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SOUVENIR BROCHURE TO CELEBRATE QUEEN'S JUBILEE
 
'Sefton Celebrates', the official commemorative brochure to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, has just been published and is now available throughout the Borough

The leaflet, highlighting the many events taking place in the Borough to celebrate this momentous occasion, is now available from venues including information points, Tourist Information Centers, libraries and town halls. It also appears on Sefton Council's website - www.VisitSouthport.com.

The leaflet features all the major displays and events including Southport Celebrates, the street party on Lord Street; the Jubilee firework displays that will light up the Mersey coastline and the Queen's Jubilee 'It's a Knock-Out Challenge' for schools and businesses.

The publication also includes a range of community events organized by pubs, housing associations, churches and other organizations. 

Sefton's Mayor elect Councilor Kevin Cluskey, said: "The brochure is a wonderful idea and something so many people will keep forever as a special souvenir of this tremendous milestone in history.

"It provides useful information on the many events taking place in the borough during the Queen's Golden Jubilee period, particularly those that are open to members of the public. I'm looking forward to being involved in many of them and, as I start my term of office, to meeting many local people during this celebratory time."



The leaflet also includes information on the events taking place in Sefton during the year.

To obtain a copy of the brochure telephone the Tourist Information Centre in Southport on (01704) 533333.

Article by Julia Brough
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FIREWORK SPECTACULAR WILL LIGHT UP THE MERSEY SKYLINE

The skies above the Mersey coastline will be a blaze of colour when spectacular firework displays are lit at three locations to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

The firework displays on the Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday, June 3 will take place at Princes Park in Southport, from a giant floating platform moored in the River Mersey between New Brighton and Crosby and from The Pier Head in Liverpool. 

All three will be lit at 10.30pm filling the skies along the coastline with dramatic displays of colour bursts which will be seen and heard for miles around.

The dramatic firework spectacle from the Mersey will give spectators from both sides of the Estuary breathtaking views of possibly the biggest Jubilee firework display in the North West.

All displays will feature high aerial duration fireworks that will be seen from miles around and will coincide with the beacon lighting ceremonies taking place throughout the country including a beacon that will be lit by the Queen at 10.45pm outside Buckingham Palace.

Tony Corfield, head of Sefton Council's Tourism Division, said: "Sefton's established reputation for amazing firework entertainment can only mean the Jubilee celebrations will be out of this world.

"There will be three truly amazing shows along the Mersey that are unlikely to be equaled anywhere else in the country. All displays will be spectacular and will definitely be in keeping with the Queen's theme for the Jubilee - celebration."

The displays on the Mersey and in Princes Park will include fireworks that have been imported from the Far East and Spain which give brighter, longer lasting colours and teams from Devon-based The Firework Company will take two days to prepare the displays at both venues. 

Spectators will see hundreds of giant shells burst from 400 ft to 1000 ft in the night sky with a range of different colours and effects including Chrysanthemum, palm trees, hearts, butterflies, stars, rings and Saturn shapes. More than 500 shells will be fired at lower levels with great volleys of 50 rockets in a single launch.

The show from the Mersey will be punctuated with loud maroon shells, aqua mines bursting to the surface of the water and flickering and parachute flares.

The highlight of each show will be a ferocious sequence of red, white and blue shells with a finale of high level multiple bursts of giant gold shells.

The Mersey firework display has been organized by Sefton and Wirral Council, the Princes Park display by Sefton and the Pier Head's by Liverpool City Council.

Article by Julia Brough

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