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Bringing in 2023

THIS year we scaled back our normal New Years Eve coverage following the death of one of our Directors, Major Colin Trollope, but we still headed out to see what people were doing to bring in 2023. This year we visited the Hightown Pub, and Formby's Tin Shed. We then headed into Southport and visited:- Sacrebleu, Le Grog, The Ship and Anchor, Southport's Bijou Cinema and Coopers Bar. We would like to wish all the venues and businesses who have supported us over 2022 a fantastic year to come. Happy...


Obituary notice of Major Colin Trollope

WE are saddened to report the death of one of our Directors, Major Colin Francis A Trollope, who died in December 2022, Aged 90 years. Colin will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. A funeral service will take place at:- St Luke's Church, Formby, on Thursday...

Southport Jazz Festival 2023 brings UK's best jazz musicians to town with 10 top shows

SOME of the greatest jazz musicians in the UK will be heading to Southport this February when the 2023 Southport Jazz Festival takes place. The 3 day event takes place from:- Friday, 3 February to Sunday, 5 February 2023 in the spectacular setting of the art deco The Grand on Lord Street in Southport as part of...

Hop to it - It's Liverpool's Chinese New Year Celebrations!

LIVERPOOL'S Chinatown is set to be a festival of colour and sound this month as it welcomes the Year of the Rabbit. Taking place on Sunday, 22 January 2023, the FREE celebrations of Europe's oldest Chinese community will include:- the traditional Dragon, Lion and Unicorn...

North West Ambulance Service calls for more public support during January strikes

WITH further strike action affecting the Ambulance service later this month, we are urging the public only to call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. Ambulance Service staff from GMB and Unison trade unions will go on strike again on Wednesday, 11 January 2023, with Unison...


Fury in Sound and Vision - the story of a rock 'n' roll icon

GAVIN Stanley brings the music of Billy Fury home to Liverpool in new multi-media show this month.  Billy Fury is still regarded as the UK's premiere Rock'n'Roll star. With James Dean looks and a voice which could switch easily between raucous rocker and velvet smooth big balladeer, Fury has very often been...

Back to School advice issued for North West parents amid high levels of flu, Covid19 and scarlet fever circulating

AS pupils and students return to School following the Christmas break this week, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is reminding people that winter illnesses continue to circulate at high levels...

Wayfarers Arcade starts the New Year on a positive note

A new high quality, hand finished picture framing studio and art shop has started the New Year with a move into the iconic Wayfarers Arcade. Gallery More Studio and Shop is owned by artist Deborah Flynn who specialises in...

NSPCC poll finds majority of public in the North want tougher Online Safety Bill that holds tech bosses responsible for child safety

THE polling of UK adults, of which 454 live in the north of England, shows that the majority (83%) of adults in the North want senior tech...


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New Year cheer £2 bus tickets for thousands of routes

MILLIONS of people across England can now save money and 'Get Around for £2,' thanks to £60 million Government funding to cap single bus fares until the end...

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TV ad launch as campaign keeps adding up energy bill savings

SINCE Saturday, 17 December 2022, TV viewers across the UK will have seen the television advert supporting the Government’s 'It All...'

Almost 5.7 million customers still to file their Tax Return

THERE is less than 1 month for around 5.7 million Self Assessment customers to file their Tax Return or they may face a penalty, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have told the UK media. More than 12...


Archbishop Patrick Kelly is in Hospital

WE are told that Archbishop Patrick Kelly had a fall on the 21 December 2022, that resulted in some fractures in his neck and was taken to Southport Hospital and later transferred to The Walton Centre, at Aintree Hospital. He was due to have an operation on the 2 January 2023, but...

Exclusive floodlit swan evenings at WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire

WANT to experience a truly unique wildlife experience? WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, Lancashire, is hosting after hours floodlit swan evenings every Tuesday night, starting 10 January 2023. Join a...

Support with cycling inspires drivers to switch to pedal power for short journeys

IT'S the time of year when new bikes are traditionally gifted in their thousands to children and adults alike. But why are so many bikes lying unused in sheds and garages across the land? Cycling charity Cycling UK says that the UK could be a nation where cycling is the natural choice for short journeys, if people are given...

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Southport Eats has saved Town's takeaways £250,000 during 2022

TAKEAWAYS, restaurants, pubs and cafes in Southport, according to Southport Eats have saved thousands of pounds during 2022, thanks to a revolutionary local app. According to Sam Benson...

Mayor Joanne's plan to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

A radical new approach to tackling violence against woman and young girls has been launched by Liverpool's 1st female Mayor. Among the aims of the 3 year strategy are:- Ensuring that demand.

NHS App hits over 30 million sign ups

MILLIONS more patients across England are benefitting from easier access to their health records and medical services through the NHS App, as sign ups top 30 million - including 7 million new sign ups in 2022. The app, which launched 4 years ago, was 1...



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