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<b>Friday July 16:</b> LDL's McElhinney made council head honcho for a bit; a bleak night at the museums; new role for Merseytravel boss and tributes to actress Gilly Coman

Published on July 16th 2010.


Doctor David McElhinney, he who is in charge of a controversial Liverpool council joint venture Liverpool Direct Limited, has been appointed head honcho of the city council for six months until a permanent replacement for Colin Hilton is found.
He has been asked to carry out a “root and branch” review of the council and come up with proposals to slash costs and drive up performance and efficiency.

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MUSEUMS boss David Fleming has described the Government's massive cuts to arts budgets, which could be as much as 40pc, as an “Armageddon” for cultural institutions.National Museums Liverpool, which faces losing up to £8m in the proposal, now says it is looking at every option including selling assets, redundancies, closures of sites and reduced opening times.

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MERSEYTRAVEL supremo Neil Scales has been appointed as new chairman of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
He replaces former chair Ed Oliver who stepped down after his two year tenure.

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Tributes have poured in following the untimely death this week of actress Gilly Coman who played Aveline in the Liverpool sitcom Bread.

The 50-year-old, who gave up acting to become a full-time mum, died from a suspected heart attack. She lived with her children and husband, Phil, a photographer, in Caldy.

Lifelong friend Jane Joseph, who attended Elliot Clarke with Gilly and who now runs the St Helens Theatre Royal said: "She was a fantastic actress, the original Aveline.

"Gilly told me when she went to her first audition, she dressed the part and that is how she got it. Everyone fell about the place.

Carla Lane, the creator of Bread, said: “Gilly was brilliant as Aveline and amazingly funny.”

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