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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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


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

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

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

and, as they say, Enjoy!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Emily Baldwin is Miss Radio Wave 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

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

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

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


Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 6 Result

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

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

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

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

New Ice Hockey Cup Competition Announced

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

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

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


Friday, 18 July 2014

Miss Blackpool 2014 Competition - Heat 5 Result

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

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

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

Thursday, 17 July 2014

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

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

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

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

You can find out more on the Facebook page  HERE

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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources: 

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 11 July 2014

Enter Now For Miss Radio Wave Competition 2014

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

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

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

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

Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 4 Result

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

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

Photo by Neil Cookson

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Miss Blackpool Audio Archive: Hollie Robinson - Crowned 2011

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

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

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

Friday, 4 July 2014

Miss Blackpool Audio Archive - Ella Green - Crowned 2010

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

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

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


Miss Blackpool Competition 2014 - Heat 3 Result

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

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

Heat 4 - Thursday 10th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official website: www.missblackpool.com

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

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