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Edition No. 162

Date:- 07 August 2004

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QE2 Launches Mathew Street Festival 

THE most famous ship in the world will make music to launch Europe's largest free city centre music festival. 

The Mathew Street Festival is to be officially launched at 11am on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 30) to the sound of the QE2's hooter as it sails up the Mersey.

The arrival of the luxury liner is expect to swell the crowds and organisers are predicting a record turn out of more than 250,000 people at the city's biggest party, just as Liverpool city centre transforms into a music site as big as Glastonbury!

And revellers on board the cruise ship will be able to join in the party as they will be in earshot of the festival's newest stage at the Pier Head.

The 2004 Festival is set to be the biggest yet, with 150 bands from 20 countries, from as far as Brazil and Japan, performing live on four outdoor stages and at more than 40 indoor venues.

This year's Mathew Street Festival will also celebrate the sounds of Memphis, which twinned with Liverpool in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary Elvis Presley's first record, "That's All Right"

As part of the twinning of the capital of pop with the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis held its own 'Battle of the Bands' competition for the Mathew Street Festival. The winning band Beat Generation will perform along with legendary Memphis Band Sam the Sham.

The Pier Head stage opens on Saturday and by Monday will have showcased 25 bands and more than 30 hours of live music. The other outdoor stages will be at Castle Street, Water Street and The Strand.

Now in its 12th year, the festival showcases bands from around the world performing every style of music from Jazz to Bluegrass and the 1950's to the modern day.

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Mike Storey, said:- "The Mathew Street Festival is known the world over for the diversity of its music and for the amazing crowds. It is unique in that it transforms a city centre into one big music stage for all generations to enjoy. It's so big now with so many acts and people it puts every other summer music festival in the shade.

Having the QE2 on the Mersey as the backdrop to the festival will be a fantastic sight. I'm delighted this top class event has expanded to capitalise on the benefits of our world heritage waterfront. As a music venue it has no equal.

People are still talking about the success of the Summer Pops and with Creamfields just around the corner, it shows why we are the World Capital of pop." 

Lean to dive with OSAC

ORMSKIRK Sub-Aqua Club meet every Wednesday at 9pm in the Ormskirk Park Pool Swimming baths.  Pop along and find out how to join this BSAC club. 

Region Gains Innovation Boost

THE north west of England will benefit from a £393,090 cash windfall as part of a package of grants to encourage innovation and good practice in housing, announced today by the Housing Corporation.

A total of 10 projects, nine of which are designed to encourage residents to have a greater say in how their neighbourhoods are run and managed, will receive between £4,000 and £138,000 each.

The largest single grant of £138,000 goes to the Sefton Pathfinder area in order to establish a neighbourhood regeneration company.

Elsewhere, there is £15,000 for the establishment of a model for developing Brownfield land; a further £15,000 for a democratic North West tenants’ and residents’ assembly; and £40,000 for the creation and management of a programme of arts projects designed to add an extra dimension to RSL engagement in Merseyside.

Housing Corporation chief executive, Jon Rouse, said:- “Our Investment and Good Practice programme, and particularly the Community Training and Enabling element, delivers much-needed funds to meet local priorities. This is real cash, going direct to real people who are engaged in initiatives which benefit entire communities.

Over the years, our IGP programme has funded a raft of pioneering projects, many of which have subsequently paved the way as examples of best practice within the sector. I am delighted that the package we are announcing today will ensure that this good work continues.”

The Corporation is also implementing a number of wide-ranging changes to the IGP programme to better reflect central and regional Government priorities.

The IGP programme was launched in 1995 and has funded over 2000 projects to date, to the tune of £75m

Itinerary 4 The Black Prince

AS we promised last week this is the Black Prince SUMMER 2005 to WINTER 2005 program.
Crs No. Dep. Date No. Nts Description Comments
BP501 R Wed-05-Jan-05 14 Canary Southampton to Southampton; BP502R Wed-19-Jan-05 35 Caribbean/Orinoco Southampton to Southampton;
BP503R Wed-23-Feb-05 13 Canary Southampton to Southampton; BP504R Tue-08-Mar-05 2 Mini Cruise Southampton to Liverpool; BP505R Thu-10-Mar-05 8 Iberia (Wine Theme) Liverpool to Liverpool; BP506R Fri-18-Mar-05 13 Canary Easter ( 2713) Liverpool to Liverpool;  BP507R Thu-31-Mar-05 13 Canary Liverpool to Liverpool/Dublin; BP508R Wed-1 3-Apr-05 1 Overnight Cruise Dublin to Greenock; BP509 Thu-14-Apr-05 14 Canary Greenock to Greenock; BP51 0 Thu-28-Apr-05 13 Canary Greenock to Greenock; BP511 Wed-11-May-05 8 Norway Greenock to Leith; BP512 Thu-19-May-05 12 Baltic (A) Leith to Leith; BP513 Tue-31 -May-05 7 Norway Leith to Leith; BP514 Tue-07-Jun-05 13 North Cape 1 Spitsbergen; Leith to Leith; BP515 Mon-20-Jun-05 12 Baltic ( B ) Leith to Leith; BP516 Sat-02-Jul-05 14 NTS Charter (Greenland) Leith to Greenock; BP517 Sat-16-Jul-05 7 NTS Charter (Western Isles) Greenock to Greenock; BP5181523 Sat-23-Jul-05 80 Page & Moy Charters Greenock to Southampton; BP524 Tue-11-Oct-05 14 Canary Southampton to Southampton; BP525 Tue-25-Oct-05 24 Eastern Mediterranean Southampton to Southampton; BP526 Fri-18-Nov-05 3 Mini Cruise Southampton to Liverpool; BP527 Mon-21-Nov-05 13 Canary Liverpool to Liverpool; BP528 Sun-04-Dec-05 14 Canary Liverpool to Liverpool; BP529 Sun-18-Dec-05 3 Mini Cruise Liverpool to Southampton; BP530 Wed-21-Dec-05 16 Canary Christmas Southampton to Southampton; BP601 Fri-06-Jan-06 14 Canary Southampton to Southampton; BP602 Fri-20-Jan-06 35 Western Caribbean Southampton to Southampton; BP603 Fri-24-Feb-06 13 Canary (A) Southampton to Southampton; Thu-09-Mar-06 7 Dry Dock
BP604 Thu-16-Mar-06 3 Mini Cruise Southampton to Liverpool; BP605 Sun-19-Mar-06 8 Iberia (Wine Theme) Liverpool to Liverpool; BP606 Mon-27-Mar-06 13 Canary Liverpool to Liverpool; BP607 Sun-09-Apr-06 14 Western Med. (Easter 1614) Liverpool to Liverpool Sun-23-Apr-06

Most of the cruises are nearly full so you must get in fast 


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