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Southport News - Issued on the 14th August 2001
Imagine the sun is shining, the sky is blue, soft golden sand beneath your feet, and your playing volleyball on the beach. No this is not Bondi beach, Sydney, Olympics 2000 but Southport beach summer 2001! We are a small group of local volleyball players with our own portable net, post and rope lines kit and a number of times last summer and this summer we played on Southport beach and local parkland.
We train indoors at the YMCA (Southport) on Wednesday nights at 20:45. So if you would like to play Volleyball and perhaps hit the beaches this summer then come along and give it a try. Ideally you would have played some volleyball before but beginners are welcome and coaching is provided. The club is open to everyone. The summer period is when we train, play on the beach and prepare the team for the winter season.
We are entering a team in the Local league (indoors 6 a side) and this runs between October and May each year. Coaching is by qualified coach Karl Stobbs who also plays for Preston in the National Volleyball league Div. 3 (Northern Division).
For further information Tel:- Paul Francis 01704 540115, or Nigel Price 01704 550062


The Crown, Coronation Walk
In the latest tour around the pubs and clubs of Southport and the surrounding area, PCBT Photography thought it bring you a taste of some of the more relaxed establishments to take your fancy.
The first pub is the Crown located on Coronation Walk, in the town Centre. Hidden away by the adjoining Royal Clifton Hotel and other amusements it is hard to find. The Crown is a little gem for those of you wanting to escape the modern razzmatazz of the immediate area. 
Frequented by a number of more mature customers who are friendly and welcoming. The pub also host to a cavalcade of local history in the form of photographic memorabilia and artifacts.
Night Life Continued;
Well stocked bar of all your standard refreshments is pleasing to witness as you step into the time-warp the pub produces. With food also being served daily in a conservative but comfortable setting.
The Crown is a pub all on its own and with its very own special set of regulars, but that should not put you off as it makes for a nice alternative to some of the hustle and bustle of some of Southport's livelier hotspots.
The fish they say bites so be warned.

Fisherman's Rest

We also stopped off as well at the Fisherman's Rest.  Located on Weld Road, Birkdale.  The Pub offers a peaceful and friendly atmosphere to enjoy a relaxing drink with a friend or family member.  The pub is very much frequented by chatty regulars who prop up the old style bar while being surrounded by lots of local historic photographs.  The building is on the site of where the bodies of the worst ever Lifeboat disaster where taken, hence the name of the pub. It is certainly a bar which is reliable and unpretentious with staff to match.
As well as the good time banner at the bar, there is also a number of activities to keep you amused such as a pool table, darts and a big screen television for those all important sky Sports events.  The food is available every day and there are seats outside for those sunny days.
Although sleepy in some respects, the Fisherman's Rest provides a cheep, quiet and cozy pub experience for friends and families. Having an ample sized car park for customers makes it an ideal place to sit back and watch the world go by.
Photographs by Patrick Trollope and article by Miranda Schunke.
Deadline for next edition
Friday August 17th,
for publishing on 21st of August 2001.
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