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Happy birthday Knowsley!

by Emily Maguire

On 1st April 1974, the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley was born. Thanks to the Government Act 1972, the towns and villages of Halewood, Huyton, Prescot, Kirkby, Knowsley Village, Stockbridge Village (formerly Cantrill Farm), Whiston and Cronton were brought together under one, newly formed local council.

Knowsley is celebrating this landmark occasion with a year of events and special moments across the Borough. And as we mark the official birthday of Knowsley Council – 1 April – it is an opportunity for all residents to celebrate the place they call home.

Knowsley’s 50th celebrations started with a bang in January when more than 4,000 people took part in interactive ‘Moments of Light’ performances across the borough.

There is lots more planned during the year including the popular Knowsley Flower Show, Knowsley Feelgood Festival, and Prescot Elizabethan Fayre (to name just a few!). Celebrations have been boosted thanks to £180,000 of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This will be used specifically to support local communities to celebrate their heritage in different ways including workshops, activities and events.

So, whether you have lived in Knowsley for decades, or if you are new to the Borough here is some of what is happening through the year:

Julie Midgely ‘Drawing a Record’ exhibition – Kirkby Gallery – 15 April to 17 August

The Summer Art Sessions – Kirkby Gallery – 17 April

Elizabethan Fayre – Prescot Town Centre – 8 June

Halewood Cult Fest – Halewood – 14 to 23 June

Prescot Arts Festival – Prescot – 21 – 30 June

Knowsley Education Awards – July

Summer Concert – Kirkby High School – 2 July

Lord Chamberlain’s Men Garden Theatre – Knowsley Hall – 10 July

Knowsley Feelgood Festival – Court Hey Park – 3 August

Knowsley Flower Show – Court Hey Park – 4 August

Serious Nonsense Festival – Prescot – 10 August

Cronton Gala – Cronton – 7 September

Anthony Ratcliffe: Of Time and Tide exhibition – Kirkby Gallery – 9 Sept to 14 Dec

Spark Drummers – Halewood – October

Knowsley Business Awards – November

Public Art trail – Huyton – November

Knowsley Music Festival – Borough wide – November

Cinderella Pantomime – Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park – 5,6,7 & 8 Dec

Christmas concert – Halewood Academy – Dec

And remember, in addition to all of this there is also a full calendar of performances and events taking place at Shakespeare North Playhouse.