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Date:-  8 May 2006

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Jason Eddie, Billy Fury’s brother in fantastic new tribute show.

DO you remember the days of black and white, when Elvis was still slim and Billy Fury was taking the world by storm?

Albie Wycherley, Billy Fury’s younger brother was there too. Performing extensively as Jason Eddie, on the bill with such artists as The Walker Brothers, The Troggs and The Mindbenders, he had a top 50 in the hit parade with ‘Singing The Blues.’ Very occasionally, bowing to popular demand, he comes out of retirement and performs his fantastic tribute to Billy.

There’s a rare opportunity to see him on Saturday June 17th in a brand new show, ‘In Summer’ at The Southport Theatre. Singing a host of Billy Fury hits backed by his band, ‘The Jason Eddie Sound’, sassy female backing singers, ‘The Passionettes’ and an impressive orchestral string section, it promises a mind blowing experience never to be forgotten. “This is the nearest you’ll ever get to the real thing”, Frankie Connor of Radio Merseyside says, “it’s in the genes, he sounds so much like the great man himself”.

Also on the bill are the acclaimed Everly Brother’s tribute duo ‘Two of a Kind’ and the ever popular ‘Liverpool Express’, featuring Billy Kinsley, long time friend of Billy Fury, working with him in many studio sessions. Compere, Dave Sampson who appeared with Billy on numerous occasions, will be entertaining with his recollections. Special guest appearance by Billy and Albie’s wonderful 85 year old mother, Jean Wycherley. Don’t miss this show, it guarantees to leave you screaming for more.

‘In Summer’ in conjunction with 'Billy Fury In Thoughts Of You’ fan club (www.thebillyfuryfanclub.com)

The Southport Theatre, Promenade, and Southport. 17 June 2006,  7.30pm. 

Tickets £16.00 to £14.00 concessions and B.F.I.T.O.Y. members available from Ticket master by phone on:- 0870 607756. For parties of 10 or more just phone on:- 0800 5875006.

Booking fee applies. Tickets also available in person from the theatre box office in advance or on the night.

Letters to Editor:- "Air Show 2006"

"I would like to know what dates the airshow will be held this year. I am coming over from Brazil to see my mother with my daughter and would very much like her to see the airshow, I would just like to know if the dates coinside with my holiday in England." Jacqueline Mason Fernandes from Brazil.

Editors reply:- "The event is on 2 September to 3 September 2006. For more information go to www.southportairshow.co.uk  We hope you have a fun holiday. Also you might like to see the Woodvale Rally on 5 Aug to 20 Aug 2006."

Vote for Liverpool's Council Idol!

A LIVERPOOL council worker is through to the finals of a competition to find the best local government employee in the country.  Lynne Debbazi, who is a Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Business Co-ordinator at JET Eastern Link in Wavertree, is in the running to be named Employee of the Year.

It follows a nationwide search of council workers by The Local Government Channel and Local Government Association (LGA). She has beaten off competition from 2.5 million staff across England and Wales to make it onto a shortlist of 6 people.

In her 4 years in the job, she has transformed the lives of hundreds of people in some of the most deprived parts of the city by helping them find work. And her spare time is also spent helping others - she is a school governor and volunteers with young people.  Among her successes are securing employment for 100 unemployed people at a local Tesco supermarket - some of whom had never worked before. She also helped Sony recruit 65 local games testers at their Liverpool site by introducing an innovative recruitment and training programme.

People are able to vote for Lynne online by visiting their  website, or texting 'LGA LYNNE' to 88600.

Lynne, 47, from Dovecot, said:- "I am absolutely gobsmacked to be short listed for this award, but obviously extremely proud and delighted.  "I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction out of helping people into jobs and training and giving them assistance. Having spent time as an unemployed, single parent struggling to raise a family I know the benefits of having a job, both financially and in raising self esteem."

Lynne often goes beyond the call of duty to help clients, and gave up a day's holiday to help a profoundly deaf woman fill in an application form. The client, who had been on incapacity benefit for many years, now has her first job.  A short documentary which follows her while at work is to be filmed this coming Friday and broadcast the week commencing 12 June on The Local Government Channel (Sky 181) at 6:30pm/Sunday at midday and on the Community Channel from 6-9am (Sky 539, Telewest 233, Freeview 87, NTL 14/511).

Lynne was originally taken on via the city council's Positive Action Training programme 7 years ago before progressing to her current position.

Interim Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, Colin Hilton, said:- "Lynne is an amazing success story and I am so pleased that she has been recognised in this way. She is making a tremendous difference to the lives of so many people, giving them hope and the chance of a decent future.  I would urge people to vote for her to ensure she gets the recognition that she truly deserves."

Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:- "We were really impressed with both the number of applications and the calibre of the people nominated by their colleagues.  It was very difficult to select only six but I am confident we have found the employees that have best demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond the call of duty in serving their communities."

The winner will be announced on 7 July 2006 at the LGA's Annual Conference in Bournemouth and presented with a trophy and £500.

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