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Issue Date:- 26 May 2008

Let’s get £208,000 in 2008

LIVERPOOL’S incoming Lord Mayor wants to shatter all previous charity records during Capital of Culture year.

Councillor Steve Rotheram will undertake his civic duties with the intention of raising at least £208,000 for the Lord Mayor’s charity in 2008.  He said:- “It would be tremendous to reach this total and secure a huge sum for the Lord Mayor’s charities.  Capital of Culture year provides us with an unbelievable opportunity to do good things. Not just for the Lord Mayor’s charity but for the city as a whole. I will work tirelessly to ensure Liverpool meets this fantastic challenge and exploits this opportunity which will shape the future of this great city for decades to come.

I am totally dedicated to the city of Liverpool and 2008 is probably the best year in which to be Lord Mayor as it is such a momentous event; a fantastic challenge and great opportunity to help shape the future of our city. “

Councillor Rotheram who, at age 46, is one of Liverpool’s youngest ever Lord mayors, aims to hold regular drop in sessions for members of the public and wants to lighten up the Town Hall’s formal image.  He said:- “I realise in this role I have to act as an ambassador for the city. You have to balance the traditional with the modern, but I want to make sure that people look on the Town Hall as theirs and be open and welcoming.  I want to use my Mayoral year to capitalise on Capital of Culture and create a lasting legacy that everyone feels a part of. It will be the platform for the city continue its wonderful renaissance and attract further investment and jobs.”

To help him fulfil the civic role, Councillor Rotheram has enlisted the support of some remarkable aides; wife Sandra, son Steven, 16, and his 2 daughters Haylie, 12, and Samantha, 10. Councillor Rotheram said:- “My year in office is going to be a family affair – we are all one big team. We are a very close, active family and they are my greatest asset.”

Kirkby-born, Councillor Rotheram was first elected to the city council in 2002 to represent the Fazakerley Ward.  He was educated at Ruffwood School in Kirkby and has since started up his own construction consultancy, although he is taking time out from his work to undertake his Mayoral duties.  Councillor Rotheram is passionate about making sure that local people from all sections of our community are fully equipped with the right skills to take advantage of Liverpool’s growing economy and in securing local jobs for local people.  Outside of work he is an avid footballer and played for Melling Vics FC for more than 25 years. He is a fanatical Liverpool FC fan and has amassed a vast collection of LFC memorabilia.

Drivers vote for The Killers on the road

WITH summer day trips on the horizon, what makes the ultimate driving song? Is it the upbeat, sing-a-long variety or something more calming and tranquil? Is it a modern classic or an older masterpiece?

Insurance expert asked over 1000 motorists to vote for their favourite driving song, and contemporary pop anthem Mr Brightside by The Killers came top of the list.  But it was 70s and 80s classics that dominated the rest of the top ten with Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler and In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins voted as 2nd and 3rd favourites.’s Ultimate Driving Songs are:-

1.  Mr Brightside – The Killers
2.  Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
3.  In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
4.  American Pie – Don McLean
5.  Paradise City – Guns n Roses
6.  Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
7.  I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper
8.  Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
9.  Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
10.  Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett managing director, Brian Martin said:- “It was really interesting to see that the most modern song was the one to take the top spot.  For a relatively new tune, it seems to have made quite an impact.”

Taking men and women’s votes separately the results take a twist.  Women went for the gravely tones of Bonnie Tyler as number 1 but the Welsh warbler only just made the men’s list languishing at number 9.  Mr Brightside was 2nd and Phil Collins 3rd for women, while men voted the Killers’ classic as their favourite but Don McLean’s American Pie took the 2nd spot pushing Phil Collins to number 3.

They also asked drivers about their musical habits behind the wheel and discovered that we are a nation of in-car singers.  20% of people admit to always singing when driving with only 7% of people preferring complete peace and quiet in their car.

Brian Martin said:- “It’s women that are the most prolific in-car crooners and more than twice as many women than men admit to always singing in their car.  12% of men claim they drive in silence compared to only three per cent of women.”

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