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Edition No. 150

Date:- 08 May 2004

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The Mersey Partnership opens its doors

THE Mersey Partnership officially opens the doors to its new waterfront offices tomorrow night with more than 200 key representatives from the Merseyside's communities in attendance.

In line with this year’s Capital of Culture theme, ‘Faith in one City’, five of Merseyside’s faith leaders, the Right Rev Bishop James Jones, the Very Rev Tony O’Brien, Rabbi Dr Malcolm Malits, Mr Akbar Ali and Major Marion Drew, will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new offices at Twelve Princes Parade.

Guests will gather in the building’s glass atrium for the ceremony before touring the new office with its enviable waterfront views. 

Thomas O’Brien, chief executive of The Mersey Partnership said:- “We have settled easily into our new waterfront home here in Princes Parade and I am delighted that so many of our friends and colleagues are able to join with us at the official opening tonight. I know they will appreciate, as we do, the great connection with the River that impresses so many of the visitors to our offices.”

The Mersey Partnership relocated to Twelve Princes Parade in February. Since it was launched in April 1993, the organisation had been located in the landmark Cunard Building at Liverpool’s Pier Head. The move has enabled the company to bring all of its backroom operations together in a modern open plan office environment.

Final countdown for Northern Olympic Team Members

IT is one hundred days to the start of the Olympic Games and the North has already got eleven representatives lining up to take the trip to Athens as members of Team GB. To celebrate their selection UK Online, Official ISP to Team GB, will be click-starting their 100 day countdown by making sure they are only an email away from loved ones whilst they are training and competing this summer. 

The eleven athletes from the North that have been selected so far to be part of Team GB this summer include:- Swimming James Hickman, Manchester;  Stephen Parry, Manchester; Adrian Turner, Manchester; Gavin Meadows, Leeds; Joanne Jackson, North Yorkshire; Graeme Smith, Stockport; James Goddard, Stockport; Athletics Jon Brown, Sheffield; Tracey Morris, Leeds; Taekwondo Paul Green, Manchester & Sarah Bainbridge, Lancashire

Selections for some of the Olympic sports are still underway and more athletes will be joining this elite club over the coming weeks. Team GB will benefit from up to £50,000 raised by UK Online. All the selected team members will receive free broadband internet access from UK Online along with a personalised Olympic email address.


FROZEN food specialist, Iceland is supporting National Missing Persons Helpline Missing Month of May by featuring the cases of Sarah Hardcastle from Leeds and James Thompson from Gloucester on over 300,000 four pint milk cartons on sale in its stores. 

The partnership between Iceland and the National Missing Persons Helpline was launched seven years ago to help raise public awareness of missing people. Each month Iceland features a picture and brief description of a missing person on its milk carton and to date a third of the cases featured been resolved. 

Sarah Hardcastle, whose 30th birthday was on the 2 May, has been missing from Leeds for almost two years. She was last seen at Hollies House Hostel on 9 June 2002, where she had been staying. Sarah left behind her two year old son. There is great concern for Sarah's safety as she has suffered from depression in the past. Sarah has friends in Hull and is very fond of Bradford. Sarah is 5ft 7in tall and well built. She has blue eyes and short reddish brown hair.

James Thompson disappeared on 8 March 1994, while staying in Dublin. He was last seen in the city and had told his parents he would be home the next day, but no one has seen or heard from him since that time. James could possibly be with travelers or a religious group. James is 6ft tall, white and of slim build and at the time he went missing was gaunt looking. He has dark brown hair, which he may have shaved off or be in dreadlocks. 

Iceland are also sponsoring the National Missing Persons Helpline's, 'Missing' photo exhibition at the Oxo Gallery, in London which runs for the 8th -16th May. The exhibition highlights the issue of the 'Missing' phenomenon and features a selection of photographs of missing people including Sarah and James. 

Iceland Marketing Director, Nick Canning said:- "We are proud of our partnership with National Missing Persons Helpline, and are pleased to be able to sponsor the exhibition. Using milk cartons to carry details of a missing person is a quick way to circulate vital information and a great opportunity to spread the word. We are pleased to be able to help raise awareness of these cases." 


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