Joe lights up Norris Green

A famous son of Norris Green returned to the area he grew up in to launch a community firework display.

Former  Everton star Joe Royle, who was born in Utting Avenue East and  attended  Ranworth Square School opened the display on Scargreen Park

Joe maintains his relationship with the area and was greeted with affection by local residents, who took selfies, asked for signatures including on a photo album from the victory celebrations after winning the league.

Hundreds of residents- in the park and play area, in their front gardens and even in  cars –  attended as did West Derby MP, Stephen Twigg. Local residents opened a tuck shop the local pavilion and volunteered as stewards.

The community bonfire and firework display started in 2012 and has grown since then into one of the best firework displays in the city.

The event is funded by local Councillors Barry Kushner, Debbie Caine and Alan Walker, thorogh the Neighbourhood Fund  together with funds from Cobalt Housing and the Norris Green Community Alliance.

Councillor Kushner said: “This was a very well-organised, community event and more evidence of the transformation of Norris Green.”Joe Royle