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Edition No. 164

Date:- 20 August 2004

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THE MAKER
(Glenmuir Club Professional Championship.)

LOSTWITHIEL pro' Tony Nash left it late, but victory was no less sweet on Friday 13 August, when he scooped the £10,000 first prize at Southport & Ainsdale in the Glenmuir Club Professional Championship.

Partnering front runner, Sean Whiffin (Enfield) and long-time leader, Kenny Walker from Scotland, in the final three-ball, Nash took advantage of a couple of Whiffin slip-ups at the 16th and 17th, and stood on the tee of the final hole, a dog-leg 350-yarder, a stroke to the good.

While Whiffin found rough in trying to cut the corner and scuffed his second, Nash, from the middle of the fairway, hit a wedge to 12 feet. When the Enfield man's third failed to find the hole, Tony, now with two for the title, rimmed the hole and tapped in for victory.

Now he intends to use the money to pay for his November wedding in Dubai with his long-term partner, Alison, along with their two young daughters. 

The WPGA title, over 36 holes, was retained by Alison Gray, who was pregnant when she won at St Andrews Bay a year ago. And her eight-month-old daughter, Georgia, was at the course to see her mother claw back a three-stroke deficit on former European Tour star, Gillian Stewart, with rounds of 74 and 70, winning by a stroke. 

HANDBAG SNATCH - NEVILLE STREET, SOUTHPORT

MERSEYSIDE Police are now appealing for information about a handbag snatch in Southport.

At about 1:10pm on Thursday 22 July, a 15 year old girl and her friend were in Neville Street, Southport when three men approached from behind. One man snatched the hand bag an ran off down Neville Street. Nobody was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Morrissey Adds extra dates to tour

ON THURSDAY 9 September will see Morrissey at the Liverpool Royal Court.  For tickets ring:- 0151 709 4321 or  0151 256 5555.  Then on Friday 10 September at the  Preston Guildhall. For tickets ring:- 01772 258858 or  0161 832 1111

SOAP STORYLINE HELPS RAISE AWARENESS OF BOWEL CANCER

ALL eyes at Colon Cancer Concern, the UK's leading bowel cancer charity, will be on ITV1's soap opera Emmerdale this Wednesday 18 August when one of its leading characters tells the programme's 10 million viewers that she has bowel cancer.

News that Diane Blackstock, the Woolpack landlady in the programme Emmerdale Farm was diagnosed with bowel cancer is a significant milestone for the disease and brings a traditionally taboo subject to its biggest ever audience in the UK.

The charity has been working closely with Emmerdale's researchers, scriptwriters and producers in preparation for the high profile storyline, who have been very keen to ensure that the issue is handled sensitively and accurately on prime time television.

The charity called in extra resources to meet the anticipated increase in demand on its nurse-led Infoline service, the phone number of which will appear in the credits at the end of the programme.

Elizabeth Estensen, the actress who plays Diane in Emmerdale says:- "Through my character's bowel cancer storyline, my eyes have been opened to some alarming facts about the disease; that it claims a life every 30 minutes; that one in five people are diagnosed too late because they don't act upon their symptoms; and that it is so treatable when diagnosed early. I hope that the storyline will contribute to raising awareness of a disease that we don't like to talk about; yet must."

CCC also introduced Elizabeth to Linda Gibson, a bowel cancer patient from Wolverhampton, so that the actress could understand first hand what it is really like to have the disease.

Linda comments:- "I was happy to talk with Elizabeth about my own experience of bowel cancer four years ago, so that she could portray the effects of being diagnosed with the disease through Diane's story. Working with CCC and with Emmerdale on this project has not only been great fun but also very rewarding, because I know this is going to help so much with raising awareness of the disease."

Elizabeth and Linda are also supporting CCC in its upcoming "Sh*t Scared?" pub campaign, which is being launched in September. Eye-catching posters and beer mats are being distributed to thousands of pubs throughout the UK in a bid to raise awareness amongst pub-goers.

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