The Great Hall at St
George's Hall to roll out red carpet for North West Fashion Festival
THE UK's fashionistas are getting hot under the collar
about the return of the North West Fashion Festival this autumn. The
iconic St George's Hall will play host to the 2 day fashion and beauty festival
which will take place on 22 October and 23 October 2016 and will celebrate and
experience the wealth of fashion talent and expertise the region has to offer.
Now in its 3rd year, North West Fashion Festival (NWFF) has become the biggest
style celebration in the North West and the highlight of the fashion calendar
which brings together the North West's leading influencers, designers and
fashion crowd in luxury style. After the success of the last Festival,
organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure this year's event is even
bigger and better than ever. Thousands of style savvy guests are set to grace
the famous St George Hall for a fun filled weekend of catwalk shows, shopping
For months, NWFF has been a hot topic for the region's
fashionistas, with speculation mounting about who'll be taking to the runway and
showcasing their wares. The magnificent Hall will be rolling out the red carpet
for the glamorous event which will be attended by anyone passionate about
fashion or those working in the industry, from designers and boutique owners to
stylists and beauticians. Much like the previous NWFF, this year will see
a plethora of fashion designers, beauty brands, exhibitors and pop up concepts
gathered under 1 roof; however, this year aims to go one step further by
delivering an outstanding series of creative talks, seminars and workshops.
Founder, Lauren Greene, said:- "We are excited to be hosting NWFF at such
a prominent iconic venue such as St George's Hall and already we are overwhelmed
with the response from national fashion houses and retailers who want to get
involved. An additonal programme of Q&As, panel discussions and masterclasses
will give ticket holders the chance to hear all about the journeys of leading
fashion and beauty experts. From stylists to editors, designers to buyers, each
session will offer valuable insight into the wide range of careers on offer for
young creatives. Attenders are in for a huge treat this year."
Outside, the stunning architecture of St Georges Hall, will be
complemented with pop up restaurants and bars offering a wide selection of food
and drink. Offering a career boosting showcase to graduates and budding
designers, as well as unveiling exciting new collections from exciting brands
and designers in the North West, a chance to pick up beauty tips and make overs
from make up artists and hair stylists, enjoy runway shows and fashion
exhibitions and do some serious shopping, this is a weekend not to be missed by
anyone with a passion for the fashion industry. Visit the events official
for further information about booking tickets to see this event...
Bootle gang injunction
STEVEN Gray, 23, of no fixed abode, has been given a gang
injunction to stop him from being involved in gang violence and/or drug dealing
On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, at Liverpool County Court, his interim injunction
was made into full Court order, which last for 2 years and forbids him from
associating and communicating with 15 other named individuals, entering certain
parts of Sefton and from using or threatening violence.
The gang injunction was imposed against Gray after Liverpool County Court
accepted the evidence submitted by Merseyside Police that he had engaged,
encouraged or assisted in gang violence or drug dealing.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team, in Bootle, successfully submitted that the
order was necessary and justified to protect Steven Gary and the public, and to
assist the Police to prevent violent incidents involving members of a number of
rival gangs in the area.
The judge agreed that it was necessary to make the Court Order to prevent him
from committing further violent crimes and drug offences as well as to protect
him from being the victims of such crimes.
The order prevents him from:-
► Associating with or communicating with 15 other
individuals named on the order, by any means, including via social media.
► Entering the area of Linacre and Litherland, which
is defined by the area bounded by, but not including:- Knowsley Road, Crosby
Road South, Princess Way, Church Road, Hawthorne Road, Linacre Lane.
► Using or threatening to use violence against any
person or property, including by telephone or any electronic means including all
forms of social media and the Internet.
► Engaging in any threatening or abusive conduct
including by telephone or any electronic means, including all forms of social
media and the Internet.
► Being in possession of any Class A or B drug or
having in his possession any equipment for use in the manufacture / cultivation
or distribution of any Class A or B drugs, including, but not limited to:-
hydroponics equipment, portable heaters, ventilation fans or industrial ducting
within the County of Merseyside.
► Owning or having with him more than 1 mobile
telephone or phone SIM card.
► Owning or having with him any mobile telephone or
phone SIM card the phone number for which has not been disclosed.
Dedicated Neighbourhood Ian Jones said the injunctions had been achieved after a
lot of hard work from the Neighbourhood Policing team and the force's legal
Inspector Ian Jones said:- "We have been working for some time to build
enough evidence to obtain this gang injunction and a County Court Judge has
agreed it is necessary. This Court orders will help us keep certain people away
from each other and out of key areas of the estate, which in turn reduces the
opportunities to commit serious, organised crime. Anyone who disregards the
prohibitions and is caught will be immediately put before the Court and taken
off the streets. It is clear from our work that it is a small number of people
who become involved in criminality in Bootle but these incidents have a massive
effect on many more members of the community. Decent, law-abiding people should
not have to suffer because of the actions of a few. Residents can be assured
that my officers, with support from the rest of the force, are doing everything
we can to reduce violent crime in Bootle, by targeting the people we suspect are
involved. The community has an important part to play in this and I would urge
anyone with information about criminality to contact us via 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. If you tell us, we will act on it."
Seafood Festival set for perfect catch
FINAL preparations are being made for the Midland Hotel's
inaugural Seafood Festival taking place on Morecambe's waterfront on the 1st
weekend of July 2016. The Town's art deco masterpiece is all set to play host to
a sumptuous celebration of all the finest fare that UK waters have to offer.
Organised by English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, the festival showpiece
commences, on Sunday, 3 July 2016, at 11am. Attractions include a Laurent
Perrier champagne and oyster bar, seafood stalls featuring the most popular
catches, local cask ales and live music from vintage singer Becki Fishwick and
Keith Mitchell, who will present the 'Acoustic Jukebox.'
Festival visitors will be able to participate in demonstrations by Smokey Jo's
on how to smoke certain fish, whilst shrimping expert Frank Benson will show how
to prepare Morecambe Bay's renowned potted shrimps.
"The lead up to the festival has been an exciting time and we've been able to
invite seafood specialists from across Morecambe Bay and all over the country so
that visitors can enjoy a delicious culinary experience, as well as learning
about seafood preparation. We hope to see lots of festival visitors; hopefully
in fine weather; having a great day out. They can also take time out to relax at
the Midland with our afternoon tea sittings also featuring seafood inspired
sampling platters." said Mark Needham from English Lakes Hotels Resorts
For reservations at the Midland or to find out more about the Seafood Festival,
call:- 0330 4042 674 or 01524 424 000. For further information about English
Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues visit:-
Miss England Finalist to film Music Video on
location in Southport
AS the Miss England Grand Final approaches, which is to be
hosted by Southport Conferences, we hear that the Miss England Finalists will be
starring in a Music Video, here in Southport.
The reigning Miss Coventry and Warwickshire, Rheo Parnell, 17, have recorded a
charity single for 'Beauty with a Purpose", the charity partner of
Miss England and Miss World.
As a student at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, studying Music and English
Literature, Rheo has found time to record the single at Strawhouse Studios in
Rugby, in addition to her other fundraising and public appearances.
Rheo told us that the song is an original, called:- "Our World,"
highlighting the damaging effects of humanity. She said:- "The charity supports
underprivileged children worldwide and has raised millions of pounds over the
years. I wanted to try and make a long term difference, rather than a single
event to raise money; I thought a charity single would be a great way to raise
funds and get an important message across; as music is a universal language. In
light of recent negative press coverage surrounding other pageant competitions,
I feel very strongly about presenting a positive image for young people, and
having the complete backing of Organisations like Miss World and Miss England
will enable me to do this."
The project is overseen by Big Help Music, Rheo's sponsor for the Finals; M.D
Dutch Van Spall said:- "Rheo is a talented singer, and she is working
extremely hard to achieve her goals, it is a pleasure to support such a
dedicated young woman."
Dutch continued:- "We have an ambitious storyboard for the music video,
aiming to incorporate all 50 finalists alongside Mr World contestants, in a
lightly choreographed scene; they will also be joining in the chorus of the
song; so we have an International Pageant Choir in effect! The Mr World final
will also be held in Southport on 19 July 2016, so the filming schedule will be
tightly governed by the 2 competition schedules, but with the full support of
Miss England Director, Angie Beasley, we will be able to achieve the footage we
The next few weeks will ensure Southport is in the Spotlight, showcasing the
Conference Centre, Theatre and Ramada Plaza; keep your eyes peeled for an
appearance in a music video in the very near future!
7 suspected stolen bikes
seized in Liverpool raids
MERSEYSIDE has seized 7 off road bikes
after search warrants were executed at storage premises in Liverpool on Tuesday,
21 June 2016, as part of Operation Brookdale, the Force's crackdown on illegal
off road bikes. The warrants were carried out by neighbourhood and Matrix
officers at premises at storage facilities in the Baltic Triangle and in
Trafalgar Dock on Waterloo Road, as a response to recent information provided by
the local community and businesses.
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Rice said:- "I would like to
thank the community for the information which has led to today's seizures. We
believe that all of these vehicles are stolen and are carrying out enquiries to
identify their original owners. If anyone recognises their bike from the photos,
please contact:- 101. Our evidence shows that these bikes have been used
illegally and anti socially in Liverpool, causing harm and distress to local
residents. Local businesses also have an important part to play in assisting us
if they become aware that their facilities are being used by criminal gangs to
store these bikes, and we appreciate any assistance that they can provide."
Superintendent Jenny Sims, who is leading Operation Brookdale,
said:- "This brilliant result shows just what an impact we can have when
communities and businesses provide information on bikes causing problems in
their area. If you continue to do so, we will continue to take the sort of
positive action seen today, with another seven bikes safely removed from our
Anyone with information can call Police via:- 101, or dial:- 999
in the event of an emergency or if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively,
people can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on:-
0800 555 111.
Economic uncertainty leaves the case for HS2
WHILE the financial markets and the UK at large continue
to digest Friday's shock result in the EU referendum, 1 thing is patently clear;
now is not the time for the government to press on with what some see as an ill
conceived and economically flawed infrastructure project that could end up
costing over £75 billion.
The economic instability of last Friday, specifically the plunge of the sterling
and the FTSE, may be a harbinger of things to come and will almost certainly
force the government to re-evaluate its spending priorities in the face of a
probable economic downturn. All policy areas will come under increased scrutiny
and transport infrastructure will be no exception. In a piece in this morning's
FT, the newspaper argues that controversial projects such as HS2, Hinkley Point
and a 3rd runway at Heathrow could be subject to a government rethink. The piece
quoted Lord Berkeley, the Labour peer and transport expert, who opined that:-
"the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects
such as HS2."
Spending in excess of £50 billion on HS2, a high speed rail line that will
predominantly serve London and not address the capacity and connectivity issues
of the current rail network, makes even less sense than it did before the vote
to leave the European Union. A study of the facts reveals that the
environmental, business and economic case for HS2 is dubious at best and at
worst a waste of precious taxpayer money that could be better allocated
High speed rail has an important role to play in developing a better connected
and higher capacity rail network for UK and it is high time that a viable an
alternative to HS2, such as HSUK, was full explored. The HS2 project has not
been fully thought through and there has been a failure of due process in
arriving at the current proposals for high speed rail in this country.
Especially as HS2 in its current format misses out Liverpool and other key
High Speed UK (HSUK), a rival scheme that costs less, delivers more and can be
built quicker trumps HS2 in every aspect. It is imperative that the House of
Lords, where the High Speed Rail Bill currently resides, examine alternatives to
the flawed HS2 project.
a fully mapped, timetabled and costed high speed rail scheme designed by highly
experienced British railway engineers. HSUK's route is mostly on the surface
following the M1 and other established transport corridors. It avoids HS2's
unprecedented lengths of highly expensive tunnel and its intrusion into
sensitive areas, including the Chilterns AONB. HSUK would connect many more
cities, meet climate change targets and fulfil the objectives of HS3 to create a
'Northern Powerhouse'. It provides 4 tracks of North / South capacity
and, on a like for like basis, costs £21 billion less than HS2. Moreover, HSUK
would integrate with the existing rail network and improve regional economies
across the UK.