A historic market town event is going home – almost.
For the first time in its history, the traditional walk organised by Neston Female Society will utilise the road named in its honour.
Ladies Walk in Neston was created when the road layout at the top of Liverpool Road in the town centre was altered in the 1990s.
It was named after the annual Neston Female Society parade known colloquially as ‘Ladies Walk’ or ‘Ladies Club’ or even ‘Ladies Day’.
In the most recent past, the parade has started from the Malt Shovel pub car park in Liverpool Road.
Now organisers are creating a new tradition by altering the route so that it begins from the Market Square, with walkers proceeding on to Ladies Walk before joining Liverpool Road, turning left and on to the High Street.
Why the change?
Honorary secretary of the society Martin Barker explained: “There are two compelling reasons to make this change.
“Firstly it brings the start of the parade right into the heart of the town centre but secondly and more importantly it means that for the first time the procession will use Ladies Walk itself.”
He explains that, in fact, the change of gathering-place brings the event almost full circle as it is as close as people can now get to where the original Neston Female Society walkers would have met more than 200 years ago.
Then the procession would begin from the National Schools which stood where the Town Hall is now located.
Subsequently the National Schools moved to Liverpool Road so the gathering place for the walk moved with it from around 1860.
Eventually it shifted to the Malt Shovel when the National Schools was closed and developed into housing in the 1990s.
So when it is?
This year’s Neston Ladies Club Day will take place on Thursday, June 2.
Walkers will gather in the Market Square from 1.30pm, setting off at 2.30pm.
There will be a programme of entertainment around the procession, town centre roads will be closed for the afternoon and the traditional funfair will be in place on the Chester Road car park.