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Ion announce projection of Wilfred Owen at Liverpool Lime Street for Remembrance weekend

DEVELOPERS, Ion, announce artist Anthony Brown's portrait of Wilfred Owen:- 'The Soldier's Story' is to be projected on Liverpool Lime Street development over remembrance weekend. Leading Liverpool property developer, Ion, in collaboration with artist Anthony Brown and Lorraine Brown and Liverpool City Council will project the portrait through Proud House Events onto the newly finished Lime Street development as a tribute to the armed forces. It features a portrait of Wilfred Owen with a background of memorabilia, photographs and most poignantly, his handwritten poems and letters.

The work was originally unveiled at Liverpool Cathedral, in November 2011. This will be the 1st time the work will be shown as a large scale projection, over 25 metres high at the prime location as the gateway to the City. It will sit on the gable end of the newly completed Lime Street development, facing St Georges Hall. Ion has transformed the once derelict street with a Hotel, Student Accommodation and retail and leisure space. The new development, which was funded and is owned by the Curlew Student Trust, also features a permanent artwork displayed on the panels that adorn the building featuring the 'quantum timeline' of the street's history, also created by Anthony Brown.

Steve Parry, managing director, Ion Developments said:- "I'm delighted to mark the completion of the development with such an important public art work that will pay tribute to the armed forces, both today and in the past. The building shows the history of Lime Street, through the ages, and through this powerful and emotive projection we have the opportunity to pay testament to some of the most significant moments of that history; the wars we have fought and the brave soldiers that have protected us and given their lives in the process."

Anthony Brown said:- 'This portrait is dedicated to, and in tribute of our armed forces and the selfless, courageous sacrifice that shrouds them. Wilfred Owen used his poetry to provide an outlet for the soldier's experience of war and we aim to project that to the people of Liverpool, this Remembrance Day.'

The projection will be seen after dusk, from 4pm until 10pm, on Saturday, 10 November and Sunday, 11 November 2018.

New figures for black and white licences in Southport revealed

NEW figures released by UK's TV Licensing show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, over 7000 black and white TV Licences are still in force across the UK, although numbers are steadily declining.

7 households in Southport are still watching television via black and white TV sets, rather than enjoying modern classics like:- 'The Bodyguard,' 'McMafia' and 'Killing Eve,' in full colour.

Despite an increase in the use of smart televisions, as well as tablets and smart phones to access TV content, a surprising number of households are spurning 21st Century technology in favour of nostalgic monochrome TV sets.

According to this year's figures, London leads the way with 1768 black and white licences, followed by West Midlands with 431 monochrome licences and Greater Manchester with 390 monochrome licences.

The number of black and white licences issued each year has, however, steadily been declining. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences in force, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. By 2015, the number had dipped below 10,000.

Matthew Thompson, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the North of England, said:- "Over ½ of the UK's TVs now connect to the internet, so it's interesting that more than 7,000 households still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly. Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time, in black and white, on a 50 year old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast. You also need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device."

Paul Coleman, Associate Curator of Broadcast and Television at the National Science and Media Museum, said:- "It looks like we're seeing roughly a decrease of about 1,000 black and white TV licences per year in the UK at the moment, so the overall figure could drop below 1,000 within the next decade. Beyond that, I'm sure there will still be people who choose to watch a black and white televisions, maybe for nostalgia, or perhaps they like the style of the sets, which can look like pieces of furniture. Whatever their reasons, it's testament to the longevity of the technology used that it's still possible."

A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or device, and to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. Find when 1 is needed at:- TVLicensing.Co.UK/Info.

AREA Mono licences in force
September 2018
1. London


2.West Midlands 431
3. Greater Manchester 390
4. West Yorkshire 281
5. County Antrim 165
6. County Tyrone 157
7. Merseyside 152
8. Essex 140
9. Kent


10. South Yorkshire


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