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LCR Pride Foundation to lead Liverpool City Region bid for Gay Games 2026

LCR Pride Foundation has revealed its intention to bid for the Liverpool City Region to host the 2026 Gay Games, a move that has been backed by the region’s Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.

The news also comes alongside the announcement of British Paralympian, Claire Harvey MBE, as its newest Patron. Recognised as a world leader in diversity and inclusion and culture, the former LJMU student is now the Director of Culture and Inclusion for EDIT Development.

The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that takes place every four years, welcoming more than 10,000 athletes competing in 30+ sports. It attracts tens of thousands of spectators who also attend to take part in the event’s extensive cultural programme, which includes music, visual arts and mass participation events such as fun runs.

Speaking of the announcement of the intention to submit a big for the 2026 Gay Games next year, LCR Pride Foundation Co-Chair, Andi Herring, said: “The Gay Games is a globally recognised sporting and cultural event that empowers and celebrates the LGBT+ community, as well as supporting local regeneration in its host cities.

“The Liverpool City Region has a proven record for delivering large-scale, world-class sport and cultural events, as last year’s wildly successful Liverpool 2018 programme demonstrated.

“We believe that this experience, combined with the foundation’s commitment to collaborative working and making the city region the most LGBT+ friendly in the UK, makes Liverpool City Region the perfect host city for the 2026 games.

“Our bid as the Liverpool City Region will encourage relationship building with local authorities, community groups and sports organisations throughout the six boroughs, as we work together towards a unified goal.”

Co-Chair, John Bird, added: “Welcoming Claire Harvey MBE as a Patron as we embark on this journey will only strengthen our offer to the Federation of Gay Games. We are extremely grateful for her support and recognise how invaluable her expertise will be to creating a bid that we believe could bring the 2026 games to our region.”

To date, only Brisbane in Australia has highlighted its intention to bid for the 2026 Gay Games. Bids will be submitted in 2020 and the successful city will be announced by the event’s sanctioning body, the Federation of Gay Games, at its Annual General Meeting in Hong Kong in 2021.

Speaking in support of the bid, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Diversity, respect, equality, and solidarity for all are the foundation blocks on which the Games are built, and they are values we share.

“Our region is well accustomed to holding sporting events that attract a worldwide audience.   The Merseyside Derby, Rugby Super League, The Open and the Grand National are regular features in our sporting calendar but never before have we held anything on the scale of the Gay Games.

“I relish the opportunity to build on our strong track record of supporting LGBT+ rights, empowering communities and creating lasting social change. And that is why I am proud to support this bid.”

New LCR Pride Foundation Patron, Claire Harvey MBE, said: “Becoming a Patron of the LCR Pride Foundation as they make this exciting announcement is incredibly special for me, not least because I attended university here.

“I know first-hand the power and benefit that sport can have on a person’s life and on a community. Sport is a vehicle that can bring people together and bridge differences to start a culture change.

“I am backing this bid to enable more people to see the breadth and depth of LGBT+ people who already love sport, as well encouraging more people from the community to access its benefits. I also want to showcase the Liverpool City Region as a diverse and inclusive LGBT+ friendly area, with a strong and positive LGBT+ community.

“One of the great things about being part of London 2012 was the ability to break down fears and myths about disability and, as a participant, feeling like a member of a huge family. I am keen to ensure Liverpool has the opportunity to do the same for Gay Games.”

For more information visit www.LCRGayGames.com or  follow us on Twitter @LCRGayGames or Facebook at LCR Gay Games 2026.

 

Appeal for next of kin of Thongsuk Nalmuk from Crosby

Merseyside Police are appealing for help in locating the next of kin of a 54 year-old man who died in Crosby.

Thongsuk Nalmuk passed away at his home address on College Road in Crosby on Tuesday, 26th February.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It is believed Mr Nalmuk has family living in Thailand.

Anyone with information is asked to email sefton.coroners.office@Merseyside.pnn.police.uk

Police issue warning about shop’s hacked Instagram page

Police are investigating a report the social media account of a clothes store in Aintree has been compromised and are urging customers to be vigilant.

A report was received that the Instagram account of the Haus of Harlow store on Warbreck Avenue, Aintree had been hacked and was being used to receive cash purportedly in exchange for goods that would then be collected from the store. This was done without the store’s knowledge and the goods were not available for collection.

Detective Inspector Holly Chance, from the Merseyside Police Economic Interventions Team, said: “We believe the social media account was compromised and while efforts are currently being made to close it down, we would urge people to avoid any correspondence on Instagram page with the profile page ‘harlowhaus1_’ for the time being. Instead, all contact with the store should be done in person.

“This offence has left members of the public out of pocket and has caused significant distress to the shop owner who has been left trying to explain the situation to those disappointed customers, all while trying to run a legitimate business and make an honest living.

“We are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to contact police so that we can bring the offender to justice.”

If you have been affected by this incident please report the matter to ActionFraud, the UK centre for reporting fraud or cyber crime offences and state that your case is linked to incident NFRC181002590126. Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040 or via https://www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 18400019955 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

Strand shopping centre goes Bug Crazy this February Half term!

The Strand shopping centre has unveiled it February Half term activity as it goes Creepy Crawly Crazy!

The Strand’s popular craft Zone will be open Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st of February from 11am – 2pm making bug crafts and is totally free just simply turn up and join in the fun!

On Wednesday 20th of February The Strand will welcome the brilliant Creepy Crawly Show. The Creepy Crawly Show will be bringing along a range of creatures for shoppers to touch and ask questions about. This interactive activity is also accompanied by a challenge get out and about and get bug hunting to enter the centre’s bug hunting competition.

Rowland Parry, Centre Manager commented ‘This year we are promoting our Well being theme and embarking on many projects for a wide range of shoppers and retailers alike to improve their general health and well-being. Our half term activity with The Creepy Crawly Show, we hope will not only be informative and fun but will encourage our shoppers and smaller visitors to the centre to get out and about and go on their very own bug hunt. They can bug hunt in their gardens or parks anywhere in the local area. We are looking forward to seeing the photos coming in on our social media as well as meeting some creepy crawlies in the centre.’

Simply visit The Strand and find out some amazing facts about the creatures on show, ask the experts and then go hunting for yourself. The Strand want to see your bug hunting pictures, simply send them to The Strand’s facebook page to be in with a chance to win a bug hunting goodie bag including your very own butterfly farm!

The Strand’s facebook competition opens on the 20th of February and you have until the 1st of March to get your photos sent into the page to be in with a chance of winning. One image will be selected by The Strand Management team as the winning picture.

Please find attached a selection of images for your publication.

For more information please contact Lucy Kirk to lucy@strand-shopping.com. Tel – 07967498493

Sefton’s Public Engagement Panel has reached it’s 10-year milestone.


Sefton Council is delighted to be celebrating Sefton’s Public Engagement and  Consultation Panel’s 10th Anniversary.

 The Council and several partners developed the panel to ensure they collectively listen to residents and give them the opportunity to have a say in the services that are delivered.

 One of the ways this is done is by going out into our communities to carry out engagement and consultation activities. It is the panel’s responsibility to ensure these consultations are delivered effectively.

 The panel includes representatives from Sefton Council, South Sefton and Southport Clinical Commissioning Group, Sefton CVS, Sefton Young Advisors, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and Mersey Travel.

To find out more about how you can get involved follow this link; http://ow.ly/gEU130noiwn

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services and Chair of the Public Engagement and Consultation Panel, said:

 “We are all extremely happy that after 10 years this panel is still going strong and long may it continue. Working together and sharing the panel’s expertise has enabled us to successfully advise on 168 consultation and engagement activities, meaning we have listened to the views of thousands of residents from across the borough.

 “I am also very proud that this panel has been held up as an example of extremely good practice in relation to how we engage with the public and with our partners.

 “We are committed to delivering quality services which work in the best interest of residents, workers or visitors to Sefton. To do this, we recognise that we must engage with the public when making decisions and we encourage as many people as possible to give us their views.”

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