50th Anniversary -
'Bring a bear... Travel ½ fare!'
THE West Lancashire Light Railway (WLLR)
on Station Road, Hesketh Bank (PR4 6SP) are holding a very special event on
Sunday, 21 May 2017. As they celebrate the Railway's 50th Anniversary, they will
be in full steam, with a 'Teddy Bears Outing' that will be held on
the day, from
11.30am to 4.30pm. So if you ride on our train to the woods that day,
you're sure of a big surprise........... To add to the fun they will be
running a:- 'Bring a bear... Travel ½ fare' offer as well as
► 2 locomotives in steam.
► Look out for the teddy bear trainspotters.
► Other attractions including model railways.
► Free Admission.
Tickets to ride on the train will cost adults ₤4.00, children ₤3.00,
senior citizens ₤3.50 and a family ticket will be just ₤12.00. But
do not forget you will get ½ price for all persons accompanied by a bear!
Tickets valid all day and you can ride as many times as you like... Plus
under 3 is free!
Hot and cold snacks available on and off site. Picnic tables provided; sit
and watch the trains go by (but beware of bears...)
'A Finger Lick' in Slice of
America' comes to The Atkinson
IN the spirit of the famous Bluebird
cafe - Nashville in the Round brings the intimate sound of guitar pulls and
songwriter showcases to Southport again, at The Atkinson, on Friday, 19 May
Nashville in the Round for 2017 has a new line up with three Nashville residents
Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen each recording artists in their own
right come together for an evening of songs in the round from the music City.
Sarah Darling brings her 'dream Country' sound to the evening. Having
released several albums with 1/2 million downloads worldwide and two number 1
videos on CMT and GAC. Her biggest hit:- 'Home to Me' lead to performances on:-
Conan O'Brien, Fox and Friends, and opening for artists like:- Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.
Her next Grand Ole Opry appearance will mark her 83rd performance on the
historic stage. Darling has already released his new music since January 2017. From
wishing on wandering stars, to never giving up, it really captures the spirit of
the ones who love to dream.
Jenn Bostic is best known for her hit single:- 'Jealous of the Angels' a
tribute to her late father, with the support of:- BBC Breakfast, Songs of Praise,
BBC Radio 2, Weekend Wogan, Good Morning Sunday, and Smooth Radio, Bostic won
over the hearts of people across the UK. It has been through the
writing and over 600 performances of this song that Bostic continues to
pull on the heartstrings of people around the world with her honest lyrics and
emotionally powerful voice.
Tennessee based Michaeal Logan performs songs from his new album 'New
an articulate, measured examination of the inner workings of the human mind and
heart on a backdrop of gorgeous, sweeping, acoustic based, rhythmic folk/pop.
Michael's songs have been featured on many TV shows including multiple
placements on:- 'Nashville,' 'Suits,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Fosters' and
'1 Tree Hill...'
Logen's folk song:- 'Couldn't Ask For A Better Friend' played prominently
throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics, when it was chosen by Folgers as the theme for
their award winning ad.
A prolific songwriter, Michael's songs have been recorded by many other artists
including:- Jonny Lang, Kelly Clarkson, Mat Kearney, Brandon Heath, The Greencards,
Paul Carrack, Will Hoge and Sister Hazel.
For more information about the event or to book, please visit theatkinson.co.uk
or call Box Office on:- 01704 533333 or buy over the counter during opening
* Please be advised there is a ₤1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and
online sales and a 2% credit card fee for sales at the Box Office. There are no
booking fees for cash purchases at the counter.
½ of North West
drivers admit to speeding in 20mph areas
ROAD safety charity Brake is
calling on drivers in the North West to #SlowDown this Beep Beep! Day as
survey reveals nearly ½ of drivers, that's 48%, admit to speeding in 20mph
The new North West sample from 2,000 drivers also shows that 75% think
traffic is too fast in their neighbourhood for the safety of children on
foot or bike. Research has found children cannot judge the speed of
approaching vehicles travelling faster than 20mph, so may believe it is safe
to cross when it is not. More than 5 children are seriously hurt or killed
every day in the UK, with the majority (80%) being on foot or bicycle at the
The findings come as more than 50,000 2 to 7 children aged 2 to 7 take part in a
Beep Beep! Day run by Brake and Churchill Car Insurance. The project for
nurseries, schools and childminders engages little ones with road safety
including, critically helping them to raise awareness among parents and the
wider community about protecting children, particularly those on foot or
bicycle, by slowing down.
The event, now in its 14th year, coincides with the United Nations Global
Road Safety Week's #SlowDown campaign, which aims to increase understanding
of the dangers of speed and encourage drivers in all countries to slow down
to protect road users. Beep Beep! Days are also happening in countries
including:- Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon and South Africa this year.
500 children are killed on roads globally every day; a figure (68%) North
West drivers surveyed underestimated; showing the importance of raising
awareness about the situation across the world. That's why this year's Beep
Beep! Day includes a range of special resources to help children to
understand how people travel around the globe and to highlight the
importance of drivers slowing down where children live, walk and play.
Brake and Churchill's survey also reveals that nationally 73% of 25 to
34 year olds are likely to drive at 25mph or more in a 20mph area, whereas
fewer than 45% of 55 to 64 year olds say they would do so. Men (61%) admit to driving
at those speeds more than women (43%). The 25 to 34 age bracket of drivers gave
the highest results in terms of thinking that traffic travels too fast in
their community too (83%).
Dave Nichols, community engagement manager at Brake, said:-
children have the right to play safely and live a healthy life without fear; rights that are universally recognised by the United Nations and world
leaders. Yet, in the UK, 1 of the most developed countries in the world,
our children are often denied these rights because of the lethal danger
posed by fast traffic. That's why, in a week when the UN is asking people
across the world to #SlowDown on roads, we're calling on UK drivers to take
the lead in making roads safer for children; by driving at 20mph or less and
taking more care in communities. The Beep Beep! Day project engages kids in
this life saving cause, helping them learn about road safety issues and,
critically, inspire their parents and drivers to reduce danger on our roads,
by actions such as slowing down."
Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said:-
"We are very proud to be supporting Beep Beep! Day once again this
year. Too many children die or are seriously injured on our roads each week.
Beep Beep! Day is a great way of starting to talk to young children about
road safety, as well as raising awareness among drivers, including parents
and grandparents, of the need to drive with extreme care when young children
Full survey results for North West:-
Q1. Within the past year, have you driven at 25mph or faster in a 20mph
Yes, once a day or more 8%.
Yes, several times a week 9%.
Yes, about once a week 8%.
Yes, about once a month 8%.
Yes, less than once a month 15%.
No, never 52%.
Q.2 Do you think traffic in your neighbourhood is travelling too fast for
the safety of children on foot or bike?
Yes, traffic is too fast on most/all local roads 25%.
Yes, traffic is too fast on some local roads 50%.
Q3. How many children do you think are killed on roads globally every
100 - 29%.
200 - 16%.
300 - 14%.
400 - 9%.
500 - 32%.