July 22, 2014

Here comes the sun!

Heatwave conditions have been forecast for many parts of the UK, with temperatures in parts of West Lancashire reaching 26 degrees this week.

Due to the Met Offices level 2 alert, issued when there is a high chance of temperatures being excessively high on at least two consecutive days, doctors are encouraging people to prepare for the hot weather by taking the necessary precautions.

The main risks that come with a heatwave include dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and overheating, which can make symptoms for people with heart and breathing problems much worse.

To stay safe in the sun, its important to:

Keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

Regularly apply sunscreen of at least SPF15

Wear sunglasses

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing

Drink plenty of fluids

Never leave people or animals in a closed, parked vehicle.

Older people and those with long-term illnesses can feel the effects of the heat more than others, with it being well-known that death rates rise during heatwaves.

Dr Jack Kinsey, GP lead at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: While we all look forward to the warmer temperatures of summer, heatwaves pose serious health issues if we dont take sensible precautions.

We can all enjoy the sun safely if we remember the simple steps, such as drinking plenty of fluids and regularly applying sunscreen. Remember to look out for older family, children and neighbours, as well as those with long-term illnesses who will be particularly vulnerable to the hotter weather. These steps are simple but can have a dramatic effect.

*Find out more about how you can stay safe in the sun by visiting www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth

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July 22, 2014

Rhythm of The Dance – This Thursday at STCC

Amazing! Breathtaking! Inspiring! Wonderful! These are reactions from audiences and critics alike, upon experiencing the exciting sold-out performances of The National Dance Company of Ireland, featuring The Young Irish Tenors, in their resplendent, rousing new stage production, Rhythm of the Dance!

This incredible live show celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined Celtic Step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style. Rhythm of the Dance creates a new era in Irish entertainment, presenting thirty dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour, critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world, hail the live stage show as a must see!

Dazzling Step! Superb Irish Songs! Magical Music!
The amazing cast of dancers, musicians, and singers, are a touring carnival of working class talents, performing their crafts since they were children. Representing todays 21st Century Irish lad and lassie, their tour with Rhythm of the Dance is a dream come true; performing for millions of fans, stomping out the beats of a thousand years in Gaelic history. And with each generation, comes a new glimmer of hope that one day Ireland will stand united.
Rhythm of the Dance celebrates a renewed vigor in Irish culture, embracing traditional and current, presenting dance, song, and music like no other Irish dance show. And in addition to powerful and stirring songs by The Young Irish Tenors, all the music is performed live on stage by the company musicians, playing on rare and traditional Irish and Gaelic instruments The Bouzouki, Cittern, Octave mandolin, melodeon, Pennywhistle flutes, harp, banjo, fiddle, guitar and Bodhran Drum.

This 2014 UK tour follows their hit television show in America that premiered on St. Patricks Day to great reviews, and selling out live venues from the West to the East Coasts.

To date, The National Dance Company, along with The Young Irish Tenors, have performed Rhythm of the Dance to standing ovations in front of over 4.8 million people in 59 countries!

Tickets 16.50, 18.50, 21 book in person at the Box Office open Mon-Sat 11am-4pm or call ATG Tickets 0844 8713021* or book online ATG Tickets.com/southport* *subject to booking & transaction fees


2014 UK Live Stage Tour!

SOUTHPORT THEATRE Thursday 24th July, 7.30pm

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July 22, 2014

Witness appeal: Appeal to trace white car after suspicious incident

Police in Sefton are appealing for the public's help in tracing a white car after a suspicious incident in Litherland on Monday afternoon.

Two men were seen confronting another man in Longfield Road just before 5.30pm and threatening him.

The pair then pushed the man, who they appeared to know, into the white car which drove off.

Patrols are actively seeking the white car, which may have been either a Peugeot or Vauxhall, which drove off towards Linacre Road.

The driver is described as a white man, aged 25 or 30, of slim build with tanned white skin and black hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured t-shirt and shorts.

The other offender is described as a white man, aged in his 20s, of stocky build, with shaved hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts.

Detective Inspector Mark Smith from Sefton CID, said: "This was an unusual incident which happened at a busy time of day and must have been witnessed by a number of people. We are keen to hear from both the people who witnessed the incident in the street and also anyone who saw a large, white car being driven in an erratic or suspicious way in the area either before or after 5.30pm yesterday. We are keen to understand what has happened and identify and trace all three men involved.

Extra patrols are in the day to reassure the local community and officers are carrying out further house-to-house enquiries.

Call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3046 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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July 22, 2014

Local bands, want your music heard by over 1000 people?

Local bands, want your music heard by over 1000 people?

Southport FC are launching their very own battle of the bands competition to run in tandem with the upcoming football season. The search for the Sound of Southport FC is on.

With music currently being played over the public address system at the Merseyrail Community Stadium pre-match and at half times, Southport FC has decided to add a bit of local flavour to proceedings by inviting bands to send in their demos, aiming to feature music from a different local band/artist each home game this season.

The selected bands will be invited down to games to hear their music and promote their group. Details of the bands featured throughout the season will be available on the Southport FC website and social media culminating with a vote by fans at the conclusion of the season for their Sound of Southport FC winner.

Demos can be sent on CD by post FAO Nicola Hudson, Southport FC, Haig Avenue, Southport, PR8 6JZ or via email to secretary@southportfc.net

Please include band/members names, contact details and a brief history of the band and its roots in the town.

Demos must be 192kbps quality or higher, 320kbps is preferable and tracks need to be radio friendly with no expletives.

Terms and conditions

1. Southport FC invites local bands/artists to send demo for consideration to form part of the club's matchday entertainment.

2. Submitted demos must be in 256kbps quality or higher. 320kbps or higher is preferable. Demos can be accepted via CD or MP3 attachment.

3. The club hopes to cover one "featured artist" per matchday for as many matchdays as the number of submitted demos permits.

4. No preference will be given to age or genre, however preference will be given to submissions that feature good production values and a music style that fits in with the clubs typical matchday entertainment.

5. Music that contains swearing, or any other inappropriate material will not be considered.

6. Submitted material must be the sole intellectual property of artists/bands. Artists accept sole responsibility for any arising copyright issues from third parties.

7. Artists give permission for their music and details to be shared across the clubs digital presence for a limited time around their music being featured as well as towards the end of the season allowing for a vote of the most popular artist to take place.

8. Featured artists are the final decision of the SFC media team.

9. Artists featured will be provided with complimentary tickets for their relative fixture.

10. The club reserves the right to alter these terms and conditions.

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July 22, 2014

Empty homes targeted in new electoral registration campaign

The way we all register to vote is changing as a new, more secure system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced across the UK.
Individual Electoral Registration replaces the old Victorian system where the head of household registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

As part of this change, Wyre Council has sent Household Enquiry Forms (HEFs) to all known empty properties and to those properties that have not responded to last years annual canvass.

If occupiers receive this form it is very important that it is returned to the council as soon as possible. If anyone listed on the HEF is not living at your address, their name/s can be crossed out.

The name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to vote should be added if they are missing.

You should complete and return the HEF to Wyre Council even if you register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Garry Payne, Electoral Registration Officer at Wyre Council, said: The HEF is not a registration form but instead provides us with information on who lives in your household. This means we can invite other residents to register to vote if we need to.

By law, residents need to provide the information requested on the HEF and there is a criminal penalty for failing to provide this information of a maximum of 1,000.

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July 22, 2014

Volunteers put their ‘heart’ into fundraising at Morrison’s

A devoted Lathom couple spent yesterday in Morrison's raising money - and awareness - for the good work of the British Heart Foundation locally.

Pictured are John and Dot Woods who regularly spread the word about the charity in the town's biggest and busiest supermarket.

"We're really grateful for their support," said Dot.

"We do really well here."

For more information on the local support group, why not pop into the BHF shop on Burscough St. or call (01695) 578976.

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July 22, 2014

Grant Comes Through 45 Minutes

Bobby Grant was delighted to come out unscathed from his first 45 minutes since March on Saturday.

The 24-year-old played the first half of Pools 4-0 win at Penrith and found the back of the net in a comfortable victory.

It was The Seasiders first run out of pre-season and Grant felt it proved a useful exercise in gaining match fitness.

I played my first 45 minutes and I didnt feel anything wrong with my knee, which was the most satisfying thing for myself personally, it was really pleasing to get a run out, said Grant.

It was all about getting through the game, getting a nice feel for the ball, getting fitness out of it and the result takes care of itself.

The manager told us how he wanted us to play and we can do it on the training pitch but we need to bring it into games.

Grant injured his knee while on loan at Fleetwood in March, so when a tough challenge came in at Frenchfield Park this afternoon he was keen to avoid a repeat.

When the challenge came in I half panicked that the lad was going to land on my knee, which is why I tried to straighten it as quickly as I could. The referee said there was nothing in it and I explained what Id been through.

Obviously it plays on your mind when you come back after an injury and then it happens again, but Ive had a good summer under my belt, Ive been in working hard and been training well.

Employed behind the strikers, Grant flourished in his favoured position and will hope to retain his place for the start of the Championship campaign.

Read more at http://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/article/grant-comes-through-45-minutes-1770227.aspx#bTmqji10k71BZoMm.99

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July 22, 2014

Blackpool plane victim’s family to fly to Geneva

The twin sister of tragic Blackpool Malaysian plane victim Glenn Thomas is getting ready to fly out to Geneva to press for his body to be returned to Blackpool.

Tracy Withers is going with Mr Thomas' employer, The World Health Organisation.

Tracy and her son have spent the last few days facing media questions following the atrocity which has claimed 298 lives.

Tracy tells Andy Mitchell that she's not wanting to get into the politics of what has happened, but just wants the body of her twin brother home to Blackpool.

She says the last few days have been difficult

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July 22, 2014

St Annes man accused of stabbing flat tenant

A man accused of stabbing a fellow flat tenant in a row over loud dance music at a house party had made his first appearance at court.

Peter Gillett is alleged to have stabbed his neighbour in the arm and slashed his head with a steak-knife.

Gillett, a 22-year-old bricklayer, of St Anne's Road East, St Anne's, is charged with malicious wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

The offence is alleged to have taken place in the complainant's flat in St Anne's Road East about 6am on July 20.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, asked for the case to go to crown court. Defence lawyer, Brett Chappell, said his client would plead not guilty to the offence.

Gillett was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 13 by District Judge Pamela Baldwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

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