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Edition No. 99

Date:- 17 May 2003

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Are you ready for the Sefton Healthstart Festival?

CHILDREN from Crosby are taking on the adults in the battle to combat cancer and heart problems by supporting this year’s Sefton Healthstart Festival.

Youngsters from St Nicholas CE Primary School, based at St Nicholas Road, Blundell Sands, are fighting their way to health and fitness and proving it by challenging the adults to a workout in one of the main local festival events of the year, which saw a similar gauntlet being given to their elders in early April.

The popular festival, now in its fifth year, runs from 4-28 June and offers a jam-packed programme of activities to suit all ages and abilities! 

Graham Walker, head teacher at St Nicholas CE Primary School, said:- “Children at St Nicholas CE Primary are fitter than others, physical activities are given a high priority both in and out of school time."
  "All children have at least two hours per week for PE in curriculum time and have many opportunities in after-school groups. They are encouraged to join local clubs and take part in competitions. It is hoped that many will also be involved in the Sefton Healthstart Festival events.”

The idea behind Sefton Healthstart Festival is to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage physical activity. It is also to show that increasing exercise is one of the best ways to combat cancer and coronary heart disease, which are two main causes of premature death in Sefton.

Report with thanks to Julia Brough

FANS of Jazz in Southport are to be offered a treat by Festival organisers for the forthcoming Jazz Festival to see eight concerts for the price of one for those wishing to attend the event next month.

Tourism officers unveiled details of the Southport Jazz Festival Club at Southport Arts Centre that revealed the event to hold the combined concerts under one roof on the same evening and has been bolstered by clinching the support of CAMRA Real Ale as the main sponsor of the event

This special deal will cost jazz enthusiasts just £14 to see all the concerts featuring top names including The Hamish Stuart Band, Harry Connolly Jazz Band, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys and the Sarah Bennett Quartet.

“For jazz fans this is an amazing, value-for-money deal,”
says Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism. “We decided to introduce the club to give visitors the chance to see a range of top artists at one venue for just one admission fee. There will be six hours of entertainment throughout the evening on three stages with people having the potential to move freely from stage to stage.”

The Southport Jazz Festival runs from June 19-22 and the club open to anyone over the age of 16, will take place from 8pm on June 21 to 2am.

The official guide featuring all the artists, venues and ticket prices for the four-day festival is now available. For a copy or for further information call the events hotline on 01704 395511.


LIVERPOOL faces the most important 90 minutes in its history next week as it bids for European glory.

A team of six will take the hopes and dreams of the city to London to attempt to capture the coveted Capital of Culture prize.

The team leave for London on May 19 with the knowledge that a successful bid will help create at least 14,000 jobs, attract an extra 1.2million visitors and generate £2bn worth of further investment. It will place the new Liverpool on the world stage and change the city forever. 

After three years of bidding, involving more than 100,000 people, two bid documents and two visits, Liverpool’s fate will be decided after a 90-minute interview with 12 judges, on Tuesday, May 20.

Liverpool’s bid has already gained the support of more than 150,000 people as well as local authorities, businesses, community and voluntary groups and arts and cultural organisations across the North West.

Councillor Storey said, ’’The city is already experiencing the beginning of a cultural renaissance. Capital of Culture would be the rocket-fuel to put that rebirth into top gear. We have a very exciting bid. Liverpool promises the most spectacular celebration of culture Europe has ever seen.’’

In the last year, the city has seen the start of a £750m redevelopment of the city centre; a £70m clean -up campaign; a £225m tram system and a £70m programme to redesign public squares and open spaces. Liverpool also received the UK’s sole nomination for World Heritage status, hosted the second Biennial of Visual Contemporary Art and opened the FACT centre – both unique to the UK.

At least one billion people will join Liverpool in celebrating twenty first century culture if the city becomes European Capital of Culture in 2008. A stunning seven-year package of cultural activities will culminate with a yearlong festival involving people from more than 60 countries across five continents.

Liverpool’s programme will result in more than 50 international festivals in art, architecture, ballet, comedy, cinema, food, fashion, literature, music, opera, science and theatre plus 1,000 community events and 2 sporting World Cups.

Team member Sir Bob Scott said:- ‘’Without doubt, this is the most important 90 minutes in Liverpool’s recent history. This will shape the future of the city for many generations to come. Winning would catapult Liverpool into the Premier League of European cities.’’

Report with thanks to T Farrell (Liverpool C.C.)


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