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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Seagulls Succeed Upon Sims Return!

Saturday 30th March 2013
Blackpool Seagulls 5 - Birmingham Rockets 1
Period Scores: 1-1, 1-0, 3-0
Penalties In Minutes:  Seagulls 14 - Rockets 10

Seagulls Scoring:
Duncan Wrigley 2+2
Bruce Sims 1+2
Bobby Hall 1+0
Jackson Hall 1+0
Dave Anthony 0+1

Seagulls MVP: Bruce Sims

Match Photo by Peter Heyworth,

Lots more great photos on:

Match Report to follow

Over £300 has been raised for the Blackpool based Brian House Childrens Hospice through kind donations and sales of a special souvenir programme looking back at the British ice hockey career of the Sims twins Brian and Bruce. Reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite was on hand to help sell the programmes.

To find out more about this year's Miss Blackpool competition, visit the website at

NWCFL: AFC Blackpool 1- Runcorn Town 1

Relegation threatened Squires Gate FC won 3-0 away at bottom club Stone Dominos while AFC Blackpool held 4th place Runcorn Town to a 1-1 home draw.

The two local teams meet on Easter Monday in a 3pm kick off at AFC Blackpool's Jepson Way ground.  AFC Blackpool won the reverse fixture derby 2-0 away at Squires Gate on Boxing Day

More info:   

Friday, 29 March 2013

Special Ice Hockey Programme In Aid Of Brian House Childrens' Hospice

A special souvenir programme will be on sale at the Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey match tomorrow when they play Birmingham Rockets in a 6pm face at the Subzero Arena in Cleveleys.

The Sims Twins souvenir match programme has been produced to celebrate the return visit of 1980s  Canadian star Bruce Sims and will cost just £2 - with all sales on the night go to Brian House Childrens Hospice.

The programme contains: 

a special message from Bruce Sims,
full Sims twins British competitive career stats,
a look back to the English League North title win of 1981/2,
the British Championship play offs,
Seagulls runners up position in British League Division 1 C in 82/83 
Southampton Vikings Heineken League Division One title in 1983/84 
tributes from former team mates opponents and fans
and blank game pages for the Seagulls v Birmingham match on 30th March and Seagulls v Coventry on 6th April.

Copies are now also available by mail order from here:

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

"Bullets and Daffodils" in Bickerton, Cheshire revised date due to bad weather: 12th April 2013

Postponed due to bad weather, "Bullets and Daffodils" will be on at Bickerton Village Hall, Malpas, Cheshire on 12th April.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Saturday, 20th April 2013 - Dean's Dinner Dance - Commemorative Dance in aid of Rosemere Cancer Care to honour the memory of Jim McMahon

Jim McMahon, a wonderful person and a fantastic dancer, died recently and is sadly missed.

Dean is organising a dinner dance in memory of Jim to be held on Saturday, 20th April 2013 at the Monterey Beach Hotel, North Promenade, St. Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire.

Tickets are £20.00 per person and a three-course meal will be served before dancing to the Bill Barrow Band.

For menu, tickets and further information, please call 01253 721317.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Blackpool Scoring Legend Looking Forward To Historic Seagulls Return

1980s Canadian ice hockey legend Bruce Sims will be pulling on a Blackpool shirt for the first time in 30 years on Saturday (30th) as he makes a special guest appearance for the Blackpool Seagulls in their friendly match against Birmingham Rockets at the SubZero Ice Arena in Cleveleys. 

Bruce and his twin brother Brian played 53 competitive games for Blackpool in 2 seasons from 1981 to 1983, with Bruce scoring 113 goals and 97 assists helping them to the English League North title in 1982 and runners up position in British League Division One in 1983.

The following season, Bruce and Bruce moved to play for Southampton Vikings, where they won Heineken League Division One and promotion to the Premier Division. Brian also later played for Altrincham Aces and Trafford Metros while Bruce returned to play for the Don Mills Comets professional Canadian touring team.

The Sims twins played a big part in the development of ice hockey in Britain in the early 80s, scoring over 570 points between them in 232 matches and Bruce’s return to the ice is keenly anticipated.

Bruce Sims said: “Over the years I have remained in contact with some of the Blackpool players and can’t wait to renew those friendships. I am now 58 years old and still playing three times a week and in the odd tournament. Now I just have to stay healthy enough to play through the aches and pains and once again put the Seagull sweater on and relive the old days!”

A special souvenir programme looking back at the Sims twins’ time in Britain has been produced for the match and proceeds from sales on the night will go to Brian House Childrens’ Hospice in Blackpool.

The match faces off at 6pm with doors opening for spectators at 5pm. Admission is just £2 for adults and £1 for children.

Reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite will also be attending the match to support the Brian House fundraising effort, meet the fans and pose for photos.

Photo Caption:  Bruce Sims (right) with twin brother Brian (left) and 3rd import from 1983, Steve Currie.




Miss Blackpool Competition 2013 - Dates Confirmed

Heats for the 2013 Miss Blackpool competition will be held at G Casino on Blackpool Promenade on the following dates:

Thursday 20th June
Thursday 27th June
Thursday 4th July
Thursday 11th July

Thursday 18th July
Thursday 25th July
Thursday 1st August

 The Final will take place on the Friday 16th 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 qualify for the Grand Final on 16th 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:

Friday, 15 March 2013

Ice Hockey Legend To Make Flying Visit To Blackpool

1980s Canadian ice hockey legend Bruce Sims will be returning to Blackpool over the Easter break to make a guest appearance for the Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey team.

Bruce with his twin brother Brian were a huge success when they played for the Seagulls from 1981 to 1983 helping the Blackpool team to the English League North title in 1982 and runners up position in British League Division 1 Section C in 1982/83.

They then moved to Southampton where they led the Vikings to the Heineken League Division 1 title the following season.

58 year old Bruce will be guest of honour at the Seagulls two home games - on Saturday 30th March v Birmingham Rockets and Saturday 6th April v Coventry Cobras - and it is hoped that he will make a playing appearance.

A special "Sims" edition of the match programme is being produced to cover both matches and all proceeds taken at the two matches will go to Brian House Childrens Hospice in Blackpool.

The games will be played at the SubZero Ice Arena on Cleveleys promenade.

The Birmingham game on 30th March faces off at the slightly later time of 6pm, with doors opening at 5pm  while the Coventry game is the usual 5pm face off - with doors open for spectators at 4.30pm.

Reminder: Female War Poets Exhibition This Monday In Blackpool

 'Taster' exhibition of Female Poets of the First World War will be held at the Parks Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool's Stanley Park on Monday, 18th March 2013 from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Included will be biographical details and examples of poems from:

Margaret Rowntree from Fleetwood
May Sinclair who was born on The Wirral
Mary Webb
plus some examples of female poets from other countries
and a few more surprises. . .

The usual self-service snacks, meals and drinks will be available from the Parks Art Deco Cafe.

A special afternoon tea is also available but if you would like that please book in advance by calling 01253 395191.

Parks Art Deco Cafe
West Park Drive
Stanley Park

Tel.: 01253 395191


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

M & S Big Beach Clean up - Friday 11th May - Sunday, 13th May 2013

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is encouraging its customers to sign-up to become big beach cleaners and help the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) clean Britain's beaches and protect our seas.
The first ever M&S Big Beach Clean-up, organised by the MCS, will take place between Friday 11th May and Sunday 13th May and the aim will be to stop common items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops polluting our beaches and seas.
Younger customers can get involved with free beach activity packs, rock pooling rambling and be on the lookout for unexpected items. Previous MCS beach cleans have found unusual items such as bicycles, rubber ducks and superhero outfits.
It's hoped that thousands of people will roll-up their sleeves and clean 50 beaches across the UK. Customers that register in advance at receive a money-off at M&S voucher* and will get some free M&S snacks on the day of the clean.
At six specially selected beaches there's an extra incentive to get involved. There will be a free barbecue and kids' games organised by the National Schools Partnership. Locations include Clacton-On-Sea, Hazelbank near Belfast and Cramond near Edinburgh.
Richard Gillies, Director of Plan A, M&S' eco and ethical programme, said: “Our customers care passionately about where their food comes from, especially fish. We only source from the most sustainable sources, but this is something more, this is our chance to get out onto beaches with our customers and take direct action to help protect marine life and our coastline.”
Samantha Fanshaw, MCS Chief Executive, said: "MCS surveys have shown that litter levels are unacceptably high. We are delighted that M&S staff and customers recognise the importance of clean seas and beaches and will be joining forces with us in this major event to help turn the tide on litter."
The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S' Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 80 per cent and raised over £4 million for charity.
Customers can find out more and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean) and facebook (

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, Colne, Lancashire present "Singin' in the Rain" - 19th - 23rd March 2013

With all the glitz and glamour of a classic style Hollywood musical ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ will splash onto the stage of Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, New Market Street, Colne from 19th to 23rd March 2013 at 7.30 pm nightly, with a Saturday Matinee performance at 2 pm.  

Tickets are priced at:   £12 Adults,   £10 Concessions and   £8 under 19’s -

Book your seats at Discover Pendle, Boundary Mill Stores, Colne, 10am to 8 pm Mon-Sat and 11 am to 5 pm Sundays, ring 01282 856186. 0nline at or ring the Booking Secretary on 01282 612402 evenings and weekends. 

The Theatre Box Office will be open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm to 22nd March.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

A "S'Wonderful" Evening of Gershwin and Cole Porter at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, Lancashire, Friday 26th April 2013

If you like the music and lyrics of Cole Porter and the Gershwin Brothers, then this is definitely for you.

Starting at 7 p.m. with a delicious four-course meal,  Lynne Fox and David Windle to entertain you with the fabulous music of those wonderful composers and the scene is set for a truly 'S'Wonderful' evening.

Tickets are £27.95 per person, including the meal and are available now from The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood.

The North Euston Hotel
The Esplanade

Tel.:  01253 876525

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Review: The Sands Venue, Blackpool - Swing Night

If you like Swing music - Count Basie, Sinatra, etc. and the music and lyrics of the likes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and so on - then this is definitely for you.

When you book - and there is always a delightful young lady to steer you through the booking process whether you go in person to the booking office or book by phone - you are given the menu choices of the evening in question, so that you can choose from a choice of three or four starters, mains and desserts with a cheese option (or as an add on) and if there is nothing you like/can eat on the menu then just tell the helpful staff at The Sands and they will find you something to your taste.

On the evening, your evening's entertainment starts right at the main entrance on the Promenade where you are greeted by the man on the door and shown to the lifts.  Then on the first floor for the Cabaret venue - which with the decor alone will make you think you are in Las Vegas - you are greeted and shown to your table.   The attentive and helpful staff serve your meal at the table and bring you drinks.

After the meal, the show starts at around 9 pm and Paul Ellis with his warm, silky voice sings the Swing songs that made Sinatra famous, accompanied by the 7-piece Sands of highly-talented musicians led by Neil Shatliff on trumpet.   If you feel like dancing (but you certainly don't 'have' to) then there is plenty of room and a very good dance floor - well several in fact.

The show is in two halves with a short interval for replenishing drinks, etc.  If you have a special favourite song or if you are celebrating a special event do let Paul know in advance - it would surprise me if there was a song not in his very extensive repertoire but you never know.  All this for £24.99 per person (not including drinks) and I think you have a real bargain.

And if by any chance Swing music is not for you, well the Sands have a wide variety of events coming up with tribute bands offering music of many different genres so do have a look at their website.

You can also hear (and dance to) Paul Ellis with the Sands Trio at the Sands Tea Dances which are great fun - for details call 01253 625262.

During the Summer months The Sands will be featuring the famous Legends show - so do check out the details.

The Sands Venue, Champagne Bar and Restaurant and Licenced Deli
Palatine Building,

Tel.:  01253 625262
E-mail:  blackpool@thesands-co-uk
Fax: 01253 749002

Saturday, 2 March 2013