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Weekly News Edition
Publication Date:-
2018-12-29
 


Did you spot Santa?

ON Christmas Eve 2018 we joined the annual international Santa Watch and hosted our Merseyside Santa Watch Webcam. Teaming up again with emailSanta.com and sponsored by Mind Games, Southport, we managed to capture him flying over and also caught a glimpse or 2 of him and an elf on the webcam. Did you see it? If you did not see it, you can watch the highlights on YouTube now...

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Man arrested following pursuit of van in Formby

PEOPLE heading in and out of Formby, on Friday, 28 December 2018, using Liverpool Road (B5424) hit some slight delays due to a Police Incident. We are told by Merseyside Police that they have since arrested a male, following the pursuit of a vehicle, that took place in the Formby area. A Press Officer...

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Visitors with tummy bugs asked to stay away from Hospital

VISITORS to Hospital are being asked to stay away if they are ill with vomiting or diarrhoea. The call comes after an outbreak of Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, temporarily closed Ward 14A at Southport and Formby District...

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Make a start, look after your heart, make your heart a priority in 2019

IT'S the time of year that we all feel under pressure to make a fresh start. Whether it's losing weight, taking on a new challenge or finding a new hobby, there's no better time to do something new with our lives.  With modern life being so hectic, it's not always easy to stick to your new year's health resolutions. 1 way to ensure you stay committed is to sign up for a Heart Research UK challenge or event. This gives you a...

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RMT's New Year's message in advance of next phase of action on Northern and South West Railway

IN a New Year's message in advance of the next phase of action, due to take place in January 2019, on both the Northern and South West Railway, the RMT's Mick Cash says the Union will step up fight for...

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Make 2019 the year you Quit smoking for good

TO coincide with a new Public Health England (PHE) campaign highlighting the devastating harms from smoking and how this can be avoided, people in Lancashire are being urged to stop smoking this New Year with help from the Quit Squad.  As part of the ‘Health Harms' campaign, Public Health England has released a film that encourages smokers to make a quit attempt this...

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Pub goers can enjoy a January Sale in Formby and Southport

MANAGER Ashleigh Jane Briscoe is reducing the price on a range of drinks at the Wetherspoon pub in Three Tuns Lane, Formby, along with the Sir Henry Segrave and The Willow Grove, both on Lord Street, Southport, from Wednesday, 2 January 2019 until Thursday, 17 January 2019 inclusive. The drinks featured in the sale are; a craft beer (Shipyard), 1 lager...

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Hugh Baird College's Sandra Clelland honoured with MBE

Sandra Clelland with her MBE

LOCAL Collage staff member, Sandra Clelland, from Hugh Baird College, Bootle has been recognised for her service to the local community by being awarded an MBE.  Sandra began working as a contract cleaner at Hugh Baird College in 1997 and...

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Technology is unlocking opportunities in 2019

FROM the smartphone in your pocket, the alarm in your watch to the satnav in the car; assistive technology helps you work, socialise and connect with others. Assistive technology helps unlock human potential and is opening up opportunities for disabled people and other issues, such as people with recognised learning issues, within the workplace; and the UK Government's Access to Work Grant can help pay...

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Yet another British High Street name might be lost for ever!

THE origins of HMV began at the dawn of the disc gramophone, in the 1902 and lead to its distinctive trade mark name:- "His Master's Voice." By 1899, a painting was bought by the Gramophone Company of a dog called:- "Nipper" listening to a cylinder phonograph, painted by Francis Barraud. But it was not until 1921 that the firm opened its 1st store, located on Oxford Street...

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It's a wrap for busiest filming year EVER in Liverpool

IT'S been a bumper year for filming in Liverpool, as figures reveal it is officially the busiest year in the Film Office's 30 year history. Since January, 366 different film and TV projects have chosen to film in Liverpool and the wider City Region, the largest recorded in a single year since records began. It equates to 1,387 film...

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Turkey dinner and Tax Returns

COMPLETING your Tax Return may not be top of your priorities on Christmas Day, but that didn't stop 2,616 taxpayers from filing their Self Assessment returns on 25 December 2018. For some taxpayers completing their return on Christmas Day is as traditional as spending time with family and friends, or waiting for the Boxing Day sales to start. The peak time was between 1pm and 2pm, when more than 230 customers....

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999 service gears up for the busiest night of the year

AS the Region gets ready to see in the New Year in with loved ones, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is gearing up for what could be their busiest night of the year as they prepare to handle up to 6,000 emergency calls in just 1 day. The service will have 30% more staff working in their emergency operations...

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₤675 million fund to transform High Streets and Town Centres opens to communities

HIGH Streets Minister Jake Berry MP launches Future High Streets Fund to help modernise high streets and Town Centres. The announcement follows recommendation from retail expert Sir John Timpson to help local authorities adapt to the changing nature of the high...

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Christmas comes early to English Police due to Cycling UK

SANTA came early this year to England's Police Forces, as Oculus Go headsets were delivered to 11 Forces to help them educate drivers who pass cyclists too closely. The headsets each come programmed with a short virtual reality (VR) film produced by charity Cycling UK. These educational films allow drivers to experience what it feels like to be close passed by car from a...

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Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

THERE'S no denying we all enjoy a spot of over indulgence over the festive period, with the average person consuming over a whopping 5,000 calories on their Christmas lunch blowout.  To burn off these extra calories, it would take approximately 2 whole marathons, 109 miles of pedalling on a bike, 13 hours of swimming, or 8 hours of fast paced ice skating. Exercising away the extra...

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Police Car kills pedestrian on Christmas Day, in Liverpool

A Merseyside Police Car knocked down a pedestrian, on Scotland Road, near to the Wallasey Tunnel, Liverpool, at around 6:50pm, on Christmas Day (25 December 2019), and he was sadly pronounced dead after being taken to Hospital. It has been reported that the local man, Tony Carroll, 70, was carrying gifts home from the near by Throstles Nest Pub when the marked squad car struck him as he was crossing the road.  In a statement, his family said:- "Tony was a much loved brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by all his family. He was always the life and soul of the party, and..."

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A message for the New Year from the CLA President

CAMBRIDGESHIRE farmer and CLA President Tim Breitmeyer looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities of 2019:- "In the New Year, we will begin to see the implications of how the political chaos surrounding the proposed Withdrawal Agreement will affect farming, land management and rural businesses. A No Deal Brexit would be disastrous for the countryside. At the CLA, we will do all we can to avert this eventuality, but it is imperative that in the meantime, the industry, our supply chains and the Government come together to put emergency plans..."

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Musical extravaganzas to kick start the New Year at Vue Southport

THIS January, 2 huge events will be coming from the other side of the globe to the big screen, at Vue Southport. 'The Kind of Waltz,' Andre Rieu, returns with a major new production for the New Year. 'Andre Rieu's 2019 New Year Concert,' recorded in Sydney, will be a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it will be the perfect way to start year as the show comes to screens, on Saturday, 5 January 2019. On Saturday, 26 January 2019, an exclusive screening of 1 of the most sought after concerts of 2018 comes...

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YMCA Southport's Christmas Market

THE Southport YMCA held a Christmas Market on 22 December, within its Hoghton Street Sports Centre. As well as the bric-a-brac stalls, a local singer performed and roller skating took place. This was the first of what the new management hope will be many more to come. If interested in having a stall at the next event, please contact the YMCA Southport by popping in, in 2019. Also, it is...

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