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Pete Firman brings magic touch to the Atkinson

Pete Firman, one of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians, has added 15 additional dates to his UK tour of brand new show, Marvels, due to phenomenal demand.

Expect to be mesmerised by Pete’s acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience at the Atkinson Arts Centre on March 15, 2019

‘The UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1’s Tommy Cooper Forever, Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One’s Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra and recently appeared on BBC One’s The Generation Game.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled by the response to the 2018 tour and I’m very excited to be taking ‘Marvels’ to even more places in 2019! Make sure you grab a ticket before they disappear.”

Pete’s skill for fusing magic and comedy has made him one of the most sought after magicians working on British television, writing and performing in magic shows such as Monkey Magic (FIVE), Dirty Tricks, Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular (Channel 4) and The Secret World of Magic (Sky One).

In 2017 Pete was presented with ‘The Carlton Award’ by the world famous Magic Circle. It is given for outstanding comedy in magic and Pete is the first non-member of the society to receive it in the Magic Circle’s 100-plus year history.

Other recipients of Magic Circle awards include Derren Brown and David Copperfield.

Pete’s return to the Edinburgh Fringe marks his 11th appearance at the world’s largest arts festival, with a full-length run at The Pleasance Beyond.

To book tickets for Pete’s popular show, visit:

Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look. 

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician. 

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.  

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”  

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email:

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website:

Sefton libraries’ pioneering project continues to grow

Local libraries in Crosby and Bootle are leading the way with a pioneering new project called the Human Library, which is creating a different type of story at these beloved local spaces.

The Human Library started life as an arts, wellbeing and togetherness project in Bootle Library and is now extending to Crosby Library.

On October 17, 18 & 20 the Human Library at Crosby will launch it’s ‘Pool Our Resources project, three days of free workshops, activities and demonstrations that highlight and share the hidden skills in our local community, initiated by artist Sean Roy Parker.

‘Pool our Resources will look at how we are reintroducing elements of craft, thrift and upcycling back into our everyday lives.

Everyone is invited to come and join in, and learn how to bake bread, pickle vegetables, make soap, make a picture frame, save seeds from garden produce or mend a puncture. Workshops led by artists, librarians, social enterprises and local people include DIY with Bootle Tool Shed, Embroidery with Dorlins Haberdashers, Bread for beginners by Homebaked, and candle-making with Ford Lane Allotments.

All workshops and sessions are free and drop in, but places are limited so turn up early to secure your slot! Suitable for anyone of any age with any level of experience – or none!

The Human Library believes that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the head and the hand” to offer their community, and so together with librarians, artists and local residents, the Human Library is producing creative activities, artist-led workshops, skills sharing sessions, events and happenings – where everyone is welcome and everything is free.

This celebration of collective knowledge is a reminder of the importance of our social spaces, and the positive effect of skill-sharing on health and wellbeing.

To find our more about our Human Library projects in Bootle and Crosby, you can speak to one of the Librarians, see the up to date programme on the Human Library website or find them on facebook, twitter or instagram.

Free screening of WW1 film kicks off week long commemoration

With just a month to go until the WW1 multi media commemoration at Holy Trinity Church, Southport, the latest activity to be included is a free screening of the feature film Journey’s End.

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, the film, released this year, reveals the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate. The screening (12A) will be at the church on Hoghton Street, Southport, on Friday November 9 at 7.30pm.

Guests are invited to turn up on the evening with entry completely free.

This film kicks off a week of events, organised by Trinity Arts, which includes a gallery of images and stories, live poetry readings with people dressed as WW1 soldiers, a poignant flower display, video reports, schools participation, silhouettes, talks from special guests, and original artwork.

There will also be items from WW1 on display including original cigarette boxes, a cartoon book featuring soldiers, medals and more. Children’s activities will be available, including making a tissue-paper poppy wreath.

Organiser Joy Aldred, of Trinity Arts, said that the event had become much bigger than anyone expected. “Thanks to media coverage, so many people have got in touch to share their families’ stories and their tales are amazing and so poignant.

“They’re not just about WW1, we are also remembering those who fought in WW2. Just a few highlights to mention include diaries from prisoners of war in both conflicts, a story of someone who deserted – because he wanted to fight at the Front, a Southport lass who helped defend London in WW2, by being a barrage balloon operator, and an Untold Story of a soldier in WW1, whose family knew nothing about his experiences until he died.

“Then they discovered a cupboard full of memorabilia, from which we’ve pieced together part of his life at the Front. That memorabilia will be on display on the Saturday and is fascinating.”

A timetable of events will be available nearer the time, meanwhile check out or follow on Facebook @SouthportTrinityArtsFestival

Formby beach to mark WW1 Centenary with special display

Formby beach will be the focal point for a public commemorative event on November 11 to mark 100 years since Armistice and the end of World War One.

The National Trust will be leading the Pages of the Sea event at Formby Beach, part of a national Armistice Day commemoration project led by film director Danny Boyle to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, with a work by poet Carol Ann Duffy to be read out by participants on the day.

The event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from World War One, which will be washed away as the tide comes in. The public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Visitors can drop in anytime on Sunday between 9am and 12 noon and are encouraged to use public transport to travel to and from Formby on the day to avoid traffic queues and delays to their visit.

The event is focused around the Board Walk Path at Lifeboat Road, which is a 20-minute walk from Formby Station via Kirklake Road or from Victoria Road car park via the Sefton Coastal Path. Lifeboat Road car park has the best access to the event, via the boardwalk and is most suitable for those with access needs, buggies or wheelchairs.  For more information visit

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