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....

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Heroes Of The Line - Charity ebook in aid of Royal British Legion

Here's a chance to read a really fascinating book and help a good cause at the same time. With many people's attention now firmly fixed on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War next year, there are lots of great publications coming out that look back at that pivotal moment of world history but this book brings the story right up to date.

Scott Addington tells the story of how he and his friend decided to CYCLE along the length of the front line of the Western Front, stopping off at the battlefields and war cemeteries and finishing up at the Menin Gate on Remembrance Sunday. 

So this is the diary of his trip - the story of their adventure - and he also includes stories of some of the fighting men who are commemorated in the cemeteries that they visit.

The cycle ride raised £3500 for the Royal British Legion - and here is where YOU come in.  The book "Heroes Of The Line - Two Guys, Two Bikes, 500 Miles of Trenches and an Army Of Heroes" is available to buy as a kindle download from Amazon.  It only costs £2.50 and £1 from each copy sold goes to the Royal British Legion.

If you are not interested in the First World War, look upon it as a travel book - a sort of impromptu Bill Bryson on wheels - but do have a look at this, Scott has really put his heart and soul into this project and it deserves to be a great success.

You can buy the ebook from Amazon here now:

If you don't want to buy the ebook but still want to support Scott's fundraising, there is a Just Giving page here:

Scott also runs an interesting website called Military Research, which you can find here:

Book Now for "Out Of The Shadow" by Nobulus Dance Crew at Blackpool Grand Theatre - 5th November

Award-winning Austrian dance crew Nobulus bring their critically acclaimed production
Out of The Shadow to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre. Out of The Shadow is an extraordinary mix of breakdance, popping and locking, contemporary dance, acrobatics and ballet.

It tells a cautionary tale, from the creation of the Universe and evolution of man through to an imaginary apocalyptic future. Using only their bodies, this 10-strong crew creates scenes by cleverly morphing themselves into structures, creatures and even machines.

All set to an epic soundtrack which combines classical and original contemporary music, this is a piece of dance performance that will thrill and delight all the family.

Nobulus has its roots in the B Boy (breaking or break dance) crew Moving Shadows, established in 1998 in Salzburg, Austria. In 2007 the crew renamed themselves Nobulus.

Nobulus’ priority in the creation process is to tell stories that create an engaging theatrical experience. They experiment to find new stylistic devices to create and develop their work for audiences.
Nobulus- Out of The Shadow at Grand Theatre Blackpool
Tuesday 5 November - 8:00pm
Tickets £11.50 Full, £8.50 Concession, £7.00 Schools

Call Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit

Monday, 28 October 2013

Ice Hockey: NIHL North Round Up 26th & 27th October

Blackburn Hawks title hopes suffered a further setback as they emerged pointless from their two games this weekend.
Without the services of Captain Chris Arnone - who had been handed a 2 week suspension by the EIHA as punishment for inappropriate comments that he made on a social network, the Hawks lost 2-1 away at league leaders Billingham Stars last night (photo left) but the bigger shock came 24 hours earlier when they lost 6-3 at home to Sutton Sting who, prior to that game, had only won once all season.

Sting then went on to cement a successful two days with a 5-5 draw against 2nd placed Whitley Warriors on Sunday evening

In the other Moralee Conference (North 1) game of the weekend, Manchester Minotaurs extended their unbeaten run to 4 games in a row with 3 wins out of the last 3 with a 6-5 win over Sheffield Spartans.

In the Laidler Conference (North 2), the league's newest team Widnes Wild finally played their first game at home, although the long-hoped for spectator seating still wasn't in place for their 5-1 victory over bottom team Blackburn Eagles.

Notable in this match was the fact that the Eagles actually "won" the third period 0-1 and Eagle Adam Lutkevitch managed to pick up a 5+5+10+10 penalty at the end of the second period.  
Slightly further west, league leaders Deeside Dragons reinforced their position at the top of the table with an 8-2 win over struggling Sheffield Senators.
On Saturday evening, Coventry Blaze had moved up into second place with a 7-3 away at Hull Stingrays. 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

"North / South Divide" - Paul's New Column For Blueliner Hockey

"North / South Divide" - is a new series of occasional pieces about current NIHL ice hockey penned by Paul ... exclusively for Blueliner Hockey. 

In this first article "Bring Back The Autumn Cup", he looks at the separate cup competitions that are currently being run in National Ice Hockey League North and South and makes a few observations.

Please note - this series is highly opinionated and especially designed to stimulate healthy debate...
He also goes on about the British League period quite as lot as well.

To see Paul's first article for Blueliner Hockey, click here now:

To enjoy Blueliner Hockey without having to read Paul's article, click here:

In the photo - Paul on the Blueline... well, it's apt...

Blackpool Goal Fest - Cup Wins For Mechs and Wrens!

While Blackpool FC were being pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, the other Blackpool teams were faring somewhat better in their own respective competitions.

AFC Blackpool won 3-2 away at Wigan Robin Park in the second round of the North West Counties League Challenge Cup while - in our featured game of the day (see photo) - Blackpool Wren Rovers picked up a hard fought 4-3 win over Royton Town in the 3rd round of the Lancashire Shield.

Next Saturday Wren Rovers are away at Vickerstown in the Premier Division of the West Lancashire League - 2pm kick off. Their next home game is on 16th November against Garstang in the Lancashire Shield in a 1.30pm kick off.

More info:

Squires Gate FC lost 1-5 at home to Northwich 1874 in the NWCFL Challenge Cup. Their next game is next Saturday away at Maine Road in the NWCFL Premier Division.

More info:

AFC Blackpool have two home matches this week - they are at home on Tuesday evening to Bootle in the Premier Division and then host Stockport Sports on Saturday in a 3pm kick off.

More info:

Friday, 25 October 2013

Ice Hockey: Blackburn Hawks Set To Soar

Blackburn Hawks ice hockey team have a busy weekend ahead of them as they entertain Sutton Sting at the Blackburn Arena on Saturday evening (5.45 face off) and then travel to Billingham on Sunday evening to face league leaders Billingham Stars.

The Hawks have won 3 of their 5 opening games in the NIHL Moralee Conference  with their only defeat coming in last Sunday's home game against last season's league champions Solway Sharks. which finished 1-2 (see photo left - by John Milton).

Also on Saturday night, Manchester Minotaurs take on Sheffield Spartans at Altrincham and on Sunday, Sutton entertain Whitley Warriors at iceSheffield

In the NIHL Laidler Conference, Widnes Wild hold their first ever home competitive fixture on Sunday evening  following the completion of works to install seating at their new rink.  They take on Blackburn Eagles who have lost all 7 of their games so far this season 6.15 pm face off.

Also on Sunday league leaders Deeside Dragons take on Sheffield Senators in a 6.40pm face off.  On Saturday evening Hull Stingrays entertain Coventry Blaze at the Hull Arena in a 5pm face off.

More information:  www

AFC Blackpool Look To Bounce Back!

AFC Blackpool will be hoping to rediscover the form that gave them a 7 game unbeaten run before their two home defeats - 1-4 in driving rain and thunder storms against Norton United in the FA Vase last Saturday and 1-2 v Barnoldswick Town on Tuesday evening. 

On Saturday they are away at Wigan Robin Park in NWCFL Challenge cup and then have two back to back home games:

Tuesday  29th October v Bootle - 7.45 kick off
Saturday 2nd November v Stockport Sports - 3pm kick off

Squires Gate FC are at home to Northwich 1874 in the League Challenge Cup this Saturday - 3pm kick off.

More info: 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: Stringers charity event in aid of Harbour House, Lytham, Monday, 21st October 2013

Those lovely people at the Clarins and Dior counters of Stringers Department Store in Lytham, Lancashire held a charity demonstration in aid of Lytham based charity Harbour House.  This was organised by Lytham Inner Wheel.

Those who attended were treated to coffee and croissants as well as a demonstration of beauty products.

Sammi from Clarins (seen in the photo left in Stringer's lovely Coffee Shop on the second floor) explained about the importance of a good beauty routine and showed us how to care for our fragile eye area by putting a tiny, rice grain sized dot of eye serum on our ring finger before gently tapping the area along the bone under the eye - outwards -and again on the bone under the eyebrow - again outwards - so as to decongest and drain any bags and puffiness.

Then it was time to show us eyeshadows and one brave lady volunteered so that Sammi could show us some lovely, warm browns and peachy colours, finishing with gold.   And last but not least, concealer to even out any anomalies in skin tone under the eye area.   Lengthening and strengthening black mascara finished the look and everyone thought the difference was amazing.  

The ladies of Lytham Inner Wheel organised a Raffle and all proceeds from the £5 tickets went to Harbour House.  Everyone went downstairs to the Beauty Department for the drawing of the raffle.  In all just over £60 was raised for Harbour House.

While on the second floor of Stringers, we noticed some really fantastic clothes for men - especially shirts, sweaters and underwear so we are definitely heading back for a better look.

Thank you to Clarins, Dior, Stringers and the ladies of Lytham Inner Wheel for a delightful morning and for bringing the charity Harbour House to our attention.

Stringers Department Store
Clifton Square

Tel.:  01253 740700.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

New WW1 Poetry Anthology published: "Wij Werden Honderd Jaar Ouder" by Chris Spriet

"Wij Werden Honderd Jaar Ouder" (Eng: We aged one hundred years) - An anthology of WW1 poetry edited by Chris Spreit of Belgium, launched on 5th October 2013.  The Anthology features many poems of the First World War, together with illustrations by Chris, who has a very impressive CV.

Chris Spriet (born in Belgium, 1950) is the grandson of a civilian victim of the Great War.  Edmond Spriet was killed on 28th May 1918 by a British bomb as he worked in a gang of Belgian workers on building a road in the village of Leke under orders from the German occupiers.  

Chris has a keen interest in War Poetry.  He taught seminars devoted to the War Poets, participating in a number of theatrical projects as well as Peace Tours to the Ypres Salient and the Somme. As a member of the Committee of the Friends of the In Flanders Fields Museum (VIFF) he  has a set literature feature in the magazine VIFFflash.

As a member of the War Poets Association, the Wilfed Owen Association, the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and the Ivor Gurney Society, he contributed articles to periodicals at home and abroad.

Being a personal friend of Margi Blunden, daughter of the war poet Edmund Blunden,  Chris assisted in the coordination of the Blunden-devoted part of the 2011 Somme War poetry tour: Fall in, Ghosts: on the contrasting wartime experiences of Edmund Blunden and Isaac Rosenberg.

At Chris's request, Margi wrote an unique memoir of her father Edmund. In it she describes the ins and outs of living with a sensitive war-traumatized father.

Chris also wrote several articles for the Edmund Blunden website and regularly review war-related books on Amazon.

Here is the list of female poets whose work is included in the book as well as in the book's survey of biographies:

Nancy CUNARD (US., Zeppelins)
Anna AKHMATOVA (Russ., In memoriam, July 1914)
Elinor JENKINS (The Last Evening)
Vera BRITTAIN (St Pancras Station, August 1915)
Jane CATULLE-MENDES (Fr., Qui? / Who?)
Helen MACKAY (Train)
Jessie POPE (War girls)
Edna ST VINCENT MILLAY (US, Conscientious Objector)
Elizabeth DARYUSH (US, Flanders Fields)
Theresa HOOLEY (War film)
Vera BRITTAIN (To my brother)
Eva DOBELL (Night Duty), one of my favourite poems
Andrea FRAHM (Germ., Zu Hause / At home)
Eleonora KALKOWSKA (Pol./Germ.), Man tat uns dieses an / Dit deden zij ons maan / They did that to us)
Jeanne PERDRIEL-VAISSIERE (Fr., Complainte des filles qui ne seront pas mariƩes, Klaagzang van de meisjes die niet getrouwd zullen zijn/ Complaint of the girls who will never be married)
Margaret POSTGATE COLE (Falling leaves)
Vera BRITTAIN (Perhaps)
Henriette SAURET (Fr., Elles / They)

The book is available to purchase from Amazon.

Review: WW1-related Exhibition at Fleetwood Library until 11th November 2013

David Riley, the Blackpool-based poet, writer and illustrator, has written a review of the Exhibition of Female Poets of the First World War, Inspirational Women of World War One and Fascinating Facts of the Great War that is currently on view at Fleetwood Library in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.   It is important to explain that as two further Fleetwood Libraries have been discovered - one in Pennsylvania, United State of America and one in British Columbia, Canada...

David's review can be seen here

Fleetwood Library
North Albert Street

Exhibition on view during usual library opening times - see flyer.

Review: Sunday Lunchtime Music at the Parks Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire

Today the featured Band was The Frank Flynn Trio and the Parks Art Deco Cafe was full of people who love music.   Along with the Frank Flynn Trio's usual wonderful, foot-tapping, finger clicking music, we were treated to not  one but three guest artists on Sunday, 20th October 2013.

Scott Dennett, the Parks Art Deco's own 'Singing Waiter' who sang at a charity event at the Cafe last November, sang for us, as did Scott's Mother Julia, who is a professional singer. Another waiter at the Cafe - Elliott Kashanava - treated us to some very fine piano playing.   Wonderful!

The usual counter service is available if you wish on Sundays but for a really enjoyable experience you are advised to book a table where your order will be taken by one of the attentive staff at the Cafe. All the usual dishes are on offer as well as Daily Specials.

Next week - Sunday, 27th October 2013 - the featured band will be Vineyard and on Sunday, 3rd November 2013 it will be Sara Cheston and That Swing Thing Band.

Music usually starts at 13h.00 and goes on until 15h.00 but do check when you book your table, as times may vary.

Don't forget the Christmas menu which is available from the beginning of December - booking also essential for that.

Parks Art Deco Cafe
West Park Drive
Stanley Park

Tel.:  01253 395191.

Planting Poppy seeds for Remembrance

Stanley Kaye from Peterborough has come up with the idea of planting poppy seeds so that next year the world is ablaze with poppies in time for the Commemoration of WW1.   His Facebook Page for all those who wish to remember with honour and dignity is 'Remembering World War 1 in 2014 one hundred years'.

Stanley's idea has caught on and gone global and was featured on Anglia TV news on Monday evening 14th October 2013, which reported on Stanley going to plant poppies at a school.  

The children had written poems and Stanley asked if they could be entered into our Pendle War Poets Competition and they can because we do have an "Under 18" Section and entries are coming in for 2014 - details on

This is just one of the planting events organised by Stanley:

The picture is "Trenches on the Somme" painted by Mary Riter Hamilton (1873 - 1954) the Canadian artist who travelled to Flanders in 1919 to paint the Aftermath.   Mary is featured in the Exhibitions "Female Poets of the First World War" in the section "Inspirational Women of WW1" - details on and

The picture is featured by kind permission of the Canadian War Amputees Association, who commissioned Mary Riter Hamilton's paintings in 1919.

The pictures are held by the Canadian National Archives and can be viewed at

Charity Event Parks Art Deco Cafe, Blackpool 22nd November 2013 "Festival of Music"

The Parks Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool's Stanley Park have announced a special fund-raising event to highlight the talent of young people from Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde to raise funds for "Hug in a Bag" which is a new charity supporting Breast Cancer in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

Tickets are £20 which includes supper.

The event starts at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are available from

Tel.:  07761 071650

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Blackpool Ghost Walks For Half Term Week - 26th October to 2nd November 2013

Blackpool-based paranormal activities company Supernatural Events is back this Half-Term with Halloween Horror – Blackpool Ghost Walks to celebrate both the spooky season and also the company’s seventh anniversary. The ghastly ghost walks will take place throughout the holiday period from Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November.

Supernatural Events’ Blackpool Ghost Walks will take you to some of the resort’s most famous, and of course most haunted attractions and landmarks where you will hear terrifying tales of mystery, murder and the macabre as well as one or two spooky stories!

The supernatural stroll will begin on the Promenade (North Pier) and then wind its way around some of Blackpool’s most important buildings and attractions in the town centre including Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre, St John’s Square and North Pier with those brave enough to attend learning of the town’s history, heritage and of course its many hauntings!

The walks will be led by Stephen Mercer, a local paranormal expert, founder of Supernatural Events and author of Haunted Blackpool. “I am really looking forward to the Blackpool Ghost Walks and I’m hoping that many people, both residents from the area and visitors alike, will come and join us. After all it is Halloween; the perfect time to hear about all the ghostly goings-ons in the town. There are many tales to tell and it is great fun watching the expressions change on the faces of those who come along when they hear an especially eerie or spooky story. I can’t wait.”

Blackpool Ghost Walks will take place on Saturday 26th, Monday 28th, Wednesday 30th and Halloween Night Thursday 31st October, as well as Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November. All walks start at the front of North Pier at 7pm, last approximately one and a half hours, they are family friendly and fully accessible for all.
Tickets are priced at just £5, £3 for under 14 year olds, or £15 for a family of 4 (must include a minimum of one child). Places are limited and booking in advance is advised either online at or or from Blackpool’s Tourist Information Centre, The Promenade (telephone 01253 478222). You can also purchase your ticket on the evening of the walk

The Lindisfarne Story - On Tour, Autumn 2013

Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell present: The Lindisfarne Story - on tour in 2013
Join Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell as they tell the story of Tyneside's favourite band for over thirty years in a special two-man acoustic show.
They will perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne's classic songs and tell the inside story of the group's rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury.
The show is illustrated with personal archive photographs that describes their worldwide tours, festival successes and TV appearances, their triumphant return home and their unique relationship with Newcastle City Hall, venue for over 130 Lindisfarne performances.
Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home... all of these songs have a story behind them. Enjoy hearing them again in an intimate venue and discover what was the inspiration behind their composition.
You'll hear how the classic songs developed and how Bob Dylan's producer helped Lindisfarne to focus their musical ideas and burst through the glam and manufactured sounds around them to become one of the major British groups of the seventies.
From Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay - The Lindisfarne story.
Sun. 20th: ST ALBANS, St Albans Arena 01724 844488  Civic CentreStAlbansHertfordshire AL1 3LD  {online commission £1.25 where applicable}
7.30pm  £20
Sat.2nd: OSWALDWISTLE, Civic Theatre, The Box Office, Blackburn Rd, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 1LA   01254 38029 £15.00
BUY ONLINE NOW AT Ticketsource
Fri 8th: NOTTINGHAM, Nottingham Arts Theatre Nottingham Arts Theatre
George Street Nottingham NG1 3BE0115 9476096
7.30pm   £16
Wed.27th: POCKLINGTON Arts Centre

22-24 Market Pl  Pocklington York YO42 2AR
8pm  £15
Thurs 28th; NORWICH, Open 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4SF01603 763111
7pm  £16{ adv unreserved seating
Fri.29th: STAMFORD, Arts Centre 27 St Mary's St  Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DL
8pm  £16  £15  01780 763203
Sat. 30th: WORCESTER, Huntingdon Hall Crowngate  Worcester, WR1 3LD 01905 611427 8pm  £15

Dr Feelgood - CD Release & UK Tour Dates

Release date: 7th October / SALVOMDCD38
·         An authoritative exploration of the third phase in the story of Dr. Feelgood - 1984 to 1987 –
including the two Stiff Records albums, ‘Brilleaux’ and ‘Classic’
·         44 track album featuring the singles ‘Don't Wait Up’, ‘See You Later Alligator’
and ‘Hunting Shooting Fishing’
·         28-page booklet including rare photos and memorabilia + a new essay by writer/producer
and band confidant Will Birch
The most enduring band to emerge from the UK’s much touted pub-rock scene from the early to mid-seventies, Dr. Feelgood were the ultimate working band. Throughout their entire career, the band never left simple, hard-driving rock & roll behind, and their devotion to blues and R&B earned them a devoted fan base. From their formation in 1971 to lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994, the band never left the road, and continue to perform today.
Get Rhythm: The Best of Dr. Feelgood 1984 – 1987 (released 7th October on Salvo Records) is a 44-track authoritative exploration on the third phase of the Dr. Feelgood story. Drawing on the best of that era, this fine collection also includes a 28-page booklet featuring rare photos and memorabilia plus sleevenotes by producer/songwriter and band confidant Will Birch.
In 1983 Lee Brilleaux recruited a new Dr. Feelgood line-up: Gordon Russell on guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and Kevin Morris on drums. Hard-driving, visceral rhythm & blues was, naturally, their stock-in trade and over the next half a dozen years they toured widely and recorded four albums (‘Doctor’s Orders’, ‘Mad Man Blues’, ‘Brilleaux’ and ‘Classic’), the latter two, both featured here in their entirety, on the celebrated Stiff label.
Produced by Mike Vernon and released in 1984, ‘Doctors Orders’ comprised a number of R&B and blues chestnuts, complemented by original songs, two of which were penned by the band with help from long-standing friend Larry Wallis.
The next album - or 'mini-album' - was the band-produced ‘Mad Man Blues’, a tribute to six great R&B classics including the titular John Lee Hooker number for which Brilleaux sang through his guitar amp. ‘Mad Man Blues’ was eventually expanded to full album length and included here are the original six tracks plus ‘Can't Find The Lady’ by the aforementioned Wallis and the hard-to-find studio version of ‘Don't Start Me Talking’.
Signing with Stiff, a label that the Feelgoods singer had help to finance ten years earlier, the group issued the ‘Brilleaux’ and ‘Classic’ albums in 1986 and 1987 respectively. The former, produced by Will Birch, includes strong versions of Johnny Cash's ‘Get Rhythm’, John Hiatt's ‘I'm A Real Man’, Bobby Charles' ‘Grow Too Old’ and The Undertones' ‘You['ve] Got My Number’. The latter was made with producer Pip Williams and also includes some interesting covers - including Bob Dylan's ‘Highway 61 [Revisited]’ and Jerry Lynn Williams' blues ballad ‘(I Wanna) Make Love To You’. Special mention must also be made of the non-album single, ‘See You Later Alligator’, produced by Dave Edmunds and a notable hit in Europe and Australia.
Catch Dr. Feelgood at the following UK venues:
13.09.2013           GLASGOW                            King Tuts
14.09.2013           GATESHEAD                       The Sage
15.09.2013           LOWESTOFT                        Blues Fest@Pakefield H. Park
26.09.2013           BOREHAMWOOD               Ark Theatre
29.09.2013           BOGNOR REGIS                  Butlins Sound of 70s weekend
11.10.2013           HASTINGS                            White Rock Theatre
12.10.2013           IPSWICH                               Jerwood Dancehouse
22.10.2013           SWANSEA                            The Grand Theatre
24.10.2013           YORK                                     Fibbers
25.10.2013           CLAPHAM                            The Grand
26.10.2013           NORWICH                             The Epic
30.10.2013           LONDON                               Royal Albert Hall - The Blues Vault
07.11.2013           WAKEFIELD                         The Town Hall
08.11.2013           CANVEY ISLAND                Dr Feelgood weekend
09.11.2013           CANVEY ISLAND                Dr Feelgood weekend
10.11.2013           HAILSHAM                           Pavilion
28.11.2013           WOLVERHAMPTON           The Slade Rooms
29.11.2013           BARROW IN FURNESS      Forum 28
30.11.2013           GREENFIELD                       Friezland Hall
01.12.2013           GREEN FIELD                      Friezland Hall
05.12.2013           NEWCASTLE                       The Cluny
06.12.2013           CAMBRIDGE                        The Junction
07.12.2013           WHITTINGTON                    Whittington Hall
14.12.2013           LUTON                                  The Hat Factory
18.12.2013           LLANDUDNO                       Junction Labour Club
19.12.2013           SALTBURN                           The Spa Hotel
20.12.2013           DERBY                                   The Flowerpot
21.12.2013           HULLBRIDGE                      The Touchline
More info:

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Coffee Morning in aid of Harbour House - Stringers Department Store, Lytham, Monday, 21st October 2013 10 am - Clarins and Dior counters

Stringers Department Store in Lytham, Lancashire have just announced a Coffee Morning in aid of Harbour House.

Harbour House is the YMCA assisted housing scheme in Lytham for young people - find out more here

There will be a raffle and beauty demonstrations by Clarins and Dior, plus coffee and croissants.

The cost is £5 per person but you do get that redeemed against any Clarins or Dior purchase you make.

To book call Sammi on the Clarins Counter or Hayley on the Dior Counter on 01253 740700.

Stringers Department Store
Clifton Square

Now on show until 23rd November 2013 Ground Floor Gallery, Grolier Club, New York, USA "Exhibition of Extraordinary Women in Science and Medicine..."

Never let it be said that Best Kept Secrets is parochial!  Here is news just in of an exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York.

Excellent exhibition on "Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine: Four Centuries of Achievement," at New York City's Grolier Club. 

Among those included are 

Florence Nightingale, 
Marie and her daughter Irene Curie, 
Italian Jewish neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, and 
British Jewish scientists, Hertha Marks Ayrton and Rosalind Franklin. 

Hertha Ayrton, deeply involved with the suffragist movement and stepmother to Israel Zangwill's wife Edith, refused to participate in the 1911 census and wrote across the census form, as here noted in the exhibition: "How can I answer all these questions if I have not the intelligence to vote between two candidates for parliament? I will not supply these particulars until I have my rights as a citizen. Votes for women. Hertha Ayrton."

"Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine: Four Centuries of Achievement." 

The exhibition explores the legacy of thirty-two remarkable women whose accomplishments in physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, computing, and medicine contributed to the advancement of science. 

More than 150 original items are on view, including books, manuscripts, periodicals, offprints, dissertations, and laboratory apparatus (such as that used by Marie Curie during her earliest work on radioactivity), providing a remarkable overview of the lives and activities of this eminent group.  For further details and how to find the Club please see:

Sunday, 13 October 2013

AFC Blackpool Stretch Unbeaten Run to 7 Games

AFC stretched their unbeaten run to 7 games following a hard fought 1-1 draw at home to Glossop North End.

It was very even matched encounter but the visitors took the lead on 55 minutes.  AFC fought back well and got a well deserved equaliser through a spectacular overhead kick form Michael Newsham with just 5 minutes left to play.

AFC Blackpool are now 8th in the North West Counties Premier Division with 21 points from 16 games.

Squires Gates lost 2-1 away at Winsford and are 19th in the table with just 4 wins from 13 starts.

AFC Blackpool are at home again on Tuesday evening when they entertain Burscough in the first round of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy and again next Saturday when they play Norton United in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

Squires Gate FC are at home on Tuesday evening in league action against Barnoldswick Town and then away on Saturday at Abbey Hey - also in the NWCFL Premier Division.

More information: 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

WW1 Commemorative Exhibition - Female Poets, Inspirational Women and Fascinating Facts - Fleetwood Library until 12th November 2013

The aim of the Exhibition is to commemorate the First World War through poetry and interesting facts.  Fleetwood Library are hosting the exhibition until 12th November 2013.

Entry is free.

Library Opening Times are:

Monday 9 am - 5 pm; Tuesday 9 am - 7 pm; Wednesday 9 am - 12.30; Thursday 9 am - 7 pm; Friday 0 am - 5 pm; Saturday 9 am - 4 pm. - until 12th November 2013

Fleetwood Library, North Albert Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
(there are two other Fleetwood Libraries - one in Canada and one in the USA!).

More info about ww1 female poets:

For a review of the Fleetwood Exhibition written by David Riley, Blackpool-based artist, poet and writer, please see

Blackpool Carers Centre Charity Ball - Saturday, 1st February 2014 at The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

Blackpool Carers Centre have announced their glittering annual Fundraising Ball which will be held on Saturday, 1st February 2014 at The Imperial Hotel in Blackpool from 7.00 pm until 2 am - with bacon butties at 1 am...

The evening will be hosted by our very own Hayley Kay of Radio Wave and Pantomime fame.

The evening's theme is "Viva Las Vegas" and this is a black tie event with a bubbly reception, three course dinner with coffee, entertainment from Paul Guard and his Band, prize roulette and blackjack tables, a raffle and much more.   So don't miss out - book up today and support Blackpool's unpaid, selfless carers.

Tickets are available at the special rate of £35 per person if bought and paid for by 31st October 2013.

For further details and to book, please call Kay on 01253 393748 or e-mail

Blackpool Carers Centre
Norman House
Robson Way

Parks Art Deco Cafe announce their 2013 Christmas Lunch Menu available 1st - 22nd December - booking essential

The Parks Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool's beautiful Stanley Park have announced their Christmas Luncheon Menu for 2013 (see left).

The menu options will be available from 1st - 22nd December 2013 and this is always very popular.  So don't miss out, book your table now on 01253 395191.

Parks Art Deco Cafe
West Park Drive

Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society present: "Mack & Mabel" 29th October - 2nd November 2013, Marine Hall, Fleetwood

Tickets are £10 Adults, £9.50 concessions and up to two free children's tickets with a full price adult ticket.

To book
please call the Box Office at The Marine Hall Fleetwood on 01253 860856.

Charity Dog Walk - Friday, 18th October 2013 - 6.00 p.m. Walking The Illuminations in Blackpool

For further information please:

go to

or e-mail

or call 0845 600 6787

In partnership with The Kennel Club sponsored by Eukanuba and in aid of Guide Dogs

Go Walkies Team
Guide Dogs Central Office
Hillfields, Burghfield Common

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

News from the "Liverpool Pals"

The Committee of TLPMF ("Liverpool Pals") would like to thank everybody who made Friday night's boxing match such a success. The evening exceeded expectation and thanks go also to everybody who came and showed support on the night, purchased auction items and merchandise etc. Please spread the word about the Fund and help us to keep the momentum going.

"A Singular Day on the Somme":

This book is now available and can be purchased from TLPMF. To register your interest in the book please e mail Bill Sergeant at

The book has a limited edition run of just 1,000 copies so reserve your copy now to avoid disappointment.

Please advise how many copies you wish to purchase and provide your full postal address. The cost will be £12 per copy plus postage. We are trying to establish the correct postage costs for the book.

The Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund Remembrance Concert

This will take place on Friday 08 November 2013 at St Robert Bellarmine Church Bootle L20 6DZ.

The evening will commence at 7:30 pm and tickets are just £5 each. All proceeds from the concert will go the Fund as all of the artists are freely giving their time and their talent to show their respect to the past generations and their sacrifice.
Tickets are selling fast and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To register your interest please email your name address and telephone number to the Secretary at

Saturday, 5 October 2013

"Parks" Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool - music for October and November 2013

The "Parks" Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool's Stanley Park have announced their music programme for October and November
Don't forget to book! For table bookings call 01253 395191

Sunday, 6th October 2013 - Sara Cheston and That Swing Thing Band (in photo)
Sunday, 13th October 2013 - Flip
Sunday, 20th October 2013 - The Frank Flynn Trio
Sunday, 27th October 2013 - Vineyard 
Sunday, 3rd November 2013 - Sara Cheston and That Swing Thing Band
Sunday, 10th November 2013 - Flip
Sunday, 17th November 2013 - The Frank Flynn Trio

Friday, 22nd November 2013 - Evening Charity Event in aid of Hug a Bag charity

Sunday, 24th November 2013 - Vineyard

"Parks" Art Deco Cafe, West Park Drive, Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9EQ

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ice Hockey - Blackburn Hawks Top Table With 100% Record

2013 Play Off Champions the Blackburn Hawks moved to the top of the Moralee Conference with 6 points from their first three games after a 10-0 away win at Telford Titans on Saturday evening.

The following night they narrowly beat last season's losing finalists in both play-off and cup competitions Billingham Stars 2-1in the first match of this season's NIHL North Cup.

The Hawks have two away games next weekend - a league game against Sheffield Spartans at iceSheffield on Saturday (3.45pm face off) and then away at Billingham in the cup on Sunday (6.30 face off).

The next Blackburn Hawks home game is on Sunday 20th October when they face last season's league champions Solway Sharks in a 5.45 face off.

More info:

Photo by John Milton:

Ice Hockey Review 12/13 North available now - the ONLY book that covers all NIHL North 1 & 2 teams.

On sale at Hawks home games or available by mail order  - more details here:

Same Sex Dance Festival - Blackpool Winter Gardens 19th October 2013

The Blackpool Same Sex Dance Festival will be returning to the Winter Gardens on  Saturday 19th October 2013. 

Last year's event was absolutely amazing - one of the best we have ever attended with outstanding dancing, wonderful costumes and music, lovely people and the most fantastic organisation.

You can hear our interview from last year with  organisers The Sugar Dandies Soren and Bradley here:

For more information, or to book your tickets for this year's event: click here:

Crafty Clickers - Poppy Knitting Project at Nelson ACE Centre

The Craft Clickers based at The ACE Centre have just announced details of their first major charity project.  They have joined forces with the Nelson & District Branch of the Royal British Legion to produce Knitted Poppies for this year’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Crafty Clickers’ organiser Beverly McKiernan has been in touch with the crafty crew who are all now in possession of a very simple pattern which results in beautiful hand knit poppies.  The plan is to knit as many of these little masterpieces as possible which will be part of the RBL fundraising effort this autumn.

The hand knits will have special pride of place at the RBL stand at this year’s Vintage and Craft Fair to be held at The ACE Centre from 11th to 13th October.

As the organisers want this to be a record-breaking success, they are still looking for more knitters (or perhaps crochet kings and queens) to produce similar items to help support this worthy cause.

Anyone interested in getting involved should ring Beverly at The ACE Centre on 01282 661080 and she will forward a copy of the pattern.  Then all you have to do is beaver away at the poppies in your own time.  Whether you have time to do one, or a hundred, your input will be very welcome indeed!!  Beverly will liaise with each crafter until the big unveiling when the final tally will be presented to the local Royal British Legion!

Similarly, anyone wishing to support the scheme with donations of knitting needles, or wool (preferably red, green and black – for obvious reasons) should contact Beverly on the above number.

And of course, the invitation is most definitely open to young and old, seasoned crafters and novices -  and a special invitation goes out to the gentlemen crafters as well as the fairer sex.