A SPECIAL poetry
competition has been launched to encourage people in Liverpool to
discover more about the City's nautical history.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, is backing the
competition. She said:- "Liverpool has a fantastic and
legendary maritime history and there are many families in the City
with connections to the sea.
Many young people are unaware of our proud heritage as a seafaring
port and I hope this poetry competition gives them the opportunity
to find out more.
I want to encourage as many people as possible to enter the
competition using the wealth of information the City has to offer,
we are looking for something special that captures the spirit of the
sea and the imagination of everyone."
Anyone can enter; there are 2 categories, 12 to 18 year olds, and over
18. Entries are limited to 1 poem per person (schools can submit 2
entries per class) and all poems must be submitted by email or post.
10 lucky finalists will be chosen from all entries and invited to
the Town Hall for a special celebratory evening where they will all
be asked to read their poems before a judging panel who will then
decide which is the winning entry.
It is hoped that a selection of poems submitted will be published to
raise money for one the Liverpool Sea Cadets who are one of the Lord
Mayor's charities, therefore all entrants must agree to their poem
Submissions via email:-
and postal submissions should be sent to:- Lord Mayor's Secretary,
Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool, L2 3SW.
Further information and rules can be found by visiting:-
UK roads are no
place for 'mega trucks'
NORTH West Labour Euro MP
and Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee Brian
Simpson has raised concerns over the possibility that:- 'mega
trucks' may soon be used to transport goods in Britain.
Mr Simpson said:- "I'm yet to see a convincing argument for
the use of what can only be described as 'travelling warehouses',
which hurtle along highways increasing carbon emissions,
contributing to congestion and raising serious questions about road
Weighing up to 60 tonnes and reaching 25 metres in length, 'mega
trucks' can currently be used in some European countries under
very specific conditions, but they are not allowed to cross national
borders. Mr Simpson is fighting to keep mega trucks off British
roads, by arguing that our roads and associated infrastructure could
not cope with such large lorries.
Mr Simpson added:-"I am extremely concerned about the implications for the
environment and road safety posed by these monstrous trucks, to more
vulnerable road users such as cyclists as well as motorists in
Investigation into the dangers of mega trucks is ongoing, but it is
not difficult to imagine who'll come out worse off in a collision
between a bicycle and a 60 tonne lorry. Road users in Britain deserve a system
that is not only safe but also environmentally sound, which means
getting freight off the roads and onto rail. Gas-guzzling mega trucks are completely incompatible with greener,
more sustainable transport infrastructure."
In a debate in the European Parliament, Mr Simpson reiterated his
opposition to any increase in the use of mega trucks, arguing that
the current rules should be upheld so that the UK is able to
maintain its present weight and length limits for lorries.
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Cathedral adventure begins…!
HOW many times have you
looked up at the Cathedral tower and wondered what the view over the
countryside must be like? Or have you ever wanted to explore some of
the spiral staircases, hidden passages and secret spaces that lie
behind locked doors? Well, thanks to generous funding from Cheshire
West and Chester Council, the tower will be opened up to the general
public as part of the Chester's One City Plan; at the same time, the
Cathedral's admission charge will be removed, thus making it the
most significant 'free to enter' heritage attraction in the city
centre and a real draw for visitors.
The 'Cathedral at Heights' tour will be a unique
adventure; visitors will be able to walk through the upper
galleries, explore the old ringing chamber and even see what the
vaulted stone ceilings look like from the 'other'
side. Visitors will be able to enjoy the incomparable view from the
top of the tower and descend via the high level gallery over the
High Altar to experience a spectacular view of the interior of the
Tours will accommodate up to 20 people at a time and during the
summer, there will be 5 or 6 tours a day. Plans are also being
developed to provide themed tours, such as Christmas, evening and
special events; it might even be possible to celebrate a special
anniversary with champagne on top of the tower!
A great deal of work has to be carried out to ensure public safety
and protection and the anticipated opening date will be after the
Mystery Plays, sometime in late July or August; at the same time,
the admission charge will be removed thus allowing the Cathedral to
become the signature attraction in the heart of Chester.
The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate said:-
"The Cathedral is proud to be supporting the One City Plan with
delivery of this early win for the city. We thank the Council for
their support and look forward to an interesting 2013 at the
Cathedral with free to enter, Cathedral at Heights and the Chester
Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Prosperity said:-
"We believe that opening the Cathedral tower will bring economic
benefit to the city centre because of the expected increase in
visitor numbers. The new tour at this world renowned Cathedral will,
I am sure, be enjoyed by local people and also tourists because not
only will they be able to enjoy views of the city, but also gain a
different insight of inside the Cathedral."
ASSAULT - LORD STREET, SOUTHPORT!
MERSEYSIDE Police, on 15
January 2013, issued an appeal for information following an assault
on Saturday, 22 December 2012, on Lord Street, Southport,
At around 11pm, is thought that a 43 year old woman was assaulted by
another woman at Molloney's bar, inside the Scarisbrick Hotel, in
what officers believe was an unprovoked attack.
The 43 year old woman then left the bar and near to Ernest Jones, a
jewellery shop, was assaulted again by the same woman.
A 44 year old
man then tried to intervene in the assault and was struck on the
head. The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for facial
Officers are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident
inside of the bar or the assault on the man outside of the jewellery
The female offender is described 22 years old, 5'7" tall and having
long dark hair.
Officers have examined CCTV and spoke with witnesses from the area
at the time, but would urge anyone who with inside of the bar or saw
the incident on the street, to contact Detective Constable, Gavin
Mulcahy, at Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3803 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.