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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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Zurich Municipal advises organisers on how to have a safe Bonfire Night

WITH thousands of organised firework displays up and down the country only days away, Zurich Municipal, the leading insurer of local authority and voluntary groups, is warning people to "mind how they go."

Organised displays have become safer in past years, with great care being taken to safeguard the public. These organised events are considerably safer than amateur ones.

Top safety tips for organisers include:- 

· Inform police, fire and first aid services that the event is taking place; 

· Divide the site into four distinctive areas by putting a good signage system in place. These boundaries should include a Spectator Area, Safety Area, Firing Area and Fall-out Area, with designated car parks located well away from the firework 'fall-out' area;

· Enforce proper crowd control before, during and after the event. 

It is also important to ensure that fire extinguishers and water buckets are readily available during the event. Once over, all efforts should be made to ensure that the site is 'closed down' to the public.

The public are advised to:- 

· Follow all safety directions from the organisers; 

· Stay in designated areas; 

· Keep a close eye on young children; 

· Take special care when using sparklers, keeping them away from young children. 

Juice FM Find Their Talent!

WE searched for them high and we searched for them low, and now 107.6 Juice FM is pleased to announce its latest promotion 'Radio Star - with Aim Higher Greater Merseyside' has found two promising stars of the future.

After receiving hundreds of applications, auditions were held on October 2 at The Door, in Hanover St.

The standard, and indeed the talent of those who auditioned made the selection process extremely difficult. Clive Dickens, Programme Director of Absolute Radio International says:- "There is plenty of talent here in Merseyside, and Juice FM is proud to have created an opportunity for that talent to shine!"

After plenty of meetings the judges found their 15 finalists. A group of 10 would go to the public vote to become a Juice FM presenter, and the remaining 5 were to show off their talent by a battle of the DJ contest at Scent at Society. The winner getting a residency contract at the club, not forgetting a gig as a specialist DJ on Liverpool's More Music Station!

The prizes also include media training, a complete makeover from Voodou, a Juice FM record bag filled with the latest tunes and loads of other Juicy stuff. Best of all though - a 13 week contact to present your own show on Juice FM.

After receiving hundreds of votes via text and telephone over the weekend, the winner of the Juice FM Daytime Presenter is Nicky Webb from Wallasey.   Congratulations to Nicky who is an 18 year old singer whose dream as the Juice FM Radio Star is about to be realized. 


CAGED football is heading for Britain and organisers are searching for teams from all over Southport.

The first ever World X-Football Championships played inside giant metal cages is being organised in Birmingham between Christmas and New Year.

Organisers are looking for 96 teams from all over the UK, prepared to battle it out - inside the mesh. The event, which is the first ever football tournament of its kind - will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, located in the grounds of the NEC.

A specialist firm in the South of England has built two special steel cages 20 metres long and 12 metres wide. The unique sprung floor of the cage is being produced in Scandinavia ready to be shipped in before Christmas.

The exclusive X-Football World Finals take place on December 29 and 30 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole followed by other similar events next year in six major cities including London, Glasgow, and Manchester.

X-Football players must be over 18 should visit the website and register online at or call the X-Football registration line on 0121 780 6211.

Merseyside Law firm hold prestigious Charity Ball

WIRRAL based Law Firm Brian Camp & Co are holding a very prestigious anniversary charity ball at the fantastic Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool on the evening of October 30. 

The event is to mark not only the firms 21st birthday but also to celebrate their fundraising and support for Marie Curie Cancer throughout 2004. 

Over 175 guests including celebrities Edwina Currie, Dean Sullivan, Susan
Collins and Rusty Lee will be showing their support for Marie Curie's Liverpool hospice and to help raise even more funds for the charity. 

The Fake Beatles will be performing live and a surprise guest will be presenting the cake to the senior partners. The firms fund raising throughout the year is set to exceed £10,000 this will help the Liverpool hospice to continue providing specialist care for cancer suffers and support for families throughout Merseyside.

In September senior partner Colin Billing and Marketing Director Darren Gilling joined Edwina Currie and 80 others on a 450 km bicycle ride across Poland. Funds from that event have already raised in excess of £160,000 pounds for the cancer charity and money is still rolling in. 

Colin Billing said:- "What better way to celebrate the firm's birthday than to support such a worthwhile charity " 

Darren Gilling said:- "Cancer has effected my family and I know the devastation the disease can cause - everyone will be effected at some level throughout their life" 

The firm's 85 staff will be travelling from the firms Birkenhead offices to Palm house in a vintage London bus and donated prizes from Manchester United, Tranmere Rovers & Local business's will be up for grabs at the auction.

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