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Issue:- Thursday, 13 October 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 8.

Riverside Fireworks

WITH Bonfire Night just a few weeks away, fire safety experts are once again reminding the public that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an organised display, such as the inaugural Riverside Fireworks.

Riverside Fireworks takes place, on Sunday, 6 November 2016, in the Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, climaxing with a 25 minute, superhero themed fireworks' display, and is being run in conjunction with the:- 'The Fire Fighters Charity' and 'Durham Agency Against Crime.'

With around 1,000 fireworks related injuries each year, it's more important than ever that people stay safe, and the smartest way to do this is to avoid buying fireworks for personal use.

Keith Wanley, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service area manager for operations, said:- "The best way to enjoy bonfire night and stay safe is to go to an organised display, such as this one. You'll see a lot more fireworks and it's a lot cheaper. Although we would advise people to attend an organised event, if you are planning to use fireworks at home then please follow the firework safety code, ensure the fireworks meet safety standards and are stored and disposed of properly."

Not only will Riverside Fireworks be the safest way to enjoy the festivities, the full evening of entertainment will also include a fun fair, live music, food and refreshments, plus a superhero fancy dress competition!

The gates for the event will open at 5pm, on the 6 November 2016, and the display will kick off at 7pm. Standard tickets cost £5, and children under 6 go free! Limited on site car parking will also be available, but this must be booked in advance via the website.

With demand expected to be extremely high, organisers Stanley Events are urging people to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for Riverside Fireworks are on sale now, and are available online, and for more information, and updates on entertainment, you can also find details on Facebook

Pedestrians urged – Watch Your Step

ADULT pedestrians are being urge to watch their step and don't be distracted as they cross roads. A new campaign is under way as figures show that 100 pedestrians aged between 26 and 59 have been killed or seriously injured on Liverpool's roads in the last 3 years. An analysis of the causes show that 2 out 5 adult pedestrians involved in accidents had failed to look properly while crossing the road. Among the main issues of concern are people using their phones as they step off the pavement or being under the influence of drink. The new campaign, fund by the Merseyside Road Safety partnership, and spearheaded by the City Council's road safety team, has posters and digital advertising at bus shelters, rail stations and other locations urging pedestrians, for example, to keep their:- "Eyes on the road, not on your phone."

Councillor Tim Beaumont, Mayor lead for wellbeing said:- "Many road safety campaigns have been aimed at children or drivers, but the accident statistics show there is an issue with adult pedestrians. So many people seem to get engrossed with checking their phone that they step into the road without looking. This campaign is just reminding pedestrians to use common-sense and don't be distracted when crossing the road... the message is quite simply ''watch your step.''"

New survey reveals people's connections to the North West

THE average person from the North West moves 5 times in their life, but 59% end up living within 25 miles of where they were born, a new study has found. According to the national poll of 2000 people by ancestry firm Living DNA, 24% of Brits have lived 500 miles or more away from their birthplace at some point in their lives. Yet researchers found that a high number of people stay close to home, with 51% of all those surveyed now living in the same county of the UK that one or more of their parents were born in. In the North West, this figure was higher than the national average at 73%, suggesting people from the region are considerably more attached to areas where their parents came from. The survey also explored people's roots. Over ½ of respondents from the North West said they felt most 'rooted' either where they were born or where they grew up (51%), compared to 31% who felt most rooted where they live now. David Nicholson, managing director of Living DNA, said:- "Whilst the average Brit makes a number of moves in their lifetime, our survey found that as a nation we are still really attached to our family roots and birthplaces. However, our knowledge of our roots appears to be quite limited. For example, 18% of people from the North West told us they have no idea where their grandparents were born."

Despite the importance of roots for many, just 11% of people from the North West said they do not feel rooted anywhere. And 20% of those from the county that were born in the UK saw themselves more as:- 'citizens of the world' than 'citizens of the UK', a perception that would make them 'citizens of nowhere' according to Theresa May's speech at the 2016 Conservative Party Conference. The survey also revealed some interesting generational differences nationwide. Young Brits aged 18 to 24 were the least likely to know where their grandparents were born, and 3 times more likely to consider themselves 'citizens of the world' (24%) as those aged 65 and over (8%).

Meanwhile, most older Brits aged 65 and over would be very or quite surprised to find they had ancestry from outside the UK (54%), compared to just 40% of 18 to 24 year olds. "It's interesting to see that a lot of Brits, and especially older generations, would be surprised to find they had ancestry from outside the UK," says Mr Nicholson. "The truth is that if you look back through history, everyone of us has ancestry from other parts of the world. This can be proven by looking at our DNA, which shows that ultimately we are all connected to 1 another."

Living DNA commissioned the survey to mark the launch of its new DNA ancestry test; the most detailed service of its kind in the world. From a simple saliva swab, Living DNA is able to break down people's ancestry to over 80 worldwide regions. It is also the only test of its kind which can tell people how much DNA they share with 21 regions of the UK, including Cumbria and North West England. The service also allows people to look back over multiple generations to see how their ancestry has evolved through human history, and discover when they shared ancestors with different people throughout the world.  To find out more about Living DNA, visit:- LivingDNA.Com.

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