Male Voice Choir to get
Freedom of Liverpool
THE FREEDOM of Liverpool is being
awarded to Liverpool Male Voice Choir, on Monday, 7 December 2015.
The organisation was formed in 1911 by a small group of men living in
Wavertree and has been performing and representing the City ever since,
often supporting charitable events.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said:- "I am
delighted to be able to confer the Freedom Roll of Associations and
Institutions on Liverpool Male Voice Choir in recognition of its cultural
contribution to the City. The choir and its members have been true
ambassadors and a credit to Liverpool and all members past and present can
be very proud of their achievements. The choristers share a unique passion,
entertaining so many with their beautiful music and I am particularly
delighted that they are going to perform at the ceremony."
Michael Gollop, Chairman of Liverpool Male Voice Choir, said:-
"Liverpool Male Voice Choir is deeply honoured to receive the City of
Liverpool's highest accolade and it is a great thrill for the choir to be
recognised in this way.
We are moved and humbled yet supremely proud to stand alongside the many
illustrious Associations and Institutions who have hitherto rendered eminent
service to this City. Our founding choristers could not have envisaged
such a prestigious award back in 1911, as they forged the new choir. The
Constitution they pioneered still holds true today as we continue to study
the practice of Male Voice singing, while striving for choral excellence,
and the concert performance of suitable works. It is our passion for singing
that draws us together, but underpinning this is the camaraderie and
friendship we share. After 104 years, the choir continues to thrive,
remaining committed to Liverpool's vibrant music scene."
Liverpool Male Voice Choir regularly hosts choirs from around the UK and
overseas with recent visitors from South Wales, Japan and Norway.
For more information about Liverpool Male Voice Choir, log on to the groups
Tax dodging club owners
to be stripped of profits
ADULT club owners and adult
entertainers in the North West who don't pay their taxes are being targeted
by a new, UK wide taskforce launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The
rise of the internet has caused a drastic increase in online escort agencies
and HMRC estimated, in 2010, that the adult entertainment industry could be
worth up to £5 billion. For the 1st time in this sector, the taskforce will
target the traders and entertainers, some of whom earn thousands of pounds a
day, working in this industry. Those who continue to operate in the hidden
economy and not register with HMRC for VAT, Income Tax and PAYE are being
targeted. Jim Stevenson, Head of HMRC Taskforces, said:- "Large
numbers of people working in this industry are paying the Tax they owe and
they don't have anything to worry about. The people being targeted by this
taskforce have no intention of playing by the rules, and we won't tolerate
this. No industry is safe where Tax evasion is concerned; we won't stop
tracking people down and taking back what they owe."
More than 140 taskforces have been launched since 2011, collecting more than
£404 million that goes towards funding vital public services. This
includes:- £109 million brought in during the 1st 6 months of this financial
Currently here at Southport and Mersey
Reporter are looking into some aspects of this industry, from a media point
of view. We have found people don't often like talking about working in the
adult industry, openly, in public. That has made us think, is the UK prudish
about the adult industry, thus making it easy for criminals to take
But oddly critics of
these types of operations are now saying:- "If the adult industry, in
all areas became fully legal, it would make it easier to Tax. Plus this
would also make it safer for those in the industry."
1 of the charities we have recently talked
also said:- "The words 'adult industry' are characterized by major
taboos. This is an underground world. Gaining access to some parts of the
community is a challenging and often risky practice. In reality, if we treat
those within it with respect and dignity, the person behind the label, says
a Pole Dancer, it would help. Sadly, even though pole dancing is getting
wider respect with law makers, it is often seen as just dirty slut dancing.
It's understandable why people keep it hidden that they are in that
industry! But in reality, in pole dancing for example, that view is often
far from being correct. In this case the glitterati of pole dancing are
determined to redefine the dance as 'sport'. We should help people to do
this, as it is just as skilful as any form of dance, if not more demanding
on the physical ability and strength of a dancer. Only when we stop seeing
the 'adult industry' in a dirty way, will that world open up. It could be a
massive revenue generator as well as making it safer, should that happen!
Quite how many people hide income due to not wanting a label is unknown..."
Do you agree, that the industry, including or excluding
prostitution, should be made fully legal and more open? Please send us your
emails with your views on this topic to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com. Let us know
what you think! If you are in the adult industry and need help and advice
about it, see:-
BeyondTheStreets also this
SupprortLine, all 3 might help
you find out what support you can get and from whom. Also if you know
someone who is dodging Tax, you can tell the HMRC by calling the Customs
Hotline on:- 0800 59 5000.