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Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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LIVERPOOL CELEBRATES IRISH ANCESTRY

A NEW CD Rom which educates children about Liverpool's historic links with Ireland is being launched this week.

Tens of thousands of families came to Liverpool during the potato famine in the 1840's, and there is still a huge Irish community in the city. Liverpool also retains strong links with Ireland through its twinning agreement with Dublin. And the interactive disc explains what caused the famine, and describes the experiences of families who moved to Liverpool after their potato crop failed. 

City council Executive Member for Equalities, Marilyn Fielding, said:- "The migration into the city from Ireland is one of the biggest examples of the city opening its arms to people from another country and making them welcome. 

Liverpool's Irish community has made a tremendous impact on the city from architecture to music and politics to sport. They have helped make Liverpool famous the world over."

The CD Rom explains in detail the poverty the Irish immigrants endured while living in appalling conditions and their struggle for survival with little food or money. The CD Rom is being distributed to all schools in the city, as well as museums and libraries.

In addition, it will be sent to Dublin which is Liverpool's twin city and to all libraries and education establishments in Ireland.

The new package is the second in a series of discs being produced by the city council in the run up to European Capital of Culture 2008. The first was launched last year and focused on Liverpool's role in the slave trade and the subsequent formal apology.

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Search to find the new mini Ant and Dec.

THIS summer, sweet specialists Swizzels Matlow are creating double trouble as they launch a nationwide search to find the best child look alikes from around the country.

Throughout June the confectionary connoisseurs will be scouring the country for kids who think they could double as a famous face, whether it will be a mini Becks or a pint sized Britney, in a bid to launch their innovative lollipop, Double Lollies Magni Pops.

Kids fancying themselves as a junior version of their favorite celeb will be invited to send a photo of themselves and their celeb look-alike so that a panel of official judges can hold regional heats and choose the best of the bunch.

Winning kids from each region will win their height in sweets in addition to having their photo posted alongside that of their double on the Swizzels Matlow official website, making them the 'face' of Double Lollies Magni Pops.

When it comes to Lollies Swizzels Matlow are the experts, they are the UK's biggest manufacturer of Lollipops selling over 600 million a year. Double Lollies Magni Pops is a totally unique product in that it contains two totally different lolly textures in one fab tasting lollipop plus a message inside.

The confectionary connoisseurs have been making sweets at the Swizzels Matlow factory in Derbyshire since the 1940s. The entire range is sold all over the world in more than 40 countries and includes well known brands, New Refreshers, Love Hearts, Drumstick Lollies, Rainbow Drops, Parma Violets and Double Lollies.

The Double Trouble competition is open to children under 16 years of age. Junior look-alikes should send their pictures and the name of the celeb they think they resemble plus their own name, age, address and telephone number to:- Double Trouble, c/o Brazen, Virginia House, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AD. Double Trouble contestants can log onto www.swizzels-matlow.com for more information. Deadline for entries is 1 July 2004.

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