Wallasey is the home of Wirral town hall and Wirral council's headquarters. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, was founded in Wallasey in 1931 and the first passenger hovercraft service operated between Leasowe and Rhyl in the early 1960s. Neighbouring seaside resort New Brighton is famous for Fort Perch Rock, a defence site once known as the "little Gibraltar of the Mersey". World of Sport presenter Dickie Davies was born in Wallasey, as was former England and Lions star Austin Healey.
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