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Date:- 03 December 2007

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Formby Dickens Day 2007
 
 
A fantastic Dickensian Day was held in Formby village to mark the start of the village Christmas celebrations. The event comprised many stalls, fairground rides, brass bands, choirs, the Agarmoeles Clog Dancers and other dance groups like the Southport Swords, a Grand Parade and countless people dressed in the traditional Victorian costumes. Even the weather relented with a quieter period, which allowed the throng to enjoy what was on offer. The event was a huge success and a fantastic spectacle to see, attracting people from all over Merseyside and beyond. If this event was good, then the next one, a massive Nativity event, to be held at 11:00am, in centre of Formby Village on Saturday, 15 December 2007, will be just as stunning...   Click here to see our photographic coverage.
 
Gillian Gibbons to fly home
 
THIS event has been seen by many as a massive breakdown of common-sense and left many questioning what happened when the simple act of calling a teddy bear, Muhammad, turned into an international situation.
 
It all started back in September 2007, when Gillian Gibbon's class voted to name a new class teddy bear Muhammad and this action was to have huge repercussions around the world, as a fellow teacher had taken offence and reported it to the police.
 
By the 25 November 2007, things were set to go very wrong, as the 54 year old, mother of two, Gillian was then arrested for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet.
 
On the 28 November 2007, Mrs. Gibbons was charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred. By now protesters were calling for her to be killed!The following day, on the 29 November, a Sudanese court found her guilty of insulting Islam and sentenced her to 15 days in prison and then deportation.
 
After even more international protests on 1 December 2007, two British Muslim peers pressed Sudanese officials to pardon her. The fantastic news then came out on 3 December 2007 when Mrs. Gibbons was officially pardoned by Sudan's president and freed from prison.
 
Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim Council of Britain told BBC News 24 that the whole saga had been very damaging for the image of the Muslim faith. "It could now lead some people to feel that Islam has no place in modern society".
 
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, told the media that:- "An encouraging aspect of this episode has been the leadership shown by the Muslim community in this country. This will go a long way to relieving any possible tension between the two faith communities. We look forward to welcoming Gillian Gibbons back to Liverpool."
 
But now many are questioning what long-term impact this incident will have on society, here and around the world. Also, as any political correspondents are saying, "This stage-managed pardoning of Mrs. Gibbons by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, will have satisfied few within his divided government and people."
 
One UK Muslim Leader, who does not want to identified, told us that:- "It is good to see that President Omar al-Bashir has taken this sensible line, but it is distressing that this silly incident should have happened. I think the Prophet would have thought nothing of it. In fact he would have been pleased to think the children thought so much of him, to name the new toy after him. The prophet Muhammad, himself, in his lifetime, has been insulted by so many people and he has forgiven them. So this was not Sharia law? No, this was politically motivated. We hope the world will not see the Muslim religion as one and the same. Sadly, the incidents of late are clouding people's views and this will only make it harder for people to see the true nature of our religion."

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Our DVD competition winner is now revealed..

WE have now placed one copy of a DVD all about Everton Football club, called The Official Everton History” in the post...   It is also time to tell you all who it is going to....  We can now reveal that it is heading all the way to Mr Carr, of Maghull, Merseyside.   Yes, the DVD is on its way to you this week, well done!   The answer  to our question, “What was the original use of the building on Everton’s Logo?"  is of course an old "lock up" or as some might say an old "prison"

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