Liverpool School Children Limber Up To Go Strictly Dancing
Liverpool are dusting off their dancing shoes in preparation to
enter a competition supported by stars of the BBC’s Strictly Come
They want to be in with a chance of winning professional dance
lessons, the prize up for grabs in a competition launched by Taylor
Woodrow de España and local business Halifax, to encourage children
in Liverpool to be active.
The UK’s only major house builder in Spain and Halifax are now
inviting other school children in Liverpool to nominate a class
which is keen to have fun and get fit, by filling in an entry form
detailing why they should win the lessons.
Camilla Dallerup, star of the popular
show, said:- “We’re delighted to support this campaign.
Dancing has fantastic health benefits and also helps give anyone
taking part confidence; especially children. It will make them
fitter and more able to handle themselves. Dancing is also great fun
and children who get into it laugh a lot. It should not be about
competition all the time, just about having fun and gaining a
One lucky class in Liverpool will be given ballroom and Latin dance
lessons from a professional tutor for a month. The winning class
will then be able to enter into a grand final, competing against
other winning classes from across the UK, for the chance to spend a
day dancing with Camilla Dallerup and Ian Waite from the BBC’s
Strictly Come Dancing.
Jen Kirkham from Halifax adds:- “According to a Government
report which was published recently on 23 January 2008, by the
Health Secretary, Alan Johnson and the Secretary of State for
Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, at the current rate, three
in five children under 10 will be classed as overweight or obese by
Numerous studies have shown that any increase in activity is
beneficial for health as it reduces fat, anxiety and stress and
makes people feel good about themselves. Dancing is a fun and
effective way of increasing the heart rate and everyone, even the
youngest of children, can enjoy it. If you know of a class in
Liverpool who would love the opportunity to learn from a
professional tutor, then why not step up to the challenge?”
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the dance
lessons is call 0121 362 4070 and leave your details; you will then
be sent a full information pack and entry form. The competition is
open to school children up to Year 9 Secondary.
Closing date for
entries is Monday, 7 April 2008.
Urban Splash to take over Pleasureland site
awaited announcement as to who will have the contract to re-develop
the former Pleasureland site was made on 20 March 2008. It was
revealed by Sefton Council’s cabinet that their choice was
developers Urban Splash who plan to transformation of Southport’s
waterfront with an £80m development.
The new attraction
will come in the form of an eco-friendly development that Urban
Splash managing director Bill Maynard said was inspired by
Cornwall’s Eden Project.
The 34-acre plot, will be renamed "Southport Marine Park"
and could include a landmark atrium, housing a winter garden, an
expanded marine lake, outdoor heated swimming pool.
It was also suggested
that there could be at least two hotels on the site offering
traditional accommodation alongside serviced apartments and part
houses to let.
The atrium could be
either a glass or wooden-framed structure and Mr Maynard said he was
committed to using a local workforce to deliver the plans. He will
launch a major public consultation later this year. Mr Maynard was
also keen to explore using a combination lighting and heating system
for the buildings.
The Liverpool-based company say the development will cost £80m and
they hope to draw up the first plans within four months and if
approved the park will take between five and six years to complete.
Tony Corfield, Sefton’s head of tourism, said:- “We are
delighted to have an opportunity to work with Urban Splash, who have
an international reputation for delivering the levels of design and
quality, that we are determined to achieve.
During their impressive submissions, Urban Splash have vowed to
create a distinctive new attraction featuring a wide range of
These are very exciting times for Southport and the Marine Park
development will provide a fantastic opportunity to provide another
major boost which will last for generations to come.”
Cllr Lord Ronnie
Fearn, Sefton’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, told the
media that:- "We have gone with the classic resort, which is
now almost achieved – we’re hoping to launch it at the Open Golf
Sadly loosing out is
the current occupier, who has tried to clean up the buildings and
surroundings and is now running a travelling fun fair on the site,
under the name New Pleasureland. Their plans to
build a new theme park on what was Pleasureland where rejected by
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Burlesque Night at the Latin Lounge, Extra Photos...
a few more photographs taken at the Latin Lounge,
Burlesque Night. Full report next week!