Adjoining the eastern edge of Southport is North Meols, an extensive parish largely devoted to farming and market gardening around the Banks area. It is said that North Meols got its name when a Viking look-out shouted 'Meols' as his dragon-prowed ship turned up the Ribble estuary. 'Meols', they say, is a Scandinavian word for sand dunes.
The parish boasts a modern Community Leisure Centre which provides first class sport facilities and meeting rooms in what was formerly part of the old hospital buildings.
- The above description has been lifted from West Lancashire Borough Council's website.