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The Mersey Beatles bring number one hit-packed show to Southport

All 17 of The Beatles sensational UK Number One hits will be delivered in an all-new live show by the world’s favourite Liverpool-born tribute to the Fab Four.

The Mersey Beatles have played to sold-out audiences around the globe for more than 20 years and they are bringing their unmissable theatre show to The Atkinson, Southport, on Saturday September 4.

This will be one of the first full-capacity shows at the historic coastal venue since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

And to celebrate the return of live music – and, of course, the hits of the greatest band of all time – The Mersey Beatles will play every Beatles’ chart-topping single in this magnificent two-hour show alongside more than 20 other classic songs.

So, get your dancing shoes ready as such smash-hits as From Me To You, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand to Lady Madonna, Get Back and Hey Jude will all be delivered in a truly authentic way.

Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo), together with keyboard player and percussionist Tony Cook – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 – clocking up more than 600 gigs.

Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over – winning legions of fans, including John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird and The British BeatlesThe Mersey Beatles tour image Fan Club who rate them as “The best Beatles tribute band around”.

They exude the inner and outer spirit of the real thing, from the costumes, instruments, Scouse charm and, of course, that unmistakable era-defining, Liverpool-born sound. Their show wonderfully flows from the ‘Mop Top’ hits of Beatlemania, through the psychedelic creativity of Sgt Pepper to the melodic wonder of the Fab Four’s later work.

Steven said: “We can’t wait to play Southport – The Atkinson is a brilliant venue and the audiences are always up for a great night.

“As for everyone, this last year has been incredibly difficult. Our 2020 World Tour was postponed and not being able to go and play shows has been so frustrating.

“But live music is back at last and so we thought what better way to celebrate than to create the ultimate feel-good night by playing, for the first time, every Beatles’ Number One in the same show.”

Mark added: “That’s 17 chart-toppers – from 1963’s From Me To You to 1969’s The Ballad of John and Yoko – played totally live, as they should be, plus many, many, more Fab Four hits.

“We’ll play around 40 songs in the show so it’s going to be a brilliant night for Beatles fans. My advice is bring your dancing shoes!”

Final tickets for The Mersey Beatles at The Atkinson, on Saturday September 4, are available now from or by calling (01704) 533 333

Did someone say Bank Holiday Weekend at Bootle Canalside?

Bootle Canalside opens its gates from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August for a Bank Holiday weekend packed full of mouth-watering food, drinks and a whole host of activities and entertainment.

Entry will be free at Sefton’s newest venue as it welcomes an eclectic mix of local traders, serving from bespoke, fitted shipping containers, which is a nod to Bootle’s docklands history.

Visitors to the event will be able to sample food from around the world, showcasing Sefton’s mix of culinary talent.

Local musicians, groups and artists will descend on Bootle Canalside from Thursday 26th August, to providing a mix of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Bootle Canalside will be accessible via Washington Parade and will open from 12 noon to 9pm from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August.

It will be the first time the much-anticipated venue will host an event and showcase its potential as a new feature of Bootle’s hospitality and night time economy. The pop-up event is a chance to test the site and gather community feedback from residents, as well as attracting visitors to Bootle from across Sefton and beyond. It is intended that the lessons learned from this, and other potential events later in the year, will inform design and business planning for the long-term future of the site.

There will be no formal COVID restrictions as per government guidance for an outdoor event of this size, however visitors will be encouraged to be mindful of others, practice good hand hygiene and keep their distance from others where they can.

Details of traders and entertainment will be released in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, so watch this space and follow us on social media for the latest updates.


Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

“I am thrilled to see Bootle Canalside opening up for the August Bank Holiday to provide a five, fun-filled days of food, drink and entertainment from a range of Sefton’s talented local traders, artists and entertainers.

“Bootle Canalside is being developed to work for our community and kick-start the regeneration and recovery of one of the country’s towns hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and other issues.

“I cannot wait to see the site bustling with visitors and I hope this is the start of a new chapter of opportunity, regeneration and recovery in Bootle and I hope lots people head down to our latest venue and tell us what they think.”


Following the pop up, work will take place to complete the site based on community feedback. Once completed, Bootle Canalside will include an urban garden, food, drink and leisure outlets and events spaces that adds a new element to Bootle’s local economy. It will bring activity to currently under-used land and will help to stimulate the local economy, transforming the look and feel of the town for residents, businesses and visitors and improving the quality of life for the community.

Bootle Canalside site is one of a number of areas of exciting progress in the town.  The development of an Area Action Plan in the coming months will ensure the views of the local communities and businesses are reflected in the plans. Alongside this, work continues on the future of the Strand Shopping Centre, and the Council’s bid for the Government’s has been submitted.

If approved by the Government, the Council’s £14.5million Levelling Up Fund bid will see construction and launch of a new, hi-tech digital and Virtual Reality (VR) venue hosting a unique visitor attraction and providing places for technology enhanced ‘competitive socialising.’

Bootle’s “Flying Theatre” will use a robotic hydraulic platform to create the feeling of flying through the British Isles and a VR Time-Travel Tunnel will take visitors on a journey through the ‘History of Bootle and Liverpool’, including an experience of the Blitz, adding to Bootle’s offer as a visitor destination.

Sefton residents can hop back on board the NHS COVID-19 vaccine bus

NHS COVID-19 vaccination bus parked in Bootle Asda car park
NHS COVID-19 vaccination bus parked in Bootle Asda car park

The NHS COVID-19 vaccination bus is returning to Asda in Bootle on Thursday 19 August after a successful first visit to the town.

Residents aged 18 and over will be able to visit the bus in the car park of Asda on Strand Road this Thursday 19 August from 10am-4pm for a first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, without the need for an appointment.

The bus will also be visiting Netherton Activity Centre on Friday 27 August, 10am-4pm, where residents aged 16 and above will be able to get their vaccine.

Successful visit

It follows the buses successful initial visit to Asda car park from 10-12 August last week, with more than 119 residents taking the opportunity to get their jab.

Earlier this week Margeret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “The best way to protect ourselves is to make sure we get both doses of the vaccine, which is now also available to 16 and 17-year-olds, who will soon be invited for their vaccination appointments.

Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It was great to see so many residents taking advantage of this easy way to come and get their jab. We saw people come along who had just popped to the shops, as well as those who had heard about the bus through their friends or the media and said they had found it useful to have such a convenient way to get the vaccine.

“We would encourage anyone who still needs to get their first or second vaccine to come along and take advantage of this quick and easy way to get protected. The vaccine protects yourself, your friends and your family, so whether you’re 80 or 18 it’s never too late to take up the offer.”

Seaforth Village Surgery

Seaforth Village Surgery re-opened for walk-in vaccinations on Tuesday 17 August to Saturday 21 August, from 10am-6:30pm after a week’s break, offering first and second doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. This site will be offering jabs to those aged 16 and 17, as well as all over 18 year olds.

Following this week the dates and opening times of Seaforth Village Surgery and other locations will be posted on the CCG website every Monday:

How to get your vaccine

The various ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccination in Sefton are:

For the latest information on vaccine eligibility, visit:

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines can be found here:

Seaforth Village Surgery back open for walk-in COVID vaccinations & pre-booked jab appointments.

Seaforth Village Surgery is back open this week (Tuesday 17th  to Saturday 21st August to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for south Sefton residents aged 16 and over.

People can either walk in for their jab or book an appointment.


Run by GP practices in Seaforth and Litherland known as a primary care network, the vaccination site, is re-opening after a week’s break.

Seaforth is open for walk-ins from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 6.30pm. This site will be offering jabs to those aged 16 and 17, as well as all over 18 year olds. If people do want to book, they can call 07979 938 229 or book via their own GP practice if they are registered with a GP in south Sefton.

Following this week the dates and opening times of Seaforth Village Surgery and other locations will be posted on the CCG website every Monday:

Vaccination bus

While the surgery was closed, the vaccination bus visited Asda in Bootle for three days and was a great success with 119 residents being vaccinated. On Thursday 19 August, the bus returns to Asda car park on Strand Road, 10am-4pm, offering residents aged 18 and above another way to get their COVID-19 jab.

The various other ways you can get your vaccination in Sefton are:


People who attend a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system.

Second jabs are also available at some of the walk-ins, if it has been at least eight weeks since the first dose and you can check which are offering both doses on the CCG website.

Getting the second dose is vital to getting longer lasting and maximum protection offered by the vaccines, with recent research also showing they are highly effective against the Delta strain of the virus.

Patients are reminded that although COVID restrictions ended in England on 19 July that when they are visiting healthcare facilities they must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules to protect themselves, other and vulnerable patients and staff.

Find out more from the Sefton Council website.


Parents & carers being advised to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses and when to get help

Graphic about Respiratory Syncytial Virus Local health experts locally are urging parents and carers to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses in children.

Numbers of cases are higher than usual for this time of year and expected to rise further over the winter months.

Common virus

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes coughs and colds in winter and is the most common cause of bronchiolitis in children aged under two.

In the UK, the RSV season usually begins in the autumn and runs throughout the winter. However, this year it is being seen in children much sooner.

Common symptoms of bronchiolitis are runny nose, a rasping, dry cough, mild increase in temperature. It may cause reduction in feed and more noticeable effort in breathing.


Most cases of bronchiolitis pass within two to three weeks, but parents and carers should contact their GP or call NHS 111 if their child:

  • struggles to breathe;
  • has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds;
  • has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more;
  • has an ongoing high temperature of 37.8C or above.

Children aged under two months, those born prematurely and those with underlying health issues, such as a heart condition, are at higher risk of severe bronchiolitis. Their parents and carers should consider accessing health advice earlier.


Parents and carers are also advised to dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing.
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue.
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing.

Simple measures

Dr Shyam Mariguddi, clinical director for children’s medicine at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said that while respiratory infections are common in children, last winter saw fewer of them because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

He said: “We’re now seeing more new cases as restrictions have lifted and many new parents may not have experienced respiratory illness in their child until now. Understandably, this may be very concerning for them.

“For the majority of children, however, these illnesses will not be serious and the child can be cared for at home with simple measures such as paracetamol, rest and plenty of fluids.”


Dr Kati Scholtz, clinical lead for respiratory conditions at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If your child has a sore throat, cough or cold and you are concerned about them, contact NHS 111 by phone or online in the first instance or your GP can advise if needed.”

“Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if you’re worried about your child, they’re not feeding properly, they have a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above, or they seem very tired or irritable.”

Reduce the spread

There are simple steps you can take to reduce the spread of all viruses:

  • Use tissues to catch coughs or sneezes, bin the used tissues as soon as possible and wash your hands with soap and warm water to kill the germs.
  • Children with flu or bronchiolitis symptoms should stay home and reduce contacts where possible.
  • Particularly avoid close contact with new-born babies, infants born prematurely (before 37 weeks), children under 2 born with heart or lung conditions, and those with weakened immune systems.

Find NHS advice about the symptoms of bronchiolitis and what to do. 

In this video Dr Shyam Mariguddi talks about bronchiolitis in children.

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