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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Theatre Review: An Evening Of Dirty Dancing at Blackpool Grand Theatre


Wow - what can I say other than what a brilliant show this is. The Grand Theatre in Blackpool was absolutely packed with a nice mix of locals and holidaymakers and there was such a good feelgood atmosphere even before the show got under way!

Now - I wasn't sure what to expect beforehand, but this is actually a REALLY great idea for a show.

It takes all those memorable and much loved songs from the DD film / stage show and sets them to new dance routines with the two leads and the backing dancers taking it in turns to sing the numbers.

BUT  the clever bit is, - there's no storyline to follow - no who's going off with who to worry about - just lots of great music to sing along to - and, indeed, dance along to as well.  The cast encourage audience participation right from the start and you might even get pulled up on stage to have go yourself!

The costumes were superb and the changeovers between numbers seamless with the whole cast putting on an outstanding performance.

The only observation that I would make (please note Directors and Choreographers....) and this comes from my own (very limited) experience of Clean Dancing myself and doing a bit of Latin and Rumba - I would have liked "Hungry Eyes" to have been little bit slower so that the moves could linger and be that little more sensual.

Anyway, that's just my one thought on an otherwise perfectly entertaining evening.  Everybody there loved everything about the show and I would certainly recommend going and seeing it.

The show is touring the country until March 2014 and you can find all the tour dates here: http://www.aneveningofdirtydancing.com/

Please note this production is not affiliated with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage in the West End or on tour in the UK or worldwide.
To find out what is coming next to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, check out their website here: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Blackpool Seagulls Ice Hockey Matches Announced


The Blackpool Seagulls ice hockey team have announced some challenge matches to be played at the Sub Zero Ice Arena in Cleveleys during August and September.

10th  August 2013 v North East Nomads
31st August 2013 v Don Valley Vikings
7th September 2013 v Sheffield Squeelers
14th September 2013 v  Manchester Metros
21st September 2013 v Paisley Panthers
28th September 2013 v Paisley Blackhawks.


In each case, the match faces off at 5pm with doors opening for spectators at 4.30.

To find out more about the Sub Zero Ice Arena, click here: www.subzeroleisure.com

Photo: Blackpool Seagulls v Paisley Blackhawks in December 2012  Photo by Scott Hislop

Friday, 26 July 2013

Wirral Lodge Boutique Hotel Supports Blackpool Polar Bears Multi-Disability Swimming Club - You Can Too!

Wirral Lodge Boutique Hotel in Hoylake has kindly donated a prize for the raffle draw at the Miss Blackpool 2013 Grand Final which will take place at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool on Friday 16th August.

All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets on the night go to the Blackpool Polar Bears multi-disability swimming club.

There is still time if your company or organisation would like to donate prize for the raffle draw - or maybe take a table 10 for this highly prestigious black tie event. It's just £35 a ticket for one of the Blackpool's best nights out of the year at the final of one of the country's longest running and highly respected beauty contests.

You can find you more about the Miss Blackpool 2013 competition, contacts for donating raffle prizes and how to get tickets for the final here: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk

For more information about the Blackpool Polar Bears, click here:  www.blackpoolpolarbears.com

and to find out more about the Wirral Lodge Boutique Hotel in Hoylake, click here: www.wirrallodge.co.uk

In photo: Reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite with a prize voucher for a free night's stay at Wirral Lodge in Hoylake


 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Miss Blackpool 2013 Heat 6 Result

Miss Blackpool 2013 Competition Heat 6 at G Casino Blackpool

1st: Jessica Bradder (left in photo)
2nd: Vickie Martin (right in photo)

Both girls now qualify for the grand final that will take place at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Friday 16th August. This is a dazzling black tie event - one of the big nights in the Blackpool social calendar and tickets are on sale now at £35 each.

There is just one more heat at G Casino - next Thursday evening 1st August and new contestants are always welcome.  It is completely free to enter the competition, free to watch the heat and you can bring your family and friends to support you.

For more information about the competition, how to enter, and to see the judges' marks from the heats, visit the official website: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk


To hear our exclusive interview with reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite from last year's final click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2012/08/miss-blackpool-2012-grand-final-result.html

There are lots more photos and interview clips from previous year's heats and finals - just scroll down through July and August 2012 and 2011 to find them...

Miss Blackpool Grand Final (which is open to members of the general public) : Friday, 16th August 2013, 7 p.m.

This has got to be one of THE Best Kept Secrets of all time!

Yes, members of the general public may attend the Final of Miss Blackpool.   We didn't know that either and were very surprised when we found out we could purchase tickets five years ago.

The Final is a very glamorous, glittering, black tie event with lots of entertainment, a three-course dinner PLUS of course the final of the contest itself - which is just awesome.   This year's Final will be held at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool.

We think it is one of the best evening's out you could possibly wish for.    Tickets are selling fast so check out the Miss Blackpool website to find out more.

Find out more on www.missblackpool2013.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Charity Mind, Body and Soul Summer Festival to be held on Saturday, 27th July 2013 at Pensioners Hall, St. Annes-on-the-Sea, FY8 1XD, Lancashire


NEWS JUST IN OF A MIND, BODY AND SOUL SUMMER FESTIVAL -


Venue:  Pensioners Hall, St Albans Road, St Annes-on-Sea, FY8 1XD
When:   Saturday 27th July, 11am – 4pm

FREE ENTRANCE

All profits in aid of RetrakCharity Registration No. 1122799

Through its work Retrak enables street children in Africa to have a real alternative to life on the street. With projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya providing healthcare, refuge and education, Retrak is committed to encouraging street children to realise their potential and discover their worth. Donate at:
http://www.justgiving.com/Levi-Brocklehurst
Mind, Body & Soul Summer Festival


A Mind, Body & Soul Summer Fair will be held at Pensioners Hall, St Albans Road, St Annes on Sea this Saturday.  All profits are going to charity Retrak, to help give street kids in Ethiopia a chance to improve their lives.  Entrance from 11am and is FREE to the public. 

There will be lots of complementary health tasters:
indian head massage, angelic reiki, karuna reiki, crystal therapy head massage; nutritional advice and products; crystal & craft stall, henna tattoos, angel card readers including a talk from Amanda Angel Mystic and other events throughout the day. 

Refreshments are available, and there's also a raffle & tombola.  


This is our 5th event in St Annes! Come and meet local complementary health therapists, enjoy some pampering and explore all the alternative goodies that can be difficult to source in mainstream shops.

Stalls:

Crystals, Angel Card & Tarot readings, Spiritual Imagery from Tibet, Jewellery, Crafts, Books, Henna Tattoos, Tropic Skincare, Café with home made soups & cakes, Raffle, Tombola
Treatments: Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Crystal Therapy & Karuna Reiki treatments..

Workshops/talks: Manifesting with Your Angels with Amanda Angel Mystic; Intuitive Art Demo with local artist Pamela Weeden; Why Everyone Should Sing with Jayne Morrisey

… and so much more…

SO DON'T FORGET -

Pensioners Hall,
St Albans Road,
St Annes-on-Sea,
FY8 1XD

Saturday, 27th July, 11am – 4pm

FREE ENTRANCE

SEE YOU THERE!

Artist Michael Hutchinson Exhibition in the Heritage Centre, Lytham, Lancashire 28th August - 15th September 2013

Michael Hutchinson has just announced news of his next exhibition and if you were lucky enough to attend the previous one held at Lytham's Heritage Centre showcasing Michael's paintings, you will know you are in for a treat.

This time Michael's wife Lesley joins him in the exhibition entitled "Wings, Wheels, Cards".

Don't miss it!

Viewing 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday - Sunday

Lytham Heritage Centre
2 Henry Street
Lytham
FY8 5LE

and the lovely restaurant Capri is right next door - have you tried their Afternoon Tea yet?


Monday, 22 July 2013

An Evening Of Dirty Dancing For ONE NIGHT ONLY at Blackpool Grand Theatre - 28th July 2013


An Evening of Dirty Dancing is the original box office smash hit tribute to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time and has been wowing audiences all over the UK since 2010.
Stage Acts Entertainments' production of An Evening of Dirty Dancing is a sell-out sensation originally directed by Matt Firth (RSC) with choreography by Leanne Harwood (Mamma Mia!, Footloose). This sexy song and dance spectacular is a barnstorming success featuring a dynamic cast of West End performers sure to show you the time of your life!
This feel good concert is the ultimate party and has something for everyone, girls and guys alike. You'll find yourself on your feet, swept away on a wave of nostalgia as you sing along to all the hits including: Do You Love Me, She's Like the Wind, Big Girls Don't Cry, Hey Baby, Wipeout, Be My Baby, Hungry Eyes and the timeless, Oscar winning (I've had) The Time of My Life.
Please note this show is not affiliated with ‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage’ currently on tour in the UK and worldwide.
 
Find out more about the show here: http://www.aneveningofdirtydancing.com/
 
Sunday 28th July 2013 only - tickets £19 / concessions £17
 
Blackpool Grand Theatre booking link:
 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Vote Now For Miss Radio Wave 2013!

The finalists have now been chosen for this year's Miss Radio Wave photographic competition and you can vote online for your favourite.

The winner gets to be Miss Radio Wave for the next 12 months and the winner and runner up also gain entry to the final of the prestigious Miss Blackpool competition.

So who will follow in the footsteps of reigning Miss Radio Wave Lisa Cox In photo), and previous winners Sophie Heald and Lauren Carr?

You can view all the finalists and make your vote here: http://www.wave965.com/local/miss-radio-wave-2013/

The Miss Blackpool Grand Final will take place at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Friday 16th August. This is a dazzling black tie event - one of the big nights in the Blackpool social calendar and tickets are on sale now at £35 each.

There are also 2 more live qualifying heats at G Casino - every Thursday evening until 1st August and new contestants are always welcome.  It is completely free to enter the competition, free to watch the heat and you can bring your family and friends to support you.

For more information about the competition, how to enter, and to see the judges' marks from the heats, visit the official website: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk

You can hear what Lisa had to say about winning Miss Radio Wave last year by clicking on the sound icon below (please note this may take longer to load if you are using a Mac...):





To hear our interview with 2011 Miss Radio Wave winner Sophie Heald, click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2011/09/miss-radio-wave-2011-sophie-heald.html

and to hear our interview with the first Miss Radio Wave winner in 2010, Lauren Carr, click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2010/08/miss-blackpool-grand-final-line-up.html

Friday, 19 July 2013

Same Sex Dance Competition, Winter Gardens, Blackpool 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.

19th October 2013 at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

Keep Dancing!

Help Fight Against Domestic Abuse


On 3rd August 2013 a team of five young ladies will face the Total Warrior challenge!!! This is a 10k run through Lake District terrain with 24 military style obstacles along the way including 8ft walls, 4ft flames, mud slides and dark tunnels...

They are entering this challenge to raise much needed funds for our charity Fylde Coast Women's Aid our staff work incredibly hard to empower Women and Children to live their lives free from abuse.

FCWA is a local charity which relies on funding and charitable donations to run our safe houses, intensive support services & carry out preventative work in primary and high schools. The work we do covers Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

You can support Sarah, Karen, Mica Claire and Sasha in their effort by making a donation via their just giving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/FCWATotalWarrior

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Miss Blackpool Competition 2013 - Heat 5 Result

Miss Blackpool 2013 - Heat 5 Result

1st: Kerry Capoverde (right in photo)
2nd Charley Dee (left in photo)

Both girls now qualify for the grand final that will take place at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Friday 16th August. This is a dazzling black tie event - one of the big nights in the Blackpool social calendar and tickets are on sale now at £35 each.

There are 2 more heats at G Casino - every Thursday evening until 1st August and new contestants are always welcome.  It is completely free to enter the competition, free to watch the heat and you can bring your family and friends to support you.

For more information about the competition, how to enter, and to see the judges' marks from the heats, visit the official website: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk


To hear our exclusive interview with reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite from last year's final click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2012/08/miss-blackpool-2012-grand-final-result.html

There are lots more photos and interview clips from previous year's heats and finals - just scroll down through July and August 2012 and 2011 to find them...

In photo: Heat 5 winners with heat judge Andy Mitchell, News Editor at Radio Wave

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

New Release: "Archive" by Sheila Chandra on Indipop Records - available 21st July 2013

"Archive", Sheila Chandra's 12th album on Indipop Records, is released 21st July.
(Digital release only initially)
 
The album's 11 tracks are a fascinating collection of one-off recordings from this groundbreaking artist and "Archive" features tracks from various projects that Sheila recorded for Indipop over 3 decades for instance:
 
- one-offs from Indipop's various [now deleted]CompilASIAN albums
- 3 tracks from Monsoon's 1981 ep featuring Sheila Chandra
and 2 more recent collaborations with the Ganges orchestra
 
Excerpts from all tracks on "Archive" can be heard now on this YouTube compilation:
 
and you can pre order you copy of the full release now on ITunes by following this link: https://itunes.apple.com/album/archive/id668996506
 
In the meantime: The Ganges Orchestra's 1983 infamous "The Dream" [and 2 other of their tracks] is re-released this week on high quality vinyl by the emotional rescue label [erco10]
 
For more information about this release - and a buying link - click here:
 
 

Monday, 15 July 2013

Ice Hockey Legends Game: Deeside Dragons 5 - Liverpool Leopards 4

The Liverpool Leopards ice hockey team made an emotional return to action after a break of almost 30 years as they took on a Deeside Dragons Legends team at Deeside Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Deeside Dragons
Scoring: P Kennedy 2+1,  A Steele 2+1, D Anthony 1+0,  M Lavery 0+1,  P Morris 0+1
Penalties: P Morris 2, S Shepherd 2, B Commins 2

Liverpool Leopards
Scoring: B Snagg 2+0,  B Hall 1+0, K Creamer 1+0, M Martin   0+1,  Lol Paul 0+1, G Fearon 0+1

Penalties: G Fearon 2 , B Bramah 2, B Butler 2,  I Tennant 6, C Cameron 2


The game was held in aid of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Charity and has already raised over £5000.  You can make a donation via the Just Giving page here: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/leopardsVdragons

Photos by Aaron Tennant

Sunday, 14 July 2013

NWCFL - Preseason Friendly - AFC Blackpool 1- AFC Fylde 1


Honours were shared in this first pre-season run out for both sides in the picturesque - almost Olympicesque - setting of Blackpool's Stanley Park.

It was a very hot sunny day but generous shade was afforded the spectators in covered seating area of the arena, which was being used for the match as AFC Blackpool's ground is currently having improvement works done.

You can find out more about AFC Blackpool on their official website at www.afcblackpool.co.uk

and more about the North West Counties Football League at www.nwcfl.com

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Miss Blackpool Competition 2013 - Heat 4 Result!

Result of Miss Blackpool 2013 - Heat 4 at G Casino:

1st: Rebecca Copsey (right in photo)
2nd: Kirstie Luxton (left in photo)

Both girls now qualify for the grand final that will take place at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Friday 16th August. This is a dazzling black tie event - one of the big nights in the Blackpool social calendar and tickets are on sale now at £35 each.

There are 3 more heats at G Casino - every Thursday evening until 1st August and new contestants are always welcome.  It is completely free to enter the competition, free to watch the heat and you can bring your family and friends to support you.

For more information about the competition, how to enter, and to see the judges' marks from the heats, visit the official website: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk


To hear our exclusive interview with reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite from last year's final click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2012/08/miss-blackpool-2012-grand-final-result.html

There are lots more photos and interview clips from previous year's heats and finals - just scroll down through July and August 2012 and 2011 to find them...

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Local Artists Chosen For 2013 Jessica Foxley Stage at Colne RnB Festival

An impressive line-up of musical talent has been chosen to perform at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

A total of nine acts will play as part of the Jessica Foxley Stage over the four day event at the end of August. The standard this year was exceptional, so much so that one band has been given a slot on the International Stage!

TC and The Money Makers (in photo left) will be performing on the Saturday evening in between the likes of Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch and Charlie Musselwhite.

Bexley Square Blues Band, The Midnight Ramble, Tom Byrne and Friends, Minor Blues and The 45s will perform at various slots on the British Stage over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

And another three – Half Deaf Clatch (see photo right), Brother Duke and Lily and Ross – 15-year-old
students from Park High School in Colne - will play on the Acoustic Stage at the Lesser Muni over the four day event.

A total of 30 acts applied for a place, 12 auditioned and nine made it through.

Not only have the acts won the chance to play in front of hundreds of both national and international Blues fans, they have also won the chance to produce a demo at Studio 11 Recording Studios at The ACE Centre in Nelson.
 
The Jessica Foxley Stage was launched in memory of a talented, local musician who was killed in a car crash in July 2009.

This year’s Festival will be held from Friday, August 23rd until Monday, August 26th, with more than 600 artistes performing at 10 official venues over the four days.

Check out the Festival’s website www.bluesfestival.co.uk for a full line-up of all ten official stages.

Help Needed To Develop Rugby League in Poland

Rugby League in Poland has existed for a little over two years yet in that short period of time a dedicated workforce of volunteers have made serious strides in introducing a sport to a nation which had little or no knowledge of the 13-a side game.

It all began in 2011 when 20-year-old student Lukasz Lukca was searching the internet for a sport or activity that he could introduce to his home city of Lodz to keep the youth off the streets. He came across a clip from the NRL on YouTube and was instantly impressed with the high intensity and level skill on display. He had found the perfect sport.

Lukasz has dedicated the last two years of his life to the development of Rugby League in Poland. In that time he has established the Lodz Magpies RLFC (in photo), hosted a successful tour of the Great Britain Student Pioneers in July 2012, delivered a large number of coaching session to schools across the city and recently applied to the Polish government for official recognition of the Poland XIII Association. 

With finances tight and a large percentage of the players under-18 or on low incomes, it’s proving difficult to organise fixtures. There is no domestic competition in Poland and with only one amateur club, playing a game means travelling to a neighbouring country or financing teams to travel to Lodz.

To support the continued development of the game and the hard work Lukasz and his team of volunteers are doing on the ground, a Crowdfunding page has been set up to raise £1,200 to fund one away fixture and to host a game in Poland to help raise the profile of the sport.

Lukasz, who is Poland Rugby League chairman explained: “The players have been training every week for nearly a year with no fixtures. We are desperate to play a game otherwise we risk losing our members. We are also struggling to build commercial partnerships and find sponsors whilst we have no fixtures. With financial support we can organise games which will help us attract sponsorship and support our application with the Polish government to recognise our association.”

Please visit http://crowdfunder.co.uk/polandrl-/ to donate as much as you can afford to support the development of the great game!

For more information on Poland Rugby League or to find out how you can further support please contact James Szymik at james.szymik@rfl.uk.com

Tickets On Sale Now for Deeside Dragons v Liverpool Leopards Legends Match - 13th July 2013

The Liverpool Leopards ice hockey team return to the ice after nearly 30 years in a special charity game in aid of Leukaemia Lymphoma Research on Saturday 13th July at Deeside Ice rink in Queensferry, North Wales.

They will be playing against a Deeside Dragons Legends team and, with many of  the players having played for both teams in the past, it should be a great trip down memory lane.

The match faces off at 4.30pm and tickets are available now from Deeside Leisure Centre.

If you can't make the game on Saturday, you can still donate to the cause via the Deeside Dragons Just Giving page here: http://www.justgiving.com/teams/leopardsVdragons

To find out more about Deeside Dragons ice hockey club, visit their official website at www.deesidedragons.co.uk

Miss Blackpool Competition 2013 - Heat 3 Result.

Miss Blackpool 2013 Heat 3 at G Casino

Winner - Joanna Johnson (left photo)
Runner Up: Alexandra Robertson (right photo)

Both Joanna and Alexandra now qualify for the grand final that will take place at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Friday 16th August. This is a dazzling black tie event - one of the big nights in the Blackpool social calendar and tickets are on sale now at £35 each.

There are 5 more heats at G Casino - every Thursday evening until 1st August and new contestants are always welcome.  It is completely free to enter the competition, free to watch the heat and you can bring your family and friends to support you.

For more information about the competition, how to enter, and to see the judges' marks from the heats, visit the official website: www.missblackpool2013.co.uk


To hear our exclusive interview with reigning Miss Blackpool Kim Braithwaite from last year's final click here: http://www.bestkeptsecrets.biz/2012/08/miss-blackpool-2012-grand-final-result.html

There are lots more photos and interview clips from previous year's heats and finals - just scroll down through July and August 2012 and 2011 to find them...

BOTH THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY OFFICIAL MISS BLACKPOOL COMPETITION PHOTOGRAPHER HOWARD BARTON OF PRECIOUS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY.  Check out his website here: http://preciousimagephotography.co.uk/