free web stats

Southport Reporter - You local online newspaper for Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region.

  .Sign up to get our FREE email news bulletins.  


News Report Page 4 of 18
Publication Date:-
News reports located on this page = 2.

April Ashley remembered in her home City

A special commemoration service took place in Liverpool this week to remember and celebrate inspirational trans-pioneer, April Ashley. The private event on Thursday at St George's Hall and saw the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roy Gladden, and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Harry Doyle, join some of April's closest friends and family, share fond memories and pay tribute to the extraordinary life of the model, actress and restaurateur who died last December.

Those in attendance include April's lifelong friend Peter Maddock who shared a number of video messages including one from the film director and Hairspray creator, John Waters, her second husband Jeff West, Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool who made April an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2016 and Janet Dugdale, Director of Museums, National Museums Liverpool also paid tribute to April's significant contribution to equality, public life and social history.

The service also marked the start of a journey to bring an archive of April's personal memorabilia, clothes, jewellery, letters and photographs back to her home City. This unique collection consists of thousands of artefacts such as diaries, address books, correspondence with Elizabeth Taylor and former partner Grayson Perry, and even fan letters including one from a man who offered to take April to Venus on his rocket ship. There are also a series of legal documents relating to her marriage annulment and her fight for legal recognition as a woman.

These items are currently in private ownership in the City and once catalogued will be professionally archived and a legacy group will be established in collaboration with Liverpool City Council to preserve her memory. Part of April's archives have already been donated to Liverpool City Archives in 2014 following the year long exhibition about her life at the Museum of Liverpool that attracted 900,000 visitors.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roy Gladden, said:- "This service gives us the chance to celebrate the life of a very special woman and proud Liverpudlian. Icon, trailblazer and legendary activist are all fitting titles for April who was dedicated to fighting for her rightful, recognised place in society. Thursday's event will undoubtedly be moving and inspirational as we remember this incredible, brave woman who lived life to the full and paved the way for future generations of transgender people."

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle, said:- "April Ashley was a true pioneer. She was Made Citizen of Honour on her eightieth birthday in recognition of the impact she has had on social history and rewarded with an MBE for services to the transgender community. I am delighted to support this event which welcomes her amazing archive back to the City she loved and which in turn loved her. "

Bev Ayre, Executor and Custodian of the April Ashley Archive Estate, said:- "April had a lifetime of adventures meeting all the great names of the 20th Century, from Einstein and Churchill, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Elvis, Salvador Dali and Grayson Perry. Photographed by David Bailey and a Vogue model in the swinging sixties she went on to run a successful Knightsbridge restaurant, a favourite of celebrities and the aristocracy. Her marriage annulment case set a precedent regarding gender for the following 50 years and she was instrumental in the passing of the Gender Recognition Act. Fortunately she kept a record of it all. Thousands of letters, personal diaries, transcripts, photos and an incredible jewellery and clothing collection have returned to Liverpool where her legacy will live on."


Safer Streets Liverpool text message service launches

(L-R) Liverpool City Council's Head of Safer and Stronger Communities Jenny Ewels, PCC Emily Spurrell, TravelSafe Officer Nicola Swanson, MerseyTravel Chair Cllr Liam Robinson.JPG, PCC Emily Spurrell on a visit to the CityWatch control room.

A text message service enabling women and girls to report sexual violence on the bus network is being launched as part of the Safer Streets Liverpool campaign this week. Safer Streets Liverpool is a £270,000 campaign jointly led by the Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, and Liverpool City Council aimed at making women feel safer and be safer using the Region's public transport network. This new service will enable anyone who sees or experiences unwanted attention or sexual harassment while travelling by bus to report it discreetly and safely to the TravelSafe Partnership by texting SAFER to 65007, providing details of the incident including the date, time, location and route number, if it's known. Using their extensive CCTV system on buses and at Bus Stations, control room staff will then be able to monitor the behaviour, identify where sexual harassment and violence is taking place, and work with the Police to bring perpetrators to justice. This new text message service was specifically requested by young people, who said they felt this would be the method they would feel most comfortable using to report behaviour which made them feel unsafe.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:- "It is totally unacceptable that many women and girls don't feel safe using our public transport network, particularly at night. Through our Safer Streets Liverpool campaign, we are doing everything possible to respond to their concerns to make them feel safer and be safer. 1 of the clear messages that came out of our focus groups was that young people in particular wanted to be able report behaviour that made them feel uncomfortable and scared safely and discreetly by text. We listened closely to their views, and I'm pleased this text message service is going live today making it as easy as possible for people to report any unwanted sexual behaviour they see or experience without drawing attention to themselves. By telling us where and when unwanted sexual behaviour is happening, women and girls who use this service will help us to identify offenders and take appropriate action to tackle this behaviour, making our public transport network safer for all."

Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, said:- "Nobody should have to encounter inappropriate behaviour and Safer Streets Liverpool is aimed at making sure women feel safe on public transport. As a City, we're determined to do as much as we can to highlight and tackle violence against women and girls. The new text message service makes reporting issues very simple and is extremely discreet. I hope that it gives women confidence that we are putting in place practical measures to help identify those responsible and change their behaviour."

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:- "I want our City Region to be a place where women feel safe on public transport at any time of the day, but I know we've still got a lot of work to do to get us to that point. It's great to see practical steps being taken to amplify women's voices with a support system that allows them to report their concerns in confidence. Everyone has a part to play in making our public transport safer; which is why it's also incumbent on men to listen, to moderate behaviour and to think about what we can do to help make public spaces safer for everyone in our community."

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine, VAWG lead said:- "Merseyside Police welcome the launch of the text message service, which offers a simple way to report any incidents of unwanted attention or sexual harassment discreetly and safely on our Region's bus network. It is important that, as a partnership, we do as much as we can to give women and girls the confidence to report behaviour which makes them feel unsafe and provide them with support."

Safer Streets Liverpool is a 2 pronged campaign, putting in place practical measures to prevent and tackle sexual violence on the public transport network, while also increasing awareness and education about the types of behaviour no woman should have to encounter and how to report it.

Launched in March, the campaign has already delivered:-

  Enhanced CCTV coverage at City Centre Bus Stations, within Liverpool One, Queens Square and Sir Thomas Street.

  New 'help points' connected to the CityWatch control room and better links with emergency services.

  'Safe spaces' for anyone who feels vulnerable within travel centres at each of the Bus Stations.

  'Bystander training' for bus drivers and frontline Bus Station staff to help them better understand and know how to prevent sexual violence. The training will equip them to act as 'guardians,' to make passengers feel safer.

  Educational training for up to 70 Schools across Liverpool raising awareness of sexual harassment and misogyny.

  A powerful visual communications campaign targeted at potential perpetrators, highlighting unacceptable behaviours, such as:- touching, groping and stalking.

For more information about the campaign please visit:- SaferStreetsLiverpool.Com.


Back Next
News Report Audio Copy

This Edition's Main Sponsor:- Holistic Realignment

This Edition's Main Sponsor:- Holistic Realignment - Your local, fully qualified sports therapist. Call now on:- 07870382109 to book an appointment.



Please support local businesses like:-
Purple Rain - Southport - Merseyside 

Our live webcams...

This is a live image that reloads every 30 seconds.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.


Please support local businesses like:-


Click on to find out why the moon changes phases.  
This is the current phase of the moon. For more lunar related information, please click on here.

Disability Confident - Committed


Find out whats on in and around Merseyside!

This is just 1 of the events on our event calendar, click on
here to see lots more!

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the UK Press Regulator.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This is our process:-
Policy - Complaints Procedure - Whistle Blowing Policy

Contact us:-


Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge.
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.   Click on to see our Facebook Page.   This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. Click on to see our Twitter Feed.

Our News Room Office Address

Southport and Mersey Reporter, 4a Post Office Ave,
Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK

Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy - Terms & Conditions
  - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope.