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Racegoers urged to Wear Red For Rummy

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Racegoers are being invited to “Wear Red For Rummy” as Carlisle gets set for a thrilling day of first class racing, dashing style and fun for everyone.

Thursday October 13th has been declared Red Rum Day as Carlisle Racecourse celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary steeplechaser’s final victory in Cumbria in 1976.

Red Rum prepared for each of his famous Grand National victories by running a winner at Carlisle’s first autumn meeting of the season.

And as part of the #RedRumDay fun, the racecourse is delighted to not only offer free entry to anyone born in 1976, and marking their 40th birthday, but a free red fizz cocktail for anyone who wears red on the day.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said:“We really want racegoers to get into the spirit of what will not only be a first class day’s National Hunt racing here at Carlisle but a fun event celebrating a true racing legend.

“Many of our racegoers love to enjoy race days here by donning their finery so we thought why not make it red?

“That could be a stunning red frock, an elegant rouge ruffle top or, let’s go crazy, a swanky scarlet shirt and tie combination!

“Racing is an exciting and fun day out and we really want as many people to get into the spirit as we celebrate the feats of the world’s favourite steeplechaser and a true legend of Carlisle racecourse.

“So go on #WearRedForRummy!”

Red Rum won at Carlisle before each of his Grand National wins in 1973, 1974 and 1977. An autumn win in Cumbria – in 1972, 1973 and 1976 – was certainly a good omen as when Rummy failed to triumph over the jumps at Carlisle the previous autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

The McCain family, who trained Red Rum and continue to race horses at Carlisle, will be guests of honour on October 13th.

The highlight of #RedRumDay will be the 4.25 News & Star Windermere Handicap Chase – the very same three-mile chase Red Rum won in 1972, 1973 and 1976. Carlisle has decided to resurrect the race especially for the day.

As well as the racing, there will also be live music and plenty of fun to be had in the racecourse’s aptly named Red Rum bar, together with food and drinks offers in its sumptuous Main Stand.

Tickets for #RedRumDay at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 13th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). 40-year-olds wanting to take advantage of the free entry offer simply need to bring photo ID with them on the day which shows their date of birth.

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Stunning New Tribute To Eric & Ernie To Be Unveiled

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The first ever statue celebrating the nation’s favourite comedy double act Morecambe and Wise will be unveiled at Blackpool’s world famous Winter Gardens next month.

Renowned sculptor Graham Ibbeson has completed work on the stunning 8ft tall bronzed statue which has been commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of Eric and Ernie first appearing on stage together in 1941.

Its permanent home will be the spectacular domed entrance to the Winter Gardens in the heart of Blackpool – dubbed Morecambe and Wise’s “spiritual home” by those closest to the legendary double act. Eric and Ernie performed in Blackpool more than 1,000 times in their illustrious career.

This wonderful new statue will be unveiled on FRIDAY OCTOBER 14TH at 11AM by Eric’s widow Joan, alongside eldest son Gary and daughter Gail together with a representative from Ernie’s family. They will be joined on the day by many friends and fans of Morecambe and Wise.

Eric Morecambe’s widow Joan said, on behalf of herself and Doreen Wise (Ernie’s widow): “This is a day which Doreen and I never expected to happen.

“It was so exciting when the statue of Eric was unveiled in his home town of Morecambe in 1999 and I know Doreen was equally delighted when the statue of Ernie was unveiled in Morley, West Yorkshire, in 2010.

“We never dreamt of seeing a statue unveiled to both Eric and Ernie in Blackpool, a town that we have so many happy memories of from all the many shows the boys performed there over the years. It will be a day that will live with us forever.”

The new statue of the double act, which cost £75,000 and has been funded through donations, has been gifted to Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Graham Ibbeson, who previously sculpted the now famous statue of Eric in the comedian’s hometown of Morecambe in 1999, said: “I am delighted to have brought the boys back together so the nation can see them as they should be – Eric and Ernie alongside one another.

“Morecambe and Wise are the greatest double act to have ever graced British TV screens and both Eric and Ernie’s families agree their spiritual home is Blackpool.

“Eric and Ernie’s families have been involved right through the process and they love the statue which means an awful lot. I feel sure it will become a hugely popular and much-loved attraction in Blackpool for generations to come.”

Eric and Ernie entertained hundreds of thousands of people during their many years in Blackpool, playing at seven theatres, six summer seasons and a starring role in the 1955 Royal Variety Performance at the Winter Gardens.

Michael Williams, Winter Gardens Managing Director, said: “The statue is wonderful and we cannot wait to see it unveiled at the entrance of the Winter Gardens where Morecambe and Wise performed so many times in their career.

“This will be a permanent tribute to the nation’s favourite comedy double act which I am sure fans from around the world will want to come and see.

“Graham has done a wonderful job and we cannot thank him enough for all his hard work together with the families of Eric and Ernie who decided Blackpool – the boys’ spiritual home – was the fitting location for this long overdue tribute to these two comedy greats.”

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Red Rum honoured with special Carlisle race day

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Legendary racehorse Red Rum’s achievements over the jumps at Carlisle are to be celebrated with a special 40th anniversary race day in his honour.

Rummy – the nation’s favourite steeplechaser and three-time Grand National winner – was not only a legend at Aintree but also at the much-loved Cumbrian racecourse.

Red Rum famously prepared for each of his National wins (1973, 1974 and 1977) by riding a winner at Carlisle’s first autumn meeting. A win in Cumbria – in 1972, 1973 and 1976 – was certainly a good omen as when Rummy failed to triumph over the jumps at Carlisle the previous autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s last Carlisle win Cumbria’s premier racecourse has namedThursday October 13th– the opening meeting of its 2016 national hunt season – Red Rum Day.

And in a move sure to please racegoers, anyone celebrating their 40th birthday this year will gain FREE entry to #RedRumDay at Carlisle .

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said:“We are proud of our connection to the world’s most famous racehorse and so we are delighted to name a race meeting in his honour.

“Rummy’s Grand National legend is well known, the fact he prepared for each of his famous wins by riding a winner at Carlisle is fondly remembered by racegoers here in Cumbria. This racecourse was certainly a lucky omen!

“The connection continues to this day as the McCain family, who famously trained Rummy, continue to race horses in Cumbria and we are delighted to be able to invite them to Carlisle on October 13th– the start of our jumps seasons, as guests of honour.”

The highlight of #RedRumDay will be the 4.25 News & Star Windermere Handicap Chase – the very same three-mile chase Red Rum won in 1972, 1973 and 1976. Carlisle has decided to resurrect the race especially for the day.

Donald McCain, son of Red Rum’s trainer Ginger McCain and himself a Grand National winning trainer with Ballabriggs in 2011, said: “Carlisle was certainly a good course for both my father and Red Rum ahead of their national wins.

“It is one of the best national hunt courses in the country especially for novice chasers. The uphill track provides a very fair test for proper chasing types.

“We’re delighted Carlisle is marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s last victory there and I’m sure it will be a great day of racing in Cumbria.”

It is not only the McCain family who will be treated on #RedRumDay.

The racecourse is giving free entry on October 13th to anyone who was born in 1976 and celebrates their 40th birthday this year.

There will also be live music and plenty of fun to be had in the racecourse’s aptly named Red Rum bar, together with food and drinks offers in its sumptuous Main Stand.

Tickets for #RedRumDay at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 13th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). 40-year-olds wanting to take advantage of the free entry offer simply need to bring photo ID with them on the day which shows their date of birth.

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Shakin’ Stevens Announces His Biggest Ever UK Tour

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Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 33 towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.

The announcement comes just days after Shaky, as he is known to millions, released his critically acclaimed 12th studio album Echoes Of Our Times.

The Echoes Of Our Times Tour will see the UK’s biggest-selling artist of a decade hit the road from Easter next year with the opening night on Saturday April 15 in Carlisle. Shaky will then travel the length and breadth of the country, including London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd May, before ending the tour on the 28th May.

Tickets for the Echoes Of Our Times Tourare priced from £24 and will go on sale at 9am Friday September 23 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

With 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, the Platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be exciting his audiences as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times,along with classic hits, and a few surprises.

Speaking about the tour announcement Shaky said: “I can’t wait to get back on the road, and introduce the songs from ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ to people who have seen me perform in the past, and those who have not.”

The tour will see this Welsh singer unveil another side to his talents, as an artist, songwriter and storyteller.

Echoes Of Our Times blends blues, roots, Americana and classic rock. Detailing stories from his intriguing family history, Shakin’ Stevens has created a remarkable musical tribute to his once mysterious past.

The 33-date tour is presented by UK event promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We are thrilled to be presenting Shakin’ Stevens biggest ever UK tour. This promises to be a fantastic 33 nights of entertainment across the UK and we look forward to welcoming an abundance of fans both old and new.”

Tickets for the Echoes Of Our Times Tour go on sale at 9am Friday and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Tour Dates:

April

  • Sat 15 The Sands, Carlisle
  • Sun 16 The Lowry, Salford
  • Tues 18 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
  • Weds 19 The Orchard, Dartford
  • Thurs 20 The Coliseum, Watford
  • Fri 21 The Pavilion, Worthing
  • Sun 23 The Opera House, Buxton
  • Mon 24 St David’s, Cardiff
  • Tues 25 The Forum, Bath
  • Thurs 27 The Churchill, Bromley
  • Fri 28 The Hexagon, Reading
  • Sat 29 Regent Theatre, Ipswich
  • Sun 30 Assembly Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

May

  • Tues 2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
  • Thurs 4 Venue Cymru, Llandudno
  • Fri 5 The Opera House, Blackpool
  • Sat 6 Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
  • Sun 7 Theatre Royal, Norwich
  • Tues 9 The Queens Theatre Hall, Barnstaple
  • Weds 10 Hall For Cornwall, Truro
  • Thurs 11 The Pavilion, Plymouth
  • Fri 12 Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
  • Sun 14 Guildhall, Portsmouth
  • Mon 15 Alban Arena, St Albans
  • Tues 16 City Hall, Salisbury
  • Thurs 18, The Barbican, York
  • Fri 19 Parr Hall, Warrington
  • Sun 21 Grand Theatre, Leeds
  • Mon 22 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Tues 23 Eden Court, Inverness
  • Fri 26 Town Hall, Birmingham
  • Sat 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • Sun 28 Whiterock Theatre, Hastings
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The Lottery Winners Kick Off Their

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Upcoming indie-quartet The Lottery Winners are about to embark on their 16-date “World Tour of the UK” just weeks after signing a major recording deal.

Fresh from summer performances on the festival circuit the band will be bringing a spot of Lancashire hospitality to venues up and down the country.

The Lottery Winners will perform at venues across the UK:

  • The Loft @ The Arts Club, Liverpool (18 September)
  • Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (19 September)
  • Glee, Cardiff (20 September)
  • Moles, Bath (21 September)
  • Golden Lion, Bristol (22 September)
  • StereoSat, Glasgow (23 September)
  • Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (24 September)
  • Joiners, Southampton (25 September)
  • Hope & Ruin, Brighton (26 September)
  • Black Heart, London (27 September)
  • Glee, Nottingham (28 September)
  • Donkey, Leicester (29 September)
  • Oporto, Leeds (2 October)
  • Flibbers, York (3 October)
  • Cluny, Newcastle (4 October)
  • Academy 3, Manchester (6 October)

Tickets for The Lottery Winners World Tour of the UK are priced from £11.50 and are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk

Made up of Thom, Robert, Katie and Joe, The Lottery Winners came together during their high school years and have gone on perform gigs across the North West, supporting numerous acts including the likes of The Wonder Stuff.

This summer they headlined the Stage Too at Lytham Festival, signed a deal with Sire/Warner Bros and are now ready to storm the UK.

Lead singer Thom said: “We can barely believe we’re actually doing a proper headline tour.

“Touring is the most exciting thing you could possibly do. The thing that makes us most happy is to play live, and we just can’t wait to get in our little red van and discover our wonderful country.

“We’ve been working hard on material for the past eight years, and we finally get to show it all off!”

Alongside the Warner deal they’ve also had their track I Know used as the theme song for comedian Greg Davies’ new Channel 4 show Man Down and Manchester United regularly play their track Elizabethduring their half time entertainment.

Tickets for The Lottery Winners World Tour of the UK are priced from £11.50 and are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk

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Marti Pellow Announces Mysterious Tour 2017

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It is announced today that Marti Pellow will tour the UK in 2017 with the 10-date “Mysterious Tour”.

One of the UK’s biggest pop icons will be on the road from Wednesday March 15 when he begins the tour in Carlisle.

Marti will then perform at venues across the UK:

· Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (17 March)

· Venue Cymru, Llandudno (18 March)

· Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (19 March)

· The Barbican, York (21 March)

· Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (22 March)

· The Sage, Gateshead (24 March)

· Birmingham Town Hall (25 March)

· London Palladium (26 March)

· Plymouth Pavilions (27 March)

Tickets for The Mysterious Tour are priced from £39.50. They go on sale 9am Friday September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.com

The tour will coincide with Marti’s new album Mysterious, which will be released in March 2017.

Marti said: “I’m coming out with my full band and horns for the first time in over a decade – and I can’t wait to tear your playhouse down!”

Coming off the back of a sell-out 16 date Arena tour with Wet Wet Wet, Marti is very excited to be going back to what he loves to do most – playing his own original music from his new album and from a career that spans thirty years, in the intimacy of these smaller 2000 seater venues.

The Mysterious Tour is presented by UK music and event promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Marti said: “Having worked with the concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor several times as a solo artist and with Wet Wet Wet, I’m delighted to be working with them on this tour – we feel that they are at the very forefront of the most exciting new promoters in the UK today”

The venues criss-cross the UK and give thousands of fans the opportunity to see one of the country’s favourite performers live on stage.

Marti’s new album Mysterious was recorded in Los Angeles, creating an iconic sound collaborating with the legendary Tower of Power horn section and with writers such as Allee Willis of Earth Wind & Fire’s Boogie Wonderland fame. Marti can’t wait to perform songs from his incredible new album along with songs from his three-decade career spanning 20 albums and tens of millions of sales.

Tickets for The Mysterious Tour priced from £39.50 go on sale 9am Friday September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.com

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Legendary Bay City Rollers Announce Three Dates

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It is announced today that Les & Alan’s Bay City Rollers will be heading to Glasgow as part of their UK tour this December.

Rollermania will arrive in town as the Scottish 70s pop stars take to the stage at the SSE Hydro on Sunday December 11 for a Shangalang Christmas Party.

The Bay City Rollers will also perform at venues across the UK along with special guests & fellow 70’s icons Sweet:

· 14 December – Hammersmith Apollo, London

· 16 December – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Tickets for The Rollers’ Shangalang Christmas Party at the SSE Hydro are priced from £29.50. They go on sale 9am September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The band came to fame in the 1970s with a string of hits which quickly earned them the title of ‘biggest group since the Beatles’ and transformed them into worldwide teen idols.

With hits including Shangalang, Rememberand their cover of Four Seasons hit Bye Bye Baby, the band boast ten UK top 10 singles and four UK top 10 albums. They also broke the American market scoring a number one in the Billboard 100 with their track Saturday Night.

During their career the band have performed everywhere from the UK to Japan and after their twelve-year hiatus reunited as part of a millennium concert in their hometown of Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve 1999.

These latest dates come hot on the heels of performances at T in the Park and Lytham Festival during the summer where the band brought ‘rollermania’ to a whole new audience.

Their last Christmas tour saw tickets flying out of the door with four nights at the Barrowlands selling out just nine minutes after they went on sale, and this year is expected to be no different.

Bay City Rollers Tour Booker Donald MacCleod added: “The band are really looking forward to giving people a Shangalang-style Christmas 2016.

“The success of last year’s Christmas tour and their summer festival appearances have spurred the band on to new heights and we think there might be a few surprises in store for die-hard rollers fans – so don’t miss out.”

The Bay City Rollers feat. Les & Alan are presented by UK music and event promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “The Bay City Rollers are a hugely loved band that were idols for teenagers across the globe in the 70s.

“I’m sure that lots of people will have fond memories of rollermania sweeping the nation and will be keen to relive it on this tour.

“These dates are going to be extremely popular with the band’s tartan army of fans so we’d advise booking without delay to secure your ticket.”

Tickets priced from £29.50 go on sale 9am September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Military Wives Announce Home For Christmas Tour 2016

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It is announced today that the Military Wives Choirs will tour UK cathedrals in 2016 with their seven-date “Home For Christmas” Tour.

The choirs, which are made up of wives and partners of armed forces personnel as well as women from the wider military community, will be on the road from Monday November 21 when they begin their tour at Winchester Cathedral.

The 18 Military Wives Choirs will then perform at cathedrals across the UK:

· Durham Cathedral (22 November)

· Bradford Cathedral (25 November)

· Norwich Cathedral (26 November)

· Exeter Cathedral (28 November)

· Lichfield Cathedral (29 November)

· Hereford Cathedral (30 November)

Tickets for the Home for Christmas Tour are priced from £25. They go on sale Friday September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The choirs, which boast two UK number one singles as part of their repertoire, will perform a selection of tracks from their soon-to-be-released new album Home For Christmas as well as from their two UK top ten albums In My Dreams and Stronger Together.

The cathedral tour is presented by event promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “We’re really looking forward to working with the Military Wives.

“The choirs are incredibly talented and unique in terms of their social purpose to bring together the wives and partners of servicemen and women.

“The Home For Christmas tour is sure to be loved by many so we advise booking your tickets now to avoid disappointment.”

The Military Wives Choirs first shot to fame when they took part in Gareth Malone’s The Choir. They captured the nation’s heart instantly and went on to secure their first UK number one single Wherever You Are.

In 2012 they also performed at the opening of the Olympic Stadium London contributing to the Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber track Sing created to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

Sue Daniels, Chair of Trustees for the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, added: “This tour provides an exciting opportunity for many of the choirs within our network to perform music that is incredibly meaningful to them. To be able to do that in the lead up to Christmas, and in such extraordinary buildings, will be an absolute pleasure for everyone involved.”

Tickets priced at £25 go on sale Friday September 2 and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Full Cast Announced For Ghost – The Musical

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A host of musical theatre stars will join pop star Sarah Harding and TV heart-throb Andy Moss when Ghost – The Musical heads to Blackpool.

West End star Jacqui Duboiswill take on the role of Oda Mae Brown which was made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film of the same name.

Also taking to the stage will be Sam Feriday as Carl, Leo Sene as Willie, James Earl Adair as the Hospital Ghost, Gary Lee Netley as the Subway Ghost, Tarisha Rommick as Louise and Simbi Akande as Clara. Completing the cast will be Lori Baker, Ethan Bradshaw, Lauren Drew, Matthew Vinetot, Mike Ward and Kelly Hampson.

They will join Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding who will star as Molly and former Hollyoaks heart-throb Andy Mosswho plays Sam.

The show will run at Blackpool Opera House from Monday October 3 to Monday October 15. Tickets are on sale now from www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Producer Bill Kenwright said: “ Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you.

“The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”

The show, which takes its inspiration from the classic film, is set to be an innovative reimagining of the story with an expanded book, original staging and new music.

The double academy award winning film was both a critical and box office success when it was released in 1990 and starred the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg.

Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams added: “This new casting information is a great addition to the fantastic line-up we already have with Sarah and Andy taking on the lead roles.

“We’ve had such demand for Ghost that we have already extended the run by five nights and we’re sure people are going to love the show when it arrives.

“The film is a classic which is loved by millions and to have this stage version coming just a few weeks after our successful run of Dirty Dancing is something really special for the town and Winter Gardens’ audiences.”

Ghost the Musical will run at Blackpool Opera House from Monday October 03 to Saturday 15.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £19.50.

For more information, go to www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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