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Issue:- 11 April 2013

Neptune Collonges visits Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Photographs by Ian Fairbrother

LIVERPOOL'S Alder Hey Hospitalhas given a warm welcome to Neptune Collonges, winner of the world's famous steeplechase, the John Smith's Grand National, in 2012. Neptune Collonges, who won in one of the most exciting and closest finishes ever in last year's race, will be paraded outside the hospital by his trainer Paul Nicholls and owner John Hales.

The 2012 champion was also joined at the children's hospital by one of the Jockey's taking part in 2013 race as Mick Fitzgerald just before the visit said:- "I've been coming to Alder Hey for so many years now; it's become part of the Grand National experience! When I was riding, I found the visit particularly humbling; seeing what the patients and their families were going through put a real perspective on things and made me realise there was more to life than racing! Now I'm a dad myself it has even more relevance – the work they do is inspiring!"

Clare White, Director of Charities added:- "We are delighted to once again be the official charity partner of the John Smith's Grand National. Our long standing partnership with one of the most popular meetings in the racing calendar is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our charity and will help us to support Alder Hey Hospital in delivering leading edge care to children and young people. We are thrilled that Neptune Collonges will be able to join us this year on what is always an exciting and popular visit for our patients and families. On behalf of the charity I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Hales and Paul Nicholls, together with our patrons AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald and all the other jockeys for taking time to visit us today. We wish them all the best of luck in this weekend's racing!"


IT is just days away... the 5th Riverside Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally returns to Riverside Holiday Park this month, with more attractions than ever before for the whole family to enjoy.   That is correct... This years event has over 30 FULL STEAM Engines, a vintage carousel and the local band with national acclaim, the one and only Lancashire Hopots, located in the Real Ale Beer Tent!   The organisers are continuously striving to introduce exciting new exhibits to the rally and this year will see approximately 30 full size steam engines, including Fred Dibnah's famous steam roller, Betsy and his iconic Land Rover.  Of the 500 vintage vehicles on display, including cars, trucks, tractors, motorbikes and military vehicles, one of the stars of the show is set to be the world renowned Austin Healey 100/s car, often referred to as 'Black Beauty'. Hand built in 1956 in Warwick, and with production limited to just 50,only 20 of these magnificent models have survived around the world.  There will also be a vintage fairground, complete with a steam galloper, donkey rides trade stands, food outlets, a ducking stool and other live activities to entertain the whole family. If rally go-ers are feeling particularly strong, they can try their hand at the tug of war for a prize fund of £100. The very popular beer tent, introduced last year, will return to quench visitors' thirsts. Whilst enjoying a pint or 2, rally go-ers can also relax and watch the wide range of lve music, during which The Lancashire Hotpots will be playing - back by popular demand...   Aunt Nellie's Tea Room returns to provide the family with rest, relaxation and refreshment. A traditional tea room, complete with homemade cakes, period costumed table service and music that will take you back in time. In addition to the usual palm court piano player, there will also be performances from the George Formby society.  Serious rally visitors can even stay the weekend, enjoying the attractions by day and sampling the beer tent and relaxing to the live music at night before retiring for the evening. Harrison Holidays have a limited number of caravan and camping pitches and static homes available for the weekend. For more information, log on to:- The rally is organised by 5 local businessmen and raises much needed funds for local charities. To date, over £130,000 has been donated to worthy causes in the region, £32,000 of this was raised at last year's event alone, and 2013 looks set to be an even bigger and better event than ever before; sure to raise a record breaking total for charity.  Entry remains at £6 for adults and £3 for children, under 11s go free. For more information, log on to:- So do not forget to go to the Riverside Holiday Park, Banks, Southport, over Saturday, 20 April 2013 to Sunday, 21 April 2013!

Hillsborough memorials for the 96

LIVERPOOL will mark the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy with 2 permanent memorials to the 96 people who lost their lives.  Families of the victims will come together in the City Centre on Sunday, 14 April 2013, the day before the anniversary, for 2 special ceremonies, which will dedicate a special clock which has been installed at Liverpool Town Hall and a memorial monument which has been erected on Old Haymarket, opposite World Museum.

Mayor Joe Anderson, together with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Sharon Sullivan, will lead a private ceremony at the Town Hall for the dedication of the clock at 12 noon. The ornate 1780s piece from National Museums Liverpool's collections was made by renowned clock maker John Clifton. The mahogany 'long case clock' stands 8 feet tall and is intricately decorated with floral images.  The hands on its 13" arch dial, which features the sun and moon rising, will be frozen at 3.06pm, the time that the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 was stopped.  The Town Hall ceremony will also include the lighting of candles and prayers.

The commemorations will then proceed to Old Haymarket, where the memorial monument will be officially dedicated at a public ceremony at 2pm. Created by sculptor Tom Murphy, the 7 foot bronze structure features the words:- "Hillsborough Disaster; we will remember them", along with the names of all 96 Liverpool FC supporters who died on the Leppings Lane terraces.

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign commissioned artist Tom Murphy to create the monument which it is formally donating to the City. The completion of this tribute to Hillsborough victims has been made possible because of the support and donations given to the HJC from across the world.

The Old Haymarket ceremony will give families and members of the public the chance to see the monument for the 1st time.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said:- "We will never forget those who lost their lives at Hillsborough, or the impact the disaster has had on their bereaved families. The anger, pain and sorrow they have felt for the past 24 years is shared by everyone in Liverpool, and by thousands of others across Merseyside, across the country and around the world. That's why it's important the City has these permanent memorials, as a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families of the 96 and as a permanent reminder of the long and difficult fight for truth and justice. They will also serve as a powerful symbol of what has been a momentous year for the City, with the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report.  It is to the credit of families that they have never given up on their quest to find out what happened on that dreadful day, and have continued to act with dignity and bravery. Following the publication of the report - which revealed the disastrous failings of the public authorities on the day, and the conspiracy to shift the blame onto fans - it is more important than ever that we continue to support them to ensure they get the justice they deserve."

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said:- "This will be an emotional day for Liverpool which will see our City establishing a lasting tribute to those who died at Hillsborough. These memorials will serve as a reminder of the events of that terrible day, and ensure no one ever forgets the sadness and suffering it has caused in the years since. I speak on behalf of the City in saying to the families of the 96 that we stand united behind them, that we commend their bravery and that we will continue to support them in their fight for justice."

Hillsborough Charity Walk 2013
Photographs by Ian Fairbrouther

MORE photographs taken at the end of the walk between Sheffield and Liverpool memory of the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough 24 years ago.


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