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Formby Royal British Legion needs you!

FORMBY RBL branch and Women's Section are looking to attract new members to build on what they are currently doing. The Sefton Branch says:-"Membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the Legion and want to help and support those who have served and their families, come and join us. Sign up today and become a member of the Formby Branch. If you are already a member of another branch you can also join Formby. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not. Be involved as much as you like and make new friend, attend social event, raise funds, bring new ideas. Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wider range of activities and events held locally, Regionally and nationally throughout the year. Legion membership ensures that:- Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten. Also, the ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye. To join please go to:- BritishLegion.Org.UK for more information."

Did you know? The Royal British Legion provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces; past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy. It was founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the 2 World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy!

Big Comedy UK announced to operate Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender in Bootle for next 3 years

BIG Comedy UK run by husband and wife team Bren and Val Riley, the people behind the annual Southport Comedy Festival, have been awarded the contract to run the Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender for the next 3 years.

Salt and Tar is a new multi use, outdoor events venue, located in Bootle directly behind the Strand Shopping Centre.

Salt and Tar is Sefton's newest hub for large scale and community events. Their events program for 2024 offers a wide range of entertainment from comedy to music to street food events.

Following the success of the inaugural comedy weekender, in 2023, Big Comedy UK are delighted to be working with Sefton Council on this exciting project.

Hundreds of visitors came to Salt and Tar in 2023 to enjoy watching some of the UK's top performers. They included Liverpool's very own comedian and TV star Chris McCausland, king of live comedy Irish funnyman Jason Byrne and stars of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo Jo Caulfield and Scott Bennett.

Big Comedy UK is now in the process of securing the stars for this year's Salt and Tar Big Comedy Weekender which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend:- Friday, 24 May to Sunday, 26 May 2024.

Bren Riley of Big Comedy UK said:- "We are really excited to have been awarded the contract to organise the Comedy Weekender in Bootle for the next 3 years. 2023 was the 1st time the event happened and it was an amazing success. It was a really special atmosphere. We hosted some superb acts, and it was fantastic to see so many people from Bootle, and beyond, having such a great time. Salt and Tar is a brilliant new events space with so much potential, which is really putting Bootle on the map. It is all about establishing Salt and Tar. When Camp and Furnace 1st opened in Liverpool people were asking:- 'what is it?' but it's iconic now. That same situation applies to Salt and Tar now, and this shows just what is possible. It is all about establishing the site as a brand new events space, somewhere local people can become really proud of. We are looking forward to revealing this year's headline acts in the coming weeks. As well as the big names, we will also have our Family Fun Days returning again this year, along with a very special event that local people can get involved with; we'll reveal more on that soon. Please keep an eye out on the Salt and Tar website along with our Big Comedy UK social media pages for some big announcements on this year's performers."

Big Comedy UK has been shortlisted in the 2024 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards, which take place on:- Thursday, 7 March 2024.

Last year Big Comedy UK won the Sefton Business In The Community Awards in the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards.

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