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Edition No. 100

Date:- 24 May 2003

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Tate Liverpool Exhibitions and Events June – July

Modern British Art:- Until June 1st. This chronological disply takes you on a tour of twentieth century British art, featuring important examples of Abstract art, Surrealist art, Pop art and Conceptual art. Tate collection : free to view.

Thomas Ruff 1979 to the present:-  Until July 6th.  This is the first mid-career retrospective of German artist Thomas Ruff, one of the most acclaimed and ground-breaking photographers working today.  Major Exhibition: £4, £3 concessions.

Letter to the Editor. Christmas Lights…

FOR decades Southport has had decorative lights on Lord Street was a magical place to be, with the suffused glow of coloured lights on happy faces.

However, the Council, always able to spoil a good thing, took them down, broke them, lost them, put them in a building then sold and was knocked down. Gone forever. Of course they could not afford to replace them either.

Southport, probably the only seaside holiday town without decorative lights.

Some years later, a local paper started a campaign to raise funds for new lights. With the backing of local people and businesses they raised funds and enthusiasm for new lights. All went well until the point was reached that the council had to be involved.

As usual it started to go wrong. Councillor Bamber then got to grips with it. The written specification for the lights was crazy, and it was for white lights not coloured, arguments ensued. At one meeting when the argument for coloured lights was at its height, councillor, now Lord Fearn said "I want coloured lights, people of Southport have donated for coloured lights if they don’t get them they should have their money back. He won’t admit it now though because Councillor Bamber insisted on white."
To date £300,000 has been spent on lights. Where? We certainly have got that value in lighting.

I went down Lord Street last night. Half of the trees with lights were unlit, the rest had some lights out. One tree now has blue lights, why? It looks worse now than with no lights at all.

Total incompetence ensues once again over the lighting project. In order to get some answers and to find why it has gone wrong we need an independent review of the whole scheme, we need urgently, published accounts to show where the money has gone, because it certainly has not all gone into lights. The people of Southport, particularly the doners need answers.

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Youngsters make it a ‘D8’ in Croxteth

CALLING all young disco devils in the Norris Green and Croxteth area - A dedicated group of volunteers have organised a weekly disco for all ten to 16 year olds after local youngsters complained there was nothing to do in the area.

The disco named “D8” at The Base; St.Teresa’s Youth Base on Utting Avenue began on May 23, and hailed as a success to giving a permanent solution to boost a community that had suffered due to lack of facilities for children in the past. 

Collette Duncan, from Liverpool City Council's Behaviour Education Support Team said:- "Our team of staff and volunteers are working with the local community to tackle the problem of young people hanging round the streets with nothing to do. This leads to all kinds of problems and causes friction between young people and residents. This is just one of a number of regular activities for youngster in the Norris Green and Croxteth areas."

The disco is every Friday from 8pm until 10pm and tickets are 1.00 on the door. Everyone is welcome.

Live from London - the Royal Ballet at the Pier Head!

THE Royal Opera House will perform a free live concert from Covent Garden in Liverpool, for the first time ever this Bank Holiday Monday.

A specialist sound system and enormous seven meter screen - installed by giant 16 tonne cranes is the be the attraction for the Royal Ballet's production of Manon, relayed simultaneously to Liverpool's world famous Pier Head - for a four hour cultural extravaganza.

The entertainment will begin at 6pm with a live performance, on a purpose built stage, by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Community Choir. The live link-up with Covent Garden will begin at 6.45pm.

During the second interval of Manon at 8.50pm, the public will get a second dose of homegrown entertainment when Liverpool soprano Rachael Russell takes to the stage. The event will be hosted by Radio presenter Roger Phillips.


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