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Kind-hearted Southport schoolgirl Ebony Barbé has won a place in the semi-final of Miss Teen Great Britain 2022
Southport schoolgirl Ebony wins Miss Teen Great Britain 2022 semi final spot

A kind-hearted Southport schoolgirl is celebrating after winning a place in the semi-final of Miss Teen Great Britain 2022.  Talented dancer and actress Ebony Barbé, aged 10, has beaten competition from across Great Britain to be named as one of the semi-finalists. Ebony, a pupil at Churchtown Primary School, is currently raising funds for the Together For Short Lives charity,

Bars and pubs
Hospitality workers to benefit from new law banning firms from withholding tips

All tips will go to staff under new plans to overhaul tipping practices set out by the government, providing a financial boost to hospitality workers across the country. Most hospitality workers – many of whom are earning the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage – rely on tipping to top up their income. But research shows that many businesses

The British Musical Fireworks Championship in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
Final night of British Musical Fireworks 2021 as crowds enjoy event’s return

People can enjoy the third and final night of The British Musical Fireworks Championship 2021 as it takes place at Victoria Park in Southport tonight (Sunday, 26th September).  Star Fireworks and Sonic Fireworks will create two breath-taking colourful pyro displays set to music, with the judges then left with the difficult choice of selecting this year’s winner.  Visitors can also

The first ever Southport Athletic Junior Football Club presentation, at Southport Rugby Football Club
Southport Athletic JFC hosts Biograd Cup 2021 to raise funds for Sefton Afghan Appeal

Southport Athletic Junior Football Club is holding a special tournament this weekend to raise funds and awareness of the Sefton Afghan Appeal.  The Biograd Cup 2021 will take place at Ferryside Lane in Crossens in Southport between 10am and 1pm this Saturday, 25th September, with spectators welcome!  Southport Athletic Junior Football Club is a newly formed club, founded in March

The Sefton Afghan Appeal
Sefton Afghan Appeal sees kind-hearted residents fill all eight donations points

Thousands of kind-hearted and generous residents have pulled together to donate to the Sefton Afghan Appeal to help those families who will be settling in the borough across the coming weeks and months. The sheer generosity of communities across Sefton has in fact been so overwhelming that all eight donation points are now at maximum capacity and can no longer

The British Musical Fireworks in Southport
Saturday at Southport musical fireworks already SOLD OUT as people urged to buy tickets online

The much-missed British Musical Fireworks Championship starts tonight – but Saturday’s event has already SOLD OUT!  The spectacular event returns to Victoria Park in Southport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (24th-26th September) after being sadly postponed last year due to the Covid pandemic.  Thousands of fireworks fans will be left in awe of breath-taking colourful pyro displays, light shows and

Brown en Blonde
Southport Pleasureland hosts superb night of entertainment at Festival of Machines weekend

People can enjoy a fantastic night of entertainment at Southport Pleasureland this weekend.  The attraction, on Marine Drive in Southport, is hosting its first ever Festival of Fantastic Machines event this Saturday and Sunday (September 25th and 26th).  And from 5pm this Saturday evening (September 26th), Southport Pleasureland is inviting people to join them for a night of great entertainment.

Radio presenter Claire Simmo
Botanic Gardens
Sandgrounder Radio gives its backing for Make A Change For Ben campaign in Southport

Sandgrounder Radio in Southport is lending its support to the Make A Change For Ben campaign.  Campaigners want to raise funds to pay tribute to the inspiration for the group, Ben Smith-Crallan, who died after falling into the lake at Botanic Gardens in Churchtown in Southport in June 2018. Ben was just 37 years old when he died. Organisers want

Southport Comedy Festival has launched its search for the next Southport New Comedian of the Year
Southport Comedy Festival
Southport New Comedian of the Year 2021 contest launches search for top new talent

Southport Comedy Festival 2021 has launched its search for the next Southport New Comedian of the Year. Aspiring comedians from all over the country have been invited to apply to win one of eight places in the grand final which takes place on Thursday, 7th October as part of the 10th annual Southport Comedy Festival Under Canvas at Victoria Park

Southport Market
Southport Market
Southport Market celebrates Oktoberfest with a Bavarian bonanza

A Bavarian bonanza has taken over Southport Market for the venue’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration. Running until Sunday, September 26th, a cultural delight of entertainment, food and drink will be the first of many special Oktoberfest celebrations planned to take place annually at Southport Market. Speciality German beer will be sold at the Market bar and food stall traders are encouraged

A flooded Merlewood Avenue in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
People urged to share your views on reducing risk and impact of flooding in Sefton

People are being asked to voice their views on flooding in Southport and across Sefton.  Sefton Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), is drawing up a new strategy to protect its communities from the risk of flooding and coastal erosion over the next decade. The new management strategy will outline the clear roles and responsibilities of not only

Southport Market. Photo by Mark Shirley
Southport Market
New Southport Market events space to be completed this October to attract more visitors

The new events space at the new look Southport Market is due to be completed this October.  People will be able to enjoy a large range of events including food and drink festivals, comedy nights, cabaret, immersive events, themed markets, tasting events, Christmas events and much more. Local community groups will also be able to utilise it.  Sefton Council, which

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