Councillor David Barton has spoken of his pride at being involved in the Southport Town Project which will be marked with a parade on Lord Street this coming March.

The event has been organised at a time when the town will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the acclaimed boulevard.

It will be a joint celebration held on the Lord Street high street, the Kings Gardens on the Promenade and the Southport Beach. The event shall run from 12th March with on the 16th March an amazing display of original vehicles from 1926 performing on the Beach and on the 19th March in Kings Gardens. There will be a free to attend display of classic and vintage cars from around the country.

And Councillor Barton has now revealed he has been working with the event organisers since last autumn to help bring it together.

He said: “I am delighted to reveal my joint involvement as one of the original three architects in this grand town project.

“For a long time, the people of Southport have been calling for a special event to celebrate our proud distinctive local heritage and Victorian history.

“The Festival of Speed, which takes place between March 12 and March 20 across various parts of the resort, is the brainchild of three ‘architects’ including Councillor David Barton, the Aintree Circuit Club and Police Constable Philip Cragg.

Southport celebrates its unique part in motor racing history during the week with the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave’s land speed record on Southport Beach.

For the first time in 90 years, the record breaking car – Sunbeam Tiger – returns to Southport. And it is reunited with it’s sister car, the Cub in collaboration with the National Motor Museum Beaulieu.”

ots-news-southport-sunbeam“Since being elected to the council I have worked hard with the relevant departments at the town hall to try and restore the town centre to its former glory.

“Work has been and continues to be carried out in many areas and we still have plenty of things to do but I hope people can see the results.

“In the town centre many Verandahs have been restored, the stone balustrades have been cleaned, along with new trees being planted. Many other jobs have been carried out and I would like to thank the many council officers and businesses who have helped with this.

“All these jobs highlight the true beauty of our resort and I hope this serves to attract future investment and new businesses into the town centre.”

Councillor Barton was asked to help organise the event by the Aintree Circuit Club and dedicated Police Constable Philip Cragg.

He said: “I would also like to thank the Aintree Circuit Club for contacting me in addition to dedicated Constable Cragg for recognising the true power of positivity which has enabled this event to take place. Without these people’s assistance this event could not have happened.

“We’ve been meeting regularly since early 2015 and I hope everyone enjoys the spectacle in March.”

For more information please contact David Barton on 0151 934 2061 or

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