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Edition No. 142

Date:- 06 March 2004

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TRANMERE Rovers will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of The FA Cup for the first time in their history when they take on Millwall this weekend. 

Club chairman Lorraine Rogers is hoping supporters from Everton and Liverpool will get behind her club ahead of their clash at the New Den.

She said:- "Being the last club on Merseyside left in the competition is important because hopefully we'll unite all football supporters across the Wirral and Liverpool and they'll support us on the day.

We're very proud to be in the last eight and, alongside Arsenal and Chelsea, to be one of only three clubs that have reached the quarterfinals in three out of the last five years. It's a massive achievement for a Second Division club.

Just because we're the smallest club left in the competition it doesn't mean we're not ambitious. To be in the last four would be priceless and next Sunday our thoughts will be on the football and the occasion not the financial implications."

Tranmere have already sent Premier League side Bolton Wanderers crashing out of the competition along with Chesterfield, Swansea City and non-league Hornchurch. Brian Little's side face another tough test in the capital but with the full backing of Merseyside behind them.

Pleasureland scoops prestigious award
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THE Pleasureland Amusement Park has yet again gained the prestigious Sefton Excellence award recently held in Southport.

Southport's amusement park won the award for excellence in Tourism & Leisure Services, and is further proof of Pleasureland's growing reputation as the region's top tourist attraction.

Pleasureland General Manager Phil Pickett said, "I'm delighted to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Pleasureland. There has been a great deal of investment in the park over the last few years, but it still takes dedication and hard work to make that investment bear fruit."

Pleasureland has invested over £15 million since 1999, and in the process has become one of the UK's premier amusement parks, with headline...

continued....... attractions like the £5 million TRAUMAtizer and Lucozades Space Shot. The park recently acquired a large area of land adjacent to the existing site, and plans to expand significantly over the next few years.

Novel celebrations for World Book Day

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Liverpool are celebrating World Book Day by learning to become the city's very own J.K. Rowling.

Lower Lee School in Woolton is hosting a two-day festival where kids will learn the tricks of the trade, from book illustration to poetry.

The boys will be joined by pupils from Clarence High, Clifford Holroyde and Hope School to take part in a wide range of exciting workshops.

Each session will be led by experts in that field; poetry with Levi Tafari and Trevor Gerard, drama with Deborah Barbara, storytelling with Bill Dawson, bookmaking with Marie Gelling and children's book illustration with Mandy Coe.

Teacher Glenys Reynolds, co-ordinator of the two day event, said:- "We take our culture very seriously at Lower Lee School and thought we would celebrate World Book Day in true Capital of Culture style."

Councillor Paul Clein, Executive Member for Education, said:- "What a great way to mark World Book Day. The activities will be very stimulating for the children and will really develop their love of words, who knows we may even find Liverpool's very own J.K Rowling!"


WE HAVE started playing on Liverpool Reporter music from top local bands from Merseyside and a few who from out side Merseyside, who insist on recording on Merseyside and/or contribute to the local area in some form.   We aim to play Jazz, Rock, Pop, Sole, Classical  music over the web to your computer 365 days a year.   Until Wednesday next week, 56k modems might have problems keeping the stream loaded, but this will be solved when we upload the shows  and loads of music over the next few days.   So keep tuning in to our new station and if you are a band... well get in contact with us and we might get your CD playing to the nation and the international community!

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