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Edition No. 109

Date:- 26 July 2003

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TWO WARRINGTON based organisations known as the Countryside Properties and the Northwest Development Agency - have come together to sponsor a world-class event for England's Northwest, the Countryside Properties Salford Triathlon ITU World Cup, on Sunday 27th July.

Countryside Properties and the Northwest Development Agency are also neighbours at the popular Centre Park development in the heart of Warrington. 

This major sporting event to be held at Salford Quays will see 150 of the world's finest triathletes compete and approximately 1000 amateur athletes take part in a gruelling day of running, swimming and cycling.

After the successful Commonwealth Games, the Countryside Properties Salford Triathlon ITU World Cup is one of the largest international sporting events ever to be held in the UK. And will see athletes from all over the globe compete for world championship positions and Olympic qualifying points. 

Over half a million spectators are expected at the event and TV coverage will be world-wide including coverage on all major UK sporting programmes and channels.

Ann Lever, Sales and Marketing Director of Countryside Properties North West division, commented:- 

"We are delighted to be sponsoring this major sporting event alongside the NWDA. We believe that together public/private sector partnership can make exciting things happen. We have a joint interest in regenerating the Northwest increasing investment and prosperity for the region and events such as these boost the local economy and tourism as well as promote the Northwest's traditional sporting excellence."

Peter Mearns, NWDA Director of Marketing, said:-

"The Salford Triathlon is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the very best of this region to the UK and overseas, and the NWDA is providing £150,000 to support the marketing of this major international sporting event. I am pleased to be working alongside Countryside Properties to promote this important world cup; our partnership is an excellent example of public and private sector organisations working and succeeding together for the benefit of England's northwest."

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DEAR Editor, the tremendous improvments in the water quality of the River Mersey and other river systems feeding into Liverpool Bay have allowed the changes to the whole coastal area to take place and the modern cities/towns and environment we see today.

It has also made it possible for many of our long lost sea mammals, sharks etc to return to cleaner waters than has been the case for over 100 years.

Solway Shark Watch & Sea Mammal Survey is a volunteer group undertaking an in depth study of our fascinating sea mammals etc throughout the North East Irish Sea and co-operating with the Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside & Cheshire Wildlife Trusts as regards Liverpool Bay. 

We would welcome any information on past sightings within the bay of sharks, whales, dolphins, seals etc but in particular from shore anglers and inshore fishermen, yachting enthusiasts, beachcombers with the following. Can anyone remember the landing/catching of a Tope anywhere south of Fleetwood? Can anyone recall a sighting/catching of a Porbeagle Shark anywhere in Liverpool Bay?

All replies will be acknowledged, any information now matter how far back into the past will be most useful and will be appreciated. Phone 01697 320440

Our thanks, Norman Hammond, Solway Shark Watch & Sea Mammal Survey.

LIVERPOOL is kicking off its 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations… on 20/08!

TOURISM and culture organisations throughout the city will be slashing prices, staging special events and even opening their doors for free on this significant day in the cultural calendar - 20/08. If it's a success, culture bosses are planning to turn the day into a major annual festival in the run up to European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Eight of the city council swimming pools will be open for free, there will be free entry to the National Wildflower Centre, and the Tourist Information Office will give a 10 per cent discount on its souvenirs.

Liverpool Football Club is offering 100 free places on their Museum and Stadium Tour on 20/08, and all seats at the Empire Theatre's Summer Holiday are priced at just £10.00. The Bluecoat Arts Centre is staging tours around Liverpool's oldest city centre building and the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre is knocking £1 off admission charges.

Scores of organisations have already signed up to mark 20/08 in a special way, and there is time for lots more to join up, says Liverpool City Council's Creative Director Sue Woodward. She said:- "There are so many stunning places to visit, lots of amazing things to do and countless cultural experiences to enjoy in Liverpool. We want all the people of the city to be involved in the rich cultural life of Liverpool - and what better day to try something new or visit somewhere different than the 20th August - 20/08?

The response so far from lots of visitor attractions and cultural groups has been truly outstanding. More and more are joining up every day to make 20/08 the highlight of Liverpool's events calendar. Solicitors are putting on a special lecture, tourist attractions are reducing their prices for the day - or abolishing them altogether. It's an opportunity for people to think creatively and put on something new or different to make 20/08 a truly special day."

Sue Woodward, along with the Lady Mayoress of Liverpool, Councillor Tina Gould, will be launching 'Celebrate 2008 on 20/08' at Garston Leisure Centre, Long Lane - one of the venues taking part - tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10pm. The will be presenting the centre manager with a special Culture Certificate for supporting the day, which will be presented to everyone taking part - and appealing for Liverpool organisations to back the celebrations by joining in on 20/08 with a special, free or discounted event.

The growing list of events to celebrate European Capital of Culture 2008 on 20/08 is available on the capital of culture website 

Liverpool city council leader Mike Storey said:- "20/08 promises to be a really special day. It will be a unique day celebrating Liverpool's successful bid to become Capital of Culture and to mark the run up to 2008. I'd love hundreds of organisations to come up with original ideas to make 20/08 an outstanding success. 

The day will be an opportunity for thousands of people to enjoy Liverpool's rich and varied cultural life. 20/08 could become an annual event celebrating the best of Liverpool life, right up to 2008 and beyond."

Even venues with regular free admission are doing something different on the day. Visit at least two of Liverpool's national museums and galleries - Liverpool Museum, Walker Art Gallery, the Conservation Centre, Sudley House, Lady Lever Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Liverpool Life and the Customs and Excise Museum - and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break in Dublin.

Groups and organisations in Liverpool interested in putting on a special event or offering special discounts on 20/08 should contact Jen Curry on 0151 233 5542 or fax the details to 0151 233 6333. 

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