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Edition No. 93

Date:- 05 April  2003

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OUTDOOR PURSUITS DRIVE PUTS SEFTON ON THE MAP

A new glossy guidebook puts Sefton firmly on the map as a major location for walking and cycling.

Sefton Council’s technical services and tourism departments launched ‘The Cycling and Walking Guide to Sefton and Southport’ to attract even more visitors to Sefton and Southport. 

The commitment by Sefton to the Merseyside Travelwise Initiative, a partnership of the five local authorities on Merseyside, is a project that seeks to improve the local environment and quality of life by promoting awareness of the negative effects of increasing car use.

Thirteen routes of the Trans Pennine Trail include the Sefton Coastal Path, Crosby Cycle Route, Formby Old Town and Formby Moss, the Maghull Trail, Sefton Village and the River Alt Meadows and Greenway via Leeds-Liverpool Canal. All trials are clearly marked and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

A spokesperson for Sefton Economic Development and Tourism said, “Sefton has gone to great lengths to accommodate cyclists and walkers with dedicated trails and tracks and is committed to making even more improvements to ensure the overall road environment is both safer and more attractive.”

READY FOR ALL THAT JAZZ?

PLANS for this year’s Southport Jazz Festival are well underway, as Sefton tourism officers reveal the names of some of the headline performers.

Soul greats Snake Davis and Heather Small, the voice of M-People, are among the top names now confirmed for Southport’s third jazz festival.

Last year Southport Jazz Festival attracted hundreds of players and thousands of fans from all over the world. This year’s three-day event from June 19 has the promise of something bigger with the addition of names such as Heather Small – the voice of M-people and soul great Snake Davis - More confirmations are yet to be announced for the line up.

Requests from artists around the UK have inundated organisers to take part in the event and almost 90 concerts are now been programmed for the 2003 line up.

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said, “To attract top names like this is a clear indication that the Southport Jazz Festival is now regarded as one of the country’s leading jazz events.

“Demand from artists and venues has been unprecedented and with three months to go, there’s no doubt that this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet. It will be a real celebration of music for people of all ages. This is a performance to suit everybody.”

Heather Small retains the accolade of one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in pop for the last decade, and joins the passionate soul saxophonist Snake Davis on June 21 for a concert at the Floral Hall and Southport Theatre.

The relationship between the two spans nearly a decade. Snake was heavily involved with M-People and continues to direct Heather’s live band. Heather makes a guest appearance on the ‘Snakebites’ album.

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