Published online only late every
Issue:- 29 May 2014
author of 'The Adventures of Hercubear' Interview
FORMBY played host to a
book signing by Merseyside based author Lesley Williams, who also
visited The old Book shop in Formby Village on the same day. First
off what is the book? Well is a easy to read book, with a very
colourful story like based on the hero from Ancient Greece,
Hercules. The storybook tells the story of a strong and fearless
bear, called:- 'Hercubear', who travels around and
fights for justice, freedom and the occasional free makeover. Author
Lesley Williams describes him as:- "well built with
muscles and a scar over one eye from one of his earlier battles when
he was a little cub." But who was or what was the Greece
Hercules, Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek hero, who was the
son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal 'Alceme'.
so of course you find out the 'Hercubear' just as the
classical mythology character, 'Hercubear' is also
special. He like his namesake is famous for his strength and for his
numerous far ranging adventures. So in this book he is he travels
around and fixes problems with his strength and wisdom. Along the
way he 'helps' a misunderstood rabbit. But Lesley
tells us that he is no ordinary rabbit, he is in fact the
'Cyclops Rabbit', who is extremely smelly... Lesley Williams
in the video interview below also lets slip that he also helps many
others, including the 'Hamazons', a race of fierce
female warrior hamsters. The book is published by Authorhouse and
you can find out more by visiting the book's official
you want to by a paperback copy of this book, you can do so via the
independent book shops in Formby, on our Mersey Reporter
Shop, and also via Amison, who also
do a Kindle copy of the book. But if you are quick, we might have
some signed copies of the paperback available, unless the 'Cenpaw'
run off with them.
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Did you see
this L.A.P.D car in Formby?
THIS Los Angeles Police
Department patrol car was spotted by our Editor in Formby Village
just after the interview... Did you see it?
brings the house down at The Atkinson in aid of local charity
THE TV and radio
Smith, has hosted an uproarious comedy night at
Southport's Atkinson Theatre in aid of local charity Vitalise
The event, that took place on
Thursday, 22 May 2014, was well received and Arthur Smith also
performed in a 50 minute slot to an enthralled the audience with
jokes, poetry and songs. Also on last night's bill was special
guest, Hayley-Jayne Standing, a character comedian and Edinburgh
Festival veteran, who captivated the crowd with her famous alter
ego, Britain's Youngest Grandma. Another highlight of the evening
was the stand up debut of much loved Sandpipers staff member, Sharon
Bolton, who gave a confident and engaging performance in front of
the 100 plus audience. A late addition to the bill was former
Britain's Got Talent competitor, Steven Hall, who generated much
hilarity with his novelty dance act.
Before the comedy night Arthur
dropped into Sandpipers to meet the guests, volunteers and staff,
who were enjoying Music Legends Week at the centre. Music Legends is
just one of many themed weeks the centre offers all year round, with
specially themed excursions and entertainments laid on for the
guests. During his visit Arthur took part in a session of archery
with the guests enjoying breaks at the Centre, which is located on
Southport's Marine Lake.
Commenting on the event, Arthur,
who is a Vice President of Vitalise, said:- "I had a fantastic
time, so thank you Sandpipers for inviting me. It was a real
privilege to help raise money for the centre, which does so much
good for people with disabilities and their carers. As a former
carer for my mum I know how important it is for carers to get a
break, which is why I support Vitalise. They not only give carers a
break, but also provide a proper holiday for the person they care
for. Everybody wins! I've been to the other Vitalise centres but
this was my first visit to Sandpipers. I was very impressed by the
atmosphere of the place and of course the warm Southport welcome. I
really hope I can come again soon."
Vitalise Chief Executive, Chris
Simmonds, added:- "A huge thank you to Arthur, Hayley-Jayne,
Sharon, Sparkey, Steven and everyone else who made this event such a
brilliant success! It's so fitting that this fundraiser was a comedy
evening, because fun, laughter and togetherness are what Vitalise is
all about. At Sandpipers and our other centres our aim is to give
our guests exactly the same holiday opportunities that anybody else
would expect, including coming to an event like this, so it's great
to see so many of the guests from Sandpipers here this evening.
We're now on the lookout for new centres around the country because
we want to give more people with disabilities and carers the
opportunity to experience the Vitalise effect and hopefully many
more evenings like this one!"
Vitalise Sandpipers is a well known feature of Southport's seafront.
The centre, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year,
provides much needed respite breaks in a holiday environment for
people with disabilities and carers from the North West region and
across the UK. So it is good to know that all the
proceeds from the comedy night have now gone towards the
'Vitalise Sandpipers Respite Break Centre', on Southport's
Marine Parade. Vitalise is a national charity providing
essential breaks for people with disabilities and carers at Vitalise
Sandpipers and 2 other accessible UK centres. Each centre offers a
wide range of accessible activities and excursions in a holiday
environment. For more information about Sandpipers, as well as other
fund raising activities and voluntary opportunities, visit the
charity website at:-
vitalise.org.uk. For more photographs taken at the
event, please click follow the link below.
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