IT ROCKED! The
night was very well attended and all the preparation and hard work
organising it paid off. Sadly, both NG26 and Gorilla Farm could not
make it. Two bands from Liverpool stood in at very short notice to
cover for them. The first one, taking the place of Gorilla Farm, was
Live Jam, who made a stunning performance dressed in black and
whites, they soon got the place rocking. Then hitting the stage was
Blyno Zenyth. This four-piece group soon got the joint into a frenzy
as they launched into a set that dictated the pace for the rest of
the night. We would like to thank these two bands for standing in at
such short notice. You did us proud! More next week about what
happened and a statement from NG26. Also on stage were
Southport based bands, Post Haste and Revolution whose acts are now
getting to the point that they will be developing serious interest
in the music industry. Who knows, if you came to the event, you
might have seen the next super star band! ABE pictured above,
finished the night's live acts on a high note. Outside Havana, a
Monster Truck that was supplied for the night by Formby based
which dominated the entrance. The truck later that night
took the winners of
a raffle around the town.
Also on that night
the Lord Mayor's 'Jag', was parked outside as he visited the gig. We
will bring you lots more comments and full review next week. We will
also reveal the final total raised for the Southport Christmas
Lights Campaign on the night. Yes, we will also give you a few audio
and video highlights of the night's activities on the stage.
All of us at
Southport Reporter would like to thank everyone who came and
supported the event and also a big thank you not only to the bands,
All Ads and the Mayor, but also to the nightclub Havana. Without
their help we could not have put on such a stunning show. A special
thanks has to go out to the Champion, as well as backing us up with
extra media coverage, they also for supplied some more staff on the
night, and posters.
Capital of Sculpture?
WALK the Plank
will host a theatrical walk this half term, which is inspired by the
gargoyles, sculptures and monuments around Liverpool on Wednesday
26th October at 6pm. The project is aptly named Beauty and the Beast
and forms part of the Around the City in 80 Days programme funded by
the Liverpool Culture Company and Urban Cultural Programme working
together for European Capital of Culture 2008.
Liverpool has the most listed buildings of any British city outside
London, therefore taking inspiration from statues and monuments
found on Pier Head, along with ship figureheads (Beauty) and
gargoyles (The Beast), artists Eilidh Bryan and Rowan Watts have
been commissioned to work alongside students from Liverpool
Community College to create two large lantern sculptures, one for
Beauty and the other The Beast, which will make their first
appearance on this guided walk during half term.
Walk the Plank were given international recognition for their
lantern work on the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
Usdaw horrified at rise in violence against retail staff
Usdaw is horrified that the latest British Retail Consortium crime
survey has revealed another steep rise in violence inflicted on
shopworkers. The Retail Crime Survey for 2004 revealed the worse
figures for over a decade showing that physical violence against
staff was up by an alarming 14% since 2003 and verbal abuse rose by
a staggering 35%.
"These figures are very disturbing as it seems a small section of
criminals and irresponsible consumers think
shopworkers can be treated as physical and verbal punchbags.
We've been running a hugely successful Freedom From Fear campaign
designed to combat these problems so it's frightening to think that
the problem could be even worse without our efforts.
Violent offenders have to get the message that shops have a zero
tolerance policy for violence and we will continue to work with
retailers, police, local authorities and consumer groups to make
sure every store is as secure as possible. Our members can rest
assured we will campaign for tougher measures, including the
increased use of ASBO's and tougher sentencing, to protect them from
Our own research shows shoplifting and refusing to serve underage
drinkers are flashpoints for violent incidents in stores and we will
continue to work with all the major retailers to make sure visible
security is on hand to deal with shoplifters who often suffer from
drink and drug dependency issues. We are also enthusiastic
supporters of the Prime Minister's respect agenda, as the BRC are
right to say our society has lost a sense of treating shopworkers
decently and our members have a right to go to work without the
daily terror of being attacked or verbally abused.
Our message to frustrated shoppers who think it's ok to scream abuse
at shop staff is quite simple. There is no circumstance in any store
in the UK where a shopper has a right to verbally abuse a shopworker
who is just doing their job. The figures for violence and verbal
abuse may be the highest for a decade but there is a lot of good
work being done to address this problem and we will not rest until
we significantly reduce the levels of abuse our members have to
endure on a daily basis. We will win this battle and make working
with Freedom From Fear a reality rather than an aspiration."
says Usdaw general secretary John Hannett.