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Issue:- 26 December 2013

Happy Christmas to all our readers


NO matter if you are religious or not,  this time of year we look back and reflect on all the things we have done and speculate what will be. 2013 has been a very hard year, of many ups and downs.   For many it has been one of sorrow and other one of joy. We would like to know your views on 2013 and also what you think will be install for us in 2014. Let us know if you have any new years resolutions and if you brake them, let us know... Also please remember not to drink and drive this New Year and check in on any elderly neighbours you might have.  Please spread the seasonal joy to them as well. All the best from the newsroom at Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Marking a fantastic year - the Fitness Factory Awards Event!
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WHAT a fantastic end to 2013 for the kids at The Fitness Factory  Factory - Southport. These little rising stars from Southport have been making waves though out the UK over 2013. From performing at local events like the centres StreetBeatz at the Southport Fashion Show back in March. The kids from the centre have also been filmed for TV adverts along with TV Programs. In order to bring a fantastic year to a close, the kids where given a Christmas Awards and Presentation event at the Prince of Wales 22 December 2013. The kids aged as young as 2 up to 17 preformed some of the skills they have learned over the year to a packed out ball room, full of family and friends. With comments:- "Brilliant day and nice to see so many little smiles Well done to everyone at The Fitness Factory Southport, for a brilliant afternoon!" it is hard to see how they will top it of next year. Even Santa came to say Merry Christmas. But it was not just the kids who preformed as the instructors also took to the floor and did a set, going by the name:- "The Xmas Crew" made up from Jeni Antrobus, Stephanie Eccles, Amy Thompson, Arsenio Amaral and Amanda Howard-Mercer. Well done to all the kids and also to the Fitness Factory for flying the flag for Southport and for Merseyside so high this year!  If you did not attended, please click on here to see our photographic coverage of the event. Also please do email us if you attended and let us know what you thought of it. Our email if you don't already know is:-


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Lisa Hames, happy birthday from all the girls at G-Models & Casting Agency.

Happy Birthday to Debbie Jordan from the Southport gang.


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Sean Connolly at Formby Books

LOCAL author Sean Connolly  was at Formby Books on Saturday, 21 December 2013, along with a few of the presenter on the local radio station Mighty FM. The gang entertained shoppers and also Sean signed quite a few books. Let us know if you where in the village and met the man behind the fantastic book called:- 'British Army on the Rampage' (B.A.O.R.) {ISBN: 9781783062928}. But it was not all fun at the show as they also preformed a collection for Help for Heroes (H4H).


B.O.A. 70th Anniversary DVD

Click on to buy now...THE video footage we have taken at the 70th BOA events this year in Liverpool has now been fully edited is available to buy, on a DVD, from our Online Shop, on Mersey Reporter very soon.  For each DVD sold, £3.00 will go to the Liverpool's Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal. (Registered Charity No. 229539)  At this stage we can only do UK postage options, but if you are outside the UK, you can still order copies, but only by emailing us to:- with your FULL address and we will get back to you with a postage cost and a payment link, should you wish to continue.

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