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Wirral businessman facing legal battle with Hard Rock Cafe

Robbie Forbes, the owner of the Soft Rock Cafe at Liscard, Wirral. Credit: ITV News

A bar owner from Wirral has found himself locked in a legal battle with the owners of an American restaurant chain.

The Soft Rock Cafe in Liscard has been going for two years and is a successful venue for live music in the area.

For the past two months it's been owned by former celebrity bodyguard Robbie Forbes.

Now Robbie finds he's having to protect the future of his bar after being told its name infringes copyright owned by the restaurant chain Hard Rock International.

They say the name is too similar to their Hard Rock Cafe's and they're demanding Robbie makes changes.

A branch of the Hard Rock Cafe in London. Credit: PA
The Soft Rock Cafe in Liscard, near Wallasey. Credit: ITV News

In a letter from the chain's solicitors, the company said: "The name Soft Rock Cafe Bar is extremely similar to Hard Rock Cafe, accordingly there's a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public."

There are currently four Hard Rock Cafe's in Britain, including one in Manchester.

The first one opened in London forty three years ago. It's now a huge chain operating in countries around the world.

It's legal representatives want the Soft Rock bar to remove its website and to remove its name from the Liscard premises.

A deadline was given by the Hard Rock lawyers for Robbie to make the changes.

He's now speaking to his own legal representatives and in the meantime he's hoping he can save the good if somewhat disputed name of his bar.

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McVey defends choice of dress for Cabinet reshuffle

Employment Minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey has defended her choice of dress for Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister for Employment and Disabilities Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street Credit: PA

Some newspapers referred to the dress as "thigh-flashing" to which Ms McVey replied it was just a "summery dress".

Speaking to ITV News, she said:

"I suppose we're starting a conversation. You've got to look at the positive side. And if the positive side is that there are more women in cabinet and if there's more powerful women in the country, that's positive. So for me, it's the start of a conversation.

"However that conversation starts, and if it is with a bit of thigh on show, well so be it. The most important thing is that women can go on and achieve."

– Wirral West MP Esther McVey


£5.4 million prize fund as The Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool

The Claret Jug. Credit: PA

The R&A announced today that the total prize money for the 2014 Open Championship, at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, will be £5,400,000 - an increase of £150,000 on last year.

The prize money for the winner of the competition will increase by £30,000 to £975,000.

The Open returns to Royal Liverpool. Credit: PA

The 143rd Open Championship will be played at Royal Liverpool from 13 July.

It's hoped the host region's economy will benefit by up to £100 million.

The Open is golf’s oldest Major, played since 1860.

The prize fund for the Top Ten:

1 £975,000;

2 £560,000;

3 £360,000;

4 £280,000;

5 £225,500;

6 £195,500;

7 £167,000;

8 £141,500;

9 £123,500;

10 £113,000

Celebrations mark 80 years of Birkenhead Library

King George V opened Birkenhead Library in 1934. Credit: Wirral Council

Celebrations will take place this weekend to mark 80 years of Birkenhead Library.

The library was opened in 1934 by King George V, replacing an earlier library in the town, which dated from 1856.

An old image of the historic library in Birkenhead. Credit: Wirral Council

The Friends of Birkenhead Library are holding an event in the library on Saturday, July 5, at 2.15pm, with a special talk on the building of the Queensway Tunnel by Peter Bishop.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: "Birkenhead Library is an historic building which has been at the very centre of Birkenhead life for 80 years.

"Now more than ever it is a crucial part of what makes the town tick, and this will be a wonderful celebration."

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Birkenhead Library today. Credit: Wirral Council


Tiger Woods could be fit for the Open Championship at Hoylake

Tiger Woods Credit: PA Pictures

The former golfing world number one Tiger Woods has increased speculation that he could be fit to take part in this summer's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool by stepping up his rehabilitation regime.

Woods missed the year's first two major championships after undergoing back surgery on March 31 and has not played since the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier that month.

Speaking on May 19, Woods said his recovery was "slow and tedious" adding: "As of right now I can chip and putt but that's it."

But in response to a report that he had stepped up his practice regime, the 14-time major winner's agent Mark Steinberg told the PGA Tour's website: "Tiger is making continual progress.

"He feels better each day and (is able to) extend his swing as he moves forward."

The news increases the possibility that Woods could be back in action in time for the Open Championship from July 17-20 at Hoylake, where he won the last of his three Open titles in 2006.

Wirral A&E closed after flash flooding

As a result of damage caused by flash flooding, Arrowe Park Hospital’s A&E department cannot currently accept any more patients.

The adjoining All Day Health Centre is also affected, Wirral Hospitals said in a statement

Ambulance admissions are being taken to other neighbouring A&E departments.

Anyone with a serious injury or illness should go to their next nearest A&E or consider alternatives, such as the Victoria Health Centre in Wallasey, the Walk-in Centre at Eastham, or consult their GP or local pharmacist.

Contractors are currently on site assessing the damage.

Boy with heart failure granted wish to fly like Superman

A three-year-old boy with heart failure has been granted his wish to fly like Superman.

Luke Campbell, from Heswall, Wirral Credit: PA

Luke Campbell, from Heswall, Wirral, was born with the congenital heart condition. His heart has gone into failure and doctors are unsure how long he has left to live.

Luke's mum Sarah has always called him her "little superhero" and he has often imagined being able to fly.

So Make-A-Wish Foundation UK arranged for Luke and his family to visit the Wired Aerial Theatre in Liverpool, where he was given the chance to fly in a special harness.

Luke's sister Olivia was even able to join him as he flew across the room, which was decorated in a New York theme.

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