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Edition No. 149

Date:- 01 May 2004

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Formby lad rocks film industry

A NEW film and television production company is being set up in Hull, Leeds, Immingham and Scunthorpe, with offices planned for Liverpool and London.   The investment is being planned by a local man after starting his fledgling career in the debtor's retreat of Formby.   

Budding media tycoon and former Formby resident John Fox was a pupil at Holy Family school and went on to become a student at Southport's KGV College.   After getting the media bug from his former college KGV he signed up to do a BA in Media at Wolverhampton University.  His studies soon lead him to focus on film making and he soon decided to swap over courses to learn film at the university.

From then on he developed rapidly and go known for his high standards of work, resulting in him securing a half million pound equipment fund from  Immage Studios, supplied personally by Sony's VP Mitsuru Ito.

"I am a member of Southport Movie Makers, and they have helped me along the way.   I want to give back something to the area I started my life in.   I love Formby and Liverpool, but I could not get the resources in Merseyside when I started to set up, so now I have, I want to move back home."  he told us.    


DEVOTED lone parent Candice Jones, of Fordlea Road in Liverpool, has been selected as the region's finalist in the Lone Parent of the Year Awards following a heart-felt nomination from her nine-year old daughter Kya. 

The mother of one has reached the final 10 out of the hundreds of entries to the competition being run by family holiday specialists Eurocamp and lone parent organisation Gingerbread. Candice will now go head-to-head with other single parents from around the UK in a national public online ballot (at to decide an overall winner and three runners up - and she needs your vote to win! 

31 year old Candice was nominated for her skill and hard work in juggling a job, a degree and still finding time to do voluntary work within the community. 

In the eight years she has been a single mum, Candice has devoted her life to helping her daughter as well as others, whilst holding down a full time job as a trainee probation officer and studying for a degree in community justice at Liverpool University. Prior to this, Candice worked as support staff for Merseyside Police. 

Candice and her partner split up when daughter Kya was just one year old, but she worked hard to ensure Kya maintained a close relationship with her father, who she sees regularly. 

On receiving the news of her success, Candice said:- "I just take for granted the work I do with others and in the area - I get such pleasure out of it. But it's great that it's been recognised - particularly from my daughter, Kya. We have a great relationship, and I always accept that there are other people far worse off than me." 

Candice and Kya have already won a family day out to Legoland Windsor with their friends, and she now has the chance to become the Gingerbread / Eurocamp Lone Parent of the Year.

You can email your entry to  Voting will run from April to 31 May 2004 and winners will be announced in June 2004.


MORE than three quarters of the North West population don't know which ten countries are joining the European Union this May, according to new research by the UK Office of the European Parliament.

The North West had the third highest level of unawareness of the regions surveyed, with 76 per cent of people unable to name a single accession country correctly. Some even thought that Russia was joining the EU. The North West performed significantly worse that the 61 per cent national average. 

The research findings suggest that there is a still a significant job to be done in the North West to make people more 'Euro-savvy' ahead of the June 10 European Elections this year, the biggest-ever exercise in transnational democracy involving 350 million voters in 25 countries. 

David Poyser from the UK Office of the European Parliament said:- "We know from research that local people care very much about the kinds of issues that the European Parliament is concerned with, from paternity leave and paid holiday for part-time workers to the safety and labelling of food, but that they don't realise that the European Parliament has extensive powers in these areas. 

Decisions taken by the European Parliament directly affect quality of life here in the North West and so it makes a difference who you vote for on June tenth."

The UK Office of the European Parliament is based in London and exists to provide information to the public, the media, and other bodies about the role and activities of the Parliament itself and the European Union more generally. 

The ten new EU countries up for this years elections are Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia who are to join the European Union on May 1 this year bringing their economies in line with the rest of Europe and enlarging the EU to include 25 member states.

The percentage of survey respondents unable to name a single accession country correctly in each of the UK regions surveyed are:- 

North East - 79%; Wales - 78%;  Scotland - 75%; East Midlands 61%; Yorkshire & Humber - 60%; South East - 56%; East - 55%; South West - 54%; London - 52%; West Midlands - 48%; North West - 76%;

National average - 61% unable to correctly name a single accession country.

Poll conducted by Mori.  

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