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Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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Topping out at St George's Hall

A TOPPING out ceremony to mark the completion of external works at St George's Hall, which has seen the Hall surrounded by scaffolding for nearly 3 years, took place this week. The external work, to make the Hall weatherproof, is part of an £18 million scheme to refurbish the Grade 1 listed building. A short ceremony was held earlier this week on the Hall's roof to celebrate the completion of the work. Councillor Mike Storey, Leader of the City Council, said:- "This is a real milestone in the restoration of one the country's most important buildings." The construction programme also includes providing street level entrances at the North and South ends of the Hall, lift access to all levels and bringing the small concert room back into use.

LIVERPOOL ON THE BIG SCREEN!

A GIANT state-of-the-art screen is set to be erected in Liverpool city centre to broadcast live programmes and events. 

A planning application has been submitted to the city council to erect the 25 square metre construction in Clayton Square. 

The 'Big Screen' project is a joint venture between the city council, the BBC and equipment manufacturers Phillips. 

It will be operational 24 hours per day, and broadcast a mixture of BBC television programmes and news as well as major cultural, sporting and entertainment events. 

There will also be a feed of local news, community what's on information, and it is expected to showcase productions made by local artists, media students and schoolchildren. 

Council leader Mike Storey said:- "We already know there is a huge demand for something of this type because when we erected a temporary screen for the Grand National and the 2002 World Cup it attracted thousands of people.  The Big Screen will be a focal point for people in the city to gather and watch major events, 24 hours a day, throughout the year - including the Grand National, the World Cup and Wimbledon tennis championships."

Similar screens have already been placed in Manchester and Birmingham, and have proved to be a huge hit with the public, attracting hundreds of people per day. 

WINGWALKERS SET TO GO UTTERLY BUTTERLY IN THE WIRRAL

THE only professional wingwalking team in Europe is utterly delighted to be flying at the Wirral Show in a bread spreading Utterly-Butterly later this month 

Slicing through the sky at 150mph, the deliciously daring wingwalkers will wave to the Wirral Show crowd from the top wing of their 1940's Boeing Stearman biplanes.

"Wingwalking is amazing!"
said 31 year old wingwalker Kirsty, who is a chartered accountant in the winter, "The views are incredible and the sensation literally uplifting." 

The wingwalkers plan to perform handstands on the wing 500 in the air and will wave through a mouth watering sequence of loops and rolls and stall turns. Pulling up to 4g (4 times their own body weight) in the air, the wingwalkers need to be strong, agile and determined to do their job.

The show is to be staged on July 10 and expected to amaze onlookers with feats of daredevil flight.

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