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Date:- 23 July 2007

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Party time for pool’s 800th

THOUSANDS of people are to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th birthday in August after more than 300 applications were made to stage community parties. 

The Liverpool Culture Company has been overwhelmed after making an offer to provide party packs, which includes bunting, balloons, badges and recipes, for the celebrations.

Requests came in from all over the city, including churches, pubs, nurseries, resident associations, scout groups, care homes, pensioners’ clubs and youth clubs to party the day before Liverpool 800 day on Monday, 27 August 2007. 

Those who responded before the 16 July 2007 deadline could also enter into a competition to receive several, free street entertainers at their party, supplied by arts company Hope Street Ltd.

The performances includes comic accident prone first aiders, a Beatles choir and puppets, an artist who paints giant portraits in minutes, and a jazz band. Three new commissioned acts have also been created for the event - a down-on-his-luck boxer preparing for a big fight, the new street craze of urban golf, and an interstellar love story.

The 10 parties which won are:
* East Prescott Road – Knotty Ash
* Wood Lane – Netherley
* Rydal Street – Breckfield
* Birt Close – Toxteth
* Cornwood Close – Childwall
* Richland Road – Tuebrook
* Plattsville Road – Mossley Hill
* Belle Vale Park
* Aspes Road – West Derby
* Shilton Road – Croxteth

Esther Hall, from St Cecelia’s Union of Catholic Mothers in Tuebrook, said:- “Our party will be free so it won’t discriminate against anybody, whether of poor or moderate means or background. It will be a good day and the entertainment will be the icing on the cake.”

Councillor Mike Storey, who is overseeing Liverpool’s 800th celebrations, said:- “The desire by people of all ages and walks of life to celebrate our 800th has been amazing. It underlines the sense of community and pride people have in Liverpool. There’s going to be a real party atmosphere over the birthday weekend and thanks to Hope Street Ltd for adding to the fun.”

Liverpool 800 birthday, Tuesday, 28 August 2007, will be marked by a civic service and procession before 1,500 performers parade in a spectacular, two-hour long, pageant through the city centre.

There will also be festival squares with live music and a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm.


OVER 46 million Brits (93% of the adult population) leave home everyday carrying enough information to allow a crafty criminal to steal their identity according to new research. Driving licences, bank statements and medical records are just a few of the personal details that we are carrying around in our wallets everyday which, if in the wrong hands, can leave us vulnerable to identity theft.

With identity theft on the rise, Capital One is calling on Brits to reconsider what they carry around in their wallets. No longer should we be primarily concerned about losing our spare change, but should take steps to ensure we are protecting our identities.  When asked what personal information we carry in our wallets, the research showed:-

* 43.5 million people carry around credit and/or debit cards
* 24.5 million of us carry around their driving licence
* 23.5 million carry old receipts
* 1 million of us keep bank statements in our wallets
* 4 million carry around medical cards/records
* 8 million keep business cards in our wallets
* 1.5 million carry around payslips

Professor Martin Gill Criminologist from Perpetuity, a division of the University of Leicester said:- “Identity theft is a serious issue, and one that can leave us exposed to a range of crimes. Would-be thieves only need a few snippets of information to start stealing an identity. By getting hold of personal information such as our address, bank details and date of birth a canny criminal can begin to create chaos within a matter of hours – applying for credit cards, securing loans, buying a mobile phone, applying for benefits for example - all under the stolen identity."

Sanjiv Yajnik, Principal Managing Director, Capital One says:- “We’d urge everyone to have a thorough clean-out of their wallets and handbags to ensure they are only carrying the essentials. By taking a few simple steps we can protect ourselves against the risk of identity theft.”

By using a common sense approach, people can protect their wallets and themselves:-

* In the event of losing or having your wallet stolen, immediately contact your card issuers to cancel credit and debit cards
* Avoid carrying your passport or driving licence with you as a matter of course, and if you do lose them, or have them stolen, notify the issuing body as soon as possible
* Don’t carry receipts or bank statements in your wallet – either file them away securely or dispose of them by shredding
* Get regular copies of your personal credit file from a credit reference agency so you can be sure you have not fallen victim to ID theft

Yajnik adds:- “Anyone suffering from identity theft knows the stress and strain it can inflict, that’s why Capital One offers a named adviser for customers to provide advice and help at every stage of the resolution process. We are on-hand to help in every way possible.”

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