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Issue:- 19 January  2012

Heroes of Great War remembered

SERVICEMEN from the region will be honoured on Friday, 20 January 2012, when their names are added to the Hall of Remembrance at Liverpool Town Hall. Relatives of the 21 servicemen have been invited to attend the service and civic reception. Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast said:- "It is my great honour to be adding the names of these 21 men to Liverpool’s Hall of Remembrance, in the presence of their relatives. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our service personnel, past and present, for the freedom we have today. This is not only a time for remembrance, but also an opportunity to celebrate these men’s lives." The listings were set up on the Town Hall website a few years ago and from time to time the Town Hall receives requests for relatives’ names to go on the additions board. The Roll of Honour was unveiled by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales on the 2 July 1921. The list of war dead began to be compiled during the First World War when names of the fallen were posted in a window overlooking Exchange Flags and relatives queued to add names.

The names of those to be added are:-

Private Beattie
Private Bickerstaff
Private Bond
Private Boulger
Private Colbenson
Private Colebourne
Gunner Fredrickson
Private Gratton
Private Growney
Private Hulligan
Private Isaac
Private MacDiarmid
Private Marsden
Corporal McCampbell
Private O’Reilly
Gunner Osborne
Corporal Owen
Corporal Pratt
Rifleman Williamson
Corporal Foster
Bombardier Mutch

Retired Mariners are Missing Out on Vital Support

A maritime charity is concerned that many retired seafarers are failing to claim the statutory benefits to which they are entitled through lack of information and awareness. The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, which helped seafarers in need claim over £45,000 in statutory benefits last year, says a significant number of retired mariners and their dependants are missing out on vital support by not claiming the financial help they are eligible for. This is the tip of an iceberg.  Between 2010 and 2011 the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society made regular and one-off grants in 2,644 cases amounting to over £1.5 million and helped at least 24 applicants to claim statutory benefits to which they were entitled but unaware of. 

Commodore Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, says many retired seafarers are either unaware that they are entitled to certain benefits or do not know how to go about claiming them.

Commodore Malcolm Williams added that:- "Seafarers often retire on very meagre incomes, so being able to access benefits can make a huge difference to their quality of life. The fact that so many former mariners are not claiming the support they are entitled to is a big worry, especially in the current economic climate where energy and food bills are rising and they may be suffering unnecessarily. The main benefit that is not being claimed is Pension Credit. The government says that a single person in retirement requires a minimum income of £137.35 per week (£209.70 for a couple) yet the state pension, which is the only source of income for many of our beneficiaries, is £102.15, so they are losing out on an extra £35.00 per week; that's 25% of what they are entitles to!"

According to Age UK about 4 million older people are entitled to Pension Credit, yet about 1 in 3 of those eligible are not claiming it.   As well as providing grants, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society also supplies household items such as washing machines or disabled adaptations in times of need.

The Society handled 729 new applications for assistance last year suggesting help for this vulnerable community is still very much in demand.  For more information about the work of the Society visit:-

P1 AquaX has a big impact at the Autosport international Show

IN London on Wednesday, 18 January 2012, the P1 AquaX has significant increase the number of competitors in the wake of a very successful 4 days at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Powerboat P1 returned to the country’s biggest motorsport show and the initiative looks to have paid off handsomely, with interest in AquaX running at an all-time high according to Championship Manager Lisa Barsby.

"We had some very good feedback from people who first saw our stand at the show last year, so I am glad we returned to capitalise on the interest motorsport people are showing in Powerboat P1. I was amazed by how many car racers we talked to who also own a jet ski and they showed a lot of interest in the series, so it was very good for raising our profile to potential racers."
said AquaX Championship Manager Lisa Barsby.

Barsby says interest in AquaX is way above the same time last year following the series successful inaugural season and she is confident the number of riders will grow in 2012. "Last year all the serious people who contacted us took part and the number of racers who are now calling has dramatically increased so I believe AquaX will take a significant step forward this season."

Reigning champion Russell Marmon (Christchurch) was amongst many AquaX stars who visited the Powerboat P1 stand at the NEC over last weekend. His title-winning Kawasaki Ultra 300 attracted huge interest from racers and the thousands of motorsport fans who attended the 4 day show.

AquaX UK was featured alongside Powerboat P1 stable-mate SuperStock UK and the striking Typhoo Panther 250 of Andy Wilby (Fleet) and Jonny Allbut (Southampton). SuperStock is the only one-make championship on water in Britain and created a real stir amongst the cream of Britain’s car racing and rallying establishment. Regular car competitors were stunned by how cost- effective racing a Panther can be and P1 SuperStock UK will shortly announce the names of those making the cross over from four wheels to powerboats.

"SuperStock UK certainly made an impact amongst drivers at the Autosport Show, so much so we’re now close to reaching our initial target for filling the P1 Panther grid."
commented P1 SuperStock UK Championship Manager Paolo Callea.

Safety advice for all motorists in Merseyside

MERSEYSIDE Police are warning motorists across Merseyside to be vigilant when defrosting their cars this winter. Officers are urging drivers to be aware that opportunist thieves prey on vehicles left unlocked with the engine running and for motorists to do all they can to keep their cars secure. This advice follows the theft of several cars across Merseyside since the icy spell began at the weekend. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said:- "Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running even when it's on your drive. This is especially relevant during the cold mornings and when defrosting windows. It only takes a second for a thief to jump into your car and drive it away." Officers are also reminding motorists that it is an offence to leave a vehicle unattended with the engine running on a road and if it is stolen while the keys are in the ignition it is possible that the theft would not be covered by insurance.

Drivers should take the following advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car theft:-

►  Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running

►  Always lock and secure your vehicle and check windows and sunroof are closed

►  Never leave anything on display in your vehicle

Mobile phones, coats, bags, sat navs and CDs are all a potential target for thieves take all valuables with you

If you have any information about a crime in your area please call:- Allerton Police Station on:- 0151 777 5126, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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