In the 1930’s the Parade Gardens had, alongside beautiful gardens and sports facilities, a bandstand, stage and tea room. These were kept well maintained and regularly used right up to the mid 1950’s, including throughout the war years.
Their popularity really declined in the 1960’s with many other forms of entertainment becoming available and transportation improvements (plane, rail, car). From this point the gardens and sports facilities rapidly declined However events have now come full circle. The public have shown they want and need these wonderful local Victorian public open spaces again for their own and future generations well being.
Our Friends group with the support of over 300 local residents have done much to improve the Gardens but we feel we need a major project in the middle of them to stimulate and encourage further improvements.
We would like to see the re-introduction of a bandstand for regular concerts, these have proved so popular in other parks and gardens. We have many local theatrical and dance groups, it would be wonderful to once more have an open air stage for them to perform on.
The wall we have chosen, apart from its central position in the gardens, is part of the original stage area, is very solid and does not receive to much direct sunlight, so really ideal.
The mural would depict everything about Hoylake and Meols, old and new. It is quite amazing how much detail you can be achieved on a mural of this size.
The local artist Jim Fleming has done many large murals in the area, one of the best well known ones is covering all the wall of the Slinkeys in West Kirby .
He also created a 42ft long mural for Elton Primary school, Cheshire which literally encompassed everything about Elton. In the Chester Chronicle there was a glowing report about the mural calling it mind-blowing, representing every aspect of the community.
This is what we would like for the Parade Gardens mural, everybody in Hoylake and Meols to have an input on its make up, making it a truly community project.
The cost of this project is £3,500. Although we have no funds for it at the moment, it is certainly an aspiration that could bring about so many additional benefits.