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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 87

Date:- 21 February 2003

 New game starts next week!

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Report by Julia Brough.

SOUTHPORT Pier will open daily next week to coincide with the school half term holidays.

In addition to the usual weekend opening times during the winter, from 11am until 6pm Monday, February 24 until Friday, February 28.

To mark the end of the half term holidays the latest in the series of ‘Birdwatching for All’ events. Taking place on the weekend of March 1 and 2, there will be a Southport beach walk and on Sunday a Birdwatching for All event on the Pier.

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said, “A lot of people take leave during the half term holidays so we expect to see a lot of visitors taking bracing walks along the pier. It is a great opportunity for people to bring along their binoculars to see the fantastic range of birds in this area and to chat with the experts.”

Rangers and wardens from Sefton Coast and Countryside Service, English Nature and the RSPB will be on hand on Saturday and Sunday, March 1st and 2nd to help identify the birds and to provide further information.

There will be an introduction to birdwatching with a beach walk to explore the tideline and the ‘Bird watching for all’ event will be on the pier. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the end of the pier across Liverpool Bay to North Wales and the new modern, contemporary designed pavilion features a special display on the different birds and other wildlife along the Sefton coast and a history of the pier. 

Further information is available from the Southport Tourist Information Centre on Lord Street, telephone (01704) 533333.

Southport couple go the extra mile to raise funds
ANDREW and Vicky Logan from Churchtown are quick off the mark when it comes to supporting their local charity - Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Women’s and Children’s Services Appeal. 

Their participation in this year’s Great Northern run saw them complete the thirteen-mile course – one of the country’s famous half-marathons to raise more than £400 for the cause.

A Police Officer with Lancashire Police, Vicky Logan said, ”My husband and I have always enjoyed exercising and both enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The money we aimed to raise for the hospital made us determined to finish the run. I only hope it inspires other local people to do the same.”

The Appeal aims to raise funds for new ‘state of the art’ women’s and children’s facilities. Work has already begun on a new purpose built unit at Ormskirk & District General Hospital and the total redesign of the maternity unit at Southport & Formby District General is already underway.

More information on the Appeal please contact Peter Ashworth, Fundraising Manager on 01704 501796 ext 3666.
Report by Dominic Bonner
THE long running pantomime season is set to continue at Crosby civic hall with a return of Jack and the beanstalk to maintain the post festive fun.

A cast that includes Colin Robins from the BBC show ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ will run for the week beginning February 25 and hosts shows afternoon shows at 2.30pm and an evening show on March 2 at 7.30 respectively.

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