Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
BURSCOUGH Wharf marked its third anniversary by celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Horse.
Crowds flocked to the wharf over the weekend to see the festivities unfold.
The courtyard was a hive of activity as members of the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association performed traditional dance and martial arts displays featuring a 70ft dragon which wowed the crowds.
Visitors were able to have a whole new experience as they were offered free rickshaw rides around Burscough village.
The wharf’s restaurants and cafes – including the newly opened delicatessen – also got into the spirit of things and served a selection of traditional Chinese food.
Site Manager Ray Eckersley said: “It was great to see so many people join our third birthday celebrations and we’re delighted the cold weather didn’t put people off – despite the rain in the morning.
“The entertainment was superb and The Lucky Man, who gave away over 300 lucky goodies, was definitely a big hit with the children, I think we’ll be making this an annual event.’’
The Wharf is now looking forward to a number of activities in its events calendar such as Sewing Street’s 24-hour Make-a-thon on March 15 at 10am.
Owners Carol and Jean are calling for people to donate a small amount of their time to make comfort bags for local hospitals.
Carol explains: “The call from the hospital is the one we all dread – when a loved one has suddenly taken a turn for the worse and so a bedside vigil begins.
“Over 24 hours, we’re aiming to make hundreds of comfort bags – theses fabric bags are filled with essential items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand-cream, razors etc. The bags will then be donated to local hospitals’ Palliative Care Teams to pass on to patients’ family members.”