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16 December 2010
Formby Nativity, Saturday, 11 December 2010
Photographs with thanks to Anne Dixon.
THERE was a
good turn-out for the now annual Formby Churches Together portrayal
of the Holy Nativity, with its venue back in the centre of the
Village in Chapel Street on Saturday, 11 December 2010. This year
the event was enacted from the Virgin
Mother’s perspective. It was acclaimed by many as the best yet.
The schoolchildren of Formby, this year, played a more prominent
role and featured in many ways in the play as angels, shepherds,
and, of course, baby Maisie had the all important part of Baby
Jesus. Everything turned out well, including the weather. It is good
that Formby, Freshfield, Altcar and Hightown have the spirit and
determination to spell out the age old message so loudly and clearly
for all who wish to listen. A great deal of work and time must have
taken place behind the scenes to achieve such a splendid effort.
Terry Deary In
author and professional actor on many radio and television stations,
was in Formby on Saturday, 11 December 2010. Terry Deary spent
the day in Pritchard's Bookshop signing a steady line of fans who
had purchased copies of his new book "Put Out The Light."
The book was published on 9 September 2010 to mark the 70th
anniversary of the start of the Autumn 1940 Blitz. To find out
more about the book visit:-
Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
REBELLIONS, controversy and
forward thinking will all be celebrated next year in Liverpool.
Organisations across the city will host a series of events to mark a
century of cultural, social and political radicalism in Liverpool.
And the city council will be kicking-off the celebrations by marking
the centenary of Robert Tressell’s death – one of the great
socialist figures of the twentieth century, who inspired generations
with his novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
Tressell, born Robert Noonan, died in Liverpool on 3 February 1911
when he and his daughter were en-route to Canada. He was buried in a
cemetery in Walton, which is today on the same site as Rice Lane
Working with the Bluecoat, Liverpool City Council has commissioned
prestigious artist David Jacques, shortlisted for this year’s
Northern Art Prize, to produce artwork which will reflect Tressell’s
importance. David has received critical acclaim for his work around
trade union and memorial banners and will draw on twentieth century
posters, adverts and press cuttings which focus on industrial
As part of the anniversary, a banner showcasing the work will be
erected on the side of a prominent terrace of listed buildings on
Dale Street. The banner will also help in protecting the external
façade of the terrace as well as improving its appearance.
David said:- "Tressell is often seen as a rite of passage if
you're in any way involved with politics of a Leftist slant. The
Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was significant for me because it
addressed economics among other things and it did this in an
accessible way, by weaving the subject into a story. For the most
part its analysis still stands up and it's a useful point of
reference given the economic crisis we're living through now."
Other plans to honour Tressell include a series of special events on
the 3 February 2011, including a wreath laying at the Tressell
plaque located at the former Liverpool Infirmary, a ceremony at his
graveside and an evening at the Town Hall where the impact of
Tressell will be debated.
Public readings of the book will take place in Dovecot, Walton,
Sefton Park and Toxteth libraries, and in March, the John Moores
University Roscoe Lecture Series will dedicate a session to the
Liverpool city council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “The significance of Tressell’s
book cannot be underestimated and has been described as one of the
greatest English novels which highlights class conflicts. As he’s
buried in Liverpool it’s important the city marks his cultural
contribution. The planned series of events will be thought-provoking
and bring this influential character to the attention of the next
generation who will be able to get an insight into life 100 years
ago. And the Tressell events just mark the beginning of an exciting
year which will look at Liverpool’s century of radicalism, including
workers’ uprisings and struggles.”
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