Train named in
memory of Councillor Jack Spriggs
A Merseyrail train has been
named in memory of one of Liverpoolís political legends of the
1970's. Councillor Jack Spriggs, a former Lord Mayor was
Merseytravel Vice Chair from 2005 until his death in December 2009.
In 1972 Jack Spriggs hit the national headlines when, as a shop
steward, he led the famous Fisher Bendix workers sit-in which lasted
9 weeks and resulted in saving the plant from closure.
At the train naming ceremony
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel said:- "It was my
great privilege and pleasure to know Jack Spriggs for many years and
I am honoured to name this train in his memory. He was a great
character, a caring and compassionate man whose thoughts were always
for others and it is fitting that he should be remembered."
Jack Spriggs joined Merseytravel in 1992 and served as Chair
of the Personnel Committee from 1993 to 2005. He served on many
committees and was Chair of the Merseytravel Advisory Panel
Appeals to People of Merseyside for Assistance
ONE of Cleveland Policeís
top detectives has urged people across Merseyside to assist them in
the search for missing Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher and says that
even the smallest amount of information could help the enquiry.
Scott was last seen on May 11th 2011 at around 8.20pm on the A181 at
Wheatley Hill in Durham. He has connections to Merseyside, with
family and friends living in the area and officers believe that it
is possible he could have visited the area since his disappearance.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, who is leading the
investigation on behalf of Cleveland Police, said that on some
occasions people feel like they are bothering police by ringing in
with information as they think it might not be of any use or they
arenít sure of what they might have seen. However DCI Green
said the key to unlocking many missing persons investigations can
come from a snippet of information from the public. "I
would urge residents to get in touch and let us decide if the
information they have is beneficial to the enquiry. We want to be
able to tell Scottís family that he is safe and well and as
Christmas draws ever nearer, it is going to be a difficult time for
them if Scottís whereabouts remain unclear. We have put a lot of
resources into locating Scott and the case will remain open until we
know that he is safe and well. I am concerned about the length of
time he has been missing, but I want to reassure people that we are
doing everything possible to find him. Someone, somewhere has
information that can help us, whether they realise it or not, and I
would urge them to come forward and help us to reunite Scott with
his family." Anyone with any information is asked to
call DCI Jon Green on:- 01642 302110 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on:- 0800 555 111.
Returns For A Limited Run This December!
EX-CABBIES Tony Furlong and
Jimmy Powerís Christmas cracker of a comedy Night Collar is to
return to St Helens Theatre Royal for 4 performances only this
festive season, from Monday, 5 December to Thursday, 8 December
If your idea of a Christmas show includes good shepherds, wise men
and a virgin, then youíre going to be in for a bit of a
disappointment. If, however, your festive season wouldnít be
complete without nudity, drunkenness, Elvis and a lady of the night
selling her wares Ė then Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Night
ĎTis the season of goodwill and thereís not a disagreement in sight.
Yeah, right. Itís late, weíre in St Helens town centre on Christmas
Eve and the taxi metre is ticking over on one of the busiest nights
of the year for this cabbie, played by Kev Seed. Working the late
shift, youíd expect to meet some unusual characters, but you ainít
seen nothing yet!
The hilarious festive show, produced by Regal Entertainments Ltd is
the perfect Christmas night out for friends, family and colleagues
to start their festive season with a bang, though hopefully not in
the taxi on the way over to the theatre.
Written by Tony Furlong and Jimmy Power and directed by Sylvie
Gatrill this hysterical festive show stars Kev Seed (The Ciggie Run,
Juice FM) alongside a stocking stuffed full of fabulous local talent
including Daniel OíBrien (The Salon, Rita, Sue & Bob Too), Lynne
Fitzgerald (The Salon, Liverbirds), Lenny Wood (The Sinking of The
Laconia) and Jodie Nesbitt (The Ciggie Run). Címon itís lovely
weather for a cab ride together with you!
Kev Seed said:- "I was thrilled to be asked to perform the
role of the cabbie in Night Collar again. I love Tony Furlong and
Jimmy Powerís writing, it still makes me laugh even after performing
the show so many times. Iím also performing in Aladdin at St Helens
Theatre Royal this December, so itís going to be interesting to be
swapping between the cabbie and PC Noodle on the same day, hope I
donít get mixed up and think that Iím still a Chinese Policeman when
Iím supposed to be a cabbie in St Helens town centre!"
Producer and Theatre Royal General Manager Chantelle Nolan said:-
"Here at St Helens Theatre Royal, weíre committed to bring
fantastic pieces of theatre, whether that is new writing or old
favourites to the local people. Iím delighted to be bringing this
hilarious play back to the theatre this Christmas. Itís always so
well received by audiences and we always get comments from customers
telling us that itís one of the best nights out theyíve ever had.
Iím particularly proud of this cast and know that both they and the
audience are going to have a lot of fun!"
The performance runs from Monday, 5 December 2011 to Thursday, 8
December 2011, starting at 8.00pm. This performance is NOT
for the easily offended... Tickets are:- £15 and £13 for
concessions. Groups 10+ are given the "Buy 10 get 1
FREE" deal. You can book in
person at the St Helens Theatre Royal Box Office on Corporation
Street, St Helens. Alternatively, you can call the Box Office on:-
01744 756000 or click onto
booking fees may apply.