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ERASURE PLAY HULL CITY HALL WITH NU-DISCO SUPPORT FROM BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT

Legendary eighties hitmakers Erasure play Hull City Hall on 7th February – check the website for ticket availability – as they launch a major tour of the UK and Europe.

The duo, (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke), who recently accepted the Icon Award at Attitude’s 2017 award ceremony, have had 5 UK Number One albums and 35 UK Top 40 Singles and their latest album, World Be Gone, went to Number 6 in the UK Official Albums Chart, giving them their highest album chart position since 1994.

They’ve also been working with Brussels based post classical musicians Echo Collective on a project which sees the new album given a post-classical rework.

Tour Support comes from nu-disco/synthpop project Bright Light, Bright Light (Welsh singer songwriter Rod Thomas), whose most recent album Choreography has taken him on a whirlwind ride in the past year or so.

He’s a long term Erasure fan and has worked with Vince Clarke in the past on remixes of some of his best known tracks so it made sense for them to tour together.

So is he looking forward to being on the road with his heroes? It certainly sounds like it.

“Touring with Erasure will be a total joy. The teenage me can’t believe what’s happening and the current me isn’t much calmer either really! Vince and Andy are legends and also happen to be two of the nicest people I’ve met so this tour is a dream come true.”

Bright Light Bright Light has had two albums in the Indy top 20, collaborated with Scissor Sisters and Elton John, performed on the Graham Norton show and even appeared as an extra in The League of Gentlemen.

It should certainly be a great tour and we’re looking forward to the Hull show – it promises to be one of the highlights of the year.

PALOMA FAITH ANNOUNCES AUGUST SHOW AT MARKET RASEN RACECOURSE

It looks like it’s going to be a summer of great music in our area, with Plan B already announced to play Market Rasen Racecourse on July 1st and now things are getting even more exciting with the announcement that Paloma Faith will be playing an open air show at the racecourse venue on Saturday 18th August.

With her acclaimed Number 1 album ‘The Architect’ riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith will be bringing hits old and new to the course for a stunning headline performance.

‘The Architect’ builds on the the huge success of her 2014 album, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, which spent 66 weeks in the Top 40. The new album is currently on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row – which would make her the first British woman in chart history to achieve this incredible feat!

Equally at home both onstage and in the studio, this show will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the summer season.

Tickets will be on sale at 8am on Friday 2nd February via thejockeyclublive.co.uk, with a presale available to customers at 8am on Wednesday 31st January. Tickets are priced starting at £30 with a limited number of child tickets available from £20. All T&C’s are available on marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

“I am guilty. I’m a little confused.” The Thrill Of Love at The Caxton Theatre

The words of Ruth Ellis to the off duty policeman who arrested her outside The Magdala pub in April 1955 after she had used a revolver to kill her lover David Blakely. The crime is played out in the opening scene of The Thrill Of Love by Amanda Whittington, which retells the story of the last woman to be executed in Britain.

As post war austerity draws to an end the private clubs of Soho and Knightsbridge are full of well to do punters and there is always a place for a good looking hostess. It’s a world of seedy glamour, of fast cars, strong drink and seamed stockings and the new production at The Caxtons recreates that world to remarkable effect on a stripped back stage painted prison grey and with the shadow of window bars cast over the set. There are only a few pieces of spartan furniture on stage, emphasising the similarities between the tawdry clubs around which the action plays out, the spartan bedsit in which Ellis miscarries, having been punched in the stomach by Blakely, and the condemned cell at Holloway (just pull the wardrobe aside to reveal the door to the gallows chamber).

The play investigates the damage that love can do and the suffering that some people are prepared to endure in its name. A crackly recording of Billy Holiday sets the scene and Chloey Rose as Ruth Ellis brings just the right mixture of brass and vulnerability to her portrayal of Ruth, a small town girl from North Wales who has spent the war dancing every night and hopes to move into the glittering world of British film celebrity like her idol Diana Dors.

Drawn inexorably to men who will do her harm she seems to be marked for victimhood from the start and although the play unquestionably doubts whether or not she should have died as she did it does not make her out to be a heroine or a martyr. She’s a severely damaged person, incapable of pulling herself back from the brink, as frustrating to Ruairidh Greig’s dogged, down to earth police detective as she is to her friends.

Greig’s old school copper is an omnipresent narrator/character, moving serenely through flashbacks, questioning Ellis to try to discover the truth, (particularly about exactly where she acquired the gun) and persuade her to co-operate with the many appeals for clemency launched on her behalf by others. She gives him short shrift almost to the end, by which time it’s too late.

There’s fantastic support from the three actresses who play Ellis’s friends, Marie Barker as the hard as nails and heart of gold Sylvia Shaw, Louise Blakey as comrade in arms Vickie Martin and Claire Wright as charlady and good girl Doris Judd and under the direction of Cathy Bennett-Ryan they effectively summon up the spirit of an era long before #MeToo, when casual violence against women was part of everyday life.

After a run of comedies it’s nice to see the Caxtons taking on a more serious piece of theatre for a change and we’d highly recommend a visit.

The Thrill Of Love is at the Caxton Theatre from Saturday 20th January to Saturday 27th January. Tickets available through www.caxtontheatre.com or on 01472 323111.

ALL SYSTEMS GO! ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2018 ØRSTED GREAT GRIMSBY 10K

It’s time for keen local runners to mark one of the most important days of the year into their diaries because entries have opened for the third running of the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k on 22nd July 2018. Next year’s race will be bigger than ever after race organisers Tape2Tape upped the entry limit to 5,000, so even more runners can participate.

The first running of the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k happened in July 2016 (which is when our pictures are from), thanks to a collaboration between North East Lincolnshire Council, partners from the public sector, race organisers Tape2Tape and some of the town’s best known businesses.

Last year’s race saw nearly 3,000 people cheered on by big crowds as they made their way around the course from near Grimsby Town Hall to People’s Park.

The race has a fresh look for 2018 after the headline sponsor, DONG Energy, changed its name to Ørsted. The company is now entirely focussed on green energy and the new name is inspired by the curiosity, dedication and interest in nature of one of Denmark’s best known scientists, Hans Christian Ørsted.

Race directors Nicola and Neil Pattison commented:
“The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k has grown beyond all our expectations and that’s down to the commitment of the hundreds of people it takes to stage an event like this. We’d like to thank everyone, from sponsors to the army of volunteers and supporters, who have helped make the race a huge success. We’ve made some changes to the start and finish arrangements so we can give more people the chance to experience what a superb event this is.”

Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at the Council, added:
“I had a brilliant time at the race this summer and it was good to see so many people from local disability groups in the fun run. Great Grimsby really did itself proud and I look forward to seeing everyone on the start line in 2018.”

Runners will follow a flat course starting near Grimsby Town Hall, heading to Nun’s Corner, through Scartho towards New Waltham before returning to Grimsby via Peaks Parkway and finishing in People’s Park.

Entry fees have been kept low thanks to the generosity of sponsors, so far including Ørsted, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood, Associated British Ports (ABP), North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wilkin Chapman LLP, HMT St Hugh’s Hospital and ENGIE and places are filling up fast so don’t hang around – get your entry in as soon as possible!

You can enter at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £13 for affiliated running club members and £15 for unaffiliated.

ROLAND GIFT BRINGS CLASSIC 80s POP TO THE WELLY FOR A GREAT HOMETOWN GIG

This was the first club I ever went in, back in the days when I was underage. We all were.

The club in question is the Welly on Beverley Road in Hull and the speaker is Roland Gift, formerly of the Fine Young Cannibals and here tonight for a solo gig in his former home town. Judging by the warmth of the reception he gets there are plenty of people here with fond memories of the venue and of the era and of Roland himself.

The place is pretty well packed and the temperature at the front is terrifying. The Welly has ridden out the Year of Culture urge to gentrify and is still doing what it’s supposed to – being a proper old fashioned sweatbox rock and roll venue – one of a dying breed these days.

Gift is a very cool performer, chatting with the audience (many of whom he seems to recognise) about the City Of Culture bunfight, and sipping tea between songs. He arrives on stage in a white kurta and blazer combo with a ballpoint pen clipped in the top pocket, in case inspiration should strike or he feels the need to take any names.

There’s a sly air of mischief about him and he’s happy not to take himself too seriously, pausing the show half way through to draw a raffle for a huge bag of meat (including a nice rack of ribs and some venison sausages) into which everyone who has made a purchase at the merch desk has been entered. There is of course a meat free option – it’s a 5lb bag of potatoes. I guess you don’t get that many vegetarian cannibals.

Time has done remarkably little to his vocal and the trademark effortless falsetto is still in fine order and the set is a crowd pleaser, taking in all the hits, but it’s the variety of the Cannibals output that is most striking. Until this gig I hadn’t revisited the Fine Young Cannibals or The Raw And The Cooked (did they really only make two) albums for some time and it’s amazing how fresh they sound today and tucked in among the tunes we all remember (like She Drives Me Crazy and Johnny Come Home) are several that have slipped my mind and come back fresh and shiny as new, in particular covers of Suspicious Minds and The Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love, reminders of an era when UK pop music hadn’t been consumed by posh boys and girls and we were all under age, at least for a while.

COLLABRO AND THEIR GUESTS BRING THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS TO THE AUDITORIUM

A packed house was treated to a fantastic evening of music and song on Tuesday night at Grimsby Auditorium as Britain’s Got Talent Winners and multi platinum album sellers Collabro and their guests came to town.

Opening the show was Sheffield born gospel country singer Philippa Hanna whose set showcased the songwriting and vocal skills which have taken her to the top of the UK gospel charts. Highlights of her set were I Am Amazing, taken from her 2016 album Come Back Fighting, which allowed her to show her marvellously fluid voice to maximum effect and Arrow which has a great up-beat Country vibe and an inspirational message well suited to her Christian background.

Collabro are everyone’s favourite masters of the big show tune that goes like this, starts off soft and low, and ends up with a kiss and this evening they delivered a masterclass in showmanship with a fine six piece band, elegant staging and costumes and a setlist that ranged from Les Miserables to Miss Saigon taking in Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom and lots of other modern musical theatre favourites on the way as well as pop hits like the Mumfords’ I Will Wait and a lively Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Their main set ended with Stars, the tune which first brought them to our attention and then we were treated to a fantastic encore which climaxed with a crimson jacketed December 1963 (Oh What A Night) that had the audience up on its feet and dancing to the Jersey Boys classic.

The nicest surprise of the evening was Collabro’s special guest, Mansfield born Carly Paoli who is one of those fortunate artists whose talent allows them to excel across genres. She has a cool precision that’s well suited to the classical repertoire but also the emotional expressiveness required for musical theatre.

Having fallen in love with the classic film musicals at home she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and she’s certainly a performer whose star is on the rise, having duetted with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo and had one of her own songs, Ave Maria, selected by the Vatican as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy.

She first appeared to join Collabro for a stunning Over The Rainbow and then treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released debut album Singing My Dreams. She’s due to headline a show at the Cadogan Hall in London on February 15th 2018 – and it promises to be a great show at one of the most famous venues in the capital.

Not bad for a little girl from Mansfield who fell in love with the magic of the great MGM musicals and never looked back! We’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!

A PERFECT START TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THE LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD AND GIFT FAIR!

If you’ve still got presents to buy for your loved ones or you need choosing something special for your Christmas feast or even if you just fancy treating yourself to a nice bottle of something warming to keep the winter chills out then a visit to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is just what you need to make your festive season complete.

We had the chance to go to the launch event last night and what a fantastic event it was, with everything you could possibly need to make your Christmas perfect, much of it from local artisan producers and craftspeople.

Our favourites included Mablethorpe’s very own Dam Raider Gin, (and local rival Louth based Pin Gin too) but the stalls were packed with cheeses and chutneys, pies and sausages, as well as a huge variety of gift ideas including superb decorations, clothing and hampers.

The Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is open from 9am to 4pm on 2nd and 3rd December 2017 at the Lincolnshire Showground and visitors will have access to free parking. Tickets for the fair can be bought online or over the phone at £5 each in advance, and are £6 on the gate. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE AT GRIMSBY MINSTER TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES NO LONGER WITH US

Lights will shine brightly for loved ones no longer with us at a special ceremony hosted by St Andrew’s Hospice inside Grimsby Minster on Saturday 9th December.

Light Up A Life is one of the best loved and most poignant events of the St Andrew’s Hospice calendar and is a chance for families and friends to gather together and remember those we love, who sadly are no longer with us.

The event will feature readings, music and quiet time for reflection; there will also be a special reading of a remembrance scroll. It is open to everyone, not just those who have lost someone they love in the hospice.

Those making a donation to St Andrew’s Hospice through Light Up A Life, you will be added to our remembrance scroll and will also receive a commemorative card.

These donations will allow the Hospice to continue to light up the lives of patients and families at what can be one of the most difficult times of the year.

There is no parking at Grimsby Minster, limited street parking is available nearby but there are pay and display car parks near the Minster.

LOUTH LONDON DRY GIN AMONG EXOTIC EXHIBITS AT LINCS FOOD & GIFT FAIR

Lovers of exotic gin are in for a festive treat when they attend Lincolnshire Showground’s popular Food & Gift Fair on December 2nd and 3rd 2017.

Award winning Pin Gin – a boutique London dry gin lovingly distilled and bottled in Louth – will be at the event for the first time, with visitors invited to try a small taster.

Thought to be the first ever gin to be produced commercially in Lincolnshire, Pin Gin was launched by Louth couple Alan Bottomley and Amy Conyard in March. Designed to capture the sights, tastes and smells of the local countryside, their recipe incorporates rose and lavender notes, hints of cucumber, black pepper and citrus, finishing off with liquorice, almonds and cinnamon.

Alan and Amy, who run their business as Bottomley Distillers, are excited to be exhibiting at the fair and are keen to teach people about their gin.

Amy said: “It’s a great opportunity to get out there and show off our brand. Making sales would be great but it is also about getting brand awareness and branching out to a different audience.”

Pin Gin takes its name from “pin”, as in pine needles, as Alan originally intended to sell Christmas trees as well. Currently producing 200 bottles of gin a week but set to expand, Bottomley Distillers was named producer of the year at the recent Select Lincolnshire Awards 2017 so make sure you stop by their display at the show and get a taste of some quality local spirits.

LA LUNA & FRANKLIN YOUNG VOICES LAUNCH THEIR NEW POETRY COLLECTION

An exciting collaboration between La Luna Publishing, Barton based author Nick Triplow and students from Franklin College will reach fruition on Thursday 30th November when The Moon On The Water on Cleethorpes Seafront will host the launch of a new poetry collection entitled In Case of an Emergency. The book also features photography and original illustrations.

The launch will feature some of the young writers performing their work. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

The anthology has been produced with support from Arts Council England and their funding has meant that the young writers have had the opportunity to receive critical editorial feedback on their work from professional writers and editors Josie Moon and Nick Triplow. They have also benefited from workshops with professional poets Antony Dunn and Helen Mort.

“It would be wonderful to have a great audience at the event to show support for these talented young people and the work they have done,” says Josie Moon, director at La Luna.

The book showcases the talent and courage of its authors so if you’re a poetry enthusiast why not take a trip down to the Moon on the Water and lend your support. The event begins at 7.30 pm and entry is free.

For further information please contact Josie Moon by email at msjosiemoon@gmail.com