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December 30, 2006

New Years Eve Fireworks - Postponed

Liverpool's firework display scheduled for 17.00 on Sunday December 31st has been postponed for safety reasons.

Weather forecasters have predicted gale force winds of up to 80mph on New Year's Eve.

The fireworks, due to be launched from the top of the Walker Art Gallery on Sunday, will now be showcased on 5 January 2007 at 1930 GMT.

Viewing will still take place from St George's Plateau, Lime Street in Liverpool city centre.

Link to BBC news story

December 28, 2006

'Liverpool in a Pint' - Help Needed

From Cains Website...

Writer brews up history of Cains' famous brewery

Dec 27 2006
By Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Echo

A CALL has gone out for help to produce a book on the history of Liverpool's Cains Brewery.

Freelance writer and editor Chris Routledge has been appointed by Liverpool University Press to write the official history, which has the working title The Story of Liverpool in a Pint.

Mr Routledge is aiming to submit his manuscript to Liverpool University Press by autumn next year, ready to hit the shops in early 2008.

He is currently researching brewery founder Robert Cain, but is keen to fill in the gaps from 1921, when the Toxteth brewery was bought by Higsons.

Mr Routledge, from Aughton, said: "The book will show the history of the brewery and its connection with the fortunes of the city of Liverpool. It's an interesting pattern.

"I'm looking at Robert Cain himself and how he came from Cork to Liverpool. It's a quite remarkable story.

"He's thought to have arrived here in 1844 and by the 1870s became known as The King of the Toxteth."

After working at sea, Cain had enough money to buy his first brewery in Lime Kiln Lane in 1850 Mr Routledge said: "It's an amazing story of enterprise because within a few years he started buying pubs.

"He established The Vines and The Philharmonic for the growing middle class to go and eat and drink because although Liverpool had thousands of pubs in the 19th and 20th century, most of them were full of bruisers."

By 1896 the company was valued at £1m and when Robert Cain died in 1907, Liverpool's 700th anniversary, he left almost £500,000 in his personal will.

However, MrRoutledge says the research trail goes cold after 1921 when the Cains brewery was bought by Higsons and he is appealing to ECHO readers for help.

He said: "I would like to hear from people who have their own living memories, particularly from the war years and the 1960s."

You can contact him at

Beatles Stamps from Royal Mail

beatles-royal-mail-stamps-2.jpg The Beatles mint stamp set

The first Royal Mail Special Stamp issue of 2007 celebrates the Beatles extraordinary cultural contribution to this country. The set features six era-defining album sleeves, brought together on six Mint Stamps. Designed by Michael Johnson.

To be issued on January 9th 2007 there are various first day cover and stamp sheet sets available for purchase from the Royal Mail website

Royal Mail Beatles Stamps Link

Adelphi - The Musical - Needs True Stories

From the Daily Post...

Inspire me with your hotel stories, says showpiece writer
Dec 27 2006
Sam Lister meets the creator of 2008 show Adelphi– The Musical
by Sam Lister, Daily Post

THE man behind showpiece Capital of Culture production Adelphi – The Musical wants to base it on real-life tales of romance from the hotel.

In his first interview about the project, which is expected to be one of the highlights of 2008, writer Phil Willmott said he wants it to be a funny, extra- vagant production that will appeal to everyone.

It will be staged as part of the Everyman and Playhouse’s programme for the celebration year.

Willmott, who produced Around The World in 80 Days for the Playhouse, wants to capture the Adelphi in its heyday.

He told the Daily Post: “The Adelphi is such a big part of Liverpool. It’s romantic but full of scandal."

Although the Adelphi project is still in the very early stages, he is keen to weave in true-life tales of romance at the iconic building into the script.

ANYONE with a story to tell should write to Phil Willmott care of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.


December 27, 2006

Yesterday - The Musical in Liverpool 2008? Maybe

From the Sunday Telegraph...

The former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney is planning to make a stage show inspired by his working-class childhood in Liverpool.

"It is based on Paul's classical work The Liverpool -Oratorio," explained Kate Robbins, Sir Paul's cousin, who is working on the adaptation. "Paul will approve every note as musical director."

Sir Paul composed The Liverpool Oratorio, his first classical work, with Carl Davis in 1991 to commemorate the city's 150th anniversary.

The story loosely follows the path of the musician's life, with the main character, Shanty, who was born in 1942 in Liverpool, marrying his sweetheart, Mary Dee, after the death of his father. McCartney was deeply affected by the death of his mother, Mary, in October 1956, when he was 14.

Although theatres in the West End of London are expected to compete to stage the new musical, Sir Paul may decide to open it in his home town during Liverpool's year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The Liverpool Oratorio was first performed at the city's Anglican cathedral and starred the classical singers Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Sally Burgess and Willard White.

Despite receiving a mixed reception from music critics, the recording proved to be a commercial success and topped classical charts around the world.


December 21, 2006

Liverpool Santa Dash 2006 - Record Numbers Again

pete-carr-santa-dash-2006.jpgI couldn't make it to see this years Santa Dash round downtown Liverpool on December 3 2006 but it seems it was a great success again with more Santas than every joining the 5K race.

Around 5,000 Santas braved the cold and wind (maybe one year they'll be running through snow) to run for charity.

Kev says "Once it was underway we had to endure a blinding sun and howling wind as the route took us along Liverpool’s famous waterfront. It was tough to say the least. A similar route from last year but running with the weather in our faces tested our endurance to the limit."

More details on the Santa Dash site

This is one of Pete Carr's photographs of the event, see more on his website:

December 19, 2006

Liverpool 2007 Birthday Cards

2007 Birthday Card

Liverpool is 800 years old in 2007 and to mark this special date we want to help thousands of people celebrate their own birthdays.

Anyone who is eight, 21 or 80 in 2007 is eligible to receive Liverpool's commemorative birthday card. So if you know a friend, relative or neighbour who fits the bill, then why not nominate them?

You can order a card online
See the liverpool08 page for full details

Dates for Future Culture Company Update Meetings


Capital of Culture Update Meeting

Lifestyles Everton Park, Great Homer Street, Everton, Merseyside, L5 5PH
Date(s): 28/3/2007 - 28/3/2007
[t]:0151 233 2008

Have you got something to say about Capital of Culture?

Then why not make your voice heard at the Liverpool Culture Company Update Meeting?

It takes place on 28 March from 6.30pm at Lifestyles Everton Park.

Places are strictly limited. You will be able to book your place approximately one month prior to each meeting.

Dates and locations for other meetings taking place in 2007 are as follows:

10 May, 6.30pm – Lifestyles Cardinal Heenan
21 June, 6.30pm – Lifestyles Ellergreen
12 September, 6.30pm – Lifestyles Picton
12 December, 6.30pm – Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson

Please note all of the above information is subject to change.

December 16, 2006

City To Stage Tall Ships Conference

Tall-Ships-arrive.jpgLiverpool will welcome the world’s largest gathering of captains of Tall Ships next year.

The city is to host the prestigious Sail Training International Annual Conference from 16th – 18th November 2007.

Despite staging The Tall Ships’ Races in 1984 and 1992, it is the first time the city will have hosted this conference.

Some 400 delegates from up to 30 countries will gather at St George’s Hall for the conference.

A programme of seminars and workshops will cover a wide range of topics of interest to the captains, sail training operators and representatives of ports that host The Tall Ships’ Races, organised by Sail Training International.

Also on the agenda will be a review of plans for the city’s staging of the start of The Tall Ships’ Races in July 2008.

Extra time has also been set aside for delegates to see the sights of Liverpool, prior to the start of The Tall Ships’ Races 2008 from 18th– 21st July.

Liverpool is hoping to attract 80 to 100 vessels carrying more than 6,000 sail trainees from around the world, mostly young people aged 15-25.

It is estimated that one million visitors will flock to see the maritime extravaganza, for what will be a major highlight of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.

Jason Harborow, Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, said: ''This conference is major coup for Liverpool and will help promote our programme for 2008 to a wide international audience. It is also a huge boost to our planning for The Tall Ships’ Races 2008. It will prepare the ground for venues and attractions in the region to be fully involved in making the event a stunning success.’’

As part of Liverpool's plans for the 2008 races, the Liverpool Culture Company has devised a sail training scheme for 25 young people each year from 2005 to 2008.

A programme of free watersports and coaching has also been created to get more youngsters involved in maritime activities, a key pledge of the city's 2005 themed year - Sea Liverpool.

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Warren Bradley, said: ‘’Liverpool's maritime links are legendary and we want to ensure The Tall Ships’ Races help to inspire a new generation of sea lovers. With the developments along the river and the major events planned, the Mersey will be reclaiming its role at the heart of Liverpool's success in 2008.''

Nigel Rowe, President and Chairman of Sail Training International, said: “The opportunity to be in Liverpool during its year as European Capital of Culture will be an added attraction for all our conference delegates. Show-casing what Liverpool has to offer the Tall Ships fleet and young trainees for the start of The Tall Ships’ Races 2008 will also help boost interest in the event for vessel operators.”

December 15, 2006

Liverpool NY Eve Fireworks 2006

The original announcement was for the Town Hall but now its changed to Lime St / St Georges Plateau.

Lime Street/St George's Plateau, Liverpool, Merseyside.
Date(s): 31/12/2006 - 31/12/2006
[t]:0151 233 2008

UPDATE: postponed due to weather forecast, rescheduled for Jan 5 at 19.30
Update: Short videos of the event here

New Year's Eve fireworks will launch Liverpool's 800th birthday year and mark the end of 2006, the year of performance.

The viewing area is Lime Street/St George's Plateau.

Festivities start at 5pm and the 20-minute fantastic pyrotechnic son et lumiere display will be set to a soundtrack celebrating music through the decades – from classical to contemporary.