On Merseyside Southport is a busy seaside town where some 90,000 people live. It's a natural holiday town for Liverpool residents wishing to escape to the seaside for a break, and the town grew with the coming of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Southport has a famous pier, the second longest in the country, and its beaches afford long unspoilt stretches for miles out of town.
The town is known for its many festivals which are publicised during the year. More upmarket than neighbouring Blackpool the bracing air of the Irish Sea keeps everyone on their toes, visitor and local alike. The great historian AJP Taylor came from Southport as was Red Rum trainer Ginger McCain and footballer Alan Hansen lived here.