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Wanted: Your favourite places across Merseyside

BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Sean Styles is asking people to tell him why a certain place where they live is special to them.

A romantic spot where you fell in love, a favourite park bench, or a view from a hill – where is your favourite place where you live?

Some of the best will be brought together to be included in a unique "style guide" to Merseyside that will go on the BBC website and be broadcast on Radio Merseyside on May Bank Holiday.

It could be anything from a local café, a beauty spot, a place of historical significance or a sporting venue. Whatever it is, Sean wants to know why you love the place where you live.

Local celebrities have been sharing their own Merseyside stories with Sean.

Actor Mark Moraghan, currently starring in Funny Money at Liverpool Royal Court, chose Anfield Stadium as his favourite place, while celebrity psychic Derek Acorah has chosen a link to the sea and Liverpool's past with the Albert Dock.

Hairdresser Herbert picked the grand surroundings of Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel.

For Sean, it is the Liverpool Garden Festival site which holds a special place in his heart.

He says: "I could have picked a lot of places around Liverpool. Obviously Goodison Park is a very very important place in my life.

"And I was born and brought up in Kirkby – I've always loved Kirkby.

"But there's just something about this place that stirs up a lot of memories about a really, really happy time in my life that set me up and gave me the encouragement to get on and be an entertainer. I was a steward at the Garden Festival site over one long hot summer and I used to entertain people there every day. I have some wonderful memories of that summer.

"Now I want to hear the stories of others across Merseyside, what are their hidden gems and why do they love them so much?"

You can nominate your favourite place by sending Sean an email or a photo at or through Facebook at

Listeners can tune in to Sean on BBC Radio Merseyside each weekday from 10.00am to 12noon on 95.8 FM and DAB digital radio, or listen via BBC iPlayer.

Alternatively, people can come and meet Sean at one of Radio Merseyside's roadshows on Saturday 6 March at Bootle New Strand Shopping Centre, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, or on Saturday 13 March at The Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

As well as the chance to meet Sean, other Radio Merseyside presenters will be there at various times during the day, including Billy Butler and Roger Phillips.

Shoppers can also have a go at becoming a virtual TV or radio presenter. The BBC's interactive TV experience will give people the opportunity to "present" a 30-second weather report, reading from a script, while their image is projected onto a TV screen. Visitors can also use the interactive radio kit to make their own jingle and take it away on CD.


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