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LincolnshirePride T H E H I G H - EXCLUSIVE HOMES ENGLISH GARDENS LINCOLNSHIRE NEWS A LA CARTE DINING LUXURY MOTORING FASHION & BEAUTY HIGH SOCIETY EVENTS S O C I E T Y L O O K M A G A Z I N E N E W N E W S I Z E N E W - P R I D E AU G U S T I S S U E 8 5 THE RICH LIST LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - August 2009 - Issue 85 Earning, Spending & Enjoying Wealth THE REVESBY COUNTRY FAIR GROUNDED IN TRADITION, ESTABLISHED IN THE COUNTY �3.50 2 12 Luxurious Lincolnshire properties. 20 This month: Grantham broadcaster Nicholas Parsons. Welcome... ...to an impressive August Lincolnshire Pride, in which we champion the finer elements of the county - the excellent weather at this year's Lincolnshire Show for example, on our High Society pages, and not one but two royal visits from HRH Princess Anne, opening the EPIC Centre, and HM The Queen, who this month attended RAF Cranwell's graduation ceremonies. 6 News: HM The Queen at RAF Cranwell's Graduation Ceremony. 34 Equine art with World renowned James Gillick. Elsewhere this month, we celebrate wealth in the county by profiling the county's top businesspeople and investigate why Lincolnshire constitutes such a promising county for high-earners. Also in this edition, you could win a meal a month throughout 2010 simply by voting for your favourite restaurants in our 2009 Gourmet Guide competition where we profile some of the county's finest dining rooms. Finally, we profile the forthcoming registration plate's newest models in an extended motoring section and we meet Grantham broadcaster, Nicholas Parsons. Our best wishes for a wonderful month! 148 High Society - Pride at The 125th Lincolnshire Show. 137 Motors: New Registration Special for the 59 plate. ROB DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR 117 The best food from across the county - 2009's Gourmet Guide. EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROB DAVIS GARDENING PAUL GRAY FARMING BARRY POSTON EQUESTRIAN SARAH PAYNE FOOD JOHN CLARK WINE IAN CLAYTON SALES MANAGER CATHY DAVIES SALES EXECUTIVE PENELOPE CLIFTON OFFICE MANAGER CHLOE WATSON ACCOUNTS MANAGER SUE BANNISTER GRAPHIC DESIGNER MANDY BRAY WEBSITE EDITOR SIMON PEARCE DISTRIBUTION MANAGER JOE ROSSITTER PUBLISHER & MANAGING DIRECTOR JULIAN WILKINSON Pass on Lincolnshire Pride for others to enjoy or take it along to your local doctors' or dentists' reception area. After everyone has enjoyed the magazine, please ensure it is recycled! 6 20 25 30 32 38 44 56 66 LINCOLNSHIRE NEWS NICHOLAS PARSONS MID-LINCOLNSHIRE WHAT'S ON ARTS & ANTIQUES WELCOME HOME A DASH OF LIME IN THE GARDEN BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS 71 78 88 94 99 108 132 137 148 EQUESTRIAN FASHION AND COSMETICS SHOES AND HANDBAGS JEWELLERY WEDDINGS EATING OUT, EATING IN RECIPE MOTORS HIGH SOCIETY WRITE TO US AT Lincolnshire Pride Magazine, Whitespace Publishers Ltd, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF. Tel: 01529 469977 Fax: 01529 469978 Web: www.lincolnshirepride.co.uk By placing an advertisement in Lincolnshire Pride you are agreeing to our full terms and conditions, which can be found on our website. 4 both worlds he only private hospital facility in Lincolnshire, where profits are returned to the NHS for the benefit of all local NHS patients. Patients enjoy privacy and individual attention whilst having the reassurance that The Bostonian is adjacent to the sophisticated services of The Pilgrim Hospital, with its expert diagnostic and emergency medical and surgical facilities. The best of H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service H Gold Food Safety Award Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer www.the-bostonian.co.uk Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Patients can choose from a delicious a la carte menu with meals freshly prepared in the Bostonian's own kitchens. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. T Professional Expertise Almost any condition can be treated at The Bostonian by our dedicated team of professionals � most of our Consultants live only minutes away. We welcome self referral and provide 24 hour medical cover. Range of Payment Options Available We deal with all the major insurance companies and also offer Fixed Price packages for the uninsured. The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 www.the-bostonian.co.uk � ISO9000 accredited Pilgrim Hospital's Private Wing 5 COUNTY NEWS News from across the county, every month in Lincolnshire Pride - The High Society Magazine Not another `run-of-the-mill' company... In Brief... � 10 year old Ethan Thompson from Scunthorpe has named the town's new �24m sports complex to be built next to Central Park in Scunthorpe; The Pods. Work is due to start on the project in August this year and is expected to finish January 2011. The new building will provide a 25m swimming pool, training pool, state of the art gym, dance studio and six court sports hall. One Lincolnshire company says it's proud to be helping businesses to stand out from the crowd amid the recession. Marketing and design company DSD, based in Duddington, was formed more than 10 years ago, when three marketing experts combined their businesses together. Collectively they are offering a range of marketing and PR services to businesses to help them survive the recession. The team works out of a 17th Century Water Mill, overlooking the River Welland, and have recently recruited Sarah Elam and Nina Oxley to enhance the breadth of marketing skills within the company. Their experience is acquired through a seasoned history of working across a range of businesses from retail and agricultural through to independent schools. The team provides website development as well as design and print management of all promotional materials, photography and video, market research campaigns, and complete advertising and media strategies. For more information see www.dsd-marketing.com Stop Press... Sleaford's controversial new Tesco supermarket has been given the go-ahead by North Kesteven, which also brings the re-development of the Maltings one step closer. Work is expected to begin in 2010. The Queen at Cranwell HRH and Duke of Edinburgh attend RAF Cranwell Officer Training Graduation. Royal Air Force College Cranwell recently played host to The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of the Graduation for this year's Officer Training, Specialist Entry and Reserve Officers Initial Training Courses. Following a fly past by the Red Arrows, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy were invited by the Parade Commander, Officer Cadet Matt Jewers, to inspect the cadets. The Queen then presented the annual and course prizes including the inaugural International Sword of Honour. Addressing the cadets in front of their families and friends the Queen said; "You have joined a fighting service and the years ahead will test your resolve in unpredictable situations around the world." "Through the training you have received and the development of your leadership skills you are prepared for the most demanding of circumstances. I wish you all every happiness in your chosen career. My prayers go with you and your families." Send your Lincolnshire News to: Lincolnshire Pride, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF 6 Heroes celebrated at Newark festival Lincolnshire's rich involvement with the RAF was celebrated recently with a special Heroes Festival held at the Newark Showground. Organised by Lincoln woman Tarnia Venning-Heyhoe, the event included a family fun day on the showground with display teams, simulators and funfairs for the children, as well as off-road driving experiences, flypasts and the Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team. During the evening, a VIP reception was held outdoors attended by the head of the Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff General Sir Richard Dannatt and MP for Newark Mr Patrick Mercer. The event raised over �100,000 for service personnel hurt in current conflicts, and their families. Lincolnshire has been important in defining what we mean by sustainability. Organic and artistic, a brand new form of farming art... A Lincolnshire farmer is hoping to blend art and farming in a bid to raise awareness of Lincolnshire's contribution to agriculture by appointing a new artist to record life in his 700 hectare farm. Andrew Dennis of Woodlands Farm near Kirton has appointed renowned illustrator, Long Sutton's Rosie Redzia, to record life on the farm and encourage people from the community to spend time on the farm with a series of open days and workshops. The farm provides home deliveries of organic vegetables, meat and dairy products, and has been awarded Organic Producer of the Year by the Soil Association. Rosie's artworks will be exhibited at the farm, in local galleries, through an innovative mobile exhibition and through the farm's home delivery service of organic vegetable boxes, meaning, alongside organic vegetables, you could be enjoying a weekly home delivery of local art! Obtaining an MA in Childrens' Illustration from the University of East Anglia, Rosie will also take up residency and will be devising and teaching drawing workshops to adults at the South Holland Centre, Spalding. Alternatively, telephone us on 01529 46 99 77 or send your news by e-mail to: email@example.com. 7 ~ ~ Record Attendance for county's 125th Lincolnshire Show Attendance at this year's Lincolnshire Show was up around 40%, with a near record-breaking 100,000 attending, the show's organisers have reported. Excellent weather and a royal visitor ensured plenty of visitors to the 125th show, the highlight of which was the opening of the �6m EPIC Centre, which will be used as a blueprint for sustainable public building development. Opening the centre HRH Princess Anne declared; "The history of this county has been important in defining what we mean by sustainability, and it is set to play a great role in explaining what sustainability means for the future. "This is a truly original building, one for everyone here in Lincolnshire and I hope that all of you will use it as much as possible." For more images of this year's Lincolnshire Show, see page 148. COUNTY NEWS News from across the county, every month in Lincolnshire Pride - The High Society Magazine Lincolnshire name opens new delicatessen One of the most well-respected names in Lincolnshire food, Myers Bakery, home of Lincolnshire Plum Bread, has opened its new deli on Horncastle's Bull Ring. Fresh olives, cheeses, honeys and pickles are just some of the products now available right on Horncastle's residents' doorstep from a celebrated local family-run business. There are more than 30 different varieties of delicious local and regional cheeses available at the new shop, alongside a large selection of fresh olives, locally produced pate, stuffed peppers and chillies, Lincolnshire pork pies, stuffed chine and cooked ham produced by F.C Phipps. Over on the shelf there is organic flour, oats and muesli from Maud Foster Mill; Pipers crisps, honey and pickles by Keys of Heckington and Primrose Hill free range eggs from Wragby. Colleges from across Lincolnshire competed in the challenge Send your Lincolnshire News to: Lincolnshire Pride, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF 8 ~ ~ "We have a lot of customers that like our bread and cakes and we can now offer them even more. A large range of our products are fresh and home-made and we take a lot of pride in the products we sell." says Robert Myers, who runs the deli. Young Chefs do battle in the kitchen Students from across Lincolnshire compete in the first of a new `Masterchef' style challenge Lincolnshire's catering students recently competed in the first of a new annual competition to encourage individuals studying to become chefs. The competition was held at Boston College and invited each further education institution across Lincolnshire to submit teams consisting of two students and a `runner' who would prepare two courses which would then be judged by a panel of chefs and experts to determine which college in Lincolnshire could be named Best Catering College. To make the event just that little bit more challenging, each of the chefs entered the competition with no idea which ingredients they would be using, and had just 30 minutes to decide how they would use them, before using just an hour and a half of preparation time to create each meal. Competing in the competition was Boston College, Grimsby Institute, New College Stamford and College of West Anglia. Two further institutions including Lincoln College were also planning to attend the event. the judges rated each one on the basis of creativity, appearance and, of course, taste. This year's winners were Jonathon Lee and Aaron Johns of New College Stamford, whose lecturer, Phillip Matthews said; "We were very impressed with the standard of their food." "It was great to see the students using techniques learned throughout the year and their teamwork applied and great to see how students are inspired and motivated by their achievement and success." The students prepared Mediterranean chicken and a rhubarb crumble that proved particularly popular with the judges. They each won vouchers for professional kitchen equipment for use in their future careers. Students were given their ingredients with just 30 minutes to decide what to create with them... As the students cooked, each was grilled by a team of six judges from across the industry who would assess their ability to remain calm under pressure, their organisation and management of time and second chefs. Once cooking time was over, and each dish was presented, Quality Ornamental Ironwork (DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL) THE PANEL OF JUDGES The competition was organised by Jonny King of Lincolnshire fresh produce supplier FreshDrop and Boston College Lecturer Steven Cottrell who wanted to create a challenge for the next generation of chefs using Lincolnshire ingredients. Judges for the event also included John Clark, Lincolnshire Pride's Food Editor, Kevin Leech of Swineshead Bridge's Barge, Kevin Leech, Mark Thackwell and Jamie Walker from the De Vere Belton Woods Hotel and Golf Resort. 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For Grantham-born broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, the sight of a travelling circus visiting his home town inspired a lifetime in broadcasting. The brief moment, snatched from his nursery window in 1930 was an awakening which reverberated around his life, despite initially appalling his middle-class family, who had him down for life as an engineer. Nonetheless, without that one moment the country wouldn't have one of its most well-renowned and much-respected broadcasters, host, of the BBC Radio Four show Just A Minute for over 40 years. "We lived on Castlegate." says Christopher, for Nicholas is actually the broadcaster's middle name, despite Nicholas becoming his colloquial moniker. "My father had a GP's surgery nearby and his patients included the father and mother of the future Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher. It was from my nursery window I saw the circus and was astonished by the animals, the clowns, the pageantry. It was all fascinating and I realised then that a life in showbusiness was what I really really wanted." The family moved to London and Nicholas spent two years at a prep school he describes as `archaic in the extreme and miserable' before transferring to the John Colet School. As a child, Nicholas experienced difficulty studying due to as then undiagnosed dyslexia. Born left-handed but made to write with his right hand, he found studying difficult, and in consequence his father and mother insisted he train as an engineer. However, with his own career plans firmly in mind, he left his position as a horological engineer and contacted family in Clydebank, Glasgow, who set him up as a shipyard engineer with pump manufacturer Drysdales and soon fell into the world of reparatory theatre in and around Glasgow. It was at this point that Nicholas met talent scout and empresario Carrol Levis. "There's never such a thing as a `big break.'" Nicholas declares. "Except in the world of TV talent shows. But after meeting Levis little bits of work and jobs back in the rep theatres of Kent & Windsor became more frequent." Nicholas's middle-class family were initially appalled at his choice of career, broadcasting and the theatre, rather than engineering... 20 Image: Nicholas has recently narrated a new children's show, The WotWots, recording 13 episodes which debuted on Channel 5 last month. Eventually, Nicholas became resident comedian at the Wingmill Theatre and soon sharpened his wit, joining Arthur Haynes as the `straight man' to Haynes's Ealing tramp. trimmed to the required 30 minutes. All of the dialogue is live and improvised and this results in an uproar of `pure' comedy with no visual gags, and as Nicholas himself points out, `no ideal topics or predictability', just razor sharp impromptu wit. With the death of Williams in 1988, and Freud earlier in 2009, the baton for rapacious wit has been passed to the likes of Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Jack Dee and Sue Perkins. A new recording which has just taken place on 20th July will be broadcast soon as part of a new season, and the BBC has just released a new series of Audiobooks featuring Nicholas as host including that of the 2008 recording at the University of Lincoln where the broadcaster was given an honorary Doctorate of Arts. "It was an enormously successful, innovative show." says Nicholas. "It struck a new note with audiences." The duo's partnership lasted until 1961 when With the death Nicholas returned to the theatre. In of Kenneth Williams in between this, Nicholas also appeared 1988, and Clement as a regular on the Benny Hill Show and recorded a pilot for a new radio Freud earlier in 2009, programme in 1967, Just a Minute. the baton for rapacious wit has been passed to "It was a disaster." says Nicholas. "Two of the panellists just didn't work the likes of Paul Merton, and the BBC didn't want it. Only Gyles Brandreth, Jack due to the insistence of a young BBC Dee and Sue Perkins... producer, was the show saved, and we soon developed a nucleus of regulars from Kenneth Williams to Clement Freud. "It's a great city, and very close to my home town. Then the combination really worked." I travel back to Lincolnshire and still have friends here such as my writer friend Howard Imber. I still The show has been running ever since, broadcastremember the Castlegate window I looked out of ing on BBC Radio Four and latterly, BBC Radio 7. when I first dreamed of a career in showbusiness... Two shows are recorded at each venue over the I think I've come rather a long way since then!" n course of an hour and a half or so, with each show WOT WOT'S NEW FOR PARSONS? Nicholas moved from Grantham to Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. The couple have nine grandchildren and Nicholas's four pre-school grandchildren love his new role as narrator of the WotWots. The Australian programme made its UK debut in late June and is voiced by Nicholas, who recorded 13 episodes of the show at BBC's Broadcasting House in just under three hours. The colourful alien characters live in the Zoo and find out all about each animal with each episode. It's zany fun for pre-schoolers starring SpottyWot and DottyWot. Nicholas has also finished recording a new series of Just A Minute which will broadcast soon on BBC Radio Four. The broadcaster published his autobiography in 1994 and was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting ten years later. "You work hard all of your life and to be recognised for that is just a delight!" says Nicholas. Born in October 1923 the broadcaster returns to his home town of Grantham whenever he works in the area and recently revisited as part of the The One Show's Retracing Your Steps feature. "We revisited the place where I used to live which is all different now." says Nicholas. "The building's largely the same but the garden has been destroyed completely. The surgery has since been transformed too, it's really quite sad." Leaving in 1935 for London and then travelling to Glasgow, working his way into theatre on broadcasting following a stint in reparatory theatre, the broadcaster also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, in the Benny Hill Show and hosted Sale of the Century for over 13 years and Have I Got News For You, as well as touring with The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the narrator. More recently Nicholas competed in Celebrity Mastermind and listed his Desert Island Discs to Kirsty Young. Nicholas now lives in Buckinghamshire with his second wife Ann near the couple's nine grandchildren. Parsons's latest project is of particular interest to the four youngest members of the family! 22 23 Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms of Distinction... 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The quirky quadrangle of towns and villages that makes up the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds has plenty of visitor attractions, pretty scenery, and friendly locals... but scratch the surface and there's more to the area than meets the eye. The Truth is Out There...! For instance, Woodhall Spa. It is home to the English Golf Union, the 617 Dambusters Squadron, a natural spa with mystic healing properties... and now, aliens. At least, that's according to those who recently witnessed a series of bright lights over the town's Kinema. It all started back in January 2009, when residents of nearby Louth were flustered by news that a UFO had struck a wind turbine. On the same day, eyewitness Rebecca Hodgson reported witnessing a bright orange light over the Conisholme turbines, stating "It was really bright and glowing, it went dimmer and then moved across horizontally". Fast forward to June 2009 and once again aliens appear to be paying the county a visit - probably following the recent publication of the (apparently not so) Lonely Planet guide book which described Lincolnshire as `uncommonly friendly & remarkably varied'. Sightings over the Kinema in June by a family of holidaymakers saw what they described as a 'low meteor shower' moving quite slowly across the sky around the same time the new Star Trek movie was screened... perhaps the Truth is Out There, or maybe the interplanetary creatures were attracted by Kinema's original Compton organ and packed screening schedules! The Last Remaining Bit of England... Travelling across the galaxy is thirsty business... so our interplanetary visitors would be well-advised to pay a visit to Janet's Tea Rooms in the town. Renowned across Woodhall Spa, the tea shop is the last remaining bit of England untouched by modernisation. The time-warp tea-shop, opposite the Dambusters memorial, still features 1940s tunes by Vera Lynn playing over a tea room of lace table cloths, with traditional home made cakes, Woodhall Spa memorabilia, several occurrences of the Union Flag, and traditional China cups and saucers. It seems that everyone in the town has a nice word to say about owner Janet, and a visit to Woodhall simply isn't complete without sampling the tea-rooms's hospitality. Charity Begins in Horncastle Speaking of being welcome, several of Horncastle's Charities recently welcomed donations totalling �3,000 following January's Farmers' Ball at the Petwood Hotel. Six cheques for �500 each were presented to Headway the cycle-helmet promoting Brain injury charity, the Horncastle Branch of Carers UK, Horncastle's Disability Lincs, Louth & District Hospice, Getaway and the town's LIVES First Responders. Farmers' Ball organiser Colin Adams said he was "Delighted the event had been such a success." Woodhall Spa 10k Last month also saw more than 1,400 runners compete in the village's 10k run and 3k fun-run events. The event has tripled in size over the previous three years and Main: Would you jump off Tattershall Castle? Left: Woodhall Spa, once Home to the Dambusters, still attracts visits from previous servicemen. 26 27 was this year won by Lincoln's Aaron Scott, who completed the run in just over 32 minutes, with Lucinda Pitcher, also from Lincoln, completing the event in 38 minutes. Life on the Verge Elsewhere, in Horncastle, Lincolnshire's Wildlife Trust has just launched its Life on the Verge initiative, which invites volunteers to discover more about the county's native wild flower verges and join in an attempt to survey and conserve grassland in Lincolnshire. The LWT is seeking volunteers to survey metre square areas of grassland, species in which can then be identified with a supplied leaflet and recorded onto a new online database. The project will be run throughout 2009 and 2010 and is organised by Mark Schofield find out more at www.lifeontheverge.org.uk. Over The Top Fundraising Bid Also launching this month is Tattershall Castle's Echos of the Past Geophysical survey. Following an `over the top' fundraising bid last month which saw volunteers including 11-year old Horncastle Grammar School pupil Lucy Wells-Cole complete a 130ft abseil down the castle. Enough money was raised for this month's Festival of Archaeology project. The project will see a full Time-Team-esque geophysical survey completed of the National Trust property, for unprecedented investigation into life on the former estate of Lord Curzon. The survey takes place between 18th and 21st July, with visitors able to witness the results live on screen and talk to the professionals conducting the study. Coningsby is People's Choice Favourite Meanwhile, RAF Coningsby's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is this month crossing its fingers as the visitor attraction goes head-to-head with other attractions and heritage sites in the county in a bid to win the People's Choice Award at the Lincolnshire Renaissance Heritage Awards. The public has been asked to vote for their favourite visitor attraction, with 18 other sites in the running. Voting closes as Pride goes to press with the winner announced next month. What's the time? Coningsby is also the home of St Michael's Church's one-handed clock. Many locals believe the hand simply `fell off' at some point. In fact, the clock was originally created with the mechanism for just one hand as a cost cutting measure when it was installed in the 1650s, according to Vicar John Moore. The clock's hand is over 9ft long and can be seen from two miles away. It's maintained by Edmund Czajkowski & Son of Woodhall Spa. n A new project aims to survey and conserve the county's wild flowers across the county Image: Mark Schofield of Life on the Verge, the Lincolnshire WIldlife Trust's new two-year conservation project. 28 29 THEATRE & ARTS Your Monthly Round-Up of Productions and Shows from Arts Centres and Theatres Across Lincolnshire A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stamford Shakespeare Drill Hall, Lincoln Tel: 01522 873891 www.lincolndrillhall.com 1st August: Elvis - 40th Anniversary Comeback Between 31st July and 28th August 1969, the King of Rock and Roll performed the now famous four-week, 57 live show engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Today Elvis Tribute Artist Al Duncan recreates the show. Hosted by your very own Coffee Bar Cowboys and friends. In aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. 14th - 21st August: Mostly Mendelssohn Part of Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival; a celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn is at the heart of this year's festival. Artistic Director Ashley Wass is bringing a range of artists to Lincoln who have been Festival favourites from earlier years as well as introducing us to some of the brightest young stars particularly from the BBC New Generation Artists scheme. Louth Playgoers's Riverhead Theatre Tel: 01507 600350 www.louthplaygoers.co.uk 16th August: Last Night of the Proms Last Night at The Proms evening in support of Help for Heroes with music by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band. Sands Venue, Gainsborough Tel: 01427 811118 www.the-sands.co.uk 21st August: The Cheatles Four decades after the hysteria of Beatlemania, this live band will transport you back into the swinging sixties, creating the ultimate