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Saturday, 26 July 2014

It's all happening at St. Annes-on-the-Sea in Lancashire this weekend (26 - 27th July 2014)


The Music Festival is on in various venues until 27th July 2014 - venues involved include: Ashton Gardens, Pavilion Cafe, Masonic Hall, United Reformed Church Hall, The Breverton, The Framing Shop, Soper's, Silantro, Second Hand Rose, Various pubs, restaurants and cafes and Cucina Pazzo.   With sponsorship from J.R. Taylor, Marks and Spencer, Cottam and Glaister and Glasdon and of course The Friends of St. Anne's Arts.  If you miss it try to catch it next year and in the meantime join the Group on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/stannesmusicandartsfestival

and the Kite Surfing Festival is also on this weekend and the weather is gorgeous so check that out at 

http://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/st-annes-kite-festival-2014-p670800

and, as they say, Enjoy!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Emily Baldwin is Miss Radio Wave 2014

Emily Baldwin has been named Miss Radio Wave 2014 in the local radio station's photographic competition.

As well as holding that title for the next 12 months, Emily gets direct entry into the Miss Blackpool 2014 grand final.

Milly Gee was runner up in the Miss Radio Wave competition and would normally have been invited to take part in the Miss Blackpool final but as she is unable to take part, the third placed contestant Anna-Marie Marucci will take her place in the final instead.

 The Miss Blackpool Grand Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency.

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

You can see lots of great photos on official photographer Howard Barton's website:  www.preciousimagephotography.co.uk

Hannah Gee is running a detailed blog on this year's competition and lots more besides and you can read that HERE

Photo of Emily Baldwin by Hannah Gee - www.lockedinabow.co.uk 


Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 6 Result

Heat 6 Result: Winner: Sophie May Jarvis (right in photo)
Runner Up: Jenna Howard (left in photo)

The final heat will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade next Thursday - 312st July 2014.


The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency.

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.

Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August.

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

You can see lots of great photos on official photographer Howard Barton's website: 
www.preciousimagephotography.co.uk

Hannah Gee is running a blog on this year's competition and lots more besides and you can read that HERE

Photo by Neil Cookson - Reigning Miss Blackpool Kendall Rae Knight (centre) with Jenna Howard and Sophie Jarvis

New Ice Hockey Cup Competition Announced

Teams from the English Premier League and National Ice Hockey League will face each other next season in a revamped English Challenge Cup competition.

A series of matches, to be drawn from regional groups, will see clubs play sides in their own league, as well as those from another division. Chosen teams from the top of their respective Conferences from both the North and the South of the NIHL will compete at full strength against a North and South Conference made up of all the EPIHL clubs.

For more information on this story and lots more British ice hockey news, click here: www.icehockeyreview.co.uk 


Friday, 18 July 2014

Miss Blackpool 2014 Competition - Heat 5 Result

Heat 5 Result: Winner: Kassidy Knight (left in photo)
Runner Up: Keely Atkinson Strutton

Further heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Heat 6 - Thursday 24th July
Heat 7 - Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency.

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.

Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August.

There is also a photographic competition organised by Radio Wave that counts as a heat with the two winners going through to the final.  YOU can vote for YOUR favourite now  HERE


For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

You can see lots of great photos on official photographer Howard Barton's website:  www.preciousimagephotography.co.uk
Hannah Gee is running a blog on this year's competition and lots more besides and you can read that HERE

Photo by Neil Cookson - Reigning Miss Blackpool Kendall Rae Knight (centre) with Kassidy Knight and Keely Atkinson Strutton

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Art Exhibition: 20th Century Soviet Realism at Silantro, St Annes - 19th to 27th July 2014

As part of the annual St Annes Music & Arts Festival, Silantro Café Bar on Wood Street will be hosting a fascinating display of Russian artworks from the period of the Soviet Union.

"20th Century Soviet Realism" has been put together from café proprietor Elena Radzivilova's own collection of Russian art and Elena - who is also a very talented artist herself - will be on hand to explain the works to visitors.

Silantro is open from 10 am to 5pm - and later when there is an event on.

You can find out more on the Facebook page  HERE

Silantro, 2a Wood Street, St Annes on the Sea, FY8 1QS

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Women Golfers in the First World War - Margaret (Madge) Neill Fraser


As the exciting and prestigious 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open Golf Tournament draws to a close, I felt it fitting to mention the role of lady golfers during the First World War.   This year’s tournament, which you can see on BBC 2, is at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport from 10th – 13th July. 

I am indebted to Gillian Kirkwood for her speedy reply to my request for help in identifying women golfers and their contribution to the war effort during WW1.   Gillian’s excellent article is the inspiration for the following.

The Women Golfers’ Museum in Scotland, of which Gillian Kirkwood is the Chairman, holds copies of “The Golfing Gentlewoman,” which were published as supplements to the magazine “The Gentlewoman”. The magazine had been founded in 1890 and was published in London.   For 36 years the exact title was “The Gentlewoman:  An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Gentlewomen”.

The Women Golfers’ Museum was founded in 1938 and originally situated in The Lady Golfers’ Club in London.   The collection of memorabilia is shared between the British Golf Museum at St. Andrews and the Special Collections Unit of the Library at the University of St. Andrews.

When war broke out in 1914, Issette Pearson (1861 – 1941) who helped set up The Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) in 1893 to “stimulate the growth of ladies’ golf”, issued an official statement to all members, endorsed by the President, Her Highness Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, requesting them to donate money to the Queen’s “Work for Women” Fund.  “The Golfing Gentlewoman” commissioned a medal to send free of charge to any club willing to run a competition to raise money for the Fund. Official LGU competitions had been postponed and were cancelled as the years went by with no sign of the end of hostilities.

As the number of casualties grew so did the demand for hospitals and village halls and golf clubs throughout Britain were turned into Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospitals.   The lady members of the Clubs became nurses, dressers, cleaners, cooks and so on. Photographs were taken and accounts written up to send to The Golfing Gentlewoman to tell the stories of the women golfers and how they contributed to the war effort.

Many lady golfers became Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance nurses and volunteered to serve in the various theatres of the war.

One of those volunteers was Madge Neill-Fraser, who was a Scottish International from 1905 until 1914, runner up in the Scottish Championship in 1912 and semi finalist in the British Championship in 1910.   Madge, daughter of Mrs M. Neill Fraser of Edinburgh, served in Serbia with the Scottish Women’s Hospital as a nurse, dresser and driver.   She caught Typhus and died in Serbia.  She is buried in the Chela Kula Military Cemetery, NIS, Serbia.  The LGU sent out a notice regarding a fitting memorial to the memory of Madge and that was a fund to supply additional beds for the Scottish Women’s Hospital in Serbia. Sufficient funds were donated to provide around 200 beds.  Women golfers the world over contributed to the fund.

Sources: 

“Playing the Game Sport and the Physical Emancipation of English Women 1870 - 1914” by Kathleen E. McCrone (The University  Press of Kentucky, 1988

“On the Ladies Links with Gillian Kirkwood”, published in www.golfcollectors.co.uk in December 2005

For more details about the Ricoh Women’s British Open, please see the websitewww.ricohwomensbritishopen.com

Photo of Margaret Neill Fraser from:  http://scottishwomenshospitals.co.uk/img/mnf.jpg

Photo of Lucy with the Ricoh Trophy at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club by Paul Breeze.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Enter Now For Miss Radio Wave Competition 2014

Entries are now invited for the 2014 Miss Radio Wave photographic competition.

As well as holding the title of Miss Radio Wave for the next 12 months, the winner (and also runner up) will gain a direct entry to the Miss Blackpool competition Grand Final on 15th August.

 For more information, take a look at the Radio Wave website here: http://www.wave965.com/spi/miss-radio-wave-2014/

To get an idea of what it's all about, you can hear our great interview with the first ever Miss Radio Wave Lauren Carr (left in photo above) by following this link HERE

Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 4 Result

Heat 4 Result:
Winner: Jessica Bradder (left in photo)
Runner Up: Rebecca Copsey (right)

Further heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Heat 5 - Thursday 17th July
Heat 6 - Thursday 24th July
Heat 7 - Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency.

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.

Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August. There will also be a photographic completion held in conjunction with Radio Wave - details to follow later!

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

You can see lots of great photos on official photographer Howard Barton's website:  www.preciousimagephotography.co.uk

Photo by Neil Cookson

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Miss Blackpool Audio Archive: Hollie Robinson - Crowned 2011

Here's another great interview from our Miss Blackpool Audio Archive.  Seeing Hollie judging the heat at G Casino last Thursday reminded us of the time when she was the reigning Miss Blackpool in 2011/12 and was invited to judge one of the heats for the 2012 competition.

For any current contestants who are interested in hearing how the judging process works - or just what it's like being Miss Blackpool - have a listen to this interview.

Also, take note of how clearly Hollie speaks and how she answers each question with full sentences - an excellent study tool for how to handle your own on-stage interview!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Miss Blackpool Audio Archive - Ella Green - Crowned 2010

After the excitement of seeing all the previous Miss Blackpools assembled at the heat last night, we thought we'd delve into our Miss Blackpool audio archves and pull out some of the best interviews from the time that we have been covering the competition and give them a fresh airing.

Some of the newer contestants may find these interviews useful reference tools to help them prepare for future heats, while the more "seasoned campaigners" can just enjoy reliving those exciting moments all over again.

Here's what happened when Ella Green won the title in 2010:


Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 3 Result

Heat 3 Result:
Winner: Alexandra Robertson (left in photo)
Runner Up: Vicki Martin (right)

Further heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Heat 4 - Thursday 10th July

Heat 5 - Thursday 17th July
Heat 6 - Thursday 24th July
Heat 7 - Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency.

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.

Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August. There will also be a photographic completion held in conjunction with Radio Wave - details to follow later!

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

You can see lots of great photos on official photographer Howard Barton's website HERE

And Hannah Gee has also taken some great photos and is reporting on the 2014 competition HERE

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Miss Blackpool 2014 Competition - Heat 2 Result

Heat 2 Result:
Winner: Joanna Johnson (right in photo)
Runner Up: Shannon Marie Hamill  (left in photo)

Further heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Heat 3 - Thursday 3rd July
Heat 4 - Thursday 10th July

Heat 5 - Thursday 17th July
Heat 6 - Thursday 24th July
Heat 7 - Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.

 Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August. There will also be a photographic completion held in conjunction with Radio Wave - details to follow later!

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

Friday, 20 June 2014

Tune in to our Best Kept Secrets show on 103.2 Preston FM - this Saturday from 4pm.

In our Best Kept Secrets radio show on 103.2 Preston FM this Saturday from 4pm:

We play a couple of tracks from the debut album "Too Drunk To Pluck" by the Pukes punk ukulele band
New releases from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Loop Aznavour and Alternative England
A tribute to comedian Rik Mayall
Lucy talks about new more Female Poets and Inspirational Women of World War 1
Organiser Karen Cookson talks about the Miss Blackpool competition and how girls can enter for this year's event.
Great music nostalgia in "Party Like It's 1959"
Plus lots more besides.

So join us from 4pm on Saturday on 103.2 FM in the Preston area or you can listen live around the word via the internet at www.preston.fm

Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 1 Result

Heat 1 Result:
Winner: Lauren Carr (right in photo)
Runner Up: Hannah-Louise Peters  (left in photo)

Further heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Heat 2 -Thursday 26th June
Heat 3 - Thursday 3rd July
Heat 4 - Thursday 10th July

Heat 5 - Thursday 17th July
Heat 6 - Thursday 24th July
Heat 7 - Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets are available through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night.
Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August. There will also be a photographic completion held in conjunction with Radio Wave - details to follow later!

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Special Edition Of Best Kept Secrets Show On 103.2 Preston FM This Saturday

This Saturday's show is very special as it is 5 years to the day (more or less) that we presented our first live show on 103.2 Preston FM.

We have interviewed lots of fascinating people over the years and though we might like to re-live some of the best moments with you. So, in this special 5th Anniversary edition of the show, you can hear our great interviews with:

world famous TV medium Colin Fry
top saxophonist Snake Davis
Bradshaws creator Buzz Hawkins 
actor and friend of The Beatles Victor Spinetti

and hear our report features about Modern Jive weekends and the Raqs Britannia Bellydance festival.

We also have a special "Party Like It's 1959" where you can hear our great in depth interview with Marty Wilde (in photo) and we play a couple of his songs as well.

So join us from 4pm on Saturday 7th June on 103.2 Preston FM, If you live outside the broadcast area, you can listen live right across the world via the internet at www.preston.fm 

See Blackpool Roller Coasters' First Public Match - 15th June


Venue: Norcalympia, Norbreck Castle, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA

Doors open at 11am

First Whistle at 12pmBlackpool Roller Coasters vs The Vagine Regime UK B Team

Blackpool Roller Derby League is very excited to announce that its newly formed, all female team the Blackpool Roller Coasters will be playing their first public game against The Vagine Regime UK B Team. This will take place on the Sunday of the weekend of the Pride celebrations in Blackpool.

This game will see them  battle it out on the track against the Vagine Regime UK who describe themselves as “ a collective of queer derby folks from around the world. “ Today’s VRUK roster is made up from skaters from all over the country and we are excited to have them all in Blackpool to celebrate Pride weekend.

Tickets are £5 if bought in advance or £6 on the door.

For Tickets and More information, go to:  www.blackpoolrollerderby.com

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Radio Show This Saturday on 103.2 Preston FM - from 4pm

In our radio show on 103.2 Preston FM this Saturday from 4pm we'll be talking to Richard Shelton (in photo) about his interest in Frank Sinatra as he prepares for his new show at the Globe Theatre at Blackpool Pleasure Beach over the summer months.

We look back at the Body Mind Soul exhibition in Manchester and the Salford Art Club and Salford Remembers 100 Years exhibitions at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Lucy talks about Antonietta Vogels and her "Healthy Sense of Self" programme and we have a double play from the new Sicknurse album "Nightshift" and new releases from Deaf Havana and Milky Chance.

So join us from 4pm on Saturday afternoon from 4pm on 103.2 Preston FM.  If you live outside the broadcast area you can still listen in over the internet at www.preston.fm



  

Monday, 19 May 2014

Review: Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee" at Blackpool Grand Theatre - runs until Saturday!

If you're still having withdrawal symptoms following the screening of the very last Poirot story on TV, then fear not - here is another great Poirot mystery from the pen of Agatha Christie.

Having had 25 years of David Suchet's rendition of the Belgian 'tec, I wasn't sure what to expect from Robert Powell's new interpretation.  I'd seen RP appear in all sorts of things on TV - from playing Jesus of Nazareth, Captain Walker in Tommy and Richard Hannay in the 39 Steps to a drippy detective alongside Jasper Carrot - so his versatility as an actor was never in question.  And I'm pleased to say that I liked his Hercule Poirot very much indeed.  Less bombastic than Peter Ustinov's, more light hearted than Albert Finney's - very much his own version of Poirot, rather than trying to copy anyone else's.

This show has a really great cast including Liza Goddard (loved her since Skippy - yes, honestly...) and a whole host of others who really suit the story.

The plot has all the elements you'd expect to see in a good Agatha Christie mystery - murder in country house, lots of suspects, lots of red herrings and clever detective skills that solve the crime.  Great costumes, scenery and music  as well - by the way.

I won't tell you what happens because I don't want to spoilt it for you but if you like a good mystery play, and love Agatha Christie stories then you really will enjoy this production.

It runs at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool until Saturday. You can find out about bookings here: http://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/shows/performance/black-coffee

There's a full list of UK tour dates here: http://www.kenwright.com/index.php?id=1356

Sunday, 18 May 2014

"Sinatra - The Main Event" at Blackpool's Globe Theatre from 4th July to 6th September

A piece of Las Vegas is coming to Blackpool's Globe Theatre this Summer.

SINATRA - The Main Event, starring Richard Shelton and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
It was billed as the biggest comeback in showbusiness history - now the 40th anniversary is marked with a stunning recreation of Frank Sinatras The Main Event concert exactly as it happened at New Yorks Madison Square Garden on October 13, 1974

Do you have your tickets for this fabulous show?

If not, then book now at https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/book-online/show-tickets/sinatra/ 

Photo: Richard Shelton with Miss Blackpool 2010 Ella Green (not from this show)

Book Now For Agatha Christie's Black Coffee at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Showing Monday 19 May 2014
to Saturday 24 May 2014

Bill Kenwright, by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Ltd, presents Robert Powell as Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee.

A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor, Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth-shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.

In the first play ever written by Agatha Christie we are introduced to a character who went on to become the most famous detective of all time and the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times.

Robert Powell is one of the country’s best loved actors. Having received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of ‘Jesus’ in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth, he went on to star in numerous film hits including 39 Steps, Four Feathers and Shaka Zulu, and also featured in several TV series including The Detectives and Holby City. His extensive stage performances include roles in the national tours of Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell before most recently appearing in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in the West End.

Audio Discribed Performance Wednesday 21 May at 7.30pm

Tickets

£17.50 to £28.50
Concession £3.00 off
Friends of The Grand £5.00 off Opening Night (Stalls & Dress Circle Tickets only)
Groups 20+ £3.00 off, 50+ £4.00 off

Online booking here: http://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/shows/performance/black-coffee

Friday, 16 May 2014

Tea Dance with a difference - Sands Venue Blackpool, Sunday 1st June 2014

The Sands Venue have announced the return of their very popular Tea Dance on Sunday, 1st June 2014.   DANCING TO THE MUSIC OF KARL BARNETT - 3 PIECE BAND WITH PIANO, BASS AND DRUMS.

This time there is a difference - there's more choice and the options are:

£19.99 per person including a three-course Sunday lunch served between 12 noon and 2 pm

OR

£9.99 per person for Tea Dance with Afternoon Tea - tea or coffee, sandwiches and cakes - from 2 pm

OR £5.99 for the Tea Dance only from 2 pm.

Usual drinks available from the bar.


To book or for more information please e-mail box-office@the-sands.co.uk or call 01253 625262

The Sands Venue
Palatine Building
Promenade
Blackpool
Lancashire
FY1 4TQ


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

"Salford at War - 100 Years Ago" Exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

There's a great exhibition looking back 100 years to Salford's experiences of the First World War at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

"Salford At War - 100 Years Ago" features lots of personal stories of people from the Salford area and a whole host of fascinating WW1 memorabilia. There is a mock up of a trench firing step and dug out and some of Lucy's Female Poets and Inspirational Women are also on display.

Lucy was very moved by some of the Roll Call panels of Salford people who were killed during the War - "Be worth of the heroes who have died for us" on the memorial to Lt. Harold Fletcher Robinson.  "Forget us not, oh land for which we fell, May it go well with ENGLAND, still go well, Keep her proud banners without blot or stain, Lest we may dream that we have died in vain" on the Patricroft Steam Shed memorial, Manchester.

"Salford at War" is on until the end of 2015, admission is completely FREE and the venue is  situated close to the Salford Crescent mainline railway station so there is no excuse for not going and having a look round.

There is also a coffee shop that serves very, very nice sandwiches, cakes, snacks and drinks.

There are always lots of other great things in different areas of the Museum and Art Gallery to see as well - and you can find our more on the Museum's official website here: HERE

Review: Salford Art Club 2014 Exhibition, Salford Musuem & Art Gallery

We were lucky enough to catch this exhibition by the local Art Club on it's very last day at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibits were all of a very high standard and all wonderful.  My own favourites were the WW1- related pictures and the amazing WW1 commemorative sculpture.  If I was asked to pick only one I couldn't.   There was a competition for the Public Choice too.  If you missed this particular exhibition, you can always find out more about Salford Art Club via their website
www.salfordartclub.co.uk

You can find out what is on at Salford Museum and Art Gallery by looking at their website:  HERE


Review: "Mind Body Soul" Exhibition at Manchester Central - 10th and 11th May

I hadn't been to Manchester for quite a few years so was quite pleasantly surprised to discover that the venue for this event - "Manchester Central" - was in fact, what used to be called the GMEX Centre, where I had worked in the media centre of the 1997 World Table Tennis Championships, meaning that I DID in fact know where it was after all - and also knew my way around the surrounding area.     It would be very difficult to come away from the two-day exhibition without feeling soothed and relaxed, as there was some wonderful, peaceful, live music from Jonathan Hugh on cello (Jonathan's latest CD "Lucid Dreaming" is now on sale) and Johnty Wilks on saxophone (Johnty's new CD "Deep Deep Peace" now on sale) and lots of incense and candles filling the air with an atmosphere of peace and calm.  

There were literally hundreds of different stalls from crystals, to health foods and supplements, books, natural fibre clothes, and much much more.   There were also free workshops about yoga, and a wide variety of meditation and healing techniques demonstrations throughout both days.

If you missed it, you can find out more about other Mind Body Soul exhibitions on their website at www.mbsevents.co.uk   

Photo:  Lucy finding out about Simply Minerals - plant derived minerals available from Nick and Johanne Giannotti - www.plantderivedminerals.co.uk - at their stand at the "Mind Body Soul Experience" in Manchester

Monday, 5 May 2014

Great War Hits In Our Radio Show On Saturday - 4pm

They didn't have pop music radio during the first world war but if they did, they'd certainly have played songs by Elsie Janis and Basil Hallam (pictured) who were among the biggest stage stars of the day.

In our radio show on 103.2 Preston FM this Saturday from 4pm we'll be talking about Elsie and Basil and playing some of their 78s.

Lucy also talks about Moina Belle Michael - the "Poppy Lady" - and entertainer Lena Ashwell.

There's also a brand new composition from singer/songwriter Ralph Keats, more nostalgia in "Party Like It's 1959" and new releases from  Jimi Raine, Leon Of Athens and The Away Days.  

So join us from 4pm this Saturday afternoon on 103.2FM or listen in live across the world on www.preston.fm

Ice Hockey: Deeside All Star Weekend Details Announced

Ticket arrangements have been announced for the All Star Weekend to be held at Deeside Ice Rink on 7th and 8th June.

On Saturday afternoon , the Deeside Dragons take on the Laidler Conference All Stars in  a 4.15pm face off.

On Sunday, the pick of the Dragons join forces with the Laidler All Stars to take on the Moralee Conference All Stars - again in a 4.15pm face off.

Tickets are £6 per person for each match or £10 for both games.
There are no concession as the games are being played in aid of MIND mental health charity.

Tickets can be bought at Deeside Leisure Centre - tel: 01244 845440

Details of the All Star teams will be posted here shortly.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Unsigned Artists Invited to Audition For the 2014 Jessica Foxley Event at Colne RnB Festival

The search is on again for young, aspiring Rhythm and Blues musicians to perform at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Jessica Foxley Unsigned (formerly The Jessica Foxley Stage) was set up in 2010 in memory of Jessica, who died the previous year in a car crash at the age of 21.

Its aim is to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians – and in particular to select outstanding young Blues acts to perform at Colne’s annual Great British R&B Festival.

Unsigned, up-and-coming talent will be chosen to perform on various stages alongside the main acts. Last year a total of eight were selected to play on three different stages, including the International Stage. Some of the artistes have used the Festival as a springboard to propel themselves into the music world.

Last year's success stories include the 45's from Carlisle, who appeared on stage with Wilko Johnson at the Festival and then went on to perform with him in his home town of Canvey. Manchester's Minor Blues have just released their second single since appearing on the British Stage.
Bright Shapes, who first played the British Stage in 2011 (in photo), are currently recording their third EP. They have since become regular and popular performers at the Festival's roadhouse venues, alongside Mog Stanley - from the 2012 Acoustic Stage - who is about to release his debut album.
Tom Killner, featured live on Radio Lancashire during the 2012 Festival, has since become a popular act at various Blues clubs and festivals. In the same year, following their British Stage performance, The Blind Dead McJones Band was nominated for a British Blues Award.
Now Rhythm and Blues bands and solo artistes are invited to apply for one of the sought-after places at this year’s Festival.

Live auditions will take place in front of a panel of judges, including local talent Lucy Zirins, who has performed at the Festival on numerous occasions, and a representative from Organic Mountain Records, at The ACE Centre in Nelson, on June 22nd and 23rd.
 
Interested musicians can apply online by filling in a form and submitting a sound recording and video clip. The form is available on the Festival website www.bluesfestival.co.uk or via www.jessicafoxley.com . The deadline for applications is June 8th. A shortlist will then be invited to audition.

Local Football Round Up

In our featured game of the day, Blackpool Wren Rovers reserves came from behind to beat Thornton Cleveleys reserves 3-2 through a Paul Carroll hat trick in the West Lancashire League Reserves Division 1.

The Wren Rovers first team won 5-2 away at Slyne With Hest. Rick Sear scored 4 of the 5 goals. They sit in 2nd place in the West Lancashire League Premier Division with 3 games left to play.

In the North West Counties League Premier Division, AFC Blackpool drew 1-1 at home to Congleton Town while Squires Gate won 2-1 away at Ashton Athletic.

The NWCFL schedule is now complete.  AFC Blackpool have finished in 13th place with 49 points from their 42 games.  Squires Gate finished in 19th place - avoiding the relegation places by 1 point - on 40 points from their 42 games.

Norton United are champions with 100 points from 42 games and Runcorn Linnets are runners up with 95 points.

In Division One, Nelson FC are champions with 89 points from 36 games. Formby are runners up with 84 points.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Mind Body Soul Weekend in Manchester - 10th & 11th May 2014

The popular Mind Body Soul (MBS) exhibition comes to Manchester Central...The world is full of mysteries, amazing people, natural science and age old wisdoms. The Mind Body Soul Experience not only brings these elements together, but adds a splash if excitement, a dousing of entertainment and more than a fair share of pampering.

To find our more, check out the website at: http://www.mbsevents.co.uk/Manchester/index.asp

Great Offers At Studio 11 Recording Studio, ACE Centre, Nelson

The state of the art recording studio at the ACE Centre in Nelson has been taken over full time by sound engineer & music producer Andrea Quarin (in photo) and he is inviting all singers, songwriters and musicians from across Lancashire to check out the facilities and special offers.

Andrea has had some of his own compositions used as themes on Sky Sports and elsewhere and would be more than happy to discuss how he can help with any type of musical project.

Andrea said:  "I've been a sound engineer/producer and music composer for almost a decade now and I believe my experience can help anyone achieve hi-standard results....

Most importantly I love to bring enthusiasm, energy, ideas, excitement, fun and skills to your music productions.

I'm also pretty easy going and fun to work with hence a great environment to work on what we all love the most: music!

I love to work with as many diverse people as I can and I would love to hear from you to see if I can help with your next music project."

You can contact Andrea by email at andreaquarin@hotmail.com, by telephone on 01282 661083, or drop by to the ACE Centre at Cross Street, Nelson, BB9 7NH

You can also check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AndreaQuarin.Engineer.Producer

Monday, 21 April 2014

NWCFL: AFC Blackpool Do Derby Double

AFC Blackpool completed the league double over near neighbours Squires Gate in this Easter Monday Premier Division encounter.  They triumphed by 3 goals to 1, mirroring the margin from their home win over Gate on Boxing Day.

That win leaves AFC Blackpool 13th in the NWCFL Premier Division table with 48 points from their 41 games.

Squires Gate are currently in the relegation zone with 37 points from 41 games - level on points with 2 other teams but in 21st place on goal difference.

Both teams play their last game of the season next Saturday, Squires Gate are away at 6th place Ashton Athletic while AFC Blackpool are at home to 10th place Congleton Town.

More information:  www.nwcfl.com  www.afcblackpool.co.uk  www.squiresgatefc.co.uk 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

“Reclaiming poetry for the WW1 Centennial” - a special event organized by No Glory on 15th May 2014 in London


Poetry is central to how many people regard the first world war. The organisation No Glory has arranged a special night of poetry to commemorate Conscientious Objectors’ Day on 15th May 2014.
You’ll enjoy a fine array of speakers. These include AL Kennedy, Blake Morrison, Michael Rosen, George Szirtes and Samuel West.
They’ll read from both their own work and that of the war poets –  and we’ll also talk a bit about the No Glory campaign. The evening should be both moving and entertaining.
Given the recent attacks on the war poets by the government-backed revisionist historians, it's important to reclaim their centrality to our memory of the first world war.

We’re calling the event …cold stars lighting… taken from Wilfred Owen’s poem (I Saw His Round Mouth’s Crimson)
And in his eyes
The cold stars lighting, very old and bleak,
In different skies.
There’ll be music, too, from Matthew Crampton and Nette Robinson & the Lyric Ensemble.
If you're near London, why not join us? And do spread the word - by sharing the link or by inviting friends on Facebook. This will be a wonderful evening.
Best wishes
Jan Woolf
Cultural Co-ordinator, No Glory
Tickets are £10 and £8 (concessions) and include a glass of wine at the interval. 
…cold stars lighting… First World War Poetry
Thursday 15th May, 7.30pm
St Giles-in-the Fields,
60 St Giles High St
London WC2H 8LG
Tickets £10 (£8) including a glass of wine. 

No Glory websiteFacebook Event Page

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Charity Fashion Show In Aid Of Variety Children's Charity - 23rd April

Charity Fashion Show in aid of Variety Club Children's Charity
 
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 7.30 to 10.30pm
 
sponsored by Noosa Boutique and Horse and Country Style
 
Venue:  Singleton Village Hall FY6 8LL.
 
As part of fundraising for Miss Fylde Coast 2014.  Special guest current Miss Fylde Coast Jenna Howard (in photo, centre)

Tickets £8 and include Taylor's hotpot as-well as stalls selling drinks, cakes and fancy things.

Doors open at 7:30 please contact either
Kim Braithwaite - 07880351645 or Rebecca Copsey - 07528552366
for tickets and more information.



Book now for "Crazy For You" at Blackpool Grand Theatre - 23rd to 26th April

Blackpool Operatic Players presents CRAZY FOR YOU LIVE at the Grand Theatre Blackpool
Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 April 2014
 
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool is pleased to announce Crazy For You, the latest production by Blackpool Operatic Players which will be performed from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 April.
 
Set in 1930s Deadrock, Nevada and New York City, Crazy For You is a romantic comedy musical based around the best-loved songs and music by George and Ira Gershwin. Hit classics featuring in the show include Someone to Watch Over Me, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and I Got Rhythm.
 
Bobby Child is the son of a rich banking family, whose mother gives him the task of going to Nevada to foreclose on a rundown theatre.  When he arrives, he falls in love with Polly, the owner of the Gaiety Theatre’s daughter.  If he forecloses on the theatre Bobby knows he will lose the girl of his dreams. 
 
His solution to this problem is to help the theatre pay off the mortgage by putting on a show, calling in The Zangler Follies Girls from New York to help stage this spectacle. All of a sudden sleepy Deadrock becomes a hub of singing and dancing and what follows is a rocky road of ups and downs and mistaken identities.
 
Taking on the roles of Bobby and Polly in their dramatic and exciting love/hate relationship are Blackpool Operatic Players Karl Hugo and Hayley Mallinson. As well as toe-tapping music, Crazy For You also features imaginative and energetic tap dancing scenes, under the direction of producer and choreographer Steve Chesters.
 
Coming to the Grand Theatre this April, the Blackpool Operatic Players’ staging of Crazy For You is a feel-good musical with comedy, romance and lots of singing and dancing for all to enjoy.
Crazy For You
Grand Theatre Blackpool
Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 April 2014
7:30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2pm
 
Opening night, Thursday and Saturday matinees all seats £14.50
Thursday to Saturday evenings £14.50-£17.50
Children (Under 15s) £11.50
Groups 1 free with every 10 purchased
 
In line with legislation our £1.50 booking fee is now INCLUDED in all stated ticket prices. The Grand Theatre has an ‘open’ policy regarding the fees that is charges and what they are for.
 
Call Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Saturday, 5 April 2014

WW1 Commemorative Exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until June 2015


Local Football Round Up - 5th April 2014

Blackpool Wren Rovers drew 2-2 in a closely fought match with Coppull United in the West Lancashire League Premier Division (in photo). 

In the NWCFL Premier Division, Squires Gate lost 1-2 at home to Norton United.  AFC Blackpool won 2-0 away at Abbey Hey. 

AFC Blackpool are next in action on Tuesday evening when they entertain St Helens Town in a 7.45pm kick off.

Next Saturday, Blackpool Wren Rovers are at home to Vickerstown in the West Lancashire League - 3pm kick off.

Help Blackburn Hawks Support Cancer Research UK

Blackburn Hawks have been raising money for Cancer Research UK as their selected charity for the 2013/14 season.  They have set a target of £1000 and would appreciate your help in trying to reach it before the end of the play offs next weekend.

Their most recent fund raising event was a fancy dress photo shoot and you can see the result in this great photo by John Milton.

If you'd like to help the Blackburn Hawks support Cancer Research UK, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/BlackburnHawks

Grand Opening Of Galleon Coffee Bar, Topping Street, Blackpool

We were lucky enough to be at the opening of this new coffee bar in Blackpool today.

The ground floor is now open for business serving wonderfully smelling teas, coffees, croissants and lots more besides and the upstairs is going to be a community meeting room with a Blackpool heritage exhibition.

Numerous events are planned. You can follow the progress of this exciting new venue on the Galleon Coffee Facebook Group

Visit the new Galleon Coffee Bar at 11 Topping Street, Blackpool FY1 3AX

Photo: Owner Stephen Pierre at the opening of the new Galleon Coffee Bar

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Local Football Round Up

In our featured game of the day, Blackpool Wren Rovers reserves beat Fulwood Amateurs reserves 7-1 (in photo).  Wren Rovers first team match away was postponed.

In the NWCFL Premier Division, AFC  Blackpool lost 0-2 to AFC Liverpool while Squires Gate lost 1-2 at home to Maine Road FC.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New look Silantro Wood Street in St. Annes - Russian evening Friday 25th April 2014

Silantro - that lovely cafe at 2a Wood Street in St Annes on the Sea in Lancashire - is under new management.  

They are organising a Russian themed evening on Friday, 25th April 2014 with a 5-course meal, Vodka and a real Balalaika Band playing Russian folk musik in traditional dress.  Booking is essential as places are limited, though a second evening may be arranged if demand is sufficient...

For details and to book, please call 07447 497116

Silantro Cafe
2a Wood Street
St Annes-on-the-Sea
Lancashire
FY8 1QS

Tel.:  07447 497116

Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Dates Confirmed!

Heats for the 2014 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Thursday 19th June
Thursday 26th June
Thursday 3rd July
Thursday 10th July

Thursday 17th July
Thursday 24th July
Thursday 31st July

The Final will take place on the Friday 15th August at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets will be bookable through Angels Elite Models & Promotions Agency

Girls aged 18 to 30 are welcome to enter whether they have been married or not and whether or not they have children. There is no cost to enter and you can just come along and join in on the night. The heats are contested wearing evening/club wear (no swimsuit necessary...!).

Most importantly: you DO NOT have to live in or come from Blackpool to be eligible to enter so the competition is especially attractive to visitors and holiday makers as a fun way to spend an evening out. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and support the heats and the final.

The 1st and 2nd placed in each heat qualify for the Grand Final on 15th August. There will also be a photographic completion held in conjunction with Radio Wave - details to follow later!

For more information about the Miss Blackpool Competition, to enquire about entering, or to book tickets for the final, call organiser Karen Cookson on 01253 820226

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

Photo by Paul Breeze: Miss Blackpool 2013 top 3 - left to right Lauren Carr (3rd), Kendall Rae Knight (1st), Joanna Johnson (2nd)

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Local Football Round Up - 15th March

In our featured match of the day, Squires Gate narrowly lost out in a close-fought NWCFL Premier Division encounter with Stockport Sports by 2 goals to 1 (in photo).

AFC Blackpool lost 4-0 in the quarter final of the NWCFL Challenge Cup away at Maine Road.

Squires Gate are at home to Maine Road next Saturday 22nd March in the league, while AFC Blackpool entertain AFC Liverpool.

Monday, 10 March 2014

NIHL Radio: New Ice Hockey Radio Service Launched

Today sees the launch of a brand new internet broadcasting service aimed specifically at NIHL ice hockey clubs and their supporters. Basically, NIHL Radio offers teams the facility to provide live commentary from their matches without incurring the various costs and technology hurdles normally involved in setting up an audio stream.

Already signed up for next season are Blackburn Hawks, Whitley Warriors and Billingham Stars from the NIHL North Moralee Conference and Deeside Dragons and Widnes Wild from the Laidler Conference. 

The organisers are looking for more teams from NIHL North and South to get involved and you can initially find more information here: http://www.icehockeyreview.co.uk/p/nihl-radio.html

We had a chat with Oz Phillips from NIHL Radio and you can hear what he had to say by clicking on the sound icon below:


 
You can also follow the development of NIHL Radio on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NIHLradio