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Issue:- 5 September 2013

End of Season Dinner a roaring success
Photograph by Ste Jones, KT8 Photography.

L-R: Jon Clarke, Michael Aldridge from Neil & Barker Jewellers, Widnes, and Denis Betts.

THE Official 2013 End of Season Dinner took place at The Select Security Stadium on Tuesday, 3 Septmber 2013, and as those in attendance will agree, it was a roaring success. The 'Sold Out' event celebrated the efforts and achievements of the players throughout the current season, and commenting on the get-together, Vikings CEO James Rule said:- "Last night was a wonderful event. I was delighted that it was supported by all sectors of our fan base. It was great to see so many of our fans, including the ever present Pat Price, in attendance. We also had representatives from one of the Club's supporters groups 'Vikings Voice', the players and their partners, members of our staff through to our Board of Directors and key Corporate Partners, with us on the night. We have made huge progress this year and each of the aforementioned sectors has had a key influence in achieving that success. I want to pass on my congratulations to the award winners; Tim Holmes, Tom Gilmore, Joe Mellor, Willie Isa and Jon Clarke. All of these individuals richly deserve the accolades they have received for the commitment, professionalism and performance they have shown this year. I would also like to express my gratitude to Terry O'Connor and Roy Basnett, who compared the event so well, Gary McGrath for his video productions and both Anita Naughton and Grand Design Wedding and Events, for their designer makeover skills, in transforming the stadium's Bridge Suite."

The full list of Award winners is detailed below:-

Clubman of the Year - Tim Holmes

U19s Player of the Year - Tom Gilmore

Viking Stronghold Player of the Year - Joe Mellor

Valhalla Community Player of the Year - Willie Isa

Player's Player of the Year - Jon Clarke


Invest to earn will help grow City

LIVERPOOL City Council is proposing a new deal with a private developer which could bring the HMRC building on Queens Dock back into use, and provide the catalyst to bring in vital funds for the City.

The city council is in talks with Glenbrook Property Limited, over the City providing loan finance to the developer to convert the building; which has been empty since last year; into residential properties for private let.

If approved, the deal would breathe new life into the building and contribute to the on-going regeneration of Kings Waterfront, including the delivery of the new Exhibition Centre and Hotel on the adjoining site.

It forms part of the Council’s new approach to investment in difficult economic times, helping generate vital funds which can be ploughed back into delivering vital services.

The proposals are subject to legal clearance and will have to be fully risk-assessed and scrutinised by the district auditor before they can be given the go-ahead.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is a strategic investment opportunity which has the potential to bring a major waterfront building back into use and deliver much-need new homes. It would also provide continued momentum for the regeneration of the Kings Waterfront, which is being transformed through the delivery of a world class Exhibition Centre and which is set to be further revitalised through the Kings Dock Master Plan. At a time of inertia in the economy, it’s vital that we work creatively with the private sector. These proposals are the latest example of how we are seeking to use our borrowing power and target our resources effectively to help kick-start development and invest in assets that bring in new income streams for the Council. We will be making sure we receive all the appropriate legal and financial advice to commence the deal so we are satisfied that we are getting value for money and the proposals will also be scrutinised by a council select committee."


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