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    PEOPLE in south Liverpool are being urged to rally round to help Woolton Village win a national award.

    After a five-year run of success in the North West in Bloom competition, Woolton village has been selected to represent the region in this summer's national competition, Britain In Bloom.


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    The village will be competing against nine others in the large village category.

    Organisers Woolton In Bloom are aiming for the coveted silver award, but say the community needs to pull together to make it happen.

    Cllr Barbara Collinge, one of the leaders of Woolton In Bloom, said: "When we started entering North West in Bloom in 2001 we wanted to bring the community together after a debate over a traffic scheme caused divisions.

    "We've been very successful in competing against some of the prettiest chocolate box villages in the country who don't have the same problems an urban village has with things like graffiti.

    "The prospect of watering 70 hanging baskets around the village is quite daunting, and we really need more people to come and help."

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    THE FUTURE of Liverpool's last independent picture house was uncertain last night after the widow of its former owner announced she wants to sell the Woolton venue.

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    LIVERPOOL'S last privately-owned picture house needs a saviour after the last picture show. The future of the Woolton Cinema has been uncertain since the unexpected death of its owner David Wood in June.

    Mr Wood's widow Fleur has now decided she is unable to run it and the picture house will close its doors on September 3.

    But the Wood family and the cinema's 12-strong workforce hope the silver screen will be turned on once again - four interested parties have already come forward.

    Cashier supervisor Judy Ball said: "We all love this place and we know how much the community loves it.

    "It is the last independent cinema in Liverpool and there is nowhere else like it.

    "We don't care what happens, as long as it is saved."

    Ms Ball, of West Derby, says she had to turn her head to wipe away tears when a small boy asked what was going to happen to the cinema.

    "We were all devastated when David died. We had been praying that he would pull through.

    "It is understandable why Fleur would want to sell the place. She doesn't know the industry and the cinema was always David's baby. The situation is just so sad.

    "People come from all over the place to the Woolton. They won't go to any other cinema, what will they do now?"

    After Mr Wood was taken ill in April, dedicated staff have been determined to keep the cinema going, not least projectionist David Parr.

    Mr Parr, the cinema's only full-time employee, said last night: "The body of the cinema remains. The staff is its pulse, but David was its heart.

    "We have kept going as a tribute to him, but also because we love the cinema so much and it has to be kept alive."

    Pat Cobham, the cinema's accountant and company secretary, confirmed that four businessmen have already come forward.

    One of the potential buyers is believed to be Wirral-born Charles Morris, who owns a small independent chain, which included the Royalty in Bowness, Cumbria and the Regal in Lancaster.

    Ms Cobham said: "Mrs Wood felt there was no way she could keep the cinema open, she has a full-time job and it was always her husband who dealt with the day-to-day running of it.

    "There has not been any interest from property developers. It would be a difficult site to develop." Mr Wood was the last bastion of traditional cinema in Liverpool, and after his death at the age of 59, projectionists acros proclaimed the end of an era for private cinema.

    His grandfather had opened the city's first purpose-built picture house, the Bedford Hall in Walton, on Boxing Day in 1908.

    This led to the well-known Bedford Cinema chain which included the Abbey Cinerama in Wavertree and many others like King's Hall at Anfield, Mayfair on Aigburth Road and the Plaza in Allerton.

    Later the chain was run by David's father, Tony Wood. David Wood worked briefly in his father's cinemas but mainly worked in the distribution side.

    It wasn't until he took a gamble in 1992 that he made his first and only move into the cinema-running side of the business by purchasing Woolton Cinema.

    The single screen at Woolton is well-loved by cinema enthusiasts for its old-fashioned presentation with plush comfortable seats and an atmosphere harking back to the golden era of cinema.

    Mrs Wood said: "He loved that cinema. He was proud to continue a family tradition that spanned almost a century."

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    Woolton village in south Liverpool is representing the North West in Britain in Bloom and preparing for the judges visit on Tuesday 1st August.

    About Woolton

    Woolton quarry supplied the sandstone for many of Liverpool’s buildings including the Anglican Cathedral.

    In the Victorian times many of Liverpool’s successful and rich merchants moved out to the area.

    On 6th July 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at the St Peter’s church fete in Woolton.

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    Hope the picture house stays, want to go there!

    Taking a real liking to that area, don't know why but it looks peacful and nice to live around.

    I go for bike rides up there even though it's just to Tesco and back hahaha.

    The Allerton cinema is still a single screen so it's not the only one but it's owned by the Odeon that one.

    Lots of Forestry in Woolton which I like although some of it's near Netherly which I don't like.
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    Chanting children catch

    suspects


    A group of primary school pupils foiled a gang of armed robbers by memorising their car registration as a chant.

    The

    children, aged nine and 10, from Liverpool, repeated the chant while another pupil ran into the school for a pen and paper to take down the

    details.

    Police were able to trace the suspects less than 40 minutes after the robbery, said a spokeswoman.

    Three men, aged 19, 22 and 23, are

    being questioned on suspicion of robbery by Merseyside Police.

    The incident began just before 1100 BST on Tuesday when a gang of robbers, armed with a

    knife, threatened a security guard making a delivery to a bank in the Woolton area of the city.

    Cash stolen

    The gang stole a cash box and

    escaped in a waiting car, which they later abandoned.

    But they were spotted by a woman walking her dog who memorised their registration

    number.

    A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "Because she didn't have a pen and paper on her, she went to nearby Woolton junior school, where a

    group of children were just about to leave for a swimming lesson.

    "She repeated the car's registration number and the children began a chant to help

    them remember it, while one of them ran into the school for a pen and paper.

    "Police were quickly on the scene and three suspects were traced to an

    address in Childwall, where they were arrested less than 40 minutes after the initial robbery."

    The spokeswoman thanked the children and the woman.

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