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Issue:- 12 June 2014

In the Footsteps of Giants 2014...
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SINCE Memories of August 1914 was announced in January, there has been speculation about where exactly the giants will explore during their time here. And now, the world famous street theatre experts behind the event, Royal de Luxe, are letting us in on the secrets. The event runs from the 23 July 2014 to 27 July 2014, with the main 'walking' action taking place during the final 3 days 25 July to 27 July 2014. The action kicks off at 11am on the Friday as the Little Girl Giant and her playful canine Xolo (pronounced cho-low) wake up outside the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and begin their exploration of the City. Meanwhile, the Grandmother, who will have spent the previous two days asleep in the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall in St George's Hall, will wake from her slumber outside the Hall (opposite  Lime Street) and will set off in search of the youngster and her pet. The 3 giants will be reunited in Newsham Park around 8pm. During the event the routes will take in various landmarks including William Brown Street, the Town Hall, the World Heritage Waterfront, the Chinese Arch, the Metropolitan and the Anglican Cathedrals, Newsham Park and Canning Dock. The culmination of the 3 days will see the giants sail away on the River Mersey.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Revealing the full route means everyone can get to grips with just how massive this event is; not just in terms of the scale of the planning and the production of the event itself, but it highlights that this City is ground breaking when it comes to hosting breath taking artistic events of this scale. We are working with great artists who are inspired by a great City; our streets are quite literally their stage and without a doubt they are going to put on a memorable show for the hundreds and thousands of people who will be lucky enough to be part of this experience. The show takes in two huge open spaces – Newsham Park and Clarence Dock and giving people the details this far in advance means that visitors can plan their days and pick which locations they want to view the giants from. And of course, it's important we emphasise that all the timings given are a guide and not set in stone, but after all, when these giants are awake, anything can happen! Liverpool is at the heart of the story; to be able to hear the stories of our elderly community really is a privilege. Their family memories recalling such a turning point in world history will be both fascinating and moving for everyone involved."

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Councillor Erica Kemp has been sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool

ON Wednesday, 11 June 2014, Councillor Kemp, who was born in Southend-on-Sea, has made the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool. She has Liverpool her home since moving here with her mother following the death of her father in 1962 and has told the media that:- "It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to take on the role of Lord Mayor of Liverpool. I am passionate and proud of this wonderful City and its rich mixture of people. I am hoping that this position will enable me to meet with as many of the wonderful Liverpudlians who make this City so special. I am also delighted that my younger daughter will be joining me on the momentous journey. I aim to not only raise money for some very worthy causes, but also to engage the local community in volunteering and making a difference to the area in which they live."  Erica, along with consort, daughter Rachel, will make up the 1st all female Mayoral team since 1997.  If you do not know who Councillor Kemp is, she is a qualified teacher, who has taught at schools in Liverpool and Knowsley specialising in teaching children with learning and behavioural difficulties. She left the profession in 2002 to work in local government and is married to fellow Councillor Richard Kemp. Her nominated charities are The Alzheimer’s Society, The County of Merseyside Branch of The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Teenage Cancer Trust and The Reader Organisation.
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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 via emailing us:- 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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Carnival is back!
Students can win £3,000 by showing their love of learning
HMRC secures record £4.6m minimum wage arrears for underpaid workers
Southport 'Open Garden' Event in aid of local Charities
Merseyside Police Chief Constable Commendation - June 2014
2nd location revealed on our 'Hidden Views on Merseyside' series
You have helped us to donate £96.00 so far to the Liverpool Lord Mayor's Charity
Liverpool's Open Air Art Gallery is opened
The Great British Write Off - Poets Vs Writers!
Youngsters get crafty in Church Square Shopping Centre with half term family fun
Exciting transport plans for the Liverpool City Region to be discussed
Britain's girls have 'trumped' the boys
Lord Mayor helps Melanoma UK
Deadline approaches for landlord licensing scheme consultation
North West punches above its weight in start-ups
Dave swaps horse power for pedal power
Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union call for legalisation of lightning strike action
Don't let a late kick off get you a booking in A&E
CLA welcomes greening proposals
Century 21 Sponsors Cresswell Motorcycle Racing
Southport care Centre receives an outstanding quality award
Lord Mayor helps Downs Syndrome Liverpool
Run for Galloway's!
Soaring fashion jewellery chain flies in to Pyramids Shopping Centre
Do we need action on pay as TUC says we do?
Rogue traders jailed for conning elderly homeowners
RAF Dakota Flypast for the 2014 Formby Festival
Calls for help from renters in the North West of England soar
Music Line Up Announced For 'In Conversation With Michael Heseltine'
Baroness Jones to present a new Land Value Tax Bill in House of Lords
Range High School Chemists Create Winning Formula!
'Don't suffer in silence!'

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MERSEYSIDE have launched a new campaign aimed at helping those suffering domestic abuse. The campaign comes just weeks after Police in England and Wales were given new powers to remove perpetrators from the home, so that victims can have the chance to decide what to do next. They also have new powers that let them share information about a perpetrator’s offending history with any new partner. The summer campaign is being run by Merseyside Police and 2 local charities, who are encouraging those affected to seek help and advice early as possible. A representative from Merseyside Police’s PPU said:- "We are urging victims to talk to someone about what is going on in the family home at an early stage before they and any children in the family suffer further. We also want to help those who are worried about their own abusive behaviour, so that they can get advice and possibly get access to programmes that can help them change before they cause any more harm. We also encourage the public to spread the word about the services that can offer to those victims of , so that they do not to suffer in silence." If you have a work place or any location that can display the poster, please click on posters above. Print it off. Put up. Lets stop domestic abuse today!



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