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Issue:- Thursday, 28 July 2016

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Miss England 2016 has been held in Southport
Report and photo by Patrick Trollope.

MISS England, which is part of the Miss World competition, is far from what many would imagine a beauty pageant to be. As many of us have learned over the last few weeks, this classic competition offers much more that perceived by the general public. These competitions have travelled far from their roots and no longer follow the tarnished and rather superficial format of old. Today the aims are supplemented by a willingness to develop better role models, in keeping with today’ needs. It challenges the stereo typical view of a of “The World’s Most Desirable Women.” Many of those who have won the title of Miss England in the past have become Doctors, one, even before she had entered, was War Hero. These girls are more than eye candy and the competition examines their personalities, minds and physical abilities, not just their looks. Like their counterparts in Mr England, the most desirable candidates are not always your typical catwalk style model in looks. With teenagers and young people having very few role models to look up to, these girls, who achieve the crown have to act as role models. This is an extremely hard challenge for these young ladies to undertake. Not only do they have to battle with sexist views attached to modelling, the media attention, but also with the very cut throat world of celebrity. Many influences on the young today are far from being benign or desirable, so we should welcome the now more mature approach on offer by the Miss and Mr World competitions. Far from sullying the image of classic Southport, which is fast disappearing, this competition offers a welcome expansion of entertainment whilst demonstrating what the world should be about. If more competitions are run like this, instead of the increasing number of them, like Big Brother, The Apprentice, X-Factor and similar, many of which often play into our baser instincts, our country would be far better off. These girls move heaven and earth to raise funds for charity, support local events and more... In fact, events like Miss England bring in revenue to the area without damaging its reputation in the least, and are anything but sexist. What we have found sexist is some of the reporting of events like that of Mr World, given that in the UK, competitions frequently have competitors doing very similar tasks to those undertaken by Miss World contestants. Yet media coverage frequently fails to reflect their aspirations. Also, competitions such these in Southport and Merseyside should raise the profile of those areas internationally, yet both locally and nationally got very little attention. Stating this is not knocking them but emphasising that biased coverage reinforces the stereotypical, historical views of these competitions, as do the countless less honourable shows that spring up. But the ideas behind Miss England and Miss World, whose tagline is 'Beauty with a Purpose' could present opportunities for future in providing good role models, should we take the opportunity to embrace what these girls have to offer.

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Brazilica Festival 2016 coverage – Part 2

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Bell Tower Challenge Has Nice Ring To It
Husband and wife peace campaigners accept Honorary Doctorates from Edge Hill University
Benefit loan scheme's Merseyside expansion
Agencies issue safety advice for summer visitors to Sefton’s coast
Cash for green improvements available
New relatives’ room at Southport A&E
Liverpool amongst most generous Cities in the UK
Praise for Wirral dog owners
Children invited to join Big Summer Library Reading Challenge!
Liverpool City Region programme shortlisted for national award
Southport and Ormskirk Trust 1 of 1st in UK to sign up to RCM staff wellbeing Charter
Concern about agency workers’ understanding of recent employment changes
Look again at plans to target online VAT loss
Fatal road road traffic collision in Formby
Next of kin appeal for relatives of Olive McLeod
Homecoming abseil for charity boss with a fear of heights
56 year old assaulted in Bootle
New app for Southport hospital visitors
All invited to free family fun day at Seacombe Children’s Centre
Did you hear the live classical music at Liverpool Town Hall?
Did you see Jools Holland live in Liverpool?
Volunteers Search and Rescue Unit Teams Up With Merseyside Police
Blogging therapy for Hospice patient
Paymentshield gets green fingered at Southport Botnaic Gardens
Regional fund boost for transport in Wirral
Enjoy The Summer Holidays But Stay Safe
Shop’s drinks appeal rejected
Liverpool Pride 2016
Boogie Storm visit The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
PCC urges Home Secretary to act to tackle rise in child sexual offences
Charity's cream teas enjoy sweet taste of success in Southport
"Hidden jewel" to be converted into a park
Society calls on Southport to help stock animal rescue centre
Work to start on refurbishing the Welsh Streets
Northern Councils to play a leading role in Brexit Negotiations
More LED street lights planned
New Mr World crowned in Southport
Miss England Final 2016
V-Festival 2016
Join the Line Up At Fusion Festival 2016
Liverpool Love's - Spreading a little happiness for summer 2016

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LIMF 2016 – Part 1

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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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