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Edition No. 158

Date:- 03 July 2004

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TOP OF THE ‘GRAND’ POPS!

FOUR talented ‘silver singers’ from the North West will be flying the flag for the region later this month as they rock around the grandfather clock and shake, rattle n’roll their way to fame in a bid to become the UK’s No. 1 ‘Silver Star’.

The Grand UK Final of Silver Stars..  Britain’s biggest amateur talent contest for the over 60s, will take place at the Southport Theatre at 1.30pm on Wednesday 28 July. 

Sponsored by YOURS magazine; the competition has attracted thousands of budding senior superstars, who have been dancing, joking and singing at hundreds of local heats to try and win a place at the Grand UK Final.

And that dream came true for 66-year old Johnny Whittaker, 60-year old Ron Bull, 65-year old Kathy King and 73-year old Pat Callaghan when they were crowned winners and runners-up of the North West Area Final last month at the Southport Theatre.

The Act voted as the winner will win £1000 and the coveted title ‘YOURS Silver Star 2004’. Second place will be awarded £500, third place £250 and a special prize of £250 to ‘Most Original Act’. All 18 acts will also receive a YOURS Silver Star trophy.

ENGLAND’S NORTHWEST TOPS THE TABLE FOR JOBS

THOMAS O’BRIEN, Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership (TMP), welcomed today’s NW inward investment success story. According to figures released today by UK Trade & Investment the Northwest has outperformed every other English region.

Today’s figures follow Ernst & Yong’s Investment Monitor Report published in May, which revealed that inward investment increased almost three fold in the Northwest in the last year. 

UK's leading hospitality figures honoured at 21st annual Catey Awards

THE winners of this year's prestigious Caterer & Hotelkeeper Awards, were announced last night at a star-studded gala ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The Merseyside Partnership (TMP) scooped the coveted 'Tourism Award' for its highly successful work in putting Liverpool back on the map as a tourist destination.

Referred to as 'The Oscars' of the hospitality world, a Catey is the most prestigious accolade in the industry. The country's chefs, restaurateurs, pub operators and hoteliers all hanker after the title 'Catey Award winner'. Previous winners of the highly acclaimed 'Chef Award' include Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and Raymond Blanc, to name a few. 

The Merseyside Partnership was unanimously voted winner of the 'Tourism Award' by an independent panel of judges. Evidence of Liverpool's revamped image is available in abundance with the creation of extra jobs between 1995-99 and £92m capital investment.

Forbes Mutch, Group Editor of Caterer & Hotelkeeper, commented:- "Liverpool is now a favoured destination for leisure seekers and weekend breakers. The 300 members of TMP have worked hard to boost the region's tourist potential so that it now attracts 19 million visitors a year.

The Merseyside Partnership has developed a highly successful campaign and the team thoroughly deserves this recognition. This year's Catey Awards have been another huge success and Caterer & Hotelkeeper is privileged to host them and pay tribute to our industry's most talented individuals."

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