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Publication date:- 2016-11-24

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Late night services back for 2016

ARRIVA, Stagecoach and Merseyrail will be running late night buses and trains this festive season to help you get home easily.  Night buses will be running on the four weekends before Christmas on selected routes and late trains will be running a limited service to Hooton and Southport on the 2 weekends before Christmas.

Merseytravel Committee Chair Cllr Liam Robinson, said:- "Late night services are back for the third year running and by working together we can give people more choice when it comes to travelling around the Merseyside during the festive season. We are   encouraging people to plan their journey, have options and check not only travel, but weather updates too before heading out."

Bus

On Friday nights / Saturday mornings 16 December and 23 December and on Saturday nights / Sunday mornings on 3 December, 10 December and 17 December late night/early morning buses will be running from midnight until 4.40am.

N1* City Centre (Sir Thomas Street) to Chester  - Midnight and 1.35am

N1* City Centre (Sir Thomas Street) to Ellesmere Port - 3.05am

N1* Chester to Liverpool City Centre - 12.05am and 1.35am

N1* Chester to Birkenhead - 3.05am

N10 City Centre (Elliot Street) to Page Moss - 12.40am then every 30 minutes until 4.40am

N82 City Centre (Liverpool One Bus Station, stand 10) to Garston - 12.14am then every 30 minutes until 4.44am

► 86** City Centre (Elliot Street to Penny Lane) - 12.59am then every hour until 4.59am

► 86A** City Centre (Elliot Street to Liverpool Airport via Penny Lane) 12.29am then every hour until 4.29am

*This bus service runs every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year
** This bus service runs every night throughout the year


Trains


This year Merseyrail is running special late night trains on Friday nights / Saturday mornings 16 December and 23 December and on Saturday morning/Sunday night 17 December 2016.

Wirral line - Liverpool Central to Hooton. The train will depart Liverpool Central, at 12.30am and call at Birkenhead Central, Bebington and Bromborough

Northern Line - Liverpool Central to Southport. The train will leave Liverpool Central, at 12.30am and call at Waterloo and Formby

Visit:- MerseyTravel.Gov.UK or call the Traveline Team on:- 0151 236 7676 for full details. Follow us @merseytravel #DrinkLessEnjoyMore.

Vasily becomes Citizen of Honour

VASILY Petrenko, the Russian conductor at the helm of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 has become Liverpool's next Citizen of Honour in a special ceremony, on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

Vasily, chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), was added to the Roll of Citizens of Honour and presented with an official scroll, by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy.

He was nominated to receive the accolade for his commitment to music and the City, and his partnership with the UK's oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra which has attracted international acclaim.

Councillor Kennedy said:- "I'm delighted to be presenting Vasily with this honour. His contribution to Liverpool's cultural scene is invaluable and his partnership over 10 years with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has really put the city on the map, attracting acclaim from across the globe for their concerts, broadcasts and recordings. This City has become home for Vasily and his passion and ambitions for Liverpool are clear in everything he does. He has already been given the civic title of 'honorary scouser' back in 2009, and I hope he will be pleased with this latest acknowledgement of his role as a fantastic ambassador for the City."

Vasily said:- "I'm deeply honoured to receive this recognition from the city which my family and I have made our home. I have always known Liverpool to be 1 of the world's great music cities, and since coming here in 2006, I've experienced 1st hand the great passion for music that is at its heart. I would like to offer my thanks to the city, Mayor Anderson and his colleagues, our audiences and supporters. They continue to believe in and support Liverpool Philharmonic's vision to be 1 of the world's great music making organisations, deeply rooted in our City, and an ambassador for Liverpool as a great place to live, work, study and invest in."

Vasily took up the conductor's baton as Liverpool Philharmonic's Principal Conductor in 2006, becoming Chief Conductor in 2012. His dynamic musical partnership with the orchestra, now in its tenth year, continues as a golden age in Liverpool Philharmonic's 176 year history. He has led the orchestra on international tours to Japan, China and the major European cities and together they have made a number of award winning recordings.

The Citizen of Honour title is the latest acknowledgement of Vasily's contribution to music and Liverpool's cultural scene. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University and an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University

Recognising his recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, he was the Classic BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2012 and 2010, Germany's Echo Klassik Awards Emerging Artist of the Year 2012, and Classic FM/Gramophone Awards Young Artist of the Year 2007.

The Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise those individuals who have made a significant, exceptional or unique contribution to enriching the image of the city and/or its citizens. To date there are 27 Citizens of Honour including Bill Shankly, Liverpool World War 2 veterans, April Ashley, Dr David France and Lewis Biggs.

Grassroots sport and physical activity stars celebrate alongside Merseyside's Rio 2016 athletes

LAST Friday, 18 November, saw the Rio-inspired Merseyside Sporting Champions Dinner 2016 take place at iconic sporting venue, Aintree Racecourse. The event recognised the county's sporting talent, plus the people who make sport and physical activity happen here on Merseyside.

Following Rio 2016, this year's event also featured appearances from several Olympic and Paralympic VIP guests, all of whom were honoured during proceedings.

Guest speaker and Paralympic table tennis player Jack Hunter-Spivey gave an emotional, candid and heart-warming speech which took the audience on a roller coaster of tears and laughter. He left the audience with one overriding thought on the night - "If your dreams aren't scary then they're not big enough" and, speaking after the event, had this to say:- "As winner of the 2010 Merseyside Sporting Champions Dinner it was an honour to be asked to speak at this year's awards. It was both amazing and emotional to be able to talk about realising my dream of becoming a Paralympian…. And to receive a standing ovation was an incredible feeling."

Meanwhile Rio 2016 Para-cycling Gold medallist Lora Fachie (née Turnham), who took part in a Q&A session with the other five Rio 2016 athletes attending commented:- "It was fantastic to see so much sporting success in Merseyside this year, from grassroots to international level, and to see everyone to get the recognition they deserve. I was honoured to present Roy Jones with his Lifetime Achiever Award, as he truly deserved it and overall I really enjoyed helping everyone celebrate their success."

Nominees and guests had flocked to the event from across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens, Wirral and beyond to hear the winners being announced.

10 awards were handed out in all during the evening. They included Community Sports Project of the Year, sponsored by WEALTH at work; Primary and Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Sonex; Young Sports Person of the Year, sponsored by LJMU Sports Scholarship Scheme; and Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Sport Liverpool. Full details of all the winners will shortly be available online.

The prestigious annual event is run by not-for-profit organisation, Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP), one of 45 County Sports Partnerships in England. The organisation connects local organisations, people and investment together; unlocking the power of sport and physical activity to empower Merseyside's residents to be active for life.

Speaking about the event Jean Stephens, Director of Merseyside Sports Partnership said:- "It was a great honour and a privilege to witness the amazing talent on Merseyside taking to the stage for this year's awards. It was also incredibly heart warming and inspiring to be able to hear from some of Merseyside's Olympians and Paralympians during proceedings. The whole evening proved that the combination of aiming high, dreaming big and having a life long support team around you is the perfect recipe for achieving your goals."

Greens Pleased To See Plans Growing

LIVERPOOL Green Party are pleased to see their 1 Tree Per Child proposals being implemented across schools in the City. The initiative, which Liverpool is the 2nd City to adopt, encourages children to become part of their community by planting trees in parks and green spaces across the City. The proposals were initially put forward by Liverpool Green Party Councillor Anna Key, having worked with colleague Councillor Lawrence Brown on researching the initiative's success in Bristol.

Leader of Liverpool Green Party, Councillor Tom Crone commented on his colleagues success in getting the Labour led Council to agree to, adopt, and implement the scheme. "Our Green councillors have worked hard on getting this scheme taken up by the Council. But their tenacity, and belief in the project as a benefit for our children, and wider Liverpool communities eventually paid off. For the last year we have been working on this and drumming up support. 1 of the earliest proponents of the scheme was the wonderful St. Vincents in West Derby; Cllr Brown recently helped out with a related seed planting event at the school."

The 1 Tree Per Child scheme, which was founded by film star Olivia Newton John and has TV's Kevin McCloud as an ambassador, aims to connect young people with the natural environment, providing benefits such as increased environmental awareness, empowering children to make a difference and improved mental health.

Councillor Tom Crone, who is busy preparing to launch his Metro Mayor manifesto commented further saying:- "I'm so proud of our councillors for pushing this scheme through the Council using powerful, impassioned arguments. I am looking forward to working closely with the schools and other organisations who will put this brilliant idea into practice."

The scheme comes from one of many initiatives that Green Councillors have steered through the Council in the past year and Councillor Crone is keen for more successes in future:- "We will continue to challenge the Council to introduce Greener policies and practices, One Tree Per Child is a great example of this."

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