.

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There were three steam powered street organs.

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The historic vehicle rally included a range of cars, vans, military vehicles and motor bikes from yesteryear.

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Whilst I missed the dog show I did manage to catch the American Civil War re-enactment group who, as well as marching, presented their bayonets and loaded their muskets and fired a few deafening rounds into the air.

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There was a stage which featured a number of performers.  Unfortunately for the Chester Brass Band the weather did not attract many spectators for their performance.

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Wirral Easter Egg Run 2012

The 32nd Wirral Egg Run took place on April 1st 2012. Around 12,000 bikers are said to have taken part in this year’s event. It started on New Brighton promenade at 11am with the riders travelling the 20 odd miles passing through Wallasey Village, Moreton Cross, Moreton, Hoylake, West Kirby, Caldy and Heswall before arriving at Clatterbridge  Hospital in Thornton Hough.

The Wirral Egg Run is an annual event which raises money for local children and children’s charities as well as donating Easter eggs to children in hospital.  The riders deliver their Easter eggs at Clatterbridge Hospital for children in Wirral. Whilst the delivery of Easter eggs forms the tradition of the Egg Run, this is accompanied by the delivery cash donations to the Wirral Egg Run charity.

We stood with lots of other people on the Glegg Arms roundabout watching the riders come through Heswall town centre on their way to Clatterbridge. There were bikes of all shapes and sizes together with a sizeable number scooters and quad bikes as well as the odd motorcycle and sidecar.  Many of the bikers were dressed up as chicks, bunny rabbits and other fancy dress.

It was a nice sunny morning and the sun held out for all the riders who came through the town. Just as well for ‘Borat’ in his mankini, he must have been cold despite the sunshine.

Well done to all the participants for taking part in such a worthwhile cause and a great event.

As well as the riders entering into the spirit of the event by dressing up it was good to see so many classic bikes out on the road including Norton, Triumph and Royal Enfield.  They were quite a few Harleys out but I’m sure I saw a rare Indian go past before I could take a photo.  But it was great to see a few BSA bikes like the one above.  My dad used to pick me up from school on his BSA Bantam in the late 1960’s.

A particular well done to Emily and her Dad for taking part this year.