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Issue:- Thursday, 04 November 2016

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Local Wallasey artist to sculpt Mermaid Trail

A local sculptor has been chosen to create New Brighton's new Mermaid Trail.  Barry Canning Eaton, who lives in Wallasey, will design and create the 6 statues, 5 of which will be decorated by local artists, schools and community groups. Barry sculpted the:- 'Spirit of Liverpool' statue that currently stands in Central Station, Liverpool, following his commission by artist and designer of the statue Rick Myers. The Mermaid Trail, which takes its inspiration from the:- 'Black Rock Mermaid', who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton, in the 18th Century, will feature a series of 6 mermaid statues right across the resort.  A competition will be launched soon for local groups to decorate the statues. Barry Canning-Eaton said:- "I am really pleased to have been commissioned, particularly as this art trail will be on my doorstep. I am really looking forward to creating the Mermaids and working with New Brighton Coastal Community Team.'"

Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council's Pledge Champion for 'building a vibrant tourism economy' and Chair of the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT), said:- 'We are thrilled to have commissioned such a talented artist to bring to life a unique piece of New Brighton's history.'

The project is moving forward thanks to a successful bid for funding by New Brighton Coastal Community Team, to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a grant scheme set up by DONG Energy, to benefit voluntary groups and organisations located near to the coastline where it is carrying out the extension to the offshore wind farm. It is anticipated that the sculptures will be installed ready for visitors in the late spring of 2017.

Voting launches for round 2 of Tesco's Bags of Help initiative

TESCO customers are being invited to help community groups and good causes in Southport bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund. The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its 'Bags of Help' initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000; all raised from the 5p bag levy; being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects across the country. And this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they believe should take away the top grant. The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in Southport are:- Redgate Community Primary School, West Lancashire Borough Council and West Lancs Borough Council.  Voting is open in store from, 31 October to 13 November 2016. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check out in store each time they shop. The bag charge has already raised millions for good causes across England and Wales.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:- "The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success.  In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000; that's a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects. We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.  We are absolutely delighted to be opening voting for round two and we hope that even more customers will choose to support groups that mean a lot to them and to their communities this time around. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see them come to life with Bags of Help grants."

Groundwork's national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:- "Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy. We've been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. They're all fantastic projects that make a real different in our neighbourhoods. We're looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote in early October and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."

Junior Lord Mayors to be sworn in

SOME of Liverpool's young people have been getting a taste of civic life when they where officially sworn in as Junior and Young Lord Mayors. The latest group are made up of 22 young people from primary, secondary and special schools in the City.

Each young person will spend a month shadowing Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, at suitable events such as Remembrance Sunday, Civic Service, Freedom of the City celebrations through pensioners' parties and school assemblies.

It is the 7th time the scheme has been run, and all of the candidates had to give a speech explaining how they would promote the positive profile of the City of Liverpool and that of children and young people within the City

Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "This is a great opportunity for our young people to become involved in civic events, find out what is happening in their City and see how democracy works.  I'm delighted that so many of our young people have shown an interest in civic life and will be more than happy to have them assisting me at events during my next few months as Lord Mayor. I am sure they will do a great job representing the young people of Liverpool over the coming year."

All 22 where sworn in at a special ceremony at the Town Hall, on Wednesday, 2 November 2016, in a special ceremony. The pupils and the schools who attend are:-

YOUNG LORD MAYORS 2016/2017

Ruby Bains - St Hilda's High School.
Anton Bibby – Calderstones Science College.
Ellen Boyland - St Hilda's High School.
Eva Carroll - Notre Dame College.
Alex Dunn - Broughton Hall High School.
Harry Georiou - Sandfield Park School.
Asal Hajimohamedi - Holly Lodge Girls' College.
Janani Murugesh - Alder Hey Hospital Youth Forum .
Leah Russell - Clarence High School.
Morgan Soul - Bank View School.
Abhijith Subramanian – Calderstones Science College.
Patrick Clarke – SFX College.

JUNIOR LORD MAYORS 2016/2017...

Ashli Ashcroft - Kirkdale St Lawrence Primary School.
Olivia Cranney - Arnot St Mary Primary School.
Mia Ferguson - Smithdown Primary School.
Isabelle Fitzgerald - Middlefield Primary School.
Freddie Hall - Longmoor Primary School.
Azrah Ismail - Windsor Primary School.
Finlay Kelleher - St Anne's Stanley Primary School.
Scott Leath - Broadgreen Primary School.
Holly Mallon - St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School.
Barry Sheen – Holy Name Primary School.
Eva-Elizabeth Wood – Alder Hey Hospital Youth Forum.
Zac Wilde - Liverpool College.

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