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Nominations are open for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards

The opportunity to join Sefton’s sporting hall of fame is one step closer as entries open for 2018’s Sefton Sports Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the awards celebrate the very best of the sporting offer across the borough with categories celebrating the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

2018 is already a sporting year to remember with the Winter Olympics and Paralympic games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup all on the agenda. This makes it the perfect year to truly celebrate what is on offer in Sefton and recognise the people who make it all possible.

Especially poignant this year are the two awards celebrating sporting volunteers, given that 2018 is Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer. Volunteers can be nominated in the Volunteer of the Year category and Young Volunteer of the Year.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 11, the event is organised by Active Sefton which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio.

With 10 awards up for grabs there is a category to recognise all aspects of sporting achievements from school teams to top coaches and even a sports personality of the year.
Nominations can be made in the following groups:

• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year (including Junior Male, Junior Female, Male, Female and Disabled categories)
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year

Tina Pilkington, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “The Sefton Sports Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.
“We look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2018.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton Play The Atkinson, Southport

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton will play The Atkinson, Southport on Friday 6 April.

The first gig of their new album launch tour, the duo can’t wait to play the venue, Ross said: “We absolutely love being on tour, there’s nothing better for us than playing to a live audience. We’re really looking forward to playing The Atkinson and seeing fans old and new there on the 6th April!”

Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’ Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton will release their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ this spring. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018, Ross and Ali have been busy in the studio creating an album full of new and original material.

Packed full of their own compositions, partly commissioned by some of their fans, Ross and Ali have welcomed lots of their fellow friends and musicians to record on this album.

Revolving around skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes, which are the bedrock of the award-winning duo, the arrangements also include a full string section, the extensive use of synthesisers, drum kit and bodhran. The result is a much bigger sound with more adventurous and epic arrangements.

Ross and Ali met in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in them for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie.

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra (of which he is a founding member), Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson, Charlie Mckerron, India Alba and has performed with Kate Rusby, Blue Rose Code, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Capercaillie, Shooglenifty, Carl Barat, Papon, Karsh Kale, Flook, Breabach, Soumik Datta, Tim Edey, Patsy Reid, Hamish Napier.

Ali Hutton, from Methven in Perthshire, was inspired at the age of 7 to take up the bagpipes and rose through the ranks of the world-famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. It was there that he was taught, alongside Ross Ainslie, by the late, great Gordon Duncan. He has since gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish music scene. Ali has performed, and worked alongside some of the most respected musicians, and bands on the scene, such as Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, Carlos Nunez, Deaf Shepherd, Clueless, Steve Forman, Salsa Celtica, and Shooglenifty to name but a few. During his apprentice years as a professional musician he was fortunate enough to become a member of the multi award winning bands Brolum and Back of the Moon. He toured with them for several years across Europe and North America. Ali has also found himself producing some of the most well received Scottish Folk albums in recent years. Ali is currently a member of Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson band, and the new duo, cleverly named, Ross and Ali.

SYMBIOSIS II FEATURES

Ross Ainslie – Highland Pipes, Whistles, Cittern and Banjo
Ali Hutton – Highland Pipes, Whistles, Acoustic and Tenor Guitar Duncan Lyall – Moog and Synth
Martin O’Neill – Bodhran and Drums
Steven Byrnes – Drums
Patsy Reid – All Strings
Gus Sicard – Snare Drum

Produced by Andrea Gobbi, Ali Hutton and Ross Ainslie
Engineered by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Recordings and Carrier Waves Mixed by Andrea Gobbi at GloWorm Recordings and Carrier Waves Additional Engineering by Barry Reid and Keir Long
String Arrangements by Patsy Reid
String Recordings by Jamie Pryke
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios
Design and Photos by Somhairle Macdonald.

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton perform at The Atkinson, Southport on  Friday 6 April at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £14 and are available online at theatkinson.co.uk, by calling 01704 533333 or over the counter during opening hours. 

The Kings of Swing at The Atkinson this Spring

2018 sees King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys celebrate a remarkable 30 years on the road. More than the greatest jump, jive and swing band on the planet, they’ve become an institution and they perform at The Atkinson on Saturday 7 April at 7.30pm.

In their three decades, the band have delivered nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries, played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, including several on Blue Peter, The Teletubbies, as well as the Paradise Club series [where they were the house band], Challenge Anneka, The Gadget Show and on a prime time National Lottery advertisement – not to mention accompanying John Barrowman in a rendition of I Get A Kick Out Of You on Live And Kicking.

Rough, tough and always rocking, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys have appeared at festivals, in concert and at clubs throughout the UK and Europe – and they still play the Birmingham Jazz Festival, where they have headlined for an unprecedented 14 years.

The band has also performed alongside B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and toured with the actual Blues Brothers Band – the one from the movie.

Along the way, the band have recorded 11 albums for Big Bear Records, all distributed worldwide physically and online.

The band line up as King Pleasure [vocals and baritone saxophone], Boysey Battrum [alto and tenor saxophones], Bullmoose K Shirley [guitars], Mighty Matt Foundling [piano], Shark Van Schtoop [bass], and Gary ‘The Enforcer’ Barber [percussion].

Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 called them “the hardest act to follow since the parting of The Red Sea”,

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys comes to The Atkinson on Saturday 7 April  at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.

For more information about The Atkinson’s programme  join the e-mailing list by visiting theatkinson.co.uk

Ditch Those Stabilisers

The Easter school holidays sees the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team, offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, April 3 from 9am-12pm and Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, April 5, from 9am-12pm.

To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.

Meet the Easter Bunny & Receive a Chocolate Treat!

This Easter join Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky as they enter the Easter Bunny’s singing competition – but who will Fluffy think has got The Eggs Factor?

From the team behind Marty MacDonald’s Farm and Santa’s Christmas Wish comes the most chocolatey Easter show ever…

Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky are all going to enter, but can’t choose which song to sing… can you help them practice and see if YOU have The Eggs Factor too?

The prize is an exciting visit to the hidden Chocolate Factory – and a special chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny himself!

Come and join the fun, songs and laughter down at the Chocolate Factory in…Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor- then meet the Easter Bunny afterwards and receive a special Easter treat!

Songs include children’s favourites Old MacDonald Had A Farm, Wheels On The Bus, The Grand Old Duke Of York, The Hokey Cokey, I Am The Music Man, Jack And Jill, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and more!

Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor comes to The Atkinson on Friday 30 March at 2pm. Tickets are 9.50 / £7.50 children / £30 family ticket.

This family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by our popular meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself – includes a free Easter treat for every child.

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