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Issue:- 10/11 March 2010


THE £1bn retail and leisure development Liverpool ONE has been rewarded the Best Practice in Urban Regeneration award at the British Urban Regeneration Association awards.

Winning a BURA Award for Best Practice in Regeneration has become one of the sectors most sought after accolades; the programme is a celebration of imagination, innovation, inspiration and determination.

This award identifies Liverpool ONE as a development that makes a positive contribution to economic regeneration, with many projects acting as catalysts for wider regeneration and in turn creates long-term benefits for local communities.

This latest win brings the total number of awards won by Liverpool ONE to 45 since opening in May 2008.

Chris Bliss, Estates Director at Liverpool ONE comments:- "The acknowledgement from the British Urban Regeneration Association awards is a win we are particularly proud of. It shows once again that Liverpool ONE’s core ethos is in the regeneration of the city and building a place within the community. We have always understood that we are part of the bigger picture of Liverpool and integral to the regeneration of the city and feel this has been reflected in this achievement. As we enter our third year the challenge is now to maintain the high standards that we have set for ourselves and continue to do the region proud."


WITH thanks to Liverpool ONE and the Hilton Liverpool, the lucky winner of the Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the Hilton's stylish Prima Bar, overlooking the Liverpool ONE water feature on Thomas Steers Way is Mrs J Usher from Southport. We hope you have a fantastic time. The modern colour of the flower given out by children on Mother’s Day, in Britain is yellow. It is now traditional that daffodils are give out, representing joy, happiness and friendship. Often this yellow flower is presented in a hand tied bouquet or as individual flowers. We also allowed 'pink' after getting some emails with that colour as the answer. That is due to the fact that pale, candy pink roses where also once associated with essence English Mothering Sunday, but today it is the daffodil that is the standard tradition. To see last week’s report click on here and to find out more about what is happening over Mothering Sunday in Liverpool One go to:-

Adapted and Directed by Jen Heyes

EXTRA show now added due to public demand for dramatic readings and theatrical adaptations from Tom Slemen’s best-selling ‘Haunted Liverpool’ books.

An extra performance of ‘Tales From Haunted Liverpool’ has been added on Saturday, 27 March 2010, at 4pm, due to both evening performances of the chilling tales now sold out! These popular performances of dramatic storytelling delivered through readings and theatrical performance are presented in St. George’s Concert Room on Friday, 26 March 2010 to Saturday, 27 March 2010, the pilot performance in November last year also sold out. Tales from Haunted Liverpool is performed by some of Liverpool’s best-loved actors who will take you on a journey into Liverpool's dark supernatural world bringing the characters of past and present to life.

Adapted and Directed by Jen Heyes (Blood Wedding and Wall Talks), Tales from Haunted Liverpool (volumes 3-4) will see the return of local favourites Brian Dodd (Blood Wedding, Wall Talks and 08 Peoples Opening) and Roy Carruthers (Night Collar, Funny Money and Radio 4 shows). Jane Hogarth (Hollyoaks, Funny Money and Danny Boyle’s Millions) and Jamie Hampson, formerly known as Jamie Clarke (Twopence to Cross the Mersey, The Royal and Doctors) have also join the cast. Live music is performed as part of the piece by Liverpool cellist Vicky Mutch.

Tom Slemen has written 14 books of ‘Haunted Liverpool’ all of which contains many spine-tingling tales of Liverpool past and present and have regularly been number 1 in the Liverpool bestselling book charts and he has also released a new book of Haunted Wirral tales. Tom Slemen also has very popular columns in the Liverpool Echo and Lifestyle Monthly magazines and a regular spot on Radio Merseyside.

Built in the 1840s, St. George’s Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world and is a Grade I listed building. The opulent refurbished Concert Room has been a long standing favourite for readings, including Charles Dickens himself who gave so many readings from the stage and regarded it as a perfect venue.

-: Performance Details :-

Tales From Haunted Liverpool will take place at St. George’s Concert Room, North Entrance, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L1 1JJ on Friday, 26 March 2010 from 8.00pm and also on Saturday, 27 March 2010 at 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

For all performances the doors will open 1 hour before the start of the show. Tickets will cost £13.00 for all stalls and curved seating and £11.50 for the balcony

How to Book:- In person at Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office, on the ACC Live Hotline on:- 0844 8000 400 (Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm) or online via:-,  tickets subject to booking fee.

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POLICE Detectives on Merseyside are investigating an arson at Georgesons Car Sales on Breck Road in Anfield that happened at around 1.20pm on Wednesday, 10 March 2010.  Merseyside Police attended the scene along with Merseyside Fire Service and on arrival discovered six cars had been damaged by fire.  The cars damaged are a silver BMW, a red Renault Clio, a silver Polo, a blue Mercedes, a silver Astra and a black Renault Clio.  The area has been cordoned off while an investigation is carried out and a one-way road closure has been put in place on Breck Road.  Officers are carrying out enquiries and would appeal for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around this time to call detectives at St Anne Street station on:- 0151 777 4061, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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