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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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YET again ABD Productions are looking forward to their fourth successful year in administering the British Resorts Association North West Search For A Star Competition for Sefton Council. Now the deadline for your chance to enter this national competition is fast approaching. All application forms must be send in by the 12 May 2004 and auditions will then be carried out on the 18 and 19 May 2004. If you want to enter or know some one who wants to enter, click on this link and all the forms and information are on this web page. 

The rules are simple:- 

1. ALL entrants must be 16 years or over on the date of the National Final (20/11/04).

2. Previous National winners of “Search For A Star Final” are not eligible to enter.

3. Acts will be required to audition, unless alternative arrangements are made in special cases.

4. Judging will be on presentation, personality and star potential.

5. As part of The British Association’s rules no act can enter in more than 3 of the participating resorts regional competitions.

6. The duration of each act’s performance must not exceed 8 minutes; over running WILL result in points being deducted.

7. Any singing acts or comedians who sing may use backing tracks for the heats only. They MUST provide sheet music (Keys, drums and bass) for the regional and national finals.

8. Acts must attend their allocated heat. Dates cannot be transferred.

9. The winner and runner up of each heat will go forward to the regional final on Saturday 18 September 2004.

10. Only dance or speciality acts will be allowed to use backing tracks in the regional final.

11. Keyboards and drums will be available to all acts in the heats providing sheet music is provided and a 3 Piece band for the regional final.

12. The winning act will represent Southport in The British Association’s National Final on Saturday 20 November at The Southport Theatre, Southport. 

13. Acts should arrive at the venue from 4.00pm on the day of the heats, and 1.30pm for the regional final. A draw will be made by the entrants as they arrive at the venue to determine the order -in which the acts will perform.

14. Entrants with stage equipment must have their equipment ready on stage before 6.00pm on the day of the heats and 5.oopm for the regional final.

15. Sefton MBC, ABD Productions and Southport Arts Centre will not be held responsible for loss or damage of any of the acts’ equipment.

16. Please remember that this competition is aimed at a family audience. All acts are asked to perform with this in mind.

17. The competition organisers reserve the right of entry and to amend these rules and conditions if necessary.

18. The judge’s decision is final and NO CORRESPONDENCE can be entered into with Sefton MBC, ABD Productions and Southport Arts Centre. 

This years weekly heats are from the 5 August to 2 September 2004 and the North West Area Final will be held on the 12 September!


ENGLAND’S Golf Coast will host another major golf tournament when the best of Europe’s lady professionals take on Great Britain & Ireland’s top amateurs at Formby Golf Club.

The annual Weetabix Challenge, staged on April 17, as preparation for the Curtis Cup, will see the biggest event in women’s amateur golf in which the nations of the UK take on the America at the same venue in June.

This year’s Curtis Cup could be one of the most intriguing contests for many years, with the eight-strong U.S. team having no player older than 22. And in being selected for the match, 14-year-old Hawaii based Michelle Wie became the youngest ever player to be picked for the Curtis Cup.

The Weetabix Challenge started in 1994 and this year’s match at Formby will be the 11th time the top players from both amateur and professional golf have met.  

The foursomes get underway at 8:00am and the singles start at 12:40 in the afternoon, admission is free.

SATURDAY 17 APRIL 2004. Foursome Match Fixtures Great Britain & Ireland Squad versus Ladies European Tour

8:00am Shelley McKevitt & Emma Duggleby v Alison Munt & Sarah Heath
8:10am Tricia Mangan & Fame More v Nicola Moult & Lora Fairclough
8:20am Claire Coughlan & Clare Queen v Cecilia Ekelundh & Corinne Dibnah
8:30am Sarah Jones & Anna Highgate v Wendy Dicks & Martine Eberl
8:40am Anne Laing & Kate Phillips v Dale Reid & Carloine Hall
8:50am Lynn Kenny & Kerry Smith v Julie Forbes & Kerry Knowles
9:00am Danielle Masters & Nicki Timmins v Rachel Bailey & Susan Parry
9:10am Sophie Walker & Martina Gillen v Joanne Mills & Joanne Morley

AFTERNOON SINGLES MATCHES. Great Britain & Ireland Squad versus Ladies European Tour Result

12:40 Tricia Mangan v Lora Fairclough
12:48 Emma Duggleby v Alison Munt
12:56 Fame More v Sarah Heath
13:04 Shelley McKevitt v Nicola Moult
13:12 Claire Coughlan v Cecilia Ekelundh
13:20 Anna Highgate v Martine Eberl
13:28 Clare Queen v Wendy Dicks
13:36 Sarah Jones v Corinne Dibnah
13:44 Anne Laing v Caroline Hall
13:52 Kate Phillips v Dale Reid
14:00 Martina Gillen v Julie Forbes 
14:08 Nicki Timmins v Rachel Bailey
14:16 Kerry Smith v Kerry Knowles
14:24 Sophie Walker v Susan Parry
14:32 Lynn Kenny v Joanne Morley
14:40 Danielle Masters v Joanne Mills

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