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Edition No. 159

Date:- 17 July 2004

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Crosby Beatlemania

THE small town in the north of Liverpool may not be the most widely known source for Beatlemania, but next month this is all set to change as town favorites George Harry’s Son, a themed super group from Crosby are set to revive the moments of past rock history.

This 8 piece band - fronted by local Crosby musician Gavin Pring, who bears an uncanny likeness to George Harrison, started life last year to rave reviews. The band faithfully celebrates the life and works of George Harrison, covering his global and unforgettable hits.

Drawing from their set from two main sources. The 1991 'Rock Legends Tour' that George Harrison performed with Eric Clapton and the fitting tribute Eric Clapton directed for George at the Albert Hall, the band has evolved into a 8 piece super group containing some of the greatest musicians drawn from some of the most respected bands in the world. 

Alongside the stunningly talented Gavin (pictured, right) are musical heavyweights such as Richard Smith from Row Z (performing Eric Clapton's slide guitar and solo parts) and John Ellis from the Cinematic Orchestra and The Stone Roses John Squire (performing the rock and roll keys of Billy Preston). This band is highly individual, drawing their inspiration from their home city of Liverpool.

Gavin Pring has toured the world portraying George, most notably at the Epcot Centre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, winning the approval of Louise Harrison (George's sister) and celebrity fans along the way. 


THE Co-op is promoting the benefits of ethical trading with a Fairtrade Evening in Fairfield next week. 

As well as learning how Fair-trade products guarantee a fair price and provide a social premium for their growers and producers in the developing countries... An opportunity to sample some of the Co-op's range of fairly traded wine in a free event to encourage healthy eating. 

The Co-Op free event takes place on July 20 from 7-9 pm at the Devonshire House Hotel, Edge Lane, Fairfield Liverpool. 


Last chance to Nominate Favourite National Lottery projects

APPLICATIONS for the first ever National Lottery Helping Hand Awards are flooding in and the people of Liverpool are urged to nominate their favourite Lottery funded project before the deadline for applications before the end of the month.

With nearly 300 of the UK’s favourite Lottery funded projects already nominated by the public, time is running out to make sure that projects in the North West have the chance to top this UK-wide people’s poll. 

The Helping Hand Awards are part of The National Lottery’s 10th birthday celebrations, which mark the impact the Lottery has made to people’s lives throughout the UK. In the North West alone over £1.5 billion in Lottery grants has been awarded and 33 projects have been put forward so far for these prestigious awards. 

Estelle Morris, Arts and Lottery Minister said:-  “The National Lottery Helping Hand Awards are a superb opportunity for everyone across the UK to nominate the Lottery funded project or person that has made a difference to them.” 

Designed to capture the great diversity of National Lottery projects, the awards categories are, - the Children’s Champion Award, the Amazing Space Award, the Inspiration Award, the Local Legend Award, the National Hero Award and the UK Life Award. 

The Helping Hand Awards are a focal part of The National Lottery’s tenth Birthday celebrations and the winners will be unveiled at a special ceremony on National Lottery Day, Saturday 6 November; 10 years to the month of the first ever National Lottery draw.


LEADING pub restaurant, Brewers Fayre has announced a six-figure fundraising partnership with national mobility charity Whizz-Kidz, which carries out invaluable work for disabled children and their families across the UK.

The company, which has restaurants in Merseyside, has pledged to raise £205,000 by 2005. Each restaurant will aim to contribute approximately £2,000 each to help Whizz-Kidz provide independent mobility to young disabled people through the provision of much-needed customised wheelchairs and tricycles, training, information and support. Brewers Fayre has over 250 restaurants across the UK.

Manager Joe Margri comments:- “We are delighted to be on board with such a worthwhile charity, there are thousands of disabled children in need of equipment such as powered wheelchairs, tricycles or customised buggies and it’s great to know that we will be helping kids in our local region become more mobile.”

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