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Issue:- 9 August  2012


FANS of The Fab Four will flock to Liverpool from all over the world this October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles debut single 'Love Me Do' by becoming world record breakers!

Organised by the award-winning Beatles Story attraction and Albert Dock Liverpool, the mass participation event will take place on Friday, 5 October 2012. The spectacular stunt is expected to attract thousands of people to the city; all eager to play their role in creating a moment of Beatle history.

Organisers are currently finalising the specifics of the mass participation world record-breaking attempt that will be officially adjudicated on the day by Guinness World Records©.   Fans and participants can register their interest online.

The world record attempt will kick start the Love Me Do Weekend at Liverpool's historic Albert Dock where bars and restaurants will offer diverse musical entertainment, bespoke food and drink offers as well as a unique Love Boat experience taking place on the water.

The weekend will take centre-stage in a year-long season of events that have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to Liverpool for a series of groundbreaking Beatles-themed cultural shows and concerts. These events include a special Merseybeat tribute as part of the 20th Mathew Street Music Festival, an exclusive 50th anniversary party at The Cavern Club, and a newly commissioned one man play about the life of Brian Epstein at the newly named Epstein Theatre.

Jerry Goldman, MD of Beatles Story says:- "This is a unique opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of the recorded debut of the greatest group the world has ever seen. And no self-respecting Beatles fan will want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Beatle history. It stands to reason that here in Liverpool we would attempt something bold and exciting to mark the exact day 'Love Me Do' was released; a new World Record! But we can't do it by ourselves. We need fans from all over the world to come to the city of Liverpool on October 5th 2012 and be part of a fantastic project that we hope will smash a world record and tell the world once again what a great, fun city Liverpool is."

Liverpool City Council is supporting the record breaking attempt.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Liverpool is known worldwide for making and breaking musical records, and Guinness World Records© even named the city world capital of pop, so it is fitting that this latest world record attempt should be held here. This is a great way to launch the Love Me Do weekend and I urge all music fans young and old to head to the Albert Dock and take part in what promises to be an exciting weekend. I hope everyone involved has fun and I wish them every success in their record breaking attempt."

Peter Cronin, Business Development Manager at Albert Dock Liverpool said:- "The Beatles and Albert Dock Liverpool both play huge parts in Liverpool's heritage and cultural offer. This makes Albert Dock Liverpool the perfect backdrop for this record breaking event and we look forward to hosting it."

Local mother and father get on their bike for children's charity

HEIDI and James Ribchester from Southport will be cycling 100k on 2 September to raise money for Sparks, the children's medical research charity. The couple were inspired to raise funds for the charity after their daughter Chloe was born prematurely weighing just 1lb 8.5oz after Heidi was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.

Heidi, who is a midwife herself, is all too aware of the dangers associated with pre-eclampsia and wants to help other mothers suffering from the condition. Currently, the tests used to predict pre-eclampsia are not very accurate and Sparks is funding a project at St Mary's Hospital and The Hope Hospital Manchester that aims to develop a single, more accurate test to diagnose the condition. The earlier the condition is detected, the better the outlook for both mother and baby.

Heidi comments:- "Seeing both sides of pre-eclampsia, as a mother and a midwife, makes me want to help raise awareness and help fundraise for this condition as well as others that affect women, babies and children.  We are very luck to have Chloe with us and we know it is down to the research that is being undertaken into pregnancy and childhood conditions. Chloe is our miracle, and we are grateful everyday for research that was done in the past that helped us with our future. We just hope we can raise enough money now to show our appreciation".

Sparks funds research into a range of conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be and aims to improve the quality of life for children and their families today, whilst finding better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions in the future.

Nia Williams, Regional Fundraiser for Sparks says:- "Each year in the UK, over 3,000 babies die before their first birthday.  Our goal is for every child to be born healthy and stay healthy and the wonderful funds raised by Heidi and James will help us to continue our pioneering medical research and enable us to touch the lives of those children who need our help."

If you would like to support Heidi and James you can sponsor them online.

3 day "heart examination" at Witnesses' Convention

PEOPLE may often hear the expression "Follow your heart", but rarely hear "Safeguard your heart." But for people in Liverpool this latter phrase will be heard many times over the next few weeks. During the 2012 "Safeguard Your Heart!" District Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, that takes place over is scheduled to begin on Friday, 10 August 2012 up to Sunday, 12 August 2012, at the Liverpool Arena (ACC), this is what they will aim to do. The convention will highlight Biblical references to the heart. Programme parts will also encourage self-scrutiny and reflection, amounting to a 3 day examination of one's own figurative heart. Attendees will see how protecting the figurative heart can help them to make wise decisions, improve family life, strengthen their personal relationship with God, and find true happiness. Jehovah's Witnesses invite everyone to attend and learn more about these topics. All 3 days of the convention, the programme sessions begin at 9.20am. Admission is free. Conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.


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