Full On Floyd At The Minster

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A packed Grimsby Minster watched Full On Floyd deliver a great sound and light show on November 29th that proved that the spirit of prog is still alive and well, in Grimsby at least.

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Where Full On Floyd stand out form run of the mill tribute acts is in their creation of true spectacle. Utilising lighting and visual effects for maximum impact the show was as much a treat for the eyes as for the ears and the Minster space lends itself perfectly to the pomp and grandiosity that underpins so much of Pink Floyd’s prog-rock oeuvre.

The sound was alive last night as it soared and swooped to the roof and round the pillars. Classics such as Another Brick in the Wall and Comfortably Numb were full of grandeur and the audience was left wanting more as the band left the stage to roars of appreciation.

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Tribute is difficult to do well and in the wrong hands can be hammy but Full On Floyd focus on the music and the spectacle that is Pink Floyd without trying to ape the antics and characters of the original band, thereby creating an authentic and enjoyable experience that isn’t about ego but about art.

This article can be found in the web edition of The Peoples Issue 31.

ENSEMBLE DRUMMERS SHINE AT THEIR FIRST SHOW NIGHT

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Anytime you strike the drums, you have to be aware that you’re creating a musical event – that’s according to renowned percussionist Vinnie Colaiuta and it was certainly true at the Whitgift Film Theatre on Tuesday night when Humber Taiko presented their first ever regional Taiko drumming concert featuring groups from across Humberside and Lincolnshire.

For those not in the know Taiko is a Japanese ensemble drumming discipline which incorporates complex rhythms , choreographed movements and energy shouts to create powerful and exciting performances. It’s popular with kids and adults alike and we’re lucky enough to have an excellent local group – Gyoko Taiko. Contact details are all at the end of this article. If you’re reading on Facebook you’ll need to follow the link above to our web edition.

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Gyoko formed in 2010 and now has several groups including an adult section, Gyoko Tigers for beginners, Gyoko Warriors for intermediate players and Gyoko Youth for advanced players. A recent addition to the roster is Tiny Taiko for children aged 5-7.

Such has been the success of the Grimsby sessions that organisers Emma Middleton and Lisa Oliver have also established groups in Scunthorpe, (under the name Tetsu Taiko) and an umbrella organisation, Humber Taiko to take projects out into schools and community groups all over the region.

Taiko Night, the first event of its kind in the area featured contributions from all these groups and more, as special guests for the evening were the fabulous Kakushigei Taiko from Stickney, Lincolnshire, who have been touring the country playing pieces by the world’s biggest groups, as well as their own music since 2003.

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Everyone concerned gave a fantastic performance but if highlights are to be picked them Follow The Fishing, a locally inspired and composed piece representing the heritage, community and future of North East Lincolnshire using drumming, Obon style dancing as well as voice and additional instrumental parts was certainly a standout moment, as was Kakushigei Taiko’s own compositions Kakushigei Stomp and Kinsei.

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If you live in Grimsby or Scunthorpe and you think that Taiko looks like just the thing for you or for your kids then you can get in touch with Humber Taiko at www.humbertaiko.org, via email at info@humbertaiko.org or by phone to 07742 980106. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

This article and more pictures can be found in the web edition of The Peoples Issue 31.

Santa And The Dragon Deer Save Christmas

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Ian Burrett is a man who likes to have a lot going on. He’s a trailer fitter at Schenker in Immingham by day but he’s also the founder of the Cleethorpes Scooter Club, a tireless worker for charity, and now an author, with his first book for children – Santa And The Dragon-Deer – available now (just in time for Christmas!).

He’s at the Discovery Centre when we meet, surrounded by inflatable Santas, knitted elves and of course Freeda, his trusty steed for twelve years now, a custom built scooter, based on a 1961 Lambretta, but transformed into a red nosed dragon with the head up by the handlebars and the body forming the frame.

Ian and Freeda are a familiar sight in our area from their regular appearances in the Cleethorpes Carnival (they’ve done twelve) and other charity events. Although Ian attends the parade dressed as an out of season Santa he also likes to make an appearance as a mediaeval knight on St George’s Day. Last year he was knighted by his friend Susan Priestley who was dressed as a queen in full regalia at the time. It certainly took the rest of the crowd in the Number One by surprise.

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So how did he meet up with Freeda?

“I was already a scooter enthusiast when the chance to buy Freeda came up. She’d been built in Essex by three enthusiasts and when I saw her I thought she looked like a lot of fun. My grand daughter Poppi-Mai had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and I decided to use Freeda to raise money for research into the condition. I’ve raised several thousand pounds in the years since then.”

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And now he’s turned his hand to writing children’s stories? How’s that going?

“It’s going really well. My first book is out now. It’s called Santa And The Dragon-Deer. I got the idea last January, spent several weeks writing the story and then persuaded Gary Jamieson (better known as Arty Gaz) to do the illustrations.”

“I sent a copy to Kensington Palace for Prince George and received a very nice letter in return and we’ve had sales all over the world – to Norway, Sweden, Australia, Spain. We’re even sending six copies to Christmas Island!”

The book tells the story of what happens when man flu lays Santa’s reindeer low a week before Christmas and the only creature who can possibly help out and save the day is an unwilling and rather scruffy dragon. Can he be got ready in time? It’s touch and go but to find out more you’ll have to buy the book or go along to one of Ian’s readings.

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Ian and Freeda will be appearing Tescos Cleethorpes on November 21st and he’s doubling up on November 30th with visits to Lucarli’s Club in the morning and The Spider’s Web from 3pm. He’ll also be at Water’s Edge, Barton on December 14th. Wherever you see him we’re sure you’ll have a thoroughly entertaining time and maybe come out with a Christmas present or two for the younger members of the family, and for the young at heart! You can also buy Ian’s book from Sheen’s Florist in Pelham Road, Immingham or contact him on santa.dragondeer@hotmail.com or by phone on 0782 8028759.

This article is from The Peoples Issue 31 Web Edition.

Christmas Shopping with Hough’s of Lincolnshire

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Are you one of those people who leave their Christmas shopping to the last minute and has to go out on Christmas Eve to forage among other people’s leavings for gifts for your nearest and dearest? We’re like that too. It’s not good.

So this year we thought we’d get our shopping started early and what better place to start that at the Trafford Centre in Manchester? And how to get there? Well this year we thought we’d try something different, let the coach driver take the strain, and hop on one of Hough’s of Lincolnshire’s popular shopper’s special coaches.

Hough’s organise top quality coach trips and of course it’s not just Christmas shopping! They organise dozens of holidays throughout the year to a wide range of top destinations and in 2015 they’ll be taking their first steps into Europe with trips to Holland and France! If you like to grab a bargain (and don’t we all?) then check out their 5 day winter warmers to Aberfoyle or the Cotswolds which start from only £99 per person! You can’t get better value than that!

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We’re down by the Town Hall at 8.10am as the bus arrives just nicely early and within ten minutes everybody is on board and were on the A180. It’s really foggy – just the kind of day you wouldn’t want to be driving yourself and it’s so nice to be able to just sit back and let the driver do his job. The coach is comfortable and we make good time, especially once the fog clears on the M62.

If you’re used to driving this route then you’re probably sick of it but going by coach gives you the luxury of looking around and enjoying the view, and what great views they are! The extra height of the coach means you can see over those dreary brown embankments out look out across the Pennines at some of the most inspiring and beautiful hills in the country.

It takes us just over 2 hours to get there and we park up right outside the doors to John Lewis’s so there’s no long hikes across the car park in the cold so then it’s time to let the shopping frenzy begin and there’s nowhere better to go bonkers with your bank balance than The Trafford Centre!

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From its awesome architecture, armies of imposing statues, stunning fountains and attention to the finest detail the Centre is a world of designer fashions, gifts and fun all under one breath-taking roof. And Christmas is when the Centre truly comes alive! There are more than a million pounds worth of cutting edge illuminations sparkling on the Malls, with eye popping decorations, a forest worth of Christmas trees and live festive entertainment from brass bands to children’s choirs.

And of course there’s a huge array of the worlds’ biggest stores offering everything you could possibly want or need for a perfect Christmas. Highlights include Selfridges, complete with world class beauty hall, technology section and fine food market and the finest toy store in the world Hamleys. And let’s not forget the Apple store, M&S, Debenhams and John Lewis’s.For design lovers, there’s a host of top brand names around the Centre, including dedicated stores from Armani AX Exchange, DKNY Jeans, Victoria’s Secret, Hugo Boss, Zara, L’Occitane and Ted Baker and when it’s time to recharge there’s The Orient food court which holds a massive selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, from fresh Thai buffet at Chaobaby, to Italian platters at Carluccio’s and South American spice at Las Iguanas. And if all that wasn’t enough there’s an IMAX Cinema, bowling, a climbing wall and the Sea Life centre in case you get all shopped out!

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At half past four we’re headed back across the Pennines, the overhead lockers packed with shopping bags, and once again we’re free to just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey while our driver takes the strain. All in all an excellent day out, travelling in comfort and next time we’re looking to go for a day trip, or even for a short break, we’ll certainly give Hough’s a try. Highly recommended!

This article is from The Peoples Issue 31 Web Edition.

Issue 31 – The Crimbo Edition

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Well Christmas is almost upon us and you’re probably already hiding presents and stocking up on marzipan and tangerines.

In this issue we chat to local author Ian Burrett about his new Christmas themed children’s book and to Graham Chapman about why right now is the time to get yourself a super stylish classic car.

Plus we’ve got all our regular features and a new competition too so Happy Christmas from us and we’ll see you in the New Year

Here’s a link to the online version

And the web edition will be out over the next couple of days.