Liverpool Echo - 2021-09-18
Liverpool Echo 2021-09-18

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2021-09-18
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2 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews The voice of the city My city All our rich history... before my very eyes BeCAUse its users haven’t yet returned in great numbers, the shelves in the Central Library in William Brown street have never looked better. during lockdown, the staff put the books in order. Next time i’m there, i will go straight to 791.0924 and before my very eyes, should be a book on the Liverpool comedian, Arthur Askey. Oh wait: could it be in the local section or perhaps in biographies? Anyway, librarians should be rethinking this antiquated decimal system. Computer books are filled under 000: there weren’t computers when Melvin dewey was around and somebody thought, “Let’s stick them at the front.” i marvel at the technological security around one of the most valuable books in the world, John James Audubon’s Birds Of America. He came to Liverpool in 1826 to seek funding for his hand-painted book from richard rathbone. it is kept in a huge, locked Perspex case and a page is turned every week. Whenever i see it, my mind wanders on how to steal it and well, if i do have a plan, i wouldn’t tell you, would i? in complete contrast and only a few yards away is a bust of Ken dodd and a display for the punk club eric’s with one of Pete Frame’s rock Family Trees. On the top floor there are now three cases of stunning Merseybeat memorabilia. We see thousands queuing for Beatles tickets at the empire and perhaps the unlucky ones consoled themselves with Beatle cakes from sayers. And how about some swinging blue jeans from the Lybro factory? Oh, i’ll tell you my plan. i’m hanging around until someone opens the Audubon case. i will say, “excuse me” and stagger with it to the computerised checkout. it may only give me three weeks’ loan but i will then say, “sorry. i’ve lost it.” spencer leigH author & broadcaster if you have a story, contact: newsdesk 0151 472 2488/2454 0151 285 8472 general inquiries 0151 227 2000 email letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk Online liverpoolecho.co.uk editor Maria breslin Home Delivery: If you would like the echo delivered direct to your home, please email liverpoolnewspapersales@reachplc.com PrIdE IN PICturEs The Dazzle Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ sailing past Birkenhead Highest UK honour for asylum seekers’ charity By OLiVER ADAMS ECHO reporter news@liverpool.com @LivEchoNews A Merseyside asylum seekers’ charity has been honoured with the highest award available to volunteer groups in the UK. Asylum Link Merseyside, based in Wavertree, was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service for their outstanding contributions serving the Merseyside refugee community. Volunteers from the charity will attend the award ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on Wednesday, september 22. To be eligible for nomination, a volunteer group should do work that provides a service and meets the needs of the local community, is supported and respected by the Clarifications If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor at maria. breslin@reachplc.com or at Liverpool echo, Po box 48, 5, st Paul’s square, Liverpool, L69 3eb and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. the Liverpool echo newspaper is published by trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, a subsidiary company of reach PLc, which is a member of IPso, the Independent Press standards organisation. 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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 3 End of an era as LFC steward Alan calls it a day The 82-year-old has been a familiar face wiTh fans aT anfield for Two decades By ALAN wesTON ECHO reporter alan.weston@trinitymirror.com @alanweston A much-loved liverpool Fc steward is leaving a job he has held for two decades despite being ‘desperate’ to carry on. Alan edwards is a well-known figure at Anfield stadium to generations of fans – with some viewing him as a good luck charm. But sadly lockdown meant a lengthy period of enforced inactivity for the 82-year-old from Broadgreen. Together with the effects of Parkinson’s disease, it means he can no longer continue in the role he has held for the past two decades. Alan’s son, Keith, 56, said: “my dad was desperate to carry on, but lockdown hasn’t been kind to him. “The Parkinson’s, along with not being as active as he was because stewards were not needed during lockdown, have taken their toll and he is now more unsteady on his feet. “one of his biggest joys was always going to the match. he would always stand at the top of the same escalator at every game, and everyone knew him. “In fact many fans looked to him as a good luck charm, and had pictures of him on their T-shirts.” Alan’s association with his beloved Reds stretches far further back than being a steward – he went to his first match with his own dad when he was only 12. Keith said: “he has only missed about 10 matches in 50 years. The club have been brilliant – he was sent a special message on his retirement from Klopp and all the players, which we’ve put in a frame for him. “It’s the end of an era. All my mates attribute their love of football to my dad from when he used to take us all over england in his van to watch liverpool play.” To mark Alan’s retirement, his fellow stewards are putting together a collection for him, which will be presented to him when he next attends a home game as a spectator. In addition, a fundraising campaign has been launched to get a tribute banner made for Alan to be displayed in the main Stand for the rest of the season. It was launched by Reds fan mark Sweatman, from oxton, near Birkenhead, who makes banners as a hobby. he said: “I decided I wanted to do something to give him the send off he deserves from the main Stand fans, to let him know just how much we have cherished him over the years. “me and my matchgoing friends have enjoyed Alan’s unique welcome ever since the opening of the new main Stand at Anfield in 2016. “he always greeted us with a friendly smile and a score prediction at the top of the main Stand escalators, and he has been somewhat of a lucky charm. “ W e ’ v e enjoyed a period of great success since Alan became part of our matchday experience.” Much-loved Liverpool FC steward, Alan Edwards has retired Geoff Davies Mark Sweatman, right, and fellow fan Steve Elliott, left, with Alan Edwards in 2019, and right, Mark’s proposed design for the tribute banner New sensors will monitor city region’s air pollution NEw sensors are set to be installed in traffic lights across our region under plans to better track air quality The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is set to approve the proposals at a meeting next week. It comes as local authorities in the region continue to try to improve air quality and as Liverpool Council formulates its plans for a clean air zone that could involve charging some vehicles to come into the city centre. The combined authority’s proposals will see 37 sensors installed in traffic lights across the six boroughs of our region. A report to members of the authority said the sensors, which will have a five-year lifespan, will detect a number of pollutants in the air. In addition to the 37 sensors set to be ordered imminently, there is also scope for a further 10 to be installed ‘if there is future scope and funding available to increase the number of sensors’. Members of the combined authority will meet next Friday to approve funding for the scheme. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO BUY YOUR HOUSE? 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4 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Pier update The latest update on Southport Pier has been released after a lorry hit the popular tourist attraction. Southport Pier has been partially shut since last week when a lorry damaged it on September 7. A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “Repair and restoration works will continue to take place on the underside of Southport Pier. This means Marine Drive will remain closed until works are completed.” Paedo told ‘mum’ that he wanted to rape her daughters Colin Waring dad’s sickening chats with undercover cop By NEIL DOCKING ECHO reporter neil.docking@trinitymirror.com @LivEchoCourt A paedophile told a ‘mum’ he wanted to rape her two daughters aged eight and 12. Dad-of-three Colin Waring shared a child rape video during sickening online chats with a woman called ‘Jennie’. The 30-year-old even sent her a picture of his penis with ‘Ped Dad’ – short for paedophile dad – written on it. But the whole time the pervert was talking to an undercover police officer and her daughters weren’t real. Liverpool Crown Court heard Waring spoke to the officer, who posed as Jennie on chat service Kik Messenger, between April 30 and May 5 last year. He said he wanted Jennie to let him rape her eldest child ‘Emily’, who was supposedly 12, and her youngest daughter ‘Rachael’, who was said to be eight. Waring, of Thornleigh Avenue, Eastham, sent her the two indecent images on May 4, 2020. One was a ‘graphic’ Category A video – the most serious category involving child rape – showing a girl who was just four-years-old. Got a story? The other was a Category B photo of a girl aged four or five being abused. When arrested and confronted with the evidence, Waring pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing indecent images of children. However, he denied two counts of intentionally encouraging the commission of an offence, namely the rape of a child under 13. Waring stood trial and told a jury he knew it was an undercover officer and what he said was ‘fictional’. Frances Willmott, prosecuting, said this was false and he had in fact intended to carry out the two rapes. The jury convicted him by a majority of 11-1, following a five-day trial Waring breathed heavily in the dock and appeared to be hyperventilating when the guilty verdicts were returned. Ember-Jade Wong, prosecuting, said Call the newsdesk on 0151 472 2436 aggravating features included the vulnerability of the children in the indecent images. She said there were also ‘attempts to conceal evidence in this case, the defendant having deleted items from his mobile phone’. Desmond Lennon, defending, said the length of any prison sentence would inevitably be increased because there were two children involved in the discussions with the undercover officer. However, he said there was ‘no real victim in the sense of the word’, as the two daughters didn’t actually exist. The defence barrister said Waring would lose his job and his relationship with his partner was ‘floundering’. He said: “As the court knows, there are three children. There are aspects of this case no doubt that have caused interest in respect of the welfare of those children. “He will struggle to see them in the future and his future is bleak, to say the least.” Judge Anil Murray told Waring he had directed jurors not to convict him of the two offences unless they were sure ‘it was your intention to commit the offences of rape of a child under 13’. He added: “The jury were clearly sure that was your intention.” Judge Murray said if Waring had actually raped the two girls, he would have jailed him for 11 years. The judge said he had to reduce this to reflect the fact there was not actually any child involved. He said Waring was ‘an offender of particular concern’ and jailed him for seven years, with an extended one year on licence. This type of sentence means he must serve at least half of the term in prison – three-and-a-half years – before he can apply to the Parole Board for his release. He will only be released before the end of the seven years if he is no longer considered to be a risk and will then serve an additional year on licence. Judge Murray ordered Waring to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 5 Mum batters her ex’s new partner with crutch on wedding week Also broke her victim’s mother’s arm By NEIL DOCKING ECHO reporter neil.docking@trinitymirror.com @LivEchoCourt A woman’s wedding week was ruined by her partner’s ex-girlfriend when she broke the mother of the bride’s arm. Stacey Lane and Shelly Kerr came to blows just days before Ms Kerr was set to marry Lane’s former partner, Michael Lyon. Liverpool Crown Court heard Ms Kerr hit Lane first with a vape e-cigarette, which the bride said was in a ‘blocking motion’. But mum-of-two Lane retaliated by getting a metal crutch from her car boot and shouting: “Happy f****** wedding week.” She struck Ms Kerr over the back with the crutch, before breaking Paula Kerr’s arm when she tried to protect her daughter. The court heard 30-year-old Lane and Mr Lyon had two children, a boy and a girl, before their relationship broke down. David Birrell, prosecuting, said Mr Lyon later started seeing Shelly Kerr and they were set to marry in October 2019. The altercation took place at around 7.30pm on October 8 that year, after Shelly and Paula Kerr dropped off Lane’s children at her home in Frankby Road, Newton, West Kirby. Mr Birrell said Shelly Kerr recalled Lane ‘shouting aggressively’ before Lane approached her. He said: “Because the defendant moved towards her, she raised her right hand in a blocking motion and the e-cigarette she was holding hit the defendant in the forehead.” Mr Birrell said Lane headed to her car and said something along the lines of “f****** watch this” and “happy f****** wedding week”. He said Lane ‘retrieved a metal hospital crutch’ from her car and then started ‘swinging’ it at Shelly Kerr. Mr Birrell said: “Shelly Kerr was backing away in fear. The defendant struck her – the blow was across the back with the crutch. “The defendant pulled the crutch back to hit her again, holding it with both hands and aiming for her head.” The court heard at that point Paula Kerr intervened and shouted at Shelly Kerr to get back into their Audi. Mr Birrell said: “As the defendant struck a second blow with the crutch, Paula Kerr raised her arm to protect her daughter. “The blow hit her arm and Paula Kerr immediately felt pain.” Mr Birrell said Shelly and Paula Kerr got back in their car, but as they drove off Lane started hitting the front of the Audi with the crutch. Both parties called the police and Paula Kerr went to Southport hospital, where an X-ray revealed her styloid bone – where the forearm meets the wrist – was broken, meaning her arm had to be put in a plaster. Photos showed bruises to Shelly Kerr’s back – and dents and paintwork damage to her Audi, which cost £1,800 to repair. Mr Birrell said: “The defendant sent abusive texts to Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter Shelly Kerr just before 8pm, the messages included threats to ruin the wedding.” Lane was originally charged with assaulting Paula Kerr causing her actual bodily harm, assaulting Shelly Kerr, causing criminal damage to the Audi, possessing an offensive weapon – the crutch – in public, and malicious communications. However, she pleaded guilty ahead of a trial to a charge of affray on a basis of plea accepted by the prosecution, who dropped the other allegations. Jamie Baxter, defending, said the prosecution now accepted Ms Kerr hit Lane first, who ‘retaliated’. He said: “She began in selfdefence, or in fear of violence, not amounting to a defence of course, accepted by her plea.” Mr Baxter said Lane had ‘complete justification’ for having the crutch because she suffered from the condition fibromyalgia. He said: “Her actions were in retaliation, albeit unlawful and excessive retaliation, in the circumstances.” Judge Anil Murray said she pleaded guilty to affray on the basis she reacted or retaliated to being hit first, adding: “This was a family dispute and you were reacting and indeed over-reacted by hitting the complainants with a crutch.” The judge said there was ‘serious harm’ caused to Paula Kerr because her arm was broken and ‘the crutch was clearly used as a weapon’, but Lane acted ‘in retaliation and also fear’. He said it happened two years ago, Lane had not been in trouble since, and in a pre-sentence report she expressed remorse. He handed Lane nine months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with 75 hours of unpaid work. The judge made a three-year restraining order to protect Shelly and Paula Kerr. Stacey Lane admitted affray News News WIRE Boy hit by police van A schoolboy was hit by a police van yesterday in Liverpool. Police confirmed officers were called to Great Homer Street at around 8.50am to reports of a collision in the road between a boy and a police vehicle. A witness told the ECHO that the crash took place near Notre Dame Catholic College. It is not clear if the boy is a pupil at the school. The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics but is not believed to have been seriously injured. He was taken to hospital to be checked over. The driver of the police van stopped and is assisting officers with enquiries.

6 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Carer stole £7K from 87-year-old woman and blew it on gambling and sportswear betrayed victim considered mum-of-two ‘a genuine friend’ By NeIL DOCKING ecHo reporter neil.docking@trinitymirror.com @LivEchoCourt A cArer betrayed an 87-year-old woman by stealing from her for online shopping sprees and gambling. Amanda clark’s ‘vulnerable victim’, who the ecHO has chosen not to name, considered her ‘a genuine friend – her favourite carer’. She let clark use her bank card to do her shopping during the pandemic because she trusted her ‘completely’. But the 33-year-old, of Yorkaster road, Allerton, instead blew nearly £7,000 of the woman’s savings on herself. The mum-of-two was yesterday spared prison, after a judge said jailing her would have a harmful impact on her children. Liverpool crown court heard clark worked for Merseycare Julie Ann Ltd between March 31, 2010 and December 18, 2020. The care assistant – who was DBS checked and trained in safeguarding, Presenter Craig Phillips including how to handle money – had to provide homecare, such as emotional support, personal care and domestic tasks. She spent £6,770 in total on Next, Argos, Asda, Very, JD Sports, Schuh, co-Op, Now TV, Giff Gaff, Smyths Toys, William Hill and Paddy Power websites, between April 2 and October 5 last year. David Polglase, prosecuting, said it wasn’t accepted clark started stealing the money ‘accidentally’, as the carer claimed in a pre-sentence report. He said: “The prosecution say this was deliberate, planned and targeted offending.” The victim noticed an ‘unusual’ bank statement from TSB on September 2 last year. Mr Polglase said the victim cancelled the card and ordered a new one. On the next statement she spotted her old card details had been used to set up a Now TV account, before her new details were used later in the month for more Now TV purchases. Her account was frozen by TSB, who eventually told the victim she would be reimbursed. However, Mr Polglase said: “That Some of the brightest and best community champions from across merseyside were honoured in the 2021 ecHo Awards last night. After a year that pushed us physically apart but brought our communities closer together, there was no better way to celebrate the pride of our region than with the glittering awards night at Liverpool’s titanic Hotel. Actor Jessica Fox and tV personality craig Phillips kept the night running took over four months to sort out and involved a trip to the bank, which caused her putting herself at a greater risk of catching covid.” Police discovered clark spent £1,150 of the victim’s cash with William Hill Online and £300 with Paddy Power Betfair. After being temporarily suspended by Merseycare Julie Ann, she left the job and handed back her work phone, which was seized by officers. Police went to clark’s flat on December 22, when they seized an iPhone, Kindle tablet, a lever arch file and a box file of paperwork. That was despite clark claiming they wouldn’t find any electronic devices or documents, before suggesting the tablet was used by her then four-year-old daughter. Mr Polglase said documents revealed clark’s benefits had been reconsidered and her ‘inability to budget/manage money, erratic spending, gambling and high levels of debt’. She had recorded the names of clients and the codes to their key safes, written down a set of unidentified bank details, and used the iPhone smoothly with their wit and charm, and everyone got to enjoy the electrifying entertainment of local band the mersey Boys. ecHo editor maria Breslin said: “We’ve been very proud, over many years, to host these awards celebrating the Liverpool city region and its truly remarkable people. “it was wonderful once again to be able to honour so many of the people who make merseyside such a special place.” thirteen individuals and five organisations picked up awards on the night as a thanks for their commendable community Amanda clark admitted fraud by abuse of position and Kindle to shop using her victim’s card. Apart from admitting one set of bank details found related to her own account, clark gave a no comment interview to police. The victim said she felt ‘very betrayed’ and now feels unsafe in her home and doesn’t trust carers. clark, who has one previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol, admitted fraud by abuse of position. Jo Maxwell, defending, said clark described it herself as a ‘horrendous offence’. However, she urged the judge to spare her jail and suggested there was ‘a realistic prospect of rehabilitation’. Ms Maxwell said the mum was the primary carer for her two young children, aged two and five. Judge Anil Murray said: “In her victim personal statement she said she considered you a friend and you betrayed her, which you did.” He handed her 10 months in jail, suspended for two years, and a 30-day rehabilitation Activity requirement. clark must also pay £1,200 in compensation. ECHO Awards for community’s finest The ECHO Awards at the Titanic Hotel contributions. Don’t miss monday’s ecHo for our full report on all our amazing winners. News wIRe City bids farewell to a popular restaurant A city centre restaurant has announced its permanent closure. George’s Great British Kitchen on Paradise Street has a long history in Liverpool and has been a popular spot for tourists for years. the restaurant is known for serving up British favourites and gastro pub-style delights, which included George’s stacked fish burger, and slow roasted sticky pork bun. However, its team has taken to its Facebook account to confirm it will close its doors for good today, September 18. However, they did confirm that a new restaurant will be taking over the site, though further details are not yet available. Sharing the news, they wrote: “closing down. With a heavy heart we announce that we are closing our doors for the final time tomorrow night. “We just want to thank all of our customers over the years who have supported us but it was time for George to say goodnight. “the new restaurant taking over will be a fantastic addition to this area of Liverpool – details to follow about who they are. “So for now, its goodbye.” the sudden closure has shocked many, with more than 100 people taking to the comments section beneath the post to express their sadness at the news. Beneath the post, one person said: “So sad and sorry. you were amazing, we loved everything you cooked.” A second wrote: “So sad. We have been coming here from when you opened.” A third added: “i’m absolutely gutted – anytime we wanted to go out for meal it has always been here.” Another punter said: “Sorry to hear this. “We’ve had many a great meal and night out in George’s. Good luck to everyone involved and i hope you all find alternative roles elsewhere soon.” Another added: “Such a shame. Had a many a delicious meal here. “Goodbye and good luck for the future”.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 7 News Police manhunt after car deliberately rams house driver fled scene after reversing vehicle into anfield home By luke tRayNoR ECHO Correspondent luke.traynor@liverpool.com @luke_traynor This was the terrible damage left when a car deliberately reversed into the side of a house in Anfield. The black Audi A5 was found practically embedded in the property on Attwood street at around 7pm on Thursday. Neighbours heard a loud bang and rushed outside to see the shocking scenes – and a man wearing a baseball cap and dark clothing getting out the car and running off towards Blessington Road. Photos reveal the extent of the destruction with piles of bricks and rubble – while the blue front door can be seen virtually hanging off following the impact. it is believed around three adults were inside the address at the time, but luckily they were not downstairs in the living room. No injuries were reported. The home, about 150 metres from Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, had been boarded up and the tenants are in temporary accommodation. Police have said the Audi was stolen in a burglary in Old swan on Wednesday, september 8, and it is believed the house was deliberately targeted. Chief inspector steve hardy, of Merseyside Police, said: “We believe the car was deliberately driven into the house and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could help us with our inquiries to come forward. “This was a reckless act and it is fortunate that no-one was injured. “Crime scene investigators are currently at the scene and houseto-house inquiries are being carried out. Officers will also be checking CCTV in a bid to identify the person responsible. “We are also interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen a black Audi A5 parked up in their street, or neighbourhood (which is not normally parked up in the area), after september 8. information they have could be vital to our investigation.” Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. The scene on Attwood Road, Anfield, after a car deliberately reversed into a house News wIRe Cops warn wanted man may be in city A mAn who is wanted by police could be in Liverpool. Semereg Gebrehnes is wanted by police for breaching his bail conditions. The 28-year-old was last seen in the Feltham area of London – but used to live in Liverpool. merseyside Police are appealing to the public to help trace the man, who is described as black, about 5ft 10in tall, with short dark curly hair and a moustache. ■ Call police on 101. Semereg Gebrehnes The Manor & ashbury hoTels Okehampton | Devon Craft, Sport and Spa HotelS StayCationS for 2022 Selling out faSt BooK noW and reCeiVe 15% OFF When yOu pay in Full By 26/09/21 Quote Spring15 Winter SpeCial any 2 nigHtS or More all WeeKend all Mid-WeeK BreaKS £69 BreaKS £55 per perSon per nigHt plus! Free upgraDe tO caBBeD Buggies (suBject tO availaBility) Free Wine On thursDays anD sunDays (One BOttle BetWeen tWO) Full BOarD all-inclusive meals When paiD in Full By 26/09/21 QuOte reach Book online at manorhousehotel.co.uk or call us on 0800 118 2583 What’s including in your stay: full Board - that’s all of your meals throughout your stay free golf - 27 holes with each night of stay free Hydro SpaS - saunas, steam rooms, hydro pools and more free SportS & leiSure - up to 50 activities every week free Craft tuition - you only pay for consumables in 20 classes free faMily faCilitieS - Fun house, pedal karts, water slides & more *15% offer breaks between 4/09/21 - 30/10/21 & 19/12/21 - 01/01/22 & 10/2/22 - 27/02/22 and all breaks after 30/03/22 | ** Winter special breaks between 31/10/21 - 18/12/21 & 02/01/22 - 09/02/22

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10 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Princess Anne, inset right, arrived in Birkenhead Park on the royal helicopter main PHOTO: issy HamleT News Mystery of park’s royal appointment is finally solved... THERE was speculation yesterday afternoon as one of the Queen’s royal helicopters landed in a Merseyside park. The maroon aircraft with the registration G-XXEB parked up on the green in Birkenhead Park, Wirral, causing a bit of a stir. There are suggestions over the craft being used regularly by The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William – who used to be a former RAF Search and Rescue pilot. Eyewitnesses said the helicopter wasn’t in the park long before taking off again, but no trace of its flight Play fight reveals dad’s devastating diagnosis messing around at family gathering led to cancer discovery By lisa rand ECHO reporter lisa.rand@trinitymirror.com @lisarandonline A dAd received a devastating diagnosis after a play fight at a family gathering. Rob draper, 27, from Wallasey, path will be found on radar websites for security reasons. Many took to social media to suggest who had stepped out of the private aircraft, one joking it was Mr T from the A-Team. Another joked that Just Eat had become fancier with their deliveries, but others provided the more believable answer of Princess Anne. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed to the ECHO that it was in fact Princess Anne who was out and about on royal duties. And a spokesperson for Wirral Council confirmed the park manager Rob Draper with his girlfriend, Maddie, and their two-year-old son Ollie Wirral, had been enjoying a warm summer’s evening with his family in late July when, during a ‘mess around’, a relative innocently slapped his stomach. Later that evening, Rob started to experience ‘excruciating’ stomach pains and after noticing blood on a visit to the toilet shortly after, he realised something wasn’t right and visited his GP the next day. He was rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital and, following a series of tests and hospital visits, was given the devastating diagnosis that he had duodenal cancer, which was mainly affecting his pancreas. Rob has since had a gruelling 10-hour surgery to remove the tumour, including a Whipple procedure to remove the head of his pancreas. He is currently recovering from surgery at Royal Liverpool Hospital, where he spoke to the ECHO about his ordeal in the hopes of raising awareness of the importance of getting symptoms checked out as soon as possible. He said: “I had a few was informed of the visitor wanting to use the park to land and take off and they were happy to accommodate. The 71-year-old daughter to the Queen has remained one of the busiest members of the royal family with a schedule of engagements that takes her all over the UK and overseas. She is well known for her love of horses and an equestrian career, which saw her compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and Her Royal Highness is involved with riding for the disabled organisations across the Commonwealth. problems for a couple of years, passing blood on and off. I had gone to the doctors a couple of times, had my prostate checked and it was all fine, no problems. “On July 21 this year, I was having a few drinks in my front garden in the nice weather with my girlfriend and family after work. “When I was having a drink, I was messing around and my sister’s boyfriend slapped me on the stomach, just messing about. “Later I got these terrible pains in my stomach and felt like I’d been stabbed.” Rob says he went the toilet and noticed he had passed a black stool. He said: “Obviously I went to the doctor the next day and they rushed me to Arrowe Park hospital. “I got told there was a gastro-intestinal tumour in my stomach, it’s called duodenal cancer.” On September 2, he was admitted into the Royal Liverpool hospital for surgery to remove the tumour. Rob says he has to wait for further One of her previous visits to Merseyside was in July this year when she opened the Hartley Hospital’s new mental health facility in Southport. She has also opened the Sid Watkins Building at the Walton Centre in 2015 and christened the Atlantic Container Line (ACL) vessel Atlantic Sea at the Liverpool Pier Head in 2016. This was not her first visit to Birkenhead Park either. In 2016, in the very same helicopter, she helped mark the park’s 169th birthday. tests to find out whether all of the tumour has been caught and may need further chemotherapy treatment in the future, but is on the mend from his gruelling operation. He is keen to share his story to raise awareness and encourage others to get checked out at the first sign of symptoms. He said: “You don’t expect it you know, you see all these adverts on the TV and my girlfriend had said you need to get checked out, I’ve got a two year old son, I’m 27 and you think I’ll be alright, I’ll be okay, but I wish I’d have got checked sooner. “If you’ve got problems or symptoms, don’t mess about, get it looked at. “That play fight – without a doubt – saved my life, I’m so grateful that happened.” Two of his friends, Sean and Iain, have set up a GoFundMe to help Rob’s family to deal with the financial strains. To donate, go to www.gofundme. com/f/4uyqkh. Two arrests over drugs after stop and search TWO men were arrested and suspected crack cocaine and heroin was seized following a police stop check. Targeted Team officers on patrol on Provident Street, St Helens, sighted a Ford Focus in ‘suspicious circumstances’ around 9.40am on Thursday. The car and its occupants were subject to a search and a bag containing around 160 rocks of suspected crack cocaine and 40 rocks of heroin were found. Merseyside Police said two men were detained. A 52-year-old man, from Huyton, and a 41-year-old man, from Anfield, were both arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and taken to a police station for questioning. Both men remain under investigation pending further enquiries. Merseyside Police said: “We have arrested two men and seized suspected crack cocaine and heroin following a stop check in St Helens yesterday, Thursday 16 September. “At around 9.40am, St Helens Targeted Team officers on patrol on Provident Street saw a Ford Focus in suspicious circumstances. “The car and its occupants were subject to a search and a bag containing around 160 rocks of suspected crack cocaine and 40 rocks of heroin. “Two men were detained. “A 52-year-old man, from Huyton, and a 41-year-old man, from Anfield, were both arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and taken to a police station for questioning. “They remain under investigation.” St Helens Targeted Team Inspector, Rob Budden, said: “This was smart police work which has removed from circulation a significant quantity of drugs, which would have spread misery in our community.” Call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho News SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 11 News healthlottery.co.uk play in-store | app | online Landlord probe after fireplace crushes girl in living room horror By jonathan humphries ECHO reporter jonathan.humphries@trinitymirror.com @JHumphriesEcho An investigAtion is under way into a landlord after a fireplace crushed a girl in her living room – causing severe injuries. Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, remains in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and could be there for months after suffering head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Dad Keiran Blakemore, and mum elle Williams, of Colesborne Road in norris green, said they had tried to report concerns about crumbling plaster around the fireplace to their landlord, who has not been named, prior to the accident on Friday, september 10, at around 8.10pm. now a spokesman for Liverpool Council said the incident had been Alexa-Leigh Blakemore was crushed by a fireplace and remains in hospital; Inset, with mum, Elle, and dad, Keiran reported to the authority’s Private sector Housing team for further investigation. Alexa-Leigh’s mum, elle, said her daughter was still in a serious condition but the initial stages of her recovery had gone ‘as well as could be expected’. Describing the accident last week, handyman Keiran told the eCHo: “i was lying on the couch feeding our five-week-old baby and her mum was in the bath. “Alexa-Leigh was doing her thing like she normally does, running around and playing like the happy little girl she is. i was concentrating on feeding my baby but i could see her out of the corner of my eye. “All of the sudden there was a crash and this thing had fallen on her and there was a lot of blood. “this fireplace is like a concrete and marble thing and to move it i would have to walk it across the floor, but when it happened i have never lifted anything so quick, i moved it like it was a piece of paper. “Within 10 seconds i was shouting in the street for help, and the ambulance came within two-anda-half minutes.” Alexa-Leigh, a pupil at Monksdown Primary school, sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and most seriously bruising on the brain. Keiran said doctors at Alder Hey said the force of the blow would have ‘knocked out a bull’. Keiran says surgeons at Alder Hey have already drained fluid from her brain in a bid to reduce pressure she remains in a m e d i c a l l y induced coma. He said: “We can go into the ward and sit by her as much as we want but it is horrible seeing her like that, with tubes going into her. “it is really upsetting, we just need the city of Liverpool to be behind her.” A friend of the family, Katelin shaw, has started a gofundme crowdfunding page aiming to raise money to help the family move to safe accommodation when Alexa-Leigh leaves hospital and to help with medical costs. go to gofundme.com/f/prayfor-alexaleigh to donate. Star-studded line-up for festive event BOngO’s Bingo has announced its line-up for the Christmas period in Liverpool. The popular event will be putting on 20 shows, kicking off on november 19 and running until December 31. The alternative bingo events have proven wildly popular over the past years, and can regularly be found at Content, in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. This year Bongo’s Bingo will be hosting ‘Bongo’s Bingo Presents: The Winner Takes It All’, which will see the event put on an ABBAinspired show. The events promise festive magic, many sing-a-long opportunities, and Christmas prizes to be won. special guests have also been announced for the festive shows, with simon Webbe and Lee Ryan from boyband Blue making appearances, and the members of Boyzlife. Bongo’s Bingo co-founder, Jonny Bongo said: “Christmas is my favourite time of the year and to be announcing a run of 20 shows with simon and Lee from Blue and the Boyzlife boys is really something special.” The dates that simon Webbe and Lee Ryan will be making guest appearances are november 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, and December 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30 and 31. Boyzlife will perform at Bongo’s Bingo on December 15, 17, and 18. 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12 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Firefighters walk near a giant sequoia tree and, inset, fire burns in the hollow of an old-growth redwood tree in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, in California World’s largest tree is under wraps FirEFightErs wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fireresistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged sierra Nevada. the colossal general sherman tree in sequoia National Park’s giant Forest, some other sequoias, the giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman rebecca Paterson said. the aluminium wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials say they have been using the material for several years throughout the Us West to protect sensitive structures from flames. Near Lake tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed. the Colony Fire, one of two burning in sequoia National Park, was expected to reach the giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, at some point within days, fire officials said. however, the fire did not grow significantly on thursday as a layer of smoke reduced its spread in the morning, fire spokeswoman Katy hooper said. it comes after a wildfire killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old, in the region last year. the general sherman tree is the largest in the world. Aussie PM shoots down sub criticism AustrAliA’s Prime Minister scott Morrison has rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the united states – and said he does not mind that us president Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily when Mr Biden, Mr Morrison and Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a trilateral defence alliance that will provide Australia with a fleet of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines. Chinese ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson, Zhao lijian, said it was ‘highly irresponsible’ for the us and Britain to export the nuclear technology. Mr Morrison said Australia wanted to boost peace and stability in the indo-Pacific region. “Everything we’ve done with the united states is consistent with the partnerships and relationships and alliances we’ve already had with the united states,” Mr Morrison told Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison radio 3AW. Australia’s nearest neighbour after Papua New Guinea, indonesia, was ‘deeply concerned over the continuing arms race and power projection in the region’, the indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. News of the alliance received a positive response in singapore. the island-state’s Prime Minister, lee Hsien loong, told Mr Morrison in a phone call he hoped the nuclear deal would ‘contribute constructively to the peace and stability of the region and complement the regional architecture’, singapore’s foreign ministry said. French leaders and the European union are angered at being excluded from the alliance that scuppers a contract with France to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines for Australia. Observers say Mr Biden appeared to have forgotten Mr Morrison’s name during thursday’s news conference, which was televised from three countries. the president referred to the Australian as ‘pal’ and ‘that fellow Down under’. Mr Biden did not use Mr Morrison’s name, while he referred to Johnson as ‘Boris’. it reminded Australians of when then-President Donald trump’s spokesman sean spicer repeatedly referred to Morrison’s predecessor, Malcolm turnbull, in 2017 as ‘Mr trumble’. Mr Morrison laughed off what some have described as an awkward exchange with Mr Biden that undermined Australia’s significance to the united states. “usually when we speak privately, he refers to me as ‘pal,”’ Mr Morrison told the seven Network. Mr Morrison said he and the president enjoyed a great working relationship. “Oh, i didn’t pay much attention to it. i mean, these things happen. they happen frequently,” Mr Morrison told Nine Network. “From time to time, you know, i’ve been known to let the odd name slip from my memory – that’s pretty normal in our line of work, i’ve got to be honest,” he added. the Australian leader said he referred to Mr Biden as ‘Mr President’ or ‘mate’ in private conversations. Mr Morrison will visit the united states next week for the first time since Mr Biden became president. the pair will be joined by the leaders of india and Japan. News / World GLOBAL BRIEFING Prison plea is thrown out South Africa’s highest court has denied an application by former president, Jacob Zuma, to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court. the Constitutional Court judgment upheld its earlier ruling that Zuma should go to prison for refusing to testify at a commission of inquiry into widespread corruption in government and at state-owned companies while he was president of South Africa from 2009-2018. Jacob Zuma Astronauts brought back down to earth three Chinese astronauts have returned to earth after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station, marking China’s longest mission yet. Nie haisheng, Liu Boming and tang hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship just after 1.30pm local time (6.30am BSt) after having undocked from the space station on thursday morning. State broadcaster CCtV showed footage of the spacecraft parachuting to land in the Gobi Desert, where it was met by helicopters and off-road vehicles. Minutes later, a crew of technicians began opening the hatch of the capsule, which appeared undamaged. the three astronauts emerged about 30 minutes later. App vanishes as polls open AN app created by allies of imprisoned russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, disappeared from Apple and Google stores on Friday as polls opened across russia for three days of voting in a parliamentary election. Authorities are seeking to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a project designed by Mr Navalny to promote candidates that are most likely to defeat those backed by the Kremlin.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho News / National SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 13 Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox has been crowned winner of Celebrity MasterChef BBC MINUTE BRIEFING Motorway protest CLimATe protesters blocked the m25 for a third time in a week as the Transport Secretary demanded ‘swift action’ by police to clear the road. Junctions three, at Swanley in Kent, nine at Leatherhead in Surrey, and 28, near Brentwood in essex, were targeted yesterday morning. Surrey Police said officers had arrested 14 people at junction nine. insulate Britain, the group behind the demonstrations, is demanding Government action on home insulation. Youngsters ‘selfish’ Almost half of UK adults believe young people have acted selfishly during the pandemic, research has suggested. some 49% of adults said they feel young Protesters blocking the M25 people have been selfish by ignoring restrictions on their freedoms because of the lower risk to them, while 31% believe the majority of youngsters have been selfless. NHS Trust win appeal An nHS trust has won a Court of Appeal fight to overturn a landmark ruling over the use of pubertyblocking drugs for children with gender dysphoria. Last year, the High Court ruled it was ‘highly unlikely’ that a child aged 13 or under would be able to consent to the hormone-blocking treatment and that it was ‘very doubtful’ a child of 14 or 15 would understand the long-term consequences. The appeal was brought by Tavistock and Portman nHS Foundation Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children. Sir Elton’s call to PM Sir Elton John Euromillions 5 7 8 10 34 1 9 sir Elton John said he has requested a meeting with Boris Johnson over visa issues for musicians touring in the European Union. the 74-year-old said: “i’m on the warpath to try and get this sorted out.” Kadeena takes masterchef gold! PArAlymPic champion Kadeena cox said she is ‘absolutely buzzing’ after being crowned winner of celebrity masterchef. the 30-year-old, who has represented Great Britain in both sprinting and cycling events, impressed judges John torode and Gregg Wallace in a final that saw the three remaining contestants attempt to cook a ‘flawless’ three-course meal in two hours. reality star megan mcKenna and former EastEnders actor Joe swash both also made it to the final on BBc one but missed out on the trophy. After being announced as the winner, cox, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “i gave everything i could today. i am absolutely buzzing. this smile is not disappearing from my face for a while. “i am just proud of myself for doing it. i didn’t change who i was, i learnt along the way, but i was still Kadeena right to the end. “it has just been a great journey and one that i am never going to forget.” torode said: “so many times during this year’s competition i forgot Kadeena had multiple sclerosis and was not only battling for the trophy but had her own personal battle going on. she just never let up, she didn’t stop! For me she is a true inspiration.” Ruling on papers to Duke’s lawyer The Duke of York may have to acknowledge the civil sex case brought against him following reports a judge has ruled the paperwork can be delivered to Andrew’s US lawyer. Andrew’s legal team have contested whether he has been officially notified about Virginia Giuffre’s claim for damages from the duke after she alleges he sexually assaulted her. But the Guardian newspaper has reported the judge in the case, US district judge Lewis Kaplan, has ruled Ms Giuffre’s legal team can try delivering the papers to Andrew’s Los Angeles-based lawyer, regardless of whether the duke authorised him to accept it. The issue of whether or not Andrew has been notified about the case – known as service of proceedings – was contested during the first pre-trial hearing of the civil case on Monday in New York. It is an important matter as telling a defendant about legal action being brought against them is the first step in the judicial process. David Boies, representing Ms Giuffre, said papers had been ‘delivered to the last The Duke of York known address of the defendant’ and documents had also been sent ‘by Royal Mail’. An image of a letter addressed to Andrew, at his Royal Lodge home in Berkshire, being posted into a UK red letter box has been published online. Andrew B Brettler, the duke’s attorney, said the royal’s team contested the validity of service to date, adding he has not been properly served under either UK or international law. In another development, the high Court in London accepted on Wednesday a request by Ms Giuffre’s lawyers to formally contact Andrew about the legal proceedings launched in America. It is understood Andrew’s team are contesting the court’s decision and the high Court has given the duke’s lawyers seven days to challenge its decision. The high Court said in a statement: “Lawyers for Prince Andrew have indicated that they may seek to challenge the decision of the high Court to recognise the validity of the hague Convention request for service made by Ms Giuffre’s lawyers. “The high Court has directed that any challenge must be made by close of business on September 24.” Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. She is seeking unspecified damages but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars. She claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey epstein to have sex with the duke when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law. Andrew has vehemently denied all the allegations.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Police in the New Ferry area on Thursday night after reports of anti-social behaviour SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 15 News healthlottery.co.uk play in-store | app | online Yobs causing havoc in New Ferry Youths are travelling from other parts of Wirral to cause chaos in New Ferry, according to reports. Incidents include lighting fires in the area, including Mayer Park in Bebington, while others reported fireworks being set off in bins. Earlier this week, it was reported that a thug on a bike was “deliberately” launching fireworks at parked cars in the town. Merseyside Police posted on their Facebook page last night that they were “receiving reports of many young people travelling from other areas in Wirral to the New Ferry area and acting anti socially.” The post added: “This weekend we are stepping up our patrols in this area. Young people who are found to be acting in anti social manner will be returned home to parents. If criminal offences are disclosed your child could be arrested. “Over the next few weeks we will be working with our partners in the Wirral Council anti social behaviour team and Youth Offending service to address persistent offending. “Youth outreach workers are in the area.” Anyone with any information on anti-social behaviour in their community can direct messages to @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101. You can also contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111. Nurse struck off for selling unprescribed slimming tablets By jonathan humphries ECHO reporter jonathan.humphries@trinitymirror.com @JHumphriesEcho A nurse who sold slimming pills from a private clinic which put a man in hospital has been struck off. Joyce Kirkham, former proprietor of the Medi-slim clinics in Widnes, was not authorised to prescribe medication, did not have the necessary licenses to sell controlled drugs and did not write prescriptions for her patients. NHS investigators also found the nurse had been ordering controlled drugs in bulk, storing them at her home address and putting them into pots herself, all against legislation governing the prescribing of medication. Ms Kirkham had been charged with drugs supply offences by Cheshire Police related to her activities in the clinics, but was acquitted in court in 2019. However, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which regulates the register of nurses allowed to practise in the UK, laid multiple charges against her which were found proved by a disciplinary panel last week. The clinics were reported to NHS England when a man was admitted to hospital in 2015 with uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) after taking medication – unlicensed for use in the UK – which had been sold to him by Medi-slim clinic. Cheshire Police and NHS investigators carried out a targeted inspection of the clinic and police officers seized all the medication. Ms Kirkham was interviewed under caution by police and NHS officers, during which she provided “misleading” information. The investigation found Ms Kirkham had been supplying patients with phentermine and diethylproprion, both controlled drugs similar to amphetamines, which are sometimes used as an appetite suppressant. However, as well as not having licenses to sell controlled drugs from the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Home Office, Ms Kirkham was not registered with the NMC as a ‘nurse prescriber’. According to a judgment published by the NMC, even a nurse prescriber cannot authorise the supply of controlled drugs without a doctor’s authorisation – which did not happen at Medi-slim. And even if the doctors working at the clinic had authorised those prescriptions, the lack of paperwork and proper prescriptions being filled out meant that the clinic would still not have been complying with the law. 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18 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 News Join greyhound walks Dog walkers on Merseyside could be more likely to bump into packs of greyhounds when they are out and about. As part of the annual ‘great global greyhound Walk’, two walks this Sunday see greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds unite to raise awareness of their breeds. one hour-long walk at 11am is at Sefton Park – the theme being the colour blue – meeting at the entrance opposite Lark Lane. greyhound Trust Mersey and Cheshire have also set out a shorter route. greyhound Protection UK will also lead a walk in Wirral at 10am. owners should meet at green Lane carpark in Wallasey, near the gun site. Both walks are accepting donations on the day. YOU COULD SAVE £216 ON ENERGY BILLS Are you one of the millions of UK households currently overpaying on their energy bills? On behalf of our loyal readers, we’ve partnered with one of the UK’s most trusted energy switching brands to create the Mirror Energy Campaign - built with our readers in mind and designed to find you the best new deals, we could save you up to a huge £216* on your energy bill. We do all the hard work for you... so why not start saving today? FIND OUT HOW EASY IT IS TO SWITCH AND SAVE... READER OFFER VISIT LIVERPOOLECHO.CO.UK/ENERGYSWITCH OR CALL 0800 049 2435 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH *Between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020, people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £216. Bootle Strand has lost £18m in value since it was bought by Sefton Council four years ago, the eCHo can now reveal. Sefton purchased the struggling shopping centre to mark ‘a new era’ for the town, returning it to local ownership for the first time in years. this deal cost the cash-strapped council £32.5m, but leaders said the income generated by the Strand will ‘more than cover’ the loan repayment and the centre’s running costs. Reversing the Strand’s fortunes was the aim, with money generated to contribute to much-needed local services and new regeneration projects. But figures revealed at a council meeting this week valued the centre at £14.21million – less than half of what it was bought for. Sefton Council remains adamant the decision to buy the Strand was the right one. the site, it says, is central to the future growth of Bootle, and at the heart of the town centre’s physical, social and economic regeneration. It also provides essential services and amenities to local people. In June, the council submitted a £14.5million levelling Up Fund bid for Bootle. Proposals include a new, hitech digital and Virtual Reality venue hosting the UK’s first ‘Flying Cinema’. @LivEchoNews Strand has lost £18m in value in four years By kate lally Senior District Reporter kate.lally@trinitymirror.com @katelallyx Bootle Strand shopping centre sefton defends centre’s buy-up A canalside event held over the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, it says, was attended by thousands of people. When complete, the council says, Bootle Canalside will include an urban garden, food, drink and leisure outlets and events spaces. It will ‘bring activity to currently under-used land’, as well as helping to kickstart the local economy. It will also ‘improve the quality of life and create opportunities for the community’. Sefton Council leader Cllr Ian Maher said: “Regenerating a town that was one of those that has been hit hardest by the pandemic and other factors is going to be a long haul and, as a result, the decision to acquire the Strand has proven to be the correct one. “Without the council owning the Strand this project would not be possible. “As would be expected, there has been a reduction in the value of the Strand shopping centre complex, to the current figure of £14.24million. “However, this valuation does not impact on the council’s financial position, but the acquisition illustrates how Sefton Council is firmly committed to creating opportunities for local people to influence the future of the site and the town centre. “Achieving this means having the vision, ambition and confidence to take the long-term view and being open and honest about how we intend to achieve it.’’

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 19 Dock hailed in top 10 list Liverpool is packed with attractions to suit all tastes and budgets and now a city landmark has been named as one of the best value for the money in the UK. The team at MrQ used TripAdvisor data to compile a list, which was topped by the National Railway Museum in York, and also includes places like Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and the National Gallery in London. At number six in the list is Liverpool’s own Albert Dock, which people can explore and enjoy without needing to spend any money. The historic location is famous for being at the heart of global trade in 19th Century Liverpool. Today, the site is a blend of old and new, with its maritime history still clear to see. The Albert Dock is populated with bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, and is also home to museums Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story. The Royal Albert Dock’s 86 inner quay columns lit up – it has been ranked among best value for momey attractions News PETER BYRNE/ PA Step up tests, pupils urged By JESS MOLYNEUX ECHO Reporter jess.molyneux@trinitymirror.com @Jess_Mol school shut for deep-clean as return sees infections Parents and pupils across St Helens are being urged to increase their Covid testing after outbreaks hit a number of schools. St Helens Council said one school, St Augustine of Canterbury High, shut for two days earlier this week for a deep clean. The local authority said this follows 50 new positive Covid-19 cases confirmed in the school – up to September 13 – with 23 in the same year group. The school also currently has 65 sickness absences affecting both pupils and staff. Other schools affected by outbreaks include Queen’s Park Primary, with 21 confirmed cases, Rivington Primary (14), St Cuthbert’s High (12) and Sutton Oak Primary School (17). Ruth du Plessis, Director of Public Health at St Helens Council, said the return to school and “renewed mixing on site” is having an impact on infection rates in the borough, so it is important to work together to ensure that infection rates do not increase further. The latest figures from Public Health England for the week ending September 10 showed infection rates at 351 per 100,000, with 634 new cases confirmed and the local authority said highest infection rates remain amongst those aged 0 -17. To help try and minimise the impact of the outbreaks, St Helens Borough Council is sending its mobile testing unit to St Augustine school when it reopens to provide testing support to pupils and staff. Earlier this week, the unit also provided support at St Cuthbert’s High School and further visits to others are planned in the coming weeks. Some schools will have also have testing kits available to collect from their sites. Special measures during the next two weeks to help try and limit the development of further cases on site include: Temporarily limiting the number of external activities being undertaken by pupils at the school. In the two high school sites affected, asking pupils to wear face masks in class rooms and communal areas. In the primary schools affected staff will be asked to wear face masks in communal areas. Parents visiting all schools will be asked to wear face masks at all times. One-way systems in the schools where appropriate. Staggered start and end times for lunch break and other break time periods for staff and pupils Increased testing for pupils and staff on site Regular and enhanced cleaning of access and other touch points Parents, pupils and staff at these schools and all others in St Helens are also being asked to ensure they test twice weekly with symptom free lateral flow testing kits. Cllr Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage said: “With the new school year starting earlier this month, it is clear that already this is leading to new infections emerging at several schools in the borough so it is important that we take action now to control the spread of the virus further.” Ms du Plessis added: “The best way for us to do this is for children, their families and staff at all our schools in the borough to keep testing. To support this our mobile testing unit is already making visits to a number of schools in the borough this and will continue to do this in the weeks to come.’’ Any pupils or staff who do test positive for Covid-19 should not go into school and look to book a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm whether you are positive. In addition to the Mobile Testing Unit, Free PCR testing is available at a number of local test sites. We buy any house! WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH Sell in days – or in your timescale No fees & no obligation Any condition or location NAPB approved & RICS regulated GET UP TO £30,000 CASH ADVANCE Call us FREE today for a cash offer available 24/7 0800 031 9071 goodhousemove.co.uk BEST PRICE PAID

20 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Mum speaks out on the cruel jibes she suffers over illness Speech and balance problems after virus PEOPLE’S PET AWARDS An uplifting celebration of Britain’s most inspirational pets NOMINATE NOW THEPEOPLESPETAWARDS.CO.UK By LEE GRIMSDITCH ECHO Reporter lee.grimsditch@trinitymirror.com @LeeGrimsditch A mum who contracted a virus that affected her speech and mobility has spoken of the ‘cruelty’ she was subject to due to the ignorance of her condition. Carol Wilson’s speech and movement were severely affected for seven months after she contracted a virus 15 years ago. At first, doctors thought the mum from Walton had suffered a stroke, but further tests revealed she had been hit by a virus which was affecting her brain. Carol, 59, told the ECHO: “It affected the cerebellum, which is at the back of your brain. That affected my movement and speech. “I was shaking a lot so in some ways it looked like Parkinson’s Disease, and staggered because my balance had gone. “My speech was also slurred. It was really bad at the time and my cognitive function had been affected by it as well, so trying to find the right words and function was a nightmare.” Like 38-year-old Dianna Slade, who claimed she had been ridiculed by staff working in Home Bargains in Bidston who accused her of being drunk, Carol said she was also subject to “cruel” jibes from people. She said: “Things like when I’d go to hospital appointments by bus, I couldn’t climb up to the top deck “Some bus drivers were really abrupt and say ‘can you go upstairs?’, which I couldn’t. They’d never give you a chance to say ‘look I’m ill, I just can’t climb stairs’. “Also, in shops, there were times I would get to the till but couldn’t remember my pin number and I couldn’t pick things up properly and I would stagger. “My speech was also slurred and it was more the looks you got than anything. The staff at the till would look at the customer behind you and roll their eyes at them. “It constantly made you want to cry. I wanted to say ‘I’m ill, this isn’t me, this is just an illness and I’ve done nothing to deserve this’. “But the time that hurt more than any other, I was walking from the bus home down Queen’s Drive and there was a mother with a child. “As I turned the corner, I stumbled and had to Netflix star handed new TV deal Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator Dan Levy is the latest A-lister to sign a TV and film deal with Netflix. The acclaimed writer and director will produce ‘scripted content and other creative projects’ for the streaming giant. His first project will be a romcom which he will write, Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter Carol Wilson said she was subject to cruelty from people who didn’t understand her condition hold on to the wall to stop myself from falling. A mum walking past dragged the child away and said, ‘come here, she’s drunk.’ “I just wanted to give up there and then. I wanted to tell her I wasn’t drunk but I didn’t have the cognitive ability at the time to even speak properly. I just had to accept whenever things like this happened.” Carol said she was also subject to abuse from neighbours who lived on her street at the time, and also wild rumours regarding her health from some of her colleagues, despite working as a manager at a mental health charity at the time. Carol – who is now fully recovered – said she believes the Sunflower Lanyard like Diana Slade was wearing is a good idea. However, she said more needs to be done to educate people about the conditions that affect those who choose to wear the lanyard. She said: “Sometimes people judge because they’re not trained to recognise things, but the training must start in primary school. Because then kids grow up understanding this is life, and this is what happens and it becomes a natural part of things. “Children are far more accepting and understanding, and if they have that understanding when they’re younger they take that into their teen years and then adulthood.” direct and produce, Netflix said. Levy’s TV work will begin in July next year. Schitt’s Creek, the beloved series Levy co-created with his father - the American Pie actor Eugene Levy, made history at the Emmys last year when becoming the first comedy to win every major award.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 21 News Mum caught a stranger filming her kids in park Marian Gardens park in Netherton By Benjamin Roberts-haslam Sefton Reporter benjamin.haslam@reachplc.com @benhaslm A mum-of-one from Netherton claims she caught a man recording her daughter and other children in a park. The mum, who has asked not to be named, was out with her friends and their children at a park near Marian Square in Netherton on Thursday, September 16, when she says she noticed a man pointing his camera at them just after 5pm. She told the ECHO: “We were all in the park and kids were just playing as usual when one of the mums I was with looked up and said ‘what’s he doing?’. This man was just stood there pointing his phone at us. “So I said ‘I don’t know what he’s doing but he looks like he’s taking pictures of us’. I started to go over with one of the other mums and he started to walk away when he saw us coming. “We stopped him and asked him to give us his phone because we thought he’d been taking pictures. We said we wanted to see what was on his phone. “He unlocked his phone, showed us the gallery and there was a 37-second video of all the kids. “We told him to delete it but that’s all we could really do in that situation other than ringing the police and sending him on his way.” The woman said she reported the incident to police who arrived at the scene and did a search of the area, however the man was not located. A picture of the alleged offender was also given to Merseyside Police. The mum also explained how she felt after the incident, saying “it’s not nice” having that happen at the park. She said: “It’s not nice because you want to protect your kids. It’s not very nice knowing that as a parent you can’t even take your kids to the park.” A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the ECHO: “At around 5.15pm yesterday (Thursday 16 September) we received a report of a man acting suspiciously in the park close to Marian Square, Netherton. “Patrols attended but the man had dispersed.” Anyone who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 quoting reference 781. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form. Ancient book under hammer A mechanically printed book from the 1400s is going under the hammer. The publication is a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle produced in 1493 – an account of Christian history from Creation onwards – and is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000. It was written in Latin by physician and humanist, Hartmann Schedel and was later translated into German. The book, which has been in the same family since at least the 1860s, is being auctioned as part of the Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs sale on Wednesday September 22. The invention of the movable-type printing press in 1440s, by Johannes Gutenberg, made printing much faster and cheaper: instead of using individually carved wooden printing blocks for each page, or even writing text by hand, he used movable metal letters, allowing mass production. The Nuremberg Chronicle, funded by two merchants, Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, was one of the books to benefit from this European printing revolution. The auction will also be available to join live online.

22 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Your Views Do we now have a two-tier police system? IN ASSOCIATION WITH FROM the video footage I have watched this week from (someone) calling themselves Insulate Britain, who was blocking motorways, it is even clearer to me that we now have a two-tier police system. I have been on many anti-lockdown rallies up and down the country and witnessed some brute force from different police forces. I have seen peaceful protesters dragged to the floor, kneeled on by many police officers and beaten by truncheons, also we have been met by police dogs and police horses. I even watched video footage of a peaceful anti-lockdown protester being savaged by a police dog only three weeks ago at an anti-lockdown rally in Newcastle. Yet these climate change activists who, I believe, are being paid, are a controlled opposition group by the Government, which seems more than happy for them to push the new green agenda. Despite thousands of irritated motorists being delayed going to work etc, the police were clearly holding back on moving these protesters. I even heard one policewoman on the video say to the protesters, ‘Is there anything I can do for you or get you?’ This is not acceptable. Motorists will be taking matters into their own hands if the police don’t do their jobs properly, which clearly they aren’t. Keith Fairclough, Whiston Weighing it all up LORD David Frost, unelected ‘Minister for Implementing Brexit’, has said that the restoration of imperial weights, long a demand of Brexiters who resented the imposition of metric measures by Brussels, was among the top potential benefits of the UK leaving the EU. Since when and by whom, has the restoration of imperial measures been deemed a ‘top potential benefit’? They really are scraping the barrel with that one – but how else are they going to find a ‘benefit’? When trading globally, it’s common sense to use a universal system of measuring. Schools have long been teaching metric, not imperial, though I’ve always felt sorry for ‘New look won’t wash’ – Shamima Begum ITV Her swift change of TV image with her blue baseball cap and pink finger nails is intended to convince the country that she has changed. Our compassion should be reserved for victims Bernie Carroll those taught the metric system, only to find the UK stubbornly refusing to embrace it with, for example, traffic signs still using miles – even though it was ‘imposed’’ by the EU that we use the metric system? With the climate crisis, Covid and a disastrous Brexit, you’d think there were more pressing issues but Johnson has always been fond of his ludicrous vanity projects, which always come in useful as the dead cat on the table. Sue Quinlan, Anfield New look won’t wash IT appears that terrorists’ moll Shamima Begum isn’t quite in tune with the national zeitgeist. She has a problem with the phrase ‘You’re not wanted in Britain.’ Her swift change of TV image, with her blue baseball cap and pink fingernails, is intended to convince the country she has changed and that the decapitations and summary executions she witnessed are all a bit uncool. She should tell that to the family of charity worker Alan Henning, who died so brutally whilst performing Christian deeds. She has spoken of her wish to start a family having carelessly lost some children of her own. This manipulative shock revelation for the cameras should be of concern to social services. Our compassion should be reserved for victims. Bernie Carroll, Princes Lane’s LENS Our Chief Photographer’s choice of today’s top picture Colin Lane, ECHO Chief Photographer, chose this photo, Waterloo Cloudscape taken by Terry Tucker, to feature for today’s Lane’s Lens. Colin said: “Moody cloudscape! Nicely framed with striking texture and shapes on the beach” Would you like your photo appraised by Colin? To get involved, upload shots to www. flickr.com/groups/li verpoolecho/ or email images to yourecho@reachplc.com. Get in touch – tell us what you think Email: letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk Phone: 0151 227 2000 Twitter: @LivEchoNews Facebook: facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Post: Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB Your Poem We All Live... We all live near a jam butty mine. Not far from the Knotty Ash sign. We all live near a sticky treacle well. Close to the sound of a factory bell. A factory where biccies they mend. By Brookside Avenue, off the bend. We all live near a moggy skin ranch. The only one, a Knotty Ash branch! We all live near the gravy train route. Every hour we hear its happy toot! Those snuff quarries are in our view. And the Happiness Train passes too! As we all live in Knotty Ash you see! Every day I think...how lucky are we! 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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Modinat Giwa claimed she crashed her car after hitting the accelerator instead of the brake photo: Vic Rodrick SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 23 News Drink-driver smashed into block of flats plUS frEE EXclUSivE OK! vip BEAUTY And lifESTYlE mAgAzinE! # OKBEAUTYBOX Woman said she mixed up the brake and accelerator pedals By Vic Rodrick ECHO Correspondent news@liverpool.com @LivEchoNews A Liverpool woman crashed her car into the wall of a building after she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, a court was told. Instead of stopping on the road as she planned, Modinat Giwa’s BMW mounted the pavement, drove over a grassed area and smashed into the front of a block of flats. Pictures produced by the prosecution at Livingston Sheriff Court on Thursday showed the car’s airbags inflated and the front of the vehicle extensively damaged. After residents phoned 999 to call out the emergency services Giwa told one of them: “I can’t believe my car’s so messed up!” The householder replied: “What about the building?” The Scottish Fire Service cordoned off the scene in Leyland Road, in Bathgate, West Lothian, because of the danger of leakage from gas boxes outside the flats. When police arrived Giwa, who was being treated by paramedics, failed a roadside breath test. She later had blood taken by a police forensic physician at nearby St John’s Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian, which showed she was almost twice the legal drinkdrive limit. Giwa, 34, of Torpoint Close, Liverpool, appeared for sentence after earlier pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention with too much alcohol in her blood. Her blood count after the crash on May 9, 2020, was 96 milligrames of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood while the limit in Scotland is 50mg. Connor Muir, prosecuting, said a witness heard something in the car park outside the flats at 9am, looked outside and saw the accused’s silver BMW. A few seconds later there was a loud bang and the witness then saw the car up against the building, badly damaged. Giwa, who didn’t have a lawyer, told the court that she hadn’t been drinking at all on the day in question, but admitted she had taken alcohol the previous day. She explained: “I pressed the brake and hit the accelerator. I’m sorry.” Sheriff Susan Craig told her: “The photographs show your vehicle has collided with the wall and you’ve just told me that that’s because you pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. “The definition of careless driving is ‘a momentary inattention’ and that’s what you’ve described to me.” The sheriff suggested that Giwa should go on a course to learn how long it takes for alcohol to leave a driver’s body. She added: “I can recommend you for that and if you complete it successfully it will give you a reduction in the period of disqualification. “Women process alcohol more slowly than men do. Also, if you’re a slight person you process it more slowly too.” She went on: “Because you pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving you must be disqualified from driving. The minimum is 12 months and that’s the period I’m going to disqualify you for. “However, I’ll recommend you for the drink-driving rehabilitation scheme which, if you complete it successfully, will give you a 25 percent reduction in the period of disqualification.” The sheriff imposed a financial penalty of £470 on the careless driving charge and ordered Giwa to pay it in monthly instalments of £50. SUBScriBE TOdAY And gET ThiS SignEd, limiTEd-EdiTiOn BEAUTY BOX cUrATEd BY SUpErmOdEl JOdiE Kidd fOr juSt £7.50 AvAilABlE OnlY WhilE STOcKS lAST! London botanicaL LaboratorieS Bright me Up Serum (full size) rrP £55 revitaLaSh Advanced Eyelash conditioner (luxury sample size) rrP£31 dr. PawPaw rich mocha Balm (full size) rrP £6.95 eyeko Sport Waterproof mascara (luxury sample size) rrP £5 SubScribe and Save today at okbeautybox.co.uk *£7.50 offer is only available to new customers. OK! Beauty Box subscription is £15 per month thereafter. onLy £7.50* worth over £120 free p&p Monu Skin micellar Water (full size) rrP £23.95 Brought to you by

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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Police want to trace these men after a street attack in the city centre SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 25 News Police in manhunt after brutal city centre assault Merseyside Police has issued CCTV images of two men they’d like to speak to after a violent attack in Liverpool city centre. The assault, which took place at around 2.30am on saturday, August 21, left the victim in hospital for a number of days. The force says the victim was punched to the floor and then kicked in the head at a takeaway on Leece street. As a result, the man was knocked unconscious and left with a fractured jaw. He was treated in hospital for several days. CCTV and witness enquiries have been carried out near the restaurant and detectives have issued CCTV images of two men they believe could assist with their investigation. detective inspector Chris saidi said: “This was a violent attack which left a man with a serious injury and his recovery could take several months. “We have carried out a number of CCTV and witness enquiries and are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the men pictured. if you were on Leece street at the time of the assault and may have witnessed this incident or have any information about it, we would also like to hear from you.” Anyone with information can contact police at @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, with reference 21000585067. you can also pass information to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Gyms step it up as restrictions over Covid slow By george martin eCHO reporter george.martin@trinitymirror.com Several Wirral leisure centres will boost their capacity next week, after almost 18 months of disruption due to the Covid pandemic. From Monday, September 20, West Kirby Concourse, europa Pools, Guinea Gap leisure Centre and Wirral Tennis Centre will be operating at increased capacity for customers visiting the gyms, swimming pools and exercise classes. Fitness facilities at leasowe and Oval leisure Centres will continue to operate as normal. Woodchurch leisure Centre will remain a dedicated vaccination site, with the sports hall at the Oval leisure Centre also continuing to be used for vaccinations. Centres across Wirral have been taking various measures, such as operating at reduced capacity, to decrease the risk of Covid spreading since they were allowed to reopen earlier in the year. On Monday, increased capacity and access will see many of these measures withdrawn for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Covid safety notices will be displayed within each leisure centre, in an attempt to keep the facilities as safe as possible. access to swimming pools and gyms will increase and it will no longer be essential for customers to pre-book and pay prior to arrival, however customers are advised that pre-booking and paying for activities online will guarantee access. exercise class capacity will also be increased where possible at these sites, and outdoors where applicable. These classes must still be pre-booked online, at centres or by telephone prior to session start time. access to sports halls, squash courts, and cafes will follow in the coming weeks. 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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 27 The Big Quiz QUOTES OF THE WEEK “In my view they should be ashamed” – England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty on people who deliberately peddle “myths” about the coronavirus vaccine “If you’re thinking about the country as a whole and looking after the people in it, you have to look after the farmers who provide the food. And I’d also ban the sale of avocados” CODE CHALLENGE Puzzle – Celebrity Saturday farmer Sep19,2021 Jeremy Clarkson SATURDAY EXTRA CC 630 MASTERMINDS 1. Which tennis club in Kent was Emma Raducanu’s home club as a junior? 2. What is the name of the forthcoming new Matrix movie? 3. Who was named artist of the year at the MTV VMAs? 4. New single My Universe, which will be sung in both English and Korean, is being brought out by which two bands? 5. Which British heritage site has had scaffolding erected so it can undergo repairs for the first time in 60 years? 6. What Covid-19 vaccine will be used as the primary source of the UK’s booster jab rollout? 7. Which reality TV star wore a full face covering and body outfit to the Met Gala? 8. How much did an art deco diamond and pearl bracelet once owned by Princess Margaret fetch at auction? 9. Who was the first footballer to score 100 goals in the Premier League? 10. Where did Oscar-winning animator Nick Park unveil a statue of his creations Wallace and Gromit? 11. A £10 million pandemic research base launched in which city this week? 12. Which Strictly Come Dancing contestant is part of the show’s first male same-sex couple partnership? 13. Abba entered the UK top 10 for the first time in 40 years with which song? 14. Which newly engaged American pop star has announced she is taking a social media break? 15. Which original Star Trek cast member turned 85 this week? 16. Runners at which marathon ended up running further than planned because 1 course measurements were wrong? 17. Who was the American pop star who surprised fans in Belfast by turning up at a popular city centre bar? 18. Which BBC television series about a grizzled detective is returning as a film on Netflix? 19. Which supermarket chain is extending an online zero-waste shopping service trial to stores? 20. Dina Asher-Smith is defending world champion in which athletics event? 21. Who has stepped down from his roles as the chairman and host of a primetime show on GB News? 22. Researchers have potty-trained cows in a bid to do what? 23. Which player holds the record for the most nine-dart finishes in televised matches? 24. When does the new series of The Great British Bake Off begin on Channel 4? 25. What is the name of the debut album from 2021 Mercury Prize winner Arlo Parks? 26. How many gold medals did Great Britain win at the Tokyo Paralympics? 27. Which mobile network has reintroduced roaming fees when travelling abroad? 28. Who was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final? 29. Which showbusiness duo will present a new primetime game show featuring an unlimited jackpot called Limitless Win? 30. Vaccine passports are to be launched in Scotland on which date? ANSWERS 1. Parklangley Club, Beckenham. 2. The Matrix Resurrections. 3. Justin Bieber. 4. Coldplay and K-pop superstars BTS. 5. Stonehenge. 6. Pfizer/BioNTech. 7. Kim Kardashian. 8. Almost £400,000 9. Alan Shearer. 10. In his birthplace of Preston. 11. Liverpool. 12. Great British Bake Off star John Whaite. 13. Don’t Shut Me Down. 14. Britney Spears. 15. Walter Koenig who played Ensign Pavel Chekov. 16. Brighton Marathon. 17. Taylor Swift. 18. Luther. 19. Tesco. 20. Women’s 200 metres. 21. Andrew Neil. 22. Reduce ammonia emissions caused by their waste. 23. Phil Taylor. 24. On Tuesday. 25. Collapsed In Sunbeams. 26. 41 27. Three – a flat £2 daily charge when roaming within an EU country will apply to customers. 28. Kevin Moran in 1985 29. Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. 30. 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Stay on the line for some hints, followed by the Full Solution. TARGET TIME 20:21 mins secs Last week: Across: Sage, Scandal, Exile, Enslave, Default, Felt, Reward, Cherub, Dolt, Unlucky, Prolong, Reign, Leaflet, Spit. Down: Slender, Dope, Grief, Welcome, Require, Golf, Create, Jungle, Nose, Cholera, Amateur, Crisp, Zest, Bayonet. Landline calls cost 61p/min plus network extras. Calls from mobiles will be higher. Minimum age 18. Line closes next Friday. Std Reach plc rules apply. See www.mirror.co.uk/rules. SP: J Media UK, SW4 7BX. Helpline: 08448001188. Giant Crossword Across 8 Leaves or eats the bit on the outside (5,2) 9 Sets up as rival to a successful body-building business? (7,2) 13 Jack will be a breeder (5) 14 Ways to make money (5) 15 Manage – to administer the anaesthetic to? (4,3) 16 Interrupt, but you start getting used to it (5,2) 17 Find one must take a right turn first (5) 18 Give, as a tip, a ball-point (5) 20 Took a chance and within days are caught (5) 22 A danger to the people ahead of one (6) 23 Leaned over and told you what to bet on (6) 25 Said ‘A mere outward show,’ which does offend (7) 27 That is among the various words meaning ‘hooligans’ (7) 30 Maybe black marks, thanks to being caught in wrongdoing (6) 31 Were all different, as a random drive round showed (6) 32 Catches ‘They ain’t hadders!’ (5) 35 Are too small to pick up (5) 36 Is first to be locked in the big prison (5) 37 As soon as you see round, things are different (2,5) 39 Renovate and stash away again (7) 41 A retiring person of little intelligence; a loner (5) 42 Animal of which there are many in the pound (5) 43 Amazed by the speculator and the awful greed (9) 44 The bird has flown, you understand from her (7) Down 1 Want Father Edward to come back at first (6) 2 Shot in the nude (8) 3 Are ice-picks used to work in it? (7,4) 4 Material wealth (9) 5 Zip up coats the salesman came back with (7) 6 Top time for successful mountaineering expeditions? (4,6) 7 The name on the metal disc (4) 10 Felt anti an all-night sitting? (6) 11 A beating by father hurt (7) 12 Brooded over when drunk (6) 19 Reduce the price of squash (7) 21 The notes you keep from (7) 24 An electric blanket when you want central heating? (4,7) 26 Pervade the whole of the rehearsal? (3-7) 28 When unmasked, is brazen (4-5) 29 Girl getting the first rise in a job (7) 30 A really good note to end on. Great (6) 32 Argues it’s intended to be read (3,5) 33 Put the plastic cup beside the seat (6) 34 The fellow had got angry but concealed it (7) 38 Look! The strawberry roan is rearing! (6) 40 The locale, or spot, spoken of (4) Last week’s solution Across: 9, Pulled out 10, Tee-total 12, (pe)Elsa (rev) 13, Assail (a sail) 14, B-Lister 15, Carrie-D-on 17, To-othsome 18, To-aster 20, Sh-odd-y 21, Pa-I-d 24, Entrance 26, Addition 28, Over 29, Knocks 31, Chisels 34, Ba-dmin-t-on 36, Runnersup 38, De-spa-ir 39, En-su-es 40, Ergo (rev) 41, Crackers 42, Ma-de has-te. Down: 1, Upper-cut 2, C-loser 3, Conside-r 4, (mo)St-rain 5, St-I-let-to 6, Redblooded 7, To-nigh-t 8, Tattoo 11, Fri-ends 16, In turn 19, Annie 20, She 22, A-L-one 23, Strif-E 25, Non-starter 26, (l)Ass 27, Forbad-e 30, Co-nverse 31, Contends 32, Supposed 33, Fin-ance 35, Desert (dessert) 36, R-esum-e 37, Stress.

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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 29 In association with teamdogs.co.uk Sudoku 6 1 4 7 8 4 1 3 7 3 7 4 5 9 7 1 1 4 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY 5 6 3 8 9 1 9 2 3 1 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 4 3 1 9 6 5 3 6 2 8 4 5 4 9 6 7 8 1 5 2 3 2 5 7 6 9 3 1 4 8 1 8 3 4 5 2 6 7 9 6 7 2 5 3 8 4 9 1 5 3 9 1 4 6 2 8 7 8 1 4 2 7 9 3 6 5 7 2 5 9 1 4 8 3 6 9 4 8 3 6 5 7 1 2 3 6 1 8 2 7 9 5 4 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 9 2 1 9 3 3 6 5 9 3 6 4 2 HARD 8 1 5 1 5 6 5 7 8 6 9 8 5 4 7 3 1 2 5 2 3 8 1 9 6 7 4 1 4 7 6 3 2 8 5 9 7 1 9 3 2 4 5 6 8 4 3 5 7 6 8 2 9 1 2 8 6 1 9 5 7 4 3 8 6 1 4 5 3 9 2 7 9 7 4 2 8 6 1 3 5 3 5 2 9 7 1 4 8 6 Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within the circle can be rearranged to form words with a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question mark? U F B F P R O A ? E E P N T H A D YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is C. Columbo, Clouseau, Fletcher, all fictional detectives. Alphamuddle Wordsquare Rearrange the letters in the top grid to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed in the bottom grid to start you off. C H O I S I R T R U C K S O U L S C I S O U S Y H E E D S E M M E E M O T T E D E T E R S T E R N L Y Y T T Y Find as many words as possible using the letters in the grid. Each word must use the central letter and at least 3 others, and letters may be used only once. You cannot use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns, but verb forms ending in ‘s’ are permitted. There is one 9-letter word to be found. O O S T H T M O E HOW YOU RATE 12 Good; 16 Very Good; 20 Excellent. 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People are going to see the more assertive side of your nature. SCORPIO CAPRICORN lIBra Sept 24–Oct 23 You can’t see how a friend’s ideas can be successful, but you will be happy to go along with them and let them prove you wrong. Demands from friends, colleagues and neighbours will keep you on your toes. You might ask yourself whether some people are starting to take advantage. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4277 access charge) scorPIo Oct 24-Nov22 Someone will move furniture or change the place where everyday items are kept in their effort to tidy up the place. A temporary alteration in your surroundings might throw you a little, but once you’ve got used to a changing situation, you might actually quite like it. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4278 access charge) saGITTarIUs Nov 23-Dec 21 You might agree to finally tackle dreary tasks you’ve been avoiding for ages if only to keep someone happy. 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Family flowers only but if desired donations to Alzheimer's Society. Enquiries to Graham J Clegg Funeral Service, Maghull, L31 5JB. Tel : 0151 520 3330. BRADLEY BRIAN September 09, 2021 Peacefully in hospital aged 85 years. Beloved husband to Sheila. Formerly employed as a train driver by British Rail and Virgin Trains. Brian will be sadly missed by all his relatives, friends, neighbours and all who knew and loved him. Funeral service and committal to be held at St Helens Crematorium on Monday 27 September 2021 at 12.30pm. Family flowers only. Donations if desired for Cats Protection UK c/o the family. All enquiries to J S Hedges Funeral Service Tel: 01744 22100 COOK - CHRIS, September 8, 2021. Deepest sympathy to Eileen and family. (Will miss you at the Liverpool games, mate.) - Ronnie, Carol and family (YNWA.) xx FAZAKERLEY JOHN KEITH 12th September 2021 Peacefully aged 79 years, reunited with his loving Wife Maureen. John will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Service and Cremation will be held at West Lancs Crematorium on Friday 1st October 2021 at 12.00noon. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Alzheimer's Society c/o Coyne Bros Funeral Directors, 3 Old Mill Lane, Formby. L37 3PE Tel. 01704 873899. GORDON - DAVID PATRICK, August 18, 2021. Passed away peacefully, aged 57 years. David will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. A funeral service will be held at Springwood Crematorium, Rosemary Chapel at 2.30pm on Friday 24th September, 2021 followed by cremation. Family flowers only. Donations if so desired may be sent for Shelter c/o the funeral director. For all enquiries please contact FW Marsh Family Funeral Directors, 199 Warrington Road, Whiston, L35 5AF Tel: 0151 431 0696 HARRISON - ALISON, September 10, 2021. It is with great sadness that we inform you that Alison Harrison has died peacefully at home in Carlisle, Cumbria. A loving Mum and Grandma to Mark, Scott, Finn, Noah & Edie. We will all miss you. Love Mark. All enquiries to George Hudson & Sons Funeral Directors. Tel:01228521913 HURLEY - THOMAS PATRICK (Tommy), September 5, 2021, 86 years. Peacefully in hospital. Funeral 12.30pm Monday 20/9/21 St James Church Bootle. JEEVES - TIM, September 10, 2021. Aged 42. Dearly loved son to Madeline and Richard, and brother to Paul. Taken too soon from his adopted city that he loved so much. Thanksgiving service at St Andrew's Church, 176, Queens Drive, Clubmoor, L13 0AL, at noon on Friday, October 1, afterwards at Clubmoor Allotments and Community Clubhouse, 1, Brownville Road, L13 8DQ. All welcome, family flowers only please by request, but donations gratefully received for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Fans Supporting Foodbanks. Donations and inquiries to Kelly, Craven Funeral Directors, 187, Park Road, L8 6SE, 0151 727 1226. MAHER NEE O'TOOLE - MARGARET (Rita), September 8, 2021. Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family aged 88 years. Reunited with loving Husband James, much loved Mum to Angela, Peter, Janice and Paul. Grandmother to Danny, James, Jessica, Mikey and Sammy. Mother in law to Joey, Dominic, Detta and Paula. The funeral Mass is to be held on Friday 24th September 2021 at Our Lady of Walsingham at 11am followed by a burial at Ford Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if so desired to Alzheimer's Society. All enquiries to Thompsons Funeral Directors Bootle 0151 933 0202 McQUILLAN - JEAN, September 11, 2021. Aged 84 years. Jean will be sadly missed by all her loving family. Funeral to be held on Friday 24th September at St Francis Xavier RC Church at 10.30am followed by committal at Anfield Crematorium at 11.20am. Family flowers only please but donations if desired to Bradbury Fields. All enquiries to Desmond Bannon & Sons, John Rotheram House, Burlington Street, L3 6DG. 0151 298 2066. MORAN - EVELYN, August 26, 2021. Passed away peacefully aged 90 years. Loving wife of the late Leo Moran. Much loved mum of Jacky and David. Step mum to Brenda and Dave. Cherished Nana to Jennifer, Gemma, Clare, Nicola, Christopher, Stephanie and Jonathan. Also great nana to her nine great grandchildren. Beloved mother in law to Bob, Brian, Tracy and Margy. Family flowers only by request. Donations to Clatterbridge hospital. All enquiries to Gornall's funeral services Tel : 0151 426 6069. REED - CHRISTINE, September 3, 2021. A message to our lovely Wife, Mum & Nan. A light went out on earth, The day you said goodbye. And on that day a star was born, The brightest in the sky. Reaching through the darkness, With its rays of purest light. Lighting up the heavens, As you lighted up our lives. Rest in peace your Heartbroken husband Peter, daughters Michelle, Julie, Samantha, Rachel & Natalie, grandchildren Taylor, Jack, Jessica, Lillie, Summer, Savanna & Alyssa. Sons in law Lee, Terry & Chris. Goodnight God bless xxxxxx ROSSITER - BERNARD (BARNEY), September 13, 2021. Passed away peacefully after a long illness at Millvina House surrounded by his loving family aged 90 years. Reunited with his beloved wife Margaret and two sons Bernie and Mark, much loved dad, brother, uncle, grandad and great grandad. Barney will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral service to be held at St Anthony's Church on Thursday 23rd September at 2.15pm followed by cremation at Anfield Crematorium at 3.20pm. Barney will be resting at his granddaughter Jade's home from Tuesday. All enquiries to Hardacres Funeral Directors, Laconia House, 15 Jason Street, L5 5DY. Tel: 0151 207 4888. WELLS - CATHERINE, September 9, 2021. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Cathy aged 80 years of Belle Vale who died peacefully in hospital surrounded by her loving family. The dearly loved wife of Peter, loving mum of Jackie and Tom, very dear mother-in-law of Mark and Vicki, much loved nanna Cathy of Conna, Mikey, Jacob, Isaac and Sofia, a dear sister, sisterin-law and aunt. May she rest in peace. Requiem Mass at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption, Hedgefield Road, Gateacre on Monday September 27th at 12 noon followed by cremation at Anfield Crematorium. Will friends please accept this intimation and meet at the church. Family flowers only please, but donations in lieu may be made to the Encephalitis Society. A box will be provided in church for this purpose. All further enquiries to David C. Nunn, Independent Family Funeral Director, Tel: 01274 800874 WOODS - LILIAN (LILY) ANN (NEE DAVIES), September 5, 2021. Aged 93 years. Dearly loved Wife of predeceased Henry and loving Mum to Bob, Les, Janet and predeceased Son Dave. Sister to Elsie, and Mother-in-law to Ann and Ol. Loving Grandma and Great Grandma, Auntie to Nieces and Nephews. Resting at Coynes Lower House Lane. Funeral taking place at the Good Shepherds Church Lower House Lane on Wednesday 22nd September at 1pm. Interment will follow at Anfield Cemetery and afterwards at Dunnys Club, Rice Lane. We sadly miss you Mum. Your heartbroken Daughter, Sons and Family xx CONNOR - PETER, September 18, 2018. 3 years without you my lovely husband. I miss you every minute of every day. All my love to you my darling, Jo xx I miss you every day Pops, I will love you always, your Rob xxx We love you Grandpops, wish we'd got to meet you but Mummy tells us all about you, love from Gabriel and Nell xx JONES - STEPHEN, 19 September 2006. Fifteen long years without you Ste. Not a day goes by that you're not in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Love always brokenhearted mum and dad, Pat, Joyce and Phil, and all of your nieces and nephews xxx RENDELL - DARREN, 8 years today, it still feels like yesterday. I remember our last chat, it doesn't feel like it's been that long since September the 18th. I will never forget. You will always be loved and missed everyday, rest with Kim and Ricky. Love mam, dad and family. WEBB - SHEILA, 19.09.2020 Loved and remembered always. GRAY - THOMAS RICHARD, To the husband I loved with all my heart from the wife you left with a broken heart. - Joyce and family xx NEARY - HELEN (NELLIE), September 19, 2021. Happy 91st Birthday to our Precious Mam & Nan Your 1st birthday away from us & it hurts so bad. Our only comfort is knowing you will always be with us & watching over us all. We Love & Miss You So Much & Always Will. Love You Always & Forever - Your Brokenhearted Youngest Son Gerard, Daughter in law Yvonne Grandchildren Natalie, Kevin, Sean, Rachel & Your Great-Grandchildren Joel, Eva, Isla-Rae, Aamiya & Alana XX XXXX X XX XX NEARY - HELEN (19th September), Mum, you always had a smile to share, love to give and time to care. 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B Curtis 60 BETTING: 13-8 Qitaal, 9-4 Sharvara, 5-2 Evocative Spark, 10 Dark Mystery, 33 Nicolas Andry, Bellslea. 2020: No corresponding race. USAVE BUSINESS ENERGY SPECIALIST FILLIES’ 2.20 HANDICAP (4) 1m Winner £4,347 (4 run) RTV 1 (1) 712 voicE of WiSDoM (61) S & E Crisford 3 9-8 (D) P J McDonald 85 2 (2) 340 UrBaN violEt (28) M Channon 3 9-7....................O Murphy 86 3 (4) 114 alpha crU (17) D O’Meara 3 9-3 (D2)................... D Tudhope 87 4 (3) 234 oMaNy aMBEr (59) K Burke 3 8-10 (D) ........................ C Lee 89 BETTING: 5-4 Voice Of Wisdom, 3 Urban Violet, 7-2 Alpha Cru, 5 Omany Amber. 2020: FREYJA 3 9 7, Ben Curtis 11-2 (M Johnston), drawn (3), 4 ran. BIG DREW HUNTER MEMORIAL SELLING STAKES 2.50 (4) 1m 1f Winner £4,347 (9 run) RTV 1 (7) 465 caBallEro (11) K Dalgleish 5 9-0 ..................... C Rodriguez 77 2 (4) 668 lExiNgtoN forcE (6) R Hannon 4 9-0 ..................... B Curtis 89 3 (5) NEW DElhi ExprESS I Jardine 5 9-0 ..................... A Mullen — 4 (3) 667 arctic victory (31) B J Llewellyn 4 8-9 ......................G Lee 98 5 (6) 5 MUStaviM (69) J Wainwright 3 8-9 ................K Schofield (5) — 6 (8) 048 SlEight (6) I Jardine 3 8-9 .........................................T Eaves 56 7 (2) 859 trUSty ScoUt (10) D O’Meara 3 8-9......................O Murphy 72 8 (9) -69 WEE DracUla (20) I Jardine 3 8-9 .........................J Gormley 25 9 (1) halloW halliE R M Smith 2021 8-4 ...................P Mathers — BETTING: 13-8 Lexington Force, 4 Arctic Victory, 9-2 Trusty Scout, 7 Caballero, 10 Mustavim, 12 Sleight, 14 New Delhi Express, 25 Wee Dracula, 33 Hallow Hallie. 2020: No corresponding race. forM gUiDE: lExiNgtoN forcE 33-1 Slowly into stride, behind, never on terms, 8th of 13, 10l behind Diamond Bay at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol. arctic victory 50-1 Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 7th of 9, 8l behind Spirit Of The Bay at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. trUSty ScoUt 28-1 Mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakening when hung left over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Sky Blue Thinking at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol. caBallEro 14-1 Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind Captain Corelli at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf. 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C Rodriguez 81 2 (10) 035 WatEr of lEith (20) R Menzies 9-7 (D2)...............O Murphy 80 3 (9) 157 iMpEllEr (24) T Easterby 9-6 (D2).............................D Allan 79 4 (4) 117 patSy fagaN (59) R Fahey 9-1 (D2) .....................P Hanagan 65 5 (1) 222 iriS DaNcEr (18) T Davidson 9-0 (BF, D) .................. P Dennis 78 6 (11) 491 BaSharat (12) J R Jenkins 8-13 (D)........................ C Beasley 78 7 (5) 702 EllaDora (32) K Scott 8-11 ........................................J Hart 77 8 (2) 562 katS BoB (44) I Jardine 8-11 .................................. A Mullen 76 9 (7) 609 DaNDy’S Max (26) E Alston 8-2 ............................P Mathers 81 10 (6) 384 Sixcor (3) Miss L Perratt 8-2 ................................ 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P Dennis 70 6 (6) 452 thE gloaMiNg (8) I Jardine 3 9-6 (D)........................T Eaves 67 7 (1) 938 aNgEl EyES (7) J Riches 6 8-10 .......................K Schofield (5) 59 8 (4) 000 hEEr ME (26) D Whillans 4 8-10 ................ Joanna Mason (3) 24 9 (2) 386 laNcaShirE lifE (21) Mrs Stella Barclay 3 8-9 F McManoman (3) 48 BETTING: 6-4 Albegone, 7-2 Mews House, 4 The Gloaming, 8 Tomily, 12 Lancashire Life, 14 Shesadabber, 16 Economic Crisis, 25 Angel Eyes, 66 Heer Me. 2020: SHESADABBER 4 9 5, Phil Dennis 11-2 (M Mullineaux), drawn (4), 12 ran. ALEX MAC DONALD MEMORIAL CELEBRATION 4.20 HANDICAP (6) 1m 4f Winner £2,322 (14 run) RTV 1 (13) 003 ooh la lah (12) J J Davies 4 9-7 ...................................G Lee 62 2 (8) 0-4 port or StarBoarD (39) B J Llewellyn 4 9-6 .... Jordan Williams (7) 45 3 (7) -51 carD high (115) W Storey 11 9-6 (CD) ...... Joanna Mason (3) 68 4 (10) 777 DaNDy’S aNgEl (21) J Wainwright 4 9-5 ...........H Russell (3) 67 5 (4) 164 WEll plaNtED (115) J J Quinn 4 9-5 (D)......................J Hart 66 6 (1) 348 g for gaBrial (17) R Fahey 4 9-4 (D3) ...............P Hanagan 72 7 (11) 836 EzaNak (73) J Wainwright 8 9-2 (D)............................T Eaves 69 8 (6) 350 EDgar allaN poE (33) Harvey Bastiman 7 9-1 (C2, D) D Allan 69 9 (2) 812 DE Mazzaro (7) T Davidson 7 9-1 (BF, CD) ............... P Dennis 68 10 (3) 165 havaNa go (8) I Jardine 6 8-12 (C).........................J Gormley 70 11 (12) 338 MiStaMEl (12) I Jardine 9 8-12 (D).......................... A Mullen 65 12 (9) 804 chEESE aND WiNE (33) Ewan Whillans 4 8-12 ........... R Scott 62 13 (14) 333 thE Brora poBBlES (18) Ewan Whillans 6 8-12 P J McDonald 63 14 (5) -05 tSarMiNa (58) M Mullineaux 5 8-12 ........F McManoman (3) 24 BETTING: 4 De Mazzaro, 5 Card High, 6 Havana Go, 7 Ooh La Lah, 10 Well Planted, Cheese And Wine, 12 The Brora Pobbles, Dandy’s Angel, 14 Others. 2020: TATTENHAMS 4 9 5, Charlie Bennett 13-8 Fav (A West), drawn (6), 10 ran. STAY AT OUR ONSITE HOTEL HANDICAP (5) (3-Y-O) 4.50 1m 4f Winner £2,862 (7 run) RTV 1 (4) 241 havEyoUMiSSEDME (13) I Jardine 10-2 (D)........... A Mullen 28 2 (3) 602 Doctor parNaSSUS (18) D O’Meara 9-13 ......... D Tudhope 76 3 (2) 318 priSoN BrEak (43) R Fahey 9-13 (D) ..................P Hanagan 70 4 (5) 260 carN a chlaMaiN (29) K Dalgleish 9-9 ............ C Rodriguez 73 5 (1) 513 BErry EDgE (47) M Dods 9-7................................. C Beasley 72 6 (6) 061 liBEratED laD (12) I Williams 9-2 .......................... B Curtis 70 7 (7) 751 hEllENiSta (27) T Easterby 8-12 (D)..........................D Allan 70 BETTING: 9-4 Haveyoumissedme, 7-2 Hellenista, 4 Liberated Lad, 7 Berry Edge, 8 Doctor Parnassus, 10 Carn A Chlamain, Prison Break. 2020: No corresponding race. forM gUiDE: havEyoUMiSSEDME 13-8 Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) beating Mushirif by 1 1/4l, 8 ran. hEllENiSta 9-2 Slowly into stride, held up last, pushed along and headway out wide chasing leaders 3f out, challenged and hung right 2f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug beating Out Of Sight by 2l, 6 ran. PLUMPTON TOMORROW Going: Good to firmgood in places CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS GALATA BrIDGE 2.10 SPLINTEr LErOy LErOy 2.40 MANOr PArK DOGON 3.10 LOrD SCHNAPPS THE yELLOW MINI 3.40 IMPULSIVE ONE IMPHAL 4.10 BAGAN AIr HAIr LAIr 4.40 VALENTINE’S TUrF STrENSHAM COUrT 5.10 SISTEr SOPHIE J H BUILDERS MAIDEN HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 2.10 2f Winner £4,084 (8 run) SSR 1 4/5 oN thE MEtEr (27) D Bridgwater 7 11-4 .....................B J Powell 94 2 54 alioSki (18) G Brown 4 11-2 ...............................Paul O’Brien (3) 94 3 2 galata BriDgE (18) Dr R Newland 4 11-2 (BF).S Twiston-Davies 119 4 MickEy DrippiN C Poulton 4 11-2 ..........................M Batchelor — 5 424 SpliNtEr (51) A Hales 4 11-2 .........................................K Woods 121 6 2-7 carolE’S tzariNa (32) A Murphy 5 10-11 ...................J Quinlan 51 7 aNyoNEWhohaDahEart Miss S West 4 10-9 ....... M Goldstein — 8 4 city EScapE (14) S Humphrey 4 10-9 ....................... N Scholfield 58 BETTING: 4-5 Galata Bridge, 5-2 Splinter, 8 Alioski, 10 On The Meter, 20 Carole’s Tzarina, 25 Anyonewhohadaheart, 50 City Escape, Mickey Drippin. 2020: ZARRAR 5 10 12, Nick Scholfield 15-2 (R Guest), 8 ran. HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 2m Winner £7,951 (6 run) 2.40 SSR 1 5-2 glory aND fortUNE (133) T Lacey 6 11-12 (BF, D) .. S Sheppard 135 2 10- lEroy lEroy J Boyle 5 11-7 (D2) .................................B J Powell — 3 834 coNStaNcio (17) D McCain 8 11-2 (BF, CD) ...................B Hughes 133 4 311 MaNor park B Barr 6 11-2 (D) ................................P Cowley (3) 136 5 -14 zUBa N Gifford 5 10-6 (CD) ...........................................J M Davies 133 6 336 SUfi M Harris 7 10-4 ....................................................K Jones (3) 135 BETTING: 15-8 Glory And Fortune, 5-2 Manor Park, 4 zuba, 7 Leroy Leroy, 8 Constancio, 16 Sufi. 2020: GET BACK GET BACK 5 11 6, Sean Bowen 10-3 Fav (H Fry), 8 ran. forM gUiDE: glory aND fortUNE 2-1fav Prominent, led 2nd, dived at 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon driven and hung left, headed last, held flat, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Cotton End at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May. MaNor park 9-4fav Always prominent, led 3 out, clear before next, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul beating First Quest by 10l, 7 ran. zUBa 5-1 Midfield, keen, headway to chase leader after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened, 4th of 9, 29l behind Fire Away at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul. lEroy lEroy 22-1 Chased leaders, raced keenly, steadied after 2nd, effort 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 15th of 17, 40l behind Lively Citizen at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gs in Nov. coNStaNcio 2-1fav Tracked leader, led narrowly 3rd, not fluent 4th and headed narrowly, losing touch when ridden after 2 out, no extra, 4th of 6, 7l behind Lucky Robin at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd. SUfi 25-1 Midfield, pushed along when not fluent 3 out, faded approaching last, 6th of 8, 24l behind Alqamar at Cartmel 2m 1f (3) gd in Jul. PETER EARL MEMORIAL HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 3.10 1f Winner £4,275 (5 run) SSR 1 112 roMaNor (15) Seamus Mullins 7 11-12 (D).............D Sansom (3) 119 2 7P4 lorD SchNappS (17) Dr R Newland 8 11-9 ......S Twiston-Davies 124 3 233 DogoN (19) P Nicholls 6 11-9 ................................... Bryony Frost 120 4 U64 aWay for SlatES (15) M Harris 11 11-5 (D) ..........M Bastyan (3) 121 5 464 coUrt JUraDo (36) D McCain 7 10-7 ...........................B Hughes 121 BETTING: 13-8 romanor, 9-4 Dogon, 4 Lord Schnapps, 7 Court Jurado, 10 Away For Slates. 2020: CAROLINES CHARM 6 11 7, Robbie Dunne 5-1 (N Mulholland), 6 ran. forM gUiDE: roMaNor 9-2 Held up, headway to chase leader 4th, led 6th, clear 3 out until after 2 out, soon headed, no impression last, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Larch Hill at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd. DogoN 10-3 Led, going easily 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no extra soon after, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Cheltenam De Vaige at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug. lorD SchNappS 11-2 Led narrowly, headed 2nd, chased leading pair 3rd, ridden and not fluent 3 out, weakened before last, last of 4, 46l behind Caddyhill at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd. coUrt JUraDo 10-1 Chased leaders, went second 4 out, ridden and weakened 3f out, 4th of 7, 31l behind Captain Cobajay at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (5) gd in Aug. aWay for SlatES 40-1 Chased winner until 2nd, outpaced 4 out, well beaten from next, 4th of 7, 23l behind Larch Hill at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd. STRONG FLAVOURS CATERING JUVENILE HURDLE (GBB 3.40 RACE) (4) (3-Y-O) 2m 2f Winner £4,357 (12 run) SSR 1 221 frED BEar (27) Miss S West 11-5 ............................. M Goldstein 99 2 7 aggagio G L Moore 10-12 ..................................... Joshua Moore 40 3 BaBaJaN A Murphy 10-12 ............................................J Quinlan — 4 8 BUSiNESS flight (18) G Brown 10-12 ...............Paul O’Brien (3) 30 5 Epic paSS B Barr 10-12 ............................................P Cowley (3) — 6 iMpUlSivE oNE N Henderson 10-12 .............................J Bowen — 7 4 prEy for glory (27) D P Quinn 10-12 .......................T J O’Brien 54 8 55 Sir taWEEl (14) N King 10-12 ................................ Bryony Frost 33 9 P4 tara iti (14) G L Moore 10-12 .................................Jamie Moore 47 10 1 thE yElloW MiNi (14) M Wigham 10-12 (D) ............. G Sheehan 113 11 7P BaBy ShaM (27) Seamus Mullins 10-5 ..................... A Thorne (5) 83 12 45 Dark MotivE (18) J Snowden 10-5 .......................... Page Fuller 88 BETTING: 11-4 The yellow Mini, 3 Fred Bear, 10-3 Impulsive One, 8 Dark Motive, 12 Babajan, 14 Aggagio, Tara Iti, Epic Pass, 25 Others. 2020: PEAT MOSS 10 12, David Noonan 11-1 (N Hawke), 8 ran. HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 4f 114yds Winner 4.10 £2,832 (14 run) SSR 1 637 oNE haNDSoME DUDE (11) A West 6 11-12 (CD)........ L Edwards 102 2 690 top MaN (54) C Gordon 7 11-12 (CD)............................. T Cannon 97 3 72- iMphal G L Moore 7 11-10 (BF)............................. Joshua Moore 108 4 U41 BagaN (15) Seamus Mullins 7 11-8 (D).........................K Jones (3) 106 5 P-P My Boy JaMES (82) Mrs L Mongan 9 11-5...........N F Houlihan (5) — 6 55- JUMpiNg catS (168) G L Moore 6 11-2 (BF).............Jamie Moore 106 7 113 aNDapa (31) M Roberts 7 11-1 (BF, C) ..........................T J O’Brien 108 8 59- SixtiES SEcrEt (168) Miss S West 6 10-13 (CD)......... M Goldstein 108 9 -7U JUMpiNg Jack P Butler 7 10-9 (C) ........................... A Thorne (5) 111 10 127 kilchrEESt MooN (66) Henry Oliver 10 10-8 (BF)... N Scholfield 106 11 6P3 StrikE thE fliNt (14) Miss Suzy Smith 7 10-0 (C) ... H Bannister 106 12 -8F WatchMaN (67) Mrs N Evans 7 10-0 ........................... J Dixon (5) 109 13 853 Mr yEatS (62) M Harris 4 10-0 ................................M Bastyan (3) 103 14 P08 BUllSEMpirE (11) C Hobson 8 10-0 .............Tabitha Worsley (5) — BETTING: 4 Imphal, 9-2 Bagan, 5 Jumping Cats, 7 Andapa, 8 Kilchreest Moon, 10 Top Man, 12 One Handsome Dude, Strike The Flint, Sixties Secret, 14 Others. 2020: SIXTIES SECRET 5 11 0, Niall Houlihan(7) 17-2 (Miss S West), 12 ran. NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (5) 2m 4f Winner 4.40 £3,050 (6 run) SSR 1 142 air hair lair (27) Miss S West 5 11-12 (BF)............. M Goldstein 90 2 3-2 valENtiNE’S tUrf (118) Christian Williams 6 11-11 .... A Wedge — 3 243 oUtlaW Jack (11) J Farrelly 9 11-9..............................B J Powell — 4 543 gaME iN thE park (15) N King 8 10-12 .......................J Quinlan 102 5 285 holD ME tight (18) P Gundry 7 10-12 .................... N Scholfield 104 6 F98 piratE SaM (54) D Bridgwater 6 10-12 ..................M Bastyan (3) 78 BETTING: 2 Air Hair Lair, 5-2 Valentine’s Turf, 4 Outlaw Jack, 7 Hold Me Tight, Game In The Park, 16 Pirate Sam. 2020: CAPTAIN SPEAKING 5 11 10, Joshua Moore 11-4 Fav (N Littmoden), 8 ran. SKY SPORTS RACING OPEN NH FLAT RACE (GBB 5.10 RACE) (5) 2m 2f Winner £2,178 (5 run) SSR 1 -31 StrENShaM coUrt (15) S Drinkwater 6 11-7 .........D Burton (5) 121 2 70- NoahthirtytWorED (174) A West 5 11-0 ...........Jamie Moore — 3 harptrEE hill N Mulholland 4 10-12 ......................... S Bowen — 4 26 SiStEr SophiE (49) Christian Williams 5 10-7 ............... A Wedge 129 5 86 triptothEcity (15) N King 4 10-5......................... Bryony Frost 41 BETTING: 8-11 Strensham Court, 5-2 Sister Sophie, 4 Harptree Hill, 50 Triptothecity, Noahthirtytwored. 2020: ON MY COMMAND 4 10 5, Jack Quinlan 10-3 Fav (A Murphy), 7 ran. Happy with how we SPENT the summer reds’ contract work just as valuable as spending big, says fabinho By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport Fabinho believes big-spending Manchester City and Chelsea are favourites to win the Premier League – but is confident Liverpool made the right decision to focus on new contracts during the summer. While title rivals City, Chelsea and Manchester United splashed out more than £300million between them in the transfer window, £36m centre-back ibrahima Konate was the only new arrival at anfield. Liverpool have instead concentrated on securing the long-term futures of the core of their squad, with Fabinho joining alisson becker, andy Robertson, Trent alexanderarnold, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan henderson, nat Phillips, harvey Elliott, Rhys Williams, Caoimhin Kelleher and adrian in signing a new contract. but the brazilian accepts the sheer financial might of City and Chelsea makes them the teams to beat this season. “i think Manchester City are the favourites, as they’re the defending champions and still keep strengthening themselves, which is what they do every season,” said Fabinho. “They, even being champions, winning titles, always want to reinforce, so they are favourites for the season. “Chelsea, current Champions League champions, keep buying, too. i think these two teams come really strong, too, and are the favourites.” Fabinho added to ESPn brasil: “Even though Liverpool haven’t spent as much as other clubs in this window, several players have renewed their contracts, which is very important for the club. “i was one of those players. We signed Konate, who is an excellent defender, harvey Elliott came back on loan, which is something important for us, (Takumi) Minamino, too. “i believe our team is very strong. it’s the same team that won the Premier League two years ago. “More experienced players, more important games in the bag. These are things that make the team stronger. “if you want to have a winning team, we have to keep the most important pieces and that’s what Liverpool have been doing.” SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 37 Fabinho in training this week JOHN POWELL/LFC/GETTY Konate was bought after Liverpool suffered a centre-back injury crisis last season that compelled Fabinho to spend much of the campaign in defence. however, the return of Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez from injury means the brazilian is unlikely to be required to shift from his accustomed defensive midfield role this term. and asked if he expects to play at the back any time soon, Fabinho said: “i hope not. not because i’d be playing in defence, but i hope the players don’t have the injuries they had last season. “When someone is out, let it be by suspension, not by injury. “as much as the run of games is stronger now, the league is very intense and i hope we are prepared for that. “if i need to play, i’ll play as i’ve always done, but i hope everyone is fine and we don’t need Fabinho in defence.” OFFICIALHORSERACING COMMENTARY AND RESULTS Cal09016094248 Calscost65pperminplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.18+only. 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38 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Sport / Lead story chris.wright@ reachplc.com CHRIS WRIGHT AIMS TO BE FIRST PAST THE FINISHING POST AYR 1.20pm Makalu 1.55pm Juan Elcano 2.30pm Strike Red 3.05pm Head Mistress 3.40pm Gulliver (NAP) 4.15pm Cruyff Turn 4.50pm Redarna 5.20pm Annandale NEWBURY 1.10pm Jabbar 1.40pm Firepower 2.15pm Khaadem 2.50pm Foxes Tales 3.25pm Aramaic 4pm Gubbass 4.35pm Dream By Day 5.05pm Whitehaven NEWMARKET 1pm Mellow Yellow 1.30pm Mobadra 2.05pm Sir Maxi 2.40pm Toussarok 3.15pm Hochfeld 3.50pm Tarroob 4.25pm Mark Of Respect CATTERICK 2.25pm Eternal Glory 3pm Sunday Justice 3.35pm Black Hill Storm 4.10pm Dreams Unwind 4.45pm Love Is Golden 5.15pm Lightening Company 5.45pm Aliento WOLVERHAMPTON 4.55pm Big Impact 5.30pm Jam Tart 6pm Tathmeen 6.30pm Annie Rose 7pm Across The Nile 7.30pm Keep Right On 8pm Military Crown 8.30pm Merlin’s Beard TOMORROW’S NAP: De Mazzaro (4.20pm Hamilton) Gulliver ready to land giant victory in the Ayr Gold Cup GULLIVER can win the Gulliver (right) finishing second to Commanche Falls (left) in Virgin Bet Ayr Gold the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood – he may be able to Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) go one better in another big sprint today john walton/pa (3.05pm) at Ayr this afternoon. David O’Meara’s seven-yearold can get his head back in front to land the feature at the Scottish track. Gulliver has not won since last October, but has run well in some decent contests this season and is now down to just a 1lb higher than that victory in a similar contest to this at York. The veteran sprinter has finished 11th in this Gold Cup prior to that victory and was also a close third in the race in 2019. He has plenty experience in these big-field six-furlong sprints and was fifth – beaten less than two lengths – in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot back in June. He went even closer in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood just finding the reopposing Commanche Falls a including last week’s Chester another in the 2.50pm race. Duty Free Handicap (3.25pm) neck too good. winner Gabrial The Devil, who The three-year-old was a following wins at Musselburgh He was also good fourth in is owned by Merseyside-based decent winner of the Group and York in the past month or another valuable sprint in Ireland at the Curragh last week- He could go close, along with caster Stakes on Merseyside last The Willie Muir and Chris Dr Marwan Koukash. Three MansionBet Rose Of Lan- so. end and is sure to be in the firing Easterby duo Music Society and month. He steps up again to Grassick-trained Firepower can line again. 2019 Silver Cup winner Golden Group Two level, but he looks a follow up his win at Epsom with Gulliver has gone well in Apollo and the Clive Coxtrained Royal Scimitar. another victory in the Group Stud Handicap (1.40pm) under progressive type and can land another in the Heatherwold softer conditions in the past so any further rain would not But Strike Red – a good winner on the Tapeta at Newcastle Cup Stakes (Formerly The Arc porting jockey Martin Dwyer. Three Dubai Duty Free Legacy Liverpool-born Everton FC-sup- inconvenience him, although he has shown himself capable on recently – may come out on top. Trial). At Newmarket Mark Johnston’s Hochfeld may go one bet- most goings. He has what Irish raider, the unbeaten Ger Charlie Hills’ Khaadem got appears a decent draw in eight – Lyons-trained Head Mistress, back to winning ways at Doncaster earlier this month and he week to win the Close Brothers ter than he did at Chester last four winners in the past 16 years may be able to complete a hattrick of victories in the Group can land a quickfire double in Cesarewitch Trial Handicap have come from the same berth – so has plenty of ticks in the Three Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde the Group Three Dubai International Airport World Trophy The Johnston stable may have (3.15pm). right boxes to triumph. Fillies’ Stakes (For The Ayrshire As ever there are plenty in Agricultural Challenge Cup) Stakes (2.15pm). a few Saturday winners, with with a chance of striking Gold (3.05pm). The Richard Hannon-trained hat-trick-seeking Toussarok with another veteran of these Ryan’s Juan Elcano can get the Gubbass was a fine winner of looking good for the treble in the races from the same O’Meara better of veteran course and distance winner Euchen Glen in Newbury but has not scored (2.40pm). the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Close Brothers Handicap stable, Summerghand – despite carrying top weight – sure to run the Listed Virgin Bet Doonside since stepping into Group company. But he can land a first Pat- Sir Maxi may take the Close The George Boughey-trained another big race. Tim Easterby’s Cup Stakes (3.40pm). Sunday Sovereign, the Kevin Others who may triumph at tern race success in the Group Brothers Asset Finance Handicap (2.05pm) at Headquarters. Ryan-trained Bielsa and Edraak Ayr are Juan Elcano’s stablemate Makalu in the opener, the Stakes (4pm). But Johnston has other poten- Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef from the Michael Appleby stable are also capable of getting in the Microtech Group EBF Nursery He wasn’t beaten far when tial winners at Catterick with money. Handicap (1.20pm); Easterby’s third in the Group Two Unibet Love Is Golden in the Mick The consolation race for those recent York winner Cruyff Turn Richmond Stakes at Glorious Pawluk Retirement Fund Handicap (4.45pm); Dreams Unwind who missed the cut for the Gold in the Virgin Bet Handicap Goodwood and also when coming home fifth in the Group One in the vickers.bet Bet 10 Get 20 Cup, the Virgin Bet Ayr Silver (4.15pm); and the Dianne Sayer Cup Handicap (1.55pm), can go course and distance scorer Prix Morny at Deauville last Handicap (4.10pm); and Eternal to Richard Fahey’s Strike Red. Redarna in in the Download month. Glory in the opener, the Catterick Racecourse Supporting Yorkshire-based trainer Fahey The Gribbens Taxi App Now He can show he is a Group has a good record in the race Handicap (4.50pm). race performer with a third win National Racehorse Week Nursery, all set to be ridden by with two winners and plenty of At Newbury Andrew Balding’s on his fifth career start. others who have hit the frame. Foxes Tale can follow up his win Willie Haggas’ Aramaic can Scouser and Liverpool FC fan He has two runners this time at Haydock Park last month with bring up a hat-trick in the Dubai Franny Norton.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 39 Sport / Rugby League Hat-trick hero Ashton completes dream week with new Wolves deal Matty ashton celebrates scoring at castleford zac goodwin/pa By IAN LAYBOURN Rugby league reporter sport@liverpool.com Full-back or winger Matty ashton, who scored a hat-trick of tries in Warrington’s 40-24 win over castleford on Thursday night, has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2024. The 23-year-old has scored 15 tries in 21 appearances since joining the Wolves from Swinton on a two-year deal ahead of the 2020 season. “I’m over the moon to have my future sorted,” ashton said. “It’s been a difficult couple of years with injuries but the club has stuck by me and put their faith in me which I’m looking forward to repaying now with some good performances over the next few years. “It’s a dream come true to be playing at the top level, especially for a club like Warrington. To sign another three years is a bit surreal still and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. “I want to cement my place in the team now - to be a regular starter and hopefully help the boys win trophies along the way.” Warrington chief executive karl Fitzpatrick said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to tie Matty down on a new long-term deal. “From day one he has shown the right attitude and attributes a young player making the step up to Super league needs to succeed. “His hard work and dedication to work on improving his game each day is first class and he’s one of the fastest and most exciting outside backs in the competition.” Meanwhile, Warrington coach Steve Price says the good times start now as his side head into the play-offs on the back of the win over castleford. The Wolves will play sixth-placed Hull kR at home in the elimination play-offs next Friday and Price, who is leaving the club at the end of the season to take his family back to australia, says they are finding their form at the right time. Price said: “This is where the good times start, the fun times. We’ll take a lot of belief out of the first 40 minutes, it was the best we’ve played all season. We’re in a good place. “We took the emotion out of the game nice and early. We played hard and we played fast with a good style to our play, whilst defensively we were really hard-nosed and kept them out a number of times on the line. “We needed to change the momentum after castleford’s period being on top and the boys did that.” Warrington almost paid a heavy price for their indiscipline, Price says his team emerged injury-free and he is not worried about Mike cooper facing any further punishment for his dismissal. “That was really harsh, a red card for that it, was really tough,” he said. “I’m confident he will not have to answer to that or Josh charnley’s tackle although it did warrant a yellow.” Salford see off Saints SALFORD 26 ST HELENS 14 Super League’S top try-scorer Ken Sio added two more to his tally as Salford produced a stunning second-half comeback to sink a youthful St Helens 26-14 at the aJ Bell Stadium. The australian winger scored a try in each half to give him 19 for the season though his second was served up on a platter for him by his team-mate Chris atkin – passing to him when already over the tryline. Salford trailed 14-4 before halftime but they rallied superbly, scoring a crucial try just before the break then blitzing the Super League champions with three tries in 12 minutes after the restart to lead 26-14. retiring Salford half-back Kevin Brown was not fit to play but he was woolf’s youthful team finishes league campaign with defeat afforded a guard of honour from both sets of players and presented with a framed shirt before kick-off. St Helens took the opportunity to give some of their senior players a break with the end of season playoffs around the corner. Shay Martyn, Jon Bennison and Sam royle all made their debuts and 12 of the Saints 17 were products of the club’s famed academy system. and two of those youngsters were soon in the points. Only four minutes had been played when regan grace broke dangerously up the wing and he passed inside to Lewis Dodd who in turn fed Bennison and he touched down under the posts. Martyn, son of Saints great Tommy, stepped up to kick the conversion and give the visitors a 6-0 lead. Salford responded in the 11th minute through Sio. The australian Ken Sio winger was first to react to a kick to the corner by Tui Lolohea though Morgan escare was off target with his conversion attempt. Saints extended their lead thanks to another flash of brilliance from grace. The Welsh winger cut infield dangerously and he kicked ahead for Jonny Lomax to ground the bouncing ball. Martyn added the conversion and followed it with a penalty goal two minutes before half-time after Salford were penalised for obstruction. Seconds before half-time, Salford cut the deficit to just four points when former Saints centre Matt Costello slid over on the right edge after some slick approach play. atkin, making his 200th career appearance, took over the kicking responsibility and landed the conversion from off the touchline to make it 14-10 at the break. The home side needed only three minutes of the second half to take the lead for the first time in the game. andy ackers broke dangerously and the supporting ellis robson fed atkin who crashed over for a try he also converted. robson, having set up a try moments earlier, scored himself soon after as he charged through from close range. Krisnan Inu’s conversion attempt hit the post and Salford’s lead remained six points. Salford claimed a third try 12 minutes in when a break from rhys Williams split the Saints defence wide open and atkins could have scored easily but passed to Sio so he could register his second try of the night. Inu added the conversion to make it 26-14. Saints barely troubled Salford in the final quarter and indeed it was the home side that seemed more likely to add further points.

40 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews ROYAL BLUE Phil Kirkbride@philkecho ...With the insiDe track from gooDison phil.kirkbride@reachplc.com Yerry Mina (left) with Rafa Benitez after Monday’s win over Burnley clive brunskill/getty Blues still can rafa keep the emotions in check at vital stage in yerry’s career? WRESTLING with the Mina enigma “I prefer a centre-back with this intensity, and not just a nice lad, who shakes hands with the strikers.” Given Yerry Mina seems to treat each match like a WWE event, and the opposition centre-forward as his spandex-clad arch rival, it’s safe to say Rafa Benitez has no concerns about the Colombian being too nice on the pitch. But while Mina loves to trash-talk his way through matches in a bid to get under the skin of the man he’s trying to mark, Benitez is perhaps less comfortable with histrionics. Less clothesline and more clean sheet, if you like. Wolves’ forward Fabio Silva this week described Mina as the most annoying defender he’s come up against in the Premier League. The Everton man will wear that as a badge of honour but, as Benitez explains, playing with such a high level of emotion may be stopping Mina going from a good defender, to a very good one. “You describe him really well,” Benitez said, on Thursday afternoon. “He is someone who likes to challenge and likes to compete, which is what you are expecting from your centre-backs. And then, if we can be sure he has control of his emotions, control of his actions, he will be a much better player. “He is a good centre-back and then trying to improve these little things in terms of making the right decisions and not losing his temper, he will continue improving. But I prefer a centre-back with this intensity, and not just a nice lad, who shakes hands with the strikers.” Mina played very well on Monday night in the win over Burnley. He wasn’t able to get on top of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes at first but, in the second-half especially, he showed Goodison why his title as the club’s most expensive-ever defender can be justified. Everton, proudly, highlighted that ‘The King’ won more headers than anyone else in the Premier League last weekend. Indeed, some club insiders believe Mina’s performance was what really sparked the dramatic turnaround under the lights. That focus, consistency and use of his natural relish to win the ball and dominate centre-forwards is the potential Benitez has seen in Mina during his first two-and-a-bit months in charge. But it’s clear that the Everton boss believes that for the 26-year-old (who turns 27 ahead of the visit of Norwich City) to elevate his game, he might need to be less of a character on the pitch. It’s a conundrum with Mina, though isn’t it? He plays with personality, as modern coaches like to say, and it makes him the defender he is, so can he be changed? Or does he have to change, mellow and focus more – become less of the showman – in order to fulfil his potential? If you ask Mina to suppress his natural instinct to try and wind up his opposite man, are you taking away what he’s all about? Or does Mina have to accept that the wagging of fingers in the striker’s face, the goading and the tubthumping act has to be kept to an absolute minimum? He is the sort of player a crowd can feed off, but he’s also one who can make them nervous. Mina is definitely at an important juncture in his Everton career. He is now inside the final two years of his contract which, typically, kick-starts talks of a new deal – or focuses minds on how a player could be moved on to help a manager bring in new faces. That the answer to this does not appear abundantly clear is fitting for a player who will divide opinion. Mina has only made 60 Premier League starts since joining the club in 2018 and while injuries initially held him back, it’s often been a case of consistency pulling at his shirt since. At his best, Mina looks like the best centre-half at the club and every inch an international player who was signed by Barcelona. But meeting that standard, week in and week out, is his challenge. Benitez believes that toning down the trash-talk and keeping his emotions in check will help with that. Mina likes to get into the head of opposition strikers but for Everton he remains a bit of a head-scratcher.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 41 Sport / Tranmere Clarke calls for patience By Ben reardon Tranmere Reporter PETER CLARKE has admitted it will take time for the Tranmere Rovers squad to fully gel toegther ahead of today’s Sky Bet League Two home game against Salford City. Micky Mellon’s men welcome Gary Bowyer’s Ammies to Prenton Park looking to get back to winning ways in the league, after a Papa John’s Trophy triumph over Leeds United U21s in midweek. Centre-back Clarke, 39, is confident in Rovers’ abilities and feels they can earn the three points after last weekend’s setback at Rochdale. Clarke said: “We’ll go into it well prepared and ready, and from a collective point of view as Tranmere Rovers, we want to win the game. We came out on the wrong end of the result at Rochdale, and there’s a lot of things that we will learn from that, the opportunity to get back on the pitch is great. “We won on Tuesday evening, and we want to take that into the game on Saturday against Salford. We want to win every game we play, but so do the opposition. “There’s been lots of changes over the summer, players leaving and new players arriving, everything is not going to fall into place overnight, and it’s going to take time, the relationships building and forming, it does take a period of time. “The squad that we have put together and the personnel that we have got within the building, we have a strong squad and as we grow together, we can push up the league and be challenging at the it will take time but we will get that consistency, says rovers defender top of the division.” Clarke has recently been nominated for League Two Player of the Season at the North West Football Awards. Last term, Clarke played every minute of every league game for Rovers, surpassing 800 career appearances along the way, and he is grateful to his team-mates. He added: “It’s nice from a personal point of view, to be nominated is fantastic, you’re perhaps doing something right so to be nominated is brilliant. “The nomination is down to a collective effort from all the boys and everyone doing their jobs on a regular basis which has allowed me to be nominated for the award, so I can’t thank the lads enough for what they do on a daily and weekly basis to be at the point now where I’ve been nominated for the award.” Tranmere defender Peter Clarke matthew ashton/ ama/getty

42 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE / Today / 3pm KO Consistency needs to come before England talk for Gallagher Virgil van Dijk in training this week and (inset below) Joel Matip in action against aC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday JOHN POWELL/LFC/GETTY Conor Gallagher in action against Tottenham last week CrystaL PaLaCE manager Patrick Vieira believes Conor Gallagher isn’t quite yet ready for a call-up to Gareth southgate’s England side. the Chelsea loanee has impressed for Palace this season and was a key player in their first Premier League win of the season against tottenham last weekend. Gallagher, who had been at the Chelsea academy since the age of eight, already has two goals to his name in south London from his first four matches. “this is the biggest problem in our world, when we have one or two performances, we always think that he deserves a national call and I still believe that he needs to be more consistent in his performance,” Vieira said. “I think he has abilities but I believe – as well – it is too early for the call for him. “He still has to improve but all the credit to Chelsea because he’s not just a really good footballer, he’s a good human being and he’s a really good person as well. “We’ve been working with him and talking with him and I think his time will come. “But first what he needs to do is to perform on a consistent basis to allow him to go higher to the international level, but he needs to perform well week-in week-out with us, with the under-21s and that will allow him to go to the national team – but at the moment I think his focus has to be with us. “How can he repeat these kind of performances that he’s had over the last couple of matches.” Palace travel to Liverpool today to face Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have not been beaten in the Premier League so far this season, and Vieira insisted his side need to keep improving. “Outside of the spurs game, I think in the last couple of games that we played before, we saw that the team was improving,” the former France international said. “there’s still a lot to work on. Obviously, we had a really good performance against spurs but it’s about looking at the side of the games that we can still improve but the positive side about that game is that we were better than the game before that. “We still need to improve but I always say that with the squad that we have, we can perform in the Premier League and I think we have a team that allows us to compete.” Defensively SOUND klopp By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport Jurgen Klopp will keep on rotating Virgil van Dijk for the time being as the liverpool defender eases back to full sharpness. Van Dijk was an unused substitute during the reds’ 3-2 Champions league win over AC Milan on Wednesday, with Joe gomez making his first start since last november alongside Joel Matip at the heart of defence. The Dutchman had started the first four games of the season having recovered from almost 10 months out with a cruciate ligament injury. liverpool had to do without Van Dijk, gomez and Matip for long periods last season while new signing Ibrahima Konate also sat out a lengthy spell with former club rB leipzig. And while Van Dijk is expected to return to the starting line-up for today’s premier league visit of Crystal palace, Klopp has confirmed he will continue to manage the defender’s minutes for the foreseeable future. “I would rather say it’s a shortterm thing,” said the reds boss. “We are still in the extended preseason if you want, especially for him having had a long time out. “He was completely fine. He could have played, definitely, but I want to be sensible in these moments now because I have to be. “I don’t want to talk about past injuries, but we had three long-term ones with Joel, Joe and Virgil, and Ibou had before on ’sensible’ decision to leave van dijk on bench maybe half-a-year or a year ago a long-term injury as well. “They have the quality, it is incredible what these boys have, and we have to make sure we have a proper pair on the pitch for the weekend. “For the Milan game it worked really well but it will not be like that I now always do exactly that and say Virgil is not ready to play in a game. But we are early in the season and it was the right thing to do.” nat phillips, who impressed last season in the absence of so many centre-back regulars, is another option available to Klopp and could feature in the league Cup third round trip to norwich City on Tuesday. Matip has emerged as a key figure during the opening weeks of the season, although the Cameroonian could be rested today having not started three games in the same week since September 2019. “I cannot help people who do not see the quality of Joel Matip,” said Klopp. “He was a bit unlucky in the past with injury here and there, maybe not always the most difficult things, but he is a big boy, a big player, tall and can look from time to time a bit edgy or whatever but he is an incredible player. “He’s always been incredible since he joined us. We needed the quality. We now have five top-class centre-halves and that’s good to have and necessary. “The position when you always have two, sometimes they play 10, 12, 15 games in a row, they are maybe able to do that. But if we don’t have to, why should we? “That’s why we have now the opportunity to make some changes and from time to time, not always, we have to make that. Hopefully they all stay fit and we will be fine in that position for sure. ‘‘We have five top-class centre-halves (nat phillips is the other) and that’s good to have and necessary.”

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 43 Paul Gorst BLOOD RED @ptgorst ...with thE iNSiDE tRACK FROM ANFiELD paul.gorst@liverpool.com For too long, Jurgen Klopp’s biggest Liverpool dilemma revolved, almost perpetually, around his centrebacks. A grand total of 20 different pairings were used last season as the likes of rhys Williams, Jordan Henderson and even Billy Koumetio were all named, at one point or another, at the back. Long-term, season-ending injuries for first Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and finally Joel Matip rendered Klopp’s senior options redundant. Such was Liverpool’s injury list at the time that it was jokingly suggested the club put in planning permission for an extension on the treatment room at their new AXA Training Centre. Matip featured the most from that trio, but the fact he made just a paltry 12 appearances across all competitions shows you the extent to which Klopp’s hands were tied. Matip’s next game will see him reach half of that tally just a month into the new campaign. It was an issue that plagued Liverpool for the best part of 12 months before it finally reached its merciful end. From famine came the feast, with the return to pre-season coinciding with the comebacks for Matip, Van Dijk and Gomez. Klopp’s only selection headache now centres around just which of his impressive combinations to choose from. The £36million addition of Ibrahima Konate strengthened the ranks further, while a new deal for Nat Phillips on transfer deadline day ensured an extra insurance policy. “We now have four or five topclass centre-halves and that’s good to have and necessary,” said Klopp on Friday. The centre of Liverpool’s defence has gone from a glaring weak point to an area of undoubted strength, with Konate yet to even play a minute for the reds since his move from rB Leipzig at the start of July. France Under-21 international Konate is still adjusting to the rigours of ‘Klopp football’ away from the unforgiving spotlight of the Premier League and those inside Anfield see him as one of the brightest young centre-backs on the continent, with his peak years to come at just 22. Joe Gomez made his first start since November in Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over AC Milan while Matip has, so far, shown himself to be in rude health after being blighted by fitness issues for longer than anyone would have liked. In Van Dijk Liverpool retain the planet’s pre-eminent centre-half, Get the latest Reds news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO LFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter Back in tandem... Joel Matip (left) and Virgil van Dijk Klopp has that perfect platform for success again adding a fearsome extra layer of protection to a backline that is so well versed in its patterns of play in and out of possession. Liverpool’s marauding full-backs and famously high line require strength, bravery and passing ability from their central defenders and the feeling is that Klopp has the perfect blend for his particular brand of organisation at the back. Van Dijk takes on the role of the father figure at the bonfire when Liverpool fly forward, ensuring everyone enjoys the firework display safely. And whereas Klopp’s firefighting at centre-back last season was the chronic problem for an injury-hit Liverpool, now he has a wealth of options. Just the one pairing has been named in the Premier League thus far, with Matip and Van Dijk reprising a partnership that Liverpool’s Champions League success was built on in 2019. Such has been their imperious form together that the reds have lost just once in that time, dating back to January 2018 when Van Dijk arrived for a game-changing £75million. That 1-0 defeat at Swansea nearly four years ago remains the only blot on their copy book as a pair, with Van Dijk and Matip providing the bedrock for a 34-game unbeaten run together. If fitness prevails, that will be a key reason why Liverpool will feel, with confidence, they can last the pace in the title race against their more expensively assembled rivals. Van Dijk’s gifts have been praised for years in the mainstream arenas, but there is a belated realisation to the quality that his partner also has as an elite centre-back. romelu Lukaku got little out of Matip when Chelsea visited Anfield before the international break and other strikers may also be left shortchanged as they inevitably try to target him as the supposed ‘weak link’ between him and the peerless Van Dijk. His long-term fitness concerns surely mean a rest is due, but it is likely to be Tuesday’s trip to Norwich in the Carabao Cup where Matip earns a breather as Liverpool prepare to welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield today. Where Klopp once surveyed a barren centre-back wasteland on a weekly basis last year, the green shoots of recovery now see the landscape dominated by roaming thoroughbreds. The best quartet of defenders in the Premier League can provide the most solid of foundations to build their title challenge on.

44 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews ASTON VILLA v EVERTON Dock development gathers pace as infilling starts Bramley-Moore Dock: work in progress By PHIL KIRKBRIDE EvErtoN are clearing the basin at Bramley-Moore Dock ahead of the start of the infilling process next month as the new stadium project gathers pace. the Blues plan to begin the infilling in early october in what will be seen as a significant milestone in the project to build a 52,888-capacity new home for the club. Marine life was being removed from the dock this week and rehomed in the Mersey while divers have found a number of unexploded devices, but many of the small antiaircraft shells from World War II were duds. the army and navy were called in to discharge the other devices but the club have stressed there was never any danger to the public. Divers identified around 400 items, at a depth of 10m, during their searches, which have formed part of the club’s wider enabling works on the waterfront site. Scrap metal, old car tyres and ship anchors were also found by the team. Everton are spending around £100m on preparatory work on the site and a team put together by contractors Laing o’rourke have also been repairing and sealing any holes in the dock wall. Pipework has also been laid which is required to bring in 470,000 cubic metres of sand, dredged from the Irish Sea, that will displace the water currently in the dock into adjacent water bodies. Elsewhere in the enabling works, the demolition is well under way to flatten existing non-listed buildings, and that will see much of those materials being reused across the site. Works on the welfare facilities for site staff also continue in preparation for the next phase of works. Stadium development director Colin Chong said: “Demolition is ongoing as we speak and we are actually forming the ‘bath-tub’ now, which effectively segregates our dock from the others to allow us to fill it with sand harvested from the river Mersey. “So there’s some major maritime engineering activity taking place. “there are lots of marine life still in the dock so we’ve fitted a bubble curtain to stop any more coming back in, and (as of yesterday) we start to remove all the fish from the dock under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency. “they will monitor how we remove and release the fish, recording the species, so there’s a real detailed methodology of how we intend to clear the dock.” By PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter philip.kirkbride@reachplc.com @PhilKEcho Rafa Benitez has rejected the idea he is “hard” on players and said his management of Richarlison shows that. the everton boss has gathered a reputation for being a taskmaster and while the Spanish coach concedes he is very demanding of the squad – in a bid to improve them – he says his reputation as being especially tough on players is unfair. Benitez says Richarlison has a “different character” to the rest of those in the Blues’ squad and that his challenge is to “manage” a player who can wear his heart on his sleeve – especially when being substituted. the Blues boss says he made it clear how much he valued the efforts of Richarlison on Monday night against Burnley, when he played as a lone frontman against physical centre-halves., for over 80 minutes. “Richarlison is very competitive,” Benitez said. He’s fine. I tried to be sure that he understands that I appreciate him. And then I am trying to help. That’s it.”. Rafa Benitez on Richarlison benitez rejects perception of being hard on players “He’s a winner, but he’s a different character to the other players. “He wanted to be on the pitch and he wanted to score goals. “i can see he’s disappointed but he was very good when i was telling him how hard he was working, how hard it was for him to play against two aggressive centrebacks, and he did well. “He didn’t score but he made his contribution. He’ll be ready for the next game and hungry to score goals and help the team. “i will say again – he has a different character and we have to try to manage him. “i had a conversation with him in the past about what i was expecting from him and hopefully he can do it. at the moment i can see only goals coming from him.” Benitez has challenged the perception that he is hard on his players and offered an insight into the flavour of conversations he had with Richarlison this week. “i think that perception is wrong,” he said. “We can talk about Demarai Gray or townsend or even Michael Keane. i talk with my players every day about anything. “the priority is football but i talk with them all the time. “With Richarlison i was talking the other day about Ronaldo, the Brazilian player, Socrates, Garrincha, even his dogs. “You try to be sure you understand your players and in this case we talked about Brazilian players, ones he maybe doesn’t know as well as ones he does know. i think that’s normal for any manager to talk to his players like that. “the perception is because i am pushing and i want to improve them and sometimes you are not satisfied because you want to see them play a bit better. it has to be like that. as a manager you have to bring the best from your players and that is the way for me.” On the chat about Brazil’s former no9 Ronaldo, he added: “Ronaldo, the Brazilian, because he was in Real Madrid and i

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 45 Villa Park / Today / Kick-off 5.30pm (Sky Sports) He has a Villa manager Dean smith different character – but we WILL manage know him really well, we played against them. “He was so good as a player, he was amazing and he (Richarlison) knows he was a fantastic player. “We were talking about Socrates and Garrincha because he was very good at dribbling. I liked Brazilian football as a kid and when I was getting older you are watching players. Pele was if not the greatest, then one of the greatest players. For a Brazilian player, if you talk about Brazilian players he will be really pleased. “We talked in Spanish that he can understand because the Spanish and Portuguese have some similarities and some words. “He’s fine. I tried to be sure that he understands that I appreciate him. And then I am trying to help. That’s it.” Cenk tosun was back in Everton training yesterday as was Ellis simms (above) Get the latest Blues news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO EFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter Smith’s late call on Argentina stars By NICK maShIter Aston VillA boss Dean smith will make a last-minute call over his Argentina stars Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez. the pair will return to Birmingham today, just hours before Villa’s Premier league visit of Everton. Goalkeeper Martinez and record buy Buendia have been training in Croatia following international duty with Argentina to avoid being forced to quarantine in the UK. Villa did not want them to travel to south America for Argentina’s three World Cup qualifiers but were forced to compromise after the players made it clear they were going. smith said: “We are expecting them to join us tomorrow morning and i’ll assess it then and decide if they’ll be involved or not. “We have got their numbers of what they have been doing each day. “that gets sent straight to the performance department and passed onto the coaches. “they are in a good place physically which is what we need to know. “i’ll assess that in the morning and wait until tomorrow.” Without them, Villa lost 3-0 to Chelsea last weekend with tyrone Mings at fault for the second goal when Mateo Kovacic pounced on his poor backpass to score. But smith defended the England international and insisted he has responded. He said: “i’ve not had to help him, i thought he dealt with it really well. He owned the mistake and held his hands up to the players and owned it on social media as well. “He made a mistake, they happen in football. “He has probably saved us 20-odd times before he made a mistake. As long as he keeps learning, and from what i have seen in training this week he has, he will keep getting better as a player.” Everton are unbeaten having won three of their opening four games under Rafael Benitez and smith knows his side need to overcome the toffees this season to reach their goals. “After getting promoted, our remit was to stay up and we have progressed from 17th to 11th,” said smith, who is without youngsters Jaden Philogene- Bidace and Carney Chukwuemeka. “the next step is the hardest because you have to try to go past established Premier league teams. “some of those teams have been top-four teams in the last decade as well, Arsenal, tottenham and Everton come into that category. “West Ham did brilliantly last season and we want to emulate that this season if we can. “We haven’t made as good a start as we would have liked but it’s important the confidence we built up in the Chelsea game, despite the scoreline, is taken into the home game.”

46 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews ‘Not desperate’ Mane chases 100 Sadio Mane in training this week By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport Jurgen Klopp has dismissed concerns over Sadio Mane’s form as the liverpool striker closes in on a goalscoring landmark. Mane is one goal away from becoming only the 18th player to reach a century for the club with the reds entertaining his favourite opponents Crystal palace on Saturday. Should the Senegalese find the net, he will become the first player in premier league history to do so in nine successive matches against the same team. 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But Klopp has no issue over the forward with the player having set high standards for himself during his reds career. “Sadio looks really good and really sharp,” said the reds boss on Friday. “We talk about these things when a striker misses some chances, but that he has the amount of chances he has, that’s actually the important stuff. “Sadio is in a good moment and he will get there one day (to 100 goals) – it would be nice if he got there tomorrow! “physically and I think mentally as well, (he is) really confident and you can see that. A player misses a chance and he doesn’t look desperate or whatever, he has a smile on his face and knows he could have done better. “It’s all good but of course Sadio is an exceptional player so he has to perform exceptional, that’s how it is, that’s the standard we expect from him and he usually delivers.” Divock origi was handed a shock first start since January against Milan in midweek and rewarded Klopp’s decision with a lively performance in which his clever assist for Mohamed Salah’s equaliser was the highlight. origi had failed to make the bench in the previous three games and is a doubt for the palace game having departed midway through the second half on Wednesday with cramp. And Klopp has explained exactly how he felt confident in turning to the Belgian for the Champions league group opener. “It was absolutely exceptional coming in and playing like this,” he said. “We play a lot of games now and train a lot in the last few weeks, and in the international break Div was with us. He could show up and we could see what shape he is in. “It’s the same for all players, in all weeks you aren’t always in the same shape but he was really coming up and showed up in training, and that’s why I decided to start him in the game. “There’s still the possibility that it’s not so easy (for origi) but he was really focused on the game and wasn’t thinking about whether he’d played the last 10 games or not. “He played a really good game and helped us a lot, not only offensively but defensively.” TEE klopp hails his ‘world class golfer’ one year on By PAUL GORST LFC Correspondent paul.gorst@reachplc.com @PTGorst Jurgen Klopp says there is a lot more to come from “worldclass” Thiago Alcantara as he marks his first year as a Liverpool player. The reds confirmed the £25million capture of the midfielder from Bayern Munich on September 18 last year to bring one of the most decorated footballers on the continent to Anfield. A Covid-19 diagnosis was followed by an injury against everton in mid-October, however – sidelining him for nearly three months before he returned to an absence-hit Liverpool side struggling for confidence. Thiago eventually began to display the sort of form that saw him star in Bayern Munich’s treble-winning 2020 though, as the reds went 10 games unbeaten towards the end of last term. As the ex-Barcelona man celebrates his first anniversary at Anfield, Klopp says there is plenty more to come. “The start was not perfect because he came here, got Covid and got injured early,” Klopp said. “Of course that makes everything a little more difficult. He showed what kind of a player he can and will be for us, so there is much more to come, of course. “It is now a year, but if you want, it is actually only half a year because of all the things that happened; coming into a new club in the most difficult period of all our lives. “He settled really well. His family is here and he is the middle of the team and is a really good character and personality, and obviously a world-class player. So all fine.” Klopp added: “There are some natural skills which the boys’ have. In Thiago’s case, that is for sure. If you were writing under a headline, all the technical stuff is easy for him. Yes, he has to and has had to adapt to the way we defend. “We play rather more often using a slightly more offensive player as one of the double six than Bayern Munich. You have to be more offensive and defensive as one of our double six. You have to play between the lines. “You can drop to the last line to receive the ball, but not always. But he is such a natural footballer it is not like we have to give him 15 or 16 different things to do in the game. “We want him to play his natural football and there are just a couple of things he has to adapt for how we play. He did that. That’s all fine. “I don’t ask him for constant runs beyond the last line. He is a playmaker, obviously, who can sometimes be a little deeper, but he must be there in the two interesting lines of the opponent as well. “In a closed area with his passing he is really good, and he can chip balls into each area like a golfer, actually. “A good golfer. A world-class golfer! “He does that without even thinking. I love the way he plays. It’s a complex position to be the no.8 for us. “We have different skill sets and we use different skill sets from time to time when we think a particular skill set makes more sense against a particular opponent. “Sometimes it is the idea to make more runs in behind, and sometimes you want to be more naturally offensive or more naturally defensive. That’s the reason for different line-ups.” Thiago has started alongside Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson just once in his 12 months at Liverpool, which was the now infamous 2-2 derby draw with everton in October 2020. Klopp says the trio will inevitably feature together more often as he talked up the strength

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 47 Anfield / Today / Kick-off 3pm AGO Gomez admits to nerves on his Anfield return Thiago in training this week and (inset below) with Jurgen Klopp JoHN PoWeLL/LFC/GeTTY Joe Gomez is embraced by Jurgen Klopp after the win over AC Milan ANDreW PoWeLL/LFC/GeTTY in depth in his midfield. “Which game did they start together? The Merseyside derby? Wow!” Klopp said. “There is a good reason why they didn’t start much together obviously. That is the only rea- son because they can play together. “They can work really well together and that can happen in the future. There is no doubt about that. We have so many different skill sets that I don’t have a first three in midfield. “Why should I? The boys have to offer in training and if they offer in training then I have to make a decision. “When we only have three days between games, so we try to take the opponent as seriously as possible and that means how can we make little advantages? “Maybe there are some different opportunities against differ- ent opponents and we have to use that. That is what we try to do. “But it has nothing to do with Thiago or whatever. The Pre- mier League is too intense to have four midfielders only, three of them have to play all the time and one comes in from time to time. “That just doesn’t work. It is a position Get the latest Reds news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO LFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter with a lot of intense challenges and we have to be as fresh as possible to be ready to face them. “Again, the start of this season was not perfect for Thiago. He came from the Euros later and with a slight injury, so he could not start the pre-season with us until later. “That is not perfect but it is not a massive problem. Now we are on matchday 5 in the Premier League, we are getting there and there is a long season to come. “Again, each little bit you can get fitter we try to use, and while we do that sometimes other players have to play who have had a full pre-season. “The autumn is coming, winter is coming, spring is coming and then the decisive early summer and hopefully we can keep them all fit and fresh and we will be a really tough cookie to play against.” By iAn doyle Joe Gomez admits to having felt mixed emotions before making a long-awaited full return for Liverpool. Gomez made his first competitive start since last November when he featured in the 3-2 Champions League win over AC milan at Anfield on Wednesday. The 24-year-old had been sidelined by a patella tendon injury suffered while on international duty with england that prematurely ended his season and ruled him out of euro 2020. And the centre-back has lifted the lid on what helped him through his long rehabilitation back to full fitness for Liverpool. “It was a special moment for me,” said Gomez. “I spent a lot of months and hours in the gym envisaging being back. “To be back under those circumstances – our first Champions League game back with fans since the pandemic – it was a special moment. “obviously, there was a lot going through my mind. There’s a lot of aspects to it mentally when you haven’t played for so long, a lot of visioning different scenarios. “But once you get out there and with the noise and the atmosphere behind you, a lot of that goes out of the window. “I’ve got a lot of gratitude to be back out there. We’d have preferred it being a bit more peaceful at the back! But playing against top opposition like AC milan, we’re going to have our tests. “The main thing is the three points and there’s definitely lessons to learn from it, but it was a good night’s work.” With Virgil van Dijk rested to the bench, Gomez was partnered at the heart of defence by Joel matip in midweek. matip has been one of Liverpool’s most impressive players of the campaign having himself returned from a long-term injury suffered in January. And Gomez admits his teammate’s ability to bring the ball out of defence continues to surprise many people – including those supposedly providing an accurate assessment of his qualities. “You look at him at first glance and think he’s not going to have the agility or the ability to dribble the way he does,” said Gomez, speaking to liverpoolfc.com. “But it’s a massive attribute and to be able to step in the way he does – like in the Leeds game - and really dictate play and create chances for us is massive. “We bantered a bit because the FIFA ratings, his dribbling wasn’t up to par in what I think it is in real life. He’s an unbelievable player. “He’s got so many attributes that, I think, sometimes don’t get praised enough. “He, too, had a pretty long-term injury, and to start the season the way he has and the form he’s in just shows how good a player he is. “obviously he’s quite a discreet guy and stays a bit in the background, but he deserves all the praise because he’s a great person and a top, top player. Like Virg, another one for me to learn from, too.”

Mo worries? worries.. NO klopp happy with salah commitment – as firmino set to miss another week liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport +tranmere/Page 41 I can handle Mohamed Salah in training this week ahead of Liverpool’s game with Crystal Palace JOHN POWELL/LFC/GETTY By Ian DoYLe Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport Jurgen Klopp is adamant there are no question marks over Mohamed Salah’s liverpool commitment despite ongoing speculation over his future. But the reds boss is likely to be without roberto Firmino for a least another week with the forward yet to resume training after a hamstring problem. liverpool are locked in talks with Salah and his representatives over a new contract with his present deal due to expire in less than two years. And when asked if there was any update on Salah’s contract talks, the reds boss said on Friday: “There is nothing really to say about it, especially not from me as I am not involved. “obviously the only thing I am really interested in is how Mo looks, how sharp he is, how committed he is at the moment and that’s absolutely spot on. really good. “That’s everything. There is nothing new to say about (the contract).” Firmino has been missing since injuring his hamstring during the 1-1 home draw with Chelsea on August 28. And the Brazilian will sit out both Saturday’s premier league visit of Crystal palace and Tuesday’s league Cup clash at norwich City, and faces a race against time to be available for next weekend’s trip to Brentford. “He is not ready,” said Klopp. “Bobby won’t even start training with the team until some point next week. “Then he will be back in training and we will have to see.” Everton manager Rafa Benitez (right) with Richarlison OLi sCarFF/aFP everton fc Can Rafa get the Mina machine working for him? /Royal Blue: Page 40 Published by Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, a subsidiary company of Reach plc. Printed by Trinity Mirror Printing Ltd. Registered at the Post Office as a newspaper. him rafa rejects perception of being a ‘hard’ boss – and richarlison proves it/pages 44-45

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2 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews To Do List Nicki Minaj A daring rescue in The Finest Hours TRENDING strictly come dancing Summer may be over but at least we have the glitzy spectacle of fake-tanned celebs trying to get to grips with the foxtrot on live TV to keep our minds off the dark nights drawing in. We have high hopes for Corrie’s Katie McGlynn, right, and Loose Women’s Judy Love. emma radUcanu First she powered to victory in the US Open becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 44 years, then she stole the show at the Met Gala. Is there anything this teenage tennis sensation cannot do? Surely national treasure status awaits. coastal homes Our dream home is a four-bed detached house in a seaside village with a pub and a Tesco nearby. According to a study for estate agent Rightmove, the perfect pad also has two living rooms, two bathrooms, a garden, garage, utility room and an office. luther It has been rumoured for months but Netflix has now confirmed that Idris Elba will reprise his role as DCI John Luther for a feature-length film version of the BBC crime series, alongside Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo and Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis. Idris Elba as DCI John Luther nicki minaj The rapper stoked the ire of Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, after she shared a story on social media about a man who was supposedly made impotent by the Covid vaccine. At a Downing Street press conference Prof Whitty said such claims were “clearly ridiculous” and “designed just to scare”. dominic raab The former Foreign Secretary was one of the highest-profile scalps in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle. Raab, who was on holiday as British troops were trying to manage the withdrawal from Afghanistan has been demoted to Justice Secretary. Education Gavin Williamson also got the elbow. Liz Truss and Nadhim Zahawi take their roles. christmas toys Parents are being urged to shop early for toys to avoid tears on Christmas Day. Industry analysts warn stocks will be low as the festive season nears due to supply chain shortages. house prices House prices fell by £10,000 as the full stamp duty holiday ended. The average home cost £255,535 in July – £19,000 up on a year earlier but well below June’s record of £265,448, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed. TANKING BOOK IT Roger Daltrey The Who’s Roger Daltrey is planning a series of solo dates and says he is eager to get back on stage after his 50-plus years of performing was interrupted by Covid restrictions. He says: “Live music is an important part of all our lives, something to free us from the groundhog days that life has become. This pandemic has brought home to me what an important part of me singing is and it’s made me determined to get back on stage asap.” He will be touring the country from November 7 offering a mix of music and conversation built around his musical journey and encompassing nearly every style imaginable – including blues, rock, country, soul and metal – and even reinterpreting a few Who classics and rarities along the way. Go to aegpresents.co.uk/events/ detail/roger-daltrey for tour and booking details. WATCH IT The Finest Hours (tomorrow, BBC2, 5.10pm) is a thrilling depiction of the most daring rescue in US Coast Guard history. It’s set in 1952, and Chris Pine plays Bernie Webber, a crewman sent on a suicidal mission during a devastating storm to save the survivors of a stricken oil tanker. Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) galvanises the terrified crew and attempts to buy them some time. Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), who oversees the lifeboat station at Chatham, Massachusetts, orders Bernie to assemble a threestrong team and attempt a rescue. The Finest Hours is a resolutely old-fashioned drama of gallantry at sea, that pays glowing tribute to real-life heroes. READ IT Author and musician Boff Whalley and his long-time friend British running champion Gary Divine are legendary. Boff is from the band Chumbawamba and infamous for throwing eggs at John Prescott. He has written several touring plays and large-scale musicals, working for Tate Britain, Manchester Museum, and most recently with Welsh National Opera. His latest book, Faster Louder, tells the true story of how teenage punk Gary Divine, went from seemingly existing on a diet of cider, parties and loud music to rise to the top in the tough sport of fell running. The paperback from Great Northern Books is out now, RRP £9.99, and is also available on kindle. drinkit love it Tasteit Raise a glass to Negroni Week with a perfectly mixed version of the iconic Italian drink from the Bottle and Bar Shop. A winner of the 2019 Great Taste Award, its Negroni (£17 for 20cl, bottlebar-andshop. com) is infused with orange and grapefruit zest for several weeks to give it a perfect balance of flavours and just the right amount of bitterness. A combination of Campari, rock rose gin, vermouth and bitters, serve 100ml over ice with a slice of orange. All the Bottle and Bar Shop cocktails and infusions are handmade with all natural ingredients with no additives or added flavours. Thanks to the boom in online shopping, gone are the days of a mad dash to the high street to hunt down a last-minute birthday card. With so many online card market places a fantastic greeting is just a few clicks away, no matter how late you have left it. But Prezzybox.com has gone that one step further. Buy one of its cards and you can have sweet treats such as Jaffa Cake slice, fizzy pick ’n’ mix, and lemon drizzle cake popped inside… Many happy returns indeed! Available for £11.99, prezzybox.com Live life on the veg with the limited edition Sainsbury’s SO Organic Veg Box. The £7 boxes are available until October 13 and are packed with a variety of six different SO Organic vegetables. Sainsbury’s was the first UK supermarket to launch its own organic range more than 30 years ago and now offers more than 250 items. They are thinking inside the box to offer British produce including leeks, seasonal squash and hearty potatoes. Rebecca Sargent, from Sainsbury’s, says: “We want to showcase to our customers the best of our organic offering.”

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 3 Hotseat I just call myself a drag queen Michelle Visage is back on the judging panel for series three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Georgia Humphreys found out why she adores the role From hitting the music charts with girl band Seduction to winning a whole new legion of fans thanks to starring in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, Michelle Visage has had a glittering entertainment career. But there is one job which she is particularly famous for – being a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The third series of the UK version of the reality competition lands on BBC iPlayer this month, and once again, New Jersey-born Michelle, 52, who is married to author and screenwriter David Case, will be sitting on the panel alongside drag queen RuPaul, who she met on the New York scene in the 80s. Graham Norton and Alan Carr will alternate each week as guest judges, while other famous faces who have been confirmed to appear on the show are comedians Matt Lucas and Kathy Burke, Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, pop star Nadine Coyle and Loose Women presenter Judi Love. A total of 12 queens will be sashaying down the runway. Amongst those hoping to impress is the show’s first-ever cisgender [meaning a person who’s sense of identity corresponds to their birth sex] female drag queen, Portsmouth-born Victoria Scone. Here, we find out more from mum-oftwo Michelle. How would you sum up the new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK? It’s completely different, because it’s completely different queens, with completely different stories, completely different trajectories. You don’t know where somebody is going to go, and that’s the beauty of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you go on a ride with these people. How important is the decision to include Victoria Scone in the line up? I’ve always maintained that all drag is A lot of people try to fit into a certain mould to make people happy instead of making themselves happy Michelle Visage ‘SHE’S WONDERFUL’: Drag Race contestant Victoria Scone: valid, and it really is. It needs to be on RuPaul’s Drag Racelevel to get into the competition. So, we will always welcome everybody to audition – that audition tape better be very, very good! Having Victoria on this series is gamechanging. I consider myself a cis woman drag queen, AFAB [assigned female at birth] queen, whatever you want to call it – I just call myself a drag queen. And I’ve been trying to compete behind that judging table for 14 years now. It’s just part of the beautiful growth of drag, and what we represent, and we are all-inclusive, so it is important that she’s there. And she’s wonderful. You must get some amazing reactions from fans. What’s the strangest place you’ve been recognised? An odd place was at the gynaecologists’ office; sitting there waiting to go in and you see somebody looking, and it’s like, Michelle Visage says she is looking forward to watching this year’s drag queens do their thing Michelle fought through an early knee injury on Strictly ‘Do I have something on my face?’ It was one of those moments where I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna remember this one!’. The queens get a lot of support on social media too. How does it feel to see drag becoming more accepted? I’ve been a fan of drag since I was a kid, and people thought I was crazy for loving drag. But drag, to me, has always been as viable an art form as painting, as dance. So, it’s very rewarding for me to sit back and go, ‘See, I told you! I knew it’. Drag is amazing and expressive and artistic, and it fills my soul and my heart with joy. No matter what it is, there’s going to be haters, whether it’s politics, whether it’s the arts, whether it’s your face, there’s always going to be somebody who has something negative to say. You just can’t spend too much time soaking in that. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career? I’ve learned to be flexible. A lot of people try to fit into a certain mould to make people happy instead of making themselves happy, and I have been a victim of that as well. If you can stay steadfast to who you are, and true to what you believe, what you feel you represent, you’ll be unstoppable. I’m the best Michelle Visage that there can be, and I need to just focus on that. Have you kept up ballroom dancing since competing on Strictly? I left Strictly and had to have knee surgery. I hurt my knee on the launch show. I did that entire competition with a torn meniscus. Obviously, the team knew, but I was given the OK to dance through it. I didn’t want the judges to know because I didn’t want to have a target on my back, I wanted to give it all I could. Two weeks after knee surgery, I said to my doctor, ‘When can I dance?’ He’s like, ‘You’re good! You can go dance’. So I take a dance class at least once a week. I’m still not great, but I love it so much. I found my love of Latin and ballroom through doing Strictly and I had the best experience of my life. ■■RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 will return to BBC Three and iPlayer on Thursday September 23, with new episodes dropping weekly.

4 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE What a few days. I’ve been hot (phew, a September sun), I’ve been rained on (lots and lots). Who knows what the weather gods will be throwing around by the time you’re reading this. But those few days have also been perfect. I’ve been “out out” – not in a posh frock and lipstick sense – but in a wine sense. I’ve met real wine people at live tasting events. Bordeaux Day was a joy, and for the first time, I had the chance to taste the wines in the latest Bordeaux Hot 50. I brought you one of them just a couple of weeks ago: Château Pey de Faure 2019 (£12.99, online at Averys). I’ve now met its wine friends, all of them highlighting the modern approach adopted by Bordeaux winemakers – whether through their techniques or sustainable practices. The Hot 50 wines are under £25 and chosen to be approachable and appealing. If you’re nervous about trying new wines they’re a great place to start exploring the diversity of the region. Here are three: A sparkling, a white and a red. I love a drop of fizz and Premius Crémant de Bordeaux Brut (£RRP £10-£12, Slurp) is gorgeous. The grapes sémillon, muscadelle and cabernet sauvignon have been cajoled into creating a wine with aromas of fresh and baked apples, toasty bread and baking spice. It is fresh, characterful and zesty. One of my favourite whites of the day was Château Argadens 2019 (£12.50, tanners-wines.co.uk). It’s vegan, and the vineyards are managed in a way which increases biodiversity and decreases any negative environmental impact. It is also very enjoyable. The white is a blend of sauvignon blanc (which takes the lead role in this palate performance) and sémillon. The aromas just keep on giving; tangy citrus, especially grapefruit. A savoury edge adds depth and interest. The flavours zing and twist and delight. As for the red, there were many to choose from, but for this missive I’ve opted for Roc de Lussac 2019 (£7.75, Sainsbury’s). The wine is from the Saint-Emilion appellation where the fruitily plummy merlot grape dominates. Cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc are the blending partners in this wine which speaks of red and black fruits, and spice. Tannins play their part in an undemanding way. ■■The Bordeaux Hot 50 list is online at bordeaux.com/gb/selection ■■Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. Jamie Oliver is an absolute machine. The celebrity chef – no longer ‘naked’, but very much clothed and still campaigning for us all to cook (stress-free) from scratch at home – is back with a new recipe collection, Together. While not all five of his children are featured on the cover (three are, we get the sense the teenagers have bowed out this time around), this book is all about feeding the people you love. With most people now vaccinated and social restrictions lifted, Jamie is betting people will be eager to host dinner parties, brunches and holiday gatherings. His 25th cookbook shows readers how to throw a big party in true Oliver fashion – without too much fuss, so the cook can have fun, too. The emphasis is on sharing delicious meals together rather than spending all your time stressed in the kitchen and it is packed full of tasty, comforting dishes that require minimum preparation. Jamie says: “Together is a real homage to the great home feast, something I have really missed sharing with friends and family over the past year. “So many people find real joy in a shared meal, have rediscovered a love of cooking or perhaps even given it a go for the first time. “I wanted the recipes to feel like a culinary light at the end of the tunnel, where food can be enjoyed and savoured. “This is about giving you an excuse to get the people you love around the table again.” As is usually the case nowadays, the cookbook is tied to a new television series. In each episode of Channel 4’s Jamie Oliver: Together, the chef will take us through the recipes step by step, making them for his Ingredients: 1tbsp quinoa; 1tbsp frozen edamame beans; 100g crunchy veg, such as cucumber, sugar snap peas, mangetout, carrots; 2 level tsps white miso paste; 2tsps rice wine vinegar; 1 fresh chilli; 1cm piece of ginger; 1 lime; 2tsps sesame oil; 2tsps low-salt soy sauce; 2tsps sesame seeds; 200g super-fresh chunky tuna steak, from sustainable sources Optional: 2 sprigs of shiso, mint or basil GET AHEAD: You can prep all this on the day, if you prefer. Method: 1. Cook the quinoa in plenty of water according to the packet instructions, adding the edamame for the last 2 minutes, then drain and cool. Take time to prep your crunchy veg – it’s nice to have a mixture, so use up any veg from the fridge – and finely slice everything as delicately as you can. 2. Muddle the miso into the rice vinegar, then scrunch with the prepped It’s (dinner) party time! Dedicated to NHS staff, the impact of the pandemic is a thread that Jamie picks up on throughout. In the first episode the chef prepares a feast for people doing volfamily and friends, so we can make them for ours. Whether it’s hosting a beautiful curry night, summery feast, or a celebration meal, Jamie’s got you covered. Jamie Oliver in an image from his new book Together Jamie Oliver’s new recipe book, Together, is a homage to the great home feast. The chef reveals why it’s the perfect time to entertain once again veg, quinoa and edamame – flavours will develop and deepen overnight. 3. To make a dressing, deseed and finely chop the chilli and place in a clean jam jar. Peel and finely grate in ginger, squeeze in lime juice, then add sesame oil and soy and pop the lid on. 4. Toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan on a high heat until lightly golden, tossing regularly, then remove. Sear the tuna for just 20 seconds on each side and edge, turning with tongs. Leave to cool. Cover and refrigerate the veg and tuna overnight. TO SERVE: If you’ve prepped ahead, get everything out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving. Finely slice the tuna and arrange around a platter. Pile the dressed veg in the centre, shake up the dressing and spoon over the tuna. Finish with the herb leaves (if using), and toasted sesame seeds. ■■ENERGY 253kcal; FAT 12.7g; SAT FAT 2.5g; PROTEIN 17.7g; CARBS 7.6g; SUGARS 2.6g; SALT 1.2g; FIBRE 1.8g Together is a real homage to the great home feast, something I have really missed sharing with friends and family over the past year. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on his new TV series and book untary work through the pandemic, from helping at food banks and vaccination centres to sewing PPE. The centrepiece of the meal is salmon decorated and flavoured with rosemary, chillies, capers and anchovies, served with a lemony potato salad and extra sweet oregano and garlic roasted tomatoes. Jamie also serves up cheesy puffs as canapés, strawberry and prosecco cocktails, and a summer pudding made with strawberries, cucumber and Pimm’s. And he’s right, it’s very lovely to be able to sit down, chat and eat together again. ■■Together by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House (c) Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2021 Together), priced £26. Photography by David Loftus. Available now ■■Jamie Oliver: Together is on Mondays, Channel 4, at 8pm JAMIE OLIVER’S ELEGANT TUNA CARPACCIO, MISO VEG, CHILLI AND LIME DRESSING AND SESAME(Serves 2)

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 5 Food & Drink Jamie Oliver’s fragrant squash curry with chickpeas, ginger, spices and coconut milk (Serves 6 + 2 leftover portions) Ingredients: 1 butternut squash (1.2kg); Olive oil; 1 onion; 2 cloves of garlic; 4cm piece of ginger; 1tsp coriander seeds; 1tsp fenugreek seeds; 1tsp medium curry powder; 300g ripe cherry tomatoes; 2 tinned pineapple rings in juice; 1 x 400ml tin of light coconut milk; 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas Optional: 2 sprigs of coriander, to serve GET AHEAD: You can make this on the day, if you prefer. METHOD: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Scrub the squash (there’s no need to peel it), carefully halve it lengthways and deseed, then chop into 2cm chunks. 2. Place in a roasting tray, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then roast for one hour, or until soft and caramelized. 3. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the onion, peel the garlic and ginger, and dry fry in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat with the coriander and fenugreek seeds and the curry powder, stirring until lightly charred all over. 4. Add the tomatoes and pineapple rings (reserving the juice), and cook for 10 minutes to soften and char, stirring regularly. 5. Tip it all into a blender, add the coconut milk and blitz until very smooth. Return to the pan, tip in the chickpeas, juice and all, and simmer gently until the sauce is thickened. 6. Stir in the roasted squash, then season the curry to perfection, tasting and tweaking, and loosening with the reserved pineapple juice. 7. Cool, cover and refrigerate overnight. TO SERVE: Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the covered pan of curry in the oven until hot through – about an hour. Nice with picked coriander leaves. Jamie Oliver’s chocolate orange crÈme brÛlÉe (Serves 2 + 2 leftover puds) Ingredients: 100ml double cream; 300ml semi-skimmed milk; 100g dark chocolate (70%); 4 large free-range eggs; 80g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling; 1 orange; Seasonal berries, to serve GET AHEAD: Pour the cream and milk into a non-stick pan, snap in the chocolate, and place on a medium-low heat until chocolate has melted, whisking regularly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly while you separate the eggs. Method: 1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks (freeze the whites to make meringues another day) with the sugar and the finely grated orange zest until pale and fluffy. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in the chocolate mixture until combined. Return to the pan and place over a low heat, then very gently bring to a simmer, whisking constantly for about 10 minutes, or until you have a custard-like consistency. 2. Divide between four small heatproof cups or two sharing bowls, then cool, cover and leave to set in the fridge overnight. TO SERVE: Sprinkle a little sugar over two of the puds, then melt it under a hot grill or using a blowtorch. Serve with orange segments, berries or cherries. The two extra puds will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge, if you can wait that long! ■■ENERGY 414kcal; FAT 27.1g; SAT FAT 13.7g; PROTEIN 8.9g; CARBS 39.8g; SUGARS 39.6g; SALT 0.2g; FIBRE 1g GET YOUR FAVOURITE PAPER AT HALF PRICE * Order yOur cOpy straight tO yOur dOOr Or purchase at a retailer Of yOur chOice and yOu will save 50% there are twO easy ways tO Order yOur subscriptiOn and claim this great discOunt 1. You can order online at liverpoolechosubs.co.uk It’s a quick and simple process that can be done 24 hours a day. Enter the offer code DAILYCP21 when prompted. 2. If you would prefer to speak to someone, please call us on 0333 202 8000 and one of our customer care advisers will be happy to assist you to arrange your home delivery or retail subscription. Don’t forget to mention the offer code DAILYCP21 If you want to arrange home delivery or would like to collect from a local newsagent, the half price deal is also available using the same offer code as above and you can give the retail subscription vouchers we send you to the newsagent as payment. If you have any other questions, please email newspapersalesteam@reachplc.com Terms and conditions: This offer is for new customers only and redeemable by direct debit. NEWS COLLECTED: *The price is £3.20 per week (50% discount) for the first 13 weeks and then £5.12 per week (20% discount) moving forward. NEWS DELIVERED *The price is £3.20 per week (50% discount) for the first 13 weeks and then £5.12 per week (20% discount) moving forward. After this period you will be given a 20% discount unless you decide to cancel. Offer ends: 31/10/2021 *Offer details correct at the time of printing.

6 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Past Life We’re out of soap! Marion McMullen looks at memorable tv exits as CORRIE FANS bid farewell to norris Cole NOSEY Norris kept watch on the antics of his Coronation Street neighbours for 27 years and they will be raising a glass or two to his memory at the Rover’s Return. His soap exit was made quietly off-screen this week with Ken Barlow, Rita and Mary arriving at the hospital only to be told he had passed away half an hour earlier. Actor Malcolm Hebden, who played Norris Cole, is now 81 and suffered a heart attack in 2017. He briefly returned to Corrie a few years later and his character was last seen enjoying life at Stillwaters retirement complex. Malcolm has notched up more than 1,600 episodes of Coronation Street but first played another role on the soap before landing the iconic role of Kabin owner Norris. He first appeared on the cobbles in 1974 as Carlos, the Spanish boyfriend of Thelma Barlow’s Mavis Riley. Brookside’s Beth Jordache, played by Anna Friel, also died in hospital when she made a sudden exit from the Channel 4 soap in 1995. She passed away from a pre- Beth Jordache with mum Mandy existing heart condition just hours before she was due to appear in court to appeal her conviction for murdering her abusive dad Trevor Jordache. One of Coronation Street’s most memorable deaths was when the villain Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) met his maker in 1989 after being run over by a Blackpool tram, while chasing his ex-partner Rita Fairclough (Barbara Knox). Mark was later invited to unveil a plaque at the seaside resort at the tram stop where the scene was filmed because so many fans wanted to visit the scene of his demise. Mark, who passed away in Janu- Malcolm Hebden played Norris for nearly three decades LAST RESORT: Rita, played by Barbara Knox saw Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) hit by a tram in Blackpool Corrie star Jean Alexander ary at the age of 92, once said: “I was only allowed to film Alan’s last moments running away as they insisted on a double for the scene under the tram wheels. I gather 26 million viewers watched those final moments.” Queen Vic landlady Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) was last seen in Albert Square in 1988, but her off-screen death was only announced 14 years later in 2002. It was said the EastEnders favourite had drunk herself to death and died from cirrhosis of the liver. When Janine Butcher pushed Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) off a cliff in EastEnders, it really was a cliff-hanger. He fell to his death on New Year’s Day 2004 while they were on honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. Janine plotted to marry Barry for his money after he told her he was terminally ill. However, in a twist of fate, Barry learned he was not dying after all and shared the news with a horrified Janine. The result was RIP Barry. He banged his head on a rock after falling and the scheming gold-digger took a seat and waited for him to die. The Emmerdale air disaster of ...AND WE’re BACK FROM THE DEAD! Of course, soap stars have been known to come back from the dead. A veteran of Australian soap Neighbours, Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith, vanished near a cliff edge in 1991 after suffering a heart attack, but Ian Smith’s character returned in 1996, and his second spell on the show was far longer than the first, lasting until 2009, with further occasional cameos. Gillian Taylforth had a staggering 15-year break from EastEnders after her character, Kathy Beale, supposedly died in a car crash in South Africa. But she returned to Albert Square in 2015 for the BBC soap’s 30th anniversary and described her back-fromthe-dead experience as “very, very emotional”. Frank Tate watches the devastation as a plane falls on Emmerdale Gillian Taylforth 1993 was watched by 18 million viewers and saw four regulars perish. Mark Hughes, Elizabeth Pollard, Archie Brooks and Leonard Kempinski all met their end. Since then Emmerdale’s been a magnet for major incidents, including the 2000 bus crash and barn fire. The 10th anniversary of the plane crash saw a New Year’s Eve killer storm hit the village, during which the iconic Woolpack was struck by lightning, resulting in Tricia Dingle being crushed by a wall. She was declared brain dead and her organs donated for transplants. Not every soap exit is marked by violence. Coronation Street cleaner Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) packed up her curlers and head scarf and left Weatherfield in 1987 after 23 years of keeping the Rovers Return looking spotless. A Save Hilda campaign was promptly launched by fans when they were heard she was leaving, but Hilda departed on Christmas Day to head to Derbyshire and a new job as housekeeper to Doctor Lowther. Jean was once voted the greatest soap opera star of all time and Coronation Street’s Jennie Ian Smith as Harold Bishop Janine gives Barry the push in EastEnders Anita Dobson as Angie Watts Storm victim Tricia Dingle McAlpine even named her daughter Hilda in 2018.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 7 Past Life Looking back at our city’s rich history – every Saturday and Tuesday Explore the past Get free access to our archive of thousands of photos taken as far back as 1878 www.memorylane.co.uk Ken Rogers LOST TRIBES The People’s Memories I’ve highlighted before that I am a memory hoarder. I’ve still got three of those ‘To Whom It May Concern’ CV letters, provided by key staff at Walton’s Evered High School to support my first job application on 18 January, 1967, as I prepared for a Trainee Journalist interview at the Liverpool Weekly News. “Rogers is a young man of pleasing disposition and co-operative attitude and I recommend him with full confidence,” wrote sports master Ken Webster. “He gets on well with others and should prove a reliable employee,” was the take of headmaster Charles Hogg, tactfully not mentioning that he had once caned me for running around the quadrangle, rather harsh for trying to get to class on time. Keeping a sense of balance, not least because I was once sent out of a lesson with an uncontrollable fit of the giggles, Mrs Chris Williams contributed a two-paragraph note, indicating that I was “studying for A-level History with a reasonable chance of success.” Nothing like a note of caution to keep your feet on the ground. It’s fascinating to look back at such landmark teenage moments in your life, while trying to grasp how others viewed you at that time. Naturally, in traditional hoarding fashion, I’ve still got the letter from the Weekly News dated 23 January, 1967, subsequently offering me a six-month probationary post. Fifty-four years on, I hope I have been a “reliable employee” – having undertaken assignments all over the world, while continuing to share my early memories with you. One school certificate I was most proud of was a Bronze Award for Proficiency in Personal Survival, dated November 1963. Thankfully, I’ve never had to save anyone in a water emergency, but circa 1976 I once jumped from the platform onto the railway line at Waterloo to scoop up a dog that had leapt onto the track and was running dangerously close to the electric rail, with the busy 8.30 from Southport to Liverpool due to arrive minutes later. People were screaming and pointing, probably at me rather than the dog, but we both survived – although my coat was covered in muck off the edge of the platform as I hauled my way to safety. The dog, without even offering a paw of thanks, simply ran up the stairs and out onto South Road and, five minutes later, was probably sitting on a lap at home without any mention of its near death experience. I should have got a certificate for gross stupidity that day, but instinct takes over sometimes. ■■kenrogersecho@gmail.com ■■www.losttribeofeverton.com Paul Bown, Emma Wray and Liza Tarbuck in Watching FAMILY viewing Margi Clarke as Queenie in Making Out Tony Booth joined soap Albion Market in 1986 liverpool actors and settings in great granada productions The cast of Family At War in 1970 It’s hard to believe that half a century has passed since the muchloved series Family at War first appeared on our TV screens. The ITV drama, charting the troubled lives of the middle-class Ashton family in Liverpool throughout World War II, ran for 52 episodes from 1970 to 1972. Even though it was set in Merseyside, Family at War was produced by Granada Television in Manchester – and it was not alone. The popular Liverpool sitcom Watching, starring Merseyside actresses Emma Wray and Liza Tarbuck, also came out of Granada studios from 1987 to 1993. In addition, a whole posse of Merseyside performers featured in Manchester-produced programmes in the 1970s and 80s, ranging from Craig Charles in the sci-fi series Red Dwarf to Tony Booth in the short-lived soap Albion Market. Margi Clarke starred as Queenie in the 1989 factory drama Making Out, and Toxteth actress Jean Alexander played the irrepressible Hilda Ogden in perennial favourite Coronation Street. Wallasey actor Geoffrey Hughes was Hilda’s lovable but accident-prone Continued on page 8

8 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 Past Life Tom Slemen TALES from the PAST They were gathered beneath a willow myrtle outside the church in Melbourne, a family of Liverpudlians and a family of Australians, and the bride, a 26-year-old Halewood girl named Hannah, stood there, head bowed, on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. She had hoped her father would somehow make it, that he would come all the way from Liverpool to give her away, but instead, it looked as if Rob, her mother’s partner, would be doing that now. The heat was unbearable already, and the two parties moved forward and entered the church. Seconds after Hannah had entered the porch, her mother gasped: ‘Well, would you look who bothered to turn up after all,’ and Hannah, seeing her mum was looking to the church doorway, turned – and saw her dad. He looked pale, jetlagged, but was dressed impeccably. George stood there for a moment, framed by the doorway, and he seemed overcome with emotion as he looked his daughter up and down. ‘Dad!’ Hannah cried, and her father said: ‘Hannah, you look absolutely beautiful – a princess.’ Father and daughter hugged, while George’s ex-wife Barbara and her partner Rob nodded to him and tried to smile. ‘Hannah, it seems like only yesterday – ‘ George said to his daughter, but his voice broke up and he couldn’t finish the sentence, but he gripped her hand and she could see the tears in his eyes. hannah’s father ‘Talk about cutting it fine,’ Barbara remarked to George. ‘You could have called to let us know you were on your way.’ ‘Babs, the service is starting!’ Rob interrupted, and he grabbed Barbara’s hand and led her down the aisle to sit at their appointed places. George and his daughter walked down the aisle with linked arms, and the father of the bride looked so proud. The vicar asked: ‘Who brings this woman to be married to this man?’ to which George replied ‘I do!’ and he took Hannah’s right hand and gave it to the vicar, who in turn placed her hand in the bridegroom’s right hand. Then came the declaration of intent, the vows and the slipping on of rings, and every camera phone in the church recorded the big day, but outside, as the confetti snowed down on the couple, Hannah noticed her dad was nowhere to be seen. Some time later, word reached them that Hannah’s beloved father had died the night before in Liverpool, after a short illness. ■ ■ Haunted Liverpool 34 is out now on Amazon. Continued from page 7 lodger Eddie Yeats and Sue Jenkins played barmaid Gloria Todd in 238 episodes from 1985 to 1988. Just for good measure, Merseyside funnymen Stan Boardman, George Roper, Tom O’Connor, Jim Bowen, Mick Miller, Jackie Hamilton and Brookside’s Vince Earl all appeared on the Granada TV show The Comedians, which ran from 1971 to 1992. Back in 1970, the opening titles of Family at War showed a sandcastle slowly being washed away on a beach, signifying Britain standing alone during the Second World War. The plot revolved around three Merseyside families. Principal character Edwin Ashton, played by Colin Douglas, worked for a printing company owned by his wife’s brother. Edwin’s wife Jean was portrayed by Shelagh Fraser. There were five Ashton children. One fought for the Left in the Spanish Civil War, while another joined the RAF, bringing a wide mix of political viewpoints to the family’s daily life. All but seven episodes of Family at War were shot in the early days of colour TV. The black and white episodes were the result of technicians refusing to handle new colour equipment. The sitcom Watching started life as a sketch about a shy birdwatcher and a streetwise girl, written by Jim Hitchmough at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. Granada commissioned a sevenpart series to be broadcast at 10.00pm on Sundays. The lead role of Malcolm was played by Paul Bown, while Emma Wray, born in Birkenhead, portrayed Liverpool girl Brenda. She and her sister Pamela (Lisa Tarbuck) loved people-watching – hence the sitcom’s title. Malcolm’s home in Meols on the Wirral was shared with his domineering mother, played by Patsy Byrne – later to appear as Nursey in Blackadder II. Perry Fenwick, who found national fame as Billy Mitchell on EastEnders, portrayed Malcolm’s colleague Terry Milton. After a series of comic mishaps, including Malcolm actually marrying another woman, Brenda and Malcolm eventually get married in the final episode, entitled ‘Knotting’. Watching moved from its latenight Sunday slot to 8pm on Friday nights and regularly drew an audience of more than 13 million viewers. The theme tune, What Does He See in Me, written by Charles Hart, was sung by Wray. Long-running sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, produced in Manchester, first aired on BBC Two in 1988 with Liverpool actor and presenter Craig Charles as principal character Dave Lister. The low-ranking technician woke up after three million years in suspended animation aboard the mining spacecraft Red Dwarf to find he was the only living human. Charles, who grew up on the @LivEchoNews Wirral’s Geoffrey Hughes as Eddie Yeats, with Southport’s Jean Alexander as Hilda Ogden, and Bernard Youens as Stan, in Coronation Street Mersey stars on the box Actor Craig Charles, and, above, comic Tom O’Connor Cantril Farm housing estate, also portrayed Lloyd Mullaney on Coronation Street from 2005 to 2011. Liverpool actor Tony Booth had already played Malcolm Wilkinson in Coronation Street when he was whisked into Granada’s ailing soap Albion Market in 1986. Along with singer Helen Shapiro, it was hoped Booth would bring some zest into the drama, but it proved not to be. Albion Market was cancelled after just 100 episodes. Kirkby actress Margi Clarke was compelling as Queenie, the straight-talking leader of the factory women in the BBC Manchester comedy-drama Making Out. It was broadcast from 1989 to 1991. Some of the scrapes and adventures she encountered with her petty criminal husband Chunky, played by Brian Hibbard of pop band the Flying Pickets, were TV poetry. One memorable episode saw the pair in a local Latin-American dance competition, which featured a cameo appearance by football manager Tommy Docherty. ■ ■ Fascinating wartime images of Merseyside feature in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book, The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s now on sale for £14.99 plus UK postage and packing. Just go to inostalgia.co.uk/shop to order or call the order hotline on 01928 503777. And remember – buy three books and get 25 per cent off!

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Past Life John Crane Under the hammer I am indebted to the group of Liverpool historians who have created interesting pages on Twitter. The breadth of their research and knowledge is quite amazing; it appears that collectively there is little they don’t know about our great city. Last Saturday, I had agreed to see one of our clients, who said he had an interesting watch to show me. I allocated 15 minutes for the appointment, but we chatted for well over an hour! People bring inanimate objects alive, and this was certainly no exception. The metal Morath Brothers of Dale Street pocket watch (below) had a story to tell. The engraving on the reverse of the watch stated that it was presented to a Rowland Long, in 1904, for ‘General Good Conduct and Excellence of Work’ at the Clint Road City School. The recipient of the annual prize was determined by a vote by all the fellow pupils. Rowland Long changed schools twice, becoming at one time a pupil teacher. He matriculated at Liverpool University in 1907. Here, the trail goes cold! I have not had time to trace where Rowland Long’s family home was located, but we can assume it was in the Botanic Road or Edge Lane areas. If anyone has knowledge of descendants of R. Long, both I and the present custodian of the watch would be pleased to hear from you. Clint Road School had a sorry history, as the basement was used as an air raid shelter for over 300 people during the WW2 air raids, when it took a direct hit from an enemy parachute bomb, in November 1940. There were many fatalities from falling masonry that night, and the boiling water from the school’s heating systems burst out under pressure and flooded the underground shelter. The fine tropical glasshouse in Botanic Gardens had all its glass shattered, and the extremely fine collection of plants was totally shredded. It is estimated that during the last 300 years, about 22,000 watch and clockmakers have operated in the greater Liverpool region. On a lighter note to finish on, we have a bottle of Champagne (right) from 1964 in our Fine Object Rostrum Auction on October 6… these will sell at a specialist wine merchant for up to £600! But a small price to pay to drink a toast to our enduring peace in the UK, and our city in particular. I’ll raise a glass to that anytime! Happy hunting, and check out our Twitter site @CatoCrane or call 0151 342 2321 for Wirral. The year 1760 marked an important milestone in Liverpool’s transport links, with the opening of the turnpike road to Warrington, enabling coaches to travel relatively quickly and efficiently. Previously this had been out of the question because of the poor state of roads, which were little more than uneven, unmade tracks across the countryside. New road surfaces enabled wheeled vehicles to travel from place to place smoothly, a major advance in communications. It effectively brought communities closer together, encouraging increased trade and the expansion of business and other interests. Previous to the 1760 road, financed by tolls, the only way to travel in and out of Liverpool was on foot, by horse, or on a ship or barge. A 1753 advert announced that every Friday morning, William Knowles and others started from the Swan with Two Necks Inn, Lad Lane, London, with a gang of horses for the conveyance of passengers and light goods. The four-day journey ended at Liverpool the following Monday evening, doubtless with several saddle-sore riders. Such journeys were uncomfortable and often dangerous, particularly in winter and bad weather. The arrival of new roads brought comfortable carriages, encouraging families to travel together. One, a light post coach operated by Horn & Co, is seen (above) moving along in perfect conditions. Coaching inns made the most of the expanding coach roads. By 1805, around 50 coaches a day were leaving Liverpool, many operated by the Bretherton family. Bartholomew Bretherton was one of four brothers who were all coach proprietors. They became very wealthy, buying land and property in Rainhill, where horses were changed on the journey to Warrington. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 9 Horn & Co’s light post coach Coaches and turnpikes Stephen Guy merseyside tales The Golden Lion Inn, in Dale Street, seen from the Town Hall in 1804 Many Bretherton coaches set out from coaching inns in Dale Street. An 1804 painting (below left) shows the view along Dale Street from the Town Hall. On the right, with a brightly-coloured omnibus standing in front, is the Golden Lion Inn. The carved gold lion inn sign has its tail turned towards the Town Hall. Despite improved roads, the mails continued to be carried on horseback until 1785. In that year, Gore’s Advertiser announced: “Golden Lion, Dale Street. The original mail coach, with a guard all the way, will set off on Monday next at four o’clock in the morning and so to continue every day.” The journey to London took 30 hours. Other road users had to make way for the mail coaches when the guard blew his horn. Coaches remained in use for many decades after the coming of railways in 1830. They were necessary to reach places still inaccessible by rail. A late Victorian coach with agitated horses is pictured (below right) negotiating a level crossing as the crossing keeper anxiously watches an approaching train. ■ ■ Stephen Guy chairs the historic Lowlands West Derby Community Centre. Details at www.lowlands.org.uk or 0151 226 5352. A coach at a level crossing, as a train approaches

10 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Style Counsel 6of the Best mini earrings 1 The hit list From quilted coats to capes, to statement sweaters, EMMA JOHNSON picks out her new season must buys Green and crystal £185, Monica Vinader 2 Silver Ocean Eyes £32, Milly Grace 3 MONSOON’S QUILTED COAT: Make every day a duvet day in this comfy yet bang-on-trend number. Stella coat £99, Monsoon Flowers £69, Daisy London 4 MANGO’S RHOMBUS SWEATER: Statement knits are big news for autumn/winter and this one certainly draws attention, £49.99, shop.mango.com Moon and star £42, Oliver Bonas 5 WAREHOUSE’S KNITTED MIDI DRESS: Knitted dresses are having a moment, make a statement in this one, £63.20, warehousefashion.com & OTHER STORIES’ JEANS: Step away from the skinnies this season and show a little flare. Patch pocket jeans £65, stories.com Crystal snakes £29.95 Seol + Gold 6 KAREN MILLEN’S MILITARY CAPE: Steal a march on this beautiful buy before it is gone. Was £159, now £127.20, karenmillen.com Rainbow drop £35, Scream Pretty

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 11 Style Counsel MARKS & SPENCER’S GEOMETRIC MIDAXI: This season’s must-have print, in a must-have silhouette, £39.50, marksandspencer.com Beauty buzz The latest products & glamour gossip ■■If you look back fondly on the Nineties you will adore Peacci’s 90s Baby Nail Polishes, £10 each. They pay homage to everything from Sex And The City’s cosmopolitan cocktails, Posh Spice’s nude lippy and the red Baywatch swimsuit, to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s legendary double denim. ■■Dull Faaces are the last thing any of us want, yet it’s also the name of a fab new multitasking product from skincare brand Faace. Perfect for mucking out plugged pores, the kaolin clay-based cleanser, £24, can be used as a quick daily face wash or left on for 10 minutes as a skinsmoothing mask. *All prices correct at time of going to press ■■Here’s a juicy little addition to your skincare regime, at a price that won’t leave your bank balance feeling squeezed. Revolution Skincare has just expanded its glowboosting Vitamin C range with a Brightening Power Eye Serum, £10, Vitamin C, Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energising Mask, £8, and Brightening Hydro Gel Eye Patches, £15. Dull skin will drink it up. ■■MyBeautyBrand’s Perfect Pink Lip Oil, £19 is the creation of Princess Eugenie’s bridal make-up guru Hannah Martin, and what looks rather Legally Blonde from the outside turns out to be the prettiest, plumping gloss once it’s on the lips. Just try not to kiss too many frogs with it while searching for your prince, eh?

12 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 @LivEchoNews Book Shelf My cardiologist told me if I had gone on tour I’d probably have died on stage in Southampton Bob Mortimer, Gone Fishing star, Would I Lie To You? regular, one half of comedy duo Reeves and Mortimer and all-round comedic mischief-maker, reflects that his life has taken a turn for the better since his health took a turn for the worse. Some six years since his triple heart bypass operation he feels healthier than he has for years, despite not doing enough exercise and by his own admission, still hankering after a pastrytopped meat pie. Meeting him today, Mortimer, 62, is instantly likeable, witty and thoughtful with his answers. The surreal imaginations of his Would I Lie To You? stories are absent over Zoom, but the twinkle in his eye and laughter as he recalls funny anecdotes are ever-present. The man who used to have 16 sugars in his tea and still takes some ‘pocket meat’ with him whenever he goes out – Scotch egg, pork pie and Peperami sausage are among his favourites – admits that even now he’s still not great at looking after his health, although he’s down to between five and seven sugars depending on how naughty he’s feeling. “I didn’t really look after my health before and I’m not as good as I should be now. Some people seem to have the DNA for exercise and health and the motivation, while some people struggle – and I do struggle,” he admits. “I’m better than I was, but I get so bored with things. I got an exercise bike and that lasted about four months, but then I lose the will to live,” he says, laughing. “At this moment I’m in a phase where my wife and I go rambling every day.” He charts the highs and lows of his life in his memoir, And Away..., from his early years growing up in Middlesbrough and his biscuit salesman father’s shocking death in a car accident when he was seven, to quitting his job as a solicitor to take to the stage with Vic Reeves (aka Jim Moir) and enjoy success in comedy. The childhood and career adventures are interspersed with Bob Mortimer talks to Hannah Stephenson about his recovery following his brush with death chapters on his dramatic triple heart bypass in 2015. That year, he was about to go on a Reeves and Mortimer tour, marking 30 years since they first stepped on stage together, and was a little concerned about his constant tiredness, as well as a sharp pain behind his left ribcage. “Looking back on it, I was sleeping every afternoon, I was breathless when I went to the top of the stairs or if I played football with my sons I couldn’t last very long. I just put it down to my age.” He went to his doctor for a pretour check-up, was immediately referred to a cardiologist and a few days later underwent open triple heart bypass surgery. The consultant told him that some of his arteries were between 95-98% blocked. “He told me that if I’d gone on tour I would have probably died on stage in Southampton,” he recalls. “The overpowering feeling was one of fear. I was very scared. I convinced myself that it would be absolutely life-changing. I don’t suppose I thought I was going to die, although they give you the warning that everyone gets before an operation. “But I just didn’t think life was ever going to be the same again and you start having regrets of ‘I’m never going to be able to do that’,” he says. “The reason I carp on about it Paul Whitehouse You feel very vulnerable, even going out into the street...It’s true that the only voice in my life telling me to get out of the house was Paul Whitehouse Below: Bob was set to go on tour with his longtime comedy foil Vic Reeves when his heart condition was now – and I get sick of hearing myself talking about the heart thing – is that when I went through it I felt very ignorant about it. I didn’t know how long it (the triple bypass) lasted or whether I’d ever walk. I didn’t know what the future held and in my own little way I’m trying to repay the doctors by being someone who people can see and say, ‘Oh, you’re all right’.” He married his long-term partner, Lisa, with whom he has two sons, Harry and Tom, aged 18 and 16 on the day he went into hospital for the operation. Lisa drove him to hospital after the register office ceremony. The surgery went well but afterwards Bob was scared to go out, and basically spent a month hiding away after being discharged, ignoring calls from all his friends, even Jim Moir. But his old pal Paul Whitehouse didn’t give up. Bob reflects he was instrumental in his mental recovery. “When you’ve had the operation – especially that big cut down your CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE: Bob Mortimer says he did not think life would ever be the same again after his heart bypass chest – you feel very vulnerable, even going out into the street. I was sat about a bit. It’s true that the only voice in my life telling me to get out of the house was Paul Whitehouse. He was very insistent and very persistent.” Because Paul had previously had three stents inserted into the arteries around his heart, he was the nearest to a friendly expert that Bob had. He finally persuaded him to go on a fishing trip together – which helped to reconnect him with the world and subsequently spawned the idea of the hit show Gone Fishing. “He was the first person I opened up to apart from my wife about the journey. And there’s that lovely thing about fishing. If I’d gone for a drink with Paul, all we’d have done is try to make each other laugh. “But when you go to the riverbank you make each other laugh and there’s still six hours left and you do get a bit reflective and I started to dare to ask Paul about his rehab. We both support each other with it.” Some 12 weeks after his surgery, Bob resumed the tour with Reeves, after being signed off by the consultant on condition he didn’t let his heart rate rise above 154bpm. Yet on the opening night at the O2 Arena in Leeds, his legs turned to jelly as the heart monitor on his wrist rose to 150bpm before he set a foot on stage. He just wanted to run away and hide but it was too late. The show went well, the comedy duo ad-libbing about Bob’s heart monitor – and he’s never looked back. “When I went out on that stage at Leeds when my wristband was telling me not to, that was my recovery over because then I realised that I’m probably stronger than I was before the operation. I thank the audience for giving us a good cheer to get us out there.” They’ve completed several tours since and are hoping to tour next year, as well as writing a film. “I’ve learned a lot more about (heart) disease so before I go on tour I’ll have a stress test. In essence, I’ve got three new pipes. I’m not on many tablets. I take statins and that’s it.” “I did some things after the operation that I wouldn’t have done before. It felt like a brush with mortality. I realised that you are counting down the years.” These things have included his football podcast, Athletico Mince, an interview on Desert Island Discs and Gone Fishing, which he hopes will run to a fifth series. He says he doesn’t worry about his health much now but has given up smoking after being a 20-a-day man for nearly 50 years, and changed his diet a little. “At home, I earn a ‘dirty’ meal by having two healthy ones,” he reveals. And his favourite dirty meal is “any meat pie”. As for the younger comedy talent coming up through the ranks – James Acaster, Rob Beckett, Nish Kumar et al – he says he doesn’t feel threatened. “They’re all lovely – and I’m not just saying that. I did a podcast with Ed Gamble and James Acaster last week and they were hilarious. It makes me nostalgic. They are funny and they have got it all ahead of them. “Ten years ago I used to wonder who our audience was, because we were used to entertaining younger people, but with the likes of Gone Fishing you come to terms with the fact any audience is just great!” ■■And Away... by Bob Mortimer is published by Gallery UK, priced £20. Available now

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 13 TV Pick Strictly Come Dancing Tonight, BBC1, 7.45pm Last year was one of the most challenging in Strictly Come Dancing’s history, as the team behind the show had to deal with Covid regulations, some of which were changing as the show was on the air. Admittedly, it’s not quite Strictly business as usual in 2021 either. Due to the uncertainty around international travel, it was announced earlier this year that Bruno Tonioli would not be returning as a judge for this series. He is being replaced by veteran dancer Anton Du Beke, who promises “to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to m e ”. Tonight, he’ll be taking to the panel alongside Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood, but we won’t find out if he’ll be sticking to his word about being kind just yet. That’s because as a launch show, tonight Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be introducing viewers to this year’s crop of celebrities and pairing them up with their professional partners. They include Olympian Adam Peaty, actor Greg Wise and McFly’s Tom Fletcher. We’ll get a chance to assess their form when they take to the floor for a group number, while last year’s winner Bill Bailey returns to show them how it’s done. Then next week, the competition begins in earnest... Here we take a look at this year’s hopefuls: Adam Peaty, 26, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer He says: “Honestly, I can’t wait! It’s just going to be different. “I spend my whole life in swimsuits and if I’m not doing that, it’s photoshoots covered in oil so now I get to change the oil to glitter!” Greg Wise, 55, actor He says: “I can’t dance! So that’s the challenge. I think I’m in good shape, I’m lucky that I’m able to keep active. I know I’ll still be thrust into the ground by my professional partner, obviously, and find muscles I never knew existed. “I’ve just got to learn how to dance, that’s the bottom line.” The Strictly professional dancers Strictly 2021 contestants, (L-R) Sara Davies, Ugo Monye, Nina Wadia, John Waite, Robert Webb, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Adam Peaty, Judi Love, Tom Fletcher, Tilly Ramsay, Rhys Stephenson, AJ Odudu, Dan Walker, Katie McGlynn, Greg Wise Who’s ready for a ballroom blitz? Spray tans, sequins and salsas mean only one thing – Strictly is back. Jane Haase takes a look at the latest batch of celebs to hit the dancefloor Nina Wadia, 52, former EastEnders star She says: “This year feels like the perfect year to just let off steam. “It’s been a bit of a dark time for a lot of people, and it certainly was in our family as well, so I just want to go out and enjoy my life.” Robert Webb, 48, actor and comedian He says: “I’m up for an extreme costume. “You can spray me most colours but I just don’t want to look like Donald Trump.” Tom Fletcher, 35, singer in McFly and children’s author He says: “I’m so inflexible, I’m just trying to touch my toes, I don’t know what else I can do! “At the beginning of the year, when I first said yes, I said to myself I was going to get into really good shape and life just got in the way.” AJ Odudu, 33, TV presenter She says: “I have zero previous experience, and I mean zero! “I’ve never been to stage or drama school, but I’ve always liked clubbing. “I’m confident when it comes to hitting the dance floor, but whether I should be confident, I’ll leave it to everyone else at home to decide!” Dan Walker, 44, BBC Breakfast presenter He says: “Yes, I’m competitive but I haven’t reserved a spot for the Glitterball Trophy. I haven’t got that in my headspace in any way shape or form. “My idea is that I want to go home on a Saturday night, see the kids and hear ‘Dad, that was good!’ “If I get just one ‘Dad, that was good!’, that would be great.” Katie McGlynn, 28, former Coronation Street star She says: “Every year I watch Strictly Come Dancing and I think that everyone has the time of the life doing it, so I’ve always wanted to do it. Secretly, I’ve always wanted to be a dancer.” John Whaite, 32, former Great British Bake Off winner He says: “Between the ages of 10-14, I did ballet, modern and tap. “So I may have a few dancing bones in my body, but I’m not Strictly hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly necessarily very good rhythmically. “Ballet is very stiff and I can do a triple timestep but who knows what I will be like at ballroom or Latin!” Ugo Monye, 38, sports pundit and former rugby union player He says: “Both my girls, especially my eldest, Phoenix, love dance. She does ballet every single week. “She’s obsessed by it and now she’s of an age where she can watch the show and watch her daddy on TV. “So I’m really excited about that.” Judi Love, 41, stand-up comic and Loose Women panellist She says: “Everyone’s advice has just been enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and don’t worry about anything. And to really put myself into different characters every time I go onto the dancefloor. “Also, not to read anything on social media and not to see it as just a competition but to see it as I’m New judge Anton Du Beke and the man he’s replacing, Bruno Tonioli experiencing something that is a whole moment.” Rhys Stephenson, 27, CBBC presenter He says: “I’m in it for the experience, but I’m also in it to win. “For me, even when I am rubbish, I play to win. I want to know I’ve given it my all and shown what I can do.” Rose Ayling-Ellis, 26, plays Frankie in EastEnders She says: “I feel like it’s so important for somebody like me to be on the show, I want to break down the stereotype that deaf people can’t dance and can’t enjoy music.” Sara Davies, 37, Dragons’ Den star She says: “Deborah (Meaden) talks about it all the time and says it was one of the best experiences of her life. “Obviously, I wasn’t able to tell anybody I was doing it, so she didn’t know that when she was talking to me about it and I was asking her questions, it was because I was going on the show. I had to keep it top secret. “She said mainly your feet hurt a lot but other than that everything else is really positive!” Tilly Ramsay, 19, TV presenter and chef, daughter of Gordon She says: “I’m really excited to learn the waltz. It’s very elegant and graceful and something you can use that later on in life, I can keep that for a wedding!”

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(S) 8.30 Football’s Broken Dreams — Panorama The system that has produced some of English football’s brightest stars. (S) 9.00 Silent Witness 5/10. Nikki, Jack and Adam are brought in to investigate the murder of a surgeon. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach Charlie Webster speaks about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child. (S) 11.35 The Hit List Strictly Special 3/5. Strictly Come Dancing stars take part in the music quiz. (S) (R) 12.20 Weather for the Week Ahead 12.25 BBC News University Challenge, 8.30pm 6.30 Bargain Hunt 7.15 Garden Rescue 8.00 Sign Zone: Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics Live The latest stories from Westminster and beyond. 1.00 Eggheads 1.30 Cycling: Road World Championships The elite women’s time-trial. 3.45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British A selection of extravagant dishes. 4.30 Glorious Gardens from Above 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games With Ruby Bhogal, Ed Byrne, Ingrid Oliver and Matthew Pinsent. 6.30 Take a Hike Five people showcase countryside walks in Northumbria. 7.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 Further coverage from the Royal Hospital Chelsea. (S) 7.30 Mastermind 3/30. Specialist subjects include John Cleese, and Marvel’s Avengers films. (S) 8.00 Only Connect 11/28. Two teams of first-round losers get another chance. (S) 8.30 University Challenge 11/37. 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(S) (R) 9.00 Silent Witness 6/10. Part two of two. An attacker is at large in the hospital. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 Back to Life 4/6. Several disasters threaten to derail Miri’s first date with Billy. (S) 11.05 Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit A stand-up performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. (S) (R) 12.05 Patrick Kielty: One Hundred Years of Union How the trauma of the past is shaping the future of Northern Ireland. 1.05 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.10 BBC News Saving Lives at Sea, 8.00pm 6.30 Bargain Hunt 7.15 Escape to the Country 8.00 Sign Zone: Shop Well for Less? 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics Live The latest stories from Westminster and beyond. 1.00 The Super League Show 1.45 Eggheads 2.15 The Big Painting Challenge The artists have to capture the human body in motion. 3.15 Handmade in Bolton 3.45 Make Me a Dealer 4.30 Glorious Gardens from Above 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games With Ruby Bhogal, Ed Byrne, Ingrid Oliver and Matthew Pinsent. 6.30 Take a Hike Student Jasmine leads a seaside stroll along Whitley Bay. 7.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show The famous horticultural event. (S) 8.00 Saving Lives at Sea 5/10. The RNLI crew battle through gale force winds and huge waves as they try to save a surfer. (S) 9.00 A House Through Time 3/4. 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Police to take over the search. (S) (R) 11.45 Beyond the Line: North Wales’s Traffic Cops Behind the scenes with the North Wales Roads Policing Unit. (S) (R) 12.10 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra Entertainment news. 3.15 ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5.05 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. A Place in the Sun, 3.00pm 6.00 Countdown 6.40 Cheers 7.10 Cheers 7.40 The King of Queens 8.05 The King of Queens 8.35 The King of Queens 9.05 Frasier 9.35 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch Weekday magazine show, hosted by Steph McGovern. 2.10 Countdown 3.00 A Place in the Sun 4.00 The Great House Giveaway 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Come Dine with Me 6.00 The Simpsons Homer strikes up a friendship with Chief Wiggum. 6.30 Hollyoaks Cher is determined to try and get her family back. 9.30 Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain Five become four as Ginger dramatically leaves the group. (S) 10.30 Gogglebox The armchair critics share their opinions on what they have been watching. (S) (R) 11.35 Sixteen: Class of 2021 4/4. Callum gets a talk from his dad about the “birds and the bees”. Last in the series. (S) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 12.15 5 News at Lunchtime 12.20 Traffic Cops A distressed woman is convinced her boyfriend has fallen into a canal. 1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 FILM Hidden Family Secrets (2018) Thriller, with Diora Baird. 4.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun After investing in their Spanish bar, a duo faces uncertain times. 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours Jane and Chloe open a package addressed to Nicolette. 6.00 Home and Away Ryder tries to get Bella involved with the fundraiser. 6.30 5 News Tonight 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors Dr Ali is visited by a young patient who has let her urinary tract infection go untreated for eight weeks; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 The Great British Bake Off 1/10. New series. Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas welcome 12 new contestants into the tent. (S) 12.35 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.25 Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back 2.15 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: Queering Di Teknolojik 2.25 Undercover Boss USA 3.15 The Handmaid’s Tale 4.15 Couples Come Dine with Me 5.05 Location, Location, Location Ben Fogle: New Lives in the… 9.00pm 8.00 The Yorkshire Vet A farmer rushes in a struggling pregnant sheep who belongs to his twoyear-old son; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 4/5. Ben travels to a unique and tiny island in the Scottish Hebrides. (S) 10.00 Police Code Zero: Officer Under Attack 5/5. A desperate gang of suspected burglars try to smash a police vehicle with bricks. (S) 11.05 FILM RoboCop (2014). (12) Sci-fi thriller remake, starring Joel Kinnaman. (S) 12.10 Entertainment News on 5 12.15 FILM RoboCop (2014) (12) Concluded. 1.15 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show 3.20 Inside DHL: The World’s Biggest Delivery Company 4.05 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 4.50 Wildlife SOS 5.10 House Doctor 5.35 Fireman Sam RADIO RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 11.00 Radio 1’s Live Lounge. 11.20 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders. The new artists we’re most excited about! 10.00 Radio 1’s Power Down Playlist with Sian Eleri. 11.00 Annie Nightingale Presents. 1.00 Radio 1’s Indie Anthems. 2.00 Radio 1’s Chillout Anthems. 3.00 Radio 1’s Classical Movie Mixtape. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist. 7.30 Jo Whiley. 9.00 The Jazz Show with Jamie Cullum. The world of jazz. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Radio 2 in Concert: Elvis Costello. 4.00 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Bartok. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An eclectic non-stop mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs live at the Royal Albert Hall. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: The Songs That Shaped Me. 11.00 Night Tracks. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 News Briefing. 5.43 Prayer for the Day. 5.45 Farming Today. 5.58 Tweet of the Day. 6.00 Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 The Life Scientific. 9.30 One to One. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: The Amur River. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 Electric Ride UK. 11.30 Dante 2021. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Meet Me at the Museum. 12.18 Call You and Yours. 12.57 Weather. 1.00 The World at One. 1.45 Could Do Better. 2.00 The Archers. 2.15 Drama: Brief Lives. 3.00 Short Cuts. 3.30 BBC National Short Story Award 2021. 4.00 The Town Made of Stories. 4.30 Great Lives. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 The Birthday Cake Game. With Rhys James, Maisie Adam and Rick Edwards. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. Arts programme. 8.00 File on 4. Rogue operators exploiting the long wait for mental health services on the NHS. 8.40 In Touch. 9.00 Three Pounds in My Pocket. 9.30 The Life Scientific. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: Beautiful World, Where Are You. 11.00 Fortunately. 11.30 Today in Parliament. 12.00 News and Weather. 12.30 Book of the Week: The Amur River. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Your Call. 10.00 Naga Munchetty. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 5 Live Sport. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Aled Jones. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. John marks the birthday of Gustav Holst, with his Suite de Ballet. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. *

20 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 WEDNESDAY’S TV Wednesday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 Pointless, 5.15pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Crimewatch Live 10.45 Close Calls: On Camera 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt The reds and blues go bargain hunting in Lincolnshire. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Doctors 2.15 Unbeatable 3.00 Escape to the Country 3.45 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 4.30 Antiques Road Trip 5.15 Pointless With Richard Osman. 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 6.55 Party Political Broadcast by the Liberal Democrats By the Liberal Democrats. 7.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 The sights and sounds of the annual show. (S) 8.00 The Repair Shop 17/20. Restoring a Victorian railway lamp, agricultural trophies and a musical jewellery box. (S) 9.00 Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers A royal tribute to the Duke by his children and other members of the family. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 Gossip Girl 5/10. Obie grows suspicious of Zoya’s new friend. (S) 11.35 Hayley Goes 4/7. Hayley Pearce immerses herself in car culture. (S) 12.05 Weather for the Week Ahead 12.10 BBC News House of Games, 6.00pm 6.30 Antiques Road Trip 7.15 Escape to the Country 8.00 Sign Zone: Our Lives: Pride of Place 8.30 Sign Zone: Beechgrove 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 11.15 Politics Live 1.00 Head Hunters 1.45 Eggheads Game shwo. 2.15 The Big Painting Challenge 3.15 Handmade in Bolton 3.45 Make Me a Dealer 4.30 Glorious Gardens from Above 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games With Ruby Bhogal, Ed Byrne, Ingrid Oliver and Matthew Pinsent. 6.30 Take a Hike Marketing assistant Angus guides the group on a fashionthemed hike around Harbottle. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 17/20. Adam Henson and Steve Brown compete in the Cotswolds. (S) (R) 8.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show The famous horticultural event. (S) 9.00 Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop 5/6. Jay and his workshop make furniture for a veteran who set up a charity. (S) 10.00 Mock the Week 10/13. With Jack Whitehall and Chris Addison. (S) (R) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.10 Weather (S) 11.15 FILM Whiplash (2014). (15) Drama, starring Miles Teller. (S) 12.55 Sign Zone: Imagine — Bernardine Evaristo: Never Give Up Alan Yentob explores the life and work of author Bernardine Evaristo. 2.10 Sign Zone: Celebrity MasterChef 3.10 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest… 8.00pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain Current affairs and news. 9.00 Lorraine 10.00 This Morning 12.30 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Judge Rinder Real-life cases in a studio courtroom. 3.00 Tenable 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Arcade-themed quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Contestants Steve, Simon, Kelly and Donna take part, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.25 Party Political Broadcast By the Liberal Democrats. 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale The police are suspicious. (S) 7.30 Coronation Street Freda worries that Aled’s family aims to eradicate his deafness. (S) 8.00 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport Travel becomes ever more complicated in the wake of new quarantine laws. (S) 8.30 Coronation Street Gemma launches a search for Aled. (S) 9.00 Manhunt The Night Stalker 3/4. The Force Tasking Group have to come to a decision about funding Colin’s high stakes gamble. (S) 10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather (S) 10.30 Local News; Weather (S) 10.45 Peston Political magazine show presented by Robert Peston. (S) 11.40 British Touring Car Championship Highlights Action from Croft. (S) 12.55 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra Entertainment news. 3.15 ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5.05 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. Four in a Bed, 5.00pm 6.00 Countdown 6.40 Cheers 7.10 Cheers 7.40 The King of Queens 8.05 The King of Queens 8.35 The King of Queens 9.05 Frasier 9.35 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch Weekday magazine show, hosted by Steph McGovern. 2.10 Countdown 3.00 A Place in the Sun 4.00 The Great House Giveaway 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Come Dine with Me 6.00 The Simpsons Lisa befriends a beached whale. 6.30 Hollyoaks Cher is at rock bottom after being rejected by her family and friends. 9.00 Grand Designs A widowed teacher making a fresh start in rural Cambridgeshire. (S) 10.00 Sex Actually with Alice Levine New series. Sex and sexuality in the 2020s. (S) 11.05 Death on the Common: My Mother’s Murder The murder of Rachel Nickell from the perspective of her son Alex. (S) (R) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 12.15 5 News at Lunchtime 12.20 Traffic Cops Matt Cooling and Josh Field pursue a lorry they suspect is stolen. 1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 FILM Young, Stalked and Pregnant (2020) (12) Thriller, starring Taylor Blackwell. 4.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun A new arrival in Saydo Park discovers the joys of drag at the age of 66. 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours Harlow struggles with her lowly position. 6.00 Home and Away Ari remains by Nikau’s side while he is in a coma. 6.30 5 News Tonight 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 Inside Greggs: Britain’s Best Bakery Documentary revealing the secrets of the successful bakery chain; (S) (R) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 Changing Rooms 6/6. The teams transform two neighbouring rooms in Bury St Edmunds. Last in the series. (S) 12.05 Bin Laden: The Road to 9/11 1.00 Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.50 Deceit 2.45 The Handmaid’s Tale 3.35 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: The Passing 3.55 Couples Come Dine with Me 4.45 Location, Location, Location 5.40 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: Wings Coastal Devon & Cornwall, 8.00pm 8.00 Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo Michael begins this leg of his journey at South Devon’s most southerly point, Start Point; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 This Week on the Farm 2/7. Farming brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson take on a new apprentice. (S) 10.00 Levi Bellfield: Getting Away with Murder? Documentary examining the crimes of serial killer Levi Bellfield. (S) 11.30 999: Criminals Caught on Camera 4/10. Footage reveals horrifying abuse of homeless people caught on CCTV. (S) (R) 12.25 Motorway Cops: Catching Britain’s Speeders 1.15 The 21. co.uk Live Casino Show Interactive gambling. 3.15 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 4.00 Now That’s Funny! 4.45 Wildlife SOS 5.10 House Doctor 5.35 Fireman Sam 5.45 Paw Patrol RADIO @LivEchoNews RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders. The new artists we’re most excited about! 10.00 Radio 1’s Power Down Playlist with Sian Eleri. 11.00 Benji B. 1.00 Radio 1 Dance Presents. 2.00 The Radio 1 Interview. 2.15 The YUNGBLUD Podcast. 2.30 Radio 1 Playlists. 3.00 Radio 1’s Festival Anthems. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist. 7.30 Jo Whiley. 9.00 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Bartok. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 4.00 Choral Evensong. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An eclectic non-stop mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. A programme of music by Handel and his contemporaries. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: The Songs that Shaped Me. 11.00 Night Tracks. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 News Briefing. 5.43 Prayer for the Day. 5.45 Farming Today. 5.58 Tweet of the Day. 6.00 Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 More or Less. 9.30 Four Thought. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: The Amur River. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 This Union: Two Kingdoms. 11.30 What’s Funny About. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Meet Me at the Museum. 12.18 You and Yours. 12.57 Weather. 1.00 The World at One. 1.45 Could Do Better. 2.00 The Archers. 2.15 Drama: Song of the Reed: Whirlpool. 3.00 Money Box Live. 3.30 BBC National Short Story Award 2021. 4.00 Thinking Allowed. 4.30 The Media Show. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 My Teenage Diary. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. 7.45 NatureBang. 8.00 Bringing Up Britain. Advice for a mother on preparing her son for adolescence. 8.45 Four Thought. 9.00 Costing the Earth. 9.30 The Media Show. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: Beautiful World, Where Are You. 11.00 Njambi McGrath: Becoming Njambi. 11.15 Rhys James Is Wise. 11.30 Today in Parliament. 12.00 News and Weather. 12.30 Book of the Week: The Amur River. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Your Call. 10.00 Naga Munchetty. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 5 Live Sport. 10.00 5 Live Boxing. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Aled Jones. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. Relaxing sounds. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. Rossini and Rimsky- Korsakov. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. *

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 21 THURSDAY’S TV Thursday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 Shop Well for Less?, 8.00pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Crimewatch Live 10.45 Close Calls: On Camera 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt From Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Doctors 2.15 Unbeatable Quiz, hosted by Jason Manford. 3.00 Escape to the Country A couple are looking to relocate to rural Somerset. 3.45 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 Further coverage from the Royal Hospital Chelsea. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip 5.15 Pointless 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show Presented by Alex Scott and Ronan Keating. (S) 7.35 EastEnders Bobby and Dana face a huge test to their relationship. (S) 8.00 Shop Well for Less? 4/4. Joanna Page and Melanie Sykes help a Gloucester family. Last in the series. (S) 9.00 Ambulance 6/6. A child with a dislocated knee kicks off another busy night shift. Last in the series. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 Question Time Fiona Bruce hosts the political debate. (S) 11.35 Newscast (S) 12.05 Weather for the Week Ahead 12.10 BBC News A Killing in Tiger Bay, 9.00pm 6.15 Antiques Road Trip 7.00 Homes Under the Hammer 8.00 Sign Zone: Gardeners’ World 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics Live 1.00 Head Hunters 1.45 Eggheads Game show. 2.15 The Big Painting Challenge Aspiring painters get a masterclass in still life paintings. 3.15 Handmade in Bolton 3.45 Make Me a Dealer 4.30 Glorious Gardens from Above 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Ruby Bhogal, Ed Byrne, Ingrid Oliver and Matthew Pinsent test their skills. 6.30 Take a Hike Life coach Teresa hosts a wild walk in Kielder Forest. 7.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Coverage from the Royal Hospital Chelsea. (S) 8.00 The Hairy Bikers Go North 1/8. New series. Simon King and Dave Myers explore the best of northern British food. (S) 9.00 A Killing in Tiger Bay 3/3. With three of the men sentenced to life in prison, the families begin a campaign. Last in the series. (S) 10.00 QI 3/14. With Alan Davies, Eshaan Akbar, John Barrowman and Victoria Coren Mitchell. (S) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.10 Weather (S) 11.15 When Nirvana Came to Britain The band’s visits to the UK. (S) (R) 12.15 Sign Zone: Strictly Come Dancing 2.00 Sign Zone: Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League 3.00 Sign Zone: Celebrity MasterChef 4.00 Sign Zone: Celebrity MasterChef 4.30 This Is BBC Two The Martin Lewis Money Show, 8.30pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain Current affairs. 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. 10.00 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. 12.30 Loose Women The women put the world to rights once more. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Judge Rinder Reallife cases in a studio courtroom. 3.00 Tenable A team of workmates answer Top 10 list questions. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Arcade-themed quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale Gabby presents Jamie with an ultimatum. (S) 7.30 What’s Really in Our Food? Tonight Helen Skelton reports on food fraud. (S) 8.00 Emmerdale Diane and Kim try to make Gabby see sense. (S) 8.30 The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live Tips on how to avoid an energy bills price hike. (S) 9.00 Manhunt The Night Stalker 4/4. The team are losing morale. Last in the series. (S) 10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather (S) 10.30 Local News; Weather (S) 10.45 Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Line Up 2/6. With Amanda Holden, David Haye, Johnny Vegas and Aston Merrygold. (S) (R) 11.30 Beat the Chasers Contestants from across the UK take on a team of five Chasers. (S) (R) 12.25 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra Entertainment news. 3.15 What’s Really in Our Food? Tonight Helen Skelton reports on food fraud. 3.40 ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5.05 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. Title, 0.00pm 6.00 Countdown 6.40 Cheers 7.10 Cheers 7.40 The King of Queens 8.05 The King of Queens 8.35 The King of Queens 9.05 Frasier 9.35 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch Weekday magazine show, hosted by Steph McGovern. 2.10 Countdown 3.00 A Place in the Sun 4.00 The Great House Giveaway 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Come Dine with Me 6.00 The Simpsons Surveillance cameras are installed in Springfield. 6.30 Hollyoaks Guilt-ridden Sylver tries to avoid his problems. 9.00 Taskmaster 1/10. New series. Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell compete. (S) 10.00 Highlife Docu-ality series following British Nigerians and Ghanaians. (S) 11.05 First Dates Those taking part include self-confessed man-eater Caroline. (S) (R) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords 12.15 5 News at Lunchtime 12.20 Traffic Cops A team sets out to intercept a car suspected of being used in drug deals. 1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 FILM Mother’s Deadly Secret (2017) (PG) Thriller, starring Kelli Williams. 4.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun Cameras focus on Jan, who moved to Andalucia 17 years ago. 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours 6.00 Home and Away Nikau regains consciousness, but refuses the support of those closest to him. 6.30 5 News Tonight 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 How to Stop Your Migraine Dr Dawn Harper investigates migraines; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back Guest Kirsty Wark joins Joe as he annoys the boss of Samuel Smiths pubs. (S) 12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 12.55 Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 1.50 FILM Criminal (2016) (15) Thriller, with Kevin Costner. 3.40 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: My God, I’m Queer 4.10 Couples Come Dine with Me 5.05 Location, Location, Location Big House Clearout, 8.00pm 8.00 Nick Knowles’ Big House Clearout In Lowestoft, Suffolk, the host helps a family overwhelmed by clutter. Last in the series; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 All Creatures Great and Small 2/6. Tristan worries that Siegfried is in danger of losing his edge. (S) 10.00 A&E After Dark 1/12. Return of the documentary following life at Hull Royal Infirmary. (S) (R) 11.05 Police UK: Armed and Deadly 2/4. Firearms officers recall the longest siege in British police history. (S) (R) 12.05 Criminals: Caught on Camera 1.00 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 4.00 Now That’s Funny! 4.45 Wildlife SOS 5.10 House Doctor 5.35 Fireman Sam 5.45 Paw Patrol RADIO RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 11.00 Radio 1’s Live Lounge. 11.20 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Indie Show with Jack Saunders. The 1 for Indie and Alternative. 10.00 BBC Introducing Dance. 11.00 Radio 1’s Residency. 12.00 Radio 1’s Residency. 1.00 Radio 1’s Dance Anthems with Charlie Hedges. 2.00 Radio 1’s Wind Down Presents. 3.00 Radio 1’s Motivate Me Mix. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist. 7.30 Jo Whiley. 9.00 The Country Show with Bob Harris. A personal selection of fine tracks. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 A Dance Through the Decades. 4.30 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Bartok. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. The BBC Scottish SO in music by Sibelius, Beethoven and Lindberg. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: The Songs That Shaped Me. 11.00 The Night Tracks Mix. 11.30 Unclassified. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 News Briefing. 5.43 Prayer for the Day. 5.45 Farming Today. 5.58 Tweet of the Day. 6.00 Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 In Our Time. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: The Amur River. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 From Our Own Correspondent. 11.30 From the Steppes to the Stage. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Meet Me at the Museum. 12.18 You and Yours. 12.57 Weather. 1.00 The World at One. 1.45 Could Do Better. 2.00 The Archers. 2.15 Drama: Nine Bob Notes. 3.00 Ramblings. 3.27 Radio 4 Appeal. 3.30 BBC National Short Story Award 2021. 4.00 The Film Programme. 4.30 BBC Inside Science. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 Syd. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. 7.45 NatureBang. 8.00 The Briefing Room. 8.30 Elon Musk: The Evening Rocket. 9.00 BBC Inside Science. 9.30 In Our Time. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: Beautiful World, Where Are You. 11.00 Slow Radio Comedy. 11.30 Today in Parliament. 12.00 News and Weather. 12.30 Book of the Week: The Amur River. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Your Call. 10.00 Adrian Chiles. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 The Ryder Cup Preview. 8.00 5 Live Boxing. Jeanette Kwakye presents a look ahead to Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk. 9.00 5 Live Sport: The Euro Leagues Podcast. 10.00 5 Live Sport. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Aled Jones. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. Fom the Royal Albert Hall. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. *

22 ECHO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 FRIDAY’S TV Friday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 The Cleaner, 9.30pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Crimewatch Live 10.45 Close Calls: On Camera 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt Eric Knowles presents the show from Gloucester. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Unbeatable General knowledge quiz, hosted by Jason Manford. 2.30 The Repair Shop 3.00 Escape to the Country 3.45 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 4.30 Antiques Road Trip 5.15 Pointless Quiz hosted by Alexander Armstrong, with Richard Osman. 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show Presented by Ronan Keating. (S) 7.30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 The famous horticultural event. (S) 8.05 EastEnders Sheree’s plans backfire significantly. (S) 8.30 Question of Sport 4/36. With Eddie Hearn, Katharine Merry, Alex Yee and Laura Collett. (S) 9.00 Would I Lie to You? 11/11. Previously unseen material from the comedy panel show. (S) (R) 9.30 The Cleaner 3/6. Crime scene cleaner Wicky encounters a radical vegan. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 The Graham Norton Show 1/22. New series. With the stars of the longawaited James Bond film No Time to Die. (S) 11.25 FILM A Monster Calls (2016). (12) Fantasy drama, starring Lewis MacDougall. (S) (R) 1.00 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.05 BBC News The North Water, 9.30pm 6.15 Antiques Road Trip 7.00 Homes Under the Hammer 8.00 Sign Zone: Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer 8.30 Sign Zone: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics UK 1.00 Head Hunters 1.45 Eggheads 2.15 The Big Painting Challenge 3.15 Handmade in Bolton 3.45 Make Me a Dealer 4.30 Glorious Gardens from Above 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Ruby Bhogal, Ed Byrne, Ingrid Oliver and Matthew Pinsent compete in the show. 6.30 Take a Hike Civil servant Paul hosts his hike along the stunning Alnwick coast. 7.00 MOTDx Football discussion presented by Jermaine Jenas. (S) 7.30 Inside Culture 1/7. New series. Mary Beard returns with the cultural review show. (S) 8.00 Iolo: The Last Wilderness of Wales 1/4. Iolo Williams tracks wildlife in the Cambrian mountains. (S) (R) 8.30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show The famous horticultural event. (S) 9.30 The North Water 3/5. A discovery by Sumner sends Drax into a murderous rage. (S) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.00 Weather (S) 11.05 Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League 3/4. A look at the rise of the celebrity footballer. (S) (R) 12.05 Golf: Ryder Cup Highlights Action from day one. 2.05 Sign Zone: Football’s Broken Dreams — Panorama 2.35 Sign Zone: Amy Winehouse: A Life in Ten Pictures A journey through the singer’s life in 10 photos. 3.35 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. Tipping Point, 4.00pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain Current affairs and news. 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. 10.00 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. 12.30 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Judge Rinder Real-life cases in a studio courtroom. 3.00 Tenable A team of bingo colleagues take part. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Arcade-themed quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale While Al toys with Paddy, Moira is surprised. (S) 7.30 Coronation Street Norris causes mischief at his own funeral. (S) 8.00 Simply Raymond Blanc The chef creates a meringue with blackcurrant coulis, and a heritage salad. (S) 8.30 Coronation Street Daniel angers David by branding Max a thief. (S) 9.00 Grantchester American airmen are arrested for trespassing at the local quarry. (S) 10.00 ITV News at Ten; Weather (S) 10.30 Local News; Weather (S) 10.45 FILM Rocky II (1979). (PG) Boxing drama sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone. (S) 12.50 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra Entertainment news. 3.15 ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. Gogglebox, 9.00pm 6.00 Countdown 6.40 Cheers 7.10 Cheers 7.40 The King of Queens 8.05 The King of Queens 8.35 The King of Queens 9.05 Frasier 9.35 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch Weekday magazine show, hosted by Steph McGovern. 2.10 Countdown 3.00 A Place in the Sun 4.00 The Great House Giveaway 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Come Dine with Me 6.00 The Simpsons A new neighbour moves in. 6.30 Hollyoaks Mercedes makes a drastic decision and has a big announcement for her family. 9.00 Gogglebox The armchair critics share their opinions on what they have been watching. (S) 10.00 The Last Leg New series. Comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. (S) 11.05 Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast A stand-up performance by the comedian. (S) (R) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords 12.15 5 News at Lunchtime 12.20 Traffic Cops The driver of a suspected stolen car is determined to escape at all costs. 1.15 Home and Away 1.45 Neighbours 2.15 FILM A Teacher’s Killer Obsession (2019) (PG) Thriller, starring Vanessa Marcil and Charles Hittinger. 4.00 Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun Bambi and Johnny go for a minibreak near Marbella. 5.00 5 News at 5 5.30 Neighbours 6.00 Home and Away Logan wins friends in some parts of the community and clashes with others. 6.30 5 News Tonight 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 The Thames: Britain’s Greatest River with Tony Robinson The actor and presenter visits Southend Pier; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice 1/10. New series. With guests Sarah Millican, Sunetra Sarker and Iain Stirling. (S) 12.05 FILM Rough Night (2017) (15) Comedy, starring Scarlett Johansson. 1.55 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 2.45 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: Queens 3.05 Come Dine with Me 5.20 Beat the Chef 5.45 Jamie’s Comfort Food The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres, 8.00pm 8.00 The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres The poet’s latest journey starts in Wiltshire in the town of Bradfordon-Avon; (S) 5 News Update 9.00 Lighthouses: Building the Impossible 2/3. Rob Bell uncovers the incredible stories behind Scotland’s Bell Rock lighthouse. (S) 10.00 Greatest Hits of the 80s 2/2. The stories behind six more songs from the decade. (S) (R) 11.30 Freddie Mercury: The Greatest Showman A profile of the Queen frontman. (S) (R) 1.00 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show Interactive gambling. 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Violent Child, Desperate Parents 4.00 The Funny Thing About Kids 4.45 Wildlife SOS 5.10 House Doctor 5.35 Fireman Sam 5.45 Paw Patrol RADIO @LivEchoNews RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Darcy Kelly. 6.33 Radio 1’s Best New Pop. 7.00 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Greg James. 10.00 Radio 1 Anthems. 10.32 Radio 1 Anthems. 11.02 Dean McCullough. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Matt and Mollie. 3.00 Radio 1’s Party Anthems with Matt and Mollie. 4.00 The Official Chart Show with Scott Mills. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Danny Howard. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Dance with Sarah Story. Future club music as Radio 1’s Friday night party continues. 10.00 Pete Tong. 12.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix. 2.00 Radio 1 Dance Presents. 3.00 Danny Howard. 4.00 Radio 1’s Wind Down Presents. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 4.15 Steve Wright in the Afternoon — Serious Jockin’. 5.00 Sara Cox. 7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour. 8.00 Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies. 10.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 11.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 12.00 The Craig Charles House Party. 1.30 The Craig Charles House Party Mixtape. 2.00 Radio 2 Live: Across the UK. 3.00 Radio 2 Live: Across the UK. 4.00 Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Bartok. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 4.30 The Listening Service. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. Sir Simon Rattle launches the London Symphony Orchestra’s new season. 10.00 The Verb. 10.45 The Essay: The Songs That Shaped Me. 11.00 Late Junction. 1.00 Through the Night. 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RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Your Call. 10.00 Chiles on Friday. 1.00 Elis James and John Robins. 3.00 Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. 5.00 5 Live Drive. 6.00 The Ryder Cup. 11.30 Stephen Nolan. 1.00 Hayley Hassall. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Aled Jones. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. Relaxing sounds. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. The birthday of composer John Rutter. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Katie Breathwick. 4.00 Sam Pittis. *

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 ECHO 23 Tech Justin connolly Technology Editor When the iPhone 12 was unveiled around 11 months ago Apple described the event as a ‘leap year’ – everything was new about the device. This year we’re taking smaller steps forward – with the iPhone 13 everything is better, but to the passing observer not a lot has changed. But the iPhone 13 in all its variants was revealed this week in another glossy presentation film broadcast online. The phone was not the only thing Apple CEO Tim Cook and a parade of top execs from the company showed off during the event. Here’s what’s new from Cupertino this autumn. iPhone 13 Design-wise not a lot has changed with the iPhone 13 – the only way to tell them apart from the 12 is the smaller notch on the front-face to house the True Depth camera system, and the diagonal arrangement of the dual-lens camera system on the back. There are new colours, of course – pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED for the 13 while the 13 Pro will come in graphite, gold, silver, and the allnew sierra blue. But what’s really new this year is all on the inside. While the updates could be seen as incremental, they are far from insignificant. The new chip at the heart of both phones is the A15 Bionic, the latest in a long line of Apple-designed chips that make the iPhone the fastest smartphone you can buy. Everything else these new iPhones can do flows from that power. As well as general processing duties, the A15 also houses dedicated hardware to process images – which makes the computational photography features of the new phones possible. Paired with the extraordinary new camera units, the image processor arguably makes the devices more cameras than phones. The 13 houses ultra-wide and wide camera units which have The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Cinematic Mode brings rack focus to mobile video capture, while the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of macro photography The iPhone13 Teenage kicks The iPhone 13 wasn’t the only thing offered up at Apple’s latest launch event improved a lot on last year’s. The 13 Pro adds a telephoto lens to the mix. They are great cameras, but what they and the power increase mean for users is new features in software. Chief among those is the new Cinematic Mode. The phones will shift focus from one subject to another in shot automatically, according to what happens on screen. Say one person turns to look at someone else who is blurred in the background, the focus will shift from them to the person in the background. You can even edit these transitions after shooting. The still images get new ‘photographic styles’. You can set up the character of your photos in terms of tone and warmth and the camera will remember your style, while still applying its software smarts to keep skin tones natural. The other big upgrade this year comes in the Pro, which now features a display with a variable refresh rate. It can switch between refreshing the screen 10 times a second and 120 times a second depending on what you are doing, which helps to save power. Battery life on all the phones is better than previous models too. The phones come in the same sizes and variants as the 12, so we have the 13 Mini with a 5.4in screen, a 13 and 13 Pro with a 6.1in screen, and a 13 Pro Max with a 6.7in screen. The 13 Mini starts at £679, with the 13 from £779. The Pro starts at £949 and the Pro Max at £1,049. Storage tiers start at 128GB, while the Pro model is now available with 1TB of storage. Should you pro-order? I’d say if you have any 12 model you’ll still be happy with that. But these new phones will feel like a massive upgrade to anyone else. You can pre-order all four models of the iPhone 13 now for delivery on September 24. iPad mini The iPad mini has received a big redesign that means it’s now more the baby brother of the iPad Air than the base-model iPad. It’s got the flattened edges and the Touch ID button on top, and it supports the second generation Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically to its side. The new design allows for an allscreen front – and that allows for a bigger 8.3in screen. There are four new colours, too – pink, starlight, purple, and space grey. Inside the mini rocks the same super-fast A15 chip in the new iPhones. There’s also 5G support for fast data, making this the most portable iPad you can get. It’ll start at £479 and hit shops on September 24, but you can pre-order now. Apple upgraded the base model iPad as well – it now sports the faster A13 Bionic chip, and adds an ultra-wide FaceTime camera for the Centre Stage feature which zooms in on faces to keep you in shot during video calls. The feature is also coming to the iPad mini. Apple Watch Series 7 The new Apple Watch defied the The 2021 iPad mini The Apple Watch Series 7 will be available in green, blue, starlight, midnight and PRODUCT(RED) pre-event rumours – it does not feature the flatter sides many had predicted. What the Series 7 does have, though, is a bigger screen – about 20% bigger than the Series 6. This has allowed the software engineers to add features like a QWERTY keyboard. They’ve also optimised things like buttons for the larger display and there are new colours, too – the Series 7 will come in green, blue, starlight, midnight and PRODUCT(RED). Software updates include new pilates workouts, as well as fall detection while cycling. If you fall off your bike it’ll ask you if you’re OK and can call an ambulance for you. The Series 7 is also more durable with a stronger screen. There’s also faster charging – the battery can go from zero to 80% in around 45 minutes. There’s no price yet, and Apple’s vague release date for the device is ‘later this autumn’. The all-new operating systems We now know when the new operating systems for Apple devices will arrive. iOS 15 for iPhone, iPadOS 15 for iPad, and watchOS 8 for Apple Watch will be available for free download on September 20, bringing new features and upgrades. tech that the latest in the digital world Twitter’s new Communities feature Even more from Twitter New week, new feature from Twitter – this time we have Communities, which adds the same kind of functionality as Facebook’s Groups. Communitieswill allow users to create a group that others can join, and you can tweet to that group only, without those tweets being broadcast to the wider community. Communities are intended to focus on particular topics, and Twitter is hoping that will bring greater context to the conversations that take place there. At the moment, creating Communities is not available to everyone – just a select few as the kinks are ironed out. Anyone can, though, be invited to join the small number of communities that exist now. But pretty soon everyone will be able to make their own home. Ray-Ban Stories Facebook x Ray-Ban I remain unconvinced that glasses with built-in cameras are the future of technology we’ve all been waiting for. Yet Facebook and Ray-Ban have teamed up to make that very device. Ray-Ban Storiesare sunglasses that come in three classic Ray-Ban styles (including Wayfarer) which also feature both speakers for listening to music and taking Messenger calls, and two 5MP cameras to capture video and still on the go – capture what you see, as Ray-Ban puts it. The cameras feature LED lights that light up when you are taking images, so passers-by know what you’re up to. It’s all controlled by tapping the frames of the glasses, or by voice control. The pictures and videos captured are shared to an app on your phone, and from there to wherever you want to share them. The Stories are available now for £299 from ray-ban.com, and there is an option to add prescription lenses

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