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Wirral strikes gold this month

What better way to overcome those January blues than going to a show? This month Wirral has everything from Puccini’s opera ‘Madama Butterfly’ to ‘Desperate Scousewives 2’, there are unmissable tributes to Queen, Genesis, Gladys Knight and ABBA... and brilliant punk-rockers Egyptian Blue come to Birkenhead Library!

February comes to a dramatic finale when ground-breaking drama Band of Gold is brought to life by an all-star cast at the Floral Pavilion. Equal parts heart-breaking and humorous, the crime drama captivated over 15 million viewers each week when it aired on ITV in the 90s and told the story of a young woman who is drawn to the red light district to pay the bills. Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Calendar Girls), Laurie Brett (EastEnders, Les Misérables) and Emma Osman play the three iconic lead roles with support coming from Shayne Ward (Coronation Street, X Factor), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks, Heartbeat), Sacha Parkinson (Mr Selfridge, The Mill) and Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies, Coronation Street).

Catch the show at Floral Pavilion from Mon 24 to Sat 29 February, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm on Wed & Sat), with tickets £25.75 - £37.75 (16+). 

WIN TICKETS to the opening night of Band of Gold at Floral Pavilion on Monday 24 February, 7.30pm. 

What precious metal has the chemical symbol Au?

Email your answer to the question above - plus name, address and phone number - to Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey CH44 8ED. Closing date is Monday 10 February. Good luck!



1. The Open Door Centre are hosting a ‘Blue Monday’ open-mic night on Monday 20 January (statistically, the most depressing day of the year). It begins at 7pm, is free to enter and if you want to perform, just sign up at the door. The Open Door Centre, based at Abbey Close, Birkenhead Industrial Park, is an award-winning mental health charity for young people. They have loads going on throughout the year, so to find out more visit their website here.

2. Lady Lever are celebrating all-things Henri Matisse this month. The gallery will be displaying 35 posthumous prints from cut-outs the artist produced in the last four years of his life. If you are inspired by the exhibition, which runs until Sunday 15 March, the gallery will be holding a Matisse life drawing class (Sun 9 Feb, £10), Spotlight Talk (Thu 30 Jan, free) and a series of Matisse workshops on Mon 20 Feb. For more information, visit

3. If you think libraries are only places for quiet contemplation, think again! The brilliant Egyptian Blue will be making some serious noise at Birkenhead Library as part of Get it Loud in Libraries. Support comes from Irish poet Sinead O’Brien. The show is on Sunday 2 February, 2.30pm (£9) with tickets available at

4. Wirral secondary schools are joining forces with musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for ‘Hidden Voice’, an acclaimed multi-media show taking us in to the mind of those affected by dementia. The show will be appearing at the Gladstone Theatre on Wednesday 29 January, 7.30pm with tickets £12.50. 

5. Shake it up baby! If you are looking for an alternative way to keep fit, why not try your hand at belly-dancing? Classes take place every Saturday from 25 Jan at 11.30am (£5) at Hoylake Parade Community Centre and are suitable for women of all ages and dance abilities. You do not have to expose your body, just wiggle those hips - it’s a great low-impact way to keep fit. For more information, visit



Sign up now...

If you sign up in January for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, you can save 30% off the entry fee. Simply visit the Race for Life website and use the code RFLJAN30 when booking. Race for Life takes place at Birkenhead Park on the weekend of 27-28 June and this year EVERYONE is invited, male and female!

Caitlin Holme, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for the North West, said: 'Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Race for Life is the perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.'