Liverpool Has a
New Rose in Town
AFTER a 2 year break, the
Liverpool Rose of Tralee returned this bank holiday weekend with the
special event taking part at St Michael's Irish Centre on 4 May
The festival is a world wide event with organisers looking for young
women who best capture the famous love song of the same name;
incorporating beauty, personality and a unique quality.
The Liverpool leg was won by Lisa O'Halloran, 24.
Originally from Galway, Lisa moved to Liverpool in 2006 to study for
an undergraduate degree in Psychology with Sports Science, a Masters
in Sport Psychology and is currently studying for a PhD in Sports
Psychology. Her research is in the area of elite football, and in
the future she wants to work with athletes as an accredited sports
After receiving the title, Lisa said:- "Thank you to all the
girls and the organisers of the night... It was such a brilliant
experience and my family had the best weekend."
The festival organiser and former Rose, Grace Kelly, commented:-
"A huge congratulations to all our 6 roses did themselves, their
families and sponsors proud. Each and every girl was outstanding and
made the night what it was. Thanks to our sponsors Canter Levin &
Berg and judges and huge congratulations to our Liverpool Rose 2013
Lisa O'Halloran. We are all backing you all the way to Tralee.
Thanks everyone who turned out; it was a great night"
Canter Levin & Berg solicitor, Sean Carty, who was amongst the
judges said:- "It was an honour to be on the judging panel for
this year's Liverpool Rose of Tralee. All of the competitors did a
grand job, the standard was very high, great craic was had by all.
Many congratulations to Lisa, a worthy winner indeed."
Lisa will now go on to represent Liverpool in the final stages of
the Regional Final to be held in Co Laois, Ireland on the weekend of
the 29 June to 2 July 2013.
60 girls from all over the world will get together for this 4 day
event. From those 60, just 32 will be chosen to go through to the
televised final in Tralee in Co Kerry in August 2013.
If you do not know what the festival is this might help you... The
Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest
and longest running festivals, celebrating 54 years in 2013. The
heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which
brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County
Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The
festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live
concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and our
internationally renowned Rose Parade. To find out lots more why not
visit the events
meets with Street Pastors founder
THE founder of the Street
Pastors movement was in Lancashire and the County's Police and Crime
Commissioner headed out to
find out more about the initiative.
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw met with Rev Les Isaac,
who founded the now global Street Pastors movement
10 years ago, at an event to celebrate the work being done by
volunteers in Chorley.
The Street Pastors give up their time to offer help, advice and
support to young people – often late at night outside Lancashire's
busy clubs and bars - and the Commissioner said:- "It was a
pleasure to meet with Rev Isaac and find out more about the work
being done by the network of Street Pastors across Lancashire. These
are volunteers who are giving up their own time to help our
communities to feel safer, and they are to be applauded for the work
they do, often in difficult circumstances. The help and support the
Street Pastors offer the Police and the local authority cannot be
underestimated, and I am grateful for their contribution toward
making Lancashire a better place to live."
Rev Isaac, director of the Ascension Trust, pioneered Street Pastors
in London in 2003 and has now seen the scheme go across the UK as
well as around the world, with plans to launch Street Pastors in
California. He said:- "One of the reasons I'm here is to
inform local authorities and the Police about the work we are doing
and the impact it's having in communities, and to encourage the
Street Pastors because I think they are doing a fantastic job. I
believe whole-heartedly they are helping communities to be safer
because they are doing 3 things. They are there, they listen to
people and thirdly they are there to help and work in collaboration
with the local authority to signpost people to different areas where
they can get help."
There are currently 52 Street Pastors working in Chorley with
another 11 in training, and Chorley coordinator Brian Jones said the
scheme is about to expand into nearby Adlington.
Discussions are also underway about the possibility of placing
Street Pastors in local hospitals.
Mr Jones said:- "The event was a chance to say thank you for
all the support we have been given over the last few years. Rev
Isaac did a presentation showing the phenomenal growth of Street
Pastors, there are now 11,000 Street pastors nationally and they are
based in every major City in the country. We have 52 in Chorley and
another 11 coming through training, which is brilliant because you
can do a lot more with more Street Pastors."
Are you going?
Comedy Night at the Longton VM Sports and Social
THE club is holding a
Comedy Night on 25 May 2012 and Introducing The Tena Ladies, The
Tena Ladies, who are renowned for their appearance on ITV's
'Britain's Got Talent,' where they excelled in the 1st
audition and gained 4 yes' from the judges. Their comedy act
consists of their own side-splitting versions of acts such as Dolly
Parton, Duffy, Lady GaGa and many more. They have also come up with
their own 'characters' including a hilarious
performance of their grandma creation. You have been warned, be
prepared to laugh hard when The Tena Ladies take the stage!
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