Peppa Pig kicks off summer in St Helens

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Peppa Pig had children oinking with excitement as she got the summer holidays off to a scorching start.

She joined the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Dave and Jeanette Banks at the official opening of the hugely popular Summer Beach and Funfair attraction in Church Square last Friday (23 July).

Complete with a large beach area for youngsters to tackle with their buckets and spades - and a funfair - Summer Beach will run from Friday, July 22 until Saturday, September 3 in Church Square, 10am to 4pm.

To mark the launch of Summer Beach, a small street food festival was set up throughout Church Street which will really whet the appetite of town centre shoppers and visitors.

Also that day - as part of St Helens Council’s ‘Think Before You Tan’ campaign - a stall highlighting sunbed and sun safety was set up where residents could receive advice and messages from council and Macmillan Cancer Support staff.

‘Think Before You Tan’ aims to:

- Raise awareness of the health risks of using a sunbed and sun exposure and the minimum age for a person to use a sunbed

- Improve the standards of health, safety and welfare in sunbed salons with regards to employers and users

- Educate sunbed operators and business owners on the health, safety and welfare requirements

- Ensure the irradiance levels for the sunbeds provided for use are compliant with the required safe levels

- Advise businesses on their responsibility to protects their employees

- Support local businesses by providing them with advice and supporting material that will help them comply with the law.

The popular iVan was also parked up for residents to call on-board for advice on cancer and cancer screening, early detection and prevention, skin and mole changes and all health related concerns and queries.

Summer Beach is just one of many red-hot attractions part of scorching schedule of summer events taking part in St Helens over the summer.

St Helens is set to stage its annual Summer Streets – an occasion of outdoor performances set against a carnival atmosphere on Saturday 13 August 13.

Expect a line-up of top artists and attractions including comedy, music, acrobatics, dance, magic and theatre. All the action will take place on the streets in the town centre and all the performances are free.

Then on Saturday, August 6, prepare to be amazed at this year’s Newton Town Show in Mesnes Park.

Highlights of this year’s event include an artillery display and a flypast by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber.

St Helens town centre provides a great range of high street stores and independent shops, quality restaurants, pubs and bars. Easily accessible car parking can be found at Chalon Way Car Park and throughout the town centre.

For more information about what’s happening in St Helens, please call 01744 676740.