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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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SHOWBIZ hopefuls are now being invited to take part in the country’s longest running and most respected talent competition.

Audition dates have now been set for the 28th Search for a Star competition, which will take place at Southport Arts Centre in May 2004.

Contestants will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of singer Chris Lafferty who won the North West Regional Final and then went on to represent Southport and to finish first in the Grand National Final in Kings Lynn last year. 

Lord Fearn Member for Leisure and Tourism said:- “It is a real honour for Southport to be staging the national competition this year when local people will be able to see some of the best new talent the country has to offer.”  

To apply contact ABD Productions ASAP on 01704 880 607 for entry full information.   

Click here to see last years Final...


SEFTON'S tourism officers have teamed up with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to bring a free lunchtime concert to Bootle Town Hall on 25 March.

The concert is the second in a series of five this year and following the success of last month’s organisers expect the venue to be full to capacity again.

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said:- “The concerts are very popular with busy office workers as well as local residents. Not to be missed."

Supergrass in Liverpool!
THE band Supergrass (plus special guests 22-20's and Cathy Davey (except Warwick & Folkstone)) are going on tour with the following dates:-

25 - Newcastle Northumbria University - 0191 227 3791
27 - Middlesbrough Town Hall - 0870 903 3444
28 - Manchester University Academy 1 - 0161 832 111
30 - Leeds University - 0113 245 5570
02 - Liverpool University Academy 1 - 0151 256 5555
03 - Southampton Guildhall - 023 8063 2601
05 - Nottingham Rock City - 0115 941 2544
06 - Llandudno North Wales Theatre - 01492 872 000
07 - Oxford New Theatre - 0870 606 3501
08 - London Forum - 020 7403 3331 / 020 7734 8932 / 020 7434 2222
10 - Cambridge Corn Exchange - 01223 357 851
11 - Birmingham Carling Academy - 0870 771 2000
12 - Bristol Carling Academy - 0870 771 2000
13 - Sheffield Octagon - 0114 222 8777
16 - Cardiff University - 029 2078 1458
18 - Aylesbury Civic - 01296 486 009
19 - Warwick University - 02476 572 777
20 - Keele University - 01782 713 145
21 - Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall - 01303 253 193

Tickets £15 advance except London £17.50 (subject to booking fee) 24hr cc hotline: 0871 2200 260 or book online:- 
Kirkdale Raid

FOLLOWING a planned raid at a house in Kirkdale, Merseyside Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with two firearms incidents in the Kirkdale area earlier this month.

The man was arrested by officers this week and he is currently being questioned.

Fame 04, 2nd Semi Final
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ON Tuesday 18 March Southport's successful Fame Search For A Star at Casablanca (Pleasureland) held it's second semi final.  The talent was incredible and the standard was so high that the judges had to spend over 15 minuets deciding on who would go on to the Final on the 1 April.  The winners of this weeks semi were Alix Drennan, Chris Davies, Jenny O'Connor, Lesley  McJuer, Natalie Murray, Sam Jones and  Wendy Louise Chalke.  They will be joining last weeks winners Terri Ann Devine, Sonya Hurst, Dare Lacey, Anthony Webb, Heidi Louise Mc Geough, Gemma Edwards and Tim M.

This weeks winners are below...

If the standard of this semi and the last one is kept up, I would hate to be judging the finals!   Both weeks have been so close now and if you get a chance to come down and see it, you will not want to miss any of the acts.  They are that good.  Well done to all of you who took part in the last semi.

Judges above relax before the night starts...

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