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Date:- 23 July 2007

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THE Meningitis Trust, the UK's leading meningitis charity is calling for people from the North West to join them on Saturday 11 August 2007 for Saturday afternoon stroll with a difference - a sponsored walk across the sands at Morecambe Bay, a trip described by many as one of the world's most wonderful journeys.

Christine Hughes, Meningitis Trust explains:- "It's only possible to walk across Morecambe Bay a few times a year because the path is usually obstructed by the sea, but on Saturday 11 August, weather permitting, we will have enough time to finish the eight-mile route before the tide comes in. Escorted by Cedric Robinson - the Queens Guide to the Sands - who will use his knowledge of the area to lead our walkers safely across the estuary, we should have a fantastic time. Mr Robinson will also be on hand to answer questions on the natural and local history of the bay."

The Morecambe cross-bay walk is being partly organised by Grange-over-Sands Tourist Information Manger, Tracey Ingram. Tracey understands only too well the devastating effects meningitis can have, after catching meningococcal meningitis herself in 2002.  Fortunately Tracey has made a good recovery but the disease has left her deaf in one ear. Tracey says:- "By taking part in the Meningitis Trust Morecambe cross-bay walk and raising sponsorship money for the charity you will be enabling the Meningitis Trust to educate the public and health professional on the dangers of meningitis as well as allowing it to provide care and support for the thousands of people every year who are affected by meningitis."

The walk starts at the Arnside Promenade at 2.15pm on Saturday and arrives at Kents Bank Station, Grange-over-Sands at approximately 5.30pm. If you're interested in joining us, contact Christine Hughes on 0845 120 47 64 or email to register for a place now. Registration costs £5 for adults, £2 for kids and just £1 for canine companions

Nominate your local licensee

BII, the professional body for the licensed retail sector, has launched its 2008 Licensee of the Year award and is offering the nominator of the winning licensee the chance to toast their award with 6 bottles of bubbly.

The award is a highly acclaimed title which attracts a great variety of entrants every year from all types of pubs, including community boozers, village locals, high street pubs and trendy bars.

This year it could be your local licensee’s chance to be the best in the country.

If you think your local licensee runs a great pub and is with a winning personality, and someone who shows professionalism, social responsibility, a commitment their staff, and offers excellent service, then nominate them today!

To request an entry form please contact Joanna Buston at BII, on 01276 417 802 or email.

Have YOU got The SCARE Factor?!

BYGONE Times, the famous antique warehouse in Eccleston, near Chorley - Lancashire, is set to undergo a frightening metamorphosis this October when local production company AtmosFEAR!bring its ghoulish ghost stories dramatically to life in a UK first Halloween spooktacular mixing live actors, special effects, theatrical sound and lighting techniques.

The company behind the show, which will be called Ghost Encounter LIVE!’, is looking for a cast of 13 energetic performers to play the roles of Bygone Times’ ghosts drawn from fact and fiction, and is appealing to north west based actors, performers and those who delight in scaring others to come forward! The chosen cast members will perform during the show for 13 nights over the Halloween period and will be paid for their performances. Scripted and non-scripted roles are available. In order to choose the (un)lucky 13, Bygone Times and AtmosFEAR! are holding an open audition weekend where a panel of production staff will select performers for the roles.

Well known paranormal television presenter, actor and author, JASON KARL who has himself played scary roles for companies including The Tussaud’s Group and the Walt Disney Company, is producing and directing the show. He said:- “we are looking for a variety of different people from all walks of life and they really don’t need any professional acting experience to apply. We are looking for passion, energy and enthusiasm from people of all ages over 18 to play the roles of the various ghosts. Members of amateur dramatics societies, drama students and those with a desire to act are all welcome”.

The SCARE Factor’ audition weekend is being held at Bygone Times on Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September from 10am-6pm. Auditionees can book a 10 minute time slot in advance by emailing direct giving your contact email and landline telephone number (mobile numbers will not be accepted). The producers are asking auditionees to dress up as scarily as they can, and to be prepared to have fun!

The 38,000 square foot horror attraction will be a live action interactive experience that quite literally brings the dead back to life! AtmosFEAR! mixes live actors, special effects and chilling history to create an immersive experience that leaves the audience SCREAMING for more! Unlucky visitors might bump into The Demon ButcherorThe Black Widow Bride as they make their way through the show…

The scareindustry is relatively new to the UK, but is already established across the pond in the USA. AtmosFEAR! is uniquely placed to produce these kind of interactive shows with 15 years experience producing haunted entertainment at venues across the country. Their previous clients include The Walt Disney Company, Virgin and Merlin Entertainments.

Something Wicked This Way Comes…

Producer Jason Karl said:- “Bygone Times is perfect for our Halloween Spooktacular, it will easily be transformed into a disturbing world of ghosts and ghouls who are DYING to meet the visitors! We have created a strong back story for the show, which is relayed as visitors walk through the experience. Inspired by true historical events, it is the tragic tale of a powerful Victorian family and a 17th century curse. Our ‘Terror Technicians’ have been creating this kind of show for several years, but this is by far the largest location we have worked in. Over the coming months we will be filling it with special effects, scary performers and surprises for those daring enough to enter”.

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