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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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SOUTHPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL COMES TO PLEASURELAND

THE Southport Jazz Festival comes to Pleasureland when Casablanca plays host to the Cluskey Hopkins Official Guinness Jazz Band on June 24 with the own special brand of swing. 

The 5 piece band, have been touring since the 1980's, and over the years have played alongside such greats as Johnny Dankworth and George Melly.

The concert marks Casablanca's debut as a Jazz Festival venue, and Pleasureland Marketing Manager Stephen Christian was looking forward to the evening said:- "The Jazz Festival is rapidly becoming a major event in the Southport calendar and we're pleased to be a part of it. We're also delighted to have secured such a high-profile act and I'm sure the concert will be a great success."

The band will be performing in the Casablanca restaurant, also the venue for Pleasureland's FAME Search for a Star competition and many other live events. 

Admission is free to diners, who can take advantage of an All-you-can-eat buffet for £5.99.

LAWYERS PLAN TO KEEP FAMILIES AWAY

AS Father's Day puts the spotlight on family breakdown, local solicitors are recommending new steps to keep battling families away from the courts and from solicitor's offices.

In a new report, Practical steps to co-parenting, the Solicitors Family Law Association, the UK's leading group of solicitors specialising in family law, says that courts are often not the best place to deal with the sensitive emotional issues involving children, when families split.

"As more parents bring their disputes over children to court, there needs to be a clear expectation that separated parents should agree their own arrangements for what we term 'co-parenting',"
says Liverpool SFLA spokesperson, Tracey Miller. "If our recommendations are followed it will help keep these families out of our offices and away from the courts.
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.... continued .... "To achieve this, parents need a lot more information about the law and professional guidance to help them resolve their difficulties at an earlier stage."

But when the courts are involved where the parents can't agree, the SFLA is adamant that the court's ruling must be carried out. If the court has weighed up all the facts and made a decision in the best interests of the child, no-one then has the right to decide that the child should not benefit from that decision.
 
PIER PLEASURE AT NEW AWARD

SOUTHPORT tourism officers are celebrating this week after the town's restored Victorian pier was recognised at a regeneration awards ceremony.

The Pier was received this prestigious accolade in the Waterside Regeneration Awards for its contribution towards enhancing the region's waterways.

The grade II listed structure was nominated for the large company organisation category in the awards organised by the Mersey Basin Campaign.

Lord Fearn, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, Tony Corfield, Head of Sefton Council's Tourism Department and Steve Irwin, the resort's Piermaster and Seafront Officer, were presented with decorative trophy at the special awards ceremony at Bolton's Reebok Stadium.

Lord Fearn said:- "This is marvellous news for Southport and a real tribute to all those who have worked so hard to ensure the restoration of this valuable part of Southport's great Victorian heritage. The regeneration of the pier has proved to be a catalyst for further improvements at the seafront which in turn is attracting even more tourists to the resort."

This is the third award for the pier since re-opening in 2002 following a £7 million restoration programme. Last year the pier was named Pier of the Year by the National Piers Society and was also awarded a prestigious Green Apple Heritage Award which recognises local authorities and other organisations for preserving the built environment.

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