Southport Lions donate £1,000 towards cancer equipment
and Chris Leather from the Southport Lions came to Southport &
Formby District General Hospital last week to present Dr Sun Myint
with a large cheque for £1,000 towards the purchase of a 'Papillon'
Dr Myint said:- "We are very grateful to the Southport Lions
for their donation, these machines are very expensive, so all
donations help. The machines are used to treat certain types of
rectal cancer without the need for major surgery. This is clearly
much better for the cancer patient as they do not have the added
trauma of surgery with its associated risks."
Dr Myint from Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, who holds a clinic
at Southport Hospital once a week, and surgeon Mr Michael Hershman
from Charing Cross Hospital have worked closely together for the
past 15 years to develop minimally invasive techniques to treat
rectal cancer. The two doctors are now teaching the technique to
other cancer doctors.
Dr Myint explained:- "Up until now there has been little
interest in developing non-invasive treatments for rectal cancer
except at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology where we are committed
to minimally invasive treatments to give patients more choice.
The treatments we offer are only suitable for patients whose cancer
has been discovered early and until now; there have not been many
patients in this category. However, with increasingly sophisticated
diagnostic techniques, and more screening, we predict that the
number being diagnosed with early stage rectal cancer is about to
explode. As a result of this, interest in our work from cancer
specialists across the UK and abroad, is growing."
Southport Lions Club said that:- "We are pleased to be able to
contribute to developments such as this, from funds generously
donated by the people of Southport and the surrounding areas. Our
Club has been assisting the less fortunate in our community and
around the world since 1962, and looks forward to continuing to do
If you would like more information about Southport Lions Club, and
some of our previous and on-going projects, please visit our
MAG GIVES £40K TO
MANCHESTER Airports Group has
pledged £40k to the Northern Ballet Theatre as part of its arts
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) donates one per cent of its gross
operating profits to arts sponsorship and has become one of the
largest sponsors of the arts in the region. Over the past 5 years
the organisation has given £200k to the Northern Ballet Theatre and
this latest donation brings the total to £240k.
MAG has supported Northwest arts projects for around the last 20
years and has so far given £8 million back to help support the
growth of the arts in the city and the city region.
Mark Skipper, Chief Executive, Northern Ballet Theatre said:-
“We are delighted that Manchester Airports Group has chosen to
continue to support Northern Ballet Theatre. For the past 4 years
Manchester Airports Group has sponsored our London season, hosting
Corporate Hospitality events at our performances as well as
supporting performances on the UK National Tour.”
Mark went on to say “Their support makes it possible for us to
continue to perform in London and to operate at the highest possible
level. Our partnership also allows us to work together with airport
staff, local community groups and students. Our relationship brings
together two great northern-based companies and in joining together
we export this expertise to the nation's capital city."
Geoff Muirhead, Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group said:-
“We are extremely proud of our partnership we have with the Northern
Ballet Theatre and we are honoured we are involved with one of the
most prestigious Arts organisations not only in the Northwest but
throughout the UK
MAG is one of the most committed sponsors of arts in the North West
our region has a great diversity of talent and we are so pleased to
be able to help maintain its reputation as one of the most vibrant
cultural areas of the country. It is this reputation as a cultural
centre that continues to make Manchester a destination for tourism
in its own right."
Southport Civic Society's Lord Street Trail's 12 Plaque
IN 1992, the
Southport Civic Society published a Town Trail and put up 10 plaques
on buildings and monuments on Lord Street. The plaques refer to
interesting historical features on the street. Now, 16 years later,
they have extended the number of plaques to 12, with 13 in the
pipeline. The two new plaques commemorate two Southport residents,
the first, Prince Louis Napoleon, and second, Walter Connard.
Prince Louis Napoleon was exiled from his native France and
lived in Southport in 1838. He admired the long, straight and wide,
tree-lined Lord Street, so much, that when he returned to Paris as
Emperor, he remembered the elegance of Lord Street and instructed
his architect to create the old world famous boulevards that grace
the capital city today. Well-known architectural historian, the late
Professor Quentin Hughes, gave credence to the tradition, in
research he carried out in the 20th Century. In an article in the
Times, in 2000, Professor Hughes said:-"GCSE History students
are taught that the Emperor favoured wide boulevards in Paris to
make it easier for his generals to put down insurrections. His links
with Southport have so far eluded his biographers." The two
plaques to commemorate this have been erected on the Old Duke's
Monument, at the south end of Lord Street. A second identical plaque
will be put up shortly at the north end of Lord Street.
As for Walter Connard, he was a Sandgrounder, born in 1859. He was
the eldest of 7 sons of a local builder. He was first apprenticed to
a firm of architects, but really wanted to be a jeweller, eventually
opening a jewellery business with his brother, Arthur in 1883 on
Lord Street. He built the Masonic Buildings where the jewellery
business, Connard and Son still continues to trade in today, but now
with the third and fourth generations of his family behind the
counter. By 1914 he wanted to build a Picture Palace and built the
Palladium on the site of the now Sainsbury's. 8 years on, Southport
Council were anxious to acquire the land in front of the cinema for
the public gardens they were creating and Walter struck a deal. As
part of the bargain, Southport Council was to build a fountain to
Walter's designs to go in front of the Palladium. This fountain
still stands there today and a plaque has been erected to mark this
bit of history.
All the 12 plaques on
Lord Street have been painted in the Town's traditional colours of
Maroon and Cream.
We will be adding a copy of the history trail to our Mersey Reporter
section very soon. Also more information can be obtained via
Southport Tourism Centre and via the Southport Civic Society.
MOTORCYCLES & MOTOR
THIS is the latest Sefton Ringmaster message from Sefton
Crime Prevention Office:- "We have seen an increase in
reported theft of motorcycles and motor scooters in the last two
months. Most of these vehicles have been stolen from the driveways
of private premises during the evening and overnight.
Owners of such vehicles are encouraged to secure their vehicles in a
garage or shed, and in any event when left unattended, secure them
with a heavy duty chain and padlock. These can be purchased from
most reputable accessory shops.
There is also an increase in criminal damage to motor vehicles and
houses. The method appears to be the throwing of a stone like object
causing damage to dwellings or cars parked in the driveways.
Some of this crime will be linked to 'nuisance vandalism' and
patrols are targeting those areas.
However, some of this is attributable to retribution crime. This
crime is difficult to predict but owners/occupiers can purchase
appropriate security lighting that will go some way in deterring
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