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The River of Light Trail 2021

THE River of Light Trail was opened on 24 March 2021, 1 year since the 1st UK Lockdown started. Sadly, over the weekend Culture Liverpool had to close it. In a press announcement and on Social Media they said:- “Due to high winds the River Of Light will have to be turned off. We hope to switch back on on Monday and look forward to welcoming you back throughout the week.”  If you have not already seen it, it is an outdoor illuminated gallery of stunning light installations, located around Liverpool’s City Centre (UK). It includes a beautiful Rainbow Bridge on the City’s iconic waterfront, near Graving Dock, and other visual installations made by local, national, and...


Regal Entertainments Become New Owners Of St Helens Theatre Royal

THE new owner of St Helens Theatre Royal has been announced as Regal Entertainments Ltd. Regal..


New mural for Liverpool's Chinatown

A brand new mural which celebrates Liverpool's Chinese community is taking pride of place in the City Centre.

LOCATED in Chinatown's Great George's Square, Liverpool, is a new 50 metre wide and 2 metre high spray painted artwork is a striking red, yellow and blue mural, featuring an ox to mark the lunar New Year. The ox is a symbol of hope...


1st traders announced for new look Southport Market

TRADITIONAL wood fired pizza from local business 600 Degrees is heading to Southport Market as part of...


New app makes it even easier to report hate crime in Merseyside

A new smartphone app has been launched in Merseyside to assist victims and witnesses to report hate crime and...


Strictly's coming to St. Joseph's Hospice

THE ultimate Strictly fundraising event is being planned by St. Joseph's Hospice for September 2021, and is looking for participants who fancy hitting the...


UK Tech Job Openings Declined in 2020, but Demand for Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Skills is on the Rise

THE number of technology job listings in the UK declined by 57% during the past year...


Southport martial arts expert offers safety classes for woman after Sarah Everard murder

A martial arts expert from Southport has been inundated with requests after organising self protection classes for...


Marco Pierre White's Liverpool Restaurant Prepares To Open

A popular Liverpool restaurant is set to reopen its doors, on 12 April 2021, following the easing of Lockdown...


Southport's Lord Street is sparkling again!

SOUTHPORT'S new 300,000 individual LED bulbs are now illuminating the mile long length of the Victorian Boulevard, n Southport's Lord Street. The scheme led by Southport BID has used 20 miles of electrical cables to illuminate the 80 trees. These lights replace the outdated lights and were the start of a project to restore the Town's fortunes. Now the historic road is sparkling again, it is hopped that they will help...


The 3 big reasons to ditch the car in favour of walking and cycling for short journeys

MOTORISTS in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to ditch the car for short...


Morrisons to donate 100,000 chocolate eggs this Easter

MORRISONS has announced it will be donating 100,000 chocolate eggs to those in need in the run up to the Easter weekend. Morrisons Community Champions at all stores nationwide will be...


New challenge set for local young writers

A competition to find the next generation of talented young writers from West Lancashire has returned for the 2nd year.

THE Future Writers project has been launched for 2021 by careers support organisation Future U, as part of its creative writing programme which aims to inspire young people to explore the benefits of reading and writing and the educational opportunities available. It has been...


Family's Little Community Library has been stolen!

ON Friday, 26 March 2021, on Clifton Road, Meols Cop, Southport, at around 5pm and 5.30pm, a family's Little Community Library (Book Drop) was stolen. Owner, Pam...


New Lines to help maximize parking capacity at Formby Point's Car Park

FORMBY is 1 of the fastest changing coastlines that National Trust and that has lead to a huge challenge in providing car parking space...


Huge increase in fly tipping within Sefton

THE UK's Lockdown has seen a massive increase in litter and fly tipping that is harming the countryside and putting...


Work to build a new driving range at Sefton Council's Bootle Golf Course is underway

AFTER a detailed tendering service, Sefton Council has appointed Davies Building and Maintenance as the main contractor to build the new, ₤240,000, 10 bay driving range facility. Work on site starts this week with separate contractors supporting the installation of new fencing and outfield improvements to the site. Designed to enhance...


Man jailed for knifepoint robberies - Merseyside

DEAN Porter, aged 38, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to theft, threatening with a bladed article and robbery and was sentenced to serve 6 years in jail and 4 on licence, at Liverpool Crown Court, on Monday, 22 March 2021. The Court heard how on Saturday, 27 June last year, Porter approached 3 youths, at Formby Station, producing a knife and taking the phone of...


Wellness lessons learnt in a year of working from home

23 March 2021 marked 1 year since Boris Johnson announced the 1st Covid19 Lockdown in the UK and ordered people to stay at home. At the time, the Prime Minister said he was confident the country could turn the tide of Coronavirus in 12 weeks, but after a year of Lockdowns, bubbles and tiers, the UK's workforces are still working from what were supposed to be temporary...


New X-ray body scanners stops illegal items entering North West prisons

AN advanced X-ray body scanner has prevented illegal items, including drugs, tobacco, and mobile phones, entering HMP Berwyn within just 1 month of being installed. The innovative equipment being rolled out across England and Wales is part of the Government's bold ₤100 million package to boost security in prisons and crack...


Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1 April 2021

SELF Assessment taxpayers have until 1 April 2021 to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the 2019 to 2020 financial year to avoid incurring penalty charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has urged. Last month, HMRC said that due to the impact of the Covid19 Pandemic, they were giving Self Assessment taxpayers more time to pay...


30.6 million Brits currently at risk of digital exclusion due to a drop in cash use

AT least 30.6 million Brits could be at risk of being left vulnerable in society due to an inability to use digital payment methods amidst a significant drop in cash use, new data reveals. Global Payment Trends collates official data from payment reports and demographic statistics to reveal the potential societal repercussions of digital exclusivity, whereby coins...


Sefton Council set to explore ways to develop and improve Southport's historic Botanic Gardens

SEFTON Council's Green Sefton Service are looking at ways to develop and improve Southport's popular Botanic Gardens which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The park was designed in 1876 and is included on Historic England's:- 'Register of Parks and Gardens of Special...'


The Need for Flexible Regulation to Assess Quality

CARE England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has today responded to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) consultation on changes for flexible regulation.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "It is disappointing that it took a Pandemic to highlight the..."




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