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Issue:- 20 January 2010

Will there be tiers on Royal wedding day?

THE SEARCH IS ON for Liverpool’s answer to Will and Kate’s Royal bash.  Registrars in Liverpool are not feeling the love as currently as NO weddings or civil partnerships are taking place at the Cotton Exchange on the 29 April 2011. Last April it played host to around 12 of these ceremonies a week.  And, even though people can get married in more than 30 venues across the city such, as the Town Hall and hotels, only three of these types of weddings are booked!

Liverpool City Council’s Superintendent Registrar, Pat Dobie, said:- “We’re flummoxed to be honest! When there’s a special occasion couples are usually clamouring to get married on that date to make it even more memorable. For example, when it was 08/08/08 we were overrun with requests from people to marry on that day as it was such a stand-out date and of course it was our Capital of Culture year, and in total we married 19 couples. We know Liverpool couples go all out on their wedding day and put on a show to rival any royal wedding! So, we want as many loved-up couples as possible to make the 29 April 2011 their special day to show that anything London can do, we can do better. And if they’re called Catherine and William, that’ll be the icing on the wedding cake!”

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Williams, said:- “There’s a lot of love in this city so I’m sure we’ll get more people tying the knot at the end of April. One thing’s for sure, if you choose this date you’re guaranteed to have a right royal knees up!”

For more information visit:- or call:- 0151 233 4978.

Did you know:-

► Liverpool has 18 registrars who can perform your ceremony.

► The registrars carry out more than 1,000 weddings and civil partnerships a year with 600 of these are at the Cotton Exchange.

► The latest external venues to be added to the approved venues list include the Isla Gladstone Conservatory and Hope Street Hotel.

► In Liverpool there are venues to suit all tastes from either of the football clubs, The Empire Theatre, stately homes or even at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

► Some famous names the city’s registrars have married include Ricky Tomlinson and John and Cynthia Lennon.

Book early for half term fun at Spaceport – limited places available

SPACEPORT has been selected as a major specialist science centre to deliver invention sessions on behalf of the BBC and Aardman Animations with special workshops taking place at the Seacombe attraction this February half term.

The BBC Wallace & Gromit workshops will be held weekdays from Monday, 14 February to Friday, 25 February when children (aged between 7 to 16) will get the unique opportunity to experience a fun and creative Wallace & Gromit invention session and will leave with a free “Invention kit” that allows them to build a special Run-About Chair!

The Workshops are FREE* and each session runs for 30 minutes, there are four sessions each day from 12 noon to 3pm. There are limited places and you can pre-book now by calling:- 0151 330 1333 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm) to avoid disappointment!

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* Normal Spaceport admission price applies. There is no extra cost for the invention sessions.

Spaceport is housed in a listed building alongside the Seacombe Mersey Ferries Terminal. Wallace and Gromit will be making special public appearances at set times throughout the week of half term.

Opening times: 10.30 with last admission at 16.30 closing at 18.00 (check website for further details) Admission: Adult £8.00, Child (3 to 15 years) £4.50 and a Family ticket £20.00 (this consists of two adults and three children) Combined Spaceport/Mersey Ferries tickets are also available.

Southport based riders to compete in Tour of Mumbai!!!!!!

SOUTHPORT based Pete Williams will line up alongside the likes of Lance Armstrong’s Team Radioshack for the Motorpoint Pro -Cycling Team in next month’s Tour of Mumbai.

A 6 strong squad consisting of Pete Williams, Marcin Bialoblocki, Will Bjergfelt, Ian Bibby, Jonny McEvoy and James Sampson will fly out to India in early February for the two-stage, 290 kilometre race around Mumbai. They will be joined by team manager Malcolm Elliott and assistant Chris Truett.

India’s first professional cycling race to be sanctioned by the sport’s world governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Motorpoint team will be competing against rivals from Australia, Bahrain, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Serbia, South Africa and Uzbekistan among others. Car supermarket Motorpoint launched the Motorpoint Pro-Cycling Team in 2009 in partnership with former rider Phil Griffiths. For more information on the team visit:-

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