A NEW village dog park has been officially unveiled.

The park, in Rainhill, was opened at a ceremony last Friday (August 7).

The area, which caters for dog owners and their pets, is situated on the park off the junction of Old Lane and Warrington Road, behind Rainhill's 4F Play Centre.

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Four young girls from the community were specially chosen to cut the ribbons at the ceremony.

All four helped raise spirits in the village during the tough times of the lockdown.

Jessica Naylor, who made Rainbow cards for residents to cheer them up, was chosen alongside sister Rachel.

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Also songbird Jess McDonald, whose stirring weekly performances on the Clap for the NHS evenings brought her neighbourhood on Severn Road to tears. She also sang at Whiston Hospital for the final clap and was chosen to record a charity single for the NHS.

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Jess McDonald during one of her performances

Finally, Jess Benyon, dressed as Belle form Beauty and the Beast, spent a lot of time walking around Rainhill waving to the little ones who also got dressed up in turn and waved back to her.

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Ann-Veronica Howitt, chair of Rainhill Parish Council, kicked off the opening.

Rainhill councillor Donna Greaves, who recorded a live commentary video of the event, said: "The four young girls were chosen because of how they had made a difference to our residents in Rainhill and brought some cheer at a really hard time."