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Edition No. 117

Date:- 20 September 2003

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BUSINESSES BACK CAR - FREE DAY

LIVERPOOL businesses are backing the city's move to ban traffic on some streets for European Car-Free Day. 

Castle Street, Cook Street, parts of Harrington Street and Brunswick Street will be closed to traffic between 6am and 7pm on Monday September 22 as a giant street party takes place.

A farmers' market, craft markets, street entertainers, rickshaw rides, pavement cafes, competitions and a preview of the Merseytram system will all feature in Castle Street and firms in the traffic-free roads are using the day to take their business out on the streets. Florist shop Flower Express will be using a trike to make their deliveries; solicitors and building societies will have stands in the street and cafes will be putting tables and chairs on the pavement.

Among the businesses taking part are Bluberrys Café, solicitors Berryman Lace Mawer, Starbucks, O'Briens Sandwich Shop, Mange Tout Café and Furness Building Society. 

Councillor Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration, said:- "Firms in the area which will be car-free are enthusiastic about the day. It offers them the chance to take business out into the street where there will be a carnival atmosphere. I am sure a lot of people will take the opportunity to try alternative forms of transport on Monday and leave their car at home."

About 1,500 towns and cities throughout Europe will be taking part in Car-Free Day. The Car-Free event is being organised by the City Council as part of the Mersey TravelWise initiative and supported by Cityfocus and Merseytravel.

As well as the traffic-free roads, workplaces and schools are being encouraged to stage their own car-free days. 

Further information about the City Centre event and workplace and school car free days are available on
www.go.travelwiise.com.

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Sing The Praises

FOR the first time, Liverpool will officially thank its unsung heroes and heroines at a special Town Hall ceremony when 100 volunteers will be honoured.

People across the city are being asked to nominate those who they feel make a real difference to other people's lives and should be recognised for their efforts. 

The council wants to see nominations for people involved in a variety of causes - from voluntary hospital workers or someone who helps run local sports teams, right through to those who raise essential funds for local charities. 

In order to be eligible for this event, nominees must work within the city's boundaries and work with people in Liverpool.

Nominations need to be received by Friday October 17th. A panel of independent judges will select the top 100 volunteers who will then be invited to the special event on Monday, November 17th.

Council Leader, Councillor Mike Storey said:- "This event is a fantastic opportunity to thank those who make a real difference to people's lives and their local community.

We want to hear about the people who organise day trips for disadvantaged individuals, the person who freely gives up spare time to coach a football team or the neighbour who shops for those who can't get out themselves.

Liverpool is full of local heroes and heroines who haven't received the recognition they deserve. We want to thank these people for all the work they do and make this an annual event."

Southport Rugby League Team.

THE new season for the club will kick of this weekend, three weeks late due to problems with referee appointments. The match againced Wigan Keepers will start at 2.30pm at the clubs new home ground at the Southport Rugby Union Ground on Waterloo Road, in Southport. The club is still on the look out for new layers and if you feel you would like to give it a go, even if you have never played before, ring Nick Griffiths on 01704 879745 or Brian Cifford on 01704 833053

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