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2004-02-28 00:00:00 Waterloo Cup Vote
NEXT week sees the annual Waterloo Cup taking place in Great Altcar (Lancashire), just outside Formby (Merseyside). As normal, the debate has started, with both sides saying they are right. This year ex-footballer, film star and TV personality, Vinnie

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Identity of Deceased Man Sought
POLICE on Merseyside are appealing for information which will help to solve the identify a man who has died at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after being found unconscious, in a wheelchair, in Thackeray Close, Toxteth.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK - THE BEST BITS ON TV
(by Caren Clark) For the week Saturday 28 February to Friday 5 March 1. The Divine Michelangelo BBC1, Sunday 7pm, NEW SERIES,, Marking the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's creation of the statue of David, this two-part profile of the celebrated artist

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Liverpool honours National Museums
ONE of Liverpool's leading cultural institutions received the City's highest accolade on Tuesday 24 Febuary. National Museums Liverpool was admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions at a special Town Hall ceremony. A keynote speaker at

2004-02-28 00:00:00 AGE CONCERN WINNER
AGE Concern Liverpool has been an integral part of the local community since 1928 and has helped millions of older people in the last 75 years. As part of the Age Concern Liverpool's 75th Anniversary a grandfather from Wavertree in Liverpool has put an

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Air Link To London Takes Off From Liverpool John Lennon Airport
FROM Monday 23 February Liverpool

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Watchdog
THE independent gas and electricity consumer watchdog, energywatch North West has hailed a fall in energy mis-selling complaints as a success for its Stop Now campaign.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 SMALL SCALE BINGO
THIS WEEK the HMCE Business Brief article announces an amendment to paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981, which increases the money prize limit for small-scale commercial bingo. This is good news for small bisinesses who

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Healthcare Partners achieve Pilot Scheme Approval
SOUTHPORT, Formby and West Lancashire health partners have become one of the first two pilots in the country to achieve the Improving Working Lives Practice Plus award.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 MERSEYSIDERS IN CALL TO ARMS AS REGION SETS SIGHTS ON AMBITIOUS RECYCLING TARGETS
A HARD-HITTING awareness campaign is set to hit the streets of Merseyside this week as Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and the five district councils of Merseyside launch their latest bid to increase recycling rates across the region.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 NATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT OVARIAN CANCER
RECENT news has shown that the battle against breast cancer in the UK is being won with a drop of nearly twenty percent in fatality rates in the last generation

2004-02-28 00:00:00 GRANT KEEPS LID ON METHODIST CHURCH
MUCH needed repair work to a Birkenhead church has thrilled parishioners thanks to a grant from environmental company that utilises landfill tax credits to enhance community causes.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 GRANT TO AID MERSEYSIDE MARITIME HERITAGE
A LOCAL Heritage Initiative has given the generous grant to the Society, which is a partnership between the Countryside Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nationwide Building Society to gain volunteers for a research project cast by the Merseyside

2004-02-28 00:00:00 ASSISTANCE FOR VULNERABLE WITNESSES
MERSEYSIDE is to host the first pilot scheme to assist vulnerable witnesses giving evidence to make court procedure smoother and witnesses feeling at ease with the legal process. A register of 45 intermediaries, drawn from communication, speech and

2004-02-28 00:00:00 One Big Leap for Charity
THE Giving Campaign is urging companies across Merseyside to get involved with The Big Leap; a new initiative that calls for employees to give a day away to good causes. As 2004 is a Leap Year, there is an extra day in the diary and The Giving Campaign wa

2004-02-28 00:00:00 SUPERSTAR DONNY OSMOND IS BACK IN LIVERPOOL
DONNY OSMOND, one of the biggest pop stars of all time, has announced his date at the Liverpool Summer Pops on July 13 to add to an already star-studded line up that awaits the city audience in the coming months.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 HOT SNACKS A JUST RECIPE FOR COLD SNAP
SHOPPERS in Liverpool are being given a helping hand to weather the big freeze, thanks to Marks & Spencer. In response to this week

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Local Wood to be Revitalised
SHORROCKS Hill Wood on Lifeboat Road in Formby is set to be revitalised when replanting work starts next week. More than one and a half hectares of the ten hectare wood is going to be replanted with young Corsican and Scots pine trees, after old trees

2004-02-28 00:00:00 LEAPFROG'S ST DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATIONS
CHILDREN and staff at Leapfrog Day Nursery in Cheshire Oaks will be celebrating St. David's Day on March 1 with a host of fun activities. The children will be making paper daffodils and Welsh flags and drawing pictures of dragons to mark the feast day of

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Envirotech:- Big meets small Imperial College, London
THIS one-day conference, run by Newzeye in conjunction with Imperial College Innovations Unit, will bring together finance, industry, academia and environmental organisations to examine how SMEs can develop successful products and form mutually beneficial

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Craig Anthony Eaton Murder
MERSEYSIDE Detectives are investigating the murder of a man in Liverpool on Wednesday 25 Febuary in the evening have released further details and appealed for the help of the public in tracing his killers. Merseyside police said:-

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Wardens to Help Crackdown on Crime
LIVERPOOL'S streets are to be made safer as they are set to be patrolled by a new team of street crime wardens. The 14 -strong team City Watch Street Crime Wardens will be on patrol in the city centre, Kensington and Kirkdale.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Road Safety Funding Welcomed
AN announcement that Liverpool is to receive more than

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Post Office Closures Plan Under Fire
PROPOSALS to close 18 Post Offices in Liverpool have been criticised by a select committee. The Regeneration and Environment Select Committee also called on the Post Office to ensure that branches are between half a mile and three quarter of a mile from

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Local School Shortlisted for
STUDENTS and teachers at St John Bosco High School, Liverpool, have been nominated for a national award for their innovative work with a new school sports initiative Living For Sport. Shortlisted from over 40 schools, St John Bosco High School is one of

2004-02-28 00:00:00 ORANGE GOES LIVE ON CHILDLOCATE
A REVOLUTIONARY security system for Parents to locate the whereabouts of their Children via their Mobile Phones known as ChildLocate is now fully operational in the United Kingdom. It is natural for any parent to care at all times about their children as

2004-02-28 00:00:00 Coroner
THE Coroner's office in Southport are trying to trace the relatives of two men, Roger Holt and James Clarke both from Southport.

2004-02-28 00:00:00 'FAME', The Last Heat.
SOUTHPORT'S 'Fame' Search for a Star just had its last heat. Heat 5 was fantastic, with alot of good competition between singers, that gave the judges a had time selecting the best to go through to the Semi finals. The full list of all contestants going

2004-02-28 00:00:00 157th Waterloo Cup, Protesters photographs.
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2004-02-28 00:00:00 IS THIS A PHONE MAST.... NeRrrr, IT'S A TREE?
WELL woodpeckers will be baffled this spring just like many motorists were as they headed into Liverpool this week. T-Mobile was constructing the fist mobile tree mast, that is designed to blend in with woodland landscapes. This one on Orrell Hill Lane

2004-02-28 00:00:00 157th Waterloo Cup, The Last?
THERE were nearly 200 protestors, from youngsters to elderly citizens, attending the 157th Waterloo Cup at Altcar, Merseyside. Among the comments from the protestors were:- "Its despicable", said Tony Moore, organiser of the protest march and Chairman of

2004-02-17 00:00:00 Liverpool schoolchildren are now Fighting Fit
BLACKMOOR Park Junior School in West Derby received an Activemark award from Sport England in recognition of its commitment to physical activities, including judo and fencing and keeping pupils fit and active.

2004-02-17 00:00:00 "FAME" Search for a Star is NOW certainly INTERNATIONAL!
THE Southport Reporter and the Southport Visitor supported "FAME" Search For A Star had 19 contestants showing what they are made of on stage at Pleasureland

2004-02-17 00:00:00 Sefton Businesses And Waste Control!
BUSINESSES are saying enough is enough with Sefton. As West Lancs. faces being made part of Sefton, businesses in Sefton are considering moving out. All the businesses we spoke to do not want to be named as they feel the council would victimise them.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Natasha Hobbs, Peru Hike
SOUTHPORT's Paul Cleminson heads to the lost city of Machu Picchu for cerebral palsy charity Scope. Paul had one of his many fund raising sessions on Friday 13 at Roberta Lees in Southport. He has a target of

2004-02-14 00:00:00 The Show are looking for a new singer...
THE SHOW, AKA Steve Mac and Mutiny boys Rob Davey and Dylan Barnes, are looking for a singer to record a track on their album in progress, due to be released on Mac's label Variation later this year

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Police issue E-Fit after indecent assault
MERSEYSIDE Detectives investigating an indecent assault, which took place on Saturday 24 January, in Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth, have issued an Efit of the man thought to be responsible for the assault.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Keep taking the 'Tablets' for a safer city
A HIGH-TECH gadget called a 'Tablet' is cutting through red tape and helping keep Liverpool's children safe. Liverpool City Council is one of the first local authorities in Britain to pilot the new Tablet PCs which have been specially imported from the

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Media Blunder Dismays Southport Group
NATIONAL and local media tattletale horrified Southport scout group, the 55th Birkdale Scouts earlier this week. The reports were about a rescue on the 7 February in the Lake District. Unfortunately early reports in the week in the other newspapers miss

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Liverpool Pub
LIVE entertainment and an injection of community spirit, has helped a local couple take a top title in a national pub competition.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 FURTHER ICET FUNDING BOOSTS ECO LAB SCHEME
FOR the 2nd time in a year, St Helens Council has been given a boost from a grant offered by Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust. The money will go towards the production of a leaflet to publicise its Eco Lab Scheme.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 MAKING A SPLASH IN WALTON!
AMBITIOUS proposals have been unveiled for a new multi million pound leisure centre for Walton.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 A GOLDEN PRIZE FROM THE GOLD COAST
LIVERPOOL grandfather Tom Pickering has finally reached the end of his rainbow - and won a Pot of Gold for visiting the top 'Gold Coast' attractions in North Wales.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES
AS the number of personal bankruptcies reaches its highest level for more than a decade, PKF accountants and business advisors warn that further interest rate rises will swell the ranks of debt-ridden Liverpudlian

2004-02-14 00:00:00 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES
AS the number of personal bankruptcies reaches its highest level for more than a decade, PKF accountants and business advisors warn that further interest rate rises will swell the ranks of debt-ridden Liverpudlian

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Arthritis becoming more common in UK
ARTHRITIS is a huge, underestimated problem in the UK. It

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Amnesty International, Formby & Southport Group
THE next meeting will be on Monday 16 February 2004. we meet in Birkdale, Southport at 7.45pm where this month we are pleased to welcome John Pugh MP, who will be speaking to us. John Pugh is a keen supporter of our group with whom we have had

2004-02-14 00:00:00 LEARN TO SIGN....
LOCAL group Practice Makes Perfec have anounced a large influx in people signing up to learn Sign Language. If you want to learn, the group meets on Mondays at Elim Church from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and on Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at The

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Bulldozers move in on the Boot Estate
DEMOLITION work starts this week on Liverpool's Boot Estate to allow the first phase of the new homes to be

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Southport Summon Form for Cup Game
SOUTHPORT Rugby League club put themselves on the map with a fantastic performance last week in the National Cup, despite many squad players not being fielded in the side as Coach Doug Parkin went for the smaller but more mobile pack

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Eastern Promise for Youngsters
A GROUP of Liverpool youngsters will become ambassadors for the city this week when they pay a visit to Japan.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Local Dare Devil
A TEAM of fearless fundraisers from Iceland stores across Merseyside are in training for the journey of a lifetime - a seven day trek across South Africa - in aid of Iceland charity of the year, Breast Cancer Campaign.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Boost for Community Culture
ONE of the largest funding packages for community art in the UK was announced this week in Liverpool to boost the Capital of Culture event.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Shape future disability policies
PEOPLE with disabilities are being encouraged to join the Trust

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Dogs lead the way to Lurve
FINDINGS that special someone can be as easy as a walk in the park according to almost half of dog owners living in Liverpool. New research, conducted by Winalot, discovered 45% of dog owners have struck up relationships while out walking their dog.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 SCIENCE FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
NATIONAL Science Week 2004 in March is fast approaching, with science events for everyone across the UK. From the science of David Beckham in Yorkshire to a look at one of the world's oldest products of biotechnology in London and spaghetti tower-building

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Business to gain from Mentoring Program
A NEW program of small business support, developed by an Oxford-based company, Business Boffins Ltd, has completed a yearlong trial with 147 young businesses, winning a 95% approval rating from those taking part and radically improving their prospects of

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Love is in the eye of the beholder
WITH Valentine

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Driver training team signs up
DRIVER training experts BSM are sending instructors and staff from their Liverpool centre on a special course to learn the basics of British Sign Language in a bid to provide additional support to deaf learner drivers.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 ARRIVA BACKS DOWN
ARRIVA has announced the return of the 47 buss loop. After a large outcry by locals in Formby, Arriva was asked by Formby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas to hold a consultation. The bus will cover Formby Bridge, Kirklake Road, St Luke's Church Road, Bushby's

2004-02-14 00:00:00 St Helens student wins award in top UK science fair
LISA CANAVN from Carmel College in St Helens last night jointly won the AstraZeneca Young Scientist of the Year award (over 16) at the prestigious BA CREST Science Fair, held at the Royal Society, London. The fair showcases creative and innovative science

2004-02-14 00:00:00 Space Probe still Missing
THE ERRANT Mars space probe Beagle 2 of ESA's Mars Express mission has failed to communicate since its first radio contact was missed shortly after it was due to land on Mars on Christmas Day.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 THE CORRS AND JOOLS HOLLAND CONFIRM SUMMER POPS
IRISH supergroup THE CORRS will make their Liverpool debut at the Summer Pops on July 12th, while Pops favourite Jools Holland has also confirmed his return to the Big Top Arena.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 CAMPBELL TAKES QUESTIONS
ALASTAIR Campbell, former Director of Communications for New Labour and official spokesperson for Tony Blair, will be answering questions from the public at The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 16 March.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 FUTURE OF FASHION?
THE secrets behind the skills and techniques involved in making hand crafted textiles will be unraveled in a new exhibition named Strands on February 14 at the Conservation Centre by students from John Moores University.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 PROMISING DRIVER SIGNS WITH HILL FOR DEBUT UK SEASON
HILL SPEED RACING has announced single-seater ace Stuart Gough as its first signing ahead of the 2004 Formula Renault UK Championship with a second driver expected to be confirmed shortly.

2004-02-14 00:00:00 CARES takes the Hospital campaign to Downing Street
REPRESENTATIVES of CARES are travelling to Downing Street to present nearly 20,000 signatures collected in Southport & Formby against the closure of children

2004-02-07 00:00:00 "Fame" Search for a Star
THE venue was packed out. Ok, contestants did not come from Spain this week, the greatest distance was the West Midlands, but that was no comment about the talent that was on display on the 5 February at Casablanca (Pleasureland Southport). The night

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Bill catches student out - energywatch announces student service
WHEN Mr Duck saw the size of his bill he was left with a few ruffled feathers. Mr Thomas Duck, a former student at Manchester University, lived with some fellow students in a house between July 2000 and was with another supplier until January 2001. In

2004-02-07 00:00:00 NORTH WEST MEETS THE CHALLENGE OF RAISING TOURISM STANDARDS
TOURISM is the world's fastest-growing industry, pouring more than

2004-02-07 00:00:00 TV CELEBRITY SHOW SENDS BRITS WILD BUT JUNGLE TRIPS CAN KILL IN THREE DAYS
TV phenomenon,

2004-02-07 00:00:00 DIRTY MOTORISTS
FOLLOWING the recent wintry weather, 1 in 3 motorists may be inadvertently by breaking the law by driving vehicles with dirty number plates warns RAC Legal Services. And with the poor weather predicted to continue, RAC is warning motorists to clean up the

2004-02-07 00:00:00 SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK - THE BEST BITS ON TV
Written by Caren Clark of TV and Satellite Week Magazine. For the week Saturday 14 February to Friday 20 February. 1 . The Regency House Party, Channel 4, Saturday, 9.05pm, NEW SERIES, The dating show genre gets an historical twist when 10 aspiring

2004-02-07 00:00:00 BANK OF ENGLAND BASE RATE RISE COULD LEAD TO DRAMATIC RISE IN PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY LEVELS
ACCORDING to research from Debt Free Direct, the independent company which provides free impartial and professional advice to people with debt problems, the 0.25% increase in the Bank of England base rate will see the number of people worried about their

2004-02-07 00:00:00 BY INVITATION OF THE ROYAL NAVY
ON Friday 6 February we were invited to an advance screening of 'Making Waves', on board HMS Richmond. She is a state-of-the-art Navy warship and has a crew of over 100. The screening was held in her helicopter hanger, as she is the same type of vessel as

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Robbery on Ferryside Road, Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Southport. At about 10.30am on Tuesday 3 February a 68 year old woman was walking along Ferryside Road when she was approached by a man who had got out of a J registered blue Ford Fiesta or

2004-02-07 00:00:00 ROBINSON CRUSOE - A Pantomime production
THE play "Robinson Crusoe" is being presented by THE UNITED BENEFICE DRAMATIC SOCIETY at in St. Mary's Church Hall, Waterloo Park, Waterloo. Pantomime performances will be held on the following

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Breathe Easy Group Seeks Volunteers
WEST Lancashire & Southport Branch of Breathe Easy is looking for volunteers to help with the running of the group. The volunteer co-coordinators will help with organisation, publicity and fundraising and will receive full training and support in a role w

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Local Student Plant Manager Award
A STUDENT from Liverpool has won a prestigious plant management award and an all expenses paid trip to Malaga, Spain with equipment manufacturer Caterpillar. Richard Carmichael, 21, won the Top Plant Management Student accolade sponsored by Finning UK as

2004-02-07 00:00:00 NHS Moves to Stamp out Violence within Hospitals
DOCTORS, nurses, paramedics and other health workers are joining forces to hit home the message that violence and abuse against them will not be tolerated. NHS workers from all professions in Cheshire and Merseyside, including Southport and

2004-02-07 00:00:00 LIVERPOOL'S SILVER STARS!
THE Liverpool heat of the Silver Stars Talent Contest, now in its 32nd year and organised by the city council's sports and recreation department, has seen generations delighted by the showcase of city's senior citizen entertainers to perform their talents

2004-02-07 00:00:00 JAIL FOR INLAND REVENUE PAIR IN
TWO Inland Revenue employees, 42 year old John Fiddler of Swanside Avenue, Huyton and Marie Till from Lingmell Road, Walton were today jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to a repayment fraud which netted

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Marks & Spencer Herald
MARKS & SPENCER is launching a major new program

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Police Investigate Jewelry Theft
MERSEYSIDE Police has launched an investigation after a road traffic collision on February 3 at the junction of Hanover Street and Seel Street, in Liverpool city centre. Police received a report of a theft of jewellery from a jewellers store on

2004-02-07 00:00:00 MP HAILS NEW HELPLINE
CROSBY MP Claire Curtis-Thomas is backing a new helpline that has been launched to help victims of domestic violence. Set up with Government funding and support from Comic Relief, the new helpline is provided by Refuge and Women

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Will the REAL Southport TEAM stand up? (Southport 0 Eccles 28)
DESPITE the score line Southport played well at times but with surprising fluency at losing the ball which made the game all the more incredulous against a team determined to take the points. But questions must now be asked as to where the crucial win in

2004-02-07 00:00:00 Model Village For Sale
THE announcement that Ray and Jean Jones, the designers and developers of Southport Model Village have decided to sell their Model Railway business due to their retirement from running the tourist landmark, known to many outside and within the Southport r

2004-02-07 00:00:00 NEW YEAR CHEER FOR WILDFOWL
THE Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has had another boost in developing the nature reserve in Martin Mere thanks to a grant from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust. The

2004-02-07 00:00:00 TOAST OF THE TOWN IN THE NORTH WEST
WITH the hectic pace of working life that has become the normal, breakfast is often the casualty of the day with many of us missing it. But a recent survey reveals this is not always the case as toast with butter is one of the great pleasures of life,

2004-02-07 00:00:00 NEW NAME FOR THE SOUTHPORT SBC CINEMA!
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