Life’s a beach at Liverpool Children’s Festival
young people descended on Liverpool’s cultural quarter last Friday.
The area around William Brown Street received an out of this world
makeover for the FREE annual Liverpool Children’s Festival, which
opened on the steps of St George’s Hall at 11am. The all day
entertainment programme included street theatre, model making,
circus skills, drumming workshops, tightrope walkers, face-painting,
and much more… there was even a fake beach on site!
Liverpool Children’s Festival is presented by Liverpool Young
Culture Action Group and the Liverpool Culture Company.
14 year old Imani Thompson of Liverpool Young Culture Action Group, said:-
"We organise the Children's Festival to make sure that everyone
in the city can have a go at new arts and cultural activities for
free. We also want to show people in Liverpool that young
people can do positive things for other people.”
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool city council and
Deputy Chair of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- “We’re
only at the beginning of the school holidays but with 6 long weeks
stretching out ahead of them young people will already be running
out of things to do. The festival offers a fantastic diversion
from summer boredom, and best of all it’s been developed by young
Festivities were centred around William Brown Street, including
World Museum Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, Central Library, St
John’s Gardens and St George’s Plateau.
Visitors were also
able to check on the progress of the Liverpool Giant; a 15ft model
currently under construction at World Museum Liverpool, which is to
lead the city’s 800th birthday pageant on 28 August 2007.
Strange Cargo held an open session between 12noon and 3pm on the day
of the festival, giving people a chance to drop in and see how the
giant is shaping up.
The day concluded with a parade, starting
at 4pm outside World Museum Liverpool.
average debt exceeds annual income by 23%
WHILE debt in
the North West reflects the average across the country - people in
the North West are still managing an average debt of £36,627 on an
annual income of £27,960 according to a new study compiled for R3 -
The Association of Business Recovery Professionals. The R3
Debt Index, compiled by market research specialists YouGov, asked
respondents about their levels of mortgage and non-mortgage debt,
and how they had run up their non-mortgage debt - the most important
reasons cited included general overspending, unemployment and
redundancy, illness, and paying for specific things such as cars and
In the North West the average salary is £27,960 a year, slightly
less than the national average of £30,500. The average overall debt
in the North West , including mortgages, is £36,627. Despite
representing record amounts of debt in the region, this figure is
still well below the national average of £43,920. The YouGov
survey also showed that of the people who feel that their debt is
causing them great difficulties and is out of control, 62% haven't
sought professional advice and are resorting to taking out extra
credit and loans.
"It is a concern that people in the North West have so much
debt because we know that so few of them are seeking professional
advice. R3 members deal with people struggling with debt and
see the misery this causes the debtor and their families. I would
urge anyone with debt problems to seek help and to do so as soon as
they become aware of the problems. Taking out further credit simply
isn't the answer."
Compared with other parts of the country residents of the North West
have an average overall debt of £36,627 while those living in
Yorkshire have an average debt of £33,013 and those living in the
North East have an average debt of £36,558. R3 commissioned
the Debt Index because it is concerned about the rising level of
debt in the country, and is particularly concerned that people are
not seeking professional advice to help them with their debt
problems. The aim of the Debt Index is to monitor levels of debt and
trends over time. This index will be released quarterly. The next
statistics will be available on the 31 October 2007.