FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE has had an exceptionally good year. Not only was his sequel to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang published, he also gained an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool, won the Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize for The Unforgotten Coat – and of course, not forgetting his most recent collaboration with acclaimed film director Danny Boyle, he wrote the script for the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Last year’s ceremony has been hailed as the greatest ever, costing an estimated £27m and watched by a worldwide audience of 900m; Frank Cottrell Boyce has strengthened Crosby’s strong artistic links. One of the UK's finest and best-loved writers, who has written scripts for top soap Coronation Street, he honoured his home town most recently when he switched on the Christmas lights.
On November 30, Frank, who lives in Blundellsands, switched on the lights in Crosby Village to the delight of an excited crowd. Event organiser Peter Harvey, of ABetterCrosby community group, said: “Frank’s wonderful ideas lit up the Olympic Games, giving us something to remember for many years, so we’re very grateful to him for agreeing to light up Crosby, too.”
CROSBY'S finest gymnast, DAN PURVIS, had locals beaming with pride last year as he took a bronze medal at the London Olympics. A breath-taking display from the 21-year-old in his final event – the floor – led Team GB to their first Olympic medal in the men’s team event since Stockholm in 1912. Purvis, who trains at Southport YMCA, has now helped to inspire a new generation of children with his performance at the London Olympics and showing how hard work and commitment can help you to achieve your goals.
SURANNA GLEESON is the five-year-old girl who has captured the hearts of Crosby with her bravery and courage. Suranna suffers from cerebral palsy diplegia, which is a type of CP that delays muscle growth in the legs, resulting in severe walking difficulties. But, along with her determination and Crosby's cutest smile, Suranna has helped her parents achieve their fundraising goal of £50,000 this year so that she can have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in America, which is a medical procedure that has a 100% success rate. Good luck to brave Suranna.
GEORGE DAVIS, or the King of the High street, as he is more commonly known, is from Thornton and over his retailing years has been responsible for over £54bn-worth of clothing sales. Next, Asda and Marks and Spencer are just some of the well-known brands Davis has worked with throughout his career, and last year he was given an honorary degree from Edge Hill University. Davis is an avid supporter of several charities and encapsulates Crosby's strong work ethic and willingness to give back to the community.
JEAN KERRIGAN, MBE has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others for more than 50 years. Miss Kerrigan was honoured with her outstanding level of commitment to the voluntary service by Sefton CVS earlier last year with the Sefton CVS Community Award. Miss Kerrigan, who volunteers for Age Concern Crosby, was presented with the award for her “outstanding and selfless service to the voluntary sector and the wider community in the borough”. Miss Kerrigan's continuing commitment to others shows the strength of the people of Crosby.
PETER HARVEY, former editor of The Crosby Herald, has committed himself to helping Crosby become what the people who live there envision for its future, rather than some of the inappropriate development proposals that saw the birth of ABetterCrosby. Peter, a founding member, has been active all last year in voicing the opinions of the people of Crosby, including making official responses to the council and meeting regularly throughout the year to discuss Crosby's future.
JAMES CORBETT, from Great Crosby, saw years of hard work come together last year as he published the 350,000-word Everton Encyclopaedia, which has over 450 full biographical entries from James' new and original research. The book is a progression from his earlier 2003 work, Everton: The School of Science and now makes him the world’s unofficial expert on the Everton football club. He also published Neville Southall: The Binman Chronicles with Southall himself. Corbett is a trained journalist and has published five impressive books since 2003.
ERNIE KENWRIGHT is 93 and was featured in the Herald earlier last year when he joined the Queen and Prince Charles to unveil a major public memorial to commemorate the loss of more than 50,000 young Bomber Command airmen in World War II. The Crosby war veteran was rear gunner during the war and completed 82 operations. He wears, in addition to his medals, a Pathfinder Insignia from his service in the 35 Squadron. Mr Kenwright's bravery and valour is a reminder of what our Army services have done and are still doing for our country.
PAT MURPHY is the director of fundraising at Jospice and works hard all year round promoting and raising funds for her charity. Last year, Pat has helped to organise, to name but a few, the Jospice Starlight Walk, the Golden Jubilee Concert and most recently the Jospice lights switch-on. Jospice opened in Crosby in 1974 and aims to provide love and compassionate care to terminally ill people who are in the last weeks of their lives. Although Pat is clearly one of Crosby's outstanding individuals, it is through her we know of the hard work done by all Jospice volunteers.
HELEN SHEEHAN, a gifted pupil at St Mary's College, Crosby, has not only made her parents and her school proud, but the whole of Crosby, when she was highly commended in the NSEC Senior Science and Maths Award at the Big Bang Fair earlier last year and was also recognised as one of the UK's top young scientists. Through Helen's hard work, she was also able to secure herself a place on the EU contest for young scientists, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and will represent all the hard-working students in all schools across Crosby. Last year, talented Helen also got a chance to perform Telemann's Double Flute Duet in A Minor at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as part of the College's 15th Festival of Music.
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