Liverpool Echo - 2021-11-27
Liverpool Echo 2021-11-27

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Liverpool Echo - 2021-11-27

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2 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews The voice of the city My city Billy’s broke – there must be some way to help him The Bootle-born 60s star Billy J Kramer is 78 years old and living in New York. he has been on his own since the death of his second wife, Roni, earlier this year and he is broke. he is requesting fans to contribute via the fundraising website GoFundMe. he hopes to raise $100,000 and so far has $20,000. Something has gone horribly wrong here but there has been a vulnerability throughout Billy’s life. his initial group, the Coasters, wouldn’t turn professional and his manager Brian epstein teamed him with a polished band from Manchester, the Dakotas. They hadn’t wanted to leave Pete Maclaine, and there was ill-feeling throughout their time together. They had worldwide success but Billy sometimes went to pieces on live TV, missing notes on Sunday Night At The London Palladium and The ed Sullivan Show. The normally shrewd epstein told Billy that 20m would be watching him on a live show which only made him worse. When eMI released an outtake of Billy recording John Lennon’s I’m In Love, the studio conversation between John and Billy was revealing and would be regarded as bullying today. Billy tellingly told me that one of his favourite singers was Liverpool-born Michael holliday, a kindred spirit. he had a TV show called Relax With Michael holliday when he was a bag of nerves. I don’t expect this story to have a happy ending, but surely someone could turn this into something positive. Maybe he could advise young performers who were struggling with nerves. Perhaps our mayors could ask Billy if there was anything Liverpool could do, short of giving him the money. It’s very sad that someone who had three No.1s and created so much happiness should be reduced to a modern form of begging. 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 Storm Arwen on the way on Crosby Beach Picture by Colin lane Residents make noise as tree falls in town centre By Ben HaslaM eCHo reporter Benjamin.Haslam@reachplc.com @@benhaslm A ChRISTMAS tree has been knocked down, just hours after the lights were switched on. Thursday night saw Formby head-to-toe in festive decorations. But by Friday the Christmas tree had taken a tumble, along with a giant snowman. One resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, told the eChO: “I’d like to think it was a case of too much mulled wine, and not that someone’s pushed him over.” Pictures show the snowman leaning against the barrier outside Formby Pool, with the Christmas tree horizontal on top of a wooden fence on the roundabout of Chapel Lane and Three Turns Lane. Bob McCann of Formby Parish Council said: “Obviously we are disappointed. “I am waiting to hear from our contractors whether this was caused by the wind or whether it is a result of anti social behaviour.” 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 Formby’s tree took a tumble member of IPso, the Independent Press standards organisation. We adhere to the editors’ code of Practice as enforced by IPso who are contactable for advice at IPso, Gate house, 1 farringdon street, London, ec4M 7LG. Website www.ipso.co.uk/ telephone: 0300 123 2220 email inquiries@ipso.co.uk If you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of the code of Practice, we will deal with your complaint directly or IPso can refer your complaint to us. Please go to www.trinitymirror. com/howtocomplain where you can view our complaints Policy and Procedure. a “how to complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and compliance dept, reach plc, one canada square, canary Wharf, London e14 5aP. Inside Today echO subscription offer ....................... 31 Family announcements .........................36 letters .......................................................18-19 puzzles ..................................................34-35 sport ....................................................... 43-56 Television ............................. saturday extra Weather /Travel /petrol......................... 8 the recycled paper content of uK newspapers in 2016 was 62.8%

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho In court, someone assumed I was the defendant ScouSe faShion model and juStice campaigner on the raciSm that helped inSpire her By PATRICK GRAHAM ECHO Reporter patrick.graham@reachplc.com @BlackOutP_ Paris Omar has more than one string to her bow – as well as being a fashion model, she helps to hold the police and CPs to account. The law graduate, originally from Liverpool 8, works on panels which scrutinise court cases by giving constructive criticism as to whether or not cases should have gone to court. as a model, she has worked for the likes of missguided, JD, st Lauder and Grazia magazine; in her other life, she draws on her experiences of racism to help fight injustice. “i first experienced racism in primary school around the age of eight,” she said. “a girl told me she didn’t want to be friends with me because i was black. “as i progressed to secondary school it unfortunately got worse with various incidents of racism from students and even teachers. “Before the age of 16 i learned to stand my ground, exist in majority white spaces and question power. This definitely helped me when i became a model. “it’s important to have thick skin in the industry, especially given i’m often the only person of colour on set. “i often find myself turning up to set where white models have hairstylists and i don’t. as much as this form of discrimination isn’t direct name-calling, the result is that as a black model wearing my natural hair i am treated differently than my white counterparts.” and in her legal career, it’s sadly been the same story. While shadowing a barrister at court, University of Liverpool graduate Paris was mistaken for a defendant. “it was humiliating,” she added. “The legal industry is notoriously very male, middle class and white. The cohort of students i came across were very alike to this.” as a result, she suffered – from being mocked by students for her scouse accent, to having bananas and racial insults thrown at her. she said: “it definitely triggered a lot of imposter syndrome, whereby i felt the need to try harder, stand out and often questioned my worth. “That’s why achieving a first class degree and excelling in modules like corporate insolvency law gave me the confidence to believe in myself and know i can be just as good as my peers who made me question myself.” Paris sits on the independent Office for Police Conduct Youth Panel, which collects data on youth perceptions of police and feedback to help get to the bottom of the state of public confidence. she said: “This ensures accountability and scrutiny, as well as public confidence in the CPs and the wider criminal justice system and aims to increase the likelihood of crimes being reported”. Paris says longstanding climates of distrust between the black community, the criminal justice system and police too often sees black people and other marginalised communities not reporting crimes. she said: “it’s important when crimes are reported and individuals go to the trouble of reporting to the police, they don’t encounter other difficulties with the CPs. “i can be a voice and ensure that beyond the police, encounters with CPs are positive, reliable and consistent”. as for the future, Paris said: “i hope to pursue a career in the legal sector. “i’m massively interested in equality, diversity and human rights law. This also expands into SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 3 Paris Omar my love of family law given there is a lot of gender inequality that occupies this area. “i have my fingers in a lot of pies at the moment – with modelling, scrutiny panels and my degree in law. i’m happy to maintain my passions and interests, it’s what fulfils me. “i’d love to someday work as a consultant to companies, helping them become more equitable and diverse.” Paris concluded: “When it comes to my different interests, a lot of people say to me ‘which one will you choose?’ and my response is ‘why can’t i do it all?’” News Shock after car bursts into flames A mAn is in ‘slight shock’ after his car burst into flames whilst travelling on the m57. Emergency services were called to the m57 southbound at Prescot at around 5.11pm yesterday, following reports of a car fire. When two merseyside Fire and Rescue Service engines arrived at the scene at 5.24pm the car was already well alight. Once they established the driver of the car was out of the vehicle firefighters got to work putting out the fire. They extinguished the fire ‘quickly’ with high powered hose reel jets and one firefighter used breathing apparatus. The driver of the car has no injuries but was said to be ‘in slight shock’. north West Ambulance Service were not in attendance at the incident. merseyside Police closed the motorway whilst emergency services dealt with the incident. The fire was extinguished at 5.35pm. Traffic on the m57 WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO BUY YOUR HOUSE? We don’t have big flashy adverts or pushy salesman; we’re a friendly, local and ethical family run-business. We guarantee to buy any property, in any location, in any condition, very quickly with cash. We’ll pay all your fees and there are no viewings, boards, adverts or hidden charges. Give us a call for an instant Tim Scriven, guaranteed valuation. 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4 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Victim was just a child, with her life ahead of her MEtro Mayor Steve rotheram spoke of his anger at the death of Ava White who had her “whole life in front of her.” Mayor rotheram slammed the attack as a “heinous act” that has stolen Ava’s future and “shattered” the lives of her family and friends. He said: “I am horrified by the death of Ava White in Liverpool city centre last night. “For such an appalling attack to take place on one of the busiest streets in the Liverpool City region, during one of the busiest days of the year, sends shivers down our spines. “Ava was just a child with her whole life in front of her. “Her future has been stolen and the lives of her family and friends shattered. I am angry today for Ava and her family, for the parents across the region worrying about their children’s safety, and angry that such a heinous act should take place here. “only yesterday we supported the ‘orange the World’ campaign to end male violence against women and girls. Last night’s senseless events show us that there is still so much work to do.” Liverpool town Hall lit up in orange Ava White By jonathan humphries ECHO Reporter jonathan.humphries@reachplc.com @JHumphriesEcho The knife used to kill 12-year-old Ava White has not been recovered but no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident. Ava, a Year 8 pupil at Notre Dame Catholic College, was pronounced dead at Alder hey Children’s hospital after being stabbed in Liverpool City Centre just after 8.30pm on Thursday, just after the switch-on of the Christmas lights on Church Street. The “unique” and “incredibly popular” girl was in the area around Church Street with friends when she became involved in an altercation with another group of males. Merseyside Police arrested four boys – one 13, two 14 and one 15 – on suspicion of murder in the hours after Ava was stabbed. Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs, who is leading the investigation, and Assistant Chief Constable Ngaire Waine, yesterday confirmed a knife is believed to have been the weapon used. DS Coombs said: “Ava was with her friends in Liverpool city centre, there has been a verbal argument, which has escalated to an assault on Crime that stunned city: Weapon hunt after Ava, 12, fatally stabbed Four boys quizzed on suspicion oF murder aFter schoolgirl attacked in city centre her involving a knife.” When asked if the murder weapon had been recovered, DS Coombs said: “Not as yet.” She said the force could not yet comment on whether Ava and her attackers were known to each other, but said: “There’s clearly a lot of CCTV in Liverpool city centre, so we are able to say there’s been a verbal argument and there has been an assault. “The offenders have run off up School Lane, across hanover Street, and into Fleet Street. “Some of the difficulties are that a number of the witnesses are young people, and have been extremely distressed. “The rest of the detail may take a little bit longer to come out ... we must treat those child witnesses very carefully, today and throughout the weekend they will need special treatment where we interview them with appropriate adults etc. “We have yet to speak to any of the real key witnesses, the children, properly, but they will probably fill in those blanks.” She confirmed the suspects were arrested “promptly” at different locations in the city up until the early hours of yesterday. DS Coombs said teams of detectives would be trawling through “hundreds of hours of CCTV”. The force is also urging anyone who may have mobile phone footage or photos from around the time of the stabbing to get in touch. DS Coombs said: “There were an awful lot of people in town because of the switch-on of the lights, and if people would just check their phones really, taking photos, they may have picked something of significance but they don’t even know yet, and to contact us. “We have yet to speak to any of the real key witnesses, the children, properly they will probably fill in those blanks.” She added: “Clearly, it’s the death of a 12-year-old child so everything we’re doing is very, very thorough ... there’s significant searches to be done and forensic work to be done.” Asked about the impact of the tragedy, ACC Waine said: “It’s very sad for the city but it’s even sadder for her family. Their lives are never going to be the same. “We will put in everything we can to ensure we get justice for her but then I’m sure we will be looking at ‘was there things we could have done’, what our partners could have done that might have made a difference – because we never want another 12-year-old, here or anywhere else, to be murdered when That Black Friday feeling! Black Friday’s got the green light. Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Series now from £199 Save up to £75 Product codes: 529854, 602666, 649560 • Voice calling, voice commands, smartphone notifications. • Water resistant • Health & fitness tracking • Compatible with Android. (602666) was £249. (736320) was £269. (529854) was £369 from 20/08/21 - 06/10/21. Website off ers and prices may vary. All off ers subject to availability. Currys Group Limited., 1 Portal Way, Acton, London, W3 6RS. Registered in England. No 504877.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 5 News Police looking for clues; left, tributes at the scene ‘Loved, valued and unique’ A SChOOL has paid tribute to “unique” and “much-loved” Year 8 pupil Ava White. Peter Duffy, headteacher of Notre Dame Catholic College in everton, said: “Ava was a much loved, valued and unique member of the Notre Dame family. She was an incredibly popular girl with a fantastic group of friends. “Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Ava’s family and friends and all those affected by this utterly tragic event. “My staff are working with students to provide all the support they need at this traumatic time.” Notre Dame confirmed Ava was in Year 8 and had previously attended The Trinity Catholic Primary school. they’re out and about having fun with their friends.” Asked if worried parents could be reassured that the city centre is a safe place, ACC Waine said: “What I would say is we have got four people in custody, at the moment we’re not looking for anyone else, this is an isolated incident, it’s not connected to anything else as far as we know at this stage. “This is a very, very rare event; so I hope that will reassure people. “We have got significant Child witnesses horrified, says youth champion Alan A youth worker described how he has been inundated with phone calls from “traumatised” children and teenagers who witnessed the fatal attack of 12-year-old Ava White. Alan Walsh, a prominent knife crime campaigner, youth worker and boxing gym owner, said he began fielding calls shortly after midnight from young people who were at the scene. he said: “they were just walking past, some of them were just 13, and they are just traumatised. “they saw the group of girls Alan Walsh resources on the ground, although we had that anyway because of the counter-terrorism incident to reassure communities. “We had an increased opera- tion for the night-time economy for this weekend anyway and that will continue and we will review that on Monday to see what we need to do there, but there are significant resources and also at the council, licensing, there’s a lot of work going on anyway to ensure that Liverpool is for people to go out and enjoy themselves.” ■ Anyone who witnessed the incident, or may even have filmed the incident, or who has information which could help police with their inquiries, is asked to direct message @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0899 of 25 November. screaming and the girl on the floor, and they wanted to talk. “I have taken about 12 calls since last night. “I am just numb. I feel terrible for her family, but also it’s the underlying trauma going on behind it as well. “you just can’t comprehend it.” Mr Walsh, posting on the knife crime campaign twitter account Real Men Don’t Carry Knives, shared anonymised screengrabs from a young person asking to talk, adding: “the ripple effect of this will be felt for a lifetime.” Shoppers’ shock at tragedy The death of 12-year-old Ava White has caused shock and devastation across Liverpool. People arriving in the city centre yesterday were left in complete disbelief at the news. One woman on Church Street said: “I heard it on the news this morning. I was horrified. It’s a sad day for the city.” A man, who went into the city centre to go to Primark, said: “I’m utterly devastated. Twelve years old. “I hope they get who did this and punish them severely. I thought this was the safest place in the city, with cameras everywhere.” A mum-of-two said: “I feel very sad. I have two kids of a similar age to the girl. I’m afraid because the situation is not good. It’s awful.” Bouquets of flowers were left at the scene on Church Street. One message said: “Sleep tight Ava. Sending love and strength to your family.” Another said: “RIP Baby girl.” A third said: “Rest in peace beautiful girl! With love to all family and friends.” 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

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 7 News By LISA RAND ECHO Reporter lisa.rand@reachplc.com @lisarandonline A grieving man received a council tax court summons for his partner – who died two months ago. ron roberts from netherton says the summons is the “final insult” to his partner, Judy Mason, following a “catalogue of problems” with Sefton Council dating back several years. ron and his late partner Judy, who had several chronic health issues and was registered blind, said his past issues with the council involved waiting two years for bathroom renovations on their home. After their story was highlighted in the Liverpool eCHO in 2019, where ron and Judy claimed they had been told to “use the gym” to wash, ron said within days a new bathroom had been fitted. However, the couple were also in dispute with the council over Judy’s care package, which ron claimed did not help her with the social aspects of her life and only focused on personal care, leaving his partner “missing out on her independence, on taking part in her community.” As a result of the disputes Judy had with Sefton Council, ron said she had refused to pay her council tax since 2019. The final insult: Dangers for reindeer at Xmas shows tax demand for my late partner Judy died two months ago He said she was “waiting for her day in court” to explain how she felt about the way she was treated by the council and expecting a summons. However, in June this year Judy went in for surgery to remove a toe, and after a number of delays to her surgery due to the pandemic, she then contracted Covid while in hospital. Judy was then transferred to Aintree Hospital where in September she suffered a series of bleeds on the brain, tragically dying as ron held her hand on September 29. ron said that since then his “world has fallen apart” and he has struggled to deal with the grief of losing his beloved partner of 21 years. When he opened a letter last week addressed to his partner to find a court summons for Judy’s unpaid council tax it “just added to the devastation.” He said: “it was the final insult to Judy, after everything they put her through”. Sefton Council were approached for comment but said they “do not comment on individual cases.” Ron Roberts recieved a council tax summons for his late wife andREw tEEbay The RSPCA have voiced concerns over the wellbeing of reindeer at Christmas events. Many grottos, outdoor trails, and festivals have real-life reindeer, and the charity is concerned that these complex creatures could be suffering. Specialist vets report a range of problems in reindeer kept in the UK, including weight loss, poor muscle development, malformed antlers, and high calf mortality. RSPCA’s Dr Ros Clubb told the eChO: “Reindeer used in festive events across the country could be suffering in silence. “We understand that it must seem magical for people to see a reindeer at Christmas, but the reality is reindeer are not easy to keep well and need specialised care. “Many owners may not realise their reindeer are poorly or may not be able to spot the problems until it is too late.”

8 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News / Information Weather Around the Country Today’s Weather Four-Day Outlook Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Carlisle Exeter Gloucester Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Norwich Nottingham Plymouth Swansea Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F snow 3 37 sunny 2 36 cloudy 5 41 sunny 5 41 sunny 5 41 sunny 6 43 sunny 3 37 sunny 3 37 pcloudy 6 43 sunny 6 43 cloudy 4 39 sunny 5 41 pcloudy 3 37 sunny 3 37 cloudy 4 39 sunny 5 41 rain 5 41 pcloudy 4 39 cloudy 3 37 sunny 3 37 rain 7 45 showers 6 43 rain 4 39 sunny 3 37 sunny 6 43 pcloudy 7 45 sunny 5 41 sunny 6 43 Around the World Amsterdam Beijing Corfu Majorca Mexico City Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Rio Rome Sydney Tokyo Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F rain 5 41 rain 6 42 sunny 9 48 overcast 10 50 rain 17 62 rain 17 62 rain 14 58 overcast 11 52 pcloudy 22 72 sunny 22 72 cloudy 2 36 rain 4 39 sunny 26 79 sunny 26 79 snow -2 29 snow 0 32 rain 6 42 rain 6 42 overcast 31 88 rain 27 80 rain 15 59 rain 13 55 rain 17 62 rain 18 64 sunny 13 55 sunny 13 56 Caernarfon Sun & Moon Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Conwy Bangor 7:55 a.m. 3:57 p.m. 11:33 p.m. 1:40 p.m. Almanac Liverpool Wrexham Bangor Conwy Liverpool Yesterday's High (°C/°F) 9/48 9/48 9/48 Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) 4/39 5/41 6/43 Yesterday's Precip 0.10" 0.00" 0.30" Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip UrgeNtLY WaNted!! aLL time high BUYiNg PriCes!! Since 1963 Skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy today with isolated snow. Afternoon highs will range from 3 to 5C. Chester WE MOUNT MEDALS great gift ideas for Christmas Full medal mounting service - to mount in a frame or mounted to wear (swing or court style) sCraP goLd 9ct scrap gold from £14-£15 per gram sovereigns from £300-£330 Krugerands from £1250-£1300 Scrap Silver from 40p-50p per gram • Pre 1947 coins from 20 times Face Value Preston Chester Huddersfield Accrington Manchester Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 10 Dec. 18 Last New First Full Manchester 9/48 7/45 8/46 5/41 2/36 3/37 0.20" 0.50" 0.40" Specialist Dealers In All Coins, Medals, Proof Sets, Banknotes, Stamps and Postcards Birkenhead Market, Paxton Aisle • Tel: 0151 666 1431 website: www.mccentre.co.uk Email: peter@mccentre.co.uk MERSEYSIDE COLLECTORS CENTRE Member of Est 1963 Leeds Rochdale Stoke-on-Trent BY CAR ■ Lime Street, L2: LCC/ Improvement works have resulted in lane restrictions until February 2022. ■ Smithdown Lane, L7: Morgan Sindall crane activities between Elm Grove and Grinfield Street have resulted in a road closure until December. ■ Walton Road/County Road, L4: LCC highway improvement works between Spellow Lane and Weldon Street have resulted in lane restrictions and temporary signals until March 2022. BY BUS ■ Route 166 and 188 Belle Vale and Halewood powered by Tides Today High Circulars: Route 188 Monday to Friday daytime service is reinstated, except for the 1725 journey from Belle Vale. The evening and weekend service remains suspended. ■ Route 166 is unaffected. BY RAIL ■ Merseyrail: Tomorrow rail replacement buses saturday £30,000 for every ticket in this winning postcode AB54 8ED Huntly Sunday Sunny. 4°C/ 39°F -2°C/ 28°F Monday Cloudy. 4°C/ 39°F 2°C/ 36°F Tuesday Scattered light rain. 11°C/ 52°F 7°C/ 45°F Wednesday Scattered heavy showers. 9°C/ 48°F 3°C/ 37°F Low High Low Morecambe 7.2 3:58 a 3.2 10:35 a 7.4 4:23 p 2.9 11:32 p Liverpool 7.4 3:45 a 3.5 10:18 a 7.5 4:10 p 3.2 11:13 p Mostyn Docks 7.1 3:41 a 2.9 10:04 a 7.2 3:58 p 2.7 10:55 p Colwyn Bay 6.0 3:30 a ---- ---- 6.1 3:55 p ---- ---- Holyhead 4.4 3:14 a 2.4 9:13 a 4.7 3:34 p 2.1 10:10 p Menai Bridge 5.8 3:33 a 2.7 9:55 a 6.1 3:52 p 2.3 10:48 p Caernarfon 4.0 2:44 a 2.3 9:13 a 4.3 3:04 p 2.0 10:07 p Pwllheli 3.6 12:31 a ---- ---- 3.9 12:53 p 2.2 7:49 a Porthmadog 3.5 12:55 a ---- ---- 3.6 1:25 p ---- ---- Barmouth 3.6 12:40 a ---- ---- 3.9 1:01 p 2.1 7:55 a News and information thE cheapest unleaded fuel is 140.9p per litre at Costco Liverpool, it’s 141.7p at Kirkby Morrisons and 141.9p at Rice Lane Sainsburys. the cheapest diesel is 143.9p at Costco Liverpool, 144.7p at Asda Breck Road and 145.7 at Asda Walton. PUMP ACTION the cheapest super unleaded is 146.9p at BP Priory Road, 148.7p at Kirkby Morrisons and 148.9p at Costco. ■ NB: Prices may be subject to change. will run between: Southport and Formby stations. Trains will run between: Formby and Liverpool stations. ■ City Line: Please check with the rail operator you are travelling with. BY FERRY ■ River Explorer Cruises sail between 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Cruises depart Pier Head, Liverpool on the hour and Woodside, Wirral at twenty past the hour. TUNNELS ■ No planned closures this weekend. IN MERSEY ■ Today, CEG Galaxy, a cargo vessel carrying scrap metal from Ireland.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 9 Sick pensioner preyed on vulnerable schoolgirl A predAtory pensioner took vile sexual photographs of a vulnerable schoolgirl. roy rogers’ behaviour came to light after one of his victims, a girl who has learning difficulties, told a teacher he had taken naked pictures of her. Jonathan rogers, prosecuting, said: “She was concerned and upset and she also disclosed text messages between her and rogers.” Mr rogers told Liverpool Crown Court the girl begged roy rogers to return the indecent images he had taken of her in a text exchange. rogers, 71, of Croyde road, Speke, refused saying “they are special to me”. rogers was arrested and various images were found on his mobile phone including a picture of the girl’s breasts. the girl’s mum told in an impact statement how her daughter had become very quiet following the offences and the family have trust issues. Jailing rogers for three years the judge, recorder Ian Harris, described him as a “predator.” the defendant had pleaded guilty to 12 offences involving engaging in sexual communication, making indecent images, sexual activity, taking indecent images and possessing such images. Roy Rogers News Warning over safety for dogs A vet has issued a warning to dog owners over the dangers of some products more commonly found as temperatures prepare to drop. the Head vet at tails.com has urged owners to keep their pet away from rock salt, grit and antifreeze which can prove fatal to your four legged friends. Two dead in smash tragedy Man left fighting for life after two-car collision By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON eCHo reporter abigail.nicholson@reachplc.com @AbigailJourno Two women, both aged 20, died and a 28-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash. Emergency services scrambled to the A5117 near to Parkgate Road near Ellesmere Port, south wirral, at 9.28pm on Thursday, November 25, following reports of a serious crash. once officers and the North west Ambulance Service arrived at the scene they found a blue BMw and a silver Citroen had crashed on the road. The driver and passenger in the Citroen, two 20-year-old women, died at the scene. A 28-year-old man driving the BMw was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The women’s next of kin were informed and are being supported by specialist officers. At the time of the crash the road was closed in both directions by officers. Police are now appealing to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. A spokesperson from Cheshire Police said: “Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a fatal collision near Chester. “At 9.28pm on Thursday 25 November police were called to reports of a collision on the A5117 near to Parkgate Road. “Sadly the driver of the Citreon, a 20-year-old woman from Greenfield, and the passenger of the Citreon, a 20-year-old woman from Connahs Quay, were pronounced dead at the scene. “The driver of the BMw, a 28-yearold man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. “Enquiries in relation to the collision are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with any dashcam footage which may aid the investigation.” the road was closed after the smash

10 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News By NEIL DOCKING ecHO Reporter neil.docking@reachplc.com @LivEchoCourt A boy accused of murder denied he was “grassing up” another boy to “save his own skin”. Connor Dockerty was stabbed four times, including to the heart, during an alleged “revenge” attack in Huyton. Two teenagers deny the 23-yearold’s murder and manslaughter, in the incident in Kingsway on April 19. boy A, 15, admits stabbing him but said he acted in self-defence, after Mr Dockerty came at him with a blade, so he was “fighting for his life”. However, boy b, 16, has told a trial at Liverpool Crown Court that he didn’t see a knife in Mr Dockerty’s hands. Prosecutors allege boy b “instigated” the incident after being told Mr Dockerty had argued with his girlfriend. boy b claims he only went looking for her to check she was okay and had no idea there would be violence. When cross-examined by boy A’s barrister, Peter Finnigan, QC, the teenager accepted he had been “upset” and “kind of” angry after his girlfriend rang him and said she had been hit by a man, but denied he was “enraged” and said he was “quite Teen accused of ‘leading’ deadly attack on Connor, 23 But Boy, 16, says he had no idea there would Be violence calm”. boy b denied he made boy A and another teen with them, boy C, do his “bidding”. boy A previously told the jury he heard boy b’s girlfriend had been “pushed into a road, or hit, or threatened to be stabbed” by Mr Dockerty. boy b has said all she told him on the phone was she had been hit by a man, and he didn’t say anything about this to the other boys. Mr Finnigan said in boy b’s defence statement, he said he handed his phone to boy A, so he could speak to his girlfriend, but he didn’t hear their conversation. boy b said that was a “mistake” and he didn’t hand his phone to boy A. He agreed his signed statement also said he told boy A and C what he had been told by his girlfriend. Mr Finnigan suggested boy b hadn’t made mistakes and was lying, which boy b denied. Asked whether he could exclude the possibility that Mr Dockerty had a knife when boy A and him first came together, boy b agreed it was “maybe” possible. He said his attention was elsewhere at the start of the confrontation and said he didn’t see it. He agreed he and his dad decided on the night of the attack to phone Crimestoppers. boy b accepted he Connor Dockerty didn’t tell his dad exactly what happened until after they learned that Mr Dockerty was dead. Mr Finnigan said: “When did you decide you were going to grass boy A up?” “basically that night,” boy b replied, agreeing it was “pretty much” after he heard Mr Dockerty had died. Mr Finnigan said: “So the man had died and you thought you would put the blame on boy A?” “No,” boy b said. Also on trial is John batey, 44, of no fixed address, but formerly of Huyton, who denies assisting an offender. (Proceeding) Mums ‘trash toilets’ while on school run A cAfe owner claims a group of mums trashed the toilets at a Southport beauty spot before stealing a toilet roll holder. Gail Settle, who owns the cafe in the Botanic Gardens, claims three women vandalised the toilets on the way to pick their children up from school. She claims the incident was captured on ccTV. The 62-year-old told the ecHO: “They threw stuff all over the toilet, they threw the blue tissues everywhere. One of them took the toilet roll holder, hid it under her coat, came out and went to get her kids from school. She then went into the cafe, sat down, had a drink and went with it still under the coat and took it home.” The toilets are maintained by volunteers who spend hours keeping the toilets clean each week. Gail said the volunteers were “heartbroken” by the vandalism. Merseyside Police was approached for comment. Only £1.16 per can! Get £75 worth of beer for only £34.99 Includes: 30 Craft Beers • Magazine • • A monthly subscription of unique hand picked craft beers and lagers from exceptional small and independent breweries BLACK FRIDAY OFFER Save £10 RRP £44.99 SUBSCRIBE & SAVE TODAY AT HOPSMORE.CO.UK *£34.99 offer is only available to new customers. Hopsmore Beer Club Subscription is £44.99 per month thereafter. Please drink responsibly

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 11 Police scientific support at The Green News We continue to work with our partners to offer protection and support to women and girls who are faced with violence dS Cheryl rhodes Fallen cladding shuts street A roAd was closed after cladding was seen dangling from a building. Tulketh Street in Southport was closed on Friday afternoon after cladding was seen to be on the verge of falling from the building that houses Flannels and Sports direct. A video shows cladding dangling, with a firefighter on the roof. Fire engines were also seen to be blocking the road off to cars coming from Bridge Street. Merseyside Fire and rescue Service said: “Crews were alerted at 2.39pm and on scene at 2.41pm. one fire engine attended as well as the search and rescue appliance. “on arrival crews found approximately four metres of cladding hanging from the front of a shop. This has since fallen to the ground.’’ Police remained on site awaiting engineers called by the store. MURDER PROBE AS BODY FOUND EnquiriEs ongoing as thrEE mEn quizzEd ovEr dEath By Olivia Williams ECHo reporter olivia.williams@liverpoolcom @livs_wills A murder probe has been launched after a woman was found dead in a flat. At around 4.55pm on Thursday, November 25, emergency services were called to The Green in Stoneycroft to reports that a woman, aged 47, had been found in a property. She died at the scene and the woman is still to be formally identified and her next of kin informed. A post mortem is due to take place to establish the cause of death. Three men, two aged 21 and 57 from Stoneycroft, and one aged 46, from Norris Green, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday and remain in custody. enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Photos of the scene yesterday show a large police presence and a cordon still at the scene. Forensic officers were also in attendance and carrying out extensive searches, with activity focused around a car. detective Superintendent Cheryl rhodes said: “The investigation is in Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter the very early stages and we are looking at a number of lines of enquiry. “I would ask anyone with any information which could assist our enquiries to contact us as a matter of urgency. “I realise that some people will feel alarmed to hear about this but I want to offer my reassurance that we continue to work with our partners to offer protection and support to women and girls who are faced with violence, and we have specialist officers who can support anyone who has the courage to come forward and speak to us. “It is important to stress that nobody is alone, and there is help available to anyone suffering in a violent or controlling relationship via merseyside Police and our partner organisations, so please take that first step.” Anyone with information, or wishing to speak to an officer, can contact @merPolCC, 101 or @ CrimestoppersuK, anonymously on 0800 555 111. If someone is in immediate danger they should dial 999 and speak to an operator. The Silent Solution is a service which means a vulnerable person can call 999 and alert police, by pressing ‘55.’

12 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 News / World @LivEchoNews Solomon ravaged by days of violence GLOBAL BRIEFING Overloaded boat rescue Tunisia’s defence ministry said 487 people, including 93 children, have been rescued off the north african country’s coast as they tried to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe in an overloaded boat. The ministry said that the vessel had left from neighbouring Libya carrying people from africa, asia and the Middle East. The rescue operation was led by a Tunisian patrol boat and ships from the country’s navy and national guard near the island of Kerkennah, not far from the coastal city of sfax. On board were 162 Egyptians, 104 Bangladeshis, 81 syrians, 78 Moroccans and others from Pakistan, the Palestinian territories and several sub-saharan african countries. Turkey clash with Europe over Osman a Turkish court has extended the imprisonment of philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the us and other western countries after they called for his release. The court’s decision paves the way for the Council of Europe to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey. Mr Kavala has been imprisoned without being convicted for more than four years, prompting claims of political persecution against the businessman, amid international criticism of ankara’s crackdown on opponents. “This trial is yet another brazen episode in the relentless political persecution for which the European Court has condemned Turkey,” said nils Muiznieks, amnesty international’s Europe director. Israel ‘on brink of emergency’ PriME Minister naftali Bennett said israel was “on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveller who had returned from Malawi. The Health Ministry said yesterday that the traveller and two other suspected cases, all of whom had been vaccinated, had been placed in isolation. SoLomoN Islands Prime minister manasseh Sogavare has blamed foreign interference over his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital Honiara in recent days. But critics also blamed the unrest on complaints of a lack of government services and accountability, corruption and foreign workers taking locals job. mr Sogavare angered many in 2019, particularly leaders of the Solomon Islands’ most populous province, malaita, when he cut the country’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan. A plane carrying Australian police and diplomats arrived late on Thursday in Honiara, where they will help local police efforts to restore order after a second day of violent anti-government protests, Australia’s defence minister Peter Dutton said. mr Sogavare said he stood by his government’s decision to embrace Beijing, which he described as the “only issue” in the violence, which was “unfortunately influenced and encouraged by other powers”. External pressures were a “very big ... influence. “I don’t want to name names. People walk through the looted streets of Chinatown in Honiara, Solomons Islands We’ll leave it there”, mr Sogavare said. Australia’s foreign minister marise Payne did not agree that other countries had stirred up the unrest. “We have not indicated that at all,” ms Payne said. “We’ve been very clear. our view is we don’t want to see violence. We would very much hope for a return to stability,” she added. Czech PM delayed as coronavirus rate soars Coronavirus infections in the Czech republic have jumped to a record high, a surge that has affected the country’s president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister. The Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases was 27,717 on Thursday. That is almost 2,000 more than the previous record, set on Tuesday. The country’s infection rate has risen to a new high of 1,231 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days. Meanwhile, Czech President Milos Zeman is set to be discharged from Prague’s military hospital today. Yesterday he was discharged following more than a month’s treatment for an unspecified illness, but was readmitted only hours later after testing positive for Covid-19. The president received monoclonal antibodies and has no symptoms of Covid-19, the hospital said. Mr Zeman, 77, had been taken to the hospital on october 10, a day after the election for the lower house Milos Zeman of parliament, to be treated in an intensive care unit. His condition was attributed to an unspecified chronic disease. The presidential office said that following his discharge the president will swear in Petr Fiala, the leader of a coalition that won the election, as the country’s new prime minister. The ceremony had been due to take place yesterday. “it’s in the interest of everyone to have a new government soon,” Fiala said. The office said the ceremony would be organised in line with current coronavirus measures but the details were not known. Those who test positive must isolate. The new record surge was reported a day after the Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions in its effort to tackle the pandemic. among the other measures that took effect yesterday, all Christmas markets were banned, along with drinking alcohol in public places. Bars, restaurants, night clubs, discos and casinos have to close at 10pm. The number of people at culture and sports events will be limited to 1,000 - and they have to be vaccinated or have recovered from Covid- 19 - while all other public gatherings can be attended by up to 100 visitors, down from 1,000. The nation of 10.7 million has registered 32,643 deaths. The Czech republic has also banned entry to foreigners who have spent more than 12 hours in the past two weeks in south africa, namibia, Lesotho, swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia in reaction to the new coronavirus variant, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The exceptions include Eu nationals and long-term Czech residents. Meanwhile in Poland, despite soaring infections, the government has said it is not about to introduce any new measures. its resistance to new lockdowns and restrictions amid rising infections and deaths is drawing criticism from the country’s medical professionals and is bucking a growing European trend to put limits on unvaccinated people. The populist right wing government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appears unwilling to enact measures that would anger voters and deal another blow to an economy struggling with high inflation. in western Europe, where vaccinations are markedly higher than Poland’s 53%, restrictions have recently led to protests and rioting.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 13 Middle Ground Growers, from left: Hamish Evans, Xavier Hamon, Olivia Rhodes and Sammy Elmore News / National MINUTE BRIEFING Farmers plant savings in eco future FoUr young farmers have spent their life savings on 16 acres of land to build an eco-farm that could feed more than 400 families. Middle Ground Growers have already spent £210,000 to purchase grassland in Bath but need to raise a further £95,000 to complete their farm. Co-founder Hamish evans said the group hopes the campaign will inspire a cultural change in farming and the UK’s relationship with food. “it’s a really beautiful, meaningful livelihood that stemmed from a kind of ecological grief,” the 23-year-old told the Pa news agency. “our farm is about connecting people back to the land, as part of the local food movement. it is about creating different cultural norms through different eating habits and a lifestyle that minimises the impact on the environment.” Middle Ground Growers is made up of: Mr evans; Xavier Hamon, 35; olivia rhodes, 31 and sammy elmore, 28 and a host of volunteers. Money raised will go towards helping the group complete their 16-acre site at Weston spring Farm. Donors are also offered the chance to name an orchard tree as an environmentally conscious gift this Christmas. ‘Possible’ Covid variant is in UK already – expert Dr Susan Hopkins It Is possible that a new worrying variant of coronavirus is already in the UK though current signs are reassuring, an expert at the Health security Agency (UKHsA) has said. Dr susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser of the UKHsA, said scientists are very concerned about the new variant found in south Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, though no cases have been detected in the UK. transport secretary Grant shapps said the UK was “buying time” by adding south Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia to its travel red list, adding that the Government was taking a “safety-first approach”. Passengers arriving into the UK from these countries from 4am on sunday will be required to book and pay for a Governmentapproved hotel quarantine for 10 days. scientists around the globe are worried about the “horrific” number of mutations on the virus spike protein in the variant, which they fear could make it highly transmissible, more deadly and make vaccines less effective. Dr Hopkins told BBC Radio 4’s today programme that the variant had around “30 different mutations that seem relevant - that’s double what we had in Delta (variant)”. she added: “If we look at those mutations, there’s mutations that increase infectivity, mutations that evade the immune response both from vaccines and from natural immunity, mutations that cause increased transmissibility. It’s a highly complex mutation, there’s also new ones that we have never seen before.” she said the variant was the “most worrying” seen by scientists but much was as yet unknown. Asked if it was possible the variant was already in the UK, she said: “Well, it’s always possible. We have no cases identified whatsoever yet, nothing in our genome sequencing... so overall, I think the situation is reassuring in-country, but of course, people are arriving every day.” Asked on ItV’s Good Morning Britain how likely it was the variant would come to the UK, Dr Hopkins said: “I think the measures that we take on borders are there to delay, to slow, to allow us to have time to gain more information.” she added: “the fact this virus is resurging on a very immune population (in south Africa) is worrying. “Clearly vaccines will help, because they will boost the antibody responses and the t cell responses in our body, which will help us fight variants, so global vaccination is a key component of that. “But also we need to watch and wait and see as these new variants emerge. And I think this shows that we may need new vaccines in the future.” she said flu vaccines change every year and suggested the idea of having new vaccines for coronavirus was not surprising. Mr shapps said the Government acted as soon as the UK’s chief medical officers came to ministers following their meeting at around 4pm on thursday. He told the today programme: “I think all the history of coronavirus suggests that it is best to act quickly, determine the extent of the way that the virus interacts with vaccines, treatments, transmissibility and then give yourself a bit more time. “It is inevitable, of course, that it will go all around the world if it is going to do so. “so this doesn’t prevent it from coming here, but it slows things up and gives us the chance to grow the cultures and test those questions about vaccines and treatments against it.” Airline’s £1bn losses eASYJeT is set to reveal losses of more than £1billion last year as Covid wreaked havoc on the travel industry. The airline group has suffered a turbulent 12 months on the back of fluctuating travel restrictions across europe, which caused the business to cut flight numbers heavily as holidaymakers stayed in the UK. Bosses will be looking to reassure investors on Tuesday that plans to ramp up flights will go ahead. Black Friday record UK retailers were poised for a record Black Friday as early data showed shoppers were spending more than they did before the pandemic. Figures from Barclaycard - showing credit card spending from midnight to 1pm yesterday - revealed sales volumes increased by 4.2% compared with Black Friday in 2019. this also represented a 23.3% increase on volumes against 2020, Barclaycard said. Hotel arson inquiry A fire which reduced one of the best-known restaurants in the north of england to “ashes” is being treated as arson. The thatched, 14th-century Star inn at Harome, a Michelin-starred restaurant near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, was devastated by a blaze which started on Wednesday evening. More than 40 firefighters tackled the fire and specialist investigators were called in to carry out inquiries on Thursday. Motsi’s Strictly off Motsi Mabuse Euromillions 01 20 41 42 50 03 07 Motsi Mabuse has announced she will be absent from the strictly Come Dancing judging panel this weekend after being contacted by NHs test and trace. she will be replaced by Cynthia erivo.

healthlottery.co.uk play in-store | app | online 14 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 News @LivEchoNews Man with drugs on stolen bike bit officer A mAn bit a police officer after he was pulled over on a suspected stolen motorbike. Officers spotted a motorbike being driven erratically in Bootle on Thursday. When they tried to stop it the driver made off on foot. Police chased the man through local gardens before arresting him, during which he bit one of the officers. Officers found a number of items, one a backpack containing a large amount of cannabis. Further checks found the bike was stolen from the manchester area earlier this month. A 34-year-old man from Kirkdale has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, possession with intent to supply cannabis, assault of an emergency worker and disqualified driving. Sefton Police on Facebook said: “Officers have pursued the male where he has been detained in a garden. During being detained the male has bitten a police officer. “Officers have then recovered numerous items one of these being a back pack containing a large quantity of cannabis. “Checks of the bike... confirmed that it was outstanding stolen.” ‘You could have saved your baby from his killer’ sentencing judge said woman failed to act By NEIL DOCKING ECHO Reporter neil.docking@reachplc.com @LivEchoCourt 18+ Players must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes NI. The Health Lo ttery operates 5 main lo ttery draws per week (Tue-Sat) each with a jackpot of £25,000. Every £1 line for any Wednesday or Saturday main lot tery draw will also automa tically be entered into the appropriate £100,000 free prize draw which also take place on those days. All players matching 5 numbers in the free draw will win an equal share of the prize. The Health Lo ttery scheme manages 12 society lot teries that operate in rotat ion and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain. This month’s society lot tery is Health Lo ttery West Midlands. For more details on which society lot tery is running each month please visit www.healthlottery.co.uk or ask your Health Lo ttery retailer. The Health Lo ttery logo is a registered trademark of The Health Lot tery Ltd. A mum could have saved her murdered baby from a “devil” dad but covered up his abuse. mihai-Catalin Gulie, 28, violently shook six-month-old Robert Ion when his wife Gabriela Ion went out to a shop. He left Robert – who had Down’s Syndrome – with a broken skull and irreversible brain injury. The woman beater previously inflicted another brain injury and two broken ribs to his vulnerable son. Ion, 35, witnessed it, but prison phone calls and Google searches revealed she hid Robert’s bruises with toothpaste and an onion. Gulie was found guilty of murder and Ion convicted of allowing the death of the child after a 14-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court. The dad was yesterday jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years, while his wife was jailed for three years, of which she will serve 18 months behind bars, minus the time she has spent in custody. High Court judge mrs Justice Yip told Ion she could have saved her baby, adding: “That is something you must live with for the rest of your life.” Jurors had returned unanimous guilty verdicts against the couple, of mersey Road, Widnes. Gulie assaulted Robert on February 18, after his wife nipped out to a shop with her daughter to buy sweets. That morning he was Robert Ion was murdered by his dad Mihai-Catalin Gulie while his mum Gabriela Ion allowed his death emailing the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) about being reimbursed for daily taxi rides to visit Robert in hospital, totalling £4,000. After Robert was rushed to hospital, Gulie told CAB “the child is in hospital again, he went breathless, was about to die”. Robert died three days later, when doctors discovered evidence of a past attack, on around February 7. At trial, Gulie denied hurting his child and said he noticed Robert had turned yellow and stopped breathing while “sitting with him on the sofa and watching TV”. He said: “I didn’t even touch him or put my hands on him.” The judge noted a psychiatrist found Ion was suffering from “an adjustment disorder”, had not begun to grieve properly for her son, and his loss, along with the removal of her daughter, caused her “real distress”. She said Gulie’s past abuse of Robert was a serious aggravating factor. Justice Yip added: “Poor Robert undoubtedly suffered pain in the last days of his life.” The parents showed no emotion when they were jailed. If concerned for a child, call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.

PHIL JONES: GRAND CENTRAL HALL, THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER Legendary Liverpool musician Phil Jones (formerly of Afraid of Mice / Up And Running) announces spectacular headline show at Grand Central Hall Thursday 2nd December played to packed rooms at the O2 Academy, the Empire, the Philharmonic Hall and seven consecutive shows in as many years The former leader of cult New Wave group and anthemic pop / rock is set to play his first ticketed show since 2018 with a full A veteran of sold-out performances at every major theatre venue in the city, Phil has The opulent surroundings of Grand Central is the ideal location for Phil’s own personal brand of showmanship incorporating the theatricality of progressive rock, the accessibility of pop and the bracing attitude Talismanic leader of New Wave outfit Afraid of Mice, the band’s 1981 debut produced by iconic David Bowie / T-Rex associate Tony Visconti is an overlooked classic. Following the LP with a clutch of outstanding singles and the White Album in 1983 produced by ABC/Frankie Goes to Hollywood collaborator Anne Dudley, Phil dissolved the group and founded pop rock Huge favourites on the Merseyside live summer of 1988 and remains an enduring The first group to play the inaugural Mathew Street Festival in 1994, the band’s With his first new material in quarter of a century currently being recorded at Parr St. Studios, Phil staged a series of hugely successful series of ‘Doorstep Gigs’ during lockdown in May 2020. Live streamed from outside his front door with a small backing band, the shows culminated in a performance that saw an incredible 12,000 Grand Central Hall, Renshaw St, Grand Central Hall Box Office: 0844 249 1000 https://bit.ly/3fevksd https://thephiljonesexperience.co.uk Plus sPecial GuesT Grand Central Hall Thursday 2nd december 2021 available now | £15 advance | 7Pm www.ThePhiljonesexPerience.co.uk

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 17 Tragedy as woman dies after being spotted in Mersey A womAn in her 30s who was pulled from the River mersey has died. The emergency services were called out to Pier Head at around 6.10am yesterday following reports that a woman was in the river. A police spokesman said to the ECHo: “we can confirm that officers were called to the Pier Head in Liverpool at around 6.10am today, Friday 26th november, following reports of concern for the safety of a woman in the river. “A woman in her 30s was removed from the water and taken to hospital where she had sadly passed away. Enquiries are ongoing and we are in the process of formally identifying the woman and informing her next of kin. “Anyone with information is asked to Dm @merPolCC quoting log 123 of 26th november.” Little Zaki’s heart is strangled by tumour By LEE GRIMSDITCH ECHo Reporter lee.grimsditch@reachplc.com @LeeGrimsditch A mum was given devastating news after noticing her “smiley” 11-month old son had suddenly stopped crawling and laughing. Caitlin molyneux’s 13-month-old son, Zaki, had been a happy and smiling baby up until eight weeks ago. In September this year, the 22-year-old mum from Garston began to notice that her son “wasn’t himself”. Caitlin’s sister, Courtney, spoke to the ECHO about the weeks that led up to doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital giving the devastating diagnosis on her young nephew. Courtney said Zaki’s mum had taken him to the GP who diagnosed him as having a viral infection, however, he didn’t seem to be getting better. The 22-year-old from Toxteth said: “It got to the point where he just wasn’t himself at all. He wasn’t laughing, he stopped crawling, a little bit of everything, he was just lethargic. “He would just lie there and look at you. Scans at the hospital revealed a mass on the 11-month-old’s heart. A further biopsy was done, which showed the full seriousness of Zaki’s devastating condition. He was diagnosed as having a Thymoma, a life threatening tumour that had wrapped itself around the young boy’s heart and was creating pressure on his internal organs. The tumour had also collapsed his windpipe. Doctors had to give the family even more heartbreaking news, telling them the tumour was inoperable due to its size. Courtney said: “They said it was the whole size of his chest, it was really big. “He’s the only baby who has been diagnosed with this. “Alder Hey said there was a little girl or boy in Paris who was four with this. They were the youngest at the time but now Zaki is; at the time he was 11 months.” Doctors at Alder Hey decided the best course of action was to try and shrink the tumour so that it was small enough to operate on. Zaki is now on his third course of chemotherapy. Courtney has set up a gofundme page for Caitlin, Zaki, and his two year old sister Zahra, to help the family out at this difficult time. On the fundraising page, Courtney said: “Everyone who knows my sister Caitlin knows how strong she has been and that her children are everything to her. many friends and family have asked how they can help so I have created this page to help Little Zaki; below, with his mum, Caitlin ease the financial burden of cancer. “Within this time, Caitlin has also moved house and is creating a beautiful home for our miracle to go home to. Those of you who know Zaki, know he is the most lovable, funny and sweet little boy and he is fighting this horrible disease”. News Perv took advantage of woman A pervert sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman. Nicholas Gillinder appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to three offences which involved sexual activity with a vulnerable woman. the court heard that Gillinder, 51, exchanged a series of sexually explicit messages with the victim, who was in her twenties but who had a mental age of just 13 because of her autism and learning difficulties. He also touched her inappropriately. Gillinder, of Hart Street, Southport, worked in the care sector. Jonathan rogers, prosecuting, said: “the victim in this case is classed as a vulnerable adult, who doesn’t leave home unless accompanied by an appropriate adult, and has little or no comprehension of sexual matters. “He [Gillinder] would send her messages saying how much he liked her and asking if she would go to bed with him. “At the time his marriage wasn’t good, which made the victim feel sorry for him. “He would kiss and cuddle her and in the messages would say things like ‘you’ve got nice boobs’”. Mr rogers said Gillinder reportedly said he “just foolishly fell for her” while he was in the police van after his arrest. Judge David potter sentenced Gillinder to 21 months in jail, of which he will serve half before being released on licence. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years, and given a restraining order for the same amount of time. 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18 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Talkback On this day ■■1701: Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who created the centigrade temperature scale, was born in Uppsala. ■■1703: The first Eddystone Lighthouse was swept away in the Great Storm. More than 8,000 died across the country. ■■1914: The first two trained policewomen to be granted official status in Britain, Miss Mary Allen and Miss E F Harburn, reported for duty at Grantham. ■■1919: A massive meteor landed in Lake Michigan. ■■1942: As German troops arrived in Toulon, the French fleet was scuttled in the harbour to prevent the warships falling into enemy hands. ■■1944: Between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of high explosives went off in a cavern beneath Staffordshire, killing 68 people and wiping out an entire farm. ■■1963: The Buchanan Committee warned of future chaos as traffic in cities multiplied. ■■1967: President De Gaulle vetoed Britain’s entry into the Common Market. ■■1975: Ross McWhirter was shot dead by Irish gunmen at his home in London. With his twin brother, Norris, he edited The Guinness Book Of Records. ■■1990: John Major became prime minister at 47, the youngest PM that century. ■■ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Iconic singer and actress Cher was in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant”. Birthdays John Alderton, actor, 81; Randy Brecker, jazz trumpeter, 76; Charlie Burchill, rock guitarist (Simple Minds), 62; Robin Givens, actress, 57; Roberto Mancini, football manager, 57; Gary Lucy, actor, 40. Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters. Tory MPs pleading for sympathy are living in fantasy land Tory MP Andrew Rosindell said: “I think there are people that quite like getting the extra £20, but maybe they don’t need it.” The selfsame MP on the potential banning of second jobs for MPs said: “We have to be careful about this, we have to realise we are dealing with human beings who have families and responsibilities.” The basic annual salary for an MP from 1 April 2020 is £81,932. MPs also receive expenses to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London or their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency. How absolutely appalling is it that he should begrudge the poorest in the country – some of whom will be working in poorly paid jobs – £20 a week in Universal Credit and at the same time expect us to have sympathy for MPs who have second jobs – presumably to “make ends meet”. I have to wonder if our very own (embarrassingly so) Nadine Dorries’ novel writing counts as a second job. She’s a prolific novelist who has produced 19 works including two trilogies, a six-part series, a novel and two novellas. “I still write 1,000 words every day, and I always will,” she said last year. As not only an MP but Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom, you have to wonder if she’s devoting the time she should be to the jobs the taxpayer is paying her to do. I’m pretty sure that there will be a substantial number of Tory MPs who regard being an MP as secondary to their “second job” and only become MPs for the doors it will open and the perks it will bring. Sue Quinlan, Anfield HS2 doesn’t solve rail issue Apart from government ministers or their advisers, who else is likely to benefit from the HS2 network, at a MP Andrew Rosindell time when many ordinary people are delighted to be working from home? For pensioners, or ordinary people doing regular work for their living, the speed limits imposed by Victorian or later rail technology are not a problem. Shaving twenty to thirty minutes from the Birmingham to London journey is far less important than providing predictable and reasonable travel fares. Might a new “Northern Powerhouse Energy Centre”be set up in the Pennines, if our illustrious PM is fired or retires? The hot air on offer from his mouth might be a better energy source than a new nuclear power station. We used to look forward to “Not the Nine O’Clock News” for a comical parody of the news and political life. With our current PM we have a permanent comedian in residence at Number Ten. Once his stint as PM is over he might even try his hand at wallpapering. J T Hardy, via email We face fight to save NHS We need to put a stop to NHS privatisation. Before we knew about bacteria causing illness it was blamed on miasma. This is a Latin word for ‘bad air’. The stench coming out of Westminster in relation to the privatisation of the NHS is overwhelming. Our NHS is about to be given over to profiteering corporate companies who will make your healthcare linked to your ability to pay. The Social Care Bill has already been passed through the House of Commons. This means that people who own property up to the value of £86,000 will have to pay for their own senior care by selling their property. The £86,000 limit applies to every person. If you have assets worth more than this, let us say a £1million portfolio, all you will pay is the same as the average home owner. In relation to the NHS, health care should never be linked to one’s ability to pay. That is what the NHS is all about. It is not free. We pay for it through our tax and national insurance contributions. I urge everyone to at least try and contact their local MP to stop this Bill from progressing. We cannot rely on the House of Lords anymore due to the miasma that wafted through to from the ‘other place’. Mr. T. Noon, Kirkby Channel crisis far from over We will still have further tragedies until the French get a grip on their side of the Channel. Surely with the massive size of the rubber dinghys now being used the French can find the source of them, which are then sold on to the criminal gangs. Photos and TV clips showing the French police standing nearby and not stopping the launch of these boats with Asylum seekers – most of which are of young men – makes me wonder if this is France’s way of solving the refugee crisis on their soil. With the many millions of pounds we have given the French to stop this exodus from France I think Write to: Talkback, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, 5 St Paul’s Square, Liverpool L69 3EB. Or e-mail: letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk we should ask for the return of the money to help pay for the upkeep of the people they failed to stop crossing the Channel. Steve Dempsey, Runcorn No winners in bus lottery! Has anybody played the latest exciting lottery game? The rules are simple and there’s no charge to enter. As a bus approaches displaying a string of messages such as “Diversion on route. Ask driver for details” or recommendations regarding the wearing of face masks. Because of this you have to guess its route. You are not permitted to hold out your hand until the route number is revealed even if the bus is a mere ten yards away from the stop. If successful your prizes are either a glare or wistful shake of the head from the driver. Seriously, does Arriva not possess the technology to display its various messages while still showing the route number? Brian Ashley, Liverpool Happy festive memories... With Christmas just around the corner, and Children In Need over for another year, how many of your

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 19 QUOTES OF THE Week powered by Home Secretary Priti Patel giving a statement in the House of Commons UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire Colin Lane, ECHO Chief Photographer chose the above photo, Crosby Sunset, taken by Selwyn Goldthorpe, to feature for today’s Lane’s Lens. Colin says ‘The winter nights draw in early but an early opportunity to capture the atmospheric sunsets on our coast with golden skies.’ Would you like your photograph appraised by Colin? To get involved, upload shots to www.flickr.com/groups/li​verpoolecho/ or email images to yourecho@reachplc.com readers can remember the Christmas Toy Appeal at the Paramount/Odeon London Road? This was organised by the general manager - Mr Chris Draycott and the League of Welldoers supported by the Liverpool Echo. The 12ft Christmas tree was in the inner foyer and decorated with numerous lights - not the fiddley ones we have today, but the old style domestic light bulbs in colour. The rest of the tree was decorated by the usherettes supervised by the chief of staff Mr Lou Hughes. Once the toys started arriving the foyer took on the look of Santa’s grotto. The vast amount of donations were collected daily by the Welldoers and distributed accordingly. The Toy Appeal had been the highlight of the Christmas season at the Paramount/Odeon and had been promoted during sales intervals with special messages and Christmas music. The projectionists looked after the lighting of the tree including the spot light for the “Star” on the top. As one of the projectionists at the theatre, we got our coloured lamps from electrical supplier Smith and Cookson. These sort of events are very rare now, but the memories are never far away at Christmas. Mike Taylor, former projectionist, Paramount/Odeon London Road People take part in a protest outside the Home Office demanding an end to deaths in the Channel. See ‘Channel crisis far from over’ Your Poem A gift for Santa All good boys and girls make sure they’re fast asleep, A stocking at the foot of beds and morning present heaps, But doesn’t Santa get fed up of sherry and mince pies? And don’t the reindeers feel the same when hurtling through the skies? My parents in the olden days would carefully mark the days, Approaching Santa with requests in every kind of way, And Santa in his patient way would just reply with ease, Make sure you leave the fire off, put up the Christmas Trees, And if you feel like helping out then ask one of my elves, And they will give a spare green suit for you to help yourself, “But what about a gift for you, you work so very hard?” Say Mum and Dad to Santa Claus above the Christmas Cards And Santa in his humble way would say “Just keep your chimneys free” So I can drop your presents down under your Christmas Tree. Remember that I never tire of sherry and mince pies, I always need for energy as I zoom across the sky.” By William George Scriven “There is... no quick fix. This is about addressing long-term pull factors, smashing the criminal gangs that treat human beings as cargo and tackling supply chains” - Home Secretary Priti Patel gives a statement in the Commons about tackling migrant crossings after at least 27 people died when a dinghy capsized off the coast of Calais. “I think it’s time for both our governments to stop blaming each other and to try and talk to each other and find real solutions, not a crazy solution such as having more and more people patrolling, sending the British Army to the French shore. That is not acceptable and will not change anything” - Pierre-Henri Dumont, MP for Calais. “It’s a bit of a mystery to me because I have two children and I’ve taken them both previously into the chamber as needs must to make sure my constituents have representation. I think it’s representative of the way as a mum you can’t win because if I had maternity cover it would be a different issue, and I don’t and I don’t want to short-change my residents” - Labour’s Stella Creasy, on being told she could no longer bring her threemonth-old son into the Commons chamber. “Everything in the past has been about the negative side of Amy. You never get to see or hear about her positiveness and all the great things that she did. This exhibition dispels all of that and basically relegates it over there somewhere” - Mitch News quiz 1. Which station was named Britain’s busiest railway station in the past year, according to the Office of Rail and Road? 2. Who was forced to withdraw from I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after being taken to Answers: 1. Stratford; 2. Richard Madeley; 3. Israel; 4. JRR Tolkien Winehouse, father of Amy Winehouse, at the opening of a new exhibition at London’s Design Museum exploring the creative legacy of his daughter. “There is no question that the environment for journalism is now more difficult and dangerous than ever, and no doubt that it represents a growing assault on truth and media freedom” - BBC chairman Richard Sharp speaking at the VLV Autumn Conference. “I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Christmas since I got my first guinea-pig from Santa in 1978.” - Mel Giedroyc on being announced as the latest celebrity taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. Mel Giedroyc hospital on Thursday? 3. Boris Johnson met the president of which country at Downing Street on Tuesday? 4. A cryptocurrency named after which author has been blocked for infringing their trademark?

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facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 21 News Child abuser jailed for ‘heinous’ crimes Monster caged for sexual assault on young girl By PATRICK EDRICH and JOE THOMAS ECHO Reporters A mAn has been jailed for child sexual offences over crimes described by police as “heinous abuse”. Stephen Povey was arrested over allegations he sent his victim inappropriate messages and sexually assaulted her. The 36-year-old has now been locked up for four years and and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order. merseyside Police questioned Povey following reports of his attack and he was charged with causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, assaulting a girl under 13 and engaging in sexual communication with a child. Last month, he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court and Povey, formerly of Sidney Street in Birkenhead, was handed the four year sentence and sexual harm prevention order. Following the case, Detective Constable Laura Eveleigh, from the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, praised Povey’s victim and urged anyone who had been subjected to sexual offences to contact police. She said: “This heinous abuse not only traumatises victims when it happens, but the memory of it can last a lifetime. “It can have a huge impact on their mental well-being, and cause irreparable damage to a victim’s faith in adults to protect them and their ability to form trusting relationships. “It is because of the bravery of the victim and her family in coming forward to police that this offender has been brought to justice and can not cause any further harm to the victim, or any others any time soon. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the victim for her courage, as well as our Child Criminal Exploitation Team for their diligence in progressing this investigation - supporting the young victim and her family every step of the way - and the Crown Prosecution Service for supporting a prosecution. “I hope Povey’s jailing and the additional measures taken to severely restrict his ability to offend again reassures the victim and any other victims that police and the courts take such offences extremely seriously. “If you are a young person and are being subject to inappropriate sexualised behaviour you are not comfortable with, whether it is in person or via phone messages and social media, please contact police. “We have a specialist team committed to dealing with all forms of child exploitation, who will treat any information from you extremely seriously, and will follow up every report and any information that comes in. “If you have any suspicions about young people who could be at risk of this type of offending, please call police straight away. We can make an assessment and take the necessary action. “Call 999 if you suspect such an incident is in progress, or pass any other information via 101, @merPolCC on social media, or anonymously via 0800 555 111.” Stephen Povey Infections rise across region Only one area of the liverpool City Region has seen a fall in Covid infections. According to the latest data from Public Health England, Sefton recorded 1,103 positive Covid infections in the seven days ending november 21 - that’s 45 fewer positive tests than the previous seven days. In the five other areas of the city region infections rose. In these areas, the week-on-week percentage change figures were: In Knowsley, there was an increase of 3%; In liverpool there was an increase of 7%; In Halton, there was an increase of 6%; In St Helens, there was an increase of 8%; In Wirral, there was an increase of 16%. In the liverpool City Region as a whole, there was an increase of 6% in the week-on-week percentage change figure. In Cheshire West and Chester, and Warrington, there were rises in infections. And in West lancashire, there was a fall. Positive Covid tests rose on England in the week ending november 21. The country had 244,068 coronavirus cases in England - that’s 21,307 more cases than in the previous seven days. liverpool’s positive tests came to 1,590 cases in the week ending november 21, which is 102 more cases than in the previous week. Delicately smoked for hours. Gone in seconds. Co-op Irresistible Beech & Oak Scottish Smoked Salmon, 100g, £5 (£5 per 100g). GHI Taste Approved. Participating stores. Subject to availability. Serving suggestion. Restrictions to Home Delivery and Click & Collect apply. Check coop.co.uk/store-finder to see your local Co-op services.

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24 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News It’s best not to Mizz-behave POLICE Dog Mizz grabbed the limelight on Thursday night, his work leading to the arrest of a wanted man. Police officers tweeted: “Earlier this evening a male breached his non-molestation order and fled on foot from officers. PD Mizz sniffed out the male hiding in a nearby garden.” Payback time for victims of thieving carer Karen Kersey-Smith BLACKFRIDAYSALE toshoplocal&save UPTO 80% OFF FASHION UPTO 70% OFF TOYS& GAMING UPTO 60% OFF HOMEWARE GetanEXTRA10% OFFsaleitems! Usecode:LOCAL10 Shopthehighstreetonlineat: downyourhighstreet.co.uk/local criminal ordered to pay back £80k through sale of home By REBECCA KONCIENZCY MyWirral Editor rebecca.koncienzcy@reachplc.com @RDKoncienzcy A cAre worker stole more than £90,000 from three elderly clients she was supposed to be looking after. Karen Kersey-Smith stole money from the bank accounts of three vulnerable old people in ellesmere Port and splurged the cash in supermarkets and shops. The 49-year-old was convicted of three counts of theft at chester crown court and sentenced to 28 months on 4 June 2020, but has now also been ordered to pay back the thousands she took by selling her house. Kersey-Smith, of Wheat close in Gwersyllt in Wrexham, withdrew money from their bank accounts without their knowledge or permission between November 2015 to September 2017. A spokesperson for cheshire Police said: “The offences came to light after Kersey-Smith allegedly confessed to her manager that she had been stealing from one of her clients. “The money was found to have been withdrawn from the victims at an alarming rate. “It was being used in supermarkets and stores Lib Dems hold on to Oxton ThE Liberal Democrats have won the Oxton by-election, holding the seat with a big majority. The ward will be served by three Lib Dem councillors after Thursday night’s vote, with Dr Orod Osanlou becoming Oxton’s newest councillor. The vote was triggered after the sad death of Lib Dem councillor Andy Corkhill on October 4. he was just 36. The party already had a fairly big lead over its nearest rival in the ward, with a margin of more than 31% separating the Lib Dems and Labour in May’s vote in Oxton. But Dr Osanlou increased this, Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter that the victims would not have been visiting.” They added: “Police uncovered £15,500 in Kersey-Smith’s bank account and an investigation found that she had an equity share of her home. “Kersey-Smith was also suspected to have purposefully omitted her name from the title deed in order to avoid confiscation proceedings. “The court ordered Kersey-Smith to repay £80,415 from the sale of her house.” Detective Inspector Kelly-Ann cain, from cheshire constabulary’s economic crime Unit, said: “Kersey-Smith was jailed for exploiting her position as a care worker for cheshire West and chester council (cWAc) by stealing a total of over £90,000 from the bank accounts of three elderly victims. “Officers successfully argued that Kersey-Smith had an equity share of the marital home and it was suspected she had purposefully omitted her name from title deed to avoid confiscation proceedings. “Kersey-Smith was subsequently ordered to repay all available funds, which has caused the sale of her house. “As a result, £80,415 will be paid back to the victims. “This is a fantastic result for the victims with Kersey-Smith”. stretching the Lib Dem lead over Labour to almost 50%. Of course, by-elections can throw up unusual numbers with turnout normally being lower than votes in a regular election period. But the Lib Dems will be pleased with the party’s share of the vote in this by-election. Speaking after his victory was announced, Dr Osanlou said: “I would like to thank the people of Oxton for once again showing faith in the Liberal Democrats. “Please do get in touch with us if you have any local issues that we can assist you with.”

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26 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Fashion Focus JOANNE Watkinson Shining exampleS of SuStainability Think Christmas party clothes and there is a theme which more often than not consists of sequins, velvet, fringing and a generous helping of black. Boring? No. Hey, if it ain’t broke… So, when the festive season rolls around do you head for the section in your wardrobe that screams merriment, pull out something festive and you’re done, or do you run out and get more sequins? This week I spotted an influencer wearing a silver sequinned pencil skirt and matching top by Danish Brand Rotate Birger Christensen. I loved it. I needed it, so without taking a breath, I navigated away from the page to make it mine. Failing to find it available to buy, I fell down a digital rabbit hole looking at dozens of other sequin two-pieces, and as quickly as it had appeared the instantaneous need to own that particular suit dissipated. I dodged an expensive bullet. That, my friends, is the Instagram shopping effect. Like scoffing a family-sized chocolate bar, gratification is instant, the remorse comes later. Back to sequins, or paillettes – the French word for sequin, which I used to use in a pitiful bid to sound more ‘fashion’. Q&A i would like a quilted Q jacket. i have seen khaki and olive green a lot. any suggestions for a bright colour? I spotted this orange A quilted number from French Connection and almost didn’t want to share it, it’s so good. I love them, but this seemingly innocent wardrobe embellishment is a menace to the environment. Often made from PVC, a flexible and durable plastic, they are not biodegradable, meaning that sequin dress will be around long after the party stops. Hundreds of years after. A sobering thought. But, as ever, we have options. The most sustainable option would be to style the sequins you already have and make them look fresh. I love a white shirt with a sequin skirt. Option two: A very quick look on resale sites Depop and eBay brought up a raft of secondhand and barely worn sequins. Breathing new life into old clothes is both financially and environmentally beneficial. Or, and this is new to me too, opt for recycled sequins. Brands such as Free People and Hush both offer recycled sequins, but designer Elissa Brunato has gone one step further, inventing a sequin made from cellulose, a plant extract, that shimmers just like an ordinary sequin, is strong enough to be sewn onto a garment but that will eventually biodegrade, unlike a plastic sequin. It’s partywear that won’t cost the Earth. Hush uses recycled sequins. Pencil skirt £99, hush-uk.com Aris quilted reversible coat £185, French Connection Joanne is a stylist with more than 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry. email joannewatkinson@me.com. follow her on instagram @myfashiondirectory for style tips Short floral dress £69 Floral midi dress £69 All clothes by M&S x Ghost @LivEchoNews KINDRED SPIRITS *All prices correct at time of going to press and while stocks last M&S and GhoSt have teaMed up to produce another GorGeouS dreSS collection. eMMa JohnSon iS iMpreSSed Leopard print dress £69

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28 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Third chance to see Monsters! Hot Wheels is bringing its Monster trucks Live tour to Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next year and due to popular demand they’ve added a third show in the city. During the event audiences will be able to see real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys including favourites such as Bone Shaker, tiger Shark, V8 Bomber, and Demo Derby. Monster trucks Live is going all-out for its return to the city as it brings the all-new Mega Wrex truck which features a 12ft dinosaur design and 1800 horsepower. the fully immersive experience will also feature a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot Megasaurus, and the high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross. Now a show on Friday January 14 has been added to the existing Liverpool dates of January 15 and 16. tickets for the new date are on sale now. 4,000 jobs at city’s Details of ‘game changer’ plans for littlewooDs builDing announceD By Liam THORP ECHO Reporter liam.thorp@reachplc.com @LiamThorpECHO A mAjor £70m plan to redevelop Liverpool’s iconic Littlewoods building into one of the country’s biggest TV and film complexes has been announced. Liverpool Council has provided details of its landmark plans for the famous Edge Lane site - which it hopes could create 4,000 jobs and transform the city into one of Europe’s premier TV and film hubs. As well as creating major studios, there are plans for a new creative office space and new media facilities at the site. The former art-deco HQ of the Littlewoods empire has been vacant for decades and is in a state of severe dilapidation, including fire damage How the new studios could look in 2018. A report, which will go to the council’s cabinet meeting for sign off next week, sets out proposals for a major redevelopment in two phases, with approval being sought to begin an £8m remediation first phase in early 2022. If approved, phase one funding will come from the Liverpool City region Combined Authority and be granted to current leaseholders of the building - Capital and Centric - to carry out site investigations, remediation and main scheme design works. The £8m required is part of a wider £17m funding package previously agreed by the Combined Authority, £3m of which has already delivered The Depot studios. Capital and Centric’s current lease would be surrendered and re-granted for a shorter period, to facilitate delivery of the repairs. Phase one works will take approximately a year and once phase two is fully costed, this could lead to a full development contract. For phase two to proceed a fullycosted funding package is required, with the council and combined authority projecting to both invest £12m and a commercial lender being sought for the balance. The scheme, which would be sub- Make this Christmas extra special by celebrating with us the Yuletides of yesterday. Our brilliant new Nostalgia supplement raises a glass to those magical memories. The snow (sometimes); Morecambe and Wise on the telly and the last-minute shopping rush on December 24 - along with so many of the wonderful things we remember from our family Christmases - are captured with page after page of amazing pictures. Don’t miss out on this festive trip down memory lane with our 48-page special - perfect as a stocking filler and yours for just £2.50. To avoid disappointment, place your order now at our online shop www.regionalnewspapers.co.uk Postage and packaging charges will be added at checkout This publication will also be available in the shops from November 24th. Scan here to visit our online shop

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 29 News £70m film complex ject to planning permission, already has two proposed major anchor tenants - Twickenham Studios and Liverpool John Moores University. The Littlewoods Studios scheme CAPITAL & CENTRIC would comprise: ■ 85,000 sq ft of studio and ancillary space for Twickenham Studios ■ 75,000 sq ft of education space proposed for Liverpool John Moores University to deliver a sector-leading Entertainment Technology Centre to ensure local young people develop high-level skills to work in the industry. ■ The third element would comprise 95,000 sq ft of flexible employment space for creative industries, which will be advertised to market for expressions of interest. Liverpool is already the second most filmed city in the UK and is currently hosting illustrious productions such as Sky’s Funny Girl starring Gemma Arterton and Channel 4’s The Curse from the team behind People Just Do Nothing. BBC’s sixth series of Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Ridley Road, Netflix’s Stay Close, Sky’s COBRA: Cyberwar and major blockbusters such as Warner Bros’ The Batman and Netflix’s Munich: The Edge of War were also filmed in Liverpool. Councillor Sarah Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “The Littlewoods Studios scheme has the potential to be a real game changer The opening of The Depot studios last month was a great start but Littlewoods is on a different scale. Cllr Sarah Doyle, cabinet member for economic development for the city’s TV and film sector, underlining our growth as a truly world class location. The move from being the ‘go to city’ for exterior shoots to one that can provide productions with the studios and talent supply to match our stunning backdrops is one the city needs to deliver, as the economic and educational benefits are there for all to see. “The opening of The Depot studios last month was a great start but Littlewoods is on a different scale. “This reports spells out the first steps to bringing this sleeping giant of a building back to life.” Arrests after boy is held over wall Three teenagers were arrested in connection with an assault after a boy was held over a wall, which was caught in a ‘distressing’ video. Lancashire Police was made aware of footage being shared on social media after the attack on the young teenager in the Concourse area of Skelmersdale on Tuesday. Officers arrested a 20-year-old local man the same day in connection with the incident. They have also spoken to the victim to ‘make sure he is okay’. Police say they have now also arrested three boys, each aged 15, over the incident. Police are still urging people not to share the footage on social media and not to take matters into their own hands. They added they ‘appreciate’ the content is ‘upsetting’, however they want people to refrain from sharing the video ‘particularly for the sake of the victim’. They are asking anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident number 228 of November 24. KATIE PRICE: HARVEY AND ME ‘An honest memoir from a brave mum’ Reader Review RRP £20.00 £14.00 Hardback 30% OFF BOOKS CHRISTINE MCGUINNESS: A BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE ‘Full of revelations’ OK! Magazine RRP £20.00 £14.00 Hardback RRP £8.99 £6.29 Paperback RRP £9.99 £6.99 Paperback RRP £20.00 £14.00 Paperback RRP £7.99 £5.59 Paperback LIVING OUR BEST LIVES ‘A great, feel-good read’ Reader Review JAY’S VIRTUAL PUB QUIZ BOOK 2 ‘Jay is a star’ Rick Astley ‘Inspiring. A fantastic book’ Reader Review Offers valid November 23rd - 29th. P&P also applies Order now! visit mirrorbooks.co.uk JACOB’S STORY ‘A heartbreaking story’ Reader Review

30 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Anne-Marie and Moira on Strictly ANNE-MAriE and Moira Stuart have been announced as the latest celebrities taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. The singer and newsreader were revealed on BBC Two spin-off it Takes Two on Thursday night hosted by Janette Manrara. During this year’s festive special, Anne-Marie will dance with Graziano Di Prima while TV and radio presenter Moira will be paired with Aljaz Skorjanec. The 2002 singer is a nine time Brit Award nominee, including Best British Female Solo Artist, and became a winning coach on iTV’s The Voice. Helen and Martin Walsh have transformed their home in Halewood Light show for the community A CouPLE in Liverpool are putting on a Christmas light show for the whole community to enjoy over the festive period. Helen and Martin Walsh have transformed the outside of their home with lights and decorations that people can drive past and enjoy. it doesn’t stop there though, as their Liverpool Christmas Light Show includes music, videos and images. The couple came up with the idea after watching a video on Facebook. The couple are raising money for Alder Hey. Helen said: “We hope that people are amazed by the light show and really get into the Christmas spirit.” The light show is taking place outside Helen and Martin’s house at 7 Palmerston Drive, Halewood, Liverpool, L25 9GD. We all have our parts to play in climate battle By LISA RAND ECHO Reporter lisa.rand@reachplc.com @lisarandonline Knowsley councillors were given a stark warning about their role in tackling the climate emergency. At a meeting of the council’s climate emergency scrutiny committee, officers provided an update on the work carried out to date by Knowsley Council since declaring a climate emergency in January 2020. The chairman, Cllr Colin Dever, began the meeting by saying the recent CoP26 summit demonstrated that “more needs to be done” to reduce emissions. He said: “whilst news stories were plentiful, the one thing that stood out is that more needs to be done, the science is clear and it’s also clear that every one of us has a role to play in tackling this important issue.” officers said work was ongoing on several major projects focusing on flood mitigation, sustainable travel and making council owned buildings carbon neutral. work on changes to council Stadt Moers Park in Whiston stark warning on future owned vehicles, however, has stalled due to the difficulties of retrofitting the council’s ageing depot to make it ready for electric or hydrogen powered vehicles. other actions have also hit hurdles due to vacant posts and staffing pressures, including plans to review ways of integrating carbon emission criteria into the council’s procurement policy and reporting of major contracts. However, head of environmental sustainability Caroline Holmes said she was “quietly confident” a £1.3m bid to decarbonise Kirkby leisure Centre and nutgrove Villa would be successful. In response to a question from vice-chair Cllr lynn o’Keeffe about the feasibility of decarbonising some of the borough’s older buildings, Ms Holmes said: “It’s technical, it looks at energy use and a calculation of carbon emitted from energy use, so every building is completely different with different solutions”. with the delays in meeting deadlines for a third of agreed actions, officers were asked what was being done to fill the vacant posts. Cllr edward Connor said: “The vacancies and where we’re delayed, these vacancies have been there since last time we met, we’re talking March now before we bring in the officers, they’re going to have work to catch up on.”

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The colour is making a comeback (6) 19 A large, noisy man (3) 21 Was consistent with their having been joint owners (4,8) 22 Go on rambling about, in a state (6) 23 Order (as is justified) round (5,5) 24 Covering completely, generally speaking (2,3,5) 25 Have to get personal (3) 28 It shows just how big your rise was (8) 29 The sister, running the half mile in it, is very energetic (8) 30 In the raw, he might give you a turn at first (8) 31 Broadcast, giving a terrible tirade about (7) 33 The kinds of streets that are lined with gold (5) 34 Running away, trip (6) Last week’s solution Across: 9, In the air 10, S(pa)in 11, In case 12, Wavers 13, Clipped 14, Am-OK 15, High-handed 17, Disc-laim 18, Pee-vish 19, Plus 21, A-path-y 24, Scratching a living 27, Ward-er (rev) 29, Norm 30, Sp-r-outs 33, Comeback 35, Ma-isonet-te 36, Ra-M-p 37, Ban-dage 38, Lunacy 40, Closer 41, Eat 42, Gains-aid. Down: 1, Un-easiness 2, T-h-ee 3, Cat s-paws 4, Brocade 5, On a pedestal 6, Hindustani 7, S(eptember)-crawl 8, Astonis-h 10, Shied 16, H-over-e’d 20, Liner (rev) 22, AD-I-pose 23, Thin-skinned 25, Threa-dba-re 26, Get stuck in 28, A-dorable 31, P-roclaim 32, MI-leage 34, Ex-pose 35, Me-ant 39, Nose (knows).

34 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Puzzles & Stars Cryptic crossword Quick crossword Gogen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 22 20 21 23 Stuck on today’s puzzle? Call 0905 789 4220 to hear individual clues or the full solution. Calls cost 80p per minute plus network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 27/11/2021 Across: 7 Render; 8 Stride; 10 Cropper; 11 Nizam; 12 Eyes; 13 Issue; 17 Tombs; 18 Zero; 22 Aroma; 23 No doubt; 24 Pickle; 25 Recess. Down: 1 Cracker; 2 Annoyed; 3 Leapt; 4 Stand up; 5 Liszt; 6 Beams; 9 Brass band; 14 Coracle; 15 Deputed; 16 Hostess; 19 Wasps; 20 Coach; 21 Adder. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Plead; 8 Decry; 10 Venom; 11 Hut; 12 Colon; 13 Haricot; 15 Cider; 18 Sun; 19 Gemini; 21 Hatchet; 22 Noun; 23 Side; 24 Rarebit; 26 Snivel; 29 Rim; 31 Hides; 32 Habitat; 34 Rival; 35 Lit; 36 Chess; 37 Banal; 38 Ethos. Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. 1 D J V B X W O K E G 8 N R T S P Y I L A U ACROSS 1. Stars getting into print (9) 8. Standard of cheap architecture (3) 9. It’s easy to follow the sandwiches, perhaps (5,2,4) 11. Art position changed by entertainer (7) 12. Anne Boleyn’s husband was one (5) 13. Quiet stretch to deliver a sermon (6) 15. Cold-hearted, they are against the law (6) 17. The magistrate who keeps on and on? (5) 18. Builds as Crete is rebuilt (7) 20. Sounds like a Russian has scored at billiards (2,3,3,3) 22. Add a bit either way (3) 23. Aids for handling stock or facial ornaments (4,5) ACROSS 1. Christmas hymn (5) 6. Slant (5) 9. Defile (7) 10. Scope or extent (5) 11. Academy Award (5) 12. Grasps (5) 13. German measles (7) 15. Number (3) 17. Cupid (4) 18. Expunge (6) 19. Write on this (5) 20. Aver (6) 22. Dull pain (4) 24. Produce eggs (3) 25. Non-metallic element (7) 26. Kick out (5) 27. Filament (5) 28. Of the nose (5) 29. Child’s vehicle (7) 30. Brimless cap (5) 31. Sorts (5) DOWN 2. Unskilful display of sporting equipment (3) 3. Winds up dances in Aberdeen, perhaps (5) 4. Lose crispiness with frequent use (6) 5. Remainder disturbed by cat disperse (7) 6. It tells you when you’re over the limit (11) 7. These are proper flowers (9) 10. Utmost measures of fingers and toes (11) 11. Tries a pep cocktail to start with (9) 14. A box with nothing in it? What a laugh! (7) 16. Mocks, showing off (6) 19. Anaesthetic is synthesised there (5) 21. Who says it cannot be Codeword This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 beaten for a meal? (3) 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 I DOWN Need a little help getting started? Then call 0901 293 6261 2. Protective suit (6) to hear four random extra letter clues. Or text CODE and 3. Expresses an opinion (6) send to 64343 to receive 4 clues. Calls and texts cost £1 plus any network extras. Service Provider: 4. Auction item (3) Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 5. Extreme (5) YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 6. Plug, bung (7) 7. Minus (4) 8. Neptune, for example (6) 12. Behave smugly (5) 13. Royal (5) 14. Domineering (5) 15. Educate (5) 16. At no time (5) 18. Player’s first game (5) 19. Jut out (7) 21. Salty (6) 22. Bees are kept here (6) 23. Kind, sympathetic (6) 25. Exclusive story (5) 26. Gaelic (4) 28. Mesh (3) Down: 1 Rehab; 2 Artisan; 4 Loot; 5 Avocet; 6 Denim; 7 Dozen; 9 Cur; 12 Conceal; 14 Cut; 16 Digit; 17 Rider; 19 General; 20 Gnash; 21 Humid; 23 Similar; 24 Resist; 25 Bib; 27 Night; 28 Verse; 30 Fatal; 32 Halo; 33 Tin. M F C H Q BEGS CHASE DOWRY JOKE PATRONYMIC QUALIFY VORTEX WRITE A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y 2 W M P O S R A N T H L V Q I F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 P I B U X J O L K E A C D 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 H Q Y V G W T R F S N M Z Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. O W S Z T C H D O A P R E G S H B U E X C K S N E P I R V N S Y H F S E R E P E M U L A I X T P R ANTIQUE BUG EXIT FINAL JUDGE POSH RAMP STICKY WAVED A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y J G D Y YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS T I D E S R E L A L P H A S O S H U T C H YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS G N D V Q S I W O U F H Y M L T A K E B X C J R P Q P D J X B U Y A M G I V L R H N E T F C K O W S

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 35 In association with teamdogs.co.uk Sudoku 5 9 7 7 1 5 4 6 1 6 2 1 4 2 7 9 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 4 6 7 4 3 5 6 9 9 7 1 5 1 8 5 6 7 9 3 8 6 5 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY 8 1 9 5 2 4 7 9 5 1 6 8 3 2 5 8 1 3 9 2 4 6 7 3 2 6 7 4 8 1 9 5 6 3 8 2 7 1 9 5 4 1 9 4 6 8 5 2 7 3 7 5 2 9 3 4 6 1 8 9 4 7 1 2 3 5 8 6 8 1 5 4 6 7 3 2 9 2 6 3 8 5 9 7 4 1 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 1 3 5 8 5 4 6 2 5 6 8 1 7 HARD 3 7 6 4 1 3 3 5 9 7 6 8 1 2 4 1 8 7 4 2 5 6 3 9 4 6 2 9 1 3 7 5 8 9 2 1 5 3 6 4 8 7 8 3 6 1 4 7 5 9 2 5 7 4 8 9 2 3 6 1 7 1 5 6 8 9 2 4 3 6 9 3 2 7 4 8 1 5 2 4 8 3 5 1 9 7 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? S T N F Z R U E D L ? N A L M Q YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is A. Arabian, Andaman, Amundsen, all seas. 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. A T N O H I D O S E E L T O D I T E A T E D S G R O S R A T I O T H E S I E V S O R E T S O R E S L S S E O E 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 N S T U T S E S HOW YOU RATE 12 Good; 16 Very Good; 20 Excellent. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS INFURIATE aunt, auntie, faun, fruit, inure, nature, nutria, ruin, rune, runt, triune, true, tuna, tune, tuner, turf, turn, unfair, unfit, unifier, unit, unite, untie, urea. Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 9165 gives an Irish dramatist; 14728 gives a Jewish king; 12347 gives a Greek poet. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: MISCREANT YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Find the familiar phrase, saying or name in this arrangement of letters. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: Too funny for words 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 www.dingbats.net 27/11/2021 RUSSELL GRANT For more call 0905 789 4271 For more call 0905 789 4272 For more call 0905 789 4273 For more call 0905 789 4274 For more call 0905 789 4275 VIRGO For more call 0905 789 4276 arIEs March 21–April 20 You are highly intuitive and your power of observation is also high. You might use this in a variety of ways. You could, for instance, be the first person to spot a great opportunity. Take action that helps move you forward. Increased confidence will steer you to achievement. 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They come first because that’s the way you want it to be. If this means refusing to do a friend or colleague a favour, so be it. Plans for renovating or re-decorating your home can be started successfully. A friend has thrilling news. The achievement of a young child in the family will be one of the best things that happens to you all today. Returning to a challenging situation is something you aren’t keen on doing. Instead of using similar tactics as before try another approach. SCORPIO CAPRICORN lIBra Sept 24–Oct 23 Being able to help other people and make them happy is your main aim. Volunteering for a local charity gives you a sense of purpose and direction. Seeing the difference a group effort is making will ensure the time, effort and skills you put into a venture are very worthwhile. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4277 access charge) scorPIo Oct 24-Nov22 Family relationships make you feel warm and secure. You aren’t holding back your emotions and those who care for you will feel happy and loved. Are you single? You’re about to start a new phase on the romantic front with someone you’ve known for some time. It’ll take on a fresh direction. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4278 access charge) saGITTarIUs Nov 23-Dec 21 Are you giving too much of yourself to others? Has this made you lose touch with the person you really are? You’ve been going out of your way to do a lot for your family and friends recently and they have been understandably grateful, but is it time to put your own needs first now? (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4279 access charge) caPrIcorN Dec 22-Jan 20 You might wish a youngster in the family would stop mooching about. You will be encouraging them to get out, mix with friends and enjoy their days. Someone needs a stern talking to as you can’t ignore their laziness any longer. 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C Hammond — 9 2-4 Lounge Lizard (35) H Daly 4 10-11...........................T J O’Brien 92 10 759 wotsmyname (12) I Jardine 4 10-11 ....................Sean Quinlan 97 bettinG: 7-4 a distant Place, 3 lounge lizard, 5 scipion, 11-2 Pilgrims King, 10 everyday Champagne, Harry du berlais, 20 Court at slip, 50 tim Pat, 66 others. 2020: GASTON PHEBUS 4 11 4, Jonjo O’Neill Jr 4-1 (Jonjo O’Neill), 7 ran. 12.55 JUVENILE MAIDEN HURDLE (4) (3-Y-O) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £4,139 (11 run) RTV 1 9 agent empire (23) O Signy 10-12 ..............................C Deutsch 55 2 2 Book oF seCrets (18) D Skelton 10-12 ......................H Skelton 97 3 Buxted too I Williams 10-12 ...................................... C Todd (3) — 4 Crestwood Joseph Parr 10-12 ............................... N Scholfield — 5 CuBan Cigar R Hannon 10-12 ...............................T Scudamore — 6 krypton goLd S Edmunds 10-12 .............................G Sheehan — 7 6 many words (24) A Carroll 10-12 ........................... H Bannister 73 8 9 outBaCk Boy (9) O Greenall 10-12 ............................ R T Dunne 42 9 parLiament hiLL O Murphy 10-12 .......................... A Coleman — 10 53 saBre Jet (28) A Murphy 10-12 ....................................J Quinlan 72 11 4 trusty sCout (8) D Pipe 10-12 ............................. P Armson (7) 83 bettinG: 6-4 book of secrets, 9-2 Parliament Hill, 6 buxted too, 7 trusty scout, 10 Cuban Cigar, 16 Krypton Gold, sabre Jet, 20 Crestwood, many words, 25 others. 2020: BLUE SLATE 11 0, Paul O’Brien(3) 50-1 (F Brennan), 10 ran. Form guide: Book oF seCrets 7-2 Tracked leaders, led 2nd, not fluent 4 out, ridden 2 out, headed approaching next, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Saint Segal at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gs. parLiament hiLL 50-1 Led early, prominent, closed up travelling smoothly straight, pushed along 2f out, kept on without matching principals inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Point Nepean at Navan 1m 5f 3yo mdn in May (flat). Buxted too 9-4fav Led after 1f, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sir Chauvelin at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) (flat). trusty sCout 20-1 Not jump well, led until 1st, chased winner until 2 out, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 8, 22l behind John Locke at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd. CuBan Cigar 11-1 Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 14, 7l behind Marion’s Boy at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct (flat). krypton goLd 8-1 Rear of mid-division, some headway in mid-division on inner entering straight, 7th and ridden 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind L’Un Deux Trois at Curragh 1m 4f hcp 45-70 in Oct (flat). saBre Jet 11-2 Raced keenly, led, clear 4th until mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 30l behind Twilight Twist at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct. Crestwood 14-1 Prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 5l behind The Nu Form Way at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) sft in Oct (flat). many words 8-1 Pulled hard in 3rd, went 2nd after 4 out, switched left and lost 2nd before 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 16l behind Tease And Seize at Ludlow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd. outBaCk Boy 11-1 Raced in mid-division, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, made no impression, 9th of 10, 45l behind Sonning at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd. 1.25 LEICESTER-RACECOURSE.CO.UK SELLING HURDLE (4) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £3,322 (7 run) RTV 1 570 CoLoneL LesLey (30) B Leavy 5 11-0 (D) ........... P J Kavanagh (7) 85 2 242 karakoram (13) G Harris 6 11-0 (D) ............................B R Jones 105 3 38 oLLy’s FoLLy (17) M Gillard 7 11-0 ............................ F Gillard (3) 102 4 6/0 roBeam (11) B Ellison 5 11-0 ......................................S Coltherd 67 5 471 doLLy mCQueen (13) F Brennan 5 10-12 (D).....................D Bass 104 6 700 Jewari oF saints (7) D Pipe 4 10-12 .................... P Armson (7) 87 7 4F2 gaia vaLLis (31) D Bridgwater 5 10-7 .......................A Jordan (7) 114 bettinG: 7-4 robeam, 3 dolly mcQueen, 4 Gaia vallis, 6 Karakoram, 8 Jewari of saints, 25 olly’s Folly, Colonel lesley. 2020: PARICOLOR 4 11 5, Fergus Gillard(5) 11-8 (D Pipe), 5 ran. Form guide: roBeam 33-1 Always in rear, tailed off before 2 out, 12th of Form guide: a distant pLaCe 8-15fav Chased leader, not fluent 2nd, led final bend, drew clear flat, comfortably, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd beating Chanceux by 5l, 7 ran. Lounge Lizard 25-1 Mid-division, headway 3 out, 4th and edged left before last, no impression on leaders, 4th of 12, 24l behind Gelino Bello at Aintree 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. sCipion Pr in main group, 40l 5th 1/2way, clsr in 3rd aftr 4out, jnd ldr when left ld 2out, hdd 50 yards out, no ex, 2nd of 15 Minella Crooner at Cork 3m ire ptp gd in Apr. piLgrims king 85-40fav Held up on inside, switched right and closed from over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, held but stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Brief Times at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) gs in May. everyday Champagne 16-1 Not fluent in rear, ridden before 3 out, no extra, 6th of 11, 24l behind Kayf Hernando at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct. harry du BerLais Ld/disp 2nd & jw, wo aftr 8th, 1l adv bef 4out, chall brfly 3out, qckly went clr bef 2out, 12l adv last, easily, won at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Boys Of Wexford by 10l, 8 ran. Court at sLip 50-1 Mid-division, dropped to rear before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, always behind, 5th of 7, 19l behind Mister Whitaker at Kelso 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gs. tim pat 18-5 Contested lead, headed 3 out, pushed approaching 2 out, weakened and beat when ridden turning for home, 9th of 13, 30l behind Captain Quint at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs. 1.45 HOUGHTON MARES’ CHASE (LISTED) (GBB RACE) (1) 2m 4f Winner £18,794 (4 run) RTV 1 11- annie mC (298) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11-4 (D3) .............. Jonjo O’Neill Jr 159 2 21- eLimay (239) W P Mullins (IRE) 7 11-4 (D2)....................B Hughes 166 3 2-4 zamBeLLa (29) N Twiston-Davies 6 11-4 (D) .................... D Jacob 155 4 5F7 doLLy danCer (22) M Barnes 7 11-0 (D) .......................C Bewley 135 bettinG: 4-11 elimay, 7-2 annie mc, 7 Zambella, 200 dolly dancer. 2020: MY OLD GOLD 10 11 0, Brian Hughes 4-1 (N Richards), 6 ran. Form guide: eLimay 8-15fav Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway in 2nd after 4 out, led 2 out and pushed along, ridden and kept on run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f Listed ch (1) in Apr beating Demi Plie by 1 1/4l, 5 ran. annie mC 13-8fav Chased leaders, went 2nd after 7th, pushed along before 2 out, led last, drew clear final 150 yards, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m 4f Listed ch (1) sft in Feb beating Zambella by 6l, 5 ran. zamBeLLa 4-1 Handy, left behind by winner before 3 out, stayed on one pace, weakened from last flight, 4th of 7, 14l behind Molly Ollys Wishes at Wetherby 2m mrs hdl (listed) (4yo+) (1) gs in Oct. doLLy danCer 14-1 Disputed lead, slow jump 3 out, lost place and weakened tamely, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Sultans Pride at Kelso 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft. 2.20 VISIT RACINGTV.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 3m 1f Winner £7,407 (10 run) RTV 1 -15 BurBank (154) J Moffatt 9 11-12 (D) .............Charlotte Jones (5) 142 2 -11 Lossiemouth (11) T Lacey 6 11-11 (C)................... T Doggrell (7) 131 3 10- the CoB (254) B Pauling 7 11-11 ........................Luca Morgan (5) 100 4 21P homme d’un soir (29) S Crawford (IRE) 5 11-6............. D Jacob 142 5 11- storm neLson (239) A M Thomson 8 11-3 (CD2) ........... R Mania 142 6 53- FLashJaCk (259) H Daly 11 11-3 ................................... R Patrick 146 7 -20 Big Bad Bear (154) N Richards 7 11-3 (C) ..............Sean Quinlan 135 8 6-1 suLtans pride (22) G Boanas 9 11-0 ..........................B Hughes 141 9 376 perFeCt man (15) M Hammond 10 10-12 ..Miss Becky Smith (3) 145 10 RP- the deLray munky (295) I Jardine 9 10-7 ................ C O’Farrell — bettinG: 13-8 lossiemouth, 4 storm nelson, 6 sultans Pride, 7 the Cob, 10 burbank, 12 Homme d’Un soir, 16 Flashjack, the delray munky, 20 others. 2020: No corresponding race. Form guide: Lossiemouth 11-2 Tracked leaders, going well on inside when took it up 3 out, clear last, ran on well flat, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating To Be Sure by 10l, 7 ran. storm neLson 8-15fav In touch, headway to track leaders 6th, hit and led 2 out, clear next, won at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr beating Bali Body by 11l, 9 ran. suLtans pride 11-2 Mid-division, tracked leaders before 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, pressed leader before last, ridden and stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Kelso 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft beating Doyen Breed by 1l, 7 ran. the CoB 28-1 Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Vanillier at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar. BurBank 7-2 Chased leader, led 5th, blundered badly and headed next, 2nd until after 10th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 37l behind Solar Impulse at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs (2) gd in Jun. 14, well behind Romeo Brown at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs. doLLy mCQueen 7-1 Held up, headway 6th, went third after 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, led before last where not fluent, ran on flat, won at Plumpton 2m sll hdl (4) gd beating Karakoram by 4l, 7 ran. gaia vaLLis 4-1 Mid-division, closed up to chase front pack after 3 out, pushed along and went close third home turn, pressed leader before last, led briefly last, ran on, soon headed run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Secret Secret at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) gd in Oct. karakoram 2-1 Midfield, took closer order 5th, led going well before 2 out, joined and headed approaching last, ridden after last, kept on flat, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Dolly McQueen at Plumpton 2m sll hdl (4) gd. Jewari oF saints 66-1 Raced handy, losing place and ridden before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, finished tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind In Rem at Exeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. CoLoneL LesLey 25-1 Mid-division on inside, not fluent 2nd, no impression and pushed along 3 out, mistake and well beaten 2 out, 10th of 13, 28l behind Ten Past Midnight at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct. 1.55 LEICESTERRACES NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (3) 2m 4f 110yds Winner £5,991 (4 run) RTV 1 2-2 marBLe sands (19) F O’Brien 5 10-12 (BF) ............... P Brennan — 2 0-0 pitCh it up (33) E Lavelle 5 10-12 ................................T Bellamy — 3 2-2 reiLLy (26) D Skelton 5 10-12 .......................................H Skelton 112 4 2 surrey Quest (186) N Henderson 4 10-11 ....................J Bowen — bettinG: evens marble sands, 5-2 reilly, 3 surrey Quest, 20 Pitch it Up. 2020: MIDNIGHT RIVER 5 11 4, Harry Skelton 1-4 Fav (D Skelton), 12 ran. Form guide: marBLe sands 3-1fav Held up towards rear in touch, pushed along in 4th after 2 out, hit last, ridden and edged left run-in, ran on well to take 2nd on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Milan Bridge at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs. reiLLy 5-1 In touch in mid-division, headway after 5th, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner, kept on, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Brief Times at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs. surrey Quest 10-3 Held up in rear on outside, headway 5f out, chased winner over 1f out, soon green and edged left, held but stayed on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Russian Ruler at Warwick 2m NH flat (5) gs in May. pitCh it up 40-1 Led, stumbled 4th, headed narrowly 3 out, when bad mistake and lost all chance, 12th of 14, well behind Mr Glass at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. 2.30 LEICESTERSHIRE NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £2,342 (9 run) RTV 1 551 presuming ed (10) A West 6 11-13 ........................... L Edwards 107 2 -24 Lonimoss BareLiere (15) D Skelton 5 11-7 (BF) .......H Skelton 109 3 64- on the rise (220) M Young 5 11-4 ..................................... J Best 98 4 908 BaLiyad (31) M Sheppard 6 11-3 ..................................C Deutsch 98 5 /48 taQwaa (10) L Morgan 8 11-0 ....................................... A Wedge 101 6 -F0 BoLd red (19) D Bridgwater 5 10-1 ......................... H Bannister 102 7 P83 aCe time (19) J R Jenkins 7 10-0 ..............................B Godfrey (5) 95 8 080 Joint aCCount (19) D Frankland 8 10-0......................... B Poste 101 9 486 Fast deaL (10) M Chapman 4 10-0 ..................Alison Johnson (7) 86 bettinG: 11-8 Presuming ed, 5-2 lonimoss bareliere, 5 ace time, 8 taqwaa, 16 baliyad, 20 on the rise, 25 bold red, 33 Joint account, Fast deal. 2020: No corresponding race. Form guide: presuming ed 3-1fav Went left at times, made all, soon clear, slightly reduced lead after not fluent 3rd, kicked on again from 5th, mistake last, all out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Infiniti by 2 3/4l, 9 ran. Lonimoss BareLiere 11-4fav Held up, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, rallied and kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 12l behind Gavin at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. aCe time 40-1 Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway after 7th, one pace from 2 out, left 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Mr Yeats at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. taQwaa 13-2 Held up in mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 9, 37l behind Presuming Ed at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. BaLiyad 16-1 Mistake 1st in rear, weakening when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Dorisa Queen at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct. on the rise 40-1 Towards rear, not fluent 3rd, some headway before 6th, soon no impression and well held, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 36l behind Sopran Thor at Warwick 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr. BoLd red 50-1 Keen in rear, awkward 2nd, jumped left 3rd, well adrift from 5th, 10th of 13, well behind Yauthym at Hereford 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd. 2.50 JOIN RACINGTV NOW HANDICAP CHASE (3) 3m 110yds Winner £7,407 (7 run) RTV 1 -2F morning spirit (35) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11-12 ........ Jonjo O’Neill Jr — 2 0-3 downtown getaway (42) P Bowen 8 11-9 ............... S Bowen 96 3 113 Juge et parti (28) J Ewart 8 11-7 (D2).........................B Hughes 138 4 224 thatsy (20) B Butterworth 7 11-7 (D) .....................Sean Quinlan 138 5 662 Court dreaming (45) N Richards 8 11-2 (CD) ....D McMenamin 134 6 2-7 who’s in the Box (28) N Kent 7 11-0 (D) ............... C Hammond 136 7 5-8 FLower oF sCotLand (28) A M Thomson 6 10-12 ........ R Mania 139 bettinG: 9-4 morning spirit, 10-3 Juge et Parti, 7-2 Court dreaming, 7 who’s in the box, 8 downtown Getaway, 10 Flower of scotland, 14 thatsy. 2020: NO HIDING PLACE 7 11 3, Charlotte Jones(7) 22-1 (J Moffatt), 6 ran. Form guide: morning spirit 3-1 Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, fell 8th, in a race won by Corach Rambler at Aintree 3m 1f nov Limited hcap ch (3) gd in Oct, 7 ran. Juge et parti 9-1 Mid-division, chased front rank after 10th, ridden 2 out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Hold That Taught at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. Court dreaming 7-2 Tracked leader, outjumped 3 out, soon pushed along, ridden after last, stayed on to take second close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 3, 1 1/4l behind Quartz Du Rheu at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct. who’s in the Box 7-1 Tracked leader, pushed along 4 out, ridden 2 out, gradually faded, 7th of 9, 9l behind Hold That Taught at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. downtown getaway 8-1 Chased leader, mistake 4th, ridden 3 out, weakened, 3rd of 4, 35l behind Minella Trump at Sedgefield 2m 3f nov hcp chs (3) gd in Oct. FLower oF sCotLand 28-1 Always rear, mistake 1st, never showed, 8th of 11, 35l behind Papa Tango Charly at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) sft in Oct. thatsy 40-1 Held up, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders, 4th of 5, 10l behind Emir Sacree at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) gs. 3.20 RACINGTV.COM OPEN NH FLAT RACE (GBB RACE) (5) 2m 1f Winner £2,451 (12 run) RTV 1 1 knowwhentohoLdem (38) M Harris 6 11-7 (D) .M Bastyan (3) 121 2 Big arthur Mrs H Graham 4 11-0 ................................ R Mania — 3 Boris the Brave T Coyle 4 11-0 ...........................T Midgley (7) — 4 4 CeoLwuLF (193) Chris McSharry 5 11-0 .........................J Garritty 97 5 81- Chase outLaw (211) D McCain 5 11-0 ........................B Hughes — 6 P35 duke oF deCeption (28) O Greenall 4 11-0 .................H Brooke 117 7 4 eden miLL (29) D Whillans 4 11-0 .................................C Bewley 119 8 mediCine wheeL N Mechie 5 11-0 ................................ D Jacob — 9 2 summergrounds (207) N Richards 5 11-0 .......D McMenamin 124 10 2- the Questioner (231) O Greenall 5 11-0 ............... Craig Nichol — 11 heaventree Ewan Whillans 4 10-7 ........................... C O’Farrell — 12 2 meLviCh Bay (50) D Brooke 4 10-7 ........................Sean Quinlan 128 bettinG: 5-2 Knowwhentoholdem, 3 summergrounds, 6 Chase outlaw, 7 melvich bay, 8 eden mill, 10 the Questioner, 12 Ceolwulf, 16 duke of deception, 25 others. 2020: AVIEWTOSEA 5 11 0, Max Kendrick(3) 7-2 (G McPherson), 7 ran. Form guide: knowwhentohoLdem 11-1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4f out, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ran on well final furlong, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (5) hvy in Oct beating Barest Of Margins by 2 1/2l, 10 ran. summergrounds 9-2 Held up in touch, effort over 3f out, hung left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, not trouble winner, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Prairie Wolf at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd in May. Chase outLaw Pr, 3rd 1/2way, prog in 1l 2nd bef 2out, 3l 2nd bef last where better jump, kow late flat & ld final strides, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gs in May, 10 ran. 3.00 LEICESTERRACES HANDICAP HURDLE (4) 1m 7f 113yds Winner £3,322 (12 run) RTV 1 -70 tinnahaLLa (18) O Murphy 4 11-12 (D2) .................. L Stones (7) 129 2 8/0 one For BiLLy (18) D Skelton 9 11-10 (D3) ..........Mr T Durrell (7) 33 3 2/3 the danCing poet (15) B Ellison 5 11-9 (D) ...............S Coltherd 15 4 1/8 FLoki (15) D Skelton 7 11-9 ...........................................H Skelton 73 5 13P sid hoodie (27) A Hales 7 11-5 (D3) ......................... H Bannister 125 6 -P5 made For you (23) O Murphy 6 11-5 (D) ............Daire Davis (10) 125 7 284 inn the BuLL (20) A Ralph 8 11-4 (D3) .................... N Scholfield 128 8 -23 FanFan du seuiL (18) T R George 6 11-4 (BF)................J Bowen 125 9 294 Begin the LuCk (13) Mrs C Bailey 5 10-11 (D2) ........... R T Dunne 131 10 -14 prairie town (188) A Carroll 10 10-11 (C, D3) ........... L Edwards — 11 261 aL kherB (43) Sarah Bowen 6 10-3 (D2) ............Miss S Bowen (7) 127 12 442 seaBorough (7) D Shaw 6 10-0 ......................... A Anderson (5) 127 bettinG: 5 Fanfan du seuil, 11-2 al Kherb, 7 the dancing Poet, seaborough, 8 Floki, 10 made For you, inn the bull, begin the luck, 12 others. 2020: FIL D’ARIANE 5 11 12, Benjamin Poste 11-1 (T Symonds), 11 ran. Form guide: FanFan du seuiL 7-4fav Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, every chance after 2 out, 3rd and held last, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Mack The Man at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs. aL kherB 4-9fav Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, challenged and hung left off final bend, led last, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Fort De L’Ocean by 1 1/2l, 5 ran. seaBorough 11-4 Held up in last, headway after 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon pressing winner, held from last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Quick Draw at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd. the danCing poet 7-1 Chased leader, untidy when took it up briefly 4 out, pushed along 3 out, could not go pace of leader last, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Lakota Warrior at Wetherby 2m hdl (2) gs. FLoki 15-2 In rear, ridden and outpaced home turn, weakened thereafter, last of 8, 40l behind Earlofthecotswolds at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs. Begin the LuCk 11-2 In touch, bumped between 4 and 3 out, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Robinshill at Leicester 1m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs. inn the BuLL 9-1 Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, rallied into modest 4th after 2 out, 4th of 8, 4l behind Kensington Art at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd. 3.30 MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 4f 110yds Winner £2,761 (8 run) RTV 1 280 wiLderness (26) Seamus Mullins 6 11-12 ...................B R Jones 112 2 -24 tashunka (26) F O’Brien 8 11-12 .............................. P Brennan 108 3 8-6 midnight CaLListo (26) A Honeyball 6 11-9 (BF) .B Godfrey (5) 103 4 141 ginger du vaL (2) M Rowley 5 12-1 ................Mr B Bromley (7) 105 5 248 Chosen shant (10) I Williams 5 11-6 ....................... A Coleman 110 6 -31 dorisa Queen (31) D Skelton 5 11-3 ..........................H Skelton 108 7 -91 astra via (33) E Williams 6 11-1 ................................... A Wedge 108 8 661 miss BamBy (47) J Mackie 6 10-5 (D) .............................J Bowen 111 bettinG: 7-4 dorisa Queen, 11-2 astra via, 6 miss bamby, 7 midnight Callisto, tashunka, 8 Chosen shant, 10 Ginger du val, 20 wilderness. 2020: UNE DE LA SENIERE 5 11 10, Paddy Brennan 10-1 (F O’Brien), 11 ran. Form guide: dorisa Queen 3-1fav Mid-division, headway to track front pair 3 out, ridden and pressed leader home turn, led well before last, kept on well for pressure, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Masterdream by 4 1/2l, 10 ran. astra via 28-1 Towards rear, effort and headway 3 out, pushed along to chase front rank after 2 out, ridden and switched left to press leaders before last, stayed on strongly to lead final strides, won at Chepstow 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Esme Shelby by shd, 15 ran. miss BamBy 13-2 Chased leader, mistake 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, ridden before last, left in lead final hurdle, kept on well run-in, won at Hereford 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Oct beating Josie Abbing by 1/2l, 7 ran. midnight CaLListo 10-3fav Mid-division, keeping on behind leaders when pushed before 3 out, ridden after 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 16l behind Tibbie Dunbar at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs. tashunka 11-1 Held up, headway on outside approaching 3 out, disputed lead 2 out, soon outpaced and weakened approaching last, 4th of 15, 12l behind Martha Brae at Exeter 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs. Chosen shant 4-1 Chased leaders, lost place before 3rd, hit 4th, headway on outside when not fluent 9th, jumped left and not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, mistake last, 8th of 9, 25l behind Misscarlett at Market Rasen 2m 7f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS Jota HEADING for glory LiverpooL forward Diogo Jota cannot explain his heading prowess – but admits taking tips from portugal team-mate Cristiano ronaldo. Jota has scored six goals for the reds this season with half – strikes against Burnley, Brentford and Atletico Madrid – coming with his head. While only 5ft10ins tall, the 24-year-old has proven a regular aerial threat with almost a third of his 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp side’s coming in such a manner. And the forward believes his time with veteran Manchester United forward ronaldo at international level has made a difference. “The heading is hard to explain,” said Jota. “i think you have to be there at the right time in the right space and fortunately for me that’s been happening so i’ve just been trying to take the opportunities when they show up. “Being about to train with players like ronaldo with the national team and seeing the things he does is always helpful. “But in the end it is up to you to try to be technically good whether the ball comes to your left, to your right or to your head.” Jota is line to return to the Liverpool starting line-up in the home premier League clash against Southampton today having remained an unused substitute in the midweek Champions League win over former club porto. roberto Firmino’s recurring hamstring problem and the occasional rotation of Sadio Mane has meant Jota has started nine of 12 premier League games this season. And he said: “people have asked me whether i thought i could break into the established front three when i first came to Liverpool. “Luckily for me i don’t overthink things, so i never thought too much about it. i just thought about coming to this amazing club and doing my job in training sessions and then it’s up to the manager to decide what to do. “obviously losing Bobby is not good news. We need everybody as there are a lot of games, especially now after this last international break of the year. “We have just started a big cycle of fixtures and December will be huge so we need everybody. But it’s one less player so some will get more playing time and it’s up to us now to show that we can do the job.” Liverpool have netted an astonishing 55 goals in 19 games this season and have scored at least twice in their last 16 outings – the first english club to do so since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939. But with Klopp’s men trailing premier League leaders Chelsea by four points, Jota acknowledges further improvement is needed. “We are scoring a lot of goals and that’s always helpful,” he said to the official Liverpool matchday programme. “We are having a good season so far and i just hope that we can keep doing that. “i think when you have people, not just up front but throughout the team, that are hungry and who always want more, that is good. “That’s why i think we need to be successful, because we have people that want to win the games, one game and then another and another. “But we know that we have to keep on working hard to win every game because even though we are having a good season, we are not top of the premier League. So we need to do things better.” By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 43 facebook.com/theliverpoolecho

44 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Sport / Lead story chris.wright@ reachplc.com CHRIS WRIGHT AIMS TO BE FIRST PAST THE FINISHING POST NEWBURY 12.10pm Theatre Glory 12.40pm Mr Incredible 1.15pm Killer Clown 1.50pm Annsam 2.25pm Soaring Glory 3pm Fiddlerontheroof (NAP) 3.35pm Sao NEWCASTLE 11.45am Too Friendly 12.20pm Luckofthedraw 12.55pm Mr Glass 1.30pm Valleres 2.05pm Good Boy Bobby 2.40pm Donna’s Double 3.15pm Epatante DONCASTER 12.05pm Bobmahley 12.35pm Brief Times 1.08pm Karlie 1.43pm Hydroplane 2.18pm Ecco 2.53pm King Of Quinta 3.28pm Flic Ou Voyou BANGOR 12.15pm Heartbreak Kid 12.47pm Jack Valentine 1.22pm Potters Venture 1.57pm Richmond Lake 2.32pm Gredin 3.07pm Mini Crest 3.42pm Clifton Bridge WOLVERHAMPTON 4pm The Daley Express 4.30pm Lucy Lulu 5pm Park Street 5.30pm Morgan Fairy 6pm Peace Offering 6.30pm One Hart 7pm Bobby On The Beat 7.30pm Society Red TOMORROW’S NAP: Word Has It (12.45pm Carlise) Fiddlerontheroof is set for Trophy triumph at Newbury Fiddlerontheroof can win the ladbrokes trophy Chase (handicap) (GBB race) (3pm) at newbury this afternoon. in another hugely competitive renewal of the Grade three feature at the Berkshire track, Colin tizzard’s seven-year-old can come out on top. fiddlerontheroof, who was a Grade one winner in the Unibet tolworth novices’ hurdle in 2020 over the smaller obstacles, took to chasing with some success last season. he only won once – at exeter on his second start over fences – but rarely ran a bad race, finishing second five times, including when behind the talented Monkfish in the Grade one Brown Advisory novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham festival in March. he was then a distant third to Chantry house in the Betway Mildmay novices’ Chase at the randox Grand national festival at Aintree racecourse the following month. he was back to winning ways on his seasonal return at Carlisle over 2m4f last month. he has only run over three miles twice – at Cheltenham and Aintree – and has plenty of scope to become a decent staying chaser. fiddlerontheroof steps up to 3m2f for the first time here, but it can bring out more improvement and he looks just the progressive type who have done well in this race in the past. the tizzard stable have won the prestigious handicap twice in the last five years with subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup hero native river (2016) and Sizing tennessee (2018), and may have another likely type in fiddlerontheroof. last year’s winner Cloth Cap should go well again, although the extra weight he carries this time may stop him from winning. henry de Bromhead’s eklat de rire and the Willie Mullinstrained duo, ontheropes and Annamix, are irish raiders who could go close along with enrilo from the Paul nicholls’ stable. de Bromhead has been mopping up most of the big races in Britain over the past 10 months, most recently A Plus tard’s impressive win in the Betfair Chase at haydock Park last weekend. he may be able to land another victory in the Grade two ladbrokes John francome novices’ Chase (GBB race) (12.40pm) with Mr incredible. Set to be ridden by Grand national winner rachael Blackmore the five-year-old can make it two wins from two starts over fences following victory at naas earlier this month. emma lavelle’s Killer Clown can build on his seasonal reappearance – sixth in the old roan Chase at Aintree last month – with victory in the Sir Peter o’Sullevan Memorial handicap Chase (GBB race) (1.15pm). the seven-year-old is another who has lots of improvement in him and may be able to land a second win over fences stepped up in trip to an extended 2m6f. trainer evan Williams and daughter isabel provided a slight shock victory with dans le Vent on Merseyside last weekend and they may do so again with Annsam in the ladbrokes handicap hurdle (GBB race) (1.50pm). Jonjo o’neill’s Soaring Glory took the Betfair hurdle over course and distance last season and having won at Ascot on his return last month, he can add another success in the listed ladbrokes intermediate hurdle (A limited handicap registered As Gerry fielden hurdle) (2.25pm). others who may score at newbury are the nicky henderson-trained theatre Glory in the listed ladbrokes Mares’ novices’ hurdle (GBB race) (12.10pm) and another course and distance winner, Sao, in the finale, the ladbrokes handicap Chase (for the Jim Joel Memorial trophy) (GBB race) (3.35pm). At newcastle epatante can land back-to-back victories in the Grade one Betfair fighting fifth hurdle (GBB race) (3.15pm). Fiddlerontheroof can win the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury today davis davies/pa henderson’s seven-year-old had won the Champion hurdle in 2020 and returned to take this Grade one in the north east last november, appearing to the leading the two-miler. But defeat at Kempton over Christmas and reverses in defence on her Cheltenham crown and at Punchestown by the new girl on the block, de Bromhead’s honeysuckle, has seen her lose her lustre somewhat. But as honeysuckle is set to make her return at fairyhouse tomorrow, epatante can at least get back to winning ways at Gosforth Park. She faces her Kempton conqueror Silver Streak and the consistent Sceau royal, but if she is anywhere near back to her best, she can come out on top. nigel twiston-davies’ Good Boy Bobby landed a third success over fences at Wetherby in good style last time and the eight-year-old can score again in the listed Betfair exchange rehearsal handicap Chase (GBB race) (2.05pm). others who may also triumph at newcastle are Sandy thomson’s hurdles debutant donna’s double – a winner of a bumper over course and distance last season – in the living north eBf “national hunt” Maiden hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB race) (2.40pm); the hat-trick-seeking luckofthedraw in the eileen Peacock Memorial handicap Chase (Go north Monet’s Garden Series Qualifier) (12.20pm); and Mr Glass – from nicholls’ ditcheat stable – in the Weatherbys nhstallions.Co.UK ‘the french furze’ novices’ hurdle (GBB race) (12.55pm). At doncaster ian Williams’ hydroplane can bring up a hattrick of wins on his seasonal return in the Virgin Bet handicap hurdle (1.43pm) and the tim Vaughan-trained Bobmahley may land the opener, the Virgin Bet Conditional Jockeys’ handicap Chase (12.05pm).

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46 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Sport / Tranmere Rovers By ant stonelake LiverpooL loanee paul Glatzel has truly hit the ground running at Tranmere rovers in the last few weeks. The english forward, born to German parents, has been a revelation in the rovers side, scoring four goals in his last three starts. He hit the winner in midweek against Bradford City and the young striker is looking forward to playing more games for rovers. “it was a massive goal,” Glatzel said. “We’ve had a few tough results recently so for the ball to drop to me and for me to score that goal it was brilliant. “The last few weeks i have enjoyed my football a lot more. i would have liked to have been playing earlier but i had to get used to the physicality. “As a footballer, you want to be playing games. When you’re not, you have to be mentally strong and show why you should be in the team.” Glatzel has a very good support system in place at Tranmere, allowing him to make the most out of his loan move at the Wirral-based side. He singled out captain peter Clarke for his support. “He’s a brilliant player,” Glatzel said. “He’s always trying to help and give advice to the younger players. A great character to have around and brilliant on the pitch. Making up for lost time glatzel achieves game-time goals “He’s put his arm around me a few times and told me where i’m going wrong and what i could be doing better.” Glatzel scored the equaliser against Bristol rovers last weekend, meaning his last two goals have both earned the team points. “it’s a big thing to be able to turn a game around,” Glatzel said. “The boys have shown a lot of character recently, especially in the Bristol rovers game. We’ve grinded out results but it does help if we don’t concede first.” The 20-year-old Liverpool loanee keeps in touch with his parent club and he made an appearance for their under-23 side in october. “They’ve been in touch often,” Glatzel said about Liverpool. “When i’m not Tranmere Rvrs v Stevenage Sky Bet league Two, Prenton Park, today, kick-off 3pm playing they’re always giving me the chance to go back to the U23s to get game-time. i’m very happy to be playing here though.” That happiness at Tranmere is in no small part to the fans. recent performances have endeared the forward to the prenton park-faithful. “it’s a great feeling to play under the lights at prenton park,” Glatzel said. “The fans get right behind you, it’s a special place to play football. We should be a bit higher up the table if we’re honest.” Tranmere rovers host Stevenage this afternoon as they look to keep up their little run of decent results. rovers head into the today’s games in 10th place in League Two. They could, in theory, rise as high as fifth with a big win. Paul Glatzel celebrates scoring for Liverpool U23s last month Nick Taylor/ lFc/GETTy Sponsored by www.Teamdogs.co.uk Send in your photos of Santa’s Little Helpers whether the kids or pets are dressed up as shepherds, little angels, Santa’s little elves or even grown ups in their festive Christmas jumpers! All photos will appear in for our Santa’s Little Helpers Photo Special on Thursday 23rd December 2021. Upload your images now at www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/santaslittlehelpers

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho Southampton boss Ralf Hasenhuttl during last weekend’s defeat to Norwich hasenhuttl spells out what is needed for end to poor anfield run Saints striving for perfection By ed elliot Southampton manager Ralph hasenhuttl admits his side require a “ perfect” afternoon to end their miserable run of results away to Liverpool. Saints have suffered four successive premier League defeats at anfield without scoring, two of which have come during hasenhuttl’s tenure. Southampton’s last top-flight victory on the red half of merseyside was more than eight years ago during the reign of mauricio pochettino. hasenhuttl was in tears after guiding Saints to victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side at St mary’s in January but is not allowing himself to contemplate the prospect of repeating that feat on opposition territory today. “It’s better not to use too much energy about how it would feel after this,” he said of possible victory. “When it comes, I’m sure it doesn’t feel that bad. “to do this you need an unbelievably good game where everything is perfect: a perfect referee, a perfect game plan, scoring a goal in the right moment, having an unbelievable goalkeeper, everybody on the absolutely highest level. “this is the day you have to be in, for this day we prepare and this is what we want to do. “You need everything to get something there but I can guarantee you one thing that we are brave and we want to be active.” Captain James Ward-prowse is the only current Southampton player who played in the 1-0 success under pochettino back in September 2013. the 27-year-old England international is poised to make his 200th league start for the club this weekend. Ward-prowse initially struggled to make an impact when hasenhuttl succeeded mark hughes in James Ward-Prowse December 2018 but eventually proved his worth. “We had a building up relationship, in the beginning he took a while until he was part of the first XI,” said hasenhuttl. “the things I demanded from him, I spelt out very clearly and then he also showed it relatively quick what we expect from him and what we demand from him. “You have seen the progress he has made in the last three years now since I am here. “What I like from this player is when you show him something, when you criticise him for something he’s immediately able to switch it and to improve. this is very good behaviour from a player. “he’s always open-minded, he’s always willing to learn and this is never a disadvantage for your development when you have this character and this is what I like the most.” Saints are bidding to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-1 loss at lowly norwich, having picked up an impressive 10 points from the previous 12 available. nathan Redmond and moussa Djenepo return to contention following the birth of a child and a knock respectively but Stuart armstrong (calf) is still out, while Jack Stephens is unlikely to feature despite resuming training following a knee issue. ScotlaNd and Wales will meet each other in a World cup play-off final if they win their respective semi-finals. Wales will play austria at home in their play-off semi-final. Scotland were drawn in the same play-off path as Wales and will have home advantage against Ukraine in their semi-final on March 24. the winners of the Wales-austria game will host the final against either Scotland or Ukraine. Wales manager Robert Page believes his side have a “great opportunity” to reach the World cup finals in Qatar next year. Sport / Liverpool FC Scotland and Wales on World Cup collision course By phil Blanche SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 47 Scotland’s Andy Robertson (right) with Che Adams “We’ve given ourselves a great opportunity,” Page told BBc Sport after the draw. “We’ve worked ever so hard to finish second and get that home draw. 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48 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Paul Gorst BLOOD RED @ptgorst ...with thE iNSiDE tRACK FROM ANFiELD paul.gorst@reachplc.com Great week – but it needs to become a matter of routine It was the kind of goal that took the breath and drew the gasps of those fortunate enough to witness it But while thiago Alcantara’s moment of genius understandably took the plaudits for Liverpool against Porto on Wednesday night, there were other, more pleasing aspects for Jurgen Klopp to admire. the wonderful through ball for Sadio Mane, for example, or the sweeping, first-time, cross-field pass with his left foot that got Neco Williams away down the right. Wherever you looked on Wednesday night, there was much to admire about thiago’s performance in the centre of the park. It’s been a good week for the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona midfielder. Making his first start in eight weeks against Arsenal last Saturday, thiago was excellent, using his supreme passing range to full effect in the 4-0 win over the Gunners. He lasted 84 minutes before he was given a standing ovation for his performance, replaced by tyler Morton for a moment the 19-yearold will never forget. thiago was then nominated for media duty as he and Klopp faced the press ahead of Wednesday’s 2-0 victory against Porto in Group B of a Champions League campaign that has proven to be the most plain sailing so far. It was the first time many in the media have had a chance to chat to thiago since he joined in a £25million deal from Bayern in mid- September last year. Perhaps reflecting his growing importance and influence within the squad itself, he spoke on a range of topics that inevitably included tenuous links back to where the Italy-born Spain international with the Brazilian father may feel is truly home, in Barcelona. “As I always have been, I am a guy who plays football – I am not concerned about the rumours,” he said. “I’m focused on the duty I have with my team and the years I have in contract with my team. “I just want to know about this new adventure that I have here in the Premier League and try to win all the trophies I can. And my thiAgO ShOwiNg whAt’S pOSSibLE AND REDS ARE READy tO REAp FuLL bENEFitS commitment is maximum with this team. “One hundred per cent I made the right choice, the right move.” thiago should be commended for his desire for a fresh challenge. It would have been the easy option for him to have stayed at Bayern, where he and his young family were settled after seven years in Munich, and continue to add to a trophy haul that is one of the most glittering of the last decade. Having won almost everything there is to at club level, it would have been the simple option, at the age of 29, to have remained in Germany as a recently-crowned Champions League winner, safe in the knowledge that his legacy in the game was already secure. Instead, thiago challenged himself to cut it in the upper echelons of the Premier League at Anfield, and while it hasn’t always gone exactly like the plan in his head, progress is beginning to gather pace. “thiago has a very specific skillset, absolutely, and is very helpful when on the pitch when he has rhythm,” said Klopp on Friday, before adding with a hint of caution: Thiago in action against Porto in midweek and (inset below) with his player of the match trophy clive brunskill/getty “that’s the challenge we face – to make sure he can gain rhythm but not overdo it.” Injuries, a season behind-closeddoors and a squad that has rarely had a full complement available to it have all contributed towards a chundering 13 months at the club so far, but thiago’s undoubted class has been sprinkled across his short time at Liverpool to date. the challenge now is to stay fit and dominate games rather than decorate them. Perhaps set to start for just the third time alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabinho – at home to Southampton todday – thiago could be ready to flourish at Anfield. It’s been thiago’s best week as a Liverpool player, but it’s now down to him to make sure it simply becomes the standard.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 49 LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON, today, KO 3pm Jurgen Klopp has detailed the measures liverpool are taking to get the best out of Thiago Alcantara – as he prepares to rotate his resources once again this weekend. Thiago scored only his second goal since arriving at Anfield 14 months ago with a memorable 30-yard strike in Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions league home win over porto. The 30-year-old midfielder, who had impressed four days earlier in the 4-0 romp against Arsenal, was making only his fourth start of the season following a calf injury. And Klopp believes the reds face a balancing act of ensuring Thiago retains rhythm while managing his minutes on the pitch. “Thiago is an incredible player for us, of course,” said the reds boss. “But we found solutions when he wasn’t available and we have to find solutions. “It’s not about one player out or in, the quality of our midfielders when they are fit means there is an incredible choice, to be honest. “Thiago has a very specific skillset, absolutely, and is very helpful when on the pitch when he has rhythm. “That’s the challenge we face – to make sure he can gain rhythm but not overdo it. We have that with all the players, especially with the amount of games coming up. “That’s why we took him off against porto so he didn’t get tired in a game where injuries might happen. Thaigo celebrates scoring against Porto in midweek and (inset below) with boss Jurgen Klopp ANDREW POWELL/LFC/GETTY Balancing ACT reds have big calls to make to get best out of thiago By IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IanDoyleSport “We have a similar thing to do with ox (Alex oxlade-Chamberlain) a little bit. After a long period he played now a lot of games.” Both Thiago and oxlade-Chamberlain – who were joined in midfield by teenage Champions league debutant Tyler Morton in midweek – could be rested among the substitutes for the premier league visit of Southampton today as Klopp considers rotating his resources. Fabinho and liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson both came off the bench against porto having suffered minor injury problems while on international duty, while James Milner’s late cameo was his first appearance in more than a month due to a hamstring complaint. And with the reds preparing for the third of 13 games in 44 days during a hectic period, Klopp admits rotation is likely this weekend due to the quick around. “Fab came back from Brazil with a really bad stomach, he played then the full game which was possible (against Arsenal), but then we turnthought w e should not stress it and left him out and he played the last 25 minutes or so (against porto),” he said. “Hendo came back injured from the national team, robbo (Andy robertson) came back injured from the national team. “The Wednesday-Saturday is a thing where we have to really think ‘how can we change?’. Saturday- Wednesday is completely different, it’s a day more and that’s what you need. “But Wednesday-Saturday, after all the games we have played, we have to really think about.” While roberto Firmino, Harvey elliott, Joe gomez, naby Keita and Curtis Jones all remain sidelined, Klopp is hopeful his squad has an otherwise clean bill of health. “nothing (new) happened, or at least my phone didn’t ring this morning about any kind of issues,” he said yesterday. “The players who were in the squad against porto should be available again. “It’s much better now. A couple of weeks ago we had pretty much two-and-ahalf midfielders. That looks differ- ent. “We could use the porto game to give some some minutes and some some rest. For the first time in a while, I have to make some decisions, which is cool. But it’s just one game – then the rest are coming up.” LiverPooL manager Jurgen Klopp believes ralf rangnick’s expected arrival at arch-rivals Manchester United is “not good news for other teams”. Klopp’s fellow German is set to be installed as interim manager at old Trafford until the end of the season following the sacking of ole Gunnar Solskjaer. rangnick has had some influence on the Liverpool boss in terms of the pressing style which has been so successful for him and Klopp knows exactly what to expect. “Unfortunately a good coach is coming to england, that’s how it is, to Manchester United,” he said. “ralf is obviously a really experienced manager. 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50 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews ROYAL BLUE Phil Kirkbride@philkecho ...WITH THE INSIDE TRACK FROM GOODISON phil.kirkbride@reachplc.com CyClE NEEDS bREAKING – buT NOT WITH CHANGE OF bOSS Everton players in training ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Brentford TONY MCARDLE/EFC/GETTY It’s boring, isn’t it Worrying, yes, but mainly just dull. Repetitive and a gruesome sense of Groundhog Day. How many times in the past five or six seasons have we headed into December in this sort of shape, or worse, or only marginally better? Ronald Koeman’s first season entered a gloomy winter and he would not be around to be in charge for a second. Everton then installed David Unsworth for the longest caretaker spell the club has ever seen, eight matches, before sam Allardyce was appointed. Hindsight says the club should have just made Unsworth the interim boss and not gone back, cap in hand, to Allardyce. that was a grim and draining time. then Marco silva saw the good work in his first November begin to unravel as the season moved into December and the New Year. twelve months later he lost his job. Carlo Ancelotti signed off for his first, and only, November in charge at Everton with a home defeat to Leeds and went into December by drawing with Burnley. At least the Italian could point to four straight league wins thereafter. Who knows how Ancelotti’s Everton would be faring now, with the same hand Rafa Benitez has been dealt? It’s difficult to imagine he would have done much better, if at all. Another winter of discontent – but Rafa can weather the storm And so here we are again. On the fringes of a winter of discontent with the pressure building, the frustration levels rising and question marks over what happens next and must-win games. It’s November. It’s tiresome. And it tests the patience of every single fan. there has to be change to break this gloomy, mundane, cycle of events that has seen Everton lurch from false dawn to false dawn, from new manager to new manager but, crucially, a state of inertia that has outsiders just rolling their eyes at the club. same old Everton. spend loads. Don’t go anywhere. Have gone backwards, in fact. same old Everton. Not the same as they used to be. And that’s right isn’t it? Not the same as they used to be. Many of us felt the ruthless nature of the early hirings and firings of the new era at Goodison was a welcome show of ambition and intent. A refusal to accept sub-par performances in the dug-out, as well as on the pitch. But there has been and gone a point where that had to give way to stability. things need to change at Everton, mainly on the recruitment side of things, but sacking the manager is not the way to do it. Heaven forbid, the Blues’ sixgame winless run extends to seven tomorrow afternoon at Brentford. Or worse, it’s a fifth defeat in six matches heading into the derby on Wednesday. the atmosphere at Goodison will, naturally, be tense. Derby matches always have you on edge but the backdrop of a terrible run of form heading in adds further to the cocktail of emotions. Win and the jubilation will be amplified. Lose and, well, you know how that one goes. But while fans can rightly have questioned and criticised Benitez for certain decisions or hold him, in part, accountable for some limp displays at Wolves or Manchester City, sacking him would only shift the problems sideways. And there are many problems in this squad. A new manager would, simply, inherit a squad lacking depth, a squad that lacks balance, characters and consistency. A squad that, in many cases, is overpaid based on what they have produced in return. Benitez believes that, on the whole, it is a group of good personalities and players eager to improve. But performances tell you that there are players who are unhappy or no longer the right fit for the club. the results from earlier in the season were papering over the cracks we all knew were there. Benitez is confident he has the backing of Farhad Moshiri and the club’s board, and will be given the time and space in which to improve the club in several areas. Whether there will be further casualties of his grand plan after Danny Donachie left the club, and from which departments, remains to be seen, but if given the support he says he holds, then you have to believe more change is going to come. there has to be change. Everton are stuck in a cycle that needs breaking.

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 51 BRENTFORD v EVERTON, tomorrow, 2pm A tough one to TACKLE Brentford boss calls for show of bravery Thomas Frank has urged his Brentford side to show “bravery” as they bid to get back on track at the Community stadium against Everton tomorrow. The Bees have not won a home Premier League game since the opening day of the season against arsenal, and stopped the rot of four straight losses by salvaging a point at newcastle last week. for Blues bees will be buzzing around them all day – and the stats prove it By CHRIS BEESLEY ECHO Reporter chris.beesley@reachplc.com @CBeesleyEcho On their longest winless run for over 16 years, Everton know they’re going to have to grind out a result at Brentford tomorrow. But there is a key area in which they need to improve if they’re to pick up three points. Rafa Benitez’s side last won on September 25 when they defeated norwich City 2-0 at Goodison Park, ensuring 65 days will have passed by the time they take to the field in west London this weekend. As the run has stretched over two international breaks, it is their longest period of time without a Premier League victory since the 70 days between August 21, 2005 and October 29, 2005 (they went seven matches in the competition without winning under Roberto Martinez in 2016 but that only lasted 61 days). With two huge home games on the horizon against Liverpool and Arsenal, Everton will realise the importance of this weekend’s trip to the capital where they face a Brentford side without a win themselves in their last five Premier League matches. While there’s little to choose between the two teams at first glance Ivan Toney celebrates scoring for Brentford at newcastle last weekend when looking at the table – both have scored 16 goals from 12 games with Everton conceding two more but having two more points – when delving somewhat deeper by using Comparisonator, it becomes evident that their respective approaches are actually quite different. One area in which the Blues have a distinct edge over their newly-promoted opponents is passing. Across their six away games to date, Everton have outperformed Brentford in their half dozen home matches when it comes to all 10 passing parameters (passes, successful passes, successful key passes, long passes, successful long passes, passes to the final third, successful passes to the final third, crosses and successful crosses). However, the dominance is flipped when it comes to competing in one-on-one battles with Thomas Frank’s side ahead among all six duels parameters (defensive duels, defensive duels won, offensive duels, offensive duels won, aerial duels and aerial duels won). Therefore, Everton players are going to have to up their games significantly if they find themselves isolated against Brentford opponents this weekend. The Blues do get the ball into dangerous areas more often though with more shots (12.17 to 10.33), attacking actions (48 to 38.5), successful attacking actions (18.17 to 17.33) and a considerably greater number of touches in the box (14 to 8.67) but ultimately they’re not doing that much more with it as they’ve scored 1.67 goals per game from an Ben Godfrey in aerial combat during training yesterday TONY MCARDLE/ EFC/GETTY expected 1.76 compared to the Bees’ 1.5 goals from an expected 1.43. With Richarlison suspended, one particular individual head-to-head of potentially great significance will be the likely spearheads of each team’s attack, Salomon Rondon and Ivan Toney. Although the Brentford striker has been unable to replicate his prolific form of last season (he netted 31 times in the Championship) and has just three Premier League goals to date, he is still outperforming the Venezuelan in almost every area. Toney, who has played in all 12 matches for his side compared to Rondon’s eight, betters him in all 15 offensive parameters. Even in Rondon’s strongest area (duels – he’s ranked the third highest centre-forward in the Premier League this season for aerial duels), Toney is ahead across a 90-minute average. Despite having competed in fewer aerial duels (11.72 to 13.11), Toney has won more (5.71 to 5.21) and the same goes for defensive duels (3.65 to 4.67 competed and 1.45 to 1.08 won) while for offensive duels, he’s superior in terms of both numbers competed for (20.01 to 19.22) and won (8.6 to 7.19). ■ Comparisonator is a football data comparison tool from 271 professional leagues around the world which compares players and clubs by utilising over 100 different parameters. Thomas Frank But Frank insists he is unconcerned by his side’s recent plight and believes they are in good shape to recover their momentum and turn their new home into a “fortress”. Frank said: “It is extremely important that we are brave. I think we need to be able to have a mindset of taking risks. “If you don’t take risks it’s impossible. You need to be brave and take risks if you want to have a chance of winning football matches.” Frank is likely to be boosted by the returns of Yoane Wissa and mathias Jensen to his squad after the duo shrugged off ankle and CoVID issues respectively. however, Frank revealed defender mathias Jorgensen is likely to be sidelined once again with an unspecified leg injury. Frank says he is unconcerned by his side’s plight at home, especially in light of their continued away heroics, but admitted a victory tomorrow would be a further significant step in their top-flight campaign. “I would prefer our home form to be a fortress and 100 per cent difficult to play at but I’m not worried,” Frank added. “I think if you want to achieve something it is extremely important to be able to get points at home and away, and I’m pleased we have been so consistently good away from home. “In every aspect of football that is the most difficult thing and I think the home form is just around the corner.”

52 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Doucoure backs up Rafa optimism with full return to training BRENTFORD v EVERTON benitez confident of backng from the board as blues try to navigate this difficult spell Rafa Benitez (left) at Finch Farm yesterday with Ben Godfrey TONY MCARDLE/EFC/GETTY Abdoulaye Doucoure with Lucas Digne ABdouLAyE douCouRE was back at Finch Farm and training ahead of tomorrow’s trip tp Brentford. Manager Rafa Benitez, in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, mentioned that the midfielder “may be” involved at the weekend. The Frenchman, who has been out for two months with a metatarsal injury, then took to social media later that day with a series of emojis suggesting his return would be sooner rather than later. And doucoure has been pictured not just at Finch Farm, but seemingly in full training with his team-mates in the build-up to what has become a crucial game for Everton. Aside from doucoure, there were a few other players to make a note of from the latest batch of images. It was initially feared that demarai Gray could be set for an extended period on the sidelines after he was substituted in the first half of Everton’s loss to Manchester City last weekend. However, thankfully, the abductor injury suffered by the winger is not as bad as first feared – and was seen taking part in a light session. Benitez remained coy over whether the summer signing would be involved for the Blues’ next match, but it’s a possibility. Gray was joined by both Andre Gomes and dominic Calvert-Lewin as they continue their respective recoveries from their own injury problems. Neither will be involved for Everton’s clash against Thomas Frank’s side tomorrow. However, after confirmation that he had picked up a slight knock, there was no sign of Allan in the latest group of pictures from Finch Farm. That could just be a coincidence, of course, and his work might not have been caught on camera – but it will be interesting to see if he plays any part at Brentford tomorrow. OFFICIALHORSERACING COMMENTARY AND RESULTS Cal09016094248 Calscost65pperminplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.18+only. SP:Spoke.Helpline:03332023390 We’re ALL in this together By PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter philip.kirkbride@reachplc.com @PhilKEcho Rafa Benitez is certain he has the backing of farhad Moshiri and the everton board as the club step up plans for the January transfer window. Chairman Bill Kenwright visited Benitez at finch farm on Wednesday to offer his support as the manager looks to end a six- game winless run at Brentford this weekend. the Blues boss says he speaks with majority owner Moshiri, Kenwright and the other powerbrokers at Goodison several times a week – and many discussions of late have centred around how they can improve the squad in the winter market. Benitez says expectations must remain ‘realistic’ after a summer where the club spent less than £2million on trying to improve their playing options and ahead of a January window where money is, once again, expected to be tight. following the game with Brentford, everton face Liverpool, arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester before Christmas. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cristian Fernandez at Finch Farm yesterday But Benitez says Moshiri ‘knows’ there is a need for patience and that he wants to still be in charge of the club beyond the end of his current three-year-deal. asked about Kenwright’s visit to the training ground this week, Benitez said: “i would say i am talking with the chairman at least three times a week, i am talking with Denise, talking with Marcel, i am talking with Mr Moshiri, so i am in contact all the time with the people on the board and the people who really care about the club. “We know it is a really difficult time because we are not winning, but at the same time we know what we did and what we could do in the transfer window, and we know what we want to do in the future. So my conversation with the chairman and yesterday [Wednesday] we were talking a little bit about January and what is going on. “everybody is a little disappointed with the situation but at the same time confident we will do well and change things around, especially if we can in the January window. “Can we do exactly what we want to do in the January window? Maybe not. But we will try to do the best possible that we can do at the moment.”

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 53 Brentford Community Stadium / Tomorrow / Kick-off 2pm boss needs to bring n players who show the commitment to blues cause Rafa Benitez greets Anthony Gordon at training yetserday Benitez became the fifth permanent manager appointed by Moshiri since the summer of 2016 but the Spanish coach insists Everton’s owner understands the scale of the job at hand. “I think Mr Moshiri is quite clever and we cannot complain because he has spent a lot of money,” Benitez said. “He is someone who is trying to improve the team and improve the club in every sense. He wants to do well but he knows, from when we had conversations in the beginning and what happened later on, he knows they have to support me and support the structure in general to be sure that we can improve. “All the conversations with him have been really positive and every time he’s telling me: ‘Rafa, tell us what you need’ and ‘how can we improve, what can we do?’ “We talk about this all the time but we have to be realistic. If we analyse what hap- pened in August, or the summer window, and what will happen in the January window, it’s not easy to find exactly what you want but it is important to change something and improve in the area where we think we need to improve.” Benitez added: “When I came here I knew every- one was talking about some positions, espe- cially the wingers and also right full-back. “We tried to improve these areas and I think we did it without spend- ing money. I’m really Demarai Gray pleased with that but Get the latest Blues news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO EFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter you can not expect, when not spending money, to be much better than the teams around you who are spending a lot of money. “We have to be clever enough to find the players we will use in the right way but they will not be exactly the players who are top of the list for everyone because they will not be available. “The players in the top sides want to play Champions League or the Europa League right now. We can offer to them that we will improve but in the short term we have to be realistic and do the best that we can.” Asked if he was confident of retaining Moshiri’s support if results were continue being poor between now and Christmas, Benitez said: “Yes. I don’t want to be here for three years, I want to be here for even more. “I want to be here for the new stadium and try to be successful there also. “Mr Moshiri, he knows.” They have to WANT to be here... By PHIL KIRKBRIDE RAfA Benitez is urging everton to sign players who “want to be here” in January even if they ultimately see a move to Goodison as a “stepping stone”. the Blues boss says commitment to the cause is at the top of his list of requirements when targeting additions when the winter market opens. Benitez concedes that financial constraints could see him having to settle for players who are not high on his wish-list but as long as any new recruits are “ready to give everything” then the Spaniard insists he will be happy. Asked if he and director of football Marcel Brands had reached an agreement on transfer targets, Benitez said: “it’s not just an agreement. We have to analyse things every day. “We have had a conversation about different targets. “the fans understand the situation. Because of the last years and the Premier League rules we cannot sign what we want. “We can sign what we can and that is what we will try to do. “We will try to make sure we have the best options and do the best possible. “the main agreement is that we know we have to bring in someone else to change the competition between the players and improve the squad.” everton had appointed Benitez hoping to arm the new manager with a transfer budget to help improve the squad in key areas. But the Blues’ troubles in selling Moise Kean and the delay in transferring James Rodriguez meant Benitez’s spending was limited to just under £2million. Benitez says it could be a similar situation in January but still believes everton can bolster their squad. “if you say that we could expect to spend more money, the situation is like it is and we have to be sure we get the best from our player and try to be sure, in January, we bring someone...” he said. “One of the things i used to say was: we need to bring players that they want to be here. “We need players who show commitment from day one. “Some people are worried about players coming [to everton] as a stepping stone, i’m not really worried about that. “We need players who want to be here, want to do well, want to compete for this club and then, if we have that, we can get the best for them. After that we will decide what is going on. if they are comfortable then maybe they will say: ‘i want to stay’. “But it is not easy to bring in these kinds of players in January and i want to be sure that if we bring players, even if not first or second on the list, if they are there, ready to come and give everything i will be happy with that. “We have seen too many problems in the past and some of the fans are talking about, sometimes, commitment. this group of players showed that commitment for a long time at the beginning and we have to continue with this in the same way. “if we cannot [do that] with some players then okay, try to bring someone who will give us what we are expecting.”

54 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Klopp welcomes transfer change By IAN DOYLE LivErpooL boss Jurgen Klopp has welcomed suggestions of a 10% transfer levy for premier League clubs to help those lower down the league pyramid. A fan-led review of English football by the Government has recommended the change to redistribute money from the upper echelons to the lower leagues and the grassroots game. The 162-page review claimed £160million could be raised by what would in effect be a ‘stamp duty’, while also calling for an independent regulator to be set up to deal with football finances, club ownership and corporate governance. And Klopp is in agreement some sort of change should be introduced to assist clubs further down the league ladder. “in general i like this kind of thing,” said the reds boss yesterday. “The review i heard is about 170 pages so i had no time to go through that yet. But in general i understand the issue and the desire to change something. “There’s a lot we could change to improve lower league or even non-League football especially. “in the professional part English football is in a really good place, incredible amount of talents coming out of the academies. You see it here and other clubs as well, the players get much better much earlier than in comparison to the past. You had always an 18-year-old who was a stand-out talent but now you have more of these kind. There is a lot of good work done. “For grass roots or non-League football there is for sure a lot to do, or even for League 1 and League 2. i know not too much on the subject but i can imagine there is a lot of help needed as well.” YOUR OFFICIAL LIVERPOOL FC MATCHDAY PROGRAMME LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON Mane rides out the emotional rollercoaster sadio buying into the ‘pay them back with football’ philosophy Jurgen Klopp during his first non-digital press conference since March 2020 LIVERPOOL FC v Southampton FC For single issues or great value subscriptions visit: reachsportshop.com By PAUL GORST LFC Correspondent paul.gorst@reachplc.com @PTGorst Jurgen KLopp believes Sadio Mane has been an unfair target for opposition defenders for years at Liverpool. But the Liverpool boss feels his no.10 is now at an age where it is easier to overcome players who are attempting to disrupt his game. Klopp suggested after last week’s 4-0 win against Arsenal, when he was involved in a touchline spat with Mikel Arteta, that he was “sick” of Mane being singled out for rough treatment, highlighting recent games with Atletico Madrid as evidence. Mane was substituted at halftime of the 1-0 defeat in the Champions League in February 2020 after an early booking and was once again cautioned in the more recent triumph at Anfield after reacting to a late tackle by Koke. Klopp detailed the game with Flamengo in the Club World Cup final nearly two years ago as proof of how long Mane has been targeted, but the Liverpool manager says his forward is now able to handle it in the right way. “oh yes, we have [spoken], but for sure for much longer it was a thing, even when it was not obvious to the outside. “You can see it in games they go for him because they want to wind him up, even if it is not that obvious. “But it is two different things; one is to make Sadio to be really aggressive during games, we saw that against Flamengo in the Club World Cup final (December 2019). “rafinha wanted to go for him after he caused them some problems when we played Bayern Munich in the Champions League, it was obvious from the first second. “It was really hard and Sadio is having a discussion with him [saying]: ‘what do you want?’ fouling him and getting up and saying it was nothing, these kinds of things. “But Sadio is now of an age where he is much better at that. “He’s not that emotional any more, but we all need emotions obviously and sometimes we control them better and sometimes less and yes we’ve had these talks, of course, but that was not about that. “It had nothing to do with these Sadio is now of an age where he is much better at that. He’s not that emotional any more. Jurgen Klopp situations, I really don’t think it had anything to do with the situation against Arsenal, it was pretty much nothing, a normal challenge. The same with real Madrid it was obvious and against Atletico Madrid it was pretty much obvious. “They had the red card (for Felipe at Anfield) and you will remember directly after the next situation a player went down and made more [of the challenge] just to make sure they get our player sent off or yellow card, so that is what I was talking about. “It is just that… the headline is ‘we pay back with football’. We pay back with football, so whatever we do, we pay them back with football.” Klopp added: “I think we can judge Sadio as an individual, as a world-class player, so that is it, it’s not [that we judge him] against Mo Salah or whatever. “You see the numbers. Mo has 108 goals (in the premier League) and Sadio has 106 (all competitions) most of them for Liverpool, but obviously some with Southampton. “So it just shows – they are in a

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 55 Anfield / Today / Kick-off 3pm SOUL survivor Harvey Ellott at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby Sadio Mane and (inset above) the row between Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta last weekend similar age group – what those two guys did in the last few years for us. We don’t make a difference there between the two. “With Sadio, nothing was needed really, when you think about last season and this season. I didn’t have long talks with Sadio or anything like that. “Sadio is a very confident person and knew... we all felt it on the first day of pre-season, after a proper break, he was completely 100 per cent there. It was clear. “It was obvious that if he was lucky with injuries it would be a really good season for him because that is the quality he has. And that is what he shows now. So I cannot say enough how important it is for these players to have a proper break – I will speak about that until the next 20 years, but the authorities will not change it. “That is really tough for the boys. But this year Mo and Sadio had a proper break and at the moment, so far, we are getting the benefit of that.” ‘Kost pushing – but you can’t forget how good Robbo is’ By IAN DOYLE Jurgen KLopp has admitted Andy robertson’s place in Liverpool’s starting XI is under threat from Kostas Tsimikas, but dismissed any fears about the Scot’s form so far this season. The left-back picked up an ankle injury in pre-season after returning from captaining Scotland at euro 2020, while he also returned from the latest international break with a new setback, with his greek counterpart continuing to impress in his absence when turned to. Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Southampton, the reds boss revealed Liverpool have looked to manage robertson carefully following his latest return from international duty, before sharing his relief that the options at his disposal have prevented his side from suffering a further injury crisis in defence. “He’s pushing but I don’t see it as pushing in that sense,” Klopp told reporters when asked about Tsimikas. “robbo is robbo and robbo, it’s a bit strange that people constantly forget how good robbo is in these moments just because Kostas is good as well. “Thank god he is good as well, imagine that, we’d have a Kostas Tsimikas proper problem there. It’s much better than it was before when we had no real solution and Milly had to play there, which he did exceptionally well. “now we have different solutions, it’s good. We have Kostas as well and we have owen Beck coming up, a real prospect, so that’s good for us. “But I don’t doubt robbo at all. You saw robbo coming on, when he came on last game he didn’t play that game because if he plays the game after his little injury, there was no chance to play next one so we shared the intensity between the two of them. “I’m really happy about the development of Kostas, really happy. But robbo is robbo. He’s an outstanding player. I don’t know if he had drops here and there in performance, it doesn’t change my mind because you cannot trust people today and not trust them the next day. “You have to show these kind of things and then you get the long-term best out of players. That’s why I don’t have a difficult decision to make. “I’m really happy that Kostas shows up like he shows up. He’s an outsanding player. robbo needed half a year, Kostas needed around about a year. That’s how it is but now we see how good he really is and that’s really good news for us.” reds boss praises elliott’s maturity in recovery By PAUL GORST Jurgen Klopp says liverpool have no plans to rush “long-term prospect” Harvey elliott back too soon. And the reds boss believes the 18-year-old’s maturity enabled him to cope with such a serious injury at a time when he was becoming a first-team regular at Anfield. After playing as a substitute in the opening game of the season at norwich, elliott then started three three in a row before he was struck down with a dislocated ankle at leeds in mid-September. The teenager has been back at work at the club’s AXA Training Centre for the last few weeks, continuing to rehab the injury with the coaches at the Kirkby facility. “I saw him running this morning,” Klopp said. “He has a foot injury and there are rusty mornings when you get up and it does feel rusty, but he is running outside now with full body weight on it, that is a good sign. “When he will be back I have no idea. From a mental point of view, Harvey is rather an old soul, I would say he is very mature for a young age. “He is completely fine with the situation, he has accepted it, he deals with it. “everybody around tries to help him. I think I must try and cheer him up some days, but it is rarely needed because he has a brilliant family at home and is a rather positive fella. “And yes we all hope from a physical point of view a young age helps him to recover quickly but quickly is not so important. Fully is the main thing. “At the moment, and I hope I don’t eat my words, but I cannot see a scenario where we would think about rushing him back. “He is our long-term prospect and each day we can get him back earlier is great but we will not rush that.” Speaking at a first non-digital press conference since March 2020 yesterday afternoon, Klopp was also asked about the tactical similarities between him and the incoming interim manager at Manchester Get the latest Reds news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO LFC newsletter – www. liverpoolecho.co.uk/ getanewsletter united, ralf rangnick. Klopp added: “He had a mentor when he was a very young coach, his name was Helmut gross, then he had this influence from there. “My influence came from working with Wolfgang Frank, I learned with these kinds of things and learned about those ideas. “We didn’t meet for a long, long time but the approach was for sure similar in the beginning. “Some ideas are the same, we are both determined to organise a team properly – that’s all true – but in the end there is a moment when it splits in all directions pretty much, because you have to use all things in the game. “So the very early starts of the development in the press game in germany, was purely without the ball. “The gegenpress doesn’t work unless you win the ball and go for it, but the first idea was to defend as a team and press properly, ball-orientated, defending. “That is what it was called and how it all started years and years ago. “At the time in germany pretty much all of the teams would play 3-5-2 with a proper libero (sweeper) behind, and we used the ‘WM system’ which it is called in germany, so that’s when it started, and that’s how we were educated. “And then of course the younger ones, I’m younger than ralf, when I started he had been in a few different clubs, and I started the coaching and I was influenced by Frank that’s true. “I cannot really compare it but I know from all the talks with him that our ideas are not far away from each other, that’s for sure. “But that’s not all you do, you have an idea but you have to adapt it to your team, and that is I found myself it’s not easy when you come in the middle of the season and there are 20 games between here and new Year’s eve pretty much. “That’s a massive challenge because the things you want to change on the pitch we all don’t have time for that. “So even if your team is already educated in that you still need long, long, long meetings and there’s no chance of that. “It will be interesting.”

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TEASER Eight pages of puzzles, quizzes and sudoku STAR SEEKER Can you find the celebrity name hidden in this crossword? Complete the crossword in the normal way, then make a note of the letters contained in all the squares which are marked with shaded stars. These letters will make an anagram of the name you are trying to discover. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 H General Knowledge Quiz 1. Who had a top ten hit single in 1977 with Pearl’s A Singer? A Elkie Brooks B Joni Mitchell C Emmylou Harris D Dolly Parton 10. Who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel? A David B Josiah C Samuel D Joseph 9 10 11 H H 12 13 14 H 15 16 17 18 19 20 H 21 22 ACROSS DOWN 7. Female relative (5) 1. Teacher (10) 8. Subterfuge (7) 2. Danger (5) 3. Nil (4) 9. N. African port (7) 4. Zodiac sign (6) 10. Voracity (5) 5. Pouched animal (8) 12. Judges (10) 6. Freedom (7) 15. Workers’ 11. Vanishes (10) association (5,5) 13. Art of oratory (8) 18. Famous lover (5) 14. Cultivators (7) 19. Shake (7) 16. Idea (6) 21. Colonnade (7) 17. Diminish (5) 22. Coach (5) 20. Consumes (4) H H H 2. Tia and her identical twin-sister were the stars of which 1990s US children’s comedy? A We Are Family B Twins C Sister, Sister D Mirror Image 3. By what name were members of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei known? A Junkers B Bismarks C Nazis D Kaisers 4. Which actor played Dave in Minder? A Glynn Stuart B Glynn Guilder C Glynn Le Foe D Glynn Edwards 5. Who wrote Strangers on a Train? A Agatha Christie B Kingsley Amis C Patricia Highsmith D Barbara Pym 6. Which 1997 film stars Ray Winstone as Raymond, the abusive husband of Valerie played by Kathy Burke? A Love, Honour and Obey B Sexy Beast C Nil by Mouth D Sid and Nancy Kathy Burke See Question 6. 7. What name is given to the strip of land granted to Poland by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 that separated East Prussia from the rest of Germany? A Prussian Corridor B Polish Corridor C German Corridor D Versailles Corridor 8. In which Irish county is Connemara? A Galway B Cork C Clare D Kilkenny 9. Which British prime minister became the 1st Earl of Stockton? A Harold Macmillan B Anthony Eden C Winston Churchill D Harold Wilson 11. What name is given to an enquiry into a person’s resources to establish entitlement to a welfare benefit? A Means test B Aptitude test C Poverty test D Fiscal test 12. Which flower was the symbol of the House of Lancaster? A White rose B Red rose C Black rose D Thistle 13. A modification to which domestic appliance was patented by Isaac Merritt Singer in 1851? A Sewing machine B Washing machine C Toaster D Microwave 14. Which swimmer won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics? A Steve James B Philip Rogers C Geoffrey Stevens D Mark Spitz 15. What is the capital of Australia? A Sydney B Perth C Melbourne D Canberra GOGEN Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. G W V K N F E Q A C X L U R J P O D S H B M Y BOULEVARDS CRANK DISHY EXPLOITS FLEW GEL JARS MISTY QUACK SIMPLE WELD A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y I T 1 2 3 J C M P T V D X G K Y V S B O K I R X N A W E G U L H Q F D BINGE BRAWL COMET EQUAL FUNKY HEMP JOKING JOVIAL LAUD OXEN RISKY A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y C J B Q A L U M N E T Y I R O F W S H P ANXIETY CLUB DALE JUMBLE KIND POET QUERN SHORE SOFT VANISH WRING A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

2 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Kakuro Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in any one block. 1 2 14 11 12 25 17 10 24 21 14 23 8 6 11 9 10 7 3 4 22 19 12 23 12 12 19 18 18 14 23 19 13 11 14 16 9 11 13 4 7 13 12 5 5 9 11 3 15 23 7 12 16 27 9 14 17 8 15 3 5 11 9 12 21 15 9 21 20 21 25 16 19 14 26 19 19 9 6 11 11 9 15 3 12 12 9 11 8 4 WORD LADDER Using the clues provided, fill in each step of the ladder with a new word, changing one letter at a time. 1 2 Level surface Achievement Touched Animal skin Brazilian footballer HOSE FLAG POLE House 3 4 9 35 4 14 9 14 9 9 10 21 7 19 14 21 4 14 16 8 17 13 9 14 12 12 15 23 9 15 9 3 13 9 14 14 17 11 7 11 7 16 15 25 6 20 11 8 13 9 15 23 15 16 8 11 13 12 45 27 9 17 14 12 20 5 17 12 14 10 5 14 13 15 18 17 7 13 11 9 20 8 22 8 31 8 12 10 10 20 13 14 10 15 3 DOWN Explained Amphibian Way Curved roof Knighted woman Condemn Day break GOLD TWO SPEED CROSSWORD This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clues, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 1. Scared about trees (6) 4. Pitch three times the size? (6) 9. A job done for nothing? (9,4) 10. Comes into force? (7) 11. Icon in the grotto temple (5) 12. The extent of endless ambition (5) 14. Convicts used to pick it, but not from choice! (5) 18. Shape altered a great deal (5) 19. A bone from Munster (7) 21. Having the wisdom not to get excited? (13) 22. What water pipes should be kept behind? (6) 23. The number increases in emergencies (6) Down 1. A number bid for a chest (6) 2. Ambiguous combination of nobleman and guide (6-7) 3. Speeds that go up every year! (5) 5. The stone archaeologists treat so cryptically? (7) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 8 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 6. Does this heat make metalworkers swear so? (5,8) 7. Northerner installed in the desk I’m ousted from (6) 8. A case in point? Finish with just the opposite (5) 13. Waiting for you where you shop (2,5) 15. Man goes over the Spanish place of worship (6) 16. Legally prevent poets being translated (5) 17. Yet they may form a large part of the weekly wash! (6) 20. Hesitation about the substance used in the theatre (5) Quick Across 1. Trees (6) 4. Three sporting titles (6) 9. Unproductive job (9,4) 10. Joins up (7) 11. Symbol (5) 12. Scope (5) 14. Rope fibre (5) 18. Piles (5) 19. Breastbone (7) 21. Calm (13) 22. Fell behind (6) 23. Unstable periods (6) Down 1. Chest (6) 2. Ambiguous (6-7) 3. Property tax (5) 5. Egyptian town (7) 6. Smelters (5,8) 7. Inuit (6) 8. Stop (5) 13. Imminent (2,5) 15. Church (6) 16. Legally preclude (5) 17. Underwear (6) 20. Anaesthetic (5) Scribble pad Bellow Fly ALPHAMUDDLE SPLIT DECISION Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. STAR Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed to start you off. R O E M S M G H W C T S I T I A E E T W A R G T O S M G W R W G A B E T V A E I I C E A R N H V E D E O R S E N T N C S X T F N A I R M E B D S

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 3 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge PATHFINDER Beginning with the top highlighted letter, follow a continuous path of words associated with the given subject. The trail goes through each letter once, twisting up, down and sideways, but never diagonally. Dickens characters o r t s t m a t c h j o e d d l e w i o s r a r i t a g o a i v n r n r t i c b g r r o v y b a a b e c n b o e r d d i r g e d m m h u t i w y n c o u d r o u e h z z l e e i p p y c a s s r t k c k c d w e r w n e p l y s e i w i p l e f i a n l l t r t n e b a m u i l n w o e n e n i l y s d l e k i w b e p e e c k c i m s h s n a a r o r h h o s n i s a m i c m y d r h a l a a j m v o t c y d y i r i l r c o a i n r a e n s t u y e a m b h s Sudoku Challenge Easy 6 5 8 1 2 4 8 2 7 7 8 2 9 2 4 1 9 8 4 6 5 7 6 8 9 5 6 6 4 1 5 2 7 6 3 4 7 4 8 3 6 7 9 2 9 2 7 8 5 8 4 3 9 4 5 7 6 8 4 2 8 3 6 9 2 1 7 9 1 8 2 5 MIRROR IMAGE Medium Which of the shapes below is an exact mirror image of the shape on the right? A B C CLOCKWORD The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter D in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of a US comedian and actor. 10 9 1. Slow song 2. Mean 3. Raised 4. Reptile 5. Uttered a cry of pain 6. Frank 11 8 D 12 7 D 1 6 7. Sour 8. Tugged 9. Protective device 10. Strand 11. Ridiculous 12. Fluid 2 5 3 4 2 6 3 9 Hard 3 3 5 1 6 3 5 9 5 4 2 9 8 3 2 7 1 5 8 3 7 8 6 4 3 5 6 8 2 4 9 5 6 9 7 7 1 6 6 2 6 7 8 6 2 9 1 6 8 4 9 2 4 1 2 7 8 6 8 2 1 4 8 9 2 6 7 7 9 3 5 2 7 5 1 6 4 7 9 4 6 7 4 4 7 8 1 9 3 8 7 9 8 8 5 4 6 9 6 3 4 2 1 5 3 2 6 1 6 9 3 1

4 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge FILL IN General Knowledge Crossword When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out a cheese. We’ve given you one word to start you off. ACROSS DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. Piet, Dutch painter 2. Daughter of of the abstract De Polonius in 8 Stijl movement (8) Shakespeare’s 5. Unit of length based Hamlet (7) 9 10 on the width of an 3. ‘Quentin ---’, novel extended hand (4) by Walter Scott (7) 9. River in central France which joins 4. Play by John 11 12 the River Loire Osborne produced below Tours (4) in New York in 10. Eurasian genus of 1969 (1,7,3,2) shrubs with clusters 6. The exact centre of 13 14 15 16 17 of yellow drooping an archery target (7) flowers (8) 7. 1971 novel by 11. Edward, composer Agatha Christie (7) of the oratorio 18 19 8. East Indian The Dream of evergreen tree Gerontius (5) whose seed is used 12. Broad-leaved garlic as a spice (6) whose root is eaten 20 21 as a relish (7) 13. Aromatic Cretan 13. 1955 Fred Astaire plant with pink film taken from drooping flowers (7) L A D E N a novel by Jean 14. Gerald, author 22 23 Webster (5,4,4) of A Zoo in My 18. 1664 play by Luggage (7) Moliére (8) 15. Waqar, Pakistan fast 3 LETTERS 4 LETTERS 5 LETTERS 6 LETTERS 7 LETTERS 19. Perennial plant of bowler who took WORD WISE The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? ALL CENT CASTE AVENUE PASTURE 20. Artist’s studio or wicket in 1993 (6) ANT HEAT EAVES DENTAL workshop (7) 16. René, French MONOCHORD ESURIENT DEN LULL LADEN PAMPAS 21. Young unfledged designer and PAP MEAD NAVAL PANELS pigeon (5) A A musical instrument A Rapacious PEA PATH SCREW SHAPED 22. Type of cylinder lock jeweller who died in having one string B Waiting RUG RUBY using a flat serrated 1945 (7) B An unvaried tone or sound C Relating to morals SUN SANE key (4) 17. Philistine giant 23. The capital of from Gath killed by C A mournful poem ALE ARID AGATE AERATE BARGAIN the genus Lilium (4) his hundredth Test India (3,5) David (7) Solutions General Knowledge Quiz 1 A; 2 C; 3 C; 4 D; 5 C; 6 C; 7 B; 8 A; 9 A; 10 C; 11 A; 12 B; 13 A; 14 D; 15 D Star Seeker Across: 7 Niece; 8 Evasion; 9 Tripoli; 10 Greed; 12 Arbitrates; 15 Trade union; 18 Romeo; 19 Tremble; 21 Portico; 22 Tutor. Down: 1 Instructor; 2 Peril; 3 Zero; 4 Gemini; 5 Kangaroo; 6 Liberty; 11 Disappears; 13 Rhetoric; 14 Farmers; 16 Notion; 17 Abate; 20 Eats. Star Name: DEV PATEL. Gogen General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Mondrian; 5 Span; 9 Cher; 10 Laburnum; 11 Elgar; 12 Ramsons; 13 Daddy Long Legs; 18 Tartuffe; 19 Lily; 20 Atelier; 21 Squab; 22 Yale; 23 New Delhi. Down: 2 Ophelia; 3 Durward; 4 A Patriot For Me; 6 Pinhole; 7 Nemesis; 8 Nutmeg; 13 Dittany; 14 Durrell; 15 Younis; 16 Lalique; 17 Goliath. Kakuro 1 3 9 8 6 5 6 9 8 2 9 5 4 6 4 8 9 6 8 3 2 4 3 5 9 2 6 6 5 9 5 9 7 7 4 3 7 3 6 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 9 3 1 5 2 7 1 6 9 1 3 5 7 2 3 6 8 3 5 1 3 7 1 9 8 3 9 5 6 8 7 1 5 2 8 7 1 3 6 5 9 8 4 4 1 7 6 5 1 8 1 2 4 9 8 6 7 5 1 4 1 2 4 9 2 7 3 9 6 5 1 4 7 9 3 8 2 4 5 2 8 4 2 6 1 6 7 1 9 6 2 1 2 3 8 3 6 3 7 5 5 9 7 8 3 9 1 2 7 9 6 1 4 6 8 9 3 7 1 8 5 1 5 6 5 6 6 3 4 8 3 1 8 2 7 9 2 6 2 9 2 5 3 9 8 2 6 1 2 8 9 9 5 4 8 4 1 8 9 4 1 4 3 7 8 7 3 1 5 9 6 1 7 6 3 8 7 5 8 1 7 7 9 4 6 5 1 9 9 3 7 1 7 6 5 9 Clockword 1 Ballad, 2 Intend, 3 Lifted, 4 Lizard, 5 Yelped, 6 Candid, 7 Rancid, 8 Yanked, 9 Shield, 10 Thread, 11 Absurd, 12 Liquid. US Comedian and actor: BILLY CRYSTAL. Sudoku 6 9 7 4 5 3 8 4 1 2 9 3 8 1 6 5 9 8 2 6 3 7 Fill In Cheese: CHEDDAR 4 2 5 1 4 7 9 5 2 Word Wise A. A musical instrument having one string A. Rapacious 1 3 6 2 3 9 7 7 4 5 8 2 1 6 5 3 6 2 4 7 1 8 9 6 5 2 7 9 8 3 1 4 4 2 3 9 7 5 8 6 1 3 4 5 1 7 9 8 6 2 7 3 4 6 5 1 2 9 8 9 8 7 5 1 3 4 2 6 9 5 8 7 4 6 3 1 6 1 5 3 4 9 7 2 8 7 4 1 5 9 8 6 3 2 3 1 4 2 6 5 9 8 7 1 7 9 8 2 6 4 5 3 9 1 2 5 6 8 3 7 4 1 2 6 4 8 9 7 5 3 2 4 1 6 9 7 8 3 5 5 4 8 6 8 7 1 2 9 3 8 5 2 9 7 1 6 3 4 8 2 9 3 1 6 7 5 4 9 7 8 1 4 3 5 6 2 6 8 5 4 3 1 2 9 7 7 6 8 2 3 4 5 1 9 8 9 5 3 2 7 1 4 6 6 5 3 4 8 2 9 7 1 7 6 4 8 3 9 1 5 6 8 2 6 4 5 7 1 5 7 9 2 1 8 4 3 9 6 6 4 7 2 9 R U B Y E P A T H U A N A V A L G R V M E A D A G A T E P V P E A S H A P E D A R I D S A N E P A N E L S S U N T N C A S T E H E A T R U A L A D E N R N L U L L W C E N T 8 3 2 2 3 9 3 4 7 9 2 5 1 8 5 1 9 3 2 8 7 6 4 2 3 1 8 4 7 6 9 5 1 7 6 9 8 3 4 5 2 1 4 7 6 9 5 2 3 8 9 7 3 5 1 2 8 6 4 4 8 6 3 2 1 7 5 9 1 5 2 3 8 6 7 5 9 4 1 6 8 4 3 7 2 4 2 7 6 1 9 8 3 5 5 4 8 9 6 2 1 7 3 3 9 4 2 5 6 7 8 1 2 9 6 3 8 7 5 4 1 6 2 8 4 7 3 9 1 5 7 3 9 8 5 4 1 6 2 9 5 6 5 1 7 3 4 9 6 1 8 8 2 1 3 7 4 5 3 6 8 7 5 4 2 9 1 9 7 6 5 1 3 4 8 2 8 2 5 1 4 7 6 3 9 5 8 3 1 2 4 9 7 6 4 1 5 8 6 9 7 3 2 2 5 1 6 9 7 3 4 8 Hard Medium Easy G W V K N F E Q A C X L U R J P O D S H Two Speed Crossword Across: 1 Cedars; 4 Treble; 9 Fruitless task; 10 Enlists; 11 Totem; 12 Ambit; 14 Oakum; 18 Heaps; 19 Sternum; 21 Philosophical; 22 Lagged; 23 Crises. Down: 1 Coffer; 2 Double-meaning; 3 Rates; 5 Rosetta; 6 Blast furnaces; 7 Eskimo; 8 Cease; 13 In store; 15 Chapel; 16 Estop; 17 Smalls; 20 Ether. Split Decision B E G A N A E A C H A R M O R E N E S T S 1 B M I T Y J Y V S B C O K I R M X N A W P E G U L Alphamuddle C R O W R E M I O M E G W I G H S T A T 2 T H Q F D S T A T E V C J B Q D A L U M X N E T Y G R O F Word Ladder 1. Flag, Flat, Feat, Felt, Pelt, Pele, Pole. 2. Hose, Home, Dome, Dame, Damn, Dawn, Down. 3. Gold, Told, Toad, Road, Roar, Soar, Star I 3 K W S H P Pathfinder Oliver Twist, Martin Chuzzlewit, Bob Cratchit, Joe Gargery, Edwin Drood, David Copperfield, Miss Havisham, Jacob Marley, Uriah Heep, Nelly Trent, Nicholas Nickleby, Samuel Pickwick, Esther Summerson, Barnaby Rudge, Dora Spenlow, Nancy, Wilkins Micawber, Amy Dorrit, Sydney Carton. Mirror Image: C

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 5 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Sudoku Every row, every column and every 5 x 5 box must contain every digit from 1 to 9 and every letter from K to Z. 2 Y Z 7 8 3 T R 6 S V Q 5 W 4 K Y V 9 P R 8 K O P X 3 T Q V 3 U 9 7 1 Z N 5 X K 1 V 5 W 8 2 Q N 4 X 2 Q K 5 U M P R P 5 Z M 2 O 9 N X 3 7 S W 2 N 8 R Z T 4 8 O Y P 4 7 M L W U 9 W 4 Z P 1 6 O R X Q Y V 8 1 6 M 2 4 U V W R Q 4 U Y 2 N O 8 X 6 1 V P 5 O 9 Z N Y P 3 W Q 9 M L Y Z W P T 1 Q R R Z K 8 P 9 7 2 Y 4 N Q K Y Z 4 7 6 M W V 5 2 M U O N 1 T X 8 K W L X 2 6 5 Z 4 3 T 9 S 9 7 4 W T 1 N R P M O Q 3 N 4 V 1 7 6 O W R X 5 9 M O 9 X 2 T R K 1 L 7 Y Z U R S P K V W Q 6 X 2 Z S 7 Y 8 4 U 3 6 V T P U N Y 3 4 L Q 2 ALPHADOKU Both the puzzles contain 9 x 9 sudokus but with the letters R to Z. NUMBERFIT Fit the listed numbers into the grid. 1 2 digits: 29 52 54 69 3 digits: 344 355 435 454 505 543 544 555 4 digits: 2490 2495 2549 3504 4924 5942 9033 9452 5 digits: 43929 95244 6 digits: 524823 544823 828522 838541 8 digits: 45695344 45815946 2 2 digits: 23 25 32 52 78 87 3 digits: 134 256 294 296 431 472 652 672 4 digits: 1325 1739 2345 5231 5432 9371 5 digits: 15779 77951 6 digits: 234567 261218 345678 765432 812162 876543 8 digits: 12345678 87654321 3 X Y Z V S R Y T U R T R S X U V T Z T X V U Y Z X U R W W X T Y S X Y W T V U W V Y U R Y W X V Z Y 2 digits: 91 96 3 digits: 112 119 197 246 261 329 519 617 901 939 5 digits: 13611 91693 6 digits: 191979 641223 666109 969319 7 digits: 2123198 7131997 8117913 9959117 9 digits: 196219673 221289199 966219611

6 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A 1. Diana Ross hit the No. 1 spot with I’m Still Waiting 2. Michael Caine starred in the thriller Get Carter 3. Louis Armstrong died 4. Rider Harvey Smith was disqualified after an alleged twofinger gesture Arrowword Emblem Italian city Unwind Grain container Dog Prince of Wales' son Sheltered side A fool Sharpen Centre _ Harris, pictured Chosen few US lawyer Buckets B 1. John Lennon was shot dead 2. The Olympics were held in Moscow 3. Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe 4. An oil rig in the North Sea capsized Iran, formerly Learned Immerse Pullovers Musical speed Correlate (3,2) Fibber Bicycle for two Sprout C 1. Madonna published her controversial photo book Sex 2. BBC launched its disastrous soap opera Eldorado 3. Reservoir Dogs hit the cinema screens 4. Gary Lineker was awarded an OBE Quilt Type of marsupial Anxious Fitting Star sign Lean on Sticky slime Fish eggs Evil spirit Solemn pledges QUICK QUIZ 1. Jenna Coleman played which Doctor Who companion? 2. Which British novelist wrote The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch? 3. A husky is a breed of which animal? 4. Which two oceans are connected by the Panama Canal? 5. In which sport might one use a foil, épée or sabre? 6. Which Labour politician was the UK’s prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976? 7. Which word describes any horse that does not exceed 1.47 metres in height at maturity? 8. Which ancient Greek sculptures were sold to the British Museum in 1816 for £35,000? 9. Which Polish-born chemist discovered radium and polonium? 10. Of which country did Bob Hawke become prime minister in 1983? CODEWORD This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L O 2 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Portable computer Drawn match Category _ Lynam, sports presenter Yearn Append Salad ingredient Outdoor event Martin _, pictured Liberty Burst out In debt to Translate language Walks softly Type of bird Bee structure Walking poles A small reward Mr Redding, soul singer Sheriff's men To cut grass Ostrichlike bird Quieten Tortures Riverdwelling mammal Nimble Not these A donkey Entertains Expel or turn out 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L U 3 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Group of nine Closes noisily Scottish river African country Eyelid sore Appear Samples 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 A B

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 7 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Crossword 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 ACROSS 1 Newspaper boss (6) 5 Resound (4) 8 Pulsates (6) 10 Wide or complete view (8) 14 Scribble idly (6) 16 Confusion or chaos, informally (5) 22 Strong coffee (8) 23 Responded (7) 24 Welsh town (7) 26 Uncivilised (9) 27 Uncommon (4) 29 Assist in a crime (4) 30 Group for parental involvement in schools (init.) (3) 31 Elude (5) 33 Inform (4) 34 Link or bond (10) 35 Rule over (5) 36 Lean and tough (4) 39 Mexican pancake (8) 41 Forceful drive, push (6) 42 List of charges (6) 43 Store or reserve for future use (3,2) 45 Each alternate (5,5) 49 Sacred beetle (6) 51 Cake covering (5) 54 Foremost city (10) 55 Truant (8) 60 Expelled from a country (8) 62 First course (7) 63 Pitch-black (5) 64 Hackneyed (5) 65 Jam container (3) 68 The __, Booker-winning John Banville novel (3) 69 Amid (5) 71 Freedom from war (5) 72 Causing laughter (7) 75 Taciturn (8) 80 Former coin (8) 82 The __ Family, UK musical duo (10) 84 Listlessness (5) 86 Chit-chat (6) 88 Favourite topic (5-5) 91 Talent (5) 93 Decorates (6) 95 Pens (6) 97 Take issue (8) 100 Star __, classic sci-fi TV show (4) 102 Filleted (5) 103 Prophet (10) 104 Conservative (4) 106 __ Rigg, English actress (5) 109 __ Santa, comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton (3) 110 A lot, informally (4) 111 Bamako is this country’s capital (4) 112 Sour fruit (4,5) 114 Paper handkerchiefs (7) 117 Down payment (7) 118 Mechanic (8) 119 Supports (5) 120 European country (6) 121 Precious metal (8) 122 David __, former Newcastle and France footballer (6) 123 Playthings (4) 124 Non-liquid food (6) DOWN 2 Disregard orders (7) 3 Fortune-telling cards (5) 4 Rice-based dish (7) 6 Abridged (9) 7 Address the public (5) 8 Tropical freshwater fish (5) 9 Weapon used with a 17 Dn (3) 11 Durable type of wood (3) 12 Scottish racecourse (3) 13 Promptly (7) 14 Die in water (5) 15 Watches carefully (8) 17 Missile fired with a 9 Dn (5) 18 Container for tea (5) 19 Delicate matter, informally (3,6) 20 Shoe part (4) 21 __ butter, eaten with Christmas pudding (6) 25 Native New Zealander (5) 26 Advantage or sake (7) 28 Sets free (9) 32 Make a mistake (3) 33 Struggles (7) 37 Fish eggs (3) 38 Sealed pouch (6) 40 Spanish word for friend (5) 41 Tarnish (5) 43 Be prominent or important (4,5) 44 Write with unjoined letters (5) 46 Unit of weight (3) 47 Employ (3) 48 Deceptions (6) 50 Asian language (7) 52 Mafia boss (9) 53 Engaged woman (7) 54 Country whose capital is Rabat (7) 56 Temporary stay (7) 57 Janet __, former Blue Peter presenter (5) 58 Pottery oven (4) 59 Slow-moving mammal (5) 61 Public school (4) 66 Spin (6) 67 Butter substitute (9) 70 Deep sorrow (5) 73 Open rebellion (6) 74 Freedom (7) 76 Melodies (5) 77 Wept (5) 78 Army officer (9) 79 Score in rugby (3) 81 Tennis shot (3) 83 Oblivious (7) 85 Tiny, informally (4-5) 87 Migraine (8) 89 Rowing blade (3) 90 Crossbreed (6) 92 Fruit nicknamed the ‘alligator pear’ (7) 94 Open to view (5) 96 __ Heath, former British PM (3) 98 Comes into view (7) 99 Conceited person, informally (7) 100 Hand digit (5) 101 Aptitude (5) 103 Use a razor (5) 105 Burden (4) 107 Greek letter (5) 108 Item of value (5) 110 Trite (5) 113 Vitality (3) 115 Former French coin (3) 116 Winter sport item (3)

8 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge WORDSEARCH Here is a list of male singers. Can you find them in the grid? The answers can be found running backwards or forwards, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. BARRY WHITE BILL WITHERS BILLY JOEL BOB DYLAN BRYAN ADAMS BUDDY HOLLY DON MCLEAN ELTON JOHN ELVIS ERIC CLAPTON JOHNNY CASH LOU REED MICHAEL BUBLE NEIL YOUNG PAUL YOUNG PRINCE SEAL STEVIE WONDER STING TOM JONES N E N H O J N O T L E Y R L S S M A D A N A Y R B L L W R E W E E U E R I C C L A P T O N N L L M V U W A O O W Q I H O E V C Q N L M H B U N Q B S J I I M G S A Y I R R L C I A M L S N H F D L E Z E R P L C O Y F O D D L C Y V E F M L Y T O E D U Y N L W D D T N W N W U U B J I I E F U B S T I N G N T O R L Z B P X Z O A T H K G E P A U L Y O U N G B H O I L M I C H A E L B U B L E J S L A E S Z E T I H W Y R R A B S T E V I E W O N D E R S G T Solutions NINERS Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 1 46796 gives a part of the body 2 1678 gives a part of the body 8352 gives a part of the body SPORTWORD A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 6 9 12 17 1 2 3 4 11 10 13 14 19 7 16 18 5 15 8 452589 gives an animal 658785 gives a vegetable 7378719 gives a mineral 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ACROSS 1. Andrey ........, former Zenit Saint Petersburg and Arsenal midfielder (8) 6. Gabby ....., BBC Sports presenter whose father is Terry Yorath (5) 7. ..... City, Scottish League Two side whose nickname is The Black and Whites (5) 9. Carlo ...., former Preston, Everton and Stoke goalkeeper (4) 10. Jarno ......, Italian F1 driver who won the 2004 Monaco GP (6) 12. Kevin ......, England football manager 1999- 2000 (6) 14. Sir Stanley ...., FIFA President 1961-74 (4) 17. Valentino ....., 2009 MotoGP champion (5) 18. ..... McGrath, former Australia fast bowler (5) 19. Scottish League One side whose nickname is The Gable Endies (8) DOWN 2. Cyrille ....., former England, West Brom and Coventry striker (5) 3. Roger ...., England striker who was a 1966 World Cup winner (4) 4. Patrick ......, former Arsenal midfielder, now Crystal Palace manager (6) 5. ..... Mansell, 1992 F1 world champion and 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series champion (5) 6. Gary ......., top scorer in the 1986 World Cup (7) 8. Allan ......., former Denmark midfielder who scored the winning goal for Spurs in the 1999 League Cup Final (7) 11. ...... Duff, former Ireland and Fulham winger (6) 13. English horse racecourse that traditionally hosts the Derby (5) 15. Jesse ....., 1936 Olympic 100m and 200m champion (5) 16. .... Andreev, Russian tennis player who won the 2005 Kremlin Cup (4) Giant Sudoku 1 4 P U 2 Y 9 Z 7 8 5 W N Q 3 K L T X R 6 S O M V Q O 5 N W U L S X 4 T Z K 1 6 M 7 Y 8 V 2 9 R 3 P R 8 S Z 7 6 K N M O P Y X V 4 2 5 9 U 3 T 1 L QW V M T 6 L P 2 R 3 Q O U 9 S 7 W 1 Z 4 N 8 K 5 Y X K Y 3 9 X 1 V 5 W T M R 8 L 2 P S O 6 Q U 7 N 4 Z 9 X V 2 Q T 7 1 6 L K 5 Z U M 4 P 3 S W O R 8 N Y P L 4 1 5 V Z M U W 2 O R Y T 9 8 6 N X Q 3 K 7 S W 6 7 3 M 2 N Y 8 X L S Q P 1 R O K V U Z 5 9 T 4 8 Z K O Y 3 R P 4 S V 7 6 N 9 T M Q 1 5 L X W U 2 T S U R N O 5 9 Q K W 4 3 8 X Z 2 L Y 7 P V 1 6 M O N R W P X 3 Q L Y 9 T V K 8 1 6 7 M S 5 2 4 Z U 7 3 1 V 9 Z T W S 6 R Q M 4 U L Y 2 5 K N O P X 8 M Q X L 6 8 1 4 V P 3 N 2 5 S O R U Z 9 K T Y W 7 Z T 8 5 U R O K N 2 7 1 Y X P 3 W V Q 4 9 M S L 6 4 2 Y K S 9 U 7 5 M Z L W 6 O N X P T 8 1 Q V R 3 X R Z T O 5 M 6 K V 8 3 P 9 Q 7 N W 2 Y S 4 U 1 L N 1 Q P K S Y L Z 9 4 X O 7 R 6 U M 3 T W 8 2 V 5 2 5 6 M 3 4 Q U O N 1 V S T W X 9 8 K L Y Z 7 P R Y W L 8 V 7 X 2 P R U 6 5 M Z S Q 4 O 1 3 N T 9 K S U 9 7 4 W 8 3 T 1 Y K L 2 N 5 V R P Z X 6 M O Q 3 K N Y Z M 4 V 1 7 6 8 U O L Q T S W 2 R P X 5 9 5 P M 4 8 Q W O 9 3 X 2 T R V U K 1 L 6 7 Y Z S N U 7 2 X R L S T Y 5 Q P 4 3 K V Z N 9 O M W 6 8 1 L 9 O Q 1 N 6 X 2 Z S M 7 W Y 8 4 5 R P V U 3 K T 6 V W S T K P 8 R U N 9 1 Z 5 Y 3 X 7 M 4 L Q 2 O Alphadoku R S W W V W S Z V X U T Y T X U Y S R Z Z T X U Y R V T W U W V Y R S Z X V R Z W U S T V Y X S U R Z X T Y X W Z W U V W Y S V U R T V S Y R X Z T Y S T X Z U R U Y T S T X Z R W V X S R V Y Z W V U W T Z S Y X R U V R S U W Y Z U X T R V W Z S T R X Y X S U V T Z W Y X U Z R V S W Z Y T V S R Y W T U X V S X Y W R U Z T Numberfit 1 5 Arrowword S S W W N A R I M I N I H E A R T G L L E E O T U N C O I L T E M P O U D I P L I A R P E R S I A T I E I N D W O M B A T L E O R D U V E T U N E A S Y G O O C A A D D B R H E A L A P T O P E R U P T O T T I E T O M A T O H U S H G E N R E W V S T I L T S D E S F E T E S O P Y R I N T E R P R E T K E M P M O W A E T H O S E A S S A D R O I T N O N E T O E V I C T D E E A M U S E S S L A M S Codeword 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 S O B V U E D G I Q R M F 2 3 4 5 6 9 5 3 4 4 5 9 4 2 3 4 3 5 5 4 3 9 5 8 2 8 5 2 2 9 0 3 3 2 5 4 9 5 4 4 8 2 3 9 2 4 5 4 5 0 5 4 4 9 2 4 2 4 5 8 1 5 9 4 6 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2 5 1 3 2 5 1 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L C A J N X Y W K H T P Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R V E D X H P A M J N K T 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 C I L O G S W Q Y U Z B F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 U K N W R D H S O Z J B Y 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Q E X I G V F L A C P T M 6 7 2 2 4 7 2 1 7 3 9 9 3 7 1 2 9 4 2 2 9 6 1 5 2 3 1 5 2 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 8 7 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 2 3 1 9 8 6 4 1 2 2 3 1 9 6 6 2 1 9 6 1 1 9 6 2 1 9 7 5 1 9 8 1 1 9 9 0 1 9 9 1 1 9 6 2 1 9 6 7 3 1 9 6 9 3 1 9 7 1 3 1 9 9 7 Quick Quiz 1 Clara Oswald; 2 George Eliot; 3 Dog; 4 Atlantic and Pacific; 5 Fencing; 6 Harold Wilson; 7 Pony; 8 Elgin Marbles; 9 Marie Curie; 10 Australia. Giant Crossword Across: 1 Editor, 5 Echo, 8 Throbs, 10 Panorama, 14 Doodle, 16 Havoc, 22 Espresso, 23 Reacted, 24 Wrexham, 26 Barbarous, 27 Rare, 29 Abet, 30 PTA, 31 Evade, 33 Tell, 34 Connection, 35 Reign, 36 Wiry, 39 Tortilla, 41 Thrust, 42 Tariff, 43 Lay up, 45 Every other, 49 Scarab, 51 Icing, 54 Metropolis, 55 Absentee, 60 Deported, 62 Starter, 63 Unlit, 64 Trite, 65 Jar, 68 Sea, 69 Among, 71 Peace, 72 Comical, 75 Reticent, 80 Shilling, 82 Lighthouse, 84 Ennui, 86 Natter, 88 Hobby-horse, 91 Flair, 93 Adorns, 95 Writes, 97 Disagree, 100 Trek, 102 Boned, 103 Soothsayer, 104 Tory, 106 Diana, 109 Bad, 110 Bags, 111 Mali, 112 Crab apple, 114 Tissues, 117 Deposit, 118 Engineer, 119 Backs, 120 Greece, 121 Platinum, 122 Ginola, 123 Toys, 124 Solids. Down: 2 Disobey, 3 Tarot, 4 Risotto, 6 Curtailed, 7 Orate, 8 Tetra, 9 Bow, 11 Ash, 12 Ayr, 13 Readily, 14 Drown, 15 Observes, 17 Arrow, 18 Caddy, 19 Hot potato, 20 Heel, 21 Brandy, 25 Maori, 26 Benefit, 28 Liberates, 32 Err, 33 Tussles, 37 Roe, 38 Sachet, 40 Amigo, 41 Taint, 43 Loom large, 44 Print, 46 Ton, 47 Use, 48 Tricks, 50 Bengali, 52 Godfather, 53 Fiancée, 54 Morocco, 56 Sojourn, 57 Ellis, 58 Kiln, 59 Sloth, 61 Eton, 66 Rotate, 67 Margarine, 70 Grief, 73 Mutiny, 74 Liberty, 76 Tunes, 77 Cried, 78 Brigadier, 79 Try, 81 Lob, 83 Unaware, 85 Itsy-bitsy, 87 Headache, 89 Oar, 90 Hybrid, 92 Avocado, 94 Overt, 96 Ted, 98 Emerges, 99 Bighead, 100 Thumb, 101 Knack, 103 Shave, 105 Onus, 107 Alpha, 108 Asset, 110 Banal, 113 Pep, 115 Sou, 116 Ski. Wordsearch N E N H O J N O T L E Y R L S S M A D A N A Y R B L L W R E W E E U E R I C C L A P T O N N L L M V U W A O O W Q I H O E V C Q N L M H B U N Q B S J I I M G S A Y I R R L C I A M L S N H F D L E Z E R P L C O Y F O D D L C Y V E F M L Y T O E D U Y N L W D D T N W N W U U B J I I E F U B S T I N G N T O R L Z B P X Z O A T H K G E P A U L Y O U N G B H O I L M I C H A E L B U B L E J S L A E S Z E T I H W Y R R A B S T E V I E W O N D E R S G T Niners 1. SKETCHING: THIGH, SHIN, NECK Remember When A. 1971; B. 1980; C. 1992. 2. SYNCOPATE: COYOTE, POTATO, ANATASE Sportword Across: 1. Arshavin; 6. Logan; 7. Elgin; 9. Nash; 10. Trulli; 12. Keegan; 14. Rous; 17. Rossi; 18. Glenn; 19. Montrose. Down: 2. Regis; 3. Hunt; 4. Vieira; 5. Nigel; 6. Lineker; 8. Neilsen; 11. Damien; 13. Epsom; 15. Owens; 16. Igor.

SATURDAY extra 27.11.21 including your 7-day TV guide Hotseat Craig Charles is in the money with new quiz Books Celebrate the Queen with Joanna Lumley Past Life STAR TURN TV’s Christine Lampard dials up the glamour with her first fashion range The stars who lit up Christmas past

2 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews To Do List TRENDING lady gaga The singer and actress, right, is winning rave reviews for her portrayal of ‘black widow’ Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s Oscartipped fashion epic House of Gucci, in cinemas this weekend. She has also been giving very good red carpet. hexham The market town on the banks of the River Tyne has been named Britain’s happiest place. Locals rated it best for community spirit, a feeling of belonging, access to nature and friendly and polite people in the Happy at Home Index by property website Rightmove. Mrs Doubtfire The 1993 feelgood classic starring Robin Williams has been named the nation’s favourite duvet day movie. The Harry Potter series took second spot with The Lion King third in research compiled by Fisherman’s Friend. Giuseppe Dell’Anno The Italian was this week crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2021. He said afterwards: “I feel it’s been a great year for Italy. I truly can’t believe it or take it in, this has made me so incredibly happy to be a Britalian.” Great British Bake Off winner Giuseppe Dell’anno, middle, with Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar boris johnson The Prime Minister’s wellbeing was questioned this week after he rambled about Peppa Pig during a speech to business leaders. The PM lost his place, praised the cartoon pig and announced that “Peppa Pig World is very much my kind of place”. bulb energy Bulb, the UK’s seventh biggest supplier, has become the latest victim of a surge in wholesale gas prices. The firm is going into “special administration”, meaning the Government shoulders losses for having to supply customers. For now, prices and supply will remain unchanged. wine and spirits Trade body the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, to say that rising costs and supply chain chaos have held up deliveries which could lead to a shortage at Christmas. refunds People are missing out on getting their money back because they are too busy to return faulty items, a study found. Research by packaging firm DS Smith found 48% haven’t bothered returning a delivery because it is more hassle than it’s worth. TANKING A family of con artists, above, swindle their way into the employ of an upper-class home with tragic results in Oscar-winning Parasite BOOK IT Gorillaz are coming to the big screen for one night only with Song Machine Live From Kong. The world’s biggest virtual band sees Blur’s Damon Albarn, guitarist Noodle, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and frontman 2D joined by a host of special guests including Leee John, Georgia, Peter Hook, Kano, slowthai, Slaves, Robert Smith and Matt Berry. The music special was captured at the band’s Kong Studios HQ in London and includes a behind-thescenes featurette, unseen interview footage and commentary from Gorillaz co-creators Damon Albarn and designer and animator Jamie Hewlett. The band’s hits include Clint Eastwood, Feel Good Inc and Dirty Harry and the celebration of their music can be seen in cinemas around the world on December 8. Go to songmachineliveincinemas. com to book tickets. drinkit love it Tasteit If you are looking to stock up on fizz for Christmas, Corte Molino Prosecco DOC Rosé NV (abv 11%) Italy is reduced from £8.50, to £7.50 at Co-op from December 1 to January 4. A blend of Glera and Pinot Nero, the deliciously delectable drink is vibrant pink in colour with delightful flavours of raspberry and strawberry and delicate floral notes. Served chilled in a flute, it’s perfection and a brilliant example of how this new style of wine should taste. Perfect for the party season. Don’t Buy Her Flowers is a great place to find bespoke gift packages for all ages and occasions. And now the company has launched its first Dog Package. It is a “create your own” package meaning you can choose what to include in your package from UK brands such as Poppy + Ted, Denzels, Scrumbles, Wild Wash and Green & Wilds. It would make the perfect to gift Prime Minister Boris Johnson messed up his speech Gorillaz someone with a dog or as a Christmas treat for your own pooch. Prices start from £10. See dontbuyherflowers.com WATCH IT In Parasite (tonight, Channel 4, 10pm), wily patriarch Kim Ki-tek (Song Kangho) presides over a family of con artists, including wife Chung-sook (Chang Hyae-jin), son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) and daughter Ki-jung (Park So-dam). They live in a squalid apartment in a poor neighbourhood of Seoul, but good fortune smiles on Ki-woo when a friend recommends him as an English tutor for teenager Park Da-hae (Jeong Ji-so). Once he has earned her wealthy mother and father’s trust, Ki-woo recommends other members of his clan for positions of responsibility. However, the housekeeper is suspicious. Parasite is a wickedly entertaining satire, which deserved to become the first film not in the English language to claim Best Picture at the Oscars. READ IT Enjoy a sweet taste of Christmas with the panettone range of Italian desserts from Carluccio’s. Newcomers this year include the Panettone Clementine at £19.99, which is citrus based and comes with clementine pieces and dark chocolate glaze. There are also Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare sees the wife of TV’s Paddy McGuinness talk about the challenges and joys of being a mother to three autistic children. Her candid autobiography also delves into her anorexia battle, fertility troubles, her marriage, modelling career and tough childhood, subjects which are sensitive and many of which she has not spoken about before now. Christine says she is also on a mission to learn more about autism and to educate others and change the stigma around the condition. Get £5 off Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare (RRP £20) with offer code XA9 at mirrorbooks.co.uk vegan and gluten-free options for £18.95 or try the £24.95 Panettone Maraschino. It has been created with Hotel Starlino and is filled with luxury maraschino cherries, pieces of dark chocolate, and sprinkled with Maraschino liqueur. Available in-store and online at carluccios.com

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 3 Hotseat ACTOR Craig Charles is best known for starring in sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf as Dave Lister and for playing cabbie Lloyd Mullaney in Coronation Street. The 57-year-old has also turned his hand to DJing as well as radio presenting. Now he has added quizshow host to his CV with Channel 4’s Moneybags, from the makers of Million Pound Drop and Pointless. Contestants get the chance to win bags of cash up to £1m each week. In each episode, players hope to be selected to take their place in front of the money belt for one of the three head-to-head battles. They face a series of questions with the answers on moneybags that pass along a conveyor belt in front of them. Grab a right answer and you get that bag’s value – anything from £1,000 to £100,000. But pick a wrong bag and you could lose everything. Whoever banks the most cash in each round will compete in the ‘triple-header’ – a tense three-way battle in which whoever grabs, or steals, the most cash will play to win it all in the final. Here Craig talks about the new show, his own quizzing skills, and his multi-skilled work life. Can you tell us about Moneybags? It’s lots of fun and there are major reversals of fortune within the game. One minute you can look like you’re going to be going away with a load of money and perhaps be way ahead of your opponents and then in the next minute you could lose it all in a bankruptcy. Or you could be someone doing really badly, and then you get a Steal bag, and you can steal your opponent’s value. It’s really quite exciting and quite tense. This is your first time hosting a quiz show, how have you found it? I’ve been offered quiz shows before, and they’ve never really seemed right to me. When this came along, it just felt like the right fit for me. It suited my personality and the tone of the game was really working for me. Plus, the fact that there’s a lot of Craig Charles fronts Channel 4’s new quiz show, Moneybags, devised by the team behind Pointless. Jane Haase finds out how he feels about becoming a game-show host money up for grabs for the players really appealed to me as well. There’s a chance to be in the middle of somebody’s life-changing Craig as Dave Lister in Red Dwarf with Danny John-Jules as The Cat (far left), Chris Barrie as Arnold Rimmer, and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten (far right) moment and that’s what got me really excited. There are a few afternoon quiz shows out there – do you see them as rivals or are you happy doing your own thing? This is a Channel 4 show, and I think it is happy in its own skin. I don’t know if they’ve kept it in, but we did take the mick out of some of the other shows. Sometimes I’d tell a contestant, “Fifty thousand pounds in that bag! You’d have to win Pointless 50 times to take that much home, you know!”. So yes, I did have some slight digs but they’re only playful. Is it hard to keep a poker face when you know the contestants have gone wrong? Yeah, I do. I also find it hard not to unintentionally indicate what the right answer is. In the studio, of course, I’ve got Craig Charles on the set of Moneybags There’s a chance to see somebody’s life change. That’s what got me really excited Me and my son and daughter did Britain’s Brightest Family – it turns out, we’re Britain’s Thickest Family! Moneybags host Craig Charles lots of people looking at me to make sure I don’t give any tells. You do have to keep a straight face because you don’t want to give anything away. How would you get on if you were playing as a contestant? I have done a few quizzes lately where I’ve done really quite badly. Me and my son and daughter did Britain’s Brightest Family – it turns out, we’re Britain’s Thickest Family! Craig as Lloyd Mullaney with Corrie co-star Hayley Tammaddon What is your all-time favourite quiz? I do like Pointless. And I like The Chase. I like Eggheads as well. I like quizzes a lot, actually. I love Countdown... I suppose you wouldn’t call that a quiz, really. I’ve just recently filmed some episodes of Countdown where I’ll be in Dictionary Corner and I did quite well. You’ve recently started a new show on BBC Radio 6 Music after nearly 20 years at the station. What do you enjoy about doing radio? I enjoy the immediacy of radio. I think it was brought home during lockdown just how intimate radio can be as a way of entertaining and communicating with people. I’ve always been a radio person. I asked Terry Wogan, “Terry, how do you feel broadcasting for eight million people a morning?”, and he turned around and said, “I don’t, Craig. I just broadcast to one”. So, he used to broadcast like he was just talking to YOU, and that’s what made it so special. I’ve been on the network since the start. I’m like the Ken Barlow of 6 Music. We can’t not mention the legendary Red Dwarf... At our peak, we were getting something like 8.9 million viewers, the highest-rated BBC2 comedy ever – I don’t think that’ll ever get beaten now. And they called it a cult [show]! We were getting twice the viewing figures of Top Gear and they still called it cult. I don’t understand that. What else do you have coming up? I’ve got an album coming out this month called Craig Charles Trunk of Funk Volume 2. I’ve got The Gadget Show [on Channel 5]. And I’ve got a Sky History series on UFOs about all this new material and footage that has been released by the Americans. We’ve interviewed all sorts of people like pilots, and crew on aircraft carriers who have seen unidentified flying objects or have had close encounters. I’ve done that with Sarah Cruddas, she’s an astrophysicist and that’s coming out in January. And then of course I’ve got six days a week for the radio. You’re a busy boy then? You could say that! It’s taken me a long time to become a media darling. You’ll all be sick of the sight of me by January! ■■Moneybags airs weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4 and streams on All 4

4 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE I’m nothing if not predictable. I always kick off my festive columns with gift ideas. They’re to give you inspiration, but I like to leave this column “lying around” in unobtrusive places. Next to the milk in the fridge or Sellotaped to the toothpaste. Because I don’t suggest gifts lightly. They’re gifts I’d like people to buy me. I’ve met the creator of this first gift idea, Victoria Fitzgerald, who was enthused to develop it because she once ordered a cocktail and it was missing the naughty, but moreishly nice, salty rim on the glass. “If you are going to make a cocktail, for goodness sake do it well,” she told me. And so The Salty Rim Company was born. There’s a selection of salty or sweet “dips” in craftily designed tins to give the edge of your cocktail glass a finishing “brim trim”. It’s such a simple but fun way to bring a touch of expertise to a homemade cocktail. New for Christmas is a limited edition festive Santa Baby red and white cocktail rim sugar (the cocktail pictured above is a Cosmo). Others include Classic Margarita Cocktail Salt; Citrus Cocktail Salt; Chilli & Lime Cocktail Salt and a Bloody Mary Brim Trim & Mix. They’re £9.99 a tin, from thesaltyrim.co.uk. Talking of cocktails, the LAIBA Gift Set (RRP £59, online at laibabeverages.com, pictured) is an awardwinning range of bottled cocktails created by worldrenowned mixologist Michael Chen. The gift set includes eight luxury bottled cocktails, including Twisted Negroni with gin, Campari, Cinzano and Cocchi Amaro (yes please, says my note in the fridge!!) and Cold Brew Martini with vodka, coffee, black rum and salted caramel. You can’t go wrong with a gin, and for a bit of fun why not buy one in a light-up phone box. Find the delicious blue gin, London No.1 Gin in its stand-out gift box livery at Selfridges (£42.99). And you can never have enough glasses, in my humble opinion. My favourite selection is online at The Vintage List. There’s a range of handmade cut glasses, inspired by 19th and early 20th century English designs. Prices vary, but my random note next to the toothpaste says nonchalantly “a set of six champagne saucers with a gold rim design”. They would be £72. Happy gift hunting. ■■Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. DAME Mary Berry has worked in the food industry for more than five decades and is always keen to keep learning. The 86-year-old’s new TV series and accompanying cookbook, Love To Cook, sees her get to grips with preserved lemons and white miso, and she’s intent on bringing home cooks along with her. “I enjoy so much the teaching side,” says the Bath-born food writer and presenter, adding that, “Every recipe is achievable. It’s not too many ingredients, and they’re the sort of recipes that your family will go through.” Trained at Le Cordon Bleu and with aeons of experience to back her up, when you speak to her, Mary can’t help but share tips and tricks for making the most of your food – whether you buy it or grow it yourself. Here’s a handful of her best hacks... Grow your own lemons – and prune that lemon tree Mary has a lemon tree she “cherishes” – but she does have an edge: “I look round at other people who have lemon trees and they don’t prune it. I snip away at it in the summer in the growing season. “It’s a lovely shape and very dense now, wonderful green. I feed it and it’s in a very sunny spot.” It’s going into the greenhouse wrapped up for winter, but she says “the other thing you have to do is to pick the fruit. If you leave all the fruit on it, it doesn’t bother to turn the flowers into fruit.” Sow potatoes in big buckets In the new series, Mary meets a celebrated allotmenter, Terry, who taught her a few things about growing potatoes. “He grew potatoes, as I do, in big plastic bins,” she explains. “I said, ‘I’m waiting for the flowers on my potatoes’. He said, ‘You don’t want to do that, you want to put your hand down the side and see whether there’s any’. “So he put his hand down the side of his potatoes, no flowers on them, and up came little tiny potatoes and it was beautiful.” Multiply your supermarket basil Mary gets through a lot of basil in her kitchen – and she doesn’t Nordic seed and nut loaf (900g loaf) Ingredients: Butter or oil, for greasing; 4 large eggs; 3tbsp olive oil; 50g soft dried dates, finely chopped; 5g sea salt; 75g pumpkin seeds; 75g sunflower seeds; 150g pecan nuts, finely chopped; 50g sesame seeds; 3tbsp chia seeds keep it in the fridge, because it likes to be warm. “If you don’t want to sow seeds, you can buy a pot in your supermarket and then nip out the tops, divide them up and spread them out in the garden,” she recommends. “They’ll grow well, or spread them out on the windowsill, so you’ve got more plants.” Make fresh herbs last longer Mary grows her own tarragon, sage, basil and rosemary, and is adept at keeping them fresh. “I put my herbs in a jug or a jam Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. Grease the base and sides of a 900g loaf tin and line with non-stick baking paper. 2. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well using a wooden spoon. 3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45-50 Doyenne of the Kitchen, Mary Berry has more tips and recipes to share Expert tips from the Berry best Mary Berry is back with a new series and cookbook, Love To Cook. Ella Walkergets some top advice jar and slip a poly bag over the top and keep them in the fridge,” she explains. “They’ll keep very well. Parsley, whether you grow flatleaf or ordinary parsley, it doesn’t matter, they’re a very similar flavour – they will keep well if you’ve put the stalks in water.” Keep your roasting tin sparkling Washing up as she goes is classic Mary Berry, but if you’ve got a pan that really won’t shine, she has a back up plan. “If you have a really burnt dish that you’ve been roasting in, put a minutes, until golden brown and firm in the centre. 4. Leave to cool in the tin for five minutes, then loosen the edges with a palette knife, remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely. 5. Slice into thin slices to serve. Berry’s tips: Can be made up to a day before. Freezes well. Buy a pot (of basil) in your supermarket and then nip out the tops, divide them up and spread them out in the garden. They’ll grow well, or spread them out on the windowsill, so you’ve got more plants dishwasher tablet in it and pour boiling water on it and leave it overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily it comes off.” Why cauliflower is a bargain Love To Cook goes big on vegetables, and Mary is a particular fan of cauliflower: “A cauliflower to me is such a good buy. You can roast it, cut thick slices from it, you can fry it, and any of the bits that fall off round the outside, you can stir-fry.” How to cut waste Fully aware of the need to reduce kitchen waste, Mary makes “compost from everything that’s not cooked”, she says, and she’s also a big fan of using re-usable plastic boxes that have often had something else in. “I then wash them and use them again. I use beeswax paper for wrapping, it clings to itself and you can use it again.” On getting the right level of heat Everyone knows what spice level suits them. “My young (family) like chillies so that they jump when they eat them,” says Mary. “In the recipes, I always suggest a small amount. And if you want to add more, do. And spices – I love spices, I love curries. But I think you have to temper them to your family.” ■■Love To Cook by Mary Berry is published by BBC Books, priced £26. Photography by Laura Edwards

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 5 Food & Drink sticky soy and ginger fillet(Serves 4) Ingredients: 1 large pork fillet (600g); 4 spring onions, finely shredded into long, thin strips; 1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced; 2tbsp chopped coriander For the marinade: 4cm fresh root ginger, peeled and grated; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 4tbsp soy sauce; 2tbsp sweet chilli sauce; 3tbsp honey Method: 1. To make the marinade, measure all the ingredients into a dish and mix well. 2. Trim any sinew from the fillet and discard. Sit the fillet in the marinade, season with salt and black pepper and turn to coat until all the fillet is covered. Leave to marinate for a few hours in the fridge. 3. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7 and line a small roasting tin with non-stick baking paper. 4. Remove the fillet from the marinade (reserving the marinade to use later) and sit it in the roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. 5. Remove the fillet from the roasting tin and set aside on a board to rest. Cover with foil and leave for five minutes before carving. 6. Place the reserved marinade in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 7. Carve the pork into slices and arrange on a platter. Pour the hot marinade over the top and scatter with the spring onions, red chilli and coriander. Serve with rice or noodles. Berry’s tips: Can be marinated up to eight hours ahead. If serving cold can be roasted up to four hours ahead. Freezes well raw in the marinade. lemon and lime meringue tranch pie (Serves 8-10) Ingredients: Shortcrust pastry: 150g plain flour; 90g butter, cubed; 2tbsp icing sugar; 1 egg For the filling: 30g cornflour; finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon; finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime; 50g caster sugar; 3 egg yolks For the meringue topping: 3 egg whites; 175g caster sugar; a 12 x 36 x 2.5cm rectangular loose-bottomed fluted or tranche tin. Method: 1. For the pastry: Whizz the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and whiz again until the dough forms a ball. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and roll thinly. Line the tin and press the pastry into the sides. Prick the base with a fork and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6 and place a baking tray in the oven to get very hot. 3. Line the pastry case with non-stick baking paper, add baking beans, place on the hot baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake for another five minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and lightly golden. Leave to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C/130°C fan/Gas 2. 4. For the filling: In a pan whisk together the cornflour and 200ml water. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and lime and place over a medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture has boiled and thickened. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and egg yolks and whisk again. Pour into the pastry case and chill in the fridge. 5. For the meringue topping: Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Add the sugar a little at a time, whisking on full speed, until you have a shiny, glossy meringue. Spoon into a piping bag with a plain 1.5cm nozzle and pipe even blobs over the surface of the chilled custard in a neat pattern. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use two dessert spoons. 6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until pale golden on top and firm to touch. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin. Serve warm with pouring cream. Berry’s tips: Can be made up to eight hours ahead and reheated gently to serve. Not for freezing. Do not serve the pie hot, as the filling may be a bit soft and will spill out of the pastry case. TO SPEND ON YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOP AT chance to win a £100 voucher to spend in store. Perfect to help with the big Christmas shop, stocking fillers, last minute gifts or even a treat for yourself! Christmas treat for Liverpool Echo readers. You could be spending your winning voucher on some of Jack’s brand new festive range including; Jack’s Smash Reindeer Nose Chocolate Cake (£5.49), Jack’s Baking Camembert with Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Herb Chutney (£2), Jack’s Cranberry Sauce which is available for just 55p and Jack’s Sage and Onion Stuffing mix for as little as 30p! 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6 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Book Shelf I’m not afraid of being old... I love the wisdom that it brings Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley talks to Hannah Stephensonabout doing more comedy with Jennifer Saunders and why she’s not planning to retire any time soon It’s hard to believe Joanna Lumley has turned 75 this year when we meet on Zoom, her bright eyes, huge smile and youthful get-upand-go attitude shining through. But when asked how she stays so young-looking, she brings her face closer, pulling both cheeks back with her hands, as if she’s demonstrating some over-the-top facelift, and says it’s lashings of make-up and good lighting. “I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 40 years and I’m never ill,” she adds. “The diet I love best is: eat stuff, mostly vegetables, not too much. And exercise? I have a tall thin house and I run up and down the stairs a lot!” Typically self-deprecating, swishing away compliments with elegant aplomb, part of Joanna’s charm is that she is really good at focusing on others, remembering people’s names, not a sniff of an ego in sight. The former model has been described as a national treasure – an accolade which fills her with equal measures of sheer delight and disbelief – having appeared on our screens for so many decades, from Purdey in The New Avengers, to Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous. She doubts if there will be any more Ab Fab, though. “I don’t think Jennifer (Saunders) and I will stop working together,” she says. “We are always talking about what we might do together, but I don’t think it will be Ab Fab. “Secretly, it’s quite sensible of her – because she’s the writer – to leave it where it was when people just adored it. And June Whitfield’s gone now (the actress died in 2018) and we all felt that that was it.” She’d love to do more comedy with Jennifer, though. Joanna after receiving her OBE in 1995 “I love comedy. I read that one school has started to give girls laughing classes. They do that in the Far East. You feel better for laughing. A lot of the focus quite recently has been on how sad we feel. “We must stop this because it’s very contagious.” Aside from acting, Joanna has also made a name for herself in travel broadcasting, with documentaries on India, Japan, and along the routes of the River Nile and the Trans-Siberian Railway, and as a campaigner for the Gurkhas, animal welfare and human rights. Most recently, in a vocal stand against climate change, she called for a return to ‘wartime rationing’ to help reduce consumption. She has fingers in a lot of campaigning pies. Somehow, you can’t imagine her ever putting her feet up and having an afternoon nap. “The truth is I never stop working, so my leisure time is spent reading, gardening and I adore the natural world,” she says. “I’ve two grandchildren, Alice and Emily, who are 18 and 17. They live in the north of Scotland so I don’t see as much of them as I’d like.” In her latest project she is focusing on royalty with A Queen For All Seasons, a book which celebrates the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee (which takes place next year). At 95, the monarch has 20 years on Joanna, who chuckles when we discuss the Queen’s recent decision to decline the ‘Oldie of the Year’ award, saying that ‘you are only as old as you feel’. Does she agree? “I’m not afraid of being old. I’ve never minded it. For some reason I’ve always wanted to be older. “I love the company of old people. I find it fascinating. When I was 12 I wanted to be 18. When I was 18 I wanted to be 30 and when I was 30 I wanted to be 45. “Gradually I found myself looking forward to being the next age, longing for it almost, not because I want to be grown-up but I just love the wisdom it brings, the lack of anxiety. You understand things more. Strict protocol: Joanna meets the Queen – who is the subject of her new book – in 2013 “I don’t really count birthdays. Sometimes I forget [my age]. I know it’s an old adage to say ‘you’re as old as you feel’ but keep going! “You’ve only got one chance, so it would be a pity to waste it by giving up or not trying your hardest or losing interest in this fantastic, beautiful world that we live in with all its extraordinary glories – and horrors – and being interested in seeing how you can make things better or kinder or happier.” She lives in London with her husband, I don’t deserve a damehood! I’ve got an OBE-Wan Kenobi and that’s good enough musical conductor Stephen Barlow, and has a son, James, from her brief first marriage to actor Jeremy Lloyd. Joanna has enjoyed various encounters with the Queen, receiving an OBE from Her Majesty in 1995, and meeting her during several other occasions connected with her charity work. She is clearly a huge fan and won’t be drawn on the current troubles within the royal family or how the Queen must feel about them. Joanna is far too savvy to make rash proclamations. “I said right at the beginning of the book that this is not about the rest of the royal family. I’m not a historian or a parliamentarian or a biographer. I just wanted to gather from other people how she would perhaps treat all these things, which Joanna and comedy co-star Jennifer Saunders Joanna Lumley, who says she never stops working Joanna on the prospect of more royal honours I don’t go near in the book. “But you can see she has great faith. You get a feeling that she would always have forgiveness in her heart, always be slow to judge and quick to bless, never to make hasty decisions. She would be very measured in her response.” The book offers interesting insights from those who have met the Queen, including Tony Blair, Norman Hartnell, Cliff Richard and Noel Coward, as well as accounts from diarists and courtiers, family members and even those who have had fleeting encounters with her. On meeting the Queen herself, she says: “You are stricken dumb with awe, terror that you’ll do the wrong thing, because there’s always quite a strict protocol – which I’m sure the Queen wouldn’t mind if you didn’t do – but you must say ‘Your Majesty’, you must say ‘Ma’am (pronounced Mam), do a little curtsy, not a big curtsy...” She can’t remember what the Queen said to her when she received her OBE. “You’d be waiting your turn and then you’re brought up and you stand in a certain place, then you must take ‘X’ amount of steps forward, then you must turn around. “I haven’t the smallest idea what she said.” Joanna says she can’t imagine herself ever becoming a dame. “I don’t deserve a damehood!” she exclaims. “I’ve got an OBE-Wan Kenobi and that’s good enough.” But like the Queen, she has no thoughts of retirement. “In my job, it’s time to retire when no one wants you any more,” she reflects. “There’s still so much to do – reading, travelling, things to make, stuff to absorb. I want to cram myself full of this world and this life before I clock out.” In the meantime, she’s sent her new book to the Queen (or at least to her assistant private secretary). “He said very nicely that he would place it before Her Majesty. I like that wording as much as anything in my life. I don’t imagine that she need open the cover.” ■■A Queen For All Seasons (right) by Joanna Lumley is published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 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 In my youth, I couldn’t get enough of 20th century British heroes like Captain Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antarctic), Sir Edmund Hillary, of Mount Everest fame, and athlete Roger Bannister, who ran the world’s first sub four-minute mile. Each seemed super-human in their own way, having pushed themselves beyond boundaries mere mortals like you and I could never achieve, the stuff of legend and immortality. I’m still in awe of giants like Scott, Hillary and Bannister, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve discovered that true grit and endeavour comes in many forms, with seemingly ordinary people capable of achieving remarkable things. Take a bow BBC North West weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans. His successful 24-hour ‘Drumathon’ for the BBC’s Children in Need attracted donations of £3m, making him the charity’s most successful ever fundraiser. And hard on his heels, rugby legend Kevin Sinfield ran 101 miles in 24 hours this week, to raise over £1m for Motor Neurone research in the fight to discover a cure for a disease that continues to devastate many lives, including his ex-Leeds Rhinos team-mate and friend Rob Burrow. Sinfield had already raised £2.7m last year, by running seven marathons in seven days. I have run one just marathon, the 1976 Liverpool event, in which I was all over the road on reaching the 20-mile stage that serious runners call ‘the wall’. A spectator handed me a Mars Bar. Incredibly, that sugar rush carried me the six miles to the finishing line. As a journalist, strange challenges often come your way. I was once asked to represent the Echo as an Army team targeted a place in the Guinness Book of Records by leap-frogging up Snowdon from a starting point in Llanberis, 3,560 feet below. The idea was that the first member would run forward ten yards and crouch down, the second then leaping over him, and so on. You would find yourself leaping over nine people before ‘making a back’ yourself. We trained for months ahead of the big day, and were eventually successful. Okay, it wasn’t on the same level as Hillary’s Everest success, but it was pretty unusual, and certainly physically exhausting on an increasingly steep mountain terrain. I doubt I could leap over one crouched back these days. I was proud when my daughter Corinne and daughter-in-law Naomi – remembering a loved grandmother – competed in the testing Yorkshire 24-mile 3-Peaks challenge some months back, raising Motor Neurone research funds like Kevin Sinfield. Heroes clearly come in many guises. ■■kenrogersecho@gmail.com ■■www.losttribeofeverton.com Liverpool Mayor Alderman J. McMillan turns on the lights as the Lady Mayoress watches, in December 1963 Tripping the LIGHTS fantastic! Brookside’s Doreen Sloane and David Easter with twins Alan and Steven Patterson, in November 1984 the stars who Lit up liverpool’s christmas streets in years past Late November has traditionally been the time for the big switch-on when it comes to Liverpool’s Christmas lights. In the 1950s, it was down to the Mayor to turn on the illuminations – usually with the aid of what looked like an over-sized fuse box! The operation got slicker in the 1960s when celebrities like Ken Dodd and singer Tommy Steele kicked off festivities. Back in 1984, it was the stars of TV soap Brookside who drew the crowds to Church Street to witness the annual Christmas event. Launched by Phil Redmond on Brookside’s Sinbad (Michael Starke) did the honours in 1996 Comedian Faith Brown made a big impression in 1988 Channel 4 in 1982, Brookside was starting to pick up in the ratings two years later as its characters became national figures. Our photo shows Birkenhead actress Doreen Sloane, who played Annabelle Collins, along with David Easter, who was Pat Hancock. Switching the lights on with them are twins Alan and Steven Patterson. Brookside fans will remember they played Gary and ‘Little’ George Jackson in the series. One of Brookside’s most recognised stars, Liverpool actor Michael Starke, turned on the festive lights for 1996 in Continued on page 8

8 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Past Life Tom Slemen TALES from the PAST I’ve changed a few names in this story for reasons of confidentiality. In November 1979, a 25-year-old lad named Roger was utterly heartbroken after losing his longterm girlfriend Francine, who had died in her sleep from natural causes. She was interred in Toxteth Park Cemetery, and Roger visited the grave every day. He turned to drink because he found that, despite what friends told him, time did nothing to ease his pain. Then, one Saturday afternoon as he was putting a bouquet on the grave, a female voice behind him said: ‘Oh, those flowers are lovely!’ Roger turned to see a beautiful girl with amazing sky-blue eyes, dressed in old-fashioned clothes that looked Victorian. He realised the young lady was a ghost, but surprised himself by not being afraid at all; he was just so glad to have some company, as he was very lonely. The girl held his hand tightly. She said her name was Amy. She told him one day, he’d be with Francine, but that he’d meet someone else long before then. Amy then faded away, but returned the next day when Roger visited the cemetery. AMY The ghost was like his rock; he’d look for her every day at the cemetery, and most people couldn’t see her - except an old woman who was partially sighted; she could see Amy as an outline. Roger actually fell in love with Amy, and kissed her, and on one occasion he held her beneath a tree and passionately kissed her for some time. She warned him though, that that type of love - between the living and the dead - was frowned upon by ‘those beyond’ – but she didn’t explain who ‘they’ were. On one occasion, a mugger confronted Roger at the cemetery, and Amy appeared and screamed at the thug, who ran off in terror. Roger became so besotted with the ghost that he said he wouldn’t mind dying to be with her, and Amy became very angry and said she would leave him if he talked like that again. In the end, Roger met someone, as the ghost forecast, and for a while he was torn between his earthly love and his love in the hereafter, but Amy told him he’d have to let go and choose the living. Roger married his secular sweetheart, and now has a large family. He named one of his daughters Amy, after the kind-hearted ghost who got him through the hardest time of his life. ■■Haunted Liverpool 34 is out on Amazon. Left, Ken Dodd arrives at the switch-on in style in a vintage Renault, in 1970; and above, TV personalities Tom O’Connor and Debbie Greenwood, in 1979 Stars who lit up the city Continued from page 7 front of a large crowd in the city centre. Starke played window cleaner Thomas ‘Sinbad’ Sweeney on the soap for 16 years, before reappearing as head porter Kenneth Hopkirk in the ITV hospital drama The Royal. Starke also had a stint on Coronation Street from 2007 to 2008, playing kebab shop owner Jerry Morton. In November 1988, it was the turn of comedian and impressionist Faith Brown to entertain the Church Street crowds. Born in Liverpool, Brown found fame on the ITV show Who Do You Do? from 1972 to 1976 alongside stars such as Russ Abbott, Michael Barrymore, Les Dennis, Dustin Gee and Freddie Starr. It was laughs all the way in 1969 when Ken Dodd switched on the lights in his usual madcap style. He was back again a year later with a small army of children dressed as Diddymen. As our picture shows, Dodd paraded through the city centre in a vintage 1911 Renault car, unmistakably dressed in a fur coat and classic Diddyman hat. The Knotty Ash singer and comedian was at the height of his fame in 1960s and early 1970s – so much so that his popularity rivalled the Beatles! Back in December 1963, it was down to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Liverpool to turn on the lights in Clayton Square – without the aid of any fancy switches or golden buttons! Almost hidden behind a huge box of wires under the Christmas tree is Alderman J. McMillan. We’re sure he emerged unscathed! Entertainer Tom O’Connor was the star attraction in November 1979. Born in Bootle, ex-teacher O’Connor found fame on the Granada Clayton Square’s Christmas lights twinkle in the snow, in December 1962 TV show The Comedians. Alongside him in the city centre is former beauty queen and TV presenter Debbie Greenwood. Born in Liverpool, Greenwood worked for Granada TV before moving to BBC’s Breakfast Time in 1985. Finally, after all the buzz and excitement of the big switch-on, there’s time to reflect in the winter stillness of Clayton Square in December 1962. Snow has fallen and Christmas trees lights are twinkling through the darkness. One of the square’s most prominent features was the Liverpool Picture House, which changed its name a number of times down the years. In this image it’s the Gala International Film Theatre, although it was also known as the Liverpool News Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre before it closed down as an entertainment venue in 1972. It then became a church. ■ ■ Clayton Square features in iNostalgia’s latest book Liverpool and Merseyside Then and Now. It’s available to buy now at £12.99 on inostalgia.co.uk or on the order hotline 01928 503777. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for all generations!

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 9 Past Life John Crane Under the hammer What do you do with spare cash you may have sitting in the bank, doing nothing exceptional and gathering very little interest? It is a problem some people may have, and great prudence is always advised. I often encounter clients who have ‘invested’ in works of art, namely pictures. Some relatively contemporary painters’ work has increased in value if they are truly exceptional, but most don’t in the short term of a few years. I recently had a disappointed client who wanted me to auction two pictures he had bought from a well-known artist for several thousand pounds 30 years ago; at auction they are worth only a few hundred pounds each now. The ‘investment’ return you receive from owning pictures is the pleasure they give you every time your eye alights on them, and can not be measured in financial terms. Some pictures by today’s living artists may become extremely sought-after many decades into the future, if your eye is good now and you make the right choice and listen to experienced advice. I don’t generally recommend anyone in particular, but I recently visited Sarah Samuels’ Gallery, which she has attached to her home in Hoole, in Chester, and I was impressed by the quality and care she gives to each client’s choice and purchase. Sarah has been supplying pictures for 30 years to clients from all parts of the UK. Vase of Flowers - John Martin RBA £3,500 at Sarah Samuels Gallery Details can be found online, and it is worth a visit for a special Christmas gift to your home. I have illustrated one of Sarah’s exhibits (above), and a very contrasting 17th century Dutch picture (below) in our special Picture Auction starting online on December 23. There is a Cato Crane antiques auction online now at The-Saleroom.com with lots of jewellery; something for everyone, and worth a look! I am available for advice almost any time at our Wirral office, on 0151 342 2321. Happy hunting, careful investing – and always remember to leave yourself the bus fare home! A small 17th century portrait at auction in December, for £600-£900 On land and sea, unexpected havoc can be caused by powerful natural forces suddenly bringing fear, death and disruption. A newly-built steamship was wrecked off the Skerries, Anglesey, in January 1854 - miraculously no-one died. The 1,130-ton Olinda set off from Liverpool, bound for Brazil via Lisbon, carrying a valuable cargo of manufactured goods and about 20 passengers. The Olinda struck the Harry Furlong Rocks in treacherous, churning seas and a raging gale (above). Her crew managed to successfully lower the boats and row the passengers to shore. Rescuers reached the wreck and saved the rest of the crew and most of the mail bags. The wreck of another brand-new ship the same month sadly did not have a happy ending when hundreds died. The Tayleur was the largest merchant vessel of her day but she was wrecked on her maiden voyage with the loss of 372 lives. Built at Warrington, she seemed destined for years of profitable service in the booming emigrant trade. She set sail from Liverpool heading for Melbourne, carrying 652 passengers and crew. Most of those on board were heading for new lives in Australia. Two days later the 1,750-ton Tayleur struck a reef off Lambay Island, five miles east of the Irish mainland. She sank within 30 minutes and many emigrants were among the victims while most of the 71 crew survived. An inquiry revealed many glaring faults – the compasses didn’t work because of the iron hull, the rudder was too small, rigging was faulty and there were only 37 trained seamen among the crew. They thought they were travelling south across the Irish Sea when in fact the Tayleur was heading west to disaster. Rough seas create spectacular sights when they reach the shore, huge waves crashing against sea walls. Ferocious seas sweep into shore at West Kirby on a 1915 tinted postcard (below left). The wreck of the Olinda in 1854 Nature’s fierce power Stephen Guy merseyside tales Stormy seas off Tell’s Tower, West Kirby They almost reach the top of Tell’s Tower, a well-known landmark overlooking the estuary. The small circular tower was built by Cumming Macdona MP in memory of Tell, his beloved St. Bernard dog. When Tell died in 1871, Cumming built the tower in the corner of his garden and buried his pet underneath. A plaque read: “In Memory of the St. Bernard dog Tell, Ancestor of most of the Roughcoated Champions of England, and himself winner of every prize in the kingdom. He was of majestic appearance, noble character and of undoubted courage.” Landslips, avalanches and subsidence can endanger life and property. A crowd stands looking at a Northwich hotel leaning precariously, pictured on an Edwardian postcard (below right). Subsidence can be caused by salt mining and other factors in this part of Cheshire. ■ ■ Stephen Guy chairs the historic Lowlands West Derby Community Centre. Details at www.lowlands.org.uk or 0151 226 5352. A subsiding hotel, in Northwich

10 ECHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 @LivEchoNews Style Counsel 6of the Best clutch bags 1 Velvet sequin shoulder blazer £95, skinny jeans £39, strappy camisole £35 All clothes available from wallis.co.uk Right: Chain-neck dress £75, shoes stylist’s own Animal print clutch £45, Oliver Bonas 2 Beaded clutch £22.50, Accessorize 3 Rainbow beaded clutch £49, Next 4 *All prices correct at time of going to press Dorothy Perkins metallic clutch £24, Debenhams.com 5 Ted Baker slouchy clutch £95, John Lewis 6 Rhinestone clutch £8.99, Shein She’s in fashion TV’s Christine Lampard has got all your Christmas partywear needs sorted with her first collection with Wallis. EMMA JOHNSON takes a look

facebook.com/theliverpoolecho SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 ECHO 11 Red animal metallic ruffle belted dress £69 EMMA JOHNSON deal me out of black friday Style Counsel Black Friday sales have been big business in the UK for some years now Embellished jumper £55, A-line faux leather skirt £35, boots stylist’s own. Also cover picture Red velvet blazer £85 and trousers £55, camisole £35 Teal metallic ruffle maxi dress £120 How was your Black Friday? Is there a shiny new widescreen TV on your living room wall? Is supper bubbling away in a cut-price slow cooker? I don’t think I have ever been less excited about a Black Friday as I was about this one. And that is saying something given that this time last year we couldn’t even go to the shops, let alone bag a bargain. Then again, I can’t remember the last time I went on a realworld retail therapy binge. My weekly ‘big shops’ at Lidl and Aldi don’t count. It also occurred to me recently that, beyond food and unavoidable household purchases, I can’t remember the last time I actually paid full price for anything. I even buy my wine in a ‘Mix six’ at Majestic ‘cos they knock a few quid off. My desire for a discount is not new. I got it from my momma, as the kids say. She’ll buy anything that’s marked down. Last year she bought an escalator. An old joke, I know. But she definitely raised me to always feel like I am getting value for money, whether I am buying three boxes of cat food for the price of two or a Balmain biker jacket with £100 off. Just this week she rang me to check if I knew they were selling Mulberry handbags in our local TK Maxx for a fraction of the RRP. Now that I do almost all of my clothes shopping online – a decision driven largely by lack of choice on the real-world high street – looking for reductions is second nature. Sitting at my laptop or scrolling through my phone, I don’t only have a dozen or so shops in which to find the perfect pair of jeans or that little black party dress, I have stores around the world to choose from. There’s always a sale on somewhere. You could say every Monday’s a Cyber Monday in my house. In recent months I have had clothes arrive on my doorstep from Paris, Milan and Los Angeles. Word of warning, a great discount might not be quite so great when you add international postage to it. Discounts are without doubt a big draw for consumers. So much so that some online fashion giants – household names among them – appear to be perpetually in ‘sale’ mode with a price in red next to every listing on their sites. These stores know that we are hardwired to see the red colour and be drawn to it, while studies have shown that words like “sale”, “deal” and “bargain” trigger a reward reaction in our brains. The trick is ensuring your reward doesn’t morph into remorse. Remember, if you wouldn’t buy it full price, don’t get it just because it has been reduced. This Christmas shopping season make sure it’s not a case of buy now, pain later. Supermarket ranges have been getting better and better in recent years as they take their cues from the catwalks. But if you’re scouring the rails at your local Asda this weekend and spot something that looks a little Gucci-esque you may want to take a closer look at the label. To tie in with the highly anticipated release of Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci – which I can’t wait to see – George at Asda has hidden a host of pre-loved Gucci buys across their stores. Yes you read that right. You could pick up a genuine piece of designer fashion for as little as £12. The only catch is no-one knows which supermarkets they are in. A quick Google search reveals there are just over 600 Asda stores in the UK. I think I might need a few days off work....

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