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Edition No. 176

Date:- 20 November 2004

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Merseyside Unemployment Falls for Eighth Successive Month

THE number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Merseyside fell yet again as in October for the eighth consecutive time in succession as the region’s growth continues to expand.

Just fewer than 31,000 people in the city are now claiming benefits from the state compared to 35,000 at the beginning of the year with a fall of 1% from last month.

Liverpool, Sefton, Halton, and St Helens all saw a 0.1% fall in the number of people on unemployment benefits, compared to no change in the national figure since September.

Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership, Thomas O’Brien said:- “The sustained trend of falling unemployment across Merseyside is clear to see, with five thousand less people claiming benefits than eight months ago."

ST HELEN’S TEAM SAFELY KITTED OUT FOR NEW SEASON

LOCAL rugby league team, Pilkington Recs Under 15s A, have begun the new season safe in the knowledge that they will be well looked after in the event of injury, after winning a premium first aid kit in a national competition.

The amateur team now has a Firstaid4sport.co.uk Advanced Contact Sports first aid kit to accompany them to their matches and training, which they won in a national competition in Rugby League World, the rugby league bible. 

The new kit has been secured thanks to the efforts of team treasurer, Mrs Gillian Slater of Rainford, St Helens, who entered the competition on behalf of the team.

Commenting on winning the prize, Mrs Slater said:- “When I found out I’d won, I rang the coach who was made up! It’s a big expense for amateur teams to purchase all the necessary equipment so this is a major help to us.” 

OLYMPIC STAR TO LIGHT UP LIVERPOOL

STAR swimmer Stephen Parry, who lit up the country by capturing a bronze and Britain's first Olympic swimming medal in eight years, at Athens, is to flick the switch on Liverpool's biggest ever Christmas lights display this Sunday. 

The 27-year-old, who famously beat eventual six times gold medallist Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly semi-final, said the switch-on, which will take place in front of more than 10,000 people, was "the perfect way to end an unforgettable year".

The Allerton swimmer, who was a frustrating sixth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, added:- "This year has been amazing for me. And on Sunday I have the opportunity to thank everyone in the city for their support."

2004 is Liverpool's Capital of Culture themed year of Faith In One City and Parry, who set a Commonwealth record to take bronze, added he was inspired at Athens by those who kept faith in him.

The switch-on will trigger an amazing 10 minute long pyrotechnic display, which will end by setting off the city's biggest ever Christmas lights display,- featuring more than 2 miles of cable and 50,000 bulbs across the city centre.

The display will be the climax to a spectacular hour-long music show. Set on the steps of Liverpool Museum, a purpose built stage will host performances by a string of pop stars including Javine from "Popstars -The Rivals".

Due to the large numbers of people expected on Sunday, Liverpool city council is urging people to use public transport.

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