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Issue:- 22 July 2009

The Specials Confirmed To Open Liverpool Music Week 2009

CREAM, Liverpool, have told us that:- "We are pleased to announce The Specials for Liverpool Music Week 2009. This iconic band are returning to the stage for one final time in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. This event will not only be the opening event for Liverpool Music Week 2009 and held at the stunning Liverpool Olympia Theatre, but will also be the first date on the tour for this legendary Ska outfit.

The Specials which formed in Coventry in 1977 were renowned for their strong anti-racism political views and trademark two-tone suit fashions, they achieved huge chart success with tracks like ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Two Much Too Young’ and have gone on to become one of the UK’s most influential bands. The Specials perform at Liverpool Olympia on Thursday, 29 October 2009, tickets on sale 9am Friday, 24 July 2009.

We are also pleased to announce The Gallows, this ferociously real punk rock band have had an incredible year, with their critically acclaimed second album ‘Grey Britain’ storming into the top 20, followed by a sold out tour of the UK. The band are currently tearing across American on the Warped tour. The Gallows perform at Academy 2 on Saturday, 28 November 2009."

Liverpool Music Week Director James Barton comments:- “We’re really excited that such a legendary band as The Specials will be opening this years Liverpool Music Week at the iconic Olympia Theatre, and that they’ve also chosen Liverpool to kick off their 30th Anniversary tour, this will be a very special event for any fan, me included. And having one of the UK’s hottest emerging acts ‘The Gallows’ confirmed, Liverpool Music Week 2009 is shaping up to be the biggest one yet”

Other acts to have already been announced for Liverpool Music Week are Kasabian, Reverend And The Makers, The Enemy.

Liverpool Music Week is the UK’s biggest indoor winter music festival, hosting over 80 events across 20 city centre venues and featuring over 300 live acts. The festival which is now in its 7th Year brings together some of the UK’s hottest acts and offers fresh and emerging talent a platform to perform.

More acts announced for Liverpool Music Week in the coming weeks.


SOUTHPORT Paraplegic Sports and Social Club have be presented with three new sports wheelchairs by Edward Greenhalgh of The Lord’s Taverners North West Region on Wednesday, 22 July 2009, at The North West Spinal Injuries Unit, Southport Hospital.

The Lord’s Taverners, the youth sports charity which will donate nearly £2.5 million this year to help give young people a sporting chance, worked closely with wheelchair manufacturers RGK to develop a high-quality sports wheelchair (RRP £1,700) that is suitable for all aspiring athletes.

The Lord’s Taverners Sports Wheelchair Sponsorship Scheme is endorsed by the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation and Dame
Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, who is Patron of the scheme. Since introducing the scheme in 2002 The Lord’s Taverners has provided over 500 sports wheelchairs to youngsters across the UK.

Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said:- “We believe that sport and recreation are essential for all young people. These sports wheelchairs will enable even more youngsters to enjoy sport and recreation opportunities. We are proud to support the Southport Paraplegic Sports and Social Club.”


MERSEYSIDE Police are now appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on Thursday, 16 July 2009, at the junction of Mill Lane and Roe Lane in Southport.

At around 10.40am an elderly pedestrian was crossing the road when she was in collision with a black Peugeot 207. The driver stopped at the scene.

The 77 year old local woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died on Tuesday, 21 July 2009.

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to call police on:- 0151 777 5771 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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