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Edition No. 110

Date:- 02 August 2003

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Liverpool's got the will?
CAPITAL of Culture is a matter of life and death!

WELL, one local firm of solicitors thinks so - because it's offering - free wills for the day!

The unusual offer is one of hundreds of pledges flooding in to help Liverpool celebrate Capital of Culture on 20/08.

The lasting legacy on offer from Lees Lloyd Whitley Solicitors is being billed as the perfect opportunity to give something to your loved one on a truly special day for the city, 20th August - 20/08.

Customers can book an appointment for any future date at the firm's Liverpool (Castle St), Birkenhead or Prenton offices, but to be entitled to the free will, they must book on 20/08. Simply call 0800 731 2947 and quote: "Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008."

The unusual offer was thought up by the firm's managing partner Graham Smith. He said:- "We wanted to play our part in the celebrations for 20/08, and we thought offering free wills for the day was a novel idea. Drawing up your will is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones, and to protect your family's future."

The free will-writing service is one of many diverse opportunities to try something different, learn a new skill, or enjoy the city's rich culture, as scores of organisations slash prices, stage special events and open their doors for free. 

The offers continue to come thick and fast from local organisations for the launch of the Capital of Culture celebrations.

The latest additions to the ever-growing programme for the special date include free admission for every child to Speke Hall's 'Amazing Maze'; free sailing and canoeing lessons for eight to 18 year olds, courtesy of Local Solutions Merseysport; and half price sightseeing tours on Liverpool's open top buses. 

Other 20/08 offers include Liverpool Football Club offering 100 free places on their Museum and Stadium Tour; 20 free places on the Robert Cain Brewery Tour; eight of the city council swimming pools being open for free; and free entry to the National Wildflower Centre.

There's still plenty of time for organisations to sign up for the 20/08 celebrations, and the city council is encouraging as many companies as possible to get involved in one of the most significant dates in the city's cultural calendar. 

Liverpool City Council's Creative Director Sue Woodward, was delighted to hear about the offer of free wills. She said:- "Well, even though I've sometimes thought our Capital of Culture preparations will be the death of me, I never expected to see anything like this for 20/08! 

It's certainly one of the more unusual offers we've received so far, but it sums up the diversity and range of events and opportunities for special day - and it shows how the Capital of Culture celebrations are truly seeping into every aspect of the city's life."

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. Organisations taking part can also add their details directly on to the website.

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


· Spectacular classical concert with RLPO at the Pier Head 

· Massive pyrotechnic, laser lights and fireworks display 

· Curtain raiser to Clipper race homecoming celebrations 

A spectacular classical concert is to be held on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool, accompanied by a massive pyrotechnics display which will light up the night sky.

The world-famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Wilson, will perform a selection of classics at the Pier Head on a stage in front of a specially constructed 2,000 seat arena on 20th September 2003. 

The event is being held to mark the start of a week of celebrations ahead of the homecoming of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race on September 27th. 

The musicians will be accompanied by baritone Stephen Gadd and soprano Claire Rutter, plus special guests. It will be the first of the RLPO's new season of concerts, and include performances of Walton's "Crown Imperial", Holst's "Jupiter" and Mendelssohn's "Heberedies".

A large scale laser, lighting, projection and fireworks display will accompany the concert and illuminate the night sky.

Tickets for people who want to be guaranteed a seat for the event cost £10 each and go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 30th July) from the Philharmonic Box Office on 0151 709 3789. 

People will also be able to turn up on the night and sit and enjoy the concert on the grass in front of the Three Graces.

Sue Woodward, Creative Director of Liverpool 2008, said:- "This looks set to be a fantastic night of first class entertainment in one of the best locations in Europe. 

The Liverpool waterfront is the jewel in the city's crown and as 2008 approaches we want to make full use of it for events like this."

Sue added:- "It is a perfect setting for this event and will help create a truly magical experience for all those who attend.''

Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, said:- "The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to be part of this spectacular event. We're confident that classical music fans and people discovering orchestral music for the first time will enjoy a fantastic night of music. 
In the years running up to and including 2008, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic looks forward to contributing to Liverpool's dynamic programme of cultural events and festivities. Our own exciting plans for music-making will reflect the essence of this great city and showcase its creativity on a world stage."

The event is being sponsored by the North West Development Agency and supported by the Parkman Group and Classic FM. 

Further information about the event can also be obtained by calling 0151 233 1359. 

Click on to see a taste of that happened last time music was played on the Mersey, but remember this one will be bigger and better and with the music live on the grounds!


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