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Edition No. 155

Date:- 12 June 2004

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A PILE OF SMELLY OLD BOOTS SAVES KIDS CENTRE

GENEROSITY from some of the greatest names in modern soccer helped secure the future of a North West centre for kids with cerebral palsy.

The entire Liverpool and Everton first team squads donated their signed match-worn boots at the end of the season, teaming up with David Beckham and his 'Los Galacticos' team-mates to raise over £10,000 for the Stick N' Step Charity.

Football fans and serious memorabilia enthusiasts gathered at the Village Hotel on the Wirral for a unique auction of more than 60 rare items and a charity football match against the Coronation Soap Stars.

All monies raised goes towards the centre that provides Conductive Education for children from the whole North West. Many families travel from Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool and Southport regions for the therapy based on the unique Peto Institute in Budapest.

The Sefton group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, will hold their June meeting on June 21 at 8pm, at the Royal Clifton Hotel Southport. The speaker will be Anthony Foster

VISITS THE FREE PORT!

AS Liverpool gears up for capital of culture 2008, the liners are now coming in again. This time it was the turn of a six hundred forty-four foot long, 43,524 ton liner called 'The World'. She came into Liverpool on Thursday, 3 June, after visiting Dublin and berthed in Liverpool Free Ports Docks. 

For most of us who watched her entrance and exit from the port, her over grown Car Ferry appearance did not tally with what we were hoping would be a magnificent sight. She was not the most flattering or inspiring ships to enter the river, but on board it must be quite a different experience, as people pay $2,000.00+ to stay on her. 

With ResidenSea boasting "Luxury living, for there is no other resort community that can offer the experience of the world." in their adverts, what would you find on her? Well, these are just some of the things passengers would find on board… a Street Cafe, a Deli, Restaurants, Portrait Studio, Tea Garden, Pool Room, Theatre, Study, Art Gallery, Night Club, Casino, Bars, Cigar Club room, Tennis Court, Jogging Track, Golf Club, Spa, Beauty Parlor, Internet Cafe, Conference Rooms and lots more.... 

The ship even has private homes within. "Citizen of the world takes on a new meaning, when your address is The World of ResidenSea", say her owners, ResidenSea. The large vessel left anchor to go to Ayr, in Scotland, on Saturday 5 June, in the early evening. Her large bulky body powered out to the Bar as the sun started to set over the Irish Sea, dwarfing the SeaCat and the Irish Ferry, 'Mersey Viking' as she ploughed past.

(Above) Leaving the mouth of the Mersey.

(Above) Passing the SeaCat off Hall Road.

(Above) Passing Mersey Viking off Hall Road.

Photograph and report by Patrick Trollope.

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