Quek, who won gold in Rio with Team GB women’s hockey team in August, had her records leaked alongside Mo Farah, and her teammates Alex Danson and Crista Cullen.

The earliest records state that the Mersey ferry began operating from Birkenhead in 1150, when Benedictine monks under the leadership of Hamon de Mascy built a priory there.[8][9] The priory was visited in 1275 and 1277 by Edward I.[10] In a royal charter of 13 April 1330, Edward III granted the priory further rights.[11]

The town has produced some notable artists such as Philip Wilson Steer, Robert Talbot Kelly, Tom Palin, Bessie Bamber, Annie R. Merrylees Arnold, the workers at the Della Robbia Pottery and two cartoonists: Norman Thelwell and Bill Tidy.

Pictures show border collie being rescued from car in Birkenhead

National Express provides long-distance coach services to other UK cities, with direct routes including London, Glasgow, Bangor and Newcastle.[36]

As well as Birkenhead Park, other recreational open spaces in Birkenhead include Mersey Park and Victoria Park. Arrowe Park is a large area of parkland at the western edge of the town. In 1929, the 3rd World Scout Jamboree was held there.

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During winter months, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates a service from Birkenhead to Douglas using the MS Ben-my-Chree. Due to weather conditions, this service temporarily replaces the route that normally operates from the Liverpool landing stage using fast craft.

Located in the town are the Birkenhead North End & Victoria Cycling Clubs. Olympic riders from the clubs include Chris Boardman, Mark Bell, Steve Cummings and Rachel Heal.[63][64]

This is where the fire is - the garage building was previously Price Street motors

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In addition to the ferries and the railway, the Queensway road tunnel opened in 1934 and gave rapid access to Liverpool. This opened up the Wirral Peninsula for development, and prompted further growth of Birkenhead as an industrial centre. Bolstered by migration from rural Cheshire, southern Ireland and Wales, the town's population had grown from 110 in 1801 to 110,912 one hundred years later and stood at 142,501 by 1951.[15]

The Argyle Theatre was a major theatre and music hall which opened on 28 December 1868[24] and became notable for the calibre of artistes who appeared there. Later in its life, it was also used as a cinema. The theatre was destroyed by bombing in 1940.[58]

Incredible photo from the scene of the fire, taken by Jack Hughes

Crews are using ground monitors, main jets and main branches to tackle the fire.

Some properties within the cordon have been evacuated as a precaution.

Road closures in place now at the junction of Price Street and Duke Street. A 100m cordon is also in place

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Birkenhead had the first street tramway in Britain. Opened on 29 August 1860 the first line ran from Woodside (adjoining the terminal of the Mersey Ferry) to Birkenhead Park. This early system was horse-drawn and was the brainchild of flamboyant American, George Francis Train.[33][34] A preserved tram was on display in the Woodside ferry terminal booking hall.

Vehicle access and parking is available in park from dawn until dusk (some restrictions during major events).Visitor Centre is open 9am to 4:30pm, seven days a week (closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January).

On the roads and not for the first time we have slow traffic on the M62 Eastbound between J9 A49 (Winwick) and J10 M6 (Croft Interchange).

Plans for a Subway store to open until 3am have been slammed by neighbours worried about litter and antisocial behaviour.

Merseyside Police is advising members of the public to avoid the Price Street area of Birkenhead after a fire at an industrial unit.

But over at Everton and thinks not looking so rosy for forgotten Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles who is no longer guaranteed to be a cup keeper.

Latest musings from the Bard of Birkenhead

Birkenhead is situated within the television regions of BBC North West and ITV's Granada Television. The local television station Bay TV Liverpool also broadcasts to the area.[60]

The Birkenhead Park Foundation has been set up to support the work that is done to maintain the park and ensure that it is preserved for future generations.If you would like to support the foundation you can make a donation on this website.

Junctions 1 and 3 of the M53 motorway allow access to the national motorway network. The A41 trunk road connects Woodside with Marble Arch in London. Two road tunnels, the Queensway road tunnel from Birkenhead, and the Kingsway road tunnel from Wallasey, run underneath the River Mersey and connect the town to Liverpool.


Located outside the centre of Birkenhead, the Williamson Art Gallery stands at the core of the Wirral Museums Service, offering more space than any other in its purpose-built galleries.

Andreas Whittam Smith, founder editor of The Independent, grew up in Birkenhead, where his father was an Anglican clergyman.[66]

Understand the primary school near the scene of the fire broke up for summer yesterday but children were attending a holiday club

The Liverpool Echo reaches 1 in 3 people in the area with a daily readership of more than 256,000* people.The Liverpool Echo website reaches 1.5 million unique users each month who look at around 8.5 million pages**.

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From 1878, until its closure in 1967, Birkenhead Woodside railway station was the town's mainline railway terminus. Originally located close to Woodside Ferry Terminal, the site had been redeveloped as part of Cammell Lairds ship builders. Latterly the adjacent dry dock at Cammell Lairds was filled in and the whole area redeveloped to provide flats, a bus depot and offices for HM Land Registry and Child Support Agency (CSA).

Debbie Gibbons, who lost her dad in horror cottage blaze, has described Tory government fire cuts as "shameful"

A TV drama about the ‘turf war’ which led to the murder of Rhys Jones is being filmed.

Huyton -born midfielder Joey Barton is under investigation for allegedly breaking football betting rules - the Press Association is reporting. The controversial Rangers midfielder was banned from the club on Monday for three weeks after a training ground altercation following the 5-1 defeat to Celtic.

Wirral Loop Line closed due to "electrical supply problem"

Elaine Jordan and daughter Jamielee spoke about Gary Kelly for BBC programme

Birkenhead's dock system is part of the Port of Liverpool, operated by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company under the ownership of The Peel Group. The Twelve Quays ferry terminal allows a direct freight and passenger vehicle service to Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Daily Belfast services are run by Stena Line, using their RoPax ferries MS Stena Lagan and MS Stena Mersey.[41] The Mersey Ferry at Woodside operates a passenger service to Liverpool and chartered cruising.