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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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LOCAL chefs recognised as among the best in England as TV Chef Search for the finest Roast Beef dishes to celebrate St George's Day

Steve Muff, head butcher at Muffs of Bromborough, today won the praise of top TV chef, Brian Turner, as he declared her Roast Beef among the finest in England. 

Brian Turner showed up at a local restaurant in Hope Street, Liverpool to sample roast beef dishes by local chefs and cooks in a North West regional cook-off event. 

Meeting with amateur and professional chefs, all of whom are renowned for their fantastic Roast Beef, the celebrity chef declared Steve's Roast Sirloin of beef with traditional vegetables his personal favourite and presented him with a cheque for £250 to be donated to his chosen charity, Cancer Research.

Brian's tour is part of a campaign by the English Beef and Lamb Executive to encourage people to celebrate St George's Day with Roast Beef, England's national dish. The tour will visit 15 towns and cities across England.

The search follows Brian's tour of England last year to uncover nominations for England's national dish from chefs and food lovers across the country. The response was an overwhelming thumbs-up for Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding, which can now rightfully claim to be England's national dish. 

As a result of this enthusiasm for our national dish Brian felt it his patriotic duty to find and reward the best examples of Roast Beef being cooked across England and encourage people to celebrate England's national day with England's national dish. 

Turner, a proud supporter of traditional English Food, is on a patriotic nationwide quest to find England's most creative, imaginative and tasty Roast Beef dishes in the run up to St George's Day.


ART Projects for Schools are launching a unique educational art project in celebration of 'The Year of the sea 2005'. The Sea-Shirt Project 2005', proposes to involve primary schools from coastal regions all across the UK.

The aim of the project is to raise enthusiasm for the Year of the sea 2005 by giving children the opportunity to learn about their local maritime heritage and create artworks inspired by the sea. Teachers and children from UK coastal primary schools will have the opportunity to participate in the project by creating individual themed artwork that can be printed onto white t-shirts, along with the APFS and 'SeaBritain 2005' logo's.

The project will be based on APFS's current projects on offer; it will help to raise the profile of Art and design in schools and celebrate children's individual creativity. The projects give children an exciting end outcome to work towards which is a very powerful motivator.    
As well as involving coastal primary schools in The Sea-Shirt Project 2005, APFS proposes to work with  {Continued.....}

{Continued.....}  cultural and maritime organisations. 2005 is a particularly special year for Merseyside, as it will be a themed year In the run-up to 'The Capital of Culture 2008'. APFS are currently liasing with Maritime and Wildlife Organisations, galleries, museums and local Merseyside media that would like to help enrich the benefits of The Sea-Shirt Project for Merseyside schools. For these schools, the project proposes to culminate in local exhibitions of the children's artworks.


FOUR pubs on Merseyside have been nominated for top awards in the pub industry Oscars. That is more than any other city in the country. A panel of experts has visited every one of the 46 short listed pubs, to select the winners and runners-up in eleven categories. Nominated for Merseyside are:-

Jimmy Crawley, manager of the RSVP bar on Concert Square, leads the way for Liverpool having been short listed for the prestigious Champion Pub of the Year. 

Frank and Jill Donnelly at The Pump House in Albert Dock battle it out for the Retail Excellence title sponsored by Stella Artois.

Greg Byrne and Julie Evans at the Freshfield Hotel in Formby are nominated in the Sales and Marketing category sponsored by Carling.

The Bromborough Hotel in Bromborough, managed by Geoff and Joanne Naylor, is up for Sports Pub of the Year sponsored by Carlsberg.

The awards, called the Laurel League of Champions are for the very best performers across the Laurel Pub Company's 625 outlets nationwide. 

All the nominees will attend a glittering awards ceremony at The Landmark Hotel, London on Monday 19 April. The winners will be announced in front of an audience of over 300 fellow publicans and VIPs at The Landmark Hotel in London. The prize, a luxury trip to a South African game reserve, plus a visit to Sun City, the world's most glamorous playground.

The man behind these awards, Laurel's Chief Executive Ian Payne, said:- "Working in a pub can be great fun and very rewarding, we also know it is hard work and at Laurel we are determined to encourage and recognize excellence. The standard of professionalism across our estate is second to none. These awards, now in their third year, mean we can celebrate with hundreds of our dedicated publicans from across Britain and reward them for their superb efforts throughout the year."

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