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Southport Jazz Festival 2023: the 10 gigs you’ll love at spectacular music celebration

Southport will come alive to the sound of jazz this weekend when the 2023 Southport Jazz Festival takes place. Music lovers can enjoy the three-day spectacle at The Grand on Lord Street from Friday 3rd February to Sunday 5th February 2023. Southport Jazz Festival is being organised for the first time by acclaimed local musicians Jez Murphy and Emma Holcroft,

Ainsdale Village Show Parade along Station Road on July 7, 2007, the Rainbows were all smiles. Picture Gareth Jones Photography
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Changes revealed for 2023 Ainsdale Show after costs increase ‘in leaps and bounds’

Changes are being made to the long-running Ainsdale Show in Southport.  The event lost £3,000 in the last financial year and organisers hope the new arrangements will make it more sustainable.  Ainsdale Horticultural Society will now stage some of the attractions in the Methodist Church hall and grounds. There will still be a two-day spectacle on Ainsdale Village Green, featuring

Acclaimed Southport artist Malcolm Fryer with daughters Juliet and Katie
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Funeral details released for much loved Southport artist Malcolm Fryer

The funeral details have been released for renowned Southport artist Malcolm Fryer.   Malcolm died on 7th January 2023 aged 85 after a battle against cancer. He died at home, surrounded by his family, the way he wanted to go. He leaves daughter Katie Fryer, daughter Juliet Holmes and her husband Richard, their children Becca and Ben, and his cousin Pat

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust has been awarded the Freedom of Sefton. Phoot by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust
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Hospital heroes awarded Freedom of Sefton for extraordinary sacrifice and dedication in Covid-19 pandemic

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and other NHS heroes have been awarded the Honorary Freedom of Sefton.  At an Extraordinary meeting last night, Sefton Council also conferred the honour on three other local health trusts: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. A decision to award the Freedom of

The former Garrick Theatre in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
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6 new developments we can’t wait to see on Lord Street in Southport in 2023

These are exciting times for Lord Street in Southport!  People will see lots of changes happening this year, with millions of pounds of new investment pouring in creating scores of new jobs.  These are just some of the new developments you will be able to look forward to, and there are more to come too with discussions taking place behind

Southport Pleasureland CEO Norman Wallis
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Pride Of Sefton Awards 2023: Southport Pleasureland invites nominations for Child Of Courage

Do you know a child in Sefton who deserves to be celebrated for showing remarkable courage?  We’d love you to nominate them for a Child of Courage Award, sponsored by Southport Pleasureland, in this year’s Pride Of Sefton Awards.  We are searching for nominees who have shown immense courage in the face of adversity. Courage comes in different shapes –

Launching the Pride Of Sefton Awards are (from left): Southport BID Head of Operations Luke Randles; Stand Up For Southport Founder Andrew Brown; Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Head of Marketing and Communications Amanda Provan; and Mikhail Hotel owner Andrew Mikhail. Photo by Dave Brown Photography
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Pride Of Sefton Awards 2023: Tell us about your local heroes in these 13 categories

The first ever Pride Of Sefton Awards are taking place this April – and we would love to see your nominations!  There are 13 different categories that you could choose, recognising our local heroes across a wide range of areas.  We want you to help us reward all those who go the extra mile to give so selflessly for others.

Shorna Warren (Senior Speciality Doctor) and Kristina Ackers (Ward Sister) at Queenscourt Hospice trekked the Wadi Rum Desert for the charity
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Queenscourt Hospice doctor and nurse trek across Wadi Rum Desert to raise over £8,000 for charity

A doctor and a nurse from Queenscourt Hospice have raised thousands of pounds by trekking across the Wadi Rum Desert.  Shorna Warren (Senior Speciality Doctor) and Kristina Ackers (Ward Sister) completed the  totally unique self-funded challenge of a lifetime as their way of supporting the hospice, which cares for patients across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.  The Wadi Rum Deset,

Staff at Hatter's Digital Agency in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media
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Hatter’s Digital Agency unveils new HQ and calls for more office space in Southport

Hatter’s Digital Agency has moved into smart new offices in Southport. The award-winning digital marketing company is now situated at 21 Hoghton Street, right in the heart of the town centre. The firm employs seven talented creatives who provide services including social media management, branding and logo design, SEO, copywriting, or full marketing strategies. Hatter’s has grown in recent months

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