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Issue:- Monday, 28 March 2016

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The Blow Monkeys 2016 Live Dates

FOLLOWING the success of The Blow Monkeys latest album the self released "If Not Now, When?" in 2015 the band are ready to spread the love and share the music out there "live" once again! They will open their UK tour at Liverpool's St George's Hall, on Thursday, 21 April 2016, at 7:30pm.  Since they reformed in 2008 The Blow Monkeys have been recording and performing again with almost indecent haste. This is a chance to catch a legendary band with all four original members performing at the peak of their powers with a mix of "classic hits" and brand new songs all infused with that enigmatic simian soul.  "We are so looking forward to coming back to Liverpool, especially playing at this magical venue! We have strong ties to Liverpool all the photos on The Blow Monkeys current album 'If Not Now, When?' were taken there and it almost feels like coming home. For me Liverpool is still the No 1 music City in the UK!" said Dr Robert. The Blow Monkeys will be forever synonymous with those international hit songs from the 80's such as:- "Digging Your Scene" and "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way", with Dr Robert the iconic frontman. But the man himself prefers to live in the present, he added:- "We've made 4 albums in the last 6 years since we reformed. We're on a roll! It's not about nostalgia and never will be. Of course we play the old songs live and love doing them, but the buzz also comes from doing something new. Our audience is hip enough to know that."  Live, the band are a sight to behold. Mick Anker on bass, the man who used to wear sideburns topped off with a bowler hat, continues his mesmeric swaying ways whilst playing intricate bass lines of funk and grace. Neville Henry, multi instrumentalist best known for his achingly beautiful tenor sax lines and stylish suits. Tony Kiley on drums, a powerhouse from the valleys of South Wales, who can explode like Buddy Rich and swing like Gene Krupa. And of course Dr Robert, the iconic front man and songwriter, spouting opinions and poses in equal measure with a canny sense of knowing and a suitcase full of killer songs. So here we have it, a "must see" band! Invigorated, charged and on a roll, playing their unique and unmistakable Blow Monkey boogie. Robert says:- "We're really only just beginning to get the hang of all this. We can't wait to get out and play it again it's where it all becomes real." Tickets can be purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, online or via calling:- 0844 800 0410.

Letters to the Editor:- "Southport is now a grotty Town!"

"I can't see why Southport is still known as 'England's classic resort?' I never thought I would say this, but we popped into Southport on our holidays, for run up to Easter. I remember Southport looking amazing from my childhood.   I returned a few years back when we for the Air Show and it  looked nice back then as well. But I have never seen it looking so bad as it does now. 1st we found parking was horrendous and then found out, travellers have moved in to Town Centre car park! Then we spotted most of the small shops had close down. Letter in the side roads and in the flowerbeds... What has gone wrong with the Town? It was a magical, butiful place to visit once...  The other annoying thing is we got accosted by people asking for cash all the time.  It just felt to us that the Town was rundown and people just did not care anymore. I'm shocked by the deterioration of the area.   Plus what is it about the Traffic wardens in the area?  We spotted them all over the place! How did Southport get so bad?" Jane, from Llandudno.

Editorial note:- "We have read your comments and are very sorry to hear your views. We do hope you will come back to Southport in the Summer.  That way you can see the Town in a better light, when all the major attractions are taking place. Sadly the Town is going though a change recently and it is off season, so many businesses are re-painting and building, plus the weather is not helping."

Please email your views to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com on this issue.  Do you agree that Southport is a:- "Grotty Town?"

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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