Wayfarers Charity Concert take place tomorrow

March 24th, 2017 in News

Wayfarers Charity Concert On April 25 2017 Wayfarers Chorus, in conjunction with KGV College, will be hosting a musical variety concert on behalf of Queenscourt Hospice.  This promises to be an excellent event, with a good mix of singing styles and instrumental performers. The line-up has now been finalised and tickets are now on sale.  Our last concert… Read more »


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Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding comes to The Atkinson

March 24th, 2017 in News, Whats On

Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding comes to The Atkinson  You are invited to Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay’s glorious wedding day! Straight from London’s West End The Scarecrows Wedding comes to The Atkinson on Saturday 6 May as part of the Southport Festival. Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler this… Read more »


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Fundraising duo Hit £400,00 for Hospice

March 24th, 2017 in News

BUCKET collectors, Don Franks and Charles Callaghan have raised a staggering £400,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospice over the last 17 years.  The retired pair have faced all weathers and have spent, in total, 800 days standing outside train stations, sports grounds and shopping centres, wearing their yellow hospice vests and greeting passers by. They have… Read more »


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Drivers escape unhurt from Marine Drive smash

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Drivers escape unhurt from Marine Drive smash Three cars collided into each other on Marine Drive earlier tonight (Thursday 23 March) Emergency services were called around 5:45pm to reports of a three car shunt on Marine Drive, Southport. It’s thought all occupants managed to escape with only relatively minor injures Although the road was not… Read more »


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Armed Forces Day – Sunday 25th June in the Town Hall Gardens, Southport

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Armed Forces Day – Sunday 25th June in the Town Hall Gardens, Southport SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national Tri Service Military Charity and it stands for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and was founded in 1885 by Major James Gildea. They provide lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever… Read more »


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BMW seized in Southport – No insurance

March 23rd, 2017 in News

BMW seized in Southport – No insurance Merseyside police seized the BMW above in Southport this morning and the driver reported as they did not have a valid policy of motor insurance, Thursday 23 March 2017. Driving without insurance is illegal and, some would say, immoral. But the threats of driving bans, fines and penalty… Read more »


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Ainsdale Biker Chick Goes SkyDiving

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Ainsdale woman Suzi Ferdinand will take a Skydive to help raise funds towards a new Cancer Hospital at Clatterbridge because Like many others her Daddy is fighting Cancer. Here is Suzi’s story My beloved Daddy has had a really unlucky time of it in the past couple of years. He is only 62 years-old and… Read more »


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Everton move a step closer to securing new state-of-the-art stadium after agreeing deal to buy land at Bramley Moore Dock

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Everton have agreed a deal to acquire land on which to build a new £300m stadium in Liverpool. The top flight club and landowners Peel Holdings have reached agreement on the Bramley Moore Dock site near the River Mersey. It was announced as the preferred site for the club’s proposed new stadium in January. Planning permission… Read more »


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Southport Heritage Trails

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Sefton Council, in partnership with Historic England, have launched a set of new heritage trails for Waterloo and Southport. This work has been part of the Heritage at Risk project in partnership with Historic England and the trails cover 5 of the Conservation Areas currently on the national Heritage at Risk Register. The projects’ focus… Read more »


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John Pugh MP Swears to Take On Mental Illness

March 23rd, 2017 in News

John Pugh MP has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health. John Pugh joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament. New figures from mental health research charity MQ show that four in 10 (42%) people in the UK… Read more »


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VIDEO | Cromer Road Residents’ pleas for help ignored by Southport Liberal Democrats

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Despite the best efforts of crusading Councillor David Barton and the local residents at Cromer Road, Birkdale a recent collective initiative to address a long- standing issue that has plagued local residents for almost two decades has been thwarted by the local Southport Liberal Democrats. Having produced a report in concert with data provided by… Read more »


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Locked bike stolen from Chapel Street Southport

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Locked bike stolen from Chapel Street Southport  The bike pictured above was stolen from outside Game on Chapel street at around 6.50pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 23 March). The owner of the bike told OTS News “Can you please just advise people to avoid locking their bikes up on chapel street all together as I have… Read more »


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Southport charity receives award for tacking illegal money lenders

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Migrant Workers Sefton Community received a highly commended award yesterday (21st March) for their 2016 project which warned migrant workers living in Sefton of the dangers of borrowing from loan sharks. The charity worked with The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), Multimedia Company Handstead Films and Sefton Neighbourhood Team to produce a short film to… Read more »


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Top Southport Photographer claims second consecutive wedding award

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Matthew Rycraft scoops regional accolade for second year in a row. AN award winning photographer from Southport is now on the look out for a bigger trophy cabinet after he shot his way to a top regional accolade this month. Matthew Rycraft Photography, based at the Mews in Birkdale, has been revealed as the winning… Read more »


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Jobs on the line as Southport Shoe retailer Brantano goes into administration

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Shoe retailer Brantano has suffered from rise in costs since post-EU referendum fall in sterling. Jobs are at risk at a Southport shoe store after the chain entered administration. The Brantano store at Ocean Plaza, Southport is now at risk of closure if the business can be rescued. The company has suffered from a rise… Read more »


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Southport projects get a share of £4,642,920 Big Lottery Fund

March 23rd, 2017 in News

There are 225 projects across the region sharing £4,642,920 in the latest round of grant awards. Today’s funding will support a diverse range of projects that enable people to improve their skills, meet new people and strengthen their communities. All projects are listed below are aware they have been awarded funding.  Home-Start Southport and Formby… Read more »


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WATCH | Exclusive photographs of Red Rum taken by award winning photographer

March 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Jeremy Hoare giving Rummy a Polo on his summer holiday (1974) WATCH | Exclusive photographs of Red Rum taken by award winning photographer Jeremy Hoare is an award winning English travel photographer who has visited around sixty countries. He has also been a television cameraman, television lighting director, stage lighting designer and author during his career… Read more »


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Man who left grenade outside Kenny Dalglish’s Birkdale home wanted by police

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Photo: Mark Dominic Johnston was sentenced to 13 years in prison Man who left grenade outside Kenny Dalglish’s Birkdale home wanted by police Merseyside Police is appealing for help to trace a 29-year-old man from Liverpool who is wanted on recall to prison. Mark Dominic Johnston was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2010… Read more »


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Edge Hill PR students suffered injuries in today’s Westminster terror attack

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Students from Edge Hill University have been injured in the terror attack in London. A spokesperson for the University says four students have suffered injuries. One student is being treated for head injuries. One for injuries to their arm and another two have been classed as ‘walking wounded’ Travis Frain from Darwen was also injured…. Read more »


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Bonjour To Bistrot Pierre Southport!

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Sefton Council have granted Planning Permission to Bistrot Pierre for the change of use of the former Russell and Bromley shoe shop, at the corner of Nevill Street and Lord Street, Southport. The permission is for a change of use of the property to a restaurant, and involves significant investment into the historic fabric of… Read more »


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Call for action to tidy up eyesore council buildings

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Photo: Cllr David Barton Call for action to tidy up eyesore council buildings A leading campaigner for the restoration and regeneration of Southport has called for action to improve eyesore Sefton Council buildings which are creating a bad impression of the town. Cllr David Barton, who represents Dukes Ward, said that the work to tidy up the… Read more »


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Locals from Southport help achieve £1.5m charity milestone

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Team members from Mecca Bingo based in Southport are celebrating today after reaching an incredible fundraising milestone of £1,500,000 for deserving charity, Carers Trust. The partnership between Carers Trust and the Rank Group, which owns Mecca and Grosvenor Casinos, first began in February 2014. Since then, its employees from Mecca Bingo in Southport have worked… Read more »


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Civil war breaks out in Southport’s Pleasureland amusement park

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Southport Pleasureland was transformed into an Airsoft themed park last weekend for a huge civil war style shootout. A massed group of Airsoft players – a sport where teams enact makeshift battles with replica guns and grenades – descended on the Southport park from Friday March 17 to Sunday March 19 for a weekend long… Read more »


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Film crews descend upon Southport beach ahead of a Red Rum special

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Photo: Crews film a horse wearing Rummy’s colours Film crews descend upon Southport beach ahead of a Red Rum special It is that time of the year again when Southport reminisces about the great Red Rum. BBC film crews were today (Wednesday 22 March) on Southport beach filming a show about the legendary race horse. The show… Read more »


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Southport residents urged to use your WILL POWER!

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Use Your Will Power It’s understandably easy to delay things when it comes to making your Will. There are various reasons and if you find yourself in this position then you’re not alone. Recent studies show that the North West is the least prepared with 67% of adults without a Will. April sees the perfect… Read more »


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Ronnie Moran: Former Liverpool captain and coach dies, aged 83

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83. Moran made 379 appearances for Liverpool between 1952 and 1966 and was the club’s longest-serving employee when he retired in 1998. He joined the coaching staff in 1966 and twice filled in as caretaker manager – after Kenny Dalglish’s resignation in… Read more »


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Southport’s leading IPL Skin Clinic – Christopher Maerevoet

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Southport’s leading IPL Skin Clinic – Christopher Maerevoet IPL Skin Rejuvenation is the perfect treatment for Thread Veins & Rosacea, here at Southport’s leading IPL Skin Clinic. Thread veins are tiny blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin and look like fine red, or sometimes purple, wiggly lines. They’re also sometimes… Read more »


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Job Vacancy At Evans Halshaw Ford Preston

March 22nd, 2017 in News

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Merseyrail to strike on Grand National Day

March 22nd, 2017 in News

Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are to hold fresh strikes on 8 April, the day of the Grand National, the RMT union has said. The 24-hour industrial action is part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors. A strike planned for 4 April on Southern routes was moved to 8 April… Read more »


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MATCH REPORT | York City 5 – 3 Southport

March 22nd, 2017 in News, Sports

Jon Parkin inspired York to a breathtaking 5-3 win against rock-bottom Southport which involved the lead changing hands three times. The Minstermen went ahead in the fourth minute when Aidan Connolly slipped the ball to Sean Newton who skipped past a couple of defenders and fired home from 15 yards via a deflection. However, the… Read more »


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Dramatic Southport crash sees cars plough through garden wall

March 21st, 2017 in News

Photo: Knowsley Road (6pm) Dramatic Southport crash sees cars plough through garden wall The emergency services was called to the Knowsley Road junction of Park Road West following reports of an RTC this evening, Tuesday 21 March 2017. A Ford Mondeo and Toyota Yaris crashed at the Knowsley Road junction shortly before 6m. Both vehicles ended up… Read more »


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Scores of Southport businesses could be paying too much in business rates

March 21st, 2017 in News

Photo: Cllr David Barton Scores of Southport businesses could be paying too much in business rates Businesses across Southport have been urged to check their business rate calculations after it was revealed many could be paying too much. Cllr David Barton said the anomalies were discovered after he conducted an in-depth investigation with the help… Read more »


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Southport College stages Sefton Festival

March 21st, 2017 in News

Southport College stages Sefton Festival More than 100 children recently took part in Sefton Festival of Performing Arts held at Southport College. Four local performing arts schools entered students in classes ranging from verse speaking, prose reading, solo and group acting, musical theatre and popular song. It is the fourth year that the festival has… Read more »


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Appeal following motorbike theft in Birkdale

March 21st, 2017 in News

Appeal following motorbike theft in Birkdale  Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a motorbike was stolen from a the Birkdale area. At around 9pm on Wednesday, 15 March the bike, a black, silver and orange Honda CBR was taken on Liverpool Road. House to house and CCTV enquiries have been carried out and officers… Read more »


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Female cyclist taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Southport

March 21st, 2017 in News

Female cyclist hit by a car in Southport The emergency services were called to the junction of Duke street and Cemetery road, Southport (Tuesday 21 March 2017) following reports of a RTC. The woman (29) was struck by a black ford Focus outside the George pub at approximately 4:30pm. Police put local diversions in place whilst… Read more »


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