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Edition No. 142

Date:- 06 March 2004

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Are you the Southport poetry Champ?

THE search is on for the Southport poetry champion.

One poet will represent each UK town in the National Poetry Anthology - the UK's biggest free annual poetry competition.

Entry is free and, like all the other winners, the Southport winner gets a free copy of the book with their poem in it. One overall winner also receives £1,000.

"The National Poetry Anthology is designed to encourage new writers,"
said its editor, Peter Quinn. "It has rocketed in popularity and we expect the new one to be even better."

Send three unpublished poems on any subject (up to 20 lines and 160 words each) to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB by the closing date of June 30th 2004.


LISTED below are all the winners for the Merseyside and Lancashire areas. The overall winner collected £1000 and the National Poetry Competition Trophy. The overall winner was Eileen Hudson of Rochdale.

In Lancashire the winners were: Lyn Punt, Scott Mallet, Andy Chadwick, Peter Rigby, Gillian Constable, Joy Wheatcroft and Dominic Cooper.

In Greater Manchester the winners were:- Jean Lees, Len Evans, David Ryder, Phil McNally and Eileen Hudson.

On Merseyside the winners were:- Josephine Offord, June Knight-Boulton, Daniel Smith, Catherine Waud and Patricia Fleming.

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HERE'S your chance to win a copy of the National Poetry Anthology 2004 (RRP £9.99), featuring the work of poets from all over the country. All you have to do is answer this simple question:-

Who wrote:- "I wandered lonely as a cloud"?

Was it… A) William Wordsworth…. B) John Keats…. C) Percy Shelly or D) Mark Glasgow?

Put your answer on a postcard and send it to Poet Quiz at:- Southport Reporter, 4A Post Office Avenue, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US. Also add your name and phone number so we can contact you should you win.

All answers must be in by 19 March 2004, 11.00am.

Murdered Robert Campbell from Mossley Hill

MERSEYSIDE Police has named a man who died after an incident at the junction of Dovedale Road and Queens Drive as Robert Campbell, aged 26, from Mossley Hill.

Robert Campbell received stab wounds to his chest after the incident at around 4:30pm on 1 March 2004. Shortly before 4:30pm on Monday 1 March, a 26 year old local man was involved in an altercation with another man at the junction of Dovedale Road and Queens Drive. Robert Campbell was found at the scene by a passer by and was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he died shortly after 7pm. A 25 year old man was placed in custody and questioned by detectives in connection with the murder.

Detectives have been conducting house to house enquiries. Scenes of Crime Officers have attended the scene and Police are appealing now to anyone who may have seen anyone or anything suspicious around 4.25pm to call them on 0151 777 5114 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Loads of fantastic competitions still  to come on Southport Reporter over 2004!