Incapacity benefit numbers boosted by job shortages in Merseyside
IT’S back to
school and back to stiff-collared shirts and pleated skirts, but not
for much longer! Children in Liverpool have the chance of a
lifetime, to create their ideal school uniform.
Surcare, the range of laundry and household products for people with
sensitive skin, is giving an opportunity to children in Liverpool up
to the age of 12 to design their ideal school uniform for its
national 'Wear Your Uniform With Pride' competition. The launch of
the competition coincides with National Eczema Week (17-20
September), which highlights the fact that 1 in 5 school children
currently suffers from skin irritations, whether it's dry skin or
eczema. Designs for the ultimate school uniform should be submitted
using unusual fabrics and exciting features to make something that
has never been seen before.
David Briscoe, marketing analyst at Surcare says:- "The more
original and different the design is, the better the chance it has
of winning. We're urging children in Liverpool to use their wildest
imaginations and submit entries using any technique possible,
including drawing, painting, computer created image and collage...
make the design stand out as the winning one will be made into a
The closing date for entries is November 11, 2005 and once all
designs have been received, 12 finalists from regions around the UK,
including the North West will be selected by an expert judging
panel, including a textile professor from the renowned Manchester
Metropolitan University Fashion School. The overall winning design
will be sent to Manchester Metropolitan University Fashion School
where its leading designers will bring the idea to life and once the
design is complete, the lucky winner will be whisked off to
Manchester to wear the uniform they have designed.
Angela Peers, Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan
University Fashion School says:- "School uniforms have long
been considered too conservative and a chore to wear, so this is a
fantastic opportunity for children who take a real interest in
fashion. We're really looking forward to seeing the entries and you
never know, we may spot the next Vivienne Westwood or Matthew
Other prizes include arts materials vouchers and 'Caring Design'
To enter, send your design to:-
Wear Your Uniform with Pride Competition
c/o Weber Shandwick
2 Jordan Street
The North West winner will be announced at the end of November 2005.
LARKS IN THE PARK
THE event that
launched the career of Echo and the Bunnymen two decades ago is
back. Larks in the Park Revisited is a re-run of the popular 80s
event and will take place on Sunday 25 September in Sefton Park Palm
House. The free art and music showcase will feature local performers
and entertain people of all ages.
Creative Director of the festival, Andrew Macaulay, said:-
"Many of us who went to the early events have grown up and have
families now. While bands including Liverpool-based 'The Pearl' take
centre stage, child friendly community arts activities will take
place around the Palm House. And it doesn't matter if it rains as
we'll be under cover in our lovely indoor venue".
Larks in the Park Revisited is a fun family event, with
entertainment for everyone. The headline act is The Pearl, a local
band with an eclectic sound who have already received airplay on
Other performers include
Stan Ambrose, Frank Carlyle, Magical History Tour, Perfectly Frank,
2 Real, Chiba Sprawl, Hallucinations and Sarah Lawton.
The city council's executive member for culture, Councillor Warren
Bradley, said:- "Larks in the Park Revisited is very exciting
because the original event showcased Echo and the Bunnymen, so the
artists performing on this fantastic day could well be stars of the
The comeback of this art and music event was made possible thanks to
funding from the Liverpool Culture Company's Creative Communities
initiative. The free event runs from 10.30am to 5.00 pm on Sunday 25
SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER 37
November 4 to 6 November 2005
PONTINS HOLIDAY CENTRE, SOUTHPORT
YES it is back
again, the Southport Weekender is Europe’s best loved indoor music
events, held twice yearly, this music festival attracts a 5000
capacity crowd to the indoor Pontins holiday complex in Southport.
Having evolved from it’s beginnings as a soul music weekender
founded by hedonist, Aex Lowes, the 18 year old event now stands as
the most musically diverse music weekender in the U.K. calendar. An
intimate friendly crowd of dedicated dancers and discerning music
lovers will be your companions at the event, which features four
purpose built arenas featuring state of the art production and
sound, each covering all genres of the best soulful music around.
For the second and last time for 2005 the Weekends dance floors will
be rocking to the sounds of top DJ's, PA's and bands... The line up
so far is as follows:-
The largest of the Arena’s with a 2000 capacity and jaw dropping
production, featuring the very best in House Music with a world
class DJ line up.
THE BACARDI B-BAR
The hugely popular and forward thinking B-Bar with classic cocktails
and a great eclectic mix of music ranging from Jazz to Broken Beats,
Drum n Bass, Hip Hop and Deep House with DJ’s —
Electric Souls Soundsystem Feat. Una Bombers, Pete Simpson (vocals)
& Cris Cruikes (percussion)
Steve Butler &
THE CONNOISSEURS’ CORNER
A quality selection of Soulful music ranging from choice soul cuts,
Jazz Funk, Rare Groove, Nu Soul & Classics.
Colin Curtis Plus special guest
Keb Darge’s Deep Funk Session
The second largest of the Southport Arena’s featuring the cream of
the UK’s RnB DJs bringing you the best Urban Music in RnB, Soul, Hip
Hop and club Classics.
The Firin’ Squad
Fitzroy Da Buzzboy
Wayne C McDonald
THE SO CHILLED ROOM.... DJs TBC + ALL LIVE ACTS YET TBC
fast but still some are avalable... All tickests must be booked in
advance. Cost:- £110 PER PERSON INCLUDES SELF CATERING ACCOMODATION
FOR 2 NIGHTS AND 3 DAYS. available from the Southport Weekender
office on 0870 990 1987 or online at:- www.southportweekender.co.uk