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Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Formby's Lights go on for Christmas
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

A dazzling display of talent and fantastic lights at this year's Formby Light Switch On, with lots of interesting things to do and see.

The village centre was again taken over by a massive crowd who came out to enjoy what is one of, if not the best Switch On party on Merseyside, that is solely organised and run by local people and businesses.

Taking to the stage was the Formby Brass Band, who blasted out many classic numbers next to a model train... Also the Village had a massive snow globe, a selection of stalls and fun fair rides.

On the main stage was Sandgrounder Radio's Neil Newton, with his team, who broadcasted live, from the far end of Chapel Lane. Joining them where a host of talents, from Giant Puppets, Vocal Range, Nicola Hardman singers and Make Noise 2 and lots more...

On the night as the big push of the button came close, the awards for Best Formby Teacher 2016, was announced... Well done to Miss Blair from St Jerome's School, Formby. You can see it being awarded on our Facebook Page, as well as some other video highlights.

After a warm up thanks to the fantastic voice and stage presence of Hayley Murray, the moment came... The big Switch On with BGTs Steven Hall and of course the multi talented Ray Quinn!! Both preformed before pressing the big button...  Ending the night was the G-Force Choir with a performance of classic Christmas carols and hymns.

Sadly, many where disappointed not to see a much loved attraction to be switched on. Yes, we are talking Frosty Gate! Sadly the team have been told they cannot put up the beloved Frosty the Snowman, due to Health and Safety concerns raised by a local Parish Councillor, to Sefton MBC. To find out more see our YouTube video, and to join the campaign visit our Facebook Page....

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Exciting new show to visit 23 venues during UK Tour 2017

MICHAEL Flatley's spectacular Lord of the Dance... Click on here to find out more...

Parents seek advice from teachers to keep their kids safe online in Liverpool
Programme using emoji bingo and sport to tackle children's mental health problems wins top award
NWAS Christmas Card Competition is Back!
Thousands visit budget simulator in 1st week
£3.3m investment in mental health services for new and expectant mums
Wirral positioned to capitalize on new £2bn innovation fund
Care and leadership at Mersey Hospital recognised at awards
Animated star of Kung-Fu Panda opens DreamWorks Lights at St George's Hall
Hours changing at West Lancashire NHS walk In Centres
Chester campaigners recognised for saving their local pub in new CAMRA award
Christmas box with a difference
When it rains, it kills – warning to Lancashire drivers
Society asks Southport to give the gift if time this Christmas
Taxi drivers to be trained in safeguarding young people
Macmillan's volunteers aim to assist more people across Merseyside
Regent Road closed for emergency gas repairs
Life on the margins - 6,300 without a home in the North West
Light up a life at the Hospice Switch On
Work begins on Prescot Fire and Police Station
Festive Fire Warning for North West
Homeowners in the North West 76% more likely than landlords to be in arrears
Next local NHS Trust Board Meeting 21 December
Eleanor Rathbone artwork unveiled
New companies set to attract investment, business and jobs to Wirral and deliver 'radical reform' to services
Wirral West's Special Places fund brings community spots back to life
Regional growth gains, worth more than £200bn over next decade
Local growth hub progamme supports Liverpool City Region SMES
Decade long study of beach litter finds sharp rise in litter
Formby Fitness Toy Appeal 2016
North west children's charity receives £10,000 'boost' from juice bar chain
Merseyside residents casts their votes for local community scheme grants
2 men, aged 48 and 51, have been arrested on suspicion of possession
Changes to visiting times at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals arrested after warrant executed in Netherton
Do you know your HIV status?
A full round up of bus, train and ferry services across the Christmas and New Year period
Keys in the ignition warning
3 brothers to run in Marathon in aid of their father
50 Miss England 2016 finalists including Miss Southport and Miss Liverpool hope to have a Xmas Chart Hit
Belshazzar's Feast on Tour
Mr Liverpool and Miss Liverpool contest opens registrations for audition
Miss Liverpool's calendars are going on sale
A new revivsl to play at Southport's Fox and Goose
Epstein Theatre time warps audiences to the 1940's at the premiere of 'Liverpool Blitz Musical'
Panto set to spread some festive magic as Aladdin to open at Epstein Theatre
Sofie Hagan Review
The Cure live in the North West
Merseyside Waste collections suspended over winter and festive period
Leo's Bar - 80's Christmas Party
Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes - Review
Formby's Lights go on for Christmas - Photo coverage

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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