‘The Scousest Day on Earth’

Edge Hill has a great reputation for its sports degrees, but you don’t have to be doing one to take advantage of any of the many opportunities for enjoying sport around Ormskirk. I for one love a bit of football, it must be said, and yesterday saw the Liverpool vs Everton FA cup semi-final. The atmosphere in Ormskirk is always great on match day, whoever is playing, but the rivalries inside Liverpool and even with Manchester teams translate clearly for Ormskirkians. It happened that my team won, but in any of the many places you can watch it about the town the buzz is always great, even for neutral fans.

Yesterday saw another important national sporting event take place just a few minutes away from Ormskirk in Aintree. I am, of course, talking about the Grand National. It is not just the event itself that transforms Ormskirk. The preceeding days too have a buzz that is unlike any other, especially Ladies’ Day. I was on my way into Liverpool the other day and it’s like a fever that sweeps the area, the trains are packed with expectant men and women all having a good time. I wrote recently about the buzz on campus at Edge Hill around the time of the elections, and the energy in Ormskirk at this time reminds me of that: anticipation, enjoyment and warmth.

I should just explain, the title of this post comes from a conversation I overheard yesterday. With so much pride in Merseyside around this time of national sporting importance, someone proclaimed it to be ‘the Scousest day on earth.’ That’s a debatable thing to say, perhaps, but it was certainly one of the most fun!

It’s Official!

Yep that’s right, I now prefer Ormskirk to my native hometown. I’ve been talking a bit lately about the importance of the location of your university because most students will be living away from home for the duration of their higher education. As I was on my ‘Easter break’ (see my earlier post for why this is something of a misnomer) back in Morecambe, I genuinely really missed Ormskirk.

A big part of it is the social side. It’s a bit of a cliche, but the friends you’ll make at uni really are friends for life, and it was tough to be away from them after living in a house together. But I also missed the town itself, its convenience of shopping, its great pubs and, of course, my ‘home away from home’ on the mostly student populated Wigan Road.

The only criticism I have of Ormskirk, really, is that it’s lacking shops for young people, HMV, Primark etc, but Liverpool is only half an hour away on the train, and that has everything you could want in a city and more. It’s easy to make comparisons to what you know, but looking at it objectively, Edge Hill really couldn’t be anywhere better. Everything you need and plenty of what you want right on your doorstep, and then even more on top of that just a stone’s throw away. I can’t believe I ever missed Morecambe!

Here’s a wee site I found that tells you more about what’s going on in Ormskirk http://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/ormskirk/events. Music events, comedy and more are on it, including updates from Edge Hill’s very own Rose Theatre (both film and performing arts), so you can never say you’re bored around here! On a further note about the Rose Theatre, you can find it on facebook (as with everything these days!) or check out the site http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/rosetheatre/whatson.

I’m spoilt rotten, that’s why I love Edge Hill!