Local Life - St Helens - July 2018


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St Helens Edition July 2018

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School’s out

After it felt like spring lasted a lifetime, I can’t

believe we can now say summer is here. But

what does that mean for us? Longer days, a summer

holiday whether on the British Isles or further afield,

and some warm weather and sunshine. But if the

months of May and June are anything to go by, I’ve

got everything crossed for a proper British summer.

Do you remember the summers when anything

seemed possible with six weeks of holiday ahead?

I’m personally envious of the teachers, school staff

and students who will skip out through the school

doors over the next few weeks.

But for readers with young children, July can be

filled with excitement and dread. How can they be

entertained for a month-and-a-half? With that in

mind, Local Life has gathered together all the very

best activities St Helens has to offer.

St Helens’ first International Food and Drink

Festival is here on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July

7. The event celebrates St Helens’ international

relationships, particularly with Stuttgart and

Chalon-sur-Saone. There’ll be lots of delicious treats

around town too!

But if your kids love to get musical, there’ll be

a Performing Arts Summer School from Mon,

Jul 30, to Aug 3. For tickets and info, visit www.


Until then, see you next time!

Niamh Ollerton, Deputy Editor


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22 Class From The Past

30 Puzzle Corner

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34 Travel

38 Health

48 Jack’s Tracks

52 Garden Diary

56 Test Drive

52 Gardening

56 Motoring

58 Home Services


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Prompting action

Rainford Action Group will soon hold

a public meeting regarding the St

Helens Local Plan.

On Sunday, July 8, 6.30pm the group will meet at

Rainford Village Hall to outline the current situation.

Carolyn Barton from the group said: “In the

last version of the Local Plan, St Helens Council

proposed developing six protected sites in Rainford.

St Helens Council said at least 1,140 houses would

be built on them.

“We believe building on such a scale would disrupt

residents for decades, see an unacceptable loss of

protected land and place an impossible strain on

local infrastructure.

St Helens Council’s housing plans would see

protected land throughout the borough destroyed

even though research suggests thousands of

homes could be built on brown field land.”

But what does the group hope for? Carolyn

said: “We were hoping the council will take our

comments into consideration as they prepare the

next version of the local plan and come up with

more realistic proposals.

A representative from St Helens Council said: “No

applications have been submitted to develop land

in the Green Belt. Only the access road proposed

and previously granted as part of the Canmoor

development is the Green Belt.

For more information in the meantime, search

for Rainford Action Group on Facebook or email


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Young volunteers are needed for St Helens libraries

annual summer challenge.

If you’re aged 13-19, love books and would like to

inspire younger children, the service wants to hear

from you.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018, Mischief

Makers, will engage thousands of children in St

Helens to read over the long school holidays.

Calling volunteers

Children are challenged to read six books and

are rewarded with a certificate and medal if they


Volunteers will help library staff to run the challenge

and summer activities, and talk to children about

the books they’ve been reading.

But why volunteer? The young people will gain

valuable work experience and make a positive

contribution to the community.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s

portfolio holder for libraries said: “The annual

Summer Reading Challenge is a massive occasion

which has seen thousands of children take part over

the years.

“But none of this would have been possible without

the help and support of volunteers.

Places are limited, so please contact your local

library or email catotempelman@sthelens.gov.uk

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St Helens Library Service

has launched a community

archive website to celebrate

St Helens’ 150 year history.

St Helens Community Archive website

will allow residents to explore the

borough’s rich history through digital


Picture perfect

Residents can explore images and

upload and contribute their own photos,

audio and memories to the collection.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s

portfolio holder for libraries said: “It’s exciting to

offer this unique website to the people of St Helens.

“I am looking forward to getting involved and have

already seen some of the photos we have received

from Haydock residents which give a unique view

into our past culture and heritage.

“I would encourage residents to contribute to the

archive so that in years to come, future generations

can relive significant moments of the borough’s


Made possible by a £86,400 grant by the Heritage

Lottery Fund, the St Helens Community Archive

also includes the digitisation and preservation of

historic oral cassette recordings and photographs

from the borough collections, as well as

engagement activities for schools and members of

the community.

Find out more at www.sthelenscommunityarchive.


ADHD Support Group

Organisers of a group who support people with

ADHD are appealing for more members.

Clair’s Parents Meeting Parents ADHD Support

Group is for families who deal with ADHD on a daily


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a

behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such

as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Although the group is based in St Helens, organisers

hope to welcome parents from the surrounding


They hold a day and evening meeting once a

month for parents and carers to get together and

share experiences. Speakers cover topics including

sleep issues, dental hygiene, understanding ADHD

and stress reduction.

The group is run by a motivated committee, headed

by the founder Clair, who all have experience of

ADHD through caring for children with ADHD and

or personally have ADHD.

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Championing mental health

A St Helens company has been praised

for its staff mental health pledge

Longworth Building Services Ltd, based on the

Haydock Industrial Estate recently signed the ‘time

to change’ pledge.

It allows staff to come forward with ideas on what

they can do to help end the stigma of mental health

and help colleagues.

Since the pledge was signed during Mental Health

Awareness Week in May, it led to over 50 per cent of

the 68 employee-strong business committing to a

pledge on the day, with pledges still being returned.

And 10 members of staff, including members of the

board, signed up as mental health champions who

will hold monthly meetings for any members of

staff who can benefit from them.

Melissa Fazackerley, the company’s new SHEQ

manager said: “We invest in looking after the health

and safety of our employees and mental health is a

valuable part of that investment.

“I can confidently say we are well on our

way to fighting the stigma and becoming an

understanding and supportive employer.”

Sue Walker, St Helens Council’s Business Liaison

Officer added: “Mental health is an issue businesses

can’t ignore as it the leading cause of sickness

absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per

employee per year.

“I’m delighted to see companies like this stand up

and realise how precious mental health is.”


“It’s like a tap dripping on

my head every minute of

every day.”

These are the words of a mum

who for 30 years has been

fighting to get justice for her

murdered daughter.

Marie McCourt wants Helen’s

Law to be introduced in

memory of her 22-year-old

daughter who was killed by

pub landlord Ian Simms in


Helen, from Billinge, vanished

on February 9, 1988, after

getting off a bus on her way

home from work. Just weeks

later, Helen’s handbag and

clothes were found on a

river bank 15 miles away and

overwhelming DNA evidence

was found in Simms car.

Marie has campaigned since

2015 for parole to be denied

to killers who refuse to reveal

the whereabouts of victims’ remains. Simms, 63, has

maintained his innocence and has never revealed

what he did with the body.

Helen’s Law

Gemma Sherlock speaks to the mum who for 30 years

has been battling to find her daughter’s remains.

But in a recent House of Commons questions session

Justice Minister Rory Stewart confirmed that the

Government is actively considering two new options

relating to the introduction of Helen’s Law.

He said: “There is something peculiarly disgusting

about the sadism involved in an individual

murdering somebody and then refusing to reveal

the location of the victim’s body.

“We are absolutely clear this is an absolutely

disgusting practice and we ought to be able to

use legal methods to impose consequences on


individuals who refuse to reveal the location of a


Helen’s Law calls for; denying parole to murderers for

as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts

of their victim’s remains, passing a full life tariff

(denying parole or release) until the murderer

discloses the location and automatically applying

the following rarely-used common law offences in

murder trials without a body; preventing the burial

of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a

corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner.

Marie said she felt Justice Stewart’s words were a

miracle from heaven. Marie, 74 said: “It is a positive

step, it has been going on for two and a half years


“It’s like a tap dripping on my head, every minute of

every day.

“We wouldn’t torture terrorists found guilty of

murder to get information because we don’t believe

in that and yet there are people like me who have

not broken any laws and are allowed to suffer every

minute of every day. All I want is a burial for my


Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North has welcomed

confirmation by the Parole Board that it has added

guidelines on murderers who refuse to reveal the

whereabouts of their victim’s remains.

Mr McGinn has worked with his constituent Marie

and a cross-party group of MPs to get Helen’s Law on

the statute book to block the release from jail of any

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murderers who refuse to reveal where their victim’s

remains are under a proposed “no body, no parole”


The guidelines mean that parole hearings can take

account of “wilful and deliberate withholding of

information about the whereabouts of the victim’s


However Parole Board’s chief executive Martin Jones

added that it would be unlawful for the Parole Board

to deny a prisoner’s release on that basis alone.

Mr McGinn welcomed the change to the guidelines,

but renewed his call on the Government to do more

to give peace to Marie more than three decades

since her daughter’s murder.

He said: “We need urgent action from the

Government so Marie and other grieving relatives

who are enduring a similar torment can find peace

by giving their loved ones a proper funeral.”

But Marie has now learned a prison governor

is “standing by the decision” to allow Simms

unescorted day release.

“Because Ian Simms is in an open prison I have been

told by my victim’s liaison officer he would be having

two escorted visits into a town nearby by the end of

May and if that goes well then at the end of June he

will have two or three unescorted visits into town,”

said Marie.

“He shouldn’t be allowed on unescorted visits until

this is sorted out.

“I don’t want him to be kept in prison all his life, all I

want is for him to admit his guilt and say where my

daughter’s remains are.”

Helen’s Law has been introduced abroad, including

in Australia where five states have adopted the ‘no

body, no parole’ rule. In order to get Helen’s Law onto

the statute book in England, the Government needs

to change the law in Parliament.

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Adult volunteers are urgently needed to keep a

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9th Wigan West Brownies needs volunteers to

keep the unit up and running. The group meets on

Mondays evenings from 6pm-7.30pm at Bispham

Methodist Church Hall, Crank Road, Billinge.

The unit celebrates its 50th Birthday this year and

hopes to build the team and support unit growth.

Unit leaders are responsible for leading a team and

delivering a programme of activities and events.

Assistant leaders share the responsibility for

delivering the programme and encouraging


Unit helpers provide weekly assistance to support

the activities.

An essential part for any adult role is enthusiasm

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Competition winners

The results are in for LocalLife’s recent competition.

Readers entered our latest competition for a chance

to win a pair of tickets for The Beatles Story museum

in Liverpool.

Six people bagged the prize.

The winners were as follows: Chris Mottram of

Sherwood Close in Rainhill;

Sean Maguire of Ritherup Lane in Rainhill;

Andrea Watts of Spinners Drive in St Helens;

Margaret Stevenson of Hamilton Road in Garswood;

Lillian Robinson from Barwell Avenue in St Helens;

Mark Tuckley of Powell Drive in Billinge.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to

all who entered.


Community watch

A Billinge resident has set up

a neighbourhood watch

scheme for the local


Dave Henshaw launched ‘The Billinge

Community Neighbourhood Watch

Scheme’ on Wednesday, May 30 to help

residents feel safer.

The Billinge Residents Association and The Billinge

Parish Council also agreed a scheme would benefit

the community and the scheme was put in motion.

Dave – the neighbourhood watch coordinator – will

be doing the Run Aintree 10K on Sunday, July 29 to

raise funds for signage and window stickers to put

up around the village.

Dave set up a JustGiving page which has

raised £532, surpassing the £300 target.

He said: “I am humbled at all of your

support for ‘The Billinge Community

Neighbourhood Watch’ scheme. It is

truly appreciated and it will make a

big difference, for that I am extremely


“Every penny we receive will make a huge difference

in preventing crime in our village and I will continue

to raise awareness for the scheme together with

all of our 157 registered members, to ensure our

residents feel much safer.”

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St Helens’ first International

Food and Drink Festival

arrives this July.

On Friday, July 6, 11am–7pm and

Saturday, July 7, 10am–6pm the free

festival will see a variety of stalls in

Church Square as part of the borough’s

150th anniversary celebrations.

The festival will feature international

food and drink stalls, as well as a wide

range of entertainment including The

Lancashire Hotpots.

St Helens’ international relationships will also be a

focus, particularly with partner towns Stuttgart, and

Chalon-sur-Saone in France.

International delights

Ahead of the festival, a group of German brewers

visited St Helens to create a collaborative ale to

commemorate the 70th anniversary of the twinning

arrangement between Stuttgart and St Helens.

David Raudonat, Thomas Hessel and Joachim

Schneider from Dinkelacker – a 130-year-old

family-run brewery – met with Kevin Yates from

Connoisseur Ales based on Church Street.

Orrell Live is set to get guests rocking at this year’s


On Saturday, September 8, Orrell Cricket Club will

accommodate all music tastes with acts including

chart-topping 5ive; Oaces; Beverly Savarin’s

Whitney Houston tribute.

Local musicians will also perform including

Reflectionz; Haze; Olivia Garcia; Planet Abba.

Golborne Brass Band will close the show with some

pomp and pageantry.

Guests can enjoy champagne and cocktail bars, a

selection of food bars, and enjoy a treat from the

Representatives from Dinkelacker pictured with Kevin Yates

from Connoisseur Ales (centre) and town centre manager,

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The meeting saw the creation of a recipe for a 4.1

per cent ale called ‘Siebzig’ meaning ‘seventy.’

Kevin from Connoisseur Ales said: “We benefitted

from over 130 years of brewing knowledge and

were introduced to new ingredients we are likely to

incorporate in future beers.”

Joachim from Dinkelacker added: “We brought

three local hops over with us which we use to brew

our ‘Festbier’ – our beer for special occasions – and

used them together with English hops.”

For more information visit www.sthelens150.co.uk

on-site ice cream man. Attendees can bring their

own picnic and booze too!

Tickets are available online at www.orrell-live.co.uk



Young musicians

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and their parents will launch a fundraising

campaign to raise £1,000 to help fund the trip.

The tour would consist of four nights and five days

away on the Continent, with members of the Youth

Orchestra and Youth Choir performing two concerts.

On Friday, July 20, a special ticketed Music Service

concert will be held at the YMCA Sports Hall with a

cake sale, with stalls of bric-a-brac and books.

The group will also hold a raffle throughout the Lost

in Music concerts from Monday, July 2 to Thursday,

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Dr Jeremy Sleith, Head of Music Service said: “This

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people in our service to grow their confidence and

to develop their music skills, and we hope local

people can help support their dream.”

The Music Service is always open to new members,

welcoming all children and young people who live

or learn in the borough.

It provides a range of activities and opportunities

to encourage all children and young people to

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dwelling along with alterations to the existing

driveway (ref: P/2018/0357/FUL).


Le Chateau, Millfield Lane: Erection of two dwellings

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85 Rookery Lane: Demolition of existing dwelling

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Gemma Sherlock delves into a mountaineering club

which is celebrating 60 wonderful years.

For sixty years a passion for climbing has brought hundreds together for one

purpose – a sense of adventure.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of St Helens

Mountaineering Club, and to celebrate the club has

published a 176 page historical booklet, packed full

with memorabilia.

Here at Local Life we have been lucky enough to get

our hands on one of the booklets which includes

many milestones such as adventurous trips away

and member’s experiences.

The first chairman Arthur Helsby, who took the

helm from its inception in 1957 to 1962, looks back

on the club’s humble beginnings.

“To trace the roots of the St Helens Mountaineering

Club one has to go back to the early 1950s, when

independent groups of young people from the St

Helens area started to take an interest in the sport

of mountaineering and rock climbing,” said Mr

Helsby, in his prologue taken from the book.

“It was a time when the nation was emerging from

post war austerity, although there were still some

remnants of war time food rationing in force. It

was also a time when young people were looking

towards the outdoors for adventures and what better adventure than rock climbing

and mountaineering.

“Unfortunately, it was difficult to find a local club in those days because few existed

and those that did such as the Wayfarers and the Rucksack clubs were reluctant to

accept unaccompanied teenagers with little or no experience.”


Arthur and friends, Ian Shaw and Bernard Fairclough came to change that. They

shared a keen interest for hitting the ropes but it wasn’t until August 1957, after

a period of when the group either entered National Service or university,

that the club formed.

In October 1957, a letter was drawn up by Mr Helsby which

circulated around various groups to sound out the support for a

climbing club in the St Helens area.

“News of the proposed club soon spread,” writes Mr Helsby.

“A chance encounter on the top deck of a number six bus,

Stan Danson, Albert Robinson and the writer resulted in

both Stan and Alb’ becoming founder members. A total of 24

people responded to the letter and there were others who had

verbally expressed an interest in joining a club.”

This set the ball in motion and steps were taken to proceed

with its formation. Subscriptions were set at £1 per annum

with a similar joining fee to be paid by new members. A

programme of events was drawn up, starting with the very

first official club meet held at Elterwater Youth Hostel in the

Lake District at the end of January 1958.

As its popularity grew so too did its success. In 1961 the club

built its first hut from a ruin near Betws-y-Coed, in North

Wales. Then, in 1971, the club held a sponsored walk for

the Mental Welfare Society, raising £1,400, buying the first

minibus for the society. Later, in 1975 the club bought a

second hut in the Lake District, near Keswick.

Former secretary of the club, Jim Lyon, sums up why

people choose a life hanging off cliffs.

“The interesting question often raised is what kept us

motivated to engage in climbing and mountaineering

for so long, for a lifetime in fact? No simple easy

answers,” writes Jim.

“In my case I was pretty nervous and not all that keen

on rock climbing initially and right up to the 1980s was

quite apprehensive, anything but relaxed before a route.

There was a lot of discomfort, pain, fatigue and fear and

tragedy involved in the whole game. So again the question

is why on earth stick with it?

“A variety of reasons, the company and friendships, the fun

and good times, the exhilaration of being in those places,

a compulsion to meet the challenge and overcome the

discomfort, pain, fatigue and fear.

“Once you’ve experienced the euphoria and well-being generated


of the world including the Matterhorn, Eiger,

Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Mera Peak in the Himalayas,

Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in Africa as well as

many long walks such as the Appellation Trail in

America and the big sponsored routes in Britain.”

Over the years the club has changed dramatically,

members have come and gone and the club has

had to adapt to modern ways of partaking in the


“Climbing walls came along and people had started

using them,” said Ken.

“We used to learn our trade out in the open,

climbing real rocks. So now we teach people

how to climb safely in the elements. I enjoy the

camaraderie, meeting new people; the club really is

a big part of my life.”

by meeting these challenges you want it again.”

Ken Fyles, the present secretary, became a member

of the club in 1969.

“The club retains a rich history and the first

chairman is still alive so we were keen to record our

memories in this book as an important archive for

future generations,” said Ken.

“Club members, including myself, can boast

climbing many of the major mountain summits

And now that life is being shared with others in the

new book. “St Helens Mountaineering Club, 1957-

2017 Sixtieth Year Journal”, alternatively titled “The

First Sixty Years” is available now. You can pick up a

copy in the branch libraries of St Helens.

The club is the focal meeting point of mountaineers

local to St Helens and the surrounding towns of

Warrington and Wigan.

“It is particularly important these days that the

population of St Helens has the opportunity to

access many different sports,”

said Ken.

“We welcome beginners

whether they are interested in

rock climbing or fell-walking.”

The group has regular

beginner meets to improve

rock-climbing safety and

fell-walking navigation. For

additional safety and advice,

all members are affiliated to

the British Mountaineering

Council (BMC). Membership

fees are £35 per year. For

more information contact

Ken on 01942 733380 or email




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Winstanley couple Gary and Shelley Parrish have been selling blinds and

shutters in the Wigan area for over 25 years, trading as Harmony Blinds

of Wigan. Their showroom, opened in 2003 and based at 685a Ormskirk Road in

Pemberton, closed recently for a full refurbishment, and has now opened its doors

again, open six days a week for customers to browse a wide choice of blinds and


With just a small difference though – the company are in the process of changing the

name of the company to Signature Blinds. Harmony Blinds is quite a common name for


blind companies in the North West, and the couple

wanted to make sure that they stood out from the

other Harmony Blinds businesses out there.

“We don’t just sell and fit blinds now, we make them

too!” says Gary, “Approximately 80% of all our blinds

are now made in our new manufacturing facility,

which is based on Hawkley Brook Trading Estate in

Marus Bridge.”

Shelley adds, “It was important to us to take this

step so that we had full control over the quality of

our blinds”. And Kate chips in, “Over 85% of our

business comes from customers’ repeat orders and

recommendations, so that gives you an idea of the

quality of our products and the level of customer

care you can expect at Signature Blinds and Shutters”.

From modest beginnings, the company now has four

vans on the roads, and Gary and Shelley have been

joined in the business by daughters Kate and Abby,

son-in-law Aaron and three other staff, with more

recruitment to follow later this year.

The choice of blinds and shutters at the company is

enormous. The blind selection alone encompasses

rollers, pleated, wooden, verticals, venetians, vision, senses and Romans. Not

forgetting of course, Perfect Fit® blinds, which are stylish and innovative blinds that

clip to window frames and are very popular with homeowners, particularly those with


Window shutters complement both contemporary

and traditional homes and are an excellent way

to change the look and feel of a room. Plantation

shutters, in particular, are elegant and timeless,

enabling you to alter your décor and colours around

the shutters as time goes by.

If you work full time Monday to Friday, you’ll be pleased to hear that the showroom

is open late until 8pm on Thursday and also from 10am-3pm on Saturdays. Or you’re

having trouble getting to their showroom, Signature will bring a selection of blinds

and shutters to you so that you can choose your new décor in the comfort of your

own home.

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History & culture in


Adorned with picturesque streets unchanged since medieval times, Krakow is

reasserting itself as a popular tourist destination.

It’s not surprising that one of Poland’s oldest and second biggest cities is bursting

with history and culture. Flanked by colourful architecture Krakow is known for its

well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter.

There are so many attractions to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

Luckily in this month’s travel feature we have compiled a brief snap shot of the city

which dates back to the 7th century.

Before we begin lets learn more about Krakow itself. Situated on the Vistula River,

Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural

and artistic life – it is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs. During WW2,


Krakow was occupied by the Nazis and turned into

their capital of governance (more history on this

can be found in Oskar Schindler Factory museum).

Krakow now of course is very different and in terms

of locations, many are drawn to the stunning Old

Town. Ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the

city’s medieval walls, the Old Town is centred on the

stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square).

This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissanceera

trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14thcentury

Gothic church.

You can begin a tour through the Old Town by

passing through Florian’s Gate - a huge 14th

century tower with the Barbican fortress nearby.

Then it’s a short walk to Rynek Market Square, the

largest medieval square in Europe. This massive

space has a thriving atmosphere thanks to its cafes,

beer gardens and monuments.

You can’t miss Cloth Hall in the centre of Rynek

Market Square. Check out the beautiful design and

Krakow Excursions

Auschwitz & Birkenau 5½ hrs £34 p.p.

Wieliczka Salt Mine 3½ hrs £35 p.p.

Schindler’s List Tour 2½ hrs £29 p.p.

browse stalls inside. Take a break and treat yourself

to coffee and paczek (a Polish doughnut). For

amazing views across Krakow, climb to the top of

the Town Hall Tower. Remain in the Old Town and

marvel at St Mary’s Basilica - you simply have to see

the incredible wood-carved altar inside.

Wawel Castle is also just a short walk away for even

more impressive architecture. It houses the Polish

crown jewels and some stunning Renaissance

paintings – look out for the fire-breathing dragon

statue guarding a cave.

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You can also spend some time discovering Poland’s

dramatic past. It’s well worth the half-hour walk to

Oskar Schindler’s Factory to uncover the story of the

man who saved many Jewish lives during the Nazi

occupation. The Auschwitz concentration camp is

located an hour away, which is also an emotional


At dusk, the Old Town becomes even more

atmospheric. Wander along Florianska Street to

find a heady mix of pubs, souvenir shops and


If you fancy browsing for more places to eat then

join the Royal Route, with delicious delicacies like

dumpling soup and sausages with sauerkraut.

There are more than 300 bars in the Old Town –

head to Harris Piano Jazz Bar for smooth sounds

in an underground cellar. The tiny Wodka Bar is

the place to try the national tipple, as it serves up

homemade concoctions in every flavour of vodka


To learn of the city’s religious heritage then head to

the Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, this offers a fusion of

fascinating history, street art and authentic eateries.

For all you lovers, Krakow is located on the Vistula

Krakow Checklist

Language: Polish

Currency: Zloty

Time: +1 hour

Beer: £1.44

Cappuccino : £1.62

3 Course Meal: £10.27

Prices quoted are approximate

River at Father Bernard’s Footbridge – it’s lit up

beautifully at night and you’ll see padlocks left by

couples as a symbol of their love.

If you fancy venturing a bit further then Wieliczka Salt

Mine is a good place to head to. The underground

mine promises to be an enchanting experience, a

mystical realm of chapels and chandeliers carved

from rock salt. It’s a place of worship and even hosts


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Health & Fitness

Eliminating hepatitis


By Niamh Ollerton

According to the British Liver

Trust, in the UK alone there are

over 700,000 people affected with viral

hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is inflammation

of the liver caused by a virus – there

are several different viruses, named the

hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses.

All of these viruses cause acute, or shortterm,

viral hepatitis. The common ones are

hepatitis A, B and C. Most people recover from

hepatitis A with no lasting liver damage, but the

hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can cause chronic

hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged,

sometimes lifelong; can lead to cirrhosis, liver

failure, and liver cancer.

However, viral hepatitis isn’t found in just one

location or among one group of people; it’s

a global epidemic that can affect millions of

people without them knowing. Statistics from

the World Hepatitis Day website states 90%

of people living with hepatitis B and 80% living

with hepatitis C are not aware of their status, which

can result in people developing fatal liver disease at

some point in their lives, and unknowingly transmitting the

infection to others.

Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting

for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.

Together, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the

world, causing two in every three liver cancer deaths.



To raise awareness for the disease, World Hepatitis

Day is held annually on 28 July which brings the

world together under a single theme to raise

awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis

and to influence change.

World Hepatitis Day’s campaign for 2018 is ‘find the

millions.’ There are 300 million people worldwide

who are unknowingly living with viral hepatitis;

without finding the undiagnosed and linking them

to care, millions will suffer, and lives will be lost.

One of just four disease-specific global awareness

days officially endorsed by the World Health

Organisation, WHD unities patient organisations,

governments and the general public to boost the

global profile of viral hepatitis. World Hepatitis Day

calls on people around the world to take action,

raise awareness and join in the quest to find the

“missing millions”.

The efforts from each and every organisation and

individual mean that steps have been taken to

transform the lives of the 325 million people living

with the illness and help to eliminate hepatitis.

The seventh official WHD took place on 28 July

2017 under the theme ‘eliminate hepatitis,’ with 162

countries taking part and 106 national governments

commemorating the day.

With over 1,000 events held worldwide, WHD 2017

was marked with screening and vaccination drives,

public seminars, press briefings, marches and

health fairs as well as more unusual events such

as the illumination of well-known landmarks and

music concerts.

Public Health England adapted the #ShowYourFace

materials to run a poster campaign with the

support of TV doctor Dr Christian Jessen. Posters

were sent to all GP practices in England to help find

undiagnosed cases of hepatitis C. They launched an

awareness video and hosted a hepatitis C quiz that

was taken over 2,400 times. They also brought an

immunisation roadshow to PHE Colindale to raise

awareness of hepatitis.

C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable,

but greater awareness and understanding of the

disease is a must, as is access to cheaper diagnostics

and treatment.

Without urgent action, deaths will continue to rise

and the epidemic will continue to grow. World

Hepatitis Day presents an ideal opportunity: an

opportunity to join together and raise the profile of

viral hepatitis among the public, the world’s media

and on the global health agenda.

Symptoms of viral hepatitis include: jaundice;

fatigue; abdominal pain; loss of appetite; nausea;

vomiting; diarrhoea; low grade fever; headache.

Although some people do not have symptoms.

Causes of the most common hepatitis viruses are:

Hepatitis A is usually caught by consuming food

and drink contaminated with the poo of an infected

person and is most common in countries where

sanitation is poor.

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which

is spread in the blood of an infected person. It is

uncommon in the UK and most cases affect people

who became infected while growing up where the

infection is more common, such as Southeast Asia

and sub-Saharan Africa.

Hepatitis C is the most common type of viral

hepatitis in the UK. It’s usually spread through

blood-to-blood contact with an infected person.

Around one in four people will fight off the infection

and be free of the virus. In the remaining cases, it

will stay in the body for many years.

Chronic hepatitis C can be treated with very

effective antiviral medications, but there’s currently

no vaccine available.

For more information on World Hepatitis Day,

please visit: www.worldhepatitisday.org

For information about Hepatitis C please visit www.


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Rut Watch 2018

Wednesday, July 4 & July 11, 6.30pm-8.30pm

It’ll just be the group, the Pere David and expert

animal keepers providing you all the info you

need to understand the wonders of this animal

that is now extinct in the wild. For more info

and tickets which are £5pp, please visit www.


Knowsley Safari, A58, Prescot, L34 4AN. Tel: 0151

430 9009

Food & Drink Festival

Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7

The event focuses on the celebrations of St

Helens’ international relationships, particularly

with Stuttgart and Chalon-sur-Saone. 2018 marks

the 70th anniversary of the twinning agreement

between St Helens and Stuttgart, which was the

first of its kind in Europe. Free.

Victoria Square, St Helens

RLC Quiz Night

Friday, July 6, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Rainford Ladies’ Choir will hold a quiz night followed

by karaoke and open mic. Tickets are £5pp from

Linda on 01744 882061.

All Saints’ Parish Hall, 1 Tudor Close, Rainford,

WA11 8SD. Tel: 01744 882200

The Holy Shift Tour

Friday, July 6, 7.15pm-10pm (show starts 8pm)

Rob Bell returns for his first UK tour in eight years.

Blending philosophy, comedy, theology and

subversive insight, the tour explores the word HOLY.

Tickets £15pp from www.greenbelt.org.uk/rob-bell/

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St

Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000

4th Birthday Parkrun

Saturday, July 7, 9am-10.30am

It’s time for St Helens 4th birthday parkrun. Grab

your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, in fact anything

summery and join the celebration! There’ll be cake...

Victoria Park, St Helens

Festival with Dog Show

Saturday, July 7, 11am-5pm

Free entry to festival with the Dog show costing £2

per class. There’ll be food and drink stalls, fun fair,

catering, and more. For more info or to book a stall,

contact info@frasersevents.onmicrosoft.com

The Mansion House St Helens, Victoria Park, WA10

2UE. Tel: 01744 752644

National Chocolate Day 2018

Saturday, July 7, 10am-5pm

The day has arrived when we can eat lots of

chocolate without remorse or guilt! Come and enjoy

some specials that will have a chocolate theme.

The Barn at Fir Tree Farm, Pimbo Road, St Helens,

WA11 8RG. Tel: 01744 894959


Gala Day

Saturday, July 7, 2pm-4.30pm

Crank Village Community Association is holding a

Gala Day. Entertainment includes: Terry de Maxim,

children’s entertainer; Rainford Silver Band; classic

cars & fire engine display; inflatable soft play and

slide; bric-a-brac; bottle tombola, a variety of stalls

and refreshments. Free admission.

Crank Village field, behind Crank Nursery, WA11


Football Friendly

Saturday, July 7, 5.30pm-7.30pm

St Helens Town open their pre-season friendly

schedule by hosting the German outfit TSV Uhlbach

1898 (Stuttgart). Tickets available from www.


The Arcoframe Stadium, Ruskin Drive Sports

Village, Windle, WA10 6RP.

Rainford Public meeting

Sunday, July 8, 6.30pm

Rainford Action Group is holding a public meeting

where they will outline the current situation

with the St Helens Local Plan. Come along to get

information and ask questions. For more info in

the meantime search Rainford Action Group on

Facebook or email rainfordactiongroup@gmail.com

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709

Community clean-up event

Sunday, July 8, 10am-12pm

The Ranger Service would like you to join them in

some community clean-up events this Summer. All

litter pickers and bags supplied, just bring your own

gloves and suitable footwear. Any questions please

contact the rangers on 01744 678073

Victoria Park. Meet at St Marks Gate Lodge.


Win tickets to

Southport Flower Show

For nearly 90 years gardeners and amateur growers

have been flocking to the Southport Flower Show

for its fabulous displays and floral competitions, and this

year you could be joining them free of charge by winning

one of three pairs of tickets to the annual seaside event.

The three competition winners will each win a pair of day

passes to the show, which is being held from the 16-19th

August at Victoria Park in Southport.

Southport is the UK’s largest independent flower show

and is known for attracting some of Britain’s best celebrity

gardeners and for putting on a packed programme of

family entertainment. This summer’s show is no exception

with a string of top gardening experts already confirmed

and more big names from TV still to be announced.

Britain’s best known gardening expert, Monty Don, will

open the show on 16th August. Monty was awarded an

OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently and has

been the face of BBC show Gardeners’ World since 2003.

Monty said; “I am very much looking forward to returning

to Southport Flower Show this year and sharing the

colour, talent and fun of a great local show. I look forward

to seeing you there.”

Gardeners looking for tips on how to give their flowers,

fruit and vegetables a boost will be able to listen to

broadcasters Christine Walkden, Carol Klein, David

Domoney and Matthew Wilson during the show and may

get a chance to ask the experts themselves.

Children aged under 16 are given free entrance with an

accompanying adult and this year’s Southport Flower

Show has more entertainment for the kids than ever

before. Children’s TV star Justin Fletcher, known to

CBeebies’ viewers for his many characters including Mr

Tumble, will be leading the family entertainment during

the 2018 show.


As well a series of kids workshops and events, in the

outdoor arena, families can enjoy the shows by dog

agility performers Adrian and Caroline Slater and

Ben Potter’s eagle and vulture experience.

Popular Countryfile presenter Anita Rani, who

entertained fans on the 2015 series of Strictly Come

Dancing, will be in the celebrity line-up meeting

visitors on the opening day of the event. Anita will

speak to guests at Southport’s Celebrity Theatre on

Thursday August 16th at 3pm and be present at the

Kuoni stand throughout the day.

In the demonstration kitchen, cake Queen Flo

Atkins, who starred in TV’s Great British Bake Off,

is to demonstrate her cooking talents. Flo found

fame as one of the contestants in the first series of

GBBO to be screened by Channel 4, charming TV

audiences with her traditional family recipes.

General Manager Ray Roukin said: “We’ve got a

brilliant show planned for 2018 with something for

all the family and even our dogs are welcome this

year.” Southport Flower Show takes place at Victoria

Park, a 34 acre coastline park a short walk away

from Southport town centre.

To win one of the three pairs of tickets for Southport

Flower Show, simply visit our website www.

locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’ and then on


To enter the competition just input your answer to

the following question;

What’s the name of the BBC Gardeners’ World’

presenter who will welcome guests on the

opening day of the Southport Flower Show?

The expiry date for the competition is Friday 20th

July 2018. Entrants must be over 16 years of age.

Only one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot

accept responsibility for entries that do not reach us.

Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are

not eligible to enter this competition.

Winners will be contacted by 31st July 2018,

and details will be publicised in our September

magazines. Advance tickets to Southport Flower

Show are available for £20 per person, for the

Show’s website at www.southportflowershow.co.uk


‘Modelling in clay’

Wed, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1, 10am-4pm

Liverpool artist and sculptor Philip Garrett will

be running a series of ‘modelling in clay’ 1 day

workshops. Each workshop costs £35 and includes

tuition and materials. For more info and to book,

email Tina Ball at tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or call

0151 443 5617.

Kirkby Gallery, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way,

Kirkby, L32 8XY. Tel: 0151 443 5617

Summer Fair

Saturday, July 14, 11am-2pm

There’ll be lots of stalls, a bouncy castle, face

painting, tombola, raffle, arts and crafts, Usborne

books, refreshments and cakes, and much more...

Kids Planet Billinge, 25 Main Street, Billinge, WN5

7HR. Tel: 01744 893500


Friday, July 20, 7.30pm

Two of St Helens’ best up and coming bands live

under one roof. The Alleys and The Patriots. Free


Parr Conservative & Working Men’s Club, 18 Broad

Oak Road, St Helens, WA9 2ER. Tel: 01744 26911

Blood Donor Sessions

Fri, Jul 20, 1.35pm-4pm and 5.15pm-7.15pm;

Thurs, Dec 13, 1.35pm-4pm and 5.15pm-7.15pm

If you’d like to make a difference and donate, all

you need to do is call 0300 123 23 23 to make an

appointment. For more info, visit www.blood.co.uk

Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,

WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709

Ride 4 Violet-Grace 2018

Sunday, July 22, 10am-4pm

10 mile bicycle ride past Whiston Hospital, with

motorcycles continuing onto Alder Hey Hospital

and back. All funds raised will be going to Violet-

Grace’s Gift.

Official St Helens RLFC, Totally Wicked Stadium, St

Helens, WA9 3AL. Tel: 01744 455050

Manor Fest

Sat, July 28, 12pm-9pm & Sun, July 29, 12pm-6.30pm

There will be 12 bands to watch. Closing Saturday’s

performances is ‘Made in Liverpool’ a Beatles tribute

band and on Sunday the Little Mix tribute band

‘Little Chix’ will be closing. There’ll be a juvenile

fairground, face painting, and food stalls. Free event.

Manor Farm, Mill Lane, Rainhill, Prescot, L35 6NE.

Tel: 0151 430 0335

Performing Summer School

Mon, Jul 30; Tues, Jul 31; Wed, Aug 1; Thurs, Aug 2;

Fri, Aug 3, 10am-3pm

Get singing, acting and dancing lessons from

professional teachers with a showcase at the end of

the week. It’s £15 per day for ages 5-15. For tickets and

info, visit www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.


Rainford Vocal Academy, The Scout Hut, Church

Road, Rainford, WA11 8HB. Tel: 07867 410048

Ruskin Beer Festival 2018

Friday, Aug 3 & Saturday, Aug 4, 5pm-11.30pm

A weekend of real ales, ciders & world beers, as well

as live music and live sport. The bar is also open for

those who prefer a prosecco or a gin. The festival

is raising funds for St Helens Autism Support. If

businesses are interested in sponsoring a barrel,

contact diane@ruskinsthelens.com

Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, St Helens

WA10 6RP. Tel: 01744 28866


Summer Family Day

Thursday, August 9, 12pm-6pm

If you’re wondering what to do with the kids

during the school holidays, make sure you head

over to Haydock Park for their annual Summer

Family Day. For tickets, please visit http://haydock.



Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows,

WA12 0HQ. Tel: 01942 725963

Brookfest Music Festival

Saturday, August 11, 12pm-10pm

All day outdoor music festival, with live bands and

music from 1pm till 10pm, entertainment, large

outdoor bar, food traders and festival traders.

Blackbrook Rugby Club, 64 Boardmans Lane,

Saint Helens, WA11 9BB. Tel: 01744 730492

Liverpool Cathedral Abseil

Saturday, August 11, 8am-9am

Fancy taking part in a 150ft Freefall abseil down

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral? It’s a once in a life

time opportunity, that you don’t want to miss out

on! There’s a £30 registration fee and then pledge

to raise at least £100 for the hospice. Call organiser

Mark Pilkington on 01512280353

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount,

Liverpool, L1 7AZ.

Summer Quiz

Friday, August 10, 7,30pm

Rainford Heritage Society are hosting a Summer

Quiz at the X Sports & Social Club. Tickets are £7pp

including Hotpot. All are very welcome.

Rainford X Sports & Social Club, 16 Bushey Ln,

Rainford, WA11 7TE. Tel: 01744 882795

Paloma Faith

Friday, August 10, 3.45pm-10.15pm

Paloma Faith is just one of the artists at Haydock

Park Racecourse this summer. With her Number 1

album ‘The Architect’ in the charts, she’ll be bringing

hits old and new. For tickets, and to see who else is

on, visit www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk

Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows,

WA12 0HQ. Tel: 01942 725963

Foxy Fest

Saturday, August 11

Organised by the Daniel Fox Foundation, this event

will be held on Danny Fox’s birthday who lost his

life in 2016 due to a fatal knife wound. The music

festival will feature Olivia Parr, Kiera Weathers,

Caution and more. Please call the hotline on 07791

051539 for tickets. Over 18s only.

Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive,

WA9 3AL. Tel: 01744 455 053

In the Street

Saturday, August 11

Led by The Citadel, there’ll be pop up performances,

music events and drop-ins. Plans to include “work in

progress” performances, linking St Helens to work

in Hamburg, Melbourne and London are underway,

and a Marvelous Imaginary Outdoor Menagerie

could soon be in the borough.

St Helens Town Centre.

Wigan Pride 2018

Saturday, August 11, 11am-5pm

Wigan Pride is back. It promises to be a free, fun,

family friendly event jam packed with artists and

local talent on the main stage and a range of

different market stalls. This year it’s celebrating

growth and community. It’s inclusive, diverse and

tolerant for all. Autism Friendly.

Market Place, Wigan, WN1 1


Chipping &

Knot Hill

The last Bank Holiday actually delivered a day

of gorgeous sunshine, so it was an early start

for this 5¼ mile Jack’s Tracks in picturesque Chipping,

located within the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural

Beauty. On paper, the route promised much and it

ultimately delivered a beautiful walk with lovely views,

lots of points of interest and scrumptious bacon butty

on completion! If you’re taking your four legged friend

though, please be aware that there are lots of stiles

to cross and much livestock too, so do make sure you

have your lead.

Turn left out of the car park (PR3 2QH) and head

downhill, past the school and St Bartholomew’s

church and then turn right at the Sun Inn pub

down Windy Street for almost 1/3 of a mile. At the

point that the road bends to the right, by the stone

by Chris Pearce

‘Welcome to Chipping’, there’s a bridge; go over the

bridge and go through the gate, then follow the

path on the left hand perimeter of the field.

Make your way over a stile on the far side of the

field, and then bear left, again follow the left hand

perimeter of the two adjoining fields dodging

through the clumps of grasses. You’ll arrive at Green

Lane via a stile; turn left and then immediate right

down a concrete road leading to the dairy farm.

Once arriving in the farmyard, bear left and then go

through a gate and head uphill away from the farm.

You’ll arrive at another farm gate which opens onto

a rural lane. Turn right at this point and follow the

lane for ½ mile, past Leagram Mill, over the stream

and then turn left up the wide track directly after

Leagram Mill Barn. Follow the track up a slight




Garstang Road



incline for ¼ mile until you reach a clearing; go over

the cattle grid and follow the track up Knot Hill. You

can either follow the hairpin bend around the hill

or clamber up and take in the tremendous views

towards Longridge Fell, Totridge and Pendle Hill. It’s

a great spot for a picnic, but be careful to stay away

from the edge.

Head west at this point across the field and towards

the treeline. Proceed through a double stile in the

fence and then down through the woods towards

a footbridge over a stream. Scramble uphill and

over a stile and then carry on in the same direction

on the right hand perimeter of several fields for

approximately ½ mile, crossing multiple stiles. Once

you get to the final field in this series, a large and

open one, head towards a hollowed out tree trunk




Leagram Hall








Green Lane

Garstang Road



For those with the OS Maps

app on your desktop, mobile or

tablet, this walk is named:

JT Chipping


in the distance and just beyond that is a concrete track. Turn right and head uphill.

Once you reach Laund Farm, bear left and keep left when it forks. Once you’ve passed

the next buildings you’ll arrive at two tracks on the left running parallel, divided by

a hedge. Take the second track to its conclusion and then hop over the stile. Look

where the fence and hedge meets in the distance and head directly over the field

towards that point. Go through the gate and head over the next field, roughly in the

direction of the telegraph poles, dropping down to

a stile in the far corner of the field.

Follow the path down the left hand perimeter of

the following two fields, dropping down to a rural

lane (Malt Kiln Brow), with a mill pond opposite.

Turn right and walk along the road until you reach

a public footpath sign on the left. Hop over the stile

and bear left, then cross the footbridge and head

uphill. Take the overgrown path to the left behind

the trees for a short distance and then follow the

hedge to the right in the direction of the houses.

Make your way over the stile and between the

houses to end up on a rural lane.

Turn left downhill and then right when you see

the public footpath sign shortly afterwards. Follow

the track and then over the stile on the right hand

side just before the gate to the house. Bear left and

follow the path downhill on the left hand perimeter

until you emerge onto Broad Meadow. Turn left and


follow the road to the T-junction, turn left and walk along Garstang Road to the car

park from where the walk started.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every

care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its

editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss

or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other



No excuses –

get gardening !

by Angie Barker

Award Winner

When visiting peoples’ gardens, the two

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If flowers don’t float your boat (as the young ‘uns say)

get inspired and grow some veg. Potatoes, lettuce

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there really is nothing more satisfying than eating

fresh produce from your own garden. Children love

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So there you have it – no excuses – get gardening!

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The Arctic Trucks conversion can be had in two variants: the four-door Double Cab I

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The biggest difference between the AT35 and a normal D-Max are the outsized 35-

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Not surprisingly, the Isuzu D-Max AT35 isn’t

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