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Edition No. 110

Date:- 02 August 2003

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DRAGON FIRES FESTIVAL OF FUN!!!!!

LIVERPOOL YOUNGSTERS will be adding a Splash of culture to the city's most famous landmark this week.

As part of Liverpool Splash, St George's Hall will be transformed on Wednesday (30 July) for a festival of fun.

Youngsters from across the city will be celebrating at Liverpool's Young Culture Festival - an event specifically for children, by children.

Costa Rican dancers, South African performance artists, Jamaican singers, a Hungarian Circus and a spectacular Chinese dragon will all be wowing crowds at the festival.

The Hall will be packed with dancers, acrobats, martial arts experts, and musicians for the cultural celebration of colour, noise, excitement and entertainment. 

Liverpool City Council's Executive member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Warren Bradley, said:- "This event is fantastic. It gives youngsters the chance to celebrate their own culture - and experience other cultures from around the world. Liverpool Splash is getting events like this off the ground, and giving a real boost to our city's cultural credentials."

Liverpool based charity Brouhaha International is organising the event. Giles Agis, Executive Director, said:- "We are moving towards being the most vibrant and inclusive street festival in the whole of Europe.

It's great to see the direct involvement of so many young people in their local communities and taking responsibility for the development of their culture"

Liverpool Splash is part of a national project, with 60,000 youngsters nationally joining in last year. Liverpool has the most successful scheme in the country, and is set to get even better.

Liverpool City Council, Connexions, and Liverpool Children's Fund have joined together to put on more than 60 schemes - right across the city - giving young people the chance to get active this summer. 
Liverpool's Young Culture Festival is on Wednesday (30 July 2003) at St George's Hall from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
 

Chenobyl children visit Pleasureland in Style.

IT was roll out the red carpet for a group of children from Chernobyl on Thursday 31 July as Pleasureland welcomed them. The children, who are victims of the worlds worst nucula disaster 10 years ago and was organised by the Chernobyl Children Life Line group in Bolton. For full story read next weeks issue.

NWDA stands firm on West Coast Main Line...

STEVEN Broomhead, Chief Executive of the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has today written to Tom Winsor, Rail Regulator to express deep concern over the proposed delays to improvements to the West Coast Main Line.

The Agency recognises how vital improvements to the line are to the regional economy and it's future prosperity. Increasing uncertainty about further investment in the network post-2004 will clearly disadvantage many parts of the region including Cumbria, Merseyside and Lancashire, and this is unacceptable. 

The Rail Regulator's view also seems to cast doubt on the Strategic Rail Authority's recent publication of the West Coast Main Line Strategy, which refers to the provision of journey time accelerations on the line North of Crewe by 2005, and states that there will be no delay in delivering this strategy.

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, NWDA said:- "The West Coast Main Line is a fundamental component of the Northwest's rail infrastructure and provides an essential link to Scotland and the Midlands, and significantly, from these locations to the regions key tourism destinations including the Lake District and the Fylde Coast. It is unacceptable for the economic regeneration of the Northwest and the growth of businesses along the route to be disadvantaged by the inability to complete this project."

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