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Edition No. 104

Date:- 21 June 2003

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Last chance to saddle up for the Liverpool - Chester - Liverpool Bike Ride.

CYCLING enthusiasts only have days left to saddle up for this year's 10th Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool Bike Ride.

Already more than 1,200 people have signed up to join the ride on Sunday, July 6, but the event only has a participation capacity of 2,000 - so people will have to be quick off the mark if they want to join. The closing date for entries is Friday, June 27th.

The bike ride is open to people of all abilities and is organized jointly by Healthstart (on behalf of the NHS in the North West) and Liverpool City Council to promote cycling for health, in partnership with Merseytravel and Central, North and South Liverpool Primary Care Trusts.

Robin Ireland, Healthstart's Director and founder of the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool Bike Ride, is hoping this year's event will be just as successful as the last nine. He said:- "One of the greatest pleasure's over the years has been to see the sheer range of cycles and cyclists. On show is everything from Lycra to fancy dress themes, and racing cyclists to once-a-year charity riders. I am also delighted by the increasing numbers of cyclists with disabilities who take part, from the visually impaired on tandems to those with lower limb impairments who use hand-cycles. The more the merrier. The ride exists as a challenge to show all of us can enjoy cycling."

This year's popular ride will start and finish on the historic William Brown Street, in front of Liverpool Central Library, for a 53-mile trip, starting from 8.15am. riders will go into the Queensway Tunnel, which will be closed to traffic from 7.45am to 9.15am. there are two finishing points; the first is the official halfway point at the Countess of Chester Health Park; the second is back at William Brown Street. Free transport back to Liverpool will be provided at regular intervals for cyclists and their bikes.

To enter you have to be aged 14 and over (under 17's must be accompanied by an adult). Entry is £10 for individuals, or £36 for a team, and includes a free t-shirt. For entry forms, please contact Lisa Parnell at Healthstart on 0151 707 2566

This year's nominated charity is Barnardo's, who work to give disadvantaged children the help they need to build a better future.

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ON Tuesday an incident occurred at Barcley's Bank cash machine in Formby Village. An elderly man was withdrawing cash from the ATM at the bank when a youth approached him and ran off with the cash. 3 local youths were visiting Global Videos just opposite and observed the occurrence, they promptly gave chase and apprehended the thief in the car-park behind the shops. The police were called and upon arriving arrested the offender. As a point of note, the elderly man offered the local lads a cash reward each, which they refused.  We would like to say well done to the good Samaritans, you are a credit to the community!
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Starring:- Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah 

BASED on the original smash hit Broadway musical by Ebb and Fosse, Chicago tells the tale of Roxie Hart (Zellweger), a chorus girl who kills her lover, a con man who had promised to make her a star. Sent to the Cook County Jail, Roxie crosses swords with fellow convict and former celebrity Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones). Marshall does a great job of bringing the passion and energy of the musical to the screen and is helped no end by three stunning lead performances.

Boxes £5.50 (£4.50), Stalls £4.80 (£3.80) (concs) 

Box seats are available to reserve, all other seats remain unreserved. 
THE mystical rapture of fiction serials such as 'murder she wrote' brought to many viewers the allure of a trial by book as opposed to trial by ordeal. Later this month the Central library of Liverpool aims to simulate such a centre literary crime later this month by inciting mass crime - on paper of course. 

As part of the Writing on the Wall Festival, the library has organised a special day of workshops and events on June 24 for readers and lovers of crime fiction.

It will include a talk by writer Stephen Booth - winner of the Best British Crime Novel two years running at the American Barry Awards for his books 'Dancing with the Virgins' and 'Black Dog'. Laura Wilson will be there to discuss her latest novel 'My Best Friend' and locally based crime writer Margaret Murphy will give a talk about serial killers. 

There will be a writers workshops led by established crime authors and a talk on the Great Detectives of Crime Fiction by local solicitor and author Martin Edwards, best known for his novels featuring Liverpool lawyer and sleuth Harry Devlin.

The day climaxes with a murder mystery performance in which the audience has to solve the murder of an attractive but unpopular library assistant.
Community Librarian Andy Johnson added:- "This looks set to be an exciting day for all lovers of crime writing. It's an opportunity for people to learn the tricks of the trade from the best in the business."

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