OVER the past year I have written several stories which have identified Warrington as one of the best and safest places in the UK to have a night out.
It reflects a lot of the hard work undertaken in recent years to improve our town centre, which like many towns and cities up and down the land had suffered from a change in shopping habits.
It was tired and needed a huge facelift.
The catalyst for this was the Time Square development and the brand-new market, which has adapted to changing times and is now regularly picking up awards for being a “best” of its kind.
Alongside this we have a multi-plex cinema, The popular Botanist brand and various other bars and restaurants spread across the town – most notably in the dynamic Cultural Quarter, which boasts several outstanding dining venues within the majestic Treasury building. All this next to the historic Parr Hall which provides an excellent intimate venue for a wide variety of shows from Panto to comedians and great rock nights. Pretty much something for everyone, all complimented by a fantastic boutique town centre hotel.
And yet every time I write a positive uplifting story about our town, the keyboard warriors come out in their droves, like Zombies in The Walking Dead, attacking our town and me for being positive.
Yes, I know Warrington is not perfect and like every other town and city up and down the country has it blackspots and grot spots. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and Warrington is still undergoing huge changes as it adapts to the new world, we live in.
Lots of people are working hard to make it even better – and lots of local businesspeople are investing their own money into making Warrington even better. I will be the first to criticise if something isn’t right, but I will also be the first to praise when it is right – and believe me after more than 50 years of visiting our town centre, things are starting to be done right.
Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have gone near the town centre with my family and friends for a night out – now it is pretty much my first port of call because I know where the good places and people are and I know how to enjoy myself, knowing I am safe and secure.
Warrington is not a finished article yet but if you give it a chance you can have a great time. If you do feel things could be better – don’t just sit at a keyboard slagging it off – look to see how you can make a difference.
Feel free to contact me for advice on any of the above. But most importantly be proud of your hometown and your place of work and try and be positive rather than negative. Positive thoughts generally bring positive outcomes, while negative ones will bring negative outcomes.
I truly love my hometown and I will defend it to the hilt – and when something isn’t right, I will try and address it in a positive way, working with those who can help make a difference. Now get out there and support Warrington like you would your favourite football or rugby team!
Oh Warry Warry, Warry Warry, Warry, Warry Warrington!