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Date:- 22 January 2007

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Southport FC announce new manager...

Report and photographs by Sally Devine

Southport Football Club appointed their new manager Peter Davenport to replace Paul Cook who departed from Haig Avenue 2 weeks ago. Davenport ,45, relinquished his position as manager of Welsh side Colwyn Bay in order to take up the reins at relegation haunted Southport.

Davenport is an ex England international forward and also played for Manchester United, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest. This is not exactly unchartered territory for him as he was previously caretaker manager for the Sandgrounders in the mid nineteen nineties for a short spell.

A local man born in Birkenhead Merseyside, Davenport has the unenviable task of leading Southport to safety in the Nationwide Conference and with the transfer window about to close at the end of this month needs to sign players who will strengthen the current team in order to avoid relegation.

Happy Birthday Spellow!

LIVERPOOL City Council is unveiling the perfect 50th birthday present for Spellow Library… a complete 21st century makeover.  The library, which opened in 1957 and was badly in need of a face-lift – officially re-opened on Thursday 18 January 2007, after a £150,000 investment that has rejuvenated the building.

It has been redecorated, re-carpeted and refurnished to make it a modern library for the whole family. It’s fully accessible for disabled people with an improved entrance, automatic doors and a ramp for wheelchair users and mums pushing buggies.  A bookshop style layout will make it much easier for all readers to find just what they’re looking for, and there’s an improved children’s library that includes a special toddlers’ area and space for play activities.

There’s much more on offer for computer users, from novices to whizz kids with 20 computers and two children’s-only computers, most of them offering free Internet and e-mail access.  Film buffs can enjoy a bigger and better collection of DVDs too.  And to top it all off, a state-of-the-art radio frequency ‘self-issue’ system has banished the date stamp to the bin and made queuing up to check items in or out a thing of the past.

Liverpool City Council Leader Warren Bradley said:- “What a great way to say happy 50th birthday to Spellow Library! This work has given the building a new lease of life and the whole community can now look forward to a modern, welcoming facility where they can borrow books and DVDs and use the latest computer technology for free.  This latest revamp means 14 Liverpool libraries have been re-built or refurbished in the last eight years. Nine libraries have been improved in the last four years alone, including Old Swan, Wavertree, Woolton and Sefton Park. It’s about providing modern, 21st century library facilities at the heart of all our communities.”

Local councillor, Paul Clark, officially opened the doors of the new-look Spellow Library and unveiled a plaque. He was joined by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Joan Lang, local residents and Council Leader Warren Bradley.  The guests were treated to a performance from the choir of St Johns Catholic Primary School, Kirkdale, during the opening ceremony.

The Lord Mayor said:- “Spellow Library has played an important role in the community for half a century, and I’m delighted to be officially starting a new era for the library. The newly improved building is a fantastic asset for the area, and I’m sure it will benefit thousands of existing library users, young and old, as well as enticing many new people in.”

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