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Southport's historic 200 year old pub has now reopened
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SOUTHPORT Town Centre's oldest pub has been reopened; with the new team in charge working hard to:- "restore it to its glory days." The Cheshire Lines Inn, on King Street, has had a busy 1st few days already including:- a lively karaoke night and live music with an Elvis Presley impersonator. The new landlady of the pub is Julie Goodwin, who also runs the successful Uptown Funk events company, while her daughter Jourdane Dacre is the Bar Manager. Julie and Jourdane are working closely with Vici Bradshaw, who ran the Cheshire Lines Inn before the Pandemic and built up a huge reputation for the quality of its home cooked food and the welcoming community atmosphere. Julie said the opportunity to reopen the iconic pub was impossible to turn down.

Julie Goodwin said:- "We got the keys last week and then opened on Friday. We had a great weekend! We had a karaoke night on Friday and then an Elvis; The Elvis Experience Night; on Saturday, which was brilliant. Vici has been working on bringing back the famous Cheshire Lines home-cooked food, which it was so famous for before the Pandemic. We have had a great reception from people. It has been so good to see so many regulars coming back, and lots of new faces as well. I have gone full circle by coming here. This is the 1st pub I have run, but my parents came to look at the Cheshire Lines 35 years ago and nearly took it over. But after viewing the pub they heard about a B&B a couple of doors down, The Belfield, becoming available, so they bought that instead. So I have grown up very close to the Cheshire Lines, and know it really well! We heard that the brewery was going to close the pub if they couldn't find anyone to run it. I had a chat with Vici and we thought we just can't let that happen. It's such an important community pub for the Town and we want to restore it to its former glory. We are bringing back the famous home made food that it was so well-known for in the pre-Pandemic days. We are going to get our Secret Garden back open again in the next couple of weeks, and have a gin bar in the outside area. It will be really good! We are confident we will turn this place round and bring back the community pub it has been famous for being. We are going to be offering a full line up of live music every:- Friday, Saturday and Sunday."


Letter to the Editor:- "Is Easter Easter?"

"HAVING 2 calendars to work from when trying to calculate Easter results in it being called a:- 'moveable feast.' This is because the Church tries to keep the event close to the date of Passover, but not actually on it, as it chooses to celebrate on the closest Sunday to it. The Celtic Church in Britain and Ireland commemorated the crucifixion on the actual date of Passover on Nisan 14th in the Biblical calendar, rather than tying it to a day of the week. This changed at the Synod of Whitby in 664. There were 2 Sabbath rest days during the week of Passover, the regular weekly Sabbath on Saturday, plus the annual Sabbath of the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread on Nisan 15th. But most people seeing the word:- 'Sabbath' assume it to be a Saturday. It is counting from the day before the weekly Sabbath, which would be Friday, that gives the well known Friday to Sunday time frame. However, John 19:31 describes the Sabbath, before which Jesus had to be taken off the cross, as a "high day." So it was actually the Annual Passover Sabbath, and not the weekly Sabbath that the Bible cites. This can fall on any day of the week. The Gospels nowhere state Friday, but only the term Preparation Day, which precedes both the weekly and annual Sabbaths when they occur. The 1st visitors came to the tomb on Sunday morning to discover it to be empty, but no one saw the resurrection taking place. That took place some time before their arrival. All Biblical days start and end at sunset, so Jesus had to be put in the tomb before the onset of the Annual Sabbath at sunset, due to Jewish ritual law. Jesus said that He would be 3 days and 3 nights (72 hours) in the grave, so He would need to rise just before sunset, not at sun-rise, 72 hours later. The only point before the 1st visitors coming that would be at that time would be just before sunset on the weekly Sabbath just before the onset of Sunday, but not actually on Sunday itself. Count back 72 hours and it reveals Wednesday to be the crucifixion day, not Friday, as is so often assumed. This means that Yeshua (His given Name) actually rose on the Sabbath, making Him Lord of the Sabbath, but not of Sunday at all. All because of conflating two different Sabbaths. It does not affect any other details of the story, but will the Church accept this anomaly? We should not pass over Passover, as:- "Christ is our Passover, therefore let us keep the feast." Yours most sincerely, Colin Nevin.

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