Commissions welcomed! We are available for Radio and TV work, Event Compering, PR and Media Consultancy, Ghostwriting
- also foreign language translation and interpreting in French, German, Italian, Spanish and a bit of Dutch and Czech....

Thursday, 31 May 2012

New Releases Show To Be Repeated on 103.2 Preston FM - Friday 8th June 7pm

Due to unprecedented popular demand, we will be repeating our highly acclaimed "New Releases" show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 8th June from 7pm. This means listeners will now have another chance to hear those exclusive UK radio play premieres of new songs by  Monica and the Explosion and Magic Trees (in photo).

There's also the first airing of Raven Traitor's debut release "Kaleidoscope" ahead of their first Fylde Coast gig at Silantros in St Annes on 30th June.

There's a great interview with Norwegian girl band Katzenjammer, plus more great new releases from:
Pretty Silhouettes
Daniel and the Scandals
Morten Harket (ex A-Ha)
TJ McCormick & Mike Taylor
Dirt Box Disco
American tenor Noah Stewart
Jazz saxophonist Dan Forshaw
and there's also a review of Blackpool ska band Ska Face's debut album.

So join us (again...) from 7pm on Friday 8th June on Preston FM. You can tune in on 103.2FM in the local area or "listen live" worldwide via the internet at www.preston.fm

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Art at Lytham Hall in Lytham, Lancashire, Sunday, 10th June 2012


Ramen & Fides Visit The Sands Tea Dance in Blackpool

England international competition dance pair Ramen & Fides stopped off at the afternoon tea dance at the Sands Venue in Blackpool on Tuesday afternoon on their way home from taking part in the world famous May Dance Festival in the resort.

The couple - who represented England in Senior Latin at the amateur World Championships in Rouen in December - joined in the fun, doing the Mayfair Quickstep, Rumba One and Barn Dance and well strutting their stuff doing some breathtaking latin routines.

The afternoon tea dance in on at the Sands Venue on Blackpool promenade every Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4.30pm. Music is provided by the ecexllent Frontline Dance Band and afternoon tea is served at 3pm.  

Monday, 28 May 2012

Review: Dry Rot at Blackpool Grand Theatre - until Saturday 2nd June!

We were lucky enough to see the opening night of this great comedy at the Blackpool Grand theatre and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finsh. It''s a nice, old fashioned comedy - the  1956 film starred Brian Rix and Sid James - and is really suitable for all the family to watch together.

There's a really super cast: Liza Goddard (who I have liked ever since seeing her in "Skippy" all those years ago...), comic duo Hale & Pace who need no further explanation, Derren Nesbit who most people will probably best remember for playing the Nazi in the film "Where Eagles Dare",  Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance ...) and Neil Stacy (Duty Free).

It really is a treat to be able to see all those famous actors from TV all on stage at the same time. But, that said, the supporting cast are also excellent - the whole thing has been very well cast and all the characters come across as totally believeable on stage.

There are lots of double entrendres, play on words and falling about - and it really IS incredibly funny.  It runs until Saturday in Balckpool and then around the country after that-  so do go and see it!

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 743339, online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Dry Rot, a vintage 50’s comedy, was written by John Chapman, who wrote over 200 TV comedies including the Emmy award winning Fresh Fields and Happy Ever After John is also known for his collaborations with Carla Lane on The Liver Birds and Ray Cooney on Move over Mrs Markham, My Giddy Aunt, Not Now Darling and There Goes the Bride.

Listen Again: Ska Face Album Review


If you missed our radio show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday evening, here's another chance to hear what we said about the new album by Blackpool ska band Ska Face.

To listen again, click on the sound icon below (please note this may take longer to load if you are using a Mac...):



To find out more about Ska Face, visit the official website at: www.skaface.net

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Ice Hockey: Seagulls Down Rockets In Emphatic Home Win

Saturday 26th May 2012
Blackpool Seagulls 16- Birminham Rockets 5
Period Scores: 8-0, 3-3, 5-2
Penalties In Minutes: Seagulls 28 - Rockets 16

Seagulls Scorers: Danny Jones 4+3,  Duncan Wrigley3+3,  Gary Shearman 2+4, Mark Singer2+1, Brian Slater 1+2,  Bobby Hall 1+1,  Steve Baxendale 1+0,  Lee Shaughnessy1+1,  Dean Chatterton 1+0,  Brian Johnson 0+1

Seagulls Penalties:
Danny Jones 12 mins, Scott Anthony-Jones 6 mins, Mick Buchanan 4 mins, Steve Baxendale, Craig Shaughnessy, Duncan Wrigley, Brian Johnson aa 2 mins  

Seagulls MVP: Danny Jones (in photo)
Photo by Lisa Jones

For more information about the Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey team, check out the official website at: www.blackpoolseagulls.co.uk

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Great New Releases Show On 103.2 Preston FM - Friday 7pm

BIG NEWS - BY POPULAR DEMAND THIS SHOW WILL BE REPEATED IN FULL NEXT FRIDAY 8th JUNE AT 7PM ON 103.2 PRESTON FM!


It's a special all new releases show on 103.2 Preston FM this Friday 25th May from 7pm and we will be featuring exclusive UK radio play premieres of new songs by  Monica and the Explosion (in photo) and Magic Trees.

There's also the first airing of Raven Traitor's debut release "Kaleidoscope" ahead of their first gig at the Mad Ferret in Preston on 30th May.

There's a great interview with Norwegian girl band Katzenjammer, plus more great new releases from:
Pretty Silhouettes
Daniel and the Scandals
Morten Harket (ex A-Ha)
TJ McCormick & Mike Taylor
Dirt Box Disco
American tenor Noah Stewart
Jazz saxophonist Dan Forshaw
and there's also a review of Blackpool ska band Ska Face's debut album.

So join us from 7pm on Friday on Preston FM. You can tune in on 103.2FM in the local area or "listen live" worldwide via the internet at www.preston.fm 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Healing the Wounds Charity Memorial Rugby Match Saturday, 26th May 2012 in memory of Dan Collins

Healing the Wounds is the only charity treating former military personnel, firemen, etc. suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  For further information about the work of Healing the Wounds, or to donate to this very important cause, please see www.healingthewoulds.co.uk

Dan Collins was a Lance Sergeant in the Welsh Guards.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Katzenjammer - Exclusive Interview & Competition!

Next gigs:

22nd May - Concord 2, Brighton. Ticket link: http://www.concorde2.co.uk/

23rd May - XOYO, London. Ticket link: http://www.musicglue.net/xoyo/eventdetails/23-may-12-katzenjammer-xoyo/

More dates and general info from the official website: www.katzenjammer.no

CD competition coming soon!

To hear about Katzenjammers remaining UK tour dates, click on the sound icon below (this may take longer to laod if you are sunning a Mac...):



Sunday, 20 May 2012

"Bullets and Daffodils" the Wilfred Owen Musical Drama at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton on Saturday, 9th June 2012


Ice Hockey: Fylde Flyers End Of Season Awards Evening


Fylde Flyers 2011 / 12 Season Awards

First Fylde Flyers Goal Ever Scored: Kurtis Hall

Clubman of the Year: Simon Heyes (in photo)
Sponsored By www.bestkeptsecrets.biz

Team Commitment Award: Sam Chaddock
Sponsored by Fylde Flyers

Young (U21) Player Of The Year: Sam Heyes
Sponsored by Cllr Andrea Kaye

Manager’s Player of the Year: Antony Melbourne
Sponsored By PB Motorsport

Coach’s Player of the Year: Andrew Clark
Sponsored By www.greenliteuk.com

Junior Supporters' Player of the Year: Elvis Veldze
Sponsored By The Junior Fylde Flyers

Players' Player of the Year: Bobby Caunce
Sponsored By Vendo - 24/7

Supporters' Player of the Year: Bobby Caunce
The Pat Hall Memorial Trophy

Parks Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool Sunday Lunchtime Music May and June 2012

Sunday lunchtime music dates at the Parks Art Deco Cafe in Stanley Park, Blackpool for May and June 2012:


Sunday, 27th May - Vineyard Acoustic Duo

Sunday, 3rd June - Sara Cheston and That Swing Thing

Sunday, 10th June - Flip

Sunday, 17th June - Frank Flynn Trio

Sunday, 24th June - Vineyard Acoustic Duo

Don't forget that Special Jubilee Afternoon Tea will be served on Friday, 1st June; Saturday, 2nd June; Monday, 4th June and Tuesday, 5th June - booking essential.


For further information and reservations, please call:  01253 395191

or go to:  www.parksartdecocafe.co.uk

Parks Art Deco Cafe
Stanley Park
BLACKPOOL
FY3 9EQ

2012 Programme of Events at the Bandstand, Stanley Park, Blackpool





Full Programme of Events at the Bandstand in Stanley Park, Blackpool.


And...
Don't forget the Scarecrow Festival in Stanley Park -
30th June - 1st July 2012.

Blackpool Civic Trust Street Party, St. John's Square, Saturday, 23rd June 2012

Blackpool Civic Trust is organising a gigantic Street Party in St. John's Square, Blackpool (if wet, in the Winter Gardens) on Saturday, 23rd June 2012 from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

There will be lots going on and it is to be hosted by Radio Wave's ANDY MITCHELL.

So why not go along and join in the fun?

CD Release: That Difficult First Album by Ska Face

Here's the highly anticipated debut album from Blackpool based Ska n Reggae combo Ska Face.  Featuring 10 self penned songs, this album was definitely worth the wait and we'll be playing a couple of tracks in our special new releases show on 103.2 Preston FM this Friday evening from 7pm.

"That Difficult First Album" - Ska Face
Released on 2 Types Records - available now!

Track Listing:
1: Celebrity
2: Don't You Ever Leave
3: Down In The Dumps
4: Garageband
5: Hiding In Public
6: It's A Shame
7: I Wanna Know
8: Lost Weekend
9: Photosynthesis
10: Wired Up
11: Yaah Yaahs

To find out more about the band - or to order your copy of the CD, check out the offcial website at: www.skaface.net

CD Release: "Legends" by Dirt Box Disco

Here's another of the new releases that we will be featuring in our special new realeases edition of our "Best Kept Secrets" radio show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 25th May.
This is the debut album from Dirt Box Disco, whose initial EP we featured a few months back. It is released by STP Records and is out on 18th June 2012.

DIRT BOX DISCO - LEGENDS  (STP 015)
1. The Other Side Of The Street - 3:01
2. Peepshow - 4:07
3. Rock n' Rolla - 2:31
4. I Just Want To Be A Girl - 2:58 (explicit lyrics)
5. Smackhead - 1:31
6. I Am Rock n' Roll - 3:15
7. Psycho - 2:46
8. I Don't Wanna Go Out With You - 3:49
9. We All Fall Down - 1:49
10. I Wont Forget - 2:54
11. Radio Radio - 3:04
12. Let's Get Wasted! - 2:09 (explicit lyrics)
13. Dirtbox Days - 3:37

Tune in from 7pm on Friday 25th May to hear which tracks we have selected. You can hear Preston FM on 103.2 FM in the local area and also "listen live" via the internet at www.preston.fm.

To order your copy of Legends by Dirt Box Disco, visit the STP Records website here:   http://www.stprecords.co.uk/page4.htm

Summer 2012 Show Line Up Announced For Blackpool North Pier Theatre

Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre has announced the final show in its summer season line-up of spectacular shows. Legendary comic BERNIE CLIFTON will present his FAMILY LAUGHTER SHOW at the theatre every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm from July 24th through to September 4th.
Bernie Clifton is one of the country’s most loved and most respected comics. A versatile entertainer, he has appeared on the Royal Variety Command Performance, is fondly remembered as compère of the BBC television show Crackerjack and has appeared on numerous television shows including his own series Theatre Royal.

Bernie has stated for a long time that he thinks good old fashioned “variety shows” are what have been missing in Blackpool for some years. He returns to his variety roots with his show Bernie Clifton’s Family Laughter Show this summer. He has hand-picked a number of his friends and colleagues to appear on his show during the season.

The resident ‘guest list’ will include singers Tony Benedict and Lynn Kennedy, both of whom are well known and respected as singers and are regularly seen touring in the hit show Kings of Swing. There will, of course, be an appearance from Bernie’s good friend Oswald the Ostrich...!

Special guests appearing in each show will be announced in the press, online at www.northpierblackpool.co.uk and on social networking sites every week. The variety of entertainment will include a well-known illusionist act, comedy and magic, plus a variety of entertainers who will help to provide something for all the family.

Many people are unaware that Bernie began his career as a professional singer. For the past three years Bernie has been the featured vocalist with the National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain, and theatre-goers can expect to hear one or two of Bernie’s excellent vocal renderings.

The show will also feature The North Pier Orchestra directed by the ubiquitous Greg Francis, who has been resident Musical Director at the world-famous Tower Ballroom and The Sands Venue in Blackpool.

This show is pure “variety” – a genuine family-friendly show, with lots of fun on stage (and off!) - with something for everyone.

Bernie Clifton’s Family Laughter Show is at Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm from July 24th to September 4th. Tickets are priced at just £16.50 for adults with first child free (with two full paying adults) and thereafter only £10!

 Book your seats now from the North Pier Box Office (situated next to the Merrie England), call 01253 623304 (open 11am to 3pm daily) or via Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2452; or book online at www.northpierblackpool.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Full North Pier Theatre summer season line-up:
Bernie Clifton’s Family Laughter Show – Tuesdays 24th July to 4th September
Peter Pan – Wednesdays 25th July to 29th August
Ragdolls’ The Jersey Boys – Thursdays 26th July to 30th August
Dream Concert – Friday afternoons 27th July to 31st August
Glee Rocks! – Friday evenings 27th July to 31st August
Let The Good Times Roll – Saturdays 28th July to 1st September
JuNk – Sundays 29th July to 2nd September
The Cavern Club Revisited – Mondays 30th July to 3rd September


West Side Story Coming To Blackpool Grand Theatre - 5th to 9th June


Fame School of the Arts return to The Grand this June with West Side Story.

After the success of last year’s production of Billy Elliot, Fame School of the Arts present West Side Story from Tuesday 5th June.

Set in post 9/11 New York City, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

The members of the Puerto Rican Sharks are taunted by the Jets, a white working class group. Then Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Barnado, leader of the Sharks…

Based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story’s dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

At Fame School of the Arts children aged from 6 to 16 receive top class dance, drama and singing lessons from a wide range of professional and experienced teachers – many of whom are professional performers in their own right.

Bringing together the very best in local young talent aged between 10 and 25 years old the School held auditions across Blackpool to cast the production.
 
Joe Martin, Principal of Fame School of the Arts and Musical Director on West Side Story said, “It is such a pleasure and a privilege to be back at the Grand Theatre. After the success of Billy Elliot the Musical there was nowhere else we could take such an iconic show as West Side Story. With the intimate setting of the theatre, accompanied by the helpfulness and friendliness of all its staff The Grand is fast becoming the theatrical home for Fame School of the Arts.”

 The snapping fingers, that jazzily balletic race down an alley, the fire escape romance, the brutal war between the Jets and the Sharks…it’s all in West Side Story.  

West Side Story is at The Grand Theatre from Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 June 2012.

Tickets £8.00- £14.00 - Booking/Transaction fees apply

To book for any show you can call the Box Office on 01253 743339 or click on www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk , or visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Book Now For Dry Rot - New Comedy At Blackpool Grand Theatre - From 28th May

With an all star cast including Liza Goddard, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, John Chapman’s Dry Rot is heading to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from Monday 28th May!

 A crooked bookie and his two accomplices devise a cunning ‘get rich quick’ plan; to kidnap the odds-on favourite horse and replace it with their own decrepit nag. But Honest Alf, Flash Harry and Fred find more hurdles than they bargained for on their way to the final post – a comatose horse, a blossoming love affair and a bewildered French jockey all see chaos reign under the roof of the eccentric Colonel Wagstaff and his wife.

 Listed in the National Theatre’s top 100 plays, Dry Rot ran for more than 3 years in the West End and is coming to The Grand this May with an all-star cast including Liza Goddard, Gareth Hale & Norman Pace and Susan Penhaligon.

 Liza Goddard began her career in Australia, where she starred as Clarissa ‘Clancy’ Merrick in Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. When she moved to the UK in 1969 she appeared in Take Three Girls and its sequel, Take Three Women. Her career breakthrough was in the 1972 series The Brothers which also starred her first husband, Colin Baker.

 Liza has starred in Doctor Who, Yes, Honestly, Woof! and Brendon Chase. She replaced Una Stubbs as the team leader on Give Us a Clue and has had a recurring role in Bergerac and alongside Catherine Tate and Dawn French in Wild West.
 
Gareth Hale and Norman Pace are better known as the comedy duo Hale and Pace. Both former teachers they fronted several TV programmes in their comedy partnership including The Management, Pushing Up Daisies and Jobs for the Boys. As actors Gareth and Norman fronted the original TV adaptation of Dalziel and Pascoe and made a guest appearance in the 1989 Doctor Who serial, The Survivor.

Gareth Hale was a regular on Family Affairs until 2005. In 2008 he joined the cast of The Royal. On stage Gareth has appeared in A Christmas Carol, Keeping Up Appearances and Murder By Misadventure.

Norman Pace appeared as Amos Hart in Chicago in the West End. Since Hale and Pace ended he has concentrated on theatre and has appeared in, amongst others, Satin and Steele, Murdered to Death, Our Man in Havana, Murder by Misadventure and Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson. He is also a regular presenter for The Open on the Sky Poker Channel. 

 Susan Penhaligon appeared at The Grand in last year’s gripping crime chiller Verdict. She shot to fame after appearing in Bouquet of Barbed Wire in the 1970s and since then has appeared in Upstairs Downstairs, A Fine Romance alongside Dame Judi Dench, Doctor Who and Emmerdale.

 Dry Rot, a vintage 50’s comedy, was written by John Chapman, who wrote over 200 TV comedies including the Emmy award winning Fresh Fields and Happy Ever After John is also known for his collaborations with Carla Lane on The Liver Birds and Ray Cooney on Move over Mrs Markham, My Giddy Aunt, Not Now Darling and There Goes the Bride.

Secret doors, split-second timing, flawless physical comedy and an all-star cast make Dry Rot a sure bet for an explosive night that will have you roaring with laughter!

 Dry Rot will be at the Grand Theatre from  Monday 28th May to Saturday 2nd June.    Tickets from £17.00

Book your seats now by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01253 743339, online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Great New Releases In Our Radio Show on 26th May

In our "Best Kept Secrets" show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 26th May, there'll be a Dark Halo Music double as we'll be playing two brand new recordings made at this impressive new studio in St Annes.

First off, you'll be able to hear a pre-release playing of "Kaleidoscope" - the debut single from Raven Traitor - which will be available to download from i-tunes and elsewhere on 28th May

and there's also a first opportunity to hear a brand new song from the pen of Lucy London. It's called "Miss Blackpool/miss Paris" and has been recorded by TJ McCormick (pictured), from the acoustic duo Vineyard, and pianist Mike Taylor.

The show will be aired from 7pm on Friday 26th May and will feature other new releases from Katzenjammer, Dirt Box Disco, Pretty Silhouettes, Dean Johnson, Magic Trees and Skaface.  You can tune in to Preston FM on 103.2 in the local area or "listen live" on the internet at www.preston.fm

To find out more about Raven Traitor, visit their website at: www.raventraitor.com

To find out more about TJ and Vineyard, go to: www.vineyardentertains.co.uk

and to find out more about Dark Halo Music, look here: www.darkhalo.biz



Monday, 14 May 2012

Crissy Rock One Night Only At Blackpool North Pier Theatre - 30th June

She’s been to Benidorm; She’s been to the Jungle; and now the one and only CRISSY ROCK is returning to her favourite seaside town to play a one-night comedy spectacular, LIVE AND LOUD, at North Pier Theatre on Saturday 30 June.
 Crissy Rock is best known for her jungle antics in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and for starring as Janey York in three series of the hit comedy show Benidorm alongside Johnny Vegas, Tim Healey, Steve Pemberton and Sheila Reid. This spring Crissy is taking her one-woman show Crissy Rock: Live and Loud (From Benidorm to the Jungle and Back) on tour and specifically requested to her agents and tour managers that she return to Blackpool to play the famous North Pier Theatre.

Crissy, who performed last summer at the pier’s Merrie England venue, said, “I'm really glad to be back at the North Pier. I've been around the world, through jungles, through hotels, and I've ended up back where I started... in Blackpool... and I can't wait.”

Crissy Rock has a unique ability to reduce her audiences to tears of laughter with her hilarious one-woman stand-up shows. Her style of comedy is outrageous, yet at times mesmerising, and is fast becoming “must-see” theatre.

Crissy Rock: Live and Loud (From Benidorm to the Jungle and Back), on Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm, will see her perform her full comedy routine, which may contain adult language. Tickets are priced at just £17 and are on sale now from the North Pier Box Office (situated next to the Merrie England) on 01253 623304 (open 11am to 3pm daily) or via Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2452; or online at www.northpierblackpool.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Suitable for adults only.


Free Showcase For Blackpool Fytlde & Wyre Accomodation Providers - 17th May

Blackpool’s North Pier Theatre are inviting Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre accommodation providers to a see a sneak preview of the resort’s most exciting, most fun-packed, and most family-friendly shows this year at their Summer Season Showcase to be held on Thursday 17th May.

 The FREE event will take place in the Merrie England Bar at the front of the pier at 12 noon on Thursday 17th May and Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde accommodation providers are all invited!

 Stars from the North Pier Theatre’s sensational summer season shows will be performing snippets from their shows, including the cast of the 50s & 60s rock ‘n’ roll musical, direct from the West End, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL; winners of Sky One’s Don’t Stop Me Now JUNK; the stars of the summer musical pantomime PETER PAN; and the cast of Ragdolls’ THE JERSEY BOYS.

There will also be two very special guests at the Summer Season Showcase; the stars of the soon-to-be-announced Tuesday night show at North Pier Theatre. Who will it be? What is the show? You’ll have to come along on Thursday 17th May to find out! You won’t be disappointed. The fun starts at 12 noon (doors open 11.30am).

You’ll also get to meet PartystarsDéjà Vu and Chipper The Squirrel, the stars of our family friendly entertainment in the Carousel Family Bar throughout the season!

There are up to two tickets available to accommodation providers for this very special event and to ensure you get yours (places are limited to 400) simply call the North Pier Box Office on 01253 623304 (open from 11am to 3pm daily) or email boxoffice@northpierblackpool.co.uk including your name, your accommodation’s name and full address. Every accommodation provider who attends will be given a goody bag containing information on the shows, vouchers for complimentary tickets and gifts from our supporters Morecambe Bay Wines & Spirit Company and Heineken.

Renée Sedgwick, North Pier Theatre Director, said, “This is an opportunity for the Fylde Coast’s accommodation providers to see a preview of the fantastic family friendly entertainment we have North Pier Theatre this summer and to mingle with the stars of the shows!”


New Book: "To The Queen... A Royal Drinkology"

With the kind permission of the Palace, the Secretary General of the British Monarchist Society, Thomas J. M. Mace Archer DeLacroix Mills has created a very unconventional book commemorating the Diamond Jubilee through drinks and alcohol entitled, 'To The Queen...A Royal Drinkology'. He dives into the wine cellars of Buckingham Palace, reveals the favourite tipples of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria to Prince William and further completes a full drinkology on each of the major alcohols with an emphasis on their royal origins. The book continues a dignified feel through narrative, poetry, the loyal addresses as well as fun facts, quotes and over 60 drink recipes. The foreword has been penned by Rafal Heydel-Mankoo of Burkes World Orders of Knighthood and Merit.

You can find out more about the book here:www.tothequeen.co.uk

Released with the book is a breathtakingly beautiful song and video which has been commissioned on behalf of the BMS as a tribute to the Queen for 60 years of selfless duty and service - the video can be viewed here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YhK9D4N6-Y

"Thomas and the British Monarchist Society together defend our monarchy and our sovereign monarch. They are a necessary force in countering republican propaganda and I am proud to be a patron of the BMS. I wish Thomas every success with this book as well as the BMS in their vital work in retaining one of the cornerstones of our freedom. God save the Queen!"
Nigel Farage MEP

Order your copy at a discounted rate here: http://www.tothequeen.co.uk/save.php

Sunday, 13 May 2012

More North West Gigs For Magic Trees


May 18- The Hop, Blackpool
May 19- British Legion, St. Annes
May 25- The Station Tavern, Lytham
May 26- The Townhouse, St. Annes
May 31- The Grapevine, Poulton
June 1- The Plough, Freckleton
June 2- The Victoria, St. Annes
June 3- Tommy Ducks, Blackpool (South Shore)
June 8- Fairhaven, Fairhaven
June 9- The Links Hotel, St. Annes
June 14- Silantros, St. Annes
June 16- Station Tavern, Lytham
June 21- Kenlis Arms, Garstang
June 22- The Stanley Conservative Club, Blackpool
June 29- The Burlington, Blackpool
June 30- The Wheatsheaf, Leyland
July 14- The Victoria, St. Annes
July 21- The British Legion, St. Annes
July 27- The Station Tavern, Lytham
July 28- The King’s Arms, Fleetwood

Other dates yet to be confirmed

Diamond Jubilee Celebration Weekend in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool 2nd - 5th June 2012

A weekend of fun for the whole family is on offer at Blackpool's iconic Tower Ballroom, including an evening 50/50 dance on Saturday, 2nd June from 7.30 pm, featuring Pasha and Katya and Darren and Lilia from BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing".

There will also be a dancing all day on Sunday, 3rd June and an evening dance from 7.30 pm.

On Monday, 4th June at 7.30 pm there will be a Gala Concert featuring music from the Diamond Jubilee Orchestra directed by Mike James and on Tuesday, 5th June from 12 noon until 4.00 pm, there will be a gigantic indoor Street Party.

For further information please visit www.theblackpooltower.com

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Ice Hockey: Blackpool Seagulls 10 - Tyneside Jesters 5

Saturday 12th May 2012
Blackpool Seagulls 10 - Tyneside Jesters 5
Period Scores: 3-4, 3-0, 4-1

Seagulls Scorers:
Phil Kirwan - 3+0, Joe Charlton - 2+1, Duncan Wrigley - 2+1, Danny Jones - 1+1, Mick Buchanan - 1+1, Dave Anthony - 1+1, Mark Singer - 0+2, Stefano Simi - 0+1

Seagulls Penalities:
Danny Jones - 8mins, Joe Charlton - 2mins, Phil Kirwan - 2mins, Lee Shaughnessy - 2mins, Stefano Simi - 2mins

Seagulls MVP:
Dave Anthony (in picture being congratulated by our very own "Miss Best Kept Secrets" - international model Sammi Marsh).

For a full match report, visit the official Seagulls website at: www.blackpoolseagulls.co.uk

The next Blackpool Seagulls home match is on Saturday 26th May 2102  against Birmingham Rockets at the SubZero Ice Arena in Cleveleys, 5pm face off.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Exciting new Pottery Studio opened in Birkenhead, Wirral - bringing back the spirit of Della Robbia - 18th May 2012


Janet Holmes, a Wirral potter (and a Cheshire woman of the year nominee) who has exhibited and taught on the Wirral for over 30 years opened the Rathbone Studio in Argyle Street, Birkenhead on Friday, 18th May 2012. 

Opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Gerry Ellis, the day was a huge success with over 70 people attending. Among those present were the Wirral Councils's Heritage Officer, Eileen Wilshaw and Colin Simpson, Curator of the Williamson art gallery (that houses Della Robbia pottery pieces).  A highlight of the afternoon was a reading of an extract of a new book based on the Della Robia Pottery by its author, Gladys Mary Cole.
Janet says, “I am so excited, Della Robbia represented the golden age of the town and became internationally renowned. When I realised that 28 Argyle Street was empty, I felt it was opening a door from the past that shines a light on the present community to express themselves.
Not only will I be exhibiting my own work but there will be workshops that give people the technical skills to produce their own work and offer an environment that allows individual creativity, Della Robbia was founded by Conrad Dressler and Harold Rathbone, so I am proud to bring the Rathbone name back to Argyle Street. My work is so far from the highly glazed Della Robbia style but by following in the footsteps of those great potters maybe I can be the shape of things to come." 
The potential to bring the sprit of the Della Robbia Pottery back to Birkenhead has been helped with the support of Methodist Housing and financial support through the Empty Shop Fund from the Wirral Borough Council. 
At the opening, and for the following week, visitors will be able to create their own piece of pottery. These taster sessions will hopefully show people how rewarding it is to create their own individual pieces; ceramics could once again put Birkenhead's unique expression on the map.
Della Robbia (1894 - 1906) was highly distinctive pottery created at premises in Price Street, Birkenhead and at 28 Argyle Street, Birkenhead.  It was inspired in part by the work of Luca della Robbia, the Florentine sculptor (1399 – 1482) who perfected a special pottery glaze. 
 For further information, please contact: 


Janet Holmes 
Rathbone Studio
28 Argyle Street
Birkenhead, Wirral. CH41 6AE
0790 333 7995


or visit the studio website:


www.rathbonestudio.com


For information on visiting The Wirral, please see www.visitwirral.com


Right: Janet Holmes with Wirral Mayor Gerry Ellis who opened the studio on 18th May 2012.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Jubilee Dance Party, North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, Monday, 4th June 2012

Join David Windle at the keyboard and singer Lynne Fox for an indoor street party at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Monday, 4th June 2012.  Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee in style - why not dress to impress in red, white or blue?  The best dressed will win a prize.

The fun starts at 2.00 p.m. with music and dancing, followed by afternoon tea.   Tickets are £10.50 per person and are available from The North Euston Hotel Reception.

The North Euston Hotel,
The Esplanade,
Fleetwood
Lancashire FY7 6BN

Tel.: 01253 876525 or check out the website www.northeustonhotel.com

"Bark in the Park" is back! in aid of Brian House - Stanley Park, Saturday, 26th May 2012

Last year, this amazing event raised over £6,000 in aid of Brian House the Children's Hospice.

So, if you are a dog owner, why not go along to Lawsons Field, across from Stanley Park in Blackpool on Saturday, 26th May 2012 - 10.00 a.m. for 10.30 a.m. start.

Or if you don't own a dog, why not sponsor a friend's dog....

There will be:

Stalls, sponsored 5K dog walk, prize for the Top Fund-raising Dog, Raffles, Free doggie bag, Demonstrations and much, much more...

You can enter online at www.trinityhospice.co.uk
Or find entry forms at Pets at Home in Blackpool.

Swing Night in aid of Help for Heroes at The Monterey Beach Hotel, 30th June 2012

Fabulous local Big Band "Switched on Swing" are to perform a Night of Swing Music at the Monterey Beach Hotel in St. Annes-on-the-Sea on Saturday, 30th June 2012 in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

Tickets are £5.00 per person and the evening starts at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are available now from:

The Monterey Beach Hotel, 18-22 North Promenade, St. Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 2NQ
or
Storytellers Inc., 7 The Crescent, St. Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1SN
or
Plackitt/Booth, 87c Clifton Street, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5ER
or
call 07785 505880 for further information and tickets.

Best Kept Secrets Show On 103.2 Preston FM - Friday 7pm

Join us from 7pm on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday evening for "Best Kept Secrets....In Conversation". In our highly popular radio show this week we will be featuring:

An in-depth interview with vocal duo Vineyard (pictured) and a couple of their songs
Some tracks from the new CD by Norwegian girl band Katzenjammer
Review of the Bullets And Daffodils performance at the Writing On the Wall festival, plus aosng from the show by Dean Johnson
the Oh Boy moment
New releases from Pretty Silhouettes and Reverend & The Makers
A celebration of 70 years of Enid Blyton's Famous Five
A preview of Saturday's Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey match
and lots more besides.

You can hear Preston FM On 103.2FM in the local broadcast area or "listen live" worldwide via the internet at www.preston.fm.
 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Gerard Kenny Coming To Fleetwood On 24th May


The Great American Song Book with Gerard Kenny is coming to Marine Hall, The Waterfront Venue,  Fleetwood on Thursday 24th May 2012.

Doors Open 7:00pm

Tickets £16.50 from 01253 887693 or online at: www.marinehall.co.uk

If any artist could be said to personify the classic American musical tradition, it is  Gerard Kenny. He was virtually born into the business.

For his latest project, however, Gerard Kenny is looking to others for inspiration. The Great American Songbook Tour will gather together some of  his favourite material. In Gerard's experienced hands, a set list  featuring songs such as 'My Funny Valentine', 'Moon River', 'I Get A Kick Out of  You', 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' and many more are given an extraordinary new lease of life.

For fans of the greatest selection of songs in popular music, it really doesn't get any better than this the son of a New York song and dance man, he made his public debut at the age of six playing piano on a version of the beautiful standard  'Where Or When'. Since then, he hasn't looked back. Whether writing for himself or artists such as Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, Sacha Distel, James Last, Jack Jones and Marion Montgomery, Kenny's work has always had the  unmistakable air of a master craftsman.

Don’t miss this first ever appearance by Gerard Kenny at The Marine Hall, performing THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK as only he can ...... nobody does it better! He will be accompanied by his superb musicians, Sandy Burnett on bass, and Nick Poyner on drums

Miss Blackpool 2012 Heat Dates Confirmed

Heats for the 2012 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at Uncle Tom's Cabin on the following dates:

Thursday 21st June
Thursday 28th June
Wednesday 4th July
Thursday 12th July

Thursday 19th July
Thursday 26th July
Thursday 2nd August

Please note that Heat 3 is being held on a Wednesday evening as there is another event booked at the venue for the Thursday evening.

The Final will take place on the 17th August at the Norbreck Castle Hotel which will include a 3-course meal and coffee (black tie event). Tickets will be priced at £35 and are 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 win cash prizes on the night and also qualify for the Grand Final on 17th 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

Monday, 7 May 2012

Garden Open Day in aid of Over Wyre MacMillan Cancer Support, Sunday, 13th May 2012


Janice and Frank Flynn are pleased to announce:
11TH GRAND CHARITY
GARDEN OPEN DAY
At
CHAPEL HOUSE, WHEEL LANE, PILLING PR3 6HL
Tel 01253 790293
SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2012
11.OOam TO 3.00pm
1ST PRIZE WINNER OF LANCASHIRE LIFE GARDEN OF THE YEAR 2004
SHORTLISTED TO THE LAST 10 OF THE 2006 DAILY MAIL NATIONAL GARDEN COMPETITION
ADMISSION £5 PER ADULT to include tea/coffee and biscuits.
CHILDREN FREE WITH AN ADULT
FABULOUS RAFFLE – 
1ST PRIZE £100. 
2ND £50. 
3RD £25.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE Over Wyre MacMillan Cancer support
THERE WILL BE A CAKE STALL AND A PLANT STALL – ALL CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME
Please note 
there is a Japanese Water Garden and large pond so children 
must be supervised at all times

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Ice Hockey: Squeelers Down Seagulls In Close Encounter

Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey team lost 6-4 to the Sheffield Squeelers in a hard fought challenge match at Ice Sheffield on Saturday. 

The Seagulls played very well in view of the fact that they only had 10 players available and netminder Peter Bleackley (hidden in photo) faced 45 shots.

The Seagulls goals were scored by: Higson, Coxon, Wrigley & Simi.

Seagulls next match is at home at the SubZero ice arena in Cleveleys on Saturday 12th May - 5pm face off.

More info: www.blackpoolseagulls.co.uk

Friday, 4 May 2012

Paul Rodgers - only 2012 UK gig at Charity Concert in aid of Racehorse Sanctuary at The Venue, Chichester, Thursday, 31st May 2012


Paul Rodgers has announced that he will be playing his only UK concert this year on Thursday, 31st May at The Venue, Spur Road, Chichester.
Joining Rodgers on the bill will be Deborah Bonham and her Band, who will be performing songs from their new album.   All of the proceeds from the concert will go to The Racehorse Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre, a self funded Charity. 
Tickets are limited and available only by emailing info@deborahbonham.com for booking information.


Doors and Bar open 6.00 - 11.30pm, Showtime 7.00 - 10.30pm


Ticket Prices £30 standing and £50 seated.


The Racehorse Sanctuary, Bridgehill Farm, Thakeham Road, Coolham, West Sussex RH13 8QD

www.racehorsesanctuary.org
Registered Number 1117361. 
The Venue, Spur Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8PR.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Review: WOW Festival 2012: "Bullets and Daffodils" at the Case, Hope Street, Liverpool, 2nd May 2012

"Bullets and Daffodils" is a new, hour-long drama set to music by Liverpool singer/songwriter Dean Johnson about the life and works of one of Britain's most famous First World War Poets - Wilfred Owen.

Featuring newly-written songs and a narration by actor Christopher Timothy, as well as excerpts from Owen's poems and letters, this production tells the story through the eyes of Owen's Mother, Susan, played very convincingly by Chloe Torpey. The production also includes thought-provoking body poetry choreographed and performed by Charlotte Roberts.

Writer John Gorman, who has contributed to the script, made a special cameo appearance at last night's production, reading a passage from one of Siegfried Sassoon's Diaries, followed by Owen's famous poem "Dulce et Decorum est."

This important new work highlights many of the problems encountered in warfare which are still relevant today as we approach 2014 and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the War to end all Wars - "the wind of war is never still;  young men are still paying with their lives"...

"Bullets and Daffodils" will be performed at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton on Saturday, 9th June 2012 and will be in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Jermyn Street on 29th July.

It is impossible to do this very moving work justice with mere words - please go and see it.

 For further information and/or tickets, please click on the following link http://www.wilfredowenstory.com/bulletsanddaffs.html

and why not go and visit the
Wilfred Owen Museum at 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 6AE.

Photo:  Left to Right: Dean Johnson, Phil Gwilliam (Wilfred Owen), Chloe Torpey (Susan Owen), John Gorman and in front, Charlotte Roberts on stage at Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, Wednesday, 2nd May 2012.

Dancing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, 11th - 13th May 2012

We are delighted to announce that Philip Wylie and Christine of "Holiday and Dance" and Warren Bullock and Jane Phillips of "Cruise and Dance" are coming to The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool with their wonderful dance events from 11th - 13th May 2012.

Guide Programme:

Friday, 11th May 2012


2.30 – 4.45 pm - Tea Dance to recorded music plus mini Teach-in - £5.50 pp

7.30 – 8 pm - Mini Teach-in with your hosts

8.00 – 11 pm - Welcome Dance for all with young Rising Dance Stars in Cabaret - £9.50 pp


Saturday, 12th May 2012

10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Coffee Dance – dancing for all with mini teach-in - £5.50 pp

2.30 – 4.45 pm - Tea Dance  Argentine Tango mini Teach-in with demonstration £5.50 pp

7.30 – 11.15 pm - Gala Tower Dance Evening – Young Champions in Cabaret, plus the music
Of top recording Artist Richard Keeling – all supported by first rate recorded music - £11 pp 



Sunday, 13th May 2012

9.30 a.m.            Doors Open

10.15                  Juvenile/junior Competitions

1.00 pm              Adult Competition

Spectators:  £12 pp

For Tickets:              www.theblackpooltower.co.uk
Tel.:                          MCC 0871 222 9929
Or, in person  Blackpool Tower, Promenade, Blackpool FY1 4BJ

For further details please see www.holidayanddance.co.uk