MORGAN ASHURST’S GARY IS ‘TOP GUN’ AT RAF VALLEY
senior site engineer Gary Simister proved he is a ‘Top Gun’
when he performed a loop-the-loop in a fighter jet plane at RAF
Valley – where he is helping to build a £20 million extension to the
Gary, 34, who works for Liverpool construction company Morgan
Ashurst, is helping to construct a huge hangar, training suite and
squadron building at the base in Anglesey – which is one of the
largest live RAF training sites in the UK.
Determined to understand his client’s needs, he jumped into the
passenger seat of a Hawk T Mark 1 plane as pilot flight lieutenant
Steve Eccles carried out a ‘white-knuckle’ training exercise,
designed by the Ministry of Defence to give trainee pilots the
chance to practise death-defying manoeuvres. The duo flew at speeds
of up to 500mph at around 14,000ft.
At one point, Gary was invited to take the controls and performed a
loop-the-loop and a barrel roll.
“It felt like being on the world’s most amazing rollercoaster; it
was absolutely superb. At one stage, we waved to a group of plane
spotters who were standing on a ridge taking photographs and the
views were beautiful! I honestly was not scared but after an hour of
experiencing huge G Forces, I was ready to come down! This is
something that I have always wanted to do so I feel really
privileged to have had this opportunity.” said Gary.
“We felt it was important that the team from Morgan Ashurst
experienced the feeling of flying in one of these amazing planes.
Gary was very brave. A lot of people get very, very sick on these
flights. Anyone who gets remotely car sick normally ends up
re-visiting what they had for lunch. It is also extremely tiring due
to the G-forces involved.” says RAF Valley’s Squadron Leader
Mark Byrne, who comes from Maghull, near Liverpool.
By car, it would take
around one and three quarter hours to get from RAF Valley to Morgan
Ashurst’s office in Highfield Street. By fighter jet plane, it takes
just eight minutes.
Morgan Ashurst is building a 12,000sq m hangar which will
accommodate high-tech fighter planes, as well as areas for
maintenance. The new squadron base will comprise a gym, IT suites
and training rooms containing state-of-the-art computer simulators,
which allow service personnel to practise flying planes before
taking to the skies.
The contract is being carried out as part of the UK Military Flying
Training System programme for VT Support Services, part of the VT
Group. It is being delivered under a 25 year, £635 million private
finance initiative to improve aviation training capability by
Ascent, a joint venture between VT Group and Lockheed Martin UK.
The programme will provide Fast Jet Pilot Training at RAF Valley
using the HAWK 128 aircraft, along with training infrastructure,
teaching classrooms, simulators and aircraft hangars.
Samba Carnival is back in the City!
ON Friday, 3 July 2009 we where
informed by that the Liverpool Carnival Company that they will be
bring to Merseyside the 2nd Samba Carnival Parade, to Liverpool City
Centre. This is the first major step in making this an annual event,
that will bring in thousands of people, from all over the UK and
through out the world to Liverpool, on a yearly basses, just like
Mathues Street Festival. Last years carnival was run as part of the
Liverpool Capital of Culture 08 celebrations and attracted crowds of
over 20,000 people who lining the route, but this years is expected
to be far bigger still. "We are going to build on what we have
achieved last year. With the less big events taking place thought
the world, it will be even more of an attraction, and as this is
free to watch, so interest will be higher still."
This year has already confirmed are over 500 musicians and dancers
from Liverpool the UK, Europe and Brazil who will be taking part in
the parade. "It will make Liverpool's main streets and back
streets a sea of colour, with amazing costumes, glittering floats
and irresistible samba music." Roger Morris MD of the
Liverpool Carnival Company told us.
This magical event will be held on Saturday, 1 August 2009 and will
be is starting in the early evening at 8:30pm. The event is expected
to finishing late in the evening, as night falls across the city. It
will be truly an event for all the family. The parade can be watched
from a host of venues along the route, which takes in Hope St,
Hardman St, Bold St, Concert Sq, Duke St and ends through the
Chinese arch. Full route can be see on the Liverpool Samba School's
Roger Morris MD of the Liverpool Carnival Company added that:-
"Liverpool Carnival Company would like to thank our sponsors
Awards for All and Liverpool City Council and for their continuing
support for this event. We would also like to thank all the media
and businesses who have helped promote this and we look forward to
their help this year! Lets make it bigger and better. Lets put
Liverpool on the map..."
National award for
campaign to Make Smoking History for Sefton’s children and young
A campaign which saw 426 people
in Sefton urge the Government to make smoking history for our
children and young people has been recognised with a national award
The region-wide ‘Let’s make smoking history for our children’
campaign, which engaged public support for a tobacco free future for
children and young people, won in the category Public Sector
Campaign of the Year at the Public Affairs News Awards 2009. The
award was presented by newsreader Daisy McAndrew to Smokefree North
West, who co-ordinated the campaign.
As part of the campaign, 426 postcards in Sefton were sent to the
Department of Health, calling for a long term plan to protect our
children and future generations from the harm smoking causes. Across
the whole of the North West region, over 60,000 people pledged their
support – the biggest response in the country. The postcard
responses were important in defining the current proposals for
further measures to protect children, through removal of cigarette
retail displays and restrictions on young people’s access to
cigarettes in vending machines, as set out in the Health Bill.
Wendy Meredith, chair of Cheshire and Merseyside's directors of
public health group, said:- "This award is recognition of the
success of an excellent campaign and for the clear public support
for further measures to protect children from the dangers of
smoking. Latest figures (see table
below) show that smoking kills 580 people a year in Sefton and it is
clear from the public response to this campaign that smoking among
children and young people is a major concern. Tackling the uptake of
smoking in young people is needed to break the cycle of
tobacco-related health inequalities passing from one generation to
Andrea Crossfield, Director of Smokefree North West, added:-
"For this campaign to be recognised nationally is testament to the
fantastic work and public engagement that took place in Sefton. The
success of this campaign clearly demonstrates the will within the
region to make smoking history for our children because every child
and young person in the North West is entitled to a tobacco free
future. I hope the accolade from this award is reflected
through support from the region’s MPs for the proposals in the
Health Bill and that the influence of tobacco displays on children
and young people, and their access to vending machines, become a
thing of the past."