Urmston Meadows and
Its Meandering River Mersey
Urmston Meadows - the playground of my childhood especially during the school
Looking back, it was definitely not the safest place to
play but I was a latch-key kid and pretty well left to my own devices for large parts of my
In fact it's amazing that I ever
Urmston Meadows with its fast flowing River Mersey was in my young eyes the best
adventure playground - bar none.
When I was about 7 or 8 years old, a couple of pals and I found a
'raft' at the side of the river made from oil drums with some planks tied across the top of them.
We couldn't believe our luck - the fact that I couldn't swim at that time didn't seem
relevant to the fun, fun, fun we were about to
Fun, fun, fun until the raft
tipped up throwing the two older boys into the water, leaving me gripping the raft by my fingertips
I think for my
Fortunately the other two boys could swim and made it safely to the
bank. As far as I remember they didn't seem to have too much sympathy for the screaming girl's blouse left
floating precariously in a very dangerous river.
I was without doubt up S*** Creek
without a paddle.
If death by drowning was not enough to deter us from venturing onto
the river then terrible water pollution would have little if no importance to
Another time, my big sisters and
I and some other kids unkown to us were busy swinging off a rope that was attached to a branch that overhung
Well you can guess what happened next - Yep the rope snapped and a boy who had pushed my sister Cathy out of her turn for
the swing ended up in the drink. When he came out he was covered in black
I've no idea what the black
slime was but I'm guessing it wasn't conducive to good health.
Hmmmn... that would have been
interesting if it had been me that disappeared from the end of the
It would have taken some explaining when my two big sisters
(who should have known better tsk! tsk! Bad girlies, naughty bad
girlies) arrived home...
Yes what luvvie....
Errr we've lost Michael...
Errr in the RIVER MERSEY...
what's fer tea?
Urmston Meadows lies within the flood plain of the River
Mersey and is the most southerly part of Urmston.
Much work has taken place over the years to speed up the flow of
floodwater and thus reduce the risk of localised flooding.
Floodbasins such as Sale Water Park to the east of
Urmston have also been constructed.
Each time that I go to Urmston Meadows I see more and more erosion of
The pictures that I took on the 26th
September 2012 show the river only
3 or 4 feet from the top of the banks and huge chunks of bank fell
away while I
We were very fortunate in
Urmston, whereas other areas of the country were not quite so lucky.
The North East of England in
particular was very badly hit by flood waters.
The Huffington Post has extensive video coverage of UK 26th September
Video Footage of Britain's Extreme September
River Mersey Urmston
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River Mersey Urmston
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