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Edition No. 139

Date:- 14 February 2004

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Eastern Promise for Youngsters

A GROUP of Liverpool youngsters will become ambassadors for the city this week when they pay a visit to Japan.

Eleven sixth formers from St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton will left earlier this week to spend a week in the land of the Rising Sun.

The 16 and 17 year-olds will be spending several days at Notre Dame Seishin High School in Hiroshima, where they will give the Japanese students information about Liverpool and the Capital of Culture award.

The girls will show a video about the successful bid to become European Capital of Culture 2008 and a 'Guide to Liverpool' presentation prepared by pupils at St Julie's.

The visit to the sister school helps to mark the 22 year celebration of the Notre Dame order worldwide.

Headteacher, Sister Ann Marie Gammack, said:- "This is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to broaden their horizons and find out more about Japanese culture. Some of our girls have been e-mailing the students in Japan and can't wait to meet up with them and tell them all about life in Liverpool."

LIVERPOOL grandfather Tom Pickering has finally reached the end of his rainbow - and won a Pot of Gold for visiting the top 'Gold Coast' attractions in North Wales.

Mr Pickering, from Wavertree in Liverpool, has always been a big fan of North Wales and has been visiting the Gold Coast area for more than 40 years.

He has been declared the winner of the Pot of Gold - a cash prize of £1,000 - after he entered a competition answering questions about the 10 Gold Coast Attractions, the jewels in North Wales' crown. Set in a spectacular coastal area that's naturally beautiful and beautifully accessible, they include sights and delights across Conwy, Denbighshire & Flintshire.

He said:- "I'm thrilled to win this prize. I've been visiting North Wales since I was a little lad. I think it has absolutely everything for a great holiday from beautiful scenery to fantastic indoor attractions. I just love it."

Mr Pickering, who has a grandson Cameron who celebrated his fourth birthday earlier this week, won the prize after visiting the Gold Coast attractions including Bodelwyddan Castle and Ocean Beach amusement park during two family holidays to Towyn and Prestatyn.
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