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Date:- 10 September 2007

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Search For A Star North West Area Final 2007

WHAT a fantastic end to what been a smorgasbord talent of all ages. The 2007 BRA. Search For A Star North West Area Final took place at the Southport Arts Centre on Thursday 6 September 2007. I always say how amazing the acts are and how they are better than the year before, but what surprised me was just how good this year's standard was. Even throughout the heats it reached that of the final standard. Even if the acts, which did not get through to the regional final, put on such a dazzling display that it was hard for judges to make decisions. The 2007 North West Heats have been the closest ever. So the acts taking part in the final had to be very good and for the audience, they were not let down. What always surprises and pleases me is what the audience and judges do not see; the back stage comradeship that is often shown by the acts at the Search For A Star. This year it was just as heartening to see all the acts supporting each other along the way and congratulating the winners. This made the back stage atmosphere very friendly and a joy to be in, both at the heats and also at the final. This to me is what this type of event is all about. The development of artists, both in confidence and ability, as well as in their ability to work alongside other entertainers offstage, as they develop their networking skills and friendships.

This year's area finalists were:- Shaun Fields, Jonathan Graham, Jodie Hamblet, Korni Turner, Robbie Carter, Sara Creeney, Michelle Taylor, Mark Walton, Nick Donnelly, Barrie Briercliffe, Suzanne Marris, Gina Harrison and Penny Nicholls.

The night's supporting acts included a stunning display by a group of dancers, aged from 6 to 17 years of age. The Kelly Shirley School of Dance, who come from Southport started the show with a high kicking demonstration of their skills and troupe also began the closure with yet another fast paced routine. The troupe had supporting singers Jacqie Lewis, Ken Nicholson, Graham Oxford, as well as another dance routine duo called Havanna Nights. The very last performance was given by the winner of the Regional Final.

The champion of the North West Area was Jonathan Graham and he will represent the region in the National Finals to be held at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa on Saturday, 24 November, 2007. Second place was awarded to Robbie Carter and in third place was Korni Turner.

Congratulations to all who took part. I hope to see you all again at next year's competition.

Readers who did not make it to the event will be able to see the winner Jonathan Graham at the Latin Lounge on Post Office Ave. Southport very soon and at the 2007 Southport Christmas Lights Switch On.

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Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race

THE Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has arrived in Liverpool on Saturday, 8 September 2007.  

The  fleet and will be docked in the Albert Dock until the start of the race on Sunday, 16 September 2007 for their epic voyage from the Mersey around the world and back again.

We wish the teams all the best and we look forward to seeing them off.... This race will also have 2 new clippers to be named later this week.

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