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Maritime menu is all shipshape; Shipping LINES PETER ELSON charts life on the Mersey National Shipping Writer of the Year.

Byline: PETER ELSON

THE Maritime Dining Rooms at the Merseyside Maritime Museum launched a Scottish menu for the 70th anniversary of the loss of the Liverpool freighter Politician, which inspired the fine film and book Whisky Galore!

Having sampled this menu with BBC broadcaster and ex-ECHO writer Linda McDermott and her Radio Merseyside team, I can report this is superb fare.

The Scottish smoked salmon starter is the best I've ever tasted (pounds 4.95); the haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky cream sauce main course is outstanding (pounds 7.95) and the raspberry cranach dessert is sublime (pounds 4.50). Or try a single course only if preferred.

The Maritime Dining Rooms on the museum's fourth floor is a hidden gem and is deservedly one of the Michelin Guide 2010 recommended city restaurants.

Open noon -4.30pm daily for lunch and tea.

. WELL done to all those in SOUL (Save Our Unique Landmark) who fought to save Ss Peter & Paul RC church, in New Brighton, dubbed "the dome of home" by sailors for whom its verdigris copper dome has been a Mersey landmark since 1935.

In an unprecedented outcome, SOUL forced the Diocese of Shrewsbury to reverse its 2008 closure, which was against the will of the congregation, who had saved up a maintenance fund.

It surely restores your faith, although the diocese's prior actions are dubious.

. IN SPITE of the grand civic farewell given to mark HMS Liverpool's final visit to her namesake city last weekend, rumours are she will return for a low-key final, final call before leaving service next year.

Built by Laird's at Birkenhead, in 1980, she is the seventh warship to hold the Liverpool name and will be the last. Admiralty policy is now against using geographical names in future.

. ECHO readers are invited to an evening with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and travel agency Simply Cruising on March 8 at the Holiday Inn, Lime Street, at 6.45pm.

There will be news about cruises, advance special deals, free gifts and a raffle. To attend tel: 0151 227 5987.

. THE Don't Sink the Coastguards campaign to stop closure of Crosby Coastguard station will hold a public meeting tomorrow at the Southport Convention Centre, on the Promenade, Southport, 7.30pm.

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Feast: Linda McDermott, left, goes Scotch, with chef Ben Sheeran
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