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Peppa Pig says ‘stay safe in the sun’ as Summer Beach returns to St Helens


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Children from across the borough will be oinking with excitement when Peppa Pig visits the town centre next week at the launch of the hugely popular Summer Beach and Funfair in Church Square.

Catch her every hour from 11:00am until 3:00pm on Friday 22 July for your chance to have your picture taken with everyone’s favourite cartoon pig.

Complete with a large beach area for youngsters to tackle with their buckets and spades – and a funfair – Summer Beach will run from Friday 22 July until Saturday 3 September in Church Square, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Dave and Jeanette Banks will officially open Summer Beach at 12:00pm.

While most of us enjoy the glorious weather and like to have fun in the sun, it is vital to remember the importance of staying safe.

Therefore, as part of St Helens Council’s Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Public Health teams ‘Think Before You Tan’ campaign, a stall will be set up in Church Square from 12:00pm where residents will receive advice and messages on sunbed and sun safety.

Council staff, as well as a nurse and support worker from Macmillan Cancer Support, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, while the popular iVan will also be parked up in Church Square 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.

‘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.

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.

From Friday 22 July until Saturday 23 July, there will be a small street food festival throughout Church Street which will really whet the appetite of town centre shoppers and visitors.

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

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 6 August, 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.

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