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Published late - Issue Date:- 26 November 2008

Santa Lands In Southport

ON Sunday 23 November 2008, Dobbies Garden Center on Benthams Way, Southport had a very special visitor fly in to open their Christmas festivities.  Yes, Santa was flown in via helicopter, specially for this event.  Despite the rain and the wind, the event was extremely well attended, as one member of staff told us:- "We expected a large turn out, but this is amazing.  We did not expect so many people." The event not only had Santa in his grotto, but also a dog slay and slay dogs as well as a reindeer.  Not forgetting the local Marshside Brass Band and two choirs, one from St Mark's Church Of England Primary School and the other from St Teresa's Club in Birkdale...  Not forgetting Queen's Court Hospice and also Mr Stix who entertained the children.  This was despite the bad weather a very entertaining and enjoyable event.  We have been informed that Santa will be in his grotto on various dates on the run up to Christmas at the store in Southport.  Well done to all who took part.  Click on here to see more photographs from this event.


AS many of you might have noticed, we have been going out late this month. This has, as we explained last week, been caused by new systems being added, but we have now decided to move the day the paper goes out from Monday to Tuesday. We hope that this will make allow us more time to edit our photographic coverage of events that take place over the weekends. This should allow us then to deliver the quality our readers now expect from our service and that extra bit more. If you subscribe to our new news service, you will still get your daily news emails via as normal. The recommended deadline for submissions for Southport Reporter will remain Friday, with late submissions being considered on the Monday before the edition does out. The new publishing date will be on 2 December 2008. We would like to thank all our readers and contributors for your help as we improve our services. As normal we are still interested in finding out what news you want us to cover, so that we can improve our news coverage in the areas you want us to focus on. If you have any suggestions, about the types of news we should cover, please contact our newsroom via and we will consider your suggestions.

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