Southport Champion Christmas Lights Switch on 2009!
Champion Christmas Lights switch on was well attended and ran
extremely smoothly. Despite the chance of rain, the event drew in a
large crowds who watched the Christmas Parade snake through the town
and past the Town Hall Gardens on Lord Street, where the afternoon’s
and evening’s entertainment was taking place.
At one point the
parade stopped to let Father Christmas off, to join up for the
switch on of the lights, on the stage outside the Arts Centre.
Sadly, the crowd was so big he did not make his way through to the
stage for the pushing down of the plunger, but did get onstage just
Turning on the lights
were the cast from Southport Theatre’s Jack and The Beanstalk, Ian
'H' Watkins from pop band Steps, Marc Bannerman from Eastenders and
Tara Wells, as well as the night’s comperes, John Cooper from Dune
FM, Jon Jessop and Mike Swift from Southport Community Radio. Also
present were the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Alf Doran and Gill
Cutherbertson. Well done to all who planned and took part in this
event. Special praise should go to the Southport Champion, who
started the Christmas Lights Campaign 10 years ago, with Martin
here to see our photographic
coverage of this event.
film discussion group at Picturehouse at Fact, Liverpool
THE Workers Educational Association) is starting a new film discussion
group, in collaboration with the Liverpool Picturehouse at the Fact
Center. It will
give cinema goers the opportunity to watch a new release and
afterwards take part in a short discussion led by a WEA tutor. The
first group will take place on Monday, 23 November 2009, with the
film viewed being “A Serious Man”, the new film by the
Coen brothers. The film will start between 6pm and 6.30pm, for the exact
time, please see Picturehouses’
website or the local press after
Thursday, 19 November 2009, like on this internet newspaper. It will last approximately
two hours and will be followed immediately afterwards by the
discussion, which will take place in the bar. Everyone is welcome –
the film will be charged for in the usual way, but attendance at the
discussion is free.