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Birkenhead boasts a rich maritime history. The Ark Royal was built at Cammell Laird. It boasts a 12th century Benedictine monastery and a large Victorian park, the inspiration for New York's Central Park. Paul O'Grady, Dixie Dean and Glenda Jackson both hail from Birkenhead, and World War I poet Wilfred Owen called it home during his school days.

Our Beautiful Life held a fashion catwalk event to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Pictured: Robert Mills, Abi Jones, Louisa Houghton and Karla McGrail.

Birkenhead fashion show raises hundreds for teenage cancer charity

The show was put on by Our Beautiful Life at the Pyramids shopping centre

Rally organiser Blair Percival and wife Dawn Edward in period dress with 1959 Austin Healey Sprite

Motor through the decades at Wirral Historic Vehicle Rally

Wirral Classic Car Club will host the fifteenth annual event this weekend

Swimmer Chris Shaw completed 12-hour charity challenge in torrential rain. Pictured Terry Green, Chris Shaw, Paul Griffiths, Jenny Brown and Sophie Steventon.

Twelve hour swim for Wirral dad in stormy weather

Chris Shaw from Wallasey swam 50km to North Wales and back in torrential rain

Festival of arts in West Kirby. Picture by George Evans

Hundreds turn out for Wirral Festival of Firsts

A week of arts in Hoylake, New Brighton and West Kirby was a huge success

Brian Cummins from Moreton now has a regular slot at The Swan

Come and see two of Wirral's finest acts

The Jalapenos and Brian Cummins are performing this weekend

Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead

Frank Field: Staff morale of NHS workers is at a critical condition

In his weekly column for Wirral News, MP for Birkenhead Frank Field writes about the NHS

Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead

Frank Field: Residents up in arms about car park charges

In his weekly column for Wirral News, MP for Birkenhead Frank Field writes about parking charges in Wirral

Chris Shaw with his ripped wetsuit

Wirral dad set for open water challenge thanks to new wetsuit

Chris Shaw has a new wetsuit to protect him from jellyfish stings while swimming from New Brighton to Point of Ayr to raise money for three charities

Wirral or THE Wirral? Photo: Google Maps

Poll: Wirral vs THE Wirral - which name do you use?

We want to know what our readers call that piece of land between the Mersey and the Dee. Comment on our Facebook post to register your vote

Students Marianne O'Hanlon and Rose Rhodes with their work

Pottery students unveil work in Wirral

Large collection of ceramics by 24 students will be on display

Bon Giovi with Jon Bon Jovi impersonator Andrea Ojano

Rock your heart out to Metallica and Bon Jovi legends in Wirral

The Hotel California in Birkenhead has Mentallica and Bon Giovi tribute acts set to rock the stage on July 4 and 5

Pupils from Ridgeway High School visited Ypres to commemorate the centenary of WWI

Ridgeway pupils honour Great War in WWI centenary year

Pupils from Ridgeway High School travelled to Ypres to remember the Great War

Tranmere Rovers FC former training ground on Ingleborough Road, Tranmere, Wirral

Fresh worries over Tranmere Rovers' plans to sell off Ingleborough training ground to developers

Sport England says more details are needed on the revised proposals

Thin Lizzy tribute act, Black Rose

A Night Life to remember for Thin Lizzy fans in Wirral

Black Rose will perform an extensive play list at Birkenhead's Swinging Arm pub

(L-R) Matt Campbell, Director of Communities project, Derek Millar,Commercial Director of the shopping centres, David Foster, Locality Manager and Frank Field MP

Birkenhead MP Frank Field opens new St Vincent De Paul charity shop in Pyramids

"This is a hugely important development that will help vulnerable people in Birkenhead and beyond"

Hoylake Cottage is run on a not-for-profit, charitable trust basis

Hoylake Cottage gets a make over but needs your help

Successfully raised £540,000 to renovate the 100-year-old building

Wirral actor and musician Ozzie Yue with his band Yue Who. Picture by Paul Boyd

Fuel you nights in Wirral with live music and Ducati superbikes

Ducati superbikes and a mix of live music take over bars in Birkenhead and Liscard

Lottie Dod won Wimbledon five times, the first at the age of 15.

Childhood home of a Wimbledon legend

Wirral roots of a Wimbledon legend

One of the previous prizewinners, entitled Embankment Appointment

Artists invited to enter work in Wirral exhibition with cash prizes

Time to get creative – artwork to be submitted on August 22 and 23

Chris Shaw with his ripped wetsuit

Wirral dad's plea for marathon charity swim

Wetsuit is essential to wear to protect from jellyfish stings, which can leave the victim paralysed