Who doesn't love a good
old Panto at Christmas?
DICK Whittington, written by Eric Potts, lasts for
just over 2 hours and we are treated to a brilliant 3D underwater scene,
with more than just a hint at Finding Nemo, just before the 2nd
½. Some of the best comic performances for the
night come from Idle Jack, played by Liam Mellor and Sarah The Cook, played
by Eric Potts. Although I did think at times some of the innuendo was
perhaps a little too inappropriate for the younger audience, who hopefully
didn't ask to many awkward questions.
The leading roles were played by Emmerdale's Kurtis Stacey and Leanne
Campbell, who take us on their journey of romance as Dick arrives in
Liverpool from Manchester seeking his fortune with his Faithful Cat Tommy,
played by Haley Good and watched over by the lovely Sally Lindsey who plays
the motherly character of Fairy Fizackerly.
Although 1 of the less traditional shows, Dick Whittington is still a firm
favourite and was a definite hit with the audience. A bight a colourful set,
with elaborate costumes and a brilliant cast, this show did not fail to
deliver. Full of laughs and catchy songs it had the whole audience joining
in. It has all the right ingredients for a great panto, romance, comedy,
great songs and not to mention the baddie who in this case is King Rat,
played by Warren Donnelly.
Dick Whittington is on at the Liverpool Empire Theatre until
3 January 2016. This show is 5 out of 5 so don't miss your chance to
manners amid festivities says the BTP
THE British Transport Police (BTP) are asking
revellers to be mindful of their manners in the run up to Mad Friday as
abuse towards station staff and anti social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Officers will be out and about at stations across Merseyside to provide
reassurance to passengers and staff travelling in and out of the City and
making sure any troublemakers do not ruin the festive season for others.
Typically at this time of year, as people travel into the City for festive
drinks and work parties, spirits run high and trains are busy, but a
minority can take the celebrations too far and having consumed a large
amount of alcohol become rude and abusive to station staff, making journeys
uncomfortable for other passengers.
Anyone considered too intoxicated will be refused travel on
Merseyrail trains and officers will be enforcing the company's dry train
Inspector Paul Nightingale, who is leading the British Transport Police
Christmas operation across Merseyside, said:- "Please respect station
staff; they are there to assist and facilitate your journey, not to be
subjected to abuse. Please be in no doubt that any abuse of station staff
will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly. We want
everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun, but it's important to reinforce
the message that everyone is entitled to travel in safety."
Officers are also advising visitors to the City to make sure
they know the times and details of their trains and to plan their journey
This Christmas, Merseyrail will run two extra late night/early morning
services on the 20 December 2015. It will also run a limited Boxing Day
Insp Nightingale added:- "Plan your Christmas journeys in advice and
expect services to be busy. Be respectful and just have a little bit of
patience if your train is late or it's cramped. We would also say to anyone
who is travelling after having a bit to drink, to be mindful of their fellow
passengers. If you're in the City to celebrate, then keep an eye on
your friends too. Let's all enjoy a trouble free Christmas and show a bit of
goodwill to all."
Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy and PCC
Jane Kennedy comment on Police funding announcement
THE Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy, said:-
"Following the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review issued in
November, we have today received confirmation of our funding for the next
year and an outline of what the overall funding will look like for the
Police service over the next 3 years.
It now appears that we may not have to cut as deeply, or as quickly, as we
had 1st anticipated, but there will still be a requirement to make
significant savings, changes and reforms, albeit over a slower period of
time. As a result we are revisiting proposals recommended in relation to the
structure of the Force.
The Force needs to continually adapt with the times if we are to meet the
constantly changing demands of the community. We have also identified that
there are still some areas where the Force could make changes to improve
efficiency and effectiveness, whilst at the same time enabling investment in
priority areas for the Force.
I am pleased say that at this stage the Force will not be pursuing some of
the planned changes announced in the autumn, which included considerations
to disband the Mounted Department and lose our Police Community Support
However, it is important to stress that once we have more detail around
funding, the Mounted Department, will still be subject to further review .
We will also continue to review the required establishment of PCSOs.
As a result of today's announcement we can confirm that we will now be able
to avoid compulsory redundancy for PCSO's and will not be pursuing
termination of their contracts in the immediate future.
Additionally, we will now be in a position to recruit new police officers in
the New Year.
The last few years have, without doubt, been difficult and unsettling for
officers and staff within the organisation, but despite this they have
continued to maintain a professional and effective policing service for the
public of Merseyside.
I hope that the news today will bring them some cautious optimism for the
future and will give our communities some reassurance in relation to our
commitment to provide them with the best possible service."
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has welcomed the news that the
Home Office has largely protected police budgets.
The Government has this morning delivered the Provisional Police Settlement
Grant which details the funding that will be given to Merseyside Police over
the next year in the form of a Written Ministerial Statement. It confirms
that Merseyside Police is facing a 0.6% cut to its grant in 2016.
The Home Office are assuming that this reduction will be off-set by the
Police Commissioner increasing the element of the council tax precept by the
maximum allowed, which is about £2 a year extra for a household in a Band A
After taking inflation and committed costs into account, the Force still
faces some cuts in 2016 and beyond.
However, the Forced redundancy of PCSOs and the closure of the mounted unit
will not now take place. Both services will be reviewed, but with a view to
long term development to meet the challenges of policing in the 21st
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "This is good
news. We still need to analyse the settlement in greater detail, but it
looks largely positive; almost a best case scenario. We will still have to
make some cuts and it won't be an easy ride. There will still be challenging
times ahead, but the situation is very much brighter than we feared. I
welcome the Chancellor and the Home Secretary's decision not to impose the
major cuts of up to 40% that we were being asked to prepare for. The Chief
Constable and I publicly urged Ministers to realise the hugely damaging
impact such cuts would have. They have clearly listened to Chief Constables
and Police and Crime Commissioners and the public and have protected Police
budgets so that we can continue to work to keep our communities safe. This
announcement will come as a huge relief to the hard working men and women of
Merseyside Police who are committed to serving the public. With this
announcement comes greater security for Police Forces for the next year, but
it also means that my colleagues and I now have to make sure we continue to
use the public's money in the most effective and efficient way for the
people we serve."
Duran Duran end the 2015
UK Tour in Liverpool
Photographs by Jo
THE Birmingham band,
was formed in 1978, and quickly became one of the most successful English
bands of the 1980's. Their success both here and over the pond in the UK
makes them one of the few bands to conquer both sides and they are still
extremely popular, especially in Japan! It's no wonder why these legends of
British New Wave - Synthpop packed out the Liverpool Arena on Saturday, 12
December 2015. The concert at Liverpool was the final venue of the band's UK
arena tour; and what a show... The support for the night was Seal and Bloom
Twins. These are a few photographs of Seal and of course the main
Duran, performing at the sell out concert. Please let us know if
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