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Date:- 21 May 2007

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THE ancient Chinese spectacle of Dragon Boat Racing is coming to the area this summer and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is asking local readers to put a team together to take part to help the charity raise vital funds to continue its work into finding a cure for muscle diseases.

Dragon boats are decorated with a colourful dragons head and tail in the style of the boats still used in China today. Teams are made up of ten paddlers and one drummer and each team is guaranteed at least three races during the day in heats against other crews. Entry is just £250 per team and each crew member is also being asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible for charity. Finalists will receive trophies and every team that raises funds for the charity receives t-shirts and medals to mark their involvement.

Charles Horton, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, says:- “It’s the perfect event for work colleagues, pub teams and groups of friends. Anyone over the age of eight can enter providing they can swim and know how to enjoy themselves!”

The event takes place on Saturday July 14 at the Lancashire PowerBoatClub, Carr Mill, near St Helens (just off the East Lancs Road). Anyone interested in taking part can get an entry pack now by calling the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on 01244 403012 or email.

Food On The Streets!

OVER the weekend of the 19 May to 20 May 2007 Southport not only had the Food and Drink Festival, but also a massive New International Street Market on Lord Street and Chapel Street.

This combination proved a fantastic hit for the town. These a quick few snaps we took of the events..

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