Cruising into Liverpool
cruise season starts with the arrival of the Crown Princess, at 6am
on Thursday, 26 May 2011, with 3,114 passengers, making it one of
the largest ships to arrive in the city. Her passengers are just
part of an estimated 25,000 passengers, who are set to call into the
city during an exciting 4 months of the 15 visits from cruise liners
over the summer. 5 of the vessels will be making their inaugural
trip to Liverpool, with 2 of them making repeat visits during the
season (Crown Princess and Blu).
For the first time, the newest luxury ocean liner, the Queen
Elizabeth, will sail into the city. Set to arrive on Thursday, 8
September 2011, the impressive Cunard ship will signal the start of
the new look Mersey River Festival, which returns after a 6 year
break. And if that wasn’t enough, to close the festival, the
breathtaking Queen Mary 2 will arrive on the 15 September 2011.
Other vessels making their city debut include the Royal Caribbean’s
Vision of the Seas, Germany’s Blu and Mein Schiff and P&O’s Arcadia.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “The cruise liner industry is
vital to the city’s economy, and this season is estimated to bring
in around £6 million to the local economy as passengers spend money
in our visitor attractions, bars and restaurants. We have fantastic
feedback from the liner companies who are eager to come to Liverpool
because of the warm welcome they receive and the outstanding tourism
offer found here. And it will be a spectacular sight to see two of
the most impressive Cunard liners bookend September’s Mersey River
Festival – our iconic waterfront will be bustling and I’m sure
thousands of people will head down to take in the free maritime
The city council is currently in advanced discussions with the
government ahead of submitting a report requesting permission to
introduce turnaround facilities at the cruise liner terminal. It is
hoped an agreement will be reached in the near future.
Deputy Lord Mayor appointed
Sullivan, aged 54, who is the Labour Member for Central ward, on
Tuesday, 24 May 2011, has been formally elected to the post at the
council’s annual meeting at Liverpool Town Hall, and will take over
the Mayorality in 2012. Councillor Sullivan has been a
councillor for 9 years and has said that during the year as New
Deputy Lord Mayor, she wanted to make sure the role of dockworkers
and merchant seamen and women, in Liverpool, is better recognised.
She told the press that:- “All the men in my family worked on
the docks and travelled out to sea and I think there needs to be
more acknowledgement of the huge contribution dockworkers and
merchant seamen and women have made to our city. That’s something
I’m very keen to focus on during my time as Lord Mayor.”
During her year in office as Lord Mayor, Councillor Sullivan also
wants to help people in the city who dedicate their lives to caring
for their parents and other family members.
Councillor Sullivan, a full time councillor, has a 16 year old son.
Her husband, Jack, sadly passed away last year. She said:-
“I’m very humbled and honoured to be nominated as Deputy Lord Mayor.
It’s the one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on anybody
who lives in and loves this city. I know Jack would have been very
proud of me. I also know that I couldn’t have achieved what I have
achieved in life without him. Ultimately, I am the people’s servant
– and that will be at the heart of everything I do as Lord Mayor.”
In her spare time Councillor Sullivan enjoys reading and has a great
love of 50s music, particularly the greats such as Frank Sinatra,
Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Councillor Simon is
also a talented vocalist in her own right. She sang on stage at the
Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in
2008 at a special concert to honour the city’s best pub singers. She
also scooped the ‘Councillor Idol’ award in
2009 for her rendition of Cole Porter’s ‘Every Time We Say
Goodbye', in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charities. Of the
people of Liverpool, Councillor Sullivan said:- “One of the
best things about people in this city is their fantastic spirit and
friendliness. I love the fact that wherever I go in the community,
everyone knows me, shouts after me and stops for a chat. The people
of Liverpool are fantastic. They are magnanimous, caring and stoic –
no matter what life throws at them, they get on with things.”
Councillor Sullivan will be appointed as Deputy Mayor of Liverpool
at the ceremony to officially install Councillor Frank Prendergast,
at 5pm, ahead of the annual council meeting.
It’s a Knockout!
Today at this year’s exciting “It’s a Knockout”
Challenge at Bowden Rugby Club, Altrincham on Saturday, 23 July
2011. Just like the much loved television classic you will take on
an inflatable obstacle course whilst getting soaking wet and covered
in foam! We are looking for teams of 7 to 10 people to join in the
fun and all we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £500
plus a £50 registration fee. Whilst this wacky event will be
tremendous fun, the funds you and your team raise will help Children
Today to provide specialised equipment to local disabled children.
To request a free information pack please contact Ceri Ward on:-
01244 335622 or by
Mersey Ferries go Astronuts for Astronauts....
£10m space themed attraction, are offering free entry this half term
to children in galactic fancy dress. Costumes can be anything
from head boppers or a cycle helmet to a full astronaut or space
alien outfit, depending on your level of creativity, or visit our
download a FREE cut out and colour Astronaut mask for an instant
A visit to Spaceport takes you on a fascinating journey through
space with 6 differently themed galleries featuring interactive,
hands on exhibits and audio visual experiences, helping to explain
the mysteries of space travel and the universe.
Join famous inventor Wallace and his faithful pooch Gromit and see a
selection of sets from the award-winning animated films. See the
famous orange rocket from the film ‘A Grand Day Out’, as well as
finding some fascinating factual information about the Moon, our
Solar System and the history of space exploration.
There will be FREE face painting sessions at various times
throughout the week and to make the visit even more memorable, each
child in fancy dress will receive a FREE commemorative certificate.
Set co-ordinates for Spaceport at Seacombe Ferry Terminal plus, why
not make a day of it and combine your visit by taking a ‘ferry cross
the Mersey'. Visit:-
merseyferries.co.uk for more information or call:-
0151 330 1000.
*offer available on combined River Explorer Cruise and Spaceport OR
Spaceport only tickets. One child in fancy dress goes free with
every full paying adult. Not available on family tickets. Valid from
28/5/11 to 5/6/11. Not to be used with any other offer.
Euro Spring Clean for Dingle
the Dingle area of Liverpool are joining millions of people
throughout Europe to show they are good neighbours. European
Neighbours Day is supported by more than 1,200 partners including
city councils, housing organisations and local associations, in more
than 30 countries.
The day, on Friday 27 May 2011, will be marked in Dingle by an
environmental clean-up when volunteers will pick up litter, clear
waste sites, take part in planting and give a lick of paint to some
grot spots. There will also by a crackdown on dog fouling in the
area. And the first 100 residents who bring a hanging basket to St Cleopas Church between 11am and 3pm will have it replenished free of
There will also be children’s games and a large Jenga game in the
grounds of the church, The day is being supported by the city
council, housing associations, Merseyside Police and businesses
including Tesco’s and McDonald’s.
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and a
local ward councillor, will be taking part in the day. He said:-
“Residents and staff from many agencies and local business will
be joining together to make Dingle sparkle. They will be
showing they are good neighbours and have pride in where they live
by making it cleaner and brighter.”
Euro MP calls for
Commission to take immediate action on Missing Children Hotline
International Missing Children’s Day Euro MP, Arlene McCarthy is
stepping up her campaign to force Member States to implement the
Europe wide Missing Children’s Hotline.
Speaking on International Missing Children’s Day on Wednesday, 25
May 2011, Arlene said:- “We first put in place the 116000
Missing Children’s Hotline back in 2007. In 2009 with only 7 member
states having implemented the voluntary hotline we chose to make it
compulsory but now another 2 years on 14 members states have still
to make provision for the hotline. The first 24 hours are crucial to
safely recovering missing children. Ensuring that we have a common
helpline number in all Member States will help speed up the vital
response by national authorities wherever a child goes missing as
well as in neighbouring countries. We are being told by the
Commission that they are monitoring how long it is taking for member
states to implement the hotline. I think 4 years they have had
enough time and the Commission must now demand deadlines from the
Member States who have failed to implement, so that we have a
genuine cross border Missing Children’s Hotline. In the UK alone
140,000 children are reported missing annually. We do not want to
wait until next year’s International Missing Children’s Day for
Europe to meet its legal obligations.”
The Hotline is still has to be made fully operational in Austria,
Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Sweden.