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Merry Christmas Wirral! Hi Wirral, Merry Christmas to you all. We hope that this year has been good to you all and that 2014 will be even better. We have had a brilliant year and have welcomed many new clients, both big and small into our magazine and onto our website. The great thing is, many of these businesses return month after month bringing you all great offers and quality products and services. That is what our local businesses are so good at, and we are delighted to be able to showcase them to the whole of Wirral. Take a look at our website www.focusbestdeals.co.uk to see who won our Miss Wirral Focus competition - you will also see the winner on the front cover of our next issue! Be sure to take a look at our many discount vouchers too which will help to save you money over the Christmas period. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and many thanks to you all for your continued support in 2013. Gill Stock - Editor

FEATURES Wirral Christmas Events

10-11 Wonderful ideas for days and nights out to get you and your family into the spirit of Christmas.

Local Heroes

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There is so much happening in Wirral for families this Christmas you will be spoilt for choice! Here are some of our favourites: Floral Pavillion - Jack & the Beanstalk. 12th Dec - 5th Jan Call for prices. A brand new production for 2013-14 staring Ed Petrie (CBBC), Sonia (singer) and Mark Moraghan (Holby City). Guaranteed great family fun with this magical pantomime! www.floralpavilion.com T: 0151 666 0000

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Local Heroes ...... .... Paul O’Grady Paul James Michael O'Grady MBE was born on 14 June 1955. His many talents include comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio DJ. After becoming famous for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage, he subsequently became well known for presenting the daytime chat television series, The Paul O'Grady Show.

Collecting his MBE in 2008

Moving on from his drag act, TV work included Eyes Down (2003–2004), travel documentaries, The Paul O'Grady Show In 2004 for ITV, followed by the The New Paul O'Grady Show in 2006 on Channel 4. He then presented the chat show Paul O'Grady Live (2010–2011) before stopping to focus on other projects, including Radio Two’s, Paul O'Grady on the Wireless, a BBC documentary series Paul O'Grady's Working Britain and two ITV programmes, award - winning documentary series For the Love of Dogs (2012–) and The British Animal Honours (2013–).

Appointed MBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours list for services to entertainment, O’Grady received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2010, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, radio and the stage. O'Grady has authored a three-volume autobiography. The first volume, ‘At My Mother's Knee ... And Other Low Joints’, (2008), the second volume, ‘The Devil Rides Out’ and the third volume, Still Standing: The Savage Years (2012). Childhood Paul O'Grady's father, Patrick "Paddy" Grady (His name was changed from Grady to O'Grady in a paperwork mistake when he joined the Royal Air Force - died 1973) married Mary Savage (1916–1988), and brought up their three children (older siblings Brendan and Sheila) in the Catholic faith in Wirral. Paul was their third child, born at 7:30 am at St. Catherine's Hospital, Tranmere. O'Grady spent his early life at the family's rented home in Tranmere, Birkenhead.

Name: Paul James Michael O’Grady Born: 14 June 1955 Birthplace: Birkenhead

Drag Queen Lily Savage Brendan Frank Murphy (1956 – 2005), who was HIV+ and died of brain cancer in London, five days before O'Grady's 50th birthday. O'Grady became a grandfather in 2006, when daughter Sharyn gave birth to a son, Abel. O'Grady is publicly known for having had many high profile and celebrity friends, including the late politician Mo Mowlam and singer Cilla Black.

O’Grady attended St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, followed by the Blessed Edmund Campion R.C. Secondary Modern and the Corpus Christi High School. After a brief time in the cub scouts, he became an altar boy at a local Catholic church but he was dismissed after laughing during a funeral service. O’Grady then joined the Marine cadets, which he thoroughly enjoyed. At the advice of his captain, he joined the Boys' Amateur Boxing Club, developing a lifelong love of the sport.

In April 2002, O'Grady suffered a heart attack. After an emergency operation, his health recovered and he gave up smoking for two years. O'Grady went back to his 40-a-day habit after his lover and business partner Brendan Murphy died. He suffered a second heart attack on 30 June 2006. He was given an angioplasty operation before being moved to a cardiac unit and made a full recovery.

Personal Life and Health O'Grady had a brief relationship with colleague, Diane Jansen who became pregnant and had their daughter, Sharon Lee Jansen in 1974. O'Grady entered into a marriage of convenience with Teresa Fernandes, a Portuguese lesbian, in 1977, in order to prevent her deportation; he gained a divorce in 2005. His long-term lover and business partner of 20 years was Irish television producer

O'Grady now divides his time between a London flat and his home in a rural area of Kent, where he grows vegetables and cares for various animals, including dogs, pigs, sheep, chickens and barn owls.

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Career O'Grady had many jobs in his youth, including various bars, for the civil service and for social services, working around the country. He first turned his hand to drag in 1978, developing the character of Lily Savage based upon various female relatives of his. He eventually started as a stand-up comedian, performing for eight years at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. O’Grady won a Perrier Award for his comedy act, attracting mainstream attention and presenting television shows Blankety Blank (1997–1999) and Lily Live! (2000–2001).


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Do you suffer from lower back pain? A recent survey carried out by the Department of Health revealed just how common lower back pain is amongst adults in the UK with nearly two fifths (37%) of adult participants aged 16 and over claiming to have suffered from lower back pain, which lasted for more than a day, in the twelve months prior to the survey. The reality of this statistic is seen regularly at Younger Chiropratic Clinic in Irby as lower back pain is one of the most common complaints clients present seeking relief. Younger Chiropractic specialise in the treatment and strengthening of the lower back. Research has shown that after just 6 weeks of reduced activity resulting from lower back pain, our core stabilising muscles become weak. Unless you actively strengthen your core muscles they become inhibited, less efficient in stabilising the back and ongoing back pain can result. The lower back consists of 5 vertebrae, 5 intervertebral discs and spinal nerves that exit at each level of the spine. Lower back issues will often affect these nerves, producing a wide variety of symptoms in the many areas they supply. Common symptoms that Younger Chiropratic Clinic can help relieve include:

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We’ve been Framed! Focus Best Deals and Frame Modelling and Casting Agency have come together to find the first winner of the Miss Wirral Focus competition.

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prize was fantastic too. A modelling contract with Frame, a photo shoot, the winner will feature on the January Wirral Focus cover and also have two editorials written about her. We had a great day at Jack Rabbit Slims bar on the 27th October where we signed up local girls for the competition. There was such a buzz around the whole event. We’ve been Framed! Photographer at work

Focus caught up with Laura Seymour who put us in the picture regarding Frame and what the agency is all about.

The final on the 29th Nov at Jack Rabbit Slims saw the girls modelling swim wear and evening attire and after much deliberation between the judges, we announced the winner!” Don’t leave our readers in suspense! Who is the lucky winner? “I’m not telling you! Your readers can go onto www.focusbestdeals.co.uk to find out or wait to see the winner on the cover of the January Wirral Focus magazine!”

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