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Edition No. 165

Date:- 28 August 2004

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THE weather has forced Liverpool's Waterfront Weekend indoors. 

Meteorologists are predicting that the current poor weather will continue until at least the end of the month.

That could hamper the erection at the Pier Head of the planned arena, which was due to start soon. 

Ticket sales for the outdoor events have also been affected by the bad weather.

The Waterfront Classics concert on Friday September 3 featuring the RLPO, the Farm and Marc Almond will switch to the Philharmonic Hall, as will the Waterfront Comedy night on Sunday September 5th with Julian Clary and Jo Brand.

Jason Harborow, Commercial and Tourism Director for the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "The long range forecast shows there is little prospect of a great improvement in the bleak weather conditions. 

It really has been an awful summer, erecting the arena and getting bums on seats when the heavens are opening is proving too difficult. But we are switching the event to the Philharmonic Hall so that people will be able to enjoy the performances in comfort.

We have made this decision now to minimise any future disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but believe that in the circumstances this is the only possible solution." 

The Waterfront Rock night on September 4 to celebrate Radio City's 30th birthday has been cancelled because there is no alternative venue. However, the station is still planning to mark its birthday with a separate event at the end of October. 

Mick Elliott, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chief Executive said:- "The classical concert with the RLPO in their home venue with special guests The Farm and Marc Almond, plus the comedy night with Jo Brand and Julian Clary means there's still a great weekend of entertainment to look forward to. 

The Phil will be staging a great range of free events throughout Sunday 5 September too as part of its annual open day, including cartoon screenings, concerts, workshops, and tours. Visitors won't be disappointed if they are planning a weekend in the city."

Simon Glinn, Executive Director of the Philharmonic Hall said:- "The Philharmonic is working closely with the city council and Liverpool Culture Company to ensure these two events go ahead in great style. As one of the UK's premier venues, visitors will enjoy a great night out in the splendid surroundings of the Philharmonic Hall." 

People who have booked tickets for the Waterfront Comedy and Waterfront Classics nights will receive new like-for-like tickets through the post in the next week. Full credit card refunds will be made available for the cancelled Waterfront Rock concert over the next couple of days.


THE 10 anniversary of the death from lung cancer of entertainer Roy Castle is to be marked by a moving, two-part series on BBC Radio 4, narrated by Bernard Cribbins.

Leave ‘Em Laughing charts Roy’s life from his early years until his death on September 2, 1994, at the age of 62. It includes interviews with Roy’s son interwoven with material never heard before from the host of BBC’s Record Breakers. The first programme is to be broadcast on Roy’s birthday, August 31. 

A poignant occasion, it is also a time for the world’s largest dedicated lung cancer research centre not only to take stock of its achievements1 over the past decade, but also to look forward with hope to a future in which lung cancer is finally defeated. 

Mike Unger, Chief Executive of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, today paid this birthday tribute to the non-smoker whose famous Tour of Hope Appeal raised more than £3 million to build the centre:-

“Roy’s untimely death from lung cancer was a terrible loss not only to his family and friends, but also to his millions of fans. He was a selfless and courageous campaigner who did more than anyone else to raise the profile of lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer. 

Roy’s priceless legacy is an internationally renowned Foundation wholly dedicated to research into a disease which claims 40,000 new patients every year in the UK – many of whom have never smoked. 

Moreover, patients, the public, carers and the bereaved know that every penny donated translates into achieving the Foundation’s ultimate goal of defeating lung cancer.”

Pioneering scientists at the Liverpool-based Foundation moved a step closer to their life-saving goal this month with the acquisition of leading-edge gene recognition equipment. This enables them accurately to measure the activity of genes in cancerous cells, helping them to understand the underlying molecular defects that cause a normal lung cell to become a tumour cell.

Another important milestone in the history of the Foundation was the launch in March of The National Clean Air Award - the only UK wide scheme which provides guidance to employers wishing to devise a no-smoking policy in the workplace and awards a certificate to those with an effective policy in place.

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