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Edition No. 153

Date:- 29 May 2004

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Spreading happiness in the North West on a wing and a prayer..!

THE only professional European wingwalking team, the Utterly Butterlys, are searching the North West for fundraisers who want to shout their cause from the rooftops, or more specifically from the wings of a biplane, 1000ft in the air..!

The wingwalking crew, who spend their summers travelling across Europe dazzling crowds with heart pounding aerobatics, have pledged this season to spread a little happiness wherever they travel, offering a fundraiser around each show the chance to promote their cause in an utterly unusual fashion!

The Utterly Butterly biplanes will roar into Blackpool Sky Show on 29 May and Southport Airshow on 12 September, wingwalkers waving from the top wing as their 1940's aircraft fly through the North West sky completing a sequence of loops, rolls and stall turns.

While in the area the team are utterly determined to "spread a little happiness" to whichever North Western charity can convince them that their charitable cause is the most airworthy!

"Wingwalking is fantastic fun!"
says 30 year old Kirsty, who is an investment banker in the winter and a wingwalker in the summer,  "The Utterly Butterlys would like to give one daring fundraiser from the North West the chance to stand on the wing to promote their charity. Not only will this be great for the charity but whoever lands this opportunity will experience the most thrilling flight of their lives!"

If you are utterly tempted by this opportunity to promote your charity and view the North West from the skies, please write to the Utterly Butterlys at:- Spreading Happiness, RFC Rendcomb Airfield, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 7DF. Potential wingwalkers must be under 6ft and 13 stone.

For further information regarding the Utterly Butterlys please contact Marie Duguid on 01285 831774



SOLICITORS will be swapping their pinstripes for overalls, while shop workers will be donning rubber gloves in the latest G-Litter event. The G-Litter Monster Clean-Up is being organised by Liverpool City Council and The Liverpool Culture Company and aims to show how by working together, the people of Liverpool can create a cleaner city.

Some 27 teams from businesses including McDonalds, Marks & Spencer and Tesco are taking part in the Business Challenge, which aims to give the city centre a giant spring clean. Other teams taking part in the Business Challenge include John Lewis, as well as Liverpool City Council and The Liverpool Culture Company.

Based around Church Street in Liverpool city centre, the teams have been challenged to collect as much litter as possible in one hour.

Each team of five has been given a pair of wheelie bins in which to collect litter. At the end of the hour they will return to their starting point for a weigh-in and the team collecting the most litter will be declared the winner.

They will be entertained by street performers, as well as Grub The G-Litter Monster, and will be cheered on by hundreds of city centre shoppers.

The prize is a glittering glass bowl, exclusively designed by St Helens Glass. 

At the end of the event there will be a parade, where all of the litter collected will be taken away. The Business Challenge is the latest in a series of 22 litter-picks that are taking place across the city as part of the G-Litter Monster Clean-Up, Liverpool's biggest ever clean-up .

Sir Bob Scott, chairman of The Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "The fact that so many teams are taking part in the Business Challenge shows what a great success this event is. It's great to see the staff of so many businesses giving time from their busy day to put something back into the city. This event shows that cleaning up can be a fun event for everyone and is a fitting climax to the G-Litter Monster Clean-Up."

Tony Wilson, senior partner at law firm Hill Dickinson, which has entered a team, added:- "It's really important to us as a firm that we are actively involved in Capital of Culture initiatives and that we show our continued support. The G-Litter campaign is a great project and today we have a dedicated team ready to help clean the streets of our fine city."

G-Litter is supported by Radio City 96.7 and Keep Britain Tidy. 

The Business Challenge will be compered by Magic 1548 DJ Phil Easton and Deano, from the Radio City 96.7 Breakfast Crew.

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