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JANUARY - MARCH 2020

BLACKBURN, BURNLEY & RIBBLE VALLEY EDITION 60

Sir Cliff Richard

CELEBRATING HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY

Adapting 2020 Ideas TO BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME

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REST & RELAXATION IN DEVON

Taking You There with Pride and Care Based at the Babbacombe Hotel, Babbacombe. This hotel in positioned on the flat Babbacombe Downs overlooking the sea, stunning views from the bar and restaurant. Includes: Four nights half board accommodation with Hotel’s all inclusive package on selected drinks between 8pm and 11pm. Excursions and entrances to: Buckfast Abbey, Butterfly & Otter Sanctuary. After dinner tea/coffee.

02 March | 5 Days | £299 Single Supplement £25 KEUKENHOF GARDEN, VOLENDAM & AMSTERDAM

Reeves Coach Holidays Ltd. All our holidays include a door-to-door service which transfers you from your home* directly to our coach and the same system will operate on the return part of the journey to take you home again. No changing coaches along the route or waiting for feeder coaches. With light refreshments available on board our vehicles at reasonable prices, regular comfort/meal stops made en route, it is our aim to make you feel rested and relaxed throughout your holiday, even whilst travelling to your destination. On arrival and departure Porterage is provided for our passengers which makes the whole journey as care free and easy as possible. So why not travel with us? Our holiday prices are final - there are no additional costs, no entrance fees to pay or optional excursions fees to be added and as a local family-run company, if you prefer, you can come and visit us in person to make a booking or enquiry, we’d be happy to see you.

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Based at Kontakt der Kontinenten Hotel, Soesterberg. Return crossings on P&O North Sea Ferries with side-by-side berths and meals on board. Three nights half-board accommodation at the hotel with complimentary tea/coffee in hotel lounge 24/7. Excursions and entrances to: Zaanse Schans & boat ride with tea/coffee, guided tour of Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, Cruise on the Ijsselmeer, steam train ride with coffee/cake.

(Please note Porterage is not available).

02 April | 6 Days | £649 Single Supplement £106 VINTAGE RAILWAYS OF NORTH WALES

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Based at the Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia, Llanberis. Includes: Four nights half-board accommodation. Complimentary tea/coffee on arrival at the hotel. Hotel’s inhouse entertainment (3 nights). Excursions and entrances to: Chester, Llandudno, Great Orme Tramway, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, Ffestiniog Rail journey, Blaenau Ffestiniog-Porthmadog, Cheshire Oaks. Complimentary glass of wine with dinner on last evening.

27 April | 5 Days | £417 Single Supplement please enquire


NORTH EAST EXPLORER

Based at the Holiday Inn, Gosforth Park. The Holiday Inn Hotel, Gosforth Park, Seaton Burn is Set in 18 acres of quiet grounds. Includes: Four nights half-board accommodation. Welcome arrival tea/coffee. Use of hotel’s leisure facilities (pool/ sauna). Excursions to: Durham, Alnwick Castle, Newcastle, Chares, Bamburgh Castle.

03 May | 5 Days | £421 Single Supplement £104

SHROPSHIRE SPLENDOURS

Based at the Buckatree Hall Hotel, Telford. The hotel is a country house hotel set in its own mature gardens and woodland beside a scenic lake. Includes: Four nights half-board accommodation. Welcome arrival tea/coffee. Excursions and entrances to RAF Museum Cosford, Shrewsbury inc River Severn Cruise, Love Plants inc afternoon cream tea, Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site, Action Scott Historic Working Farm, Ludlow.

25 May | 5 Days | £428 Single Supplement £91

INVITATION TO ... ISLE OF WIGHT

CRACK THE CODE IN CAMBRIDGE

Based at the Bourne Hall Hotel, Shanklin. Bourne Hall is an elegant family run Country House Hotel and restaurant, set in mature grounds, the hotel boasts outdoor heated swimming pool and a leisure complex with jacuzzi/sauna.

Based at the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel, Cambridgeshire. Huntingdon Marriott Hotel, boasts indoor pool, sauna & steam room, gymnasium. Please note this hotel does not have rooms with walk-in showers.

Includes: Four nights half board accommodation. Excursions and entrances to: Godshill Village, Alum Bay, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Osborne House, journey on Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Includes: Four nights’ half-board accommodation. Excursions & Entrances to: Imperial War Museum, Cambridge, Burghley House & Garden, Bletchley Park.

22 June | 5 Days | £506 Single Supplement £45

09 July | 5 Days | £415 Single Supplement £100

A BRIEF ENCOUNTER OF THE LAKES

FAMOUS LOCH CRUISES & DISTILLERIES

HAMPSHIRE STEAM & GIN DISTILLERY

WONDERFUL WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Based at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands. Set in 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands overlooking Morecambe Bay. Includes: Three nights half board accommodation. Arrival tea/ coffee. Excursions and entrances to: Holker Hall & Gardens, Carnforth Station & Heritage Centre, Leighton Hall & Gardens with afternoon tea, Lake Windermere.

Based at the Rob Royal Hotel, Aberfoyle Trossachs. A relaxed and informal hotel in Aberfoyle which has been welcoming groups for many years. Includes: Four nights half board accommodation. Hotel’s own entertainment (2 nights). Excursions and entrances to: Boat cruise on Loch Katrine & Loch Lomond, Glengoyne Distillery & The Famous Grouse Experience at Glen Turret.

Based at the Norton Park Hotel, Winchester. A splendid hotel with character and charm set in 54 acres of countryside near the historic city of Winchester. Includes: Four nights half board accommodation. Excursions and entrances to: Winchester Castle, Great Hall, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Winchester Cathedral, Watercress Steam Train Journey, Alford, Salisbury, Romsey.

Based at the Smiths Hotel, Weston-super-Mare. Smiths Hotel, family run, 10 minutes walk from town, outside terrace offering views of the coast. Lift access to all rooms. Includes: Four nights’ half-board accommodation. Excursions & Entrances to: Fleet Air Arm Museum, City of Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Prehistory Museum.

08 May | 4 Days | £375 Single Supplement £57 FAMOUS FACES & PLACES, KENT

Based at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham. The hotel is based around an inner courtyard, with an outdoor patio area, swimming pool, small gym, sauna/steam room. Includes: Four nights half board accommodation. Welcome arrival tea/coffee. Use of leisure facilities. Excursions and entrances to: Historic Dockyard Chatham, Darwin’s Down House, Chapel Down Winery tour and tasting. Hever Castle and Gardens.

14 May | 5 Days | £456 Single Supplement may apply

01 June | 5 Days | £419 Single Supplement TBC

WINE ON THE RHINE

Hotel Lindenwirt, Rudesheim, Rhine Valley. Includes: Return crossings with side-by-side berths and meals on board. Four nights half board accommodation at the hotel. Excursions and entrances to: Cable Car & Chair lift ride, River Boat Cruise, Niederwal Monument, Jagdschloss Niederwald, Assmannshausen, Eberbackh Monastery tour & wine tasting, Heidelberg guided tour, Heidelberg Castle tour & wine tasting. Funicular ride.

14 June | 7 Days | £825 Single Supplement £115

28 June | 5 Days | £405 Single Supplement £88

20 July | 5 Days | £425 Single Supplement £72

HIGH CLASS MOTORS & GARDENS AT HIGHGROVE

GARDENS GALORE AND A CASTLE

Based at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Brockworth. The Cheltenham Chase Hotel offers modern accommodation, a luxurious spa, and a large outdoor garden terrace. Includes: Four nights half board accommodation. Excursions and entrances to: Morgan Motor Company and tour, Ledbury Heritage Centre, Butchers Row Folk Museum, Tewkesbury Museum & Abbey, Royal Gardens & Highgrove, Painswick.

Based at the Marriot Hotel, Northampton. Northampton Mariott Hotel, modern & inviting hotel with outdoor seating area overlooking Delapre Lake, leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool. Hotel has no lift but plenty of ground floor rooms. Includes: Four nights’ half-board accommodation. Excursions & Entrances to: Waddesdon Manor, Castle Ashby Gardens, Canal boat ride, Rockingham Castle, Huntingdon, inbound TBA.

02 July | 5 Days | £490 Single Supplement may apply

23 July | 5 Days | £399 Single Supplement £91


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2020 DAY EXCURSIONS MOTHERS DAY YORK

RIPON PRISON & COURTHOUSE

FATHERS DAY CASTLE HOWARD CAR SHOW

Arrive at the museum where we enjoy refreshments before our first visit to the exciting museums on offer. Today we visit The Prison and The Courthouse Museum. After our guided tours of the museums, we take a look into Ripon to visit the many shops, cafes and cathedral. Includes cream tea and entrance to the museums.

Treat your dad this Father’s Day. The exciting show features a display of vintage, classic, modern classic and electric cars and motorcycles. A number of modern and electric vehicle manufacturers will be represented. The event includes full access to the superb Castle Howard grounds and gardens, the house is not included.

Sunday 22nd March

Sunday 7th June

Sunday 21st June

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Adult: £35 Senior: £34 Child: £19

Adult: £34 Senior: £33 Child: £20

First pickup point & time Blackburn 07:00am

First pickup point & time Blackburn 08:30am

First pickup point & time Blackburn 7.00am

Treat your mum to a day out in York, perhaps take in one of the many attractions – York Minster / Jorvik Viking Centre or the National Railway Museum. Maybe just relax and enjoy the culture or indulge in a spot of Spring retail therapy in the shops.

ENDEAVOUR WHITBY EXPRESS SERVICE The Endeavour Experience is the only life size replica of Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour in the northern hemisphere, and Whitby’s newest family tourist attraction. Climb aboard and experience two decks of interactive features and displays that will help you imagine what life was like for the crew members during the three-year voyage.

BEAMISH MUSEUM

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW

This award-winning museum captures the spirit of the North East and is set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside. Visit the town, colliery village, working farm, Pockerley Manor and take a ride on one of the old-fashioned trams. This really is a wonderful day out. Includes entrance to museum

Set in 34 acres of Victoria Park, Southport Flower Show has a reputation as one of the largest, most diverse and friendliest shows in the country and is hailed as “The Garden by The Sea”. Includes flower show ticket

Saturday 4th July

Friday 7th August

Thursday 20th August

Adult: £36 Senior: £35 Child: £15

Adult: £39 Senior: £37 Child: £12

Adult: £34 Senior: £33 Child: £24

EXPRESS SERVICE Matalan 8:15am Barnoldswick 9:00am

First pickup point & time Blackburn 07:00am

First pickup point & time Barnoldswick 08.30am

WALTON HALL, ZOO & GARDENS & BENTS GARDEN CENTRE Set within acres of tranquil and idyllic parkland, Enjoy the array of animals at the children’s zoo or enjoy one of the many outdoor activities such as adventure golf or the playground. Our afternoon takes us to the award-winning lifestyle destination, Bents Garden Centre.

SHREWSBURY & SABRINA RIVER BOAT Explore Shrewsbury’s picturesque cobbled alley and squares and be astounded by the exceptional number of interesting, independent shops that make it so special. Enjoy a 45-minute cruise on the Sabrina river boat to get you the best view of the city and countryside, refreshments are included as you cruise along the River.

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS Starting at Cleveleys end of the illuminations, we have time for fish and chips in the Cleveleys Kitchen. Once on board the coach we journey through the world-renowned Blackpool Illuminations. Meals not included.

Friday 4th September

Tuesday 29th September

Sunday 25th October

Adult: £19 Senior: £18 Child: £5

Adult: £30 Senior: £29 Child: £13

Adult/Senior: £15 Child: £5

First pickup point & time Barnoldswick 8:00am

First pickup point & time Barnoldswick 7:30am

First pickup point & time Barnoldswick 2:00pm

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TWITTERING ON BY ANGELA KELLY “mockumentary” which will take what they see as gospel. They will, wrongly, assume that this is true history being played out by actors and definitely happened. In fact, as in The Crown, there are some scenes “imagined” – in other words, they made it up. Although accepting that it can be used by those with an agenda to shape public opinion, it’s not necessarily always a damaging ploy. In the hit 2017 film Darkest Hour set in May, 1940, and about Winston Churchill winning the hearts and minds of both Parliament and the public during World War Two, there is a scene on the London underground which is pivotal.

Do film and TV dramas really tell the truth? VETERAN broadcaster John Sergeant raised an interesting point about how fictionalised versions of history may fool people into believing this is actually what happened. He was concerned about the Netflix hit series The Crown. He felt the way it depicted the Royal Family might not be “appropriate” and that timelines and events were “massaged and altered” to assist the drama. This comes after the Queen’s ex-press secretary called imagined scenes “distasteful.” However accurate or otherwise such dramatised versions of real-life are, there is definitely a concern there about how near the truth such versions may be. They are, after all, created for entertainment and perhaps some periods of history, some lives, are just not that interesting for quite a large part of them. When there are occurrences (and, goodness me, the Royal Family had a year packed with them in 2019) then they tend to be the ones on which, quite naturally, dramatists focus. More worrying – which I think is John Sergeant’s point – is that there will be a large portion of any audience of this kind of 8

Churchill meets and chats to Londoners who give their opinion about the war which alters, or possibly cements, his own views. As a result, he makes an inspirational speech to Parliament.

However, researchers who observed people meeting in local government, public organisations, the police and health bodies found decision-making is actually very limited. These findings will be balm to all those harassed souls forced to attend endless meetings with their job. Furthermore, the researchers say that these meetings are often more like “therapy”, allowing people to air complaints, justify their job or clarify their own status. Brilliant! Some decisions are best taken by a very small number of purpose-driven individuals who will get on with what’s important. Ready for my 10 o’clock meeting? Sorry, it’s just not productive enough.

Apparently, there is no evidence that this ever happened. We don’t mind, though, because it is artistic licence and adds to the points being made about Churchill which were historically accurate. I suppose the problem is that most of us have either forgotten what we’ve learned of some specific period or event in history or are simply too lazy to find out the truth. We go with the version that entertains us, happily accepting that this “seems right” so it must be true, which is possibly dangerous naivety.

When meetings really take us nowhere I LOVE the latest findings about business meetings: that they may be more about status and showing off than actually getting anything done. According to academics from Malmo University and Lund University in Sweden, some managers spend more than half their working week in meetings.

YouTube is the go-to place for practical skills ARE you a Bake Off fan? I watch it sometimes but it always leaves me feeling hungry. I do love, though, Junior Bake Off because it’s not only inspirational but fascinating to witness the skills that these youngsters display with so much confidence. The latest winner was 13 year-old Finley Woodward. Far from having to be prised off his X-box, Finley plainly loved to cook and was absolutely amazing at it.


He learned his skills from his grandmother and from watching YouTube videos and, while the former seems so logical, us older types have had to come to terms with how people pick up new talents these days. In fact,YouTube is a fantastic tool. I’ve learned how to put my hair up in quite an enviable style, can now re-wire a plug and regularly watch “how to massage” videos purely for the relaxation. OK, it’s not Bake Off, but what other clip can make your eyelids shut and you feel totally relaxed. Oh, sorry, forgot Newsnight.

Cheers to the wine tasters – and good luck! I DON’T know about you but I’ve always been in awe of those wine buffs who really understand their subject.

Walliams’ wicked humour makes him top author DAVID Walliams may be a comedian but he is definitely laughing all the way to the bank as the writer of children’s books. The creator of Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress and Gangsta Granny has notched up sales of £100 million. This puts the Britain’s Got Talent judge into an exclusive bracket of children’s authors. Since he first started writing children’s literature in 2008, the former Little Britain star has written 25 books including seven picture books and four short story collections. Perhaps what helps the talented Walliams is that he now has a six year-old son but I’m sure what is equally important is his own quirky personality and lack of fear when it comes to performing in public. He’s worth a book in himself.

You know the type: they study the bottle before it’s even opened, pronounce on the year or the region in some knowledgeable way, swill the first mouthful lovingly around before swallowing and then talk about its nose or undertones. Now, research suggests that many so-called wine connoisseurs cannot tell one bottle from another. Food scientists at Oxford University had experienced tasters convinced they were sampling a delicious rose when they actually drinking a white wine – made from an entirely different grape but dyed pink with food colouring. Now, there is concern that wine snobs may not actually be able to distinguish one tipple from another by taste and aroma but are primarily driven by colour. In that case, minesh a red!

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JOHN SUCHET TAKES A DANUBE RIVER CRUISE WITH UNIWORLD I was a great fan of river cruises before I ever took one. There must be something to see every day. Was I right? There was only one way to find out, and the opportunity presented itself last October - a Danube River Cruise with Uniworld, on which I would give talks about Vienna, City of Music, also describe how the waltz came to Vienna, and introduce a concert in an ornate Viennese palace.

It got better. We went up on to the sundeck and sat round a table admiring the beautiful city of Budapest from the river. I spotted a waitress climbing the steps, one hand on the handrail, the other balancing a tray with six glasses of champagne. I wonder if she’d bring some for us, I thought. Smiling, she put the tray down and said: “I thought you

I decided to combine pleasure with business. For the last decade or so, every October I have had a reunion with my oldest friends in the world, fellow students I graduated with over half a century ago. We were at university in Dundee, so in past years bottles have been opened and consumed in Scotland’s great cities. This time, why not make it extra special, and toast our friendship aboard S.S. Maria Theresa, gliding gently along the Danube, surrounded by exquisite scenery you might almost be able to reach out and touch? It took a masterpiece of planning. Let me tell you how it began. My wife Nula and I had barely unpacked in our state room (cabins are so passé), when I received a text message: ‘We’re in the Habsburg salon.’ 10

Boat Exterior in Budapest

That was a hallmark of the trip. Impeccable service on a truly beautiful ship. The captain addressed us all on the first evening, and it was evident how proud he was of her. The S.S. Maria Theresa is done out in the style of the Empress she is named after. Luxurious, splendid, glass doors and walls, gilded mirrors and chandeliers. He acknowledged, in his welcome speech, that the state rooms were not large. How could they be on a river cruise ship which needed to negotiate some narrow passages of river and many locks? “But have you noticed the space underneath the bed?” There was a collective intake of breath. Bed coverings are so luxurious they reach the floor. It had not occurred to us to lift them up, to reveal a vast space underneath specially designed to take your suitcases. Clever.


Uniworld Lobby Our cruise began in Budapest and travelled west, via Bratislava and Vienna to Passau in Germany. Over the course of a week you see more variety than you could ever predict. Big city life in Budapest and Vienna. Small city life in Bratislava and Passau. Country life as you cruise down the Wachau Valley, Austria’s wine growing area. You want activity? Every day excursions were available - from city tours to walking tours and bike rides, from a visit to a winery to an exclusive visit to a saffron workshop. You want to stay nice and quiet? Just lounge on the sundeck or in your state room. You might want to join some of the more energetic tours, if only to work off the weight you put on in the restaurant. The food was exceptional, and just as the ship itself reflects life in the historic Habsburg Empire, so the food brings you a taste of the area the ship is in on that particular day. There is no doubt about it. Uniworld river cruises - from Portugal in the west to Russia in the east - are the height of luxury. Several experienced river cruisers told us they always travel Uniworld - with a knowing look and a comment along the lines of “You get what you pay for.” Yes, they are not cheap, but everything is included, and I mean everything. That means all food and drink. Not just wine

and soft drinks, but all drinks. That first tray of champagne is already paid for - so is very other drink you consume on the trip. Experienced Uniworld travellers know to pace themselves. Tips too are all included.You are not expected to tip, but several discreet handshakes were given for exceptional service.You really could leave your credit card at home. So was I right about river cruises? In a word yes, and now I really can speak from experience. The only problem: much as I love the cities of Scotland, next year’s reunion will have a lot to live up to.

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In a trust, the people who look after the property stated in the trust for the benefit of others are called trustees. The beneficiaries in a trust are those who will benefit from the property, assets, or investments passed into the trust.

What are the duties of trustees? As is the case with all trusts, the trustees owe a legal duty to the trust’s beneficiaries to manage and act in the beneficiaries’ best interests at all times. This means they must be dedicated, trustworthy, financially stable, and have decent administrative skills to continually maintain the property held in trust. If you’ve been named a trustee in a will, it’s likely you’ll often need the support and advice of legal experts to ensure your duties and responsibilities are carried out correctly.

Should I Set Up a Trust as Part of my Estate Planning? Ashley Marshall, Private Client Solicitor, Farleys Solicitors LLP Drafting a trust as part of your estate planning can be a tax-efficient way to divide and protect your assets for your beneficiaries, particularly if they are too young to make financial decisions. Generally we recommend, if you’ve inherited a large section of land or property, or have purchased one that you’d like to pass onto your family in the event of your death, a trust can be a smart and efficient option to ensure your wishes are carried out.

Trusts, in a nutshell, are a legal way for one or more people to benefit from an asset without being the named legal owner.

How can a trust protect my assets? A trust can protect your property and assets in a number of ways depending on the type of trust. In England and Wales, there are numerous main types of trusts which impact the trustees’ responsibilities, duties, and interests and also how the beneficiaries may receive the capital or income. The most common types of trusts are: •

Bare Trust - assets held in name of the trustee - a beneficiary can claim the capital and income at the age of 18 in England and Wales.

What are trusts?

• Interest in Possession Trust - the trustees must pass on all trust income to the beneficiary as it comes in.

A will trust, or a testamentary trust, is a provision within your will to allow you to protect your assets through named trustees, then at a time or event specified in the trust, assets can then be passed onto the named beneficiaries.

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Discretionary Trusts - where the trustees are empowered to make specific spending decisions at their behest for the benefit of anyone listed as a beneficiary


• Mixed Trusts – simply a combination of one or more type of trust. At Farleys, our team have experience handling and drafting a range of trusts, some with overseas assets. We can guide you through the estate planning process and help you decide if a trust is the best way to protect your assets.

Furthermore, a trust may come with specific instructions, conditions, or duties for both the beneficiary and the trustees. A beneficiary may for example need to be a specific age or meet other terms and conditions in order to receive the assets held in trust. Trustees may need to make sure the management of the assets is always done with the beneficiary in mind. Plus, they’ll need to make sure they meet the exact instructions specified in the trust to ensure their duties as a trustee have been carried out.

What’s the difference between a will and a trust? First, a trust can be part of a will but a will cannot be part of a trust. A trust may not always give the beneficiary a large lump sum all at once. Some trusts do, but not all. Generally, in a will, all of the assets are pooled and then divided among the beneficiaries for them to use as they see fit.

Being a trustee is a big responsibility that’s why when setting up a trust we recommend our clients think it over and select the best candidate. Trusts in England & Wales can be a complicated and time consuming process, even more

so once you add in the tax implications, but, as part of our estate planning service, we’ll walk you through the best course of action for your specific situation.

Contact an expert Farleys are a friendly, trusted, and straight talking local firm with over 60 years of experience serving clients across Lancashire. Our experienced staff can answer all of your questions regarding trusts and estate planning. We can help you to write your Last Will and Testament, and any trust specific to your needs, situation, and assets, in addition to advising you on inheritance tax - so you can make an informed decision about what you leave behind. Contact us on 01254 368 674 or email info@farleys.com for an initial free consultation.

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SIR CLIFF RICHARD CELEBRATING HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY FEW artists can lay claim to the kind of stellar career that Sir Cliff Richard has enjoyed – and even fewer can say they are still touring successfully.

been there for him for several decades. But the reality is that Sir Cliff has managed to keep in tune with the times very astutely throughout his long career.

He is, though, amazingly celebrating his 80th birthday this year (2020). And it’s probably no surprise that this celebration involves a new tour.

He is the only singer in the history of music to have a No.1 hit in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and 1990s. He is the third artist, after Elvis Presley and The Beatles, with the highest number of No.1 hits in the UK and more Top Ten hits than any other artist.

It is certainly a tribute to the man and his music that demand for The Great 80 Tour means that two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall have already been added and ticket demand is likely to be extremely high. It would be very easy to dismiss the bulk of those fans as being older – and he certainly has a great many loyal followers who have

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In 1989, he became the first British recording artist to release 100 singles with The Best of Me. Behind all the statistics, however, lies a genuine home-grown music legend who helped to build the UK’s music reputation over all those decades and since. The man

has musicality running right through his veins. That was all obvious to fans even when the young Cliff burst onto the rock ‘n roll world of the 1950s. Music was just moving away from the Sinatra crooning years and offered exciting possibilities to young fans across the world who were, finally, getting music that belonged just to them. Cliff Richard was young, good-looking and considered the UK’s answer to America’s Elvis. His first hit single Move It in 1958 appeared to confirm that and Cliff - with his quiffed hair, moody looks and sexy moves - soon became a screamable star at home and abroad.


He had a good voice and savvy management as he quickly moved into films in 1959 with Serious Charge in which he played a young tearaway, adding to his then “bad boy” image. He also sang Living Doll in this film, creating just one of his popular classics. The same year, he appeared in another film, Expresso Bongo, in which he prosaically, played a young singer at the start of his career. The Young Ones followed in 1961 and then in 1963 he and his backing group, The Shadows, made Summer Holiday. The wealth of hits from this feelgood film really helped cement his reputation in the home market and across the world. He made three more films – Finders Keepers in 1966, Two a Penny in 1967 and Take Me High in 1973 – which also pleased fans but by then Cliff was box-office gold wherever he went. Interestingly, Cliff was a great admirer of Elvis. “He was my idol from the beginning,” he has said. “Even today, when I’m alone, I’ll often put on the King Creole album. He’s produced the most exciting pop music sounds of all time.” For Cliff, We Don’t Talk Anymore in 1979 proved to be his best-selling single, notching up more than five million sales worldwide. Private Collection in 1988 was his best-selling album with almost two million copies sold. His reputation now settled into being a wholesome entertainer with fans across the age divide. Cliff was chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 with Congratulations and in 1973 with Power To All Our Friends. With the former, Cliff was beaten to the title by just one point when the Spanish entry – long forgotten – won. Ironically, Congratulations has endured to enjoy the same international popularity as Happy Birthday as a celebratory song. His long popularity has been underlined by a whole clutch of awards over the years. He won the British Record Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist n 1977,

the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1982 and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1989. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and as an integral part of British music culture. He is still recording and in October, 2019, collaborated on a duet, Samstag Nacht, with Howard Carpendale, and the album Symphonie Meines Lebens was released physically and digitally worldwide. Cliff Richard and the Shadows: The Best of the Rock ‘n Roll Pioneers was also released in November last year, focusing solely on Cliff’s output with The Shadows and featuring many of his top hits. Born in Lucknow, India, as Harry Rodger Webb, Sir Cliff always had a strong family with three sisters. He has never made a secret of the fact that he is a Christian and has been perceived by all, not just his fans, to have lived a wholesome life. This may explain the outcry in 2014 when his home was very publicly searched by

police following an historic allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Sir Cliff was questioned by police but not arrested and the allegation was subsequently dropped. His many fans were never in doubt of his innocence and his popularity remains undimmed. Although he has always been generous in praise of his pop peers throughout the decades, Sir Cliff’s own remarkable, record-breaking success has not always been acknowledged. As he stated himself: “My only gripe is when critics writing the history of rock ‘n roll leave me out altogether.

“I don’t subscribe to the view that if you’re not No.1 , it’s a failure. Maybe that’s why people disappear so quickly these days, because they have that attitude.” For Sir Cliff, entering his eighth decade still on-song and still entertaining the fans, longevity in the notoriously fickle world of pop is obviously just not an issue.

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Also check whether you have the right to remain in your property for life or until you need to move to long-term care, provided the property remains your main residence and you abide by the terms and conditions of your contract. It’s worth checking whether you have the right to move to another property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan and whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee”.You will also need to know what level of maintenance you’ll be expected to carry out and how often your property will be inspected – this could be every few years.

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EQUITY RELEASE? THESE days we have to look at a variety of ways to raise cash and ensure that our future will be secure and one popular way for anyone over 55 to do just that is via equity release, with research carried out by the Equity Release Council showing that 72% of homeowners over 45 questioned wanted to stay in their property for as long as possible, with 41% also looking to invest in home improvements. Equity release offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home, which can be released either as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: a home reversion and a lifetime mortgage. A HOME REVERSION involves you selling part or all of your home to a home reversion provider in return for a lump sum or regular payments.You have the right to continue living in the property until you die, rent-free, but you have to agree to maintain and insure it.

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You can ring-fence a percentage of your property for later use, possibly for inheritance - the percentage you retain will always remain the same, regardless of the change in property values, unless you decide to take further cash releases. At the end of the plan, your property is sold and the sale proceeds are shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership. You will get a lump sum or regular payments – normally between 20 per cent and 60 per cent of the market value of your home, or the part you sell. With home reversions, it’s worth checking whether or not you can release equity in several payments or in one lump sum and the minimum age at which you can take out a home reversion plan. Some providers insist you’re at least 60 or 65 before you can apply. Keep in mind the percentage of the market value you will receive. This will increase the older you are when you take out the plan but might vary from provider to provider.

The Money Advice Service explains that a LIFETIME MORTGAGE means that you take out a mortgage secured on your property, provided it is your main residence, while retaining ownership. You may be able to ring-fence some of the value of your property as an inheritance for your family or you can choose to make repayments or let the interest roll-up. The loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care. Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive and interest “rolls up” (unpaid interest is added to the loan), meaning the debt can increase quite quickly over a period of time. However, some lifetime mortgages do now offer the option to pay all or some of the interest. Some will let you pay off the interest and the capital. In the same way ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do lifetime mortgages, and if you’re looking at this option it’s worth knowing that the minimum age for this is usually 55. As we’re now all living longer, the earlier you start the more this is likely to cost in the long run.


The average borrower in their late 60s can usually borrow around 35% of the value of their home, but how much can be released is dependent on your age and the value of your property. The percentage typically increases according to your age when you take out the lifetime mortgage, while some providers might offer larger sums to those with certain past or present medical conditions. Many lenders offer interest rates which are fixed or, if they are variable, have a “cap” or upper limit which is fixed for the loan’s duration. Check whether the product has a “no negative equity guarantee” This means that, when your property is sold and agents’ and solicitors’ fees have been paid, even if the amount left is not enough to repay the outstanding loan to your provider neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more. Again, it’s also worth finding out if you have the right to move to another

property, subject to the new property being acceptable to your product provider as continuing security for your equity release loan, as different lifetime mortgage providers might have slightly different thresholds. Consider whether you can pay none, some or all of the interest. If you can make repayments, the mortgage will be less costly. However, with a lifetime mortgage where you can make monthly payments, the amount you can repay might be based on your income. Providers will have to check you can afford these regular payments. Look at whether you can withdraw the equity you’re releasing in small amounts, as and when you need it, or whether you have to take it as one lump sum. The advantage of being able to take money out in smaller amounts is you only pay the interest on the amount you’ve withdrawn. If you can take smaller lump sums, check if there is a minimum amount.

Overall, equity release might seem like a good option if you want some extra money and don’t want to move house, but it’s worth bearing in mind that equity release can be more expensive in comparison to an ordinary mortgage. In addition, it’s worth considering any additional changes taking out equity release could make to existing arrangements, with the potential to lose means-tested benefits being key among them. It’s also worth considering involving your family throughout the process, as any equity taken out of the home will impact their inheritance later down the line.

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ADAPTING 2020 IDEAS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME

so why not choose a colourful front door? Flank it with tall planters, a big quality doormat (well worth the investment) and luxury lighting overhead for a big welcome. De-clutter areas like this as much as possible: stow coats, umbrellas and shoes away so they don’t detract from this welcoming space. Getting rid of boxes, ugly cupboards or just piles of items in any room will really allow you to appreciate your home space and improve it. Ditch dated FURNITURE. If your old sofa in your living room makes you wince every time you look at it, invest in something new – or just new to you. The same for LIGHTING throughout the home. Nothing detracts from anywhere more than poor or old-fashioned lighting. New ones aren’t necessarily expensive but they can bring a room alive! Opt for CLASSIC interiors that don’t just pander to the latest fads but offer a minimalist palette that gives a high-end feel. Abstracts are going to be major force in the interior design world this season. Work with bold geometrics, hand-drawn sketches and blocks of colour around the home in décor that expresses your personality.

HOME décor is very much about personal taste but we all like to feel we are keeping up with contemporary trends, don’t we?

These are available online or in the shops and show how various shades complement and enhance each other.

So, our homes tend to be a blend of what we’ve always liked and what is currently available in the shops, stores and online. If something is promoted well as “this year’s trend” then we probably evaluate it.

Before you start any changes – even to buying major new items of furniture – it’s worth taking a holistic look at your home.

In other words, we look at whether it’s right for us and whether or not we feel we can comfortably live with it. However, style is very subjective and it’s always useful to know what is a New Year will bring to the market. For 2020, there are plenty of new ideas to appeal – and if you haven’t the finances for expensive items or makeovers, there are always ways to adapt them to your budget. The good news in 2020 is that there are plenty of styles to choose from, and plenty of shortcuts to take to achieve them. Devising a completely new COLOUR CODE for any room – or for your whole home – can be costly and may be hit and miss if you are simply trying to match up shades. Investing in a colour wheel can help.

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If you don’t think that this trend will fit entirely with your decor, try a taster with cushion covers in one room or a sketch you like in a quirky frame you might pick up in a charity shop. Stripped back style will continue from 2019 as a popular trend this year to give a happy, chilled-out space for relaxing and regenerating.


The new neutral colours are warming and calm to offer understated style with unfussy pieces. So take a serious look at that shelf of knick-knacks and decide whether you really want to look at them for another year! There is a shift away from cool grey with warmer neutrals like oatmeal and natural buff and beige to the fore. Natural pigments are also likely to be popular this year.

TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY STOVES

Layer up comforting CUSHIONS, throws, knits and faux furs to ensure any space is more inviting and cosy. The Winter is the ideal time for this look as you feel instant warmth here, however cold outside, and then this space is still fashionable for Spring. TEXTURES are big in 2020 – whether that’s a rich velvet, handsome leather or a warm wood. Go for furniture with rounded curves and fluid shapes to ensure a pleasant flow and use them centre-stage as a feature. Or go for a plush statement sofa to anchor your interior design theme around. Accessories need to be tactile, whether in natural wood, weaves or sculptured forms. Oriental prints are still popular for walls and echoed in soft furnishings. Keep the colour palettes soft though with that feeling of wellbeing and mindfulness coming through. After all, your home is a place where you want to feel good. Keep NATURAL LIGHT in mind wherever you are around the home but especially in the living room and kitchen. Look where it falls and see how the sun moves around your home. This will affect how the colours you use are perceived and can help you divide up your space for the various activities you want – watching TV, reading, socialising and relaxing. Create SOCIABLE SPACES where people can actually talk to each other happily. Two sofas facing each other, for example, offer a sociable space but keep the room scale in mind.You don’t want this to dominate or to look lost in a room. Have statement walls in contrasting colours to more neutral areas to make them stand out. And take a proper look at all your flooring. Does it enhance the room? Is it in a matching style or completely at odds? Does it offer flow from one room to the next? Is it comfortable?

We are an independent retailer of wood burning and multi fuel stoves Every customers needs are different from the next but all the customers we have worked for, have commented what a difference our ‘one stop shop’ makes not having to go through various tradesmen and companies. Meaning you get that special one to one working relationship not only with the people fitting the stove but with the same people you have purchased the stove from.

There are lots of reasonably priced floorings to be had, especially in natural woods, that provide a complete change for any room. Invest in cosy rugs if you feel this is too cold a look but make sure they are the right size and don’t upset the proportions of the room. Bear in mind though, that wood’s warm tones can easily provide an impressive backdrop for furniture and fittings. CURTAINS can bring a fresh design feel to any room but you may feel in need of a change to BLINDS. The latest looks are created to complement the contemporary home interior styles and well worth investigating. Updating INTERIOR DOORS is a simple way to give a modern look to the whole property. Dated BATHROOM accessories do the same here and don’t cost a fortune; new soft white towels and a few imaginative accessories will brighten the look here. The same applies to BEDROOMS. The latest calming colours and rich textures work well in here and promote deep sleep.So get rid of any clashing colours, buy a dimmer switch and prepare to enjoy your home for another year.

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Bold artwork can be centrepiece to any room but especially a living room. Don’t be afraid to display a large piece of artwork or even let it take over a room. A single picture, piece of artwork or quirky piece of furniture can create a focal point that really impresses everyone, and reflects your own personality and individual style.

Settle down and shop in peace at Vine Mill Furniture's showroom ACCRINGTON'S VINE MILL FURNITURE GIVES THE BIG RETAILERS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY WITH ITS HUGE COLLECTION, TOP DISCOUNTS AND RELAXED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.

In a smaller way, floral arrangements can also add warmth to any room but, like houseplants, do ensure they are in the right place for enough natural light and are well cared for. FLOORING is obviously important throughout the home but comes into its own in the colder months. While carpets add that something special and are warm and durable, don’t dismiss wood flooring as “cold”. ich, wooden flooring with a handsome grain not only gives distinction to rooms and is very practical but can reflect the glow of a fire to complement the general warmth. Add a cosy rug if you feel any room needs additional warmth but always ensure your flooring flatters your room’s colour palette. It’s worth having a look at all the latest flooring because this element of the home has come on so much in the last few years you’ll be amazed at the ranges and colours now on offer. CURTAINS can add to a room’s attraction all year round, especially lined and wellinsulated curtains in a warm colour. Opting for floor-length curtains can create an oasis of cosiness, especially when the weather is unpleasant outside, and full-length curtains can make a small room feel much larger. If you are a fan of BLINDS, they can also help with that lovely feeling that you are in your own home safe from the elements. Ask for advice from your local supplier to choose blinds that really enhance the different rooms in your home.

VINE Mill Furniture does things a little differently than its larger competitors, Mark Gerrard sales manager at Vine Mill, said "Several customers have commented on their relief at having only a couple of sales staff on our floor to advise them.

"There's lots of unusual pieces and carved antiquities mixed in with the more contemporary displays and this is what really sets us apart."

"When they've gone to other stores there have been seven or eight people on the floor, which can make them feel uneasy."

And the best bit? As a wholesaler to the big retailers Vine Mill Furniture can pass on these discounted prices to its customers - meaning buyers can save an impressive 30 to 40 percent off the retail price.

And so far, this 'no pressure' approach to customer service has proved successful for the family-run company. Instead of an intimidating sales presence, when you pop into the Brookside Street store, in Accrington, you'll find a friendly and relaxed service and will be left alone to browse the extensive collection. UNIQUE COLLECTION Vine Mill's building, which it relocated to almost two years ago, boasts 40,000 sq ft of retail space, across two floors, in which to display its selection of sofas, threepiece suites, beds, and much more. The stunning furniture shop is also home to some unique pieces that will add that special something to your house. Thanks to the owner's jet-setting ways, the store regularly stocks unusual pieces, from glasswork to woodwork, that have been inspired by trips abroad. "We're not like the standard stores you see on retail parks," said Mark.

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TOP QUALITY SERVICE The store also offers a 24-hour delivery service, which has been known to exceed expectations. "We've had situations where customers have bought a suite in the morning and had it in their home by the afternoon," explained Mark. "Whatever you see in store, Vine Mill will deliver within 24 hours." With customer service at the heart of everything it does, it's no surprise that business is booming. Check out the collections at Vine Mill Furniture, Brookside Street, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3PX. For more information visit vinemillfurniture. co.uk or call 01254 399906

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Italian chef and restauranteur known for his association with his British protégé Jamie Oliver and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their television series 'Two Greedy Italians'. Here we present recipes from his new book 'Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto'.

RIGATONI ALLA ZOZZANA This robust Roman recipe takes its name from zozza, which in Roman dialect usually means ‘dirty’, but in the case of this recipe means ‘rich’, because all sorts of ingredients are added. It’s a cross between the other classic Roman pasta dishes cacio e pepe and carbonara, and uses up all the typical leftovers, making it a substantial but extremely delicious dish. Serves 4 300 g/101/2 oz rigatoni pasta 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz pancetta, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz Italian pork sausage, skinned and crumbled 1 egg yolk 30 g/1 oz/scant 1/2 cup grated Pecorino, plus extra for sprinkling 2 tbsp single (light) cream sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a frying pan (skillet) set over a medium heat, add the onion and sweat for 1 minute. Add the pancetta and sausage meat, and sauté for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolk, grated Pecorino and cream, along with some salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Drain the cooked pasta, add to the pan with the pancetta and sausage meat, mix well and cook for 1 minute over a high heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the creamy mixture. Serve immediately, with an extra sprinkling of black pepper and Pecorino. 24


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MINESTRONE GENOVESE This soup was originally made with fresh homegrown produce and offered to sailors docking at Genova so that they could enjoy fresh food after being away at sea. Traditionally the vegetables were boiled and the soup was made so thick you could stand a spoon in it! If there was any left over, it was sliced and fried. My version is not so thick and I like to sweat the vegetables to obtain more flavour.That said, if your veggies are of the freshest homegrown quality, then simply boiling them will be fine.The addition of pesto gives this soup a lovely green colour, as well as the pungent flavour of basil. Serves 4-6 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 1 large carrot, finely chopped 1 small courgette (zucchini), cut into small chunks 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks 140 g/5 oz Swiss chard, finely chopped, including stalks 2 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and diced 1.5 litres/52 fl oz/6½ cups hot vegetable stock (bouillon) 1 x 400-g/14-oz can of borlotti beans, drained 120 g/4½ oz thick spaghetti pasta, broken into 5-cm (2-in) pieces 1 x quantity of Basil Pesto freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion, celery and carrot, and sweat for 2–3 minutes until softened. Stir in the courgette, potato, Swiss chard and tomatoes, and continue to sauté for 1 minute or so. Add the stock, season with some black pepper, then cover with a lid, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but not mushy. Stir in the borlotti beans and cook for 2 minutes. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, then add the spaghetti pieces. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Remove from the heat, let rest for about 3 minutes, then stir in the pesto and serve.

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PEPERONI RIPIENI DI PASTA Filled vegetables are very common throughout Italy and started off as a cucina povera dish to make the veggies go further, adding whatever ingredients were available. Commonly, (bell) peppers are baked and then filled and the addition of pasta makes this dish a very different and enjoyable way to eat our favourite Italian staple.When you first roast the peppers, make sure you do not overcook them – they need to be sturdy to be filled with the pasta mixture. I have used red and yellow peppers as they are sweeter, but you could use the green variety too, if you prefer.

Serves 4-6 6 mixed (bell) peppers (yellow and red) 300 g/10 ½ oz sedanini pasta or pennette (small penne) 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 garlic clove, left whole and squashed 4 anchovy fillets 20 black pitted olives 2 tsp capers 300 g/101/2 oz baby plum tomatoes, halved 10 basil leaves, roughly torn 125 g/41/2 oz mozzarella, cut into small cubes sea salt Preheat the oven to 200oC fan/220oC/425oF/gas mark 7.

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Slice the tops off the peppers and scoop out the seeds inside with a spoon. Replace the tops on the peppers to resemble little hats. Put them into a baking dish or onto a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes, until the peppers soften but are not mushy. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and anchovies, and sweat until the anchovies have melted. Add the olives, capers, tomatoes and basil, cover with a lid and cook over a medium–low heat for about 7 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft. Discard the garlic. Drain the pasta and add to the tomato sauce, mixing well to combine over a high heat for a minute or so. Remove from the heat, then stir in the mozzarella. Reduce the oven temperature to 180oC fan/200oC/400oF/gas mark 6. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil into a baking dish. Place the peppers in the dish and fill them with the pasta mixture, covering them with their little ‘hats’. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to rest for a couple of minutes, then serve.


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LINGUINE AL CARTOCCIO CON GAMBERI E PESTO This light pasta, steam-baked with king prawns (jumbo shrimp), will surely delight your guests as they open their parcels of delicious goodness! Steam-baking is not only a feast for the eyes, but a lovely light way of cooking that locks all the flavours in. I have used ready-foiled parchment paper, but if you can’t find it, use a sheet of parchment paper inside a sheet of foil and make sure you wrap tightly so that none of the juices can escape during cooking. Serves 4 150 ml/5 fl oz/ 2/3 cup Basil Pesto (see page 168 or use a readymade variety) extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 8 raw king prawns (jumbo shrimp), cleaned 125 ml/4 fl oz/½ cup white wine

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices of lemon and a few basil leaves, to garnish Preheat the oven to 180oC fan/200oC/400oF/gas mark 6.

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Bolton Market has it all.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for half of the cooking time stated on the packet. Drain well, mix with half of the pesto sauce and set aside. Spread 4 x foil-lined parchment paper sheets out on your work surface (foil-side down) and drizzle each with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Divide the linguine into 4 portions and place a portion on each sheet, top each with 2 king prawns, followed by the remaining pesto and a little salt and pepper. Drizzle white wine over each portion and a little extra-virgin olive oil. Wrap the parcels well, place on a baking sheet and bake in the hot oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve each parcel on an individual plate withBolton a slice of lemon Council each and a few basil leaves to garnish. Extracted from Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto by Gennaro Contaldo. Photography Adriana Contaldo.

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WHAT'S ON A GUIDE TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR REGION ... 7TH MARCH FIRST NIGHT OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY PROMS

The versatility and expert playing of award winning Wingates Band will be in evidence and with their famous entertaining style in a varied programme celebrating many genres of music, including brass favourites, light classical and swing. St Peters Church, Ribchester Road, Salesbury, BB1 9HU, 01254 384893

11TH MARCH STEPHEN BAILEY

Stephen Bailey has made a name for himself for being a little gossip – but this year he’s grown up and decided to have a conversation with you (but a funny one – he’s still Channel 5’s darling) – about everything that is going on in the world.

29TH FEB - 1ST MAR SPECTACULARFEST 3

ALL PROFITS GOING TO EAST LANCASHIRE HOSPICE Spectacularfest 3 comes to King George's Hall on Saturday 29th February 2020 at 6pm with 9 sensational acts and a DJ, with all profits going to the East Lancashire Hospice. Early bird tickets are priced at £10 and are available until 1st February 2020, at which point tickets will be £15 advance and £20 on the door. Tickets available at Blackburn Visitor Centre, The Drummers Arms and The Rock Box as well as online. King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA

29TH FEB PINK FLOYDIAN

Pink Floydian are one of the finest and most authentic Pink Floyd tributes in the UK, having received praise for their incredibly accurate renditions and authentic stage show, which sees them performing classic moments from 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn', 'Obscured by Clouds', 'A Saucerful of Secrets', 'More', 'Meddle', 'Dark Side of the Moon', 'Animals', 'Wish You Were Here', 'The Wall', 'The Final Cut', 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' and 'The Division Bell' during this two hour musical extravaganza. The Muni, Albert Road, Colne Lancashire, BB8 0AE, 01282 661234

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Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen, BB3 3BU, dlt@blackburn.gov.uk

14TH MARCH CLOUDBUSTING – THE MUSIC OF KATE BUSH

6TH MARCH AN AUDIENCE WITH CANNON AND BALL

Legendary comedy duo - Cannon and Ball bring their own magical and unique brand of humour to The Muni Theatre. The first half of the show will feature 45 minutes of unforgettable ‘Cannon and Ball’ classics, as this hilarious double act perform some of their legendary sketches and routines. During the second half of the show, Tommy and Bobby concentrate on tales of their vast career, before opening up the mic to the audience for a Questions and Answers section. This magical and intimate ‘close and upfront’ evening is sure to be a treat for comedy fans of all ages. The Muni, Albert Road, Colne Lancashire, BB8 0AE, 01282 661234

Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK. Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen, BB3 3BU, dlt@blackburn.gov.uk

20TH MARCH CLINTON BAPTISTE: THE PARANORMALIST RETURNS

As seen on PETER KAY’S PHOENIX NIGHTS… The world- renowned clairvoyant, medium and psychic is back! Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen, BB3 3BU, dlt@blackburn.gov.uk


20TH MARCH THE SIXTIES INVASION

This stunning, must-see show features a sensational line-up of musicians delivering a show that exceeds expectations on every level. Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch take you on a magical roller coaster ride to the most exciting musical time in history, with endless hits from the 60s and early 70s when pop’s greatest decade came to life! Hear all their classics and Top 10 hits, including ‘The Legend of Xanadu’, ‘Hideaway’, 'Hold Tight', ‘Bend It’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Touch Me’ and 'Zabadak'. The Muni, Albert Road, Colne Lancashire, BB8 0AE, 01282 661234

22ND MARCH MICHAEL PORTILLO - LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES

This special event will see Michael talk about his remarkable life, told with considerable flair and humour. Audience questions are an important part of the event, so come prepared. A lively and fascinating afternoon not to be missed! The Muni, Albert Road, Colne Lancashire, BB8 0AE, 01282 661234

27ND MARCH THE COUNTERFEIT SIXTIES

This special event will see Michael talk about his remarkable life, told with considerable flair and humour. Audience questions are an important part of the event, so come prepared. A lively and fascinating afternoon not to be missed! Blackburn Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Ewood, Blackburn BB2 4HT, 01254 685500

28ND MARCH NAC CENTENARY CONCERT

Talented musicians and singers of all ages from across East Lancashire join forces in a concert to celebrate the centenary of the National Association of Choirs during its conference weekend.The celebrated 2nd Rossendale Scout Band along with some 300 voices from seven choirs – men’s, women’s, mixed and youth – will perform individually and en masse in a programme of favourites old and This is a not-to-be-missed event for all fans of brass bands and choral singing, and all profits will go towards supporting the East Lancashire Hospice’s invaluable services. King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA, 01254 582579

8TH MAY VE DAY 75 A CONCERT TO REMEMBER

This official concert for the Ribble Valley in the national programme of events will pay tribute to the local people who took part in WWII through their shared experiences on recent video recordings specifically for this event plus music of the era, readings and big screen video of local and national events making this a defining occasion. All tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to St Michael and St Johns Church. Old School Rooms, Lowergate, Clitheroe BB7 1AD, 01254 384893

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ANDY SALMON: A JOURNEY THROUGH CONFLICT ANDY Salmon, the last British General in Basra, was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and his father was a publican in East Lancashire.

“I’ve been in many conflict zones all over the world and have always found great music, poetry and art to be a good medium to open the soul and mind. “When you are negotiating in difficult situations, creating the right environment and getting people to relax can sometimes be a precursor to help create the right atmosphere for a much more optimistic scenario.

Tony Dewhurst talks to the former Royal Marines Commandant General who is returning to Clitheroe in February to reflect on an emotional personal journey via three life-changing tours of war-torn Iraq and a highly distinguished military career. STEAMING towards the Falkland Islands, Andy Salmon stood on deck of the ocean liner Canberra and stared down into the depths of the murky South Atlantic. “It was a clear moonlit evening and as if from nowhere a Royal Navy frigate eased alongside, and the sailors were lining the decks,” he recalled. “They lifted their caps and cheered, and then the frigate accelerated away into the night, leaving behind a churn of foam in the sea. “It sent a chill down my spine and I knew then that we were going to war.” He adds: “When we left England, I didn’t think anybody thought we’d get past the Isle of Wight before the politicians had found a resolution.” Salmon admits what he experienced as a young officer during the 1982 Falklands campaign had a profound effect on his life. “We yomped (walked with full kit) across the Falklands and were trapped in a minefield for six hours. “I saw a great friend blown up in front of me.” He adds: “The savagery of modern warfare is a terrible thing - those experiences stay with you for a lifetime.” Salmon’s first tour of Iraq was a humanitarian operation to rescue the Kurds from the mountains following Saddam Hussein’s brutal response to an armed rebellion at the end of the Gulf War in 1991. He said: “I was 31 when I went to Iraq for the first time, a young man in command of a unit with a great responsibility. “That was hugely fulfilling, though, helping save many lives from disaster. “Then I worked for the Americans in the Green Zone in Baghdad, after the invasion of 2003.” His final Iraqi posting was as the last Commanding General of Coalition Forces in South Eastern Iraq (2008-09), paving the way for the British forces to return home. “The world seems to have gone crazy since 9/11, but that was the biggest experience of my life,” he said. His powerful message, though, is one of redemption and hope and was the reason he decided to share his stories to inspire peace and reconciliation. 30

“In Basra, part of that was by bringing people of different faiths together using music, food and culture as a medium. “I brought the Royal Marines band in armoured vehicles to conduct the Christmas Carol Service in Basra.” Salmon’s grandfather was a commando in the Second World War - but it was his father, a publican, who proved to be his greatest mentor. “Dad had a real sense of social conscience and there was a brutal honesty about our upbringing when dad ran that pub,” he said. “The pub was rough, sometimes violent, but that environment made me more socially adaptable, and provided that extra resilience and determination I’ve used in many challenging situations. “I had a mistrust of authority as a teenager and sometimes you look into your own abyss before finding a different pathway.” He added: “I’ve really fond memories of Clitheroe, though. “It was a busy life – school, sport, music and working in my father’s pub. “I remember the brutal cross-country runs up Pendle Hill, playing football in the first team and singing in the choir. “Clitheroe holds a lot of fond memories and it will be my first visit there for 40 years.” Andy Salmon: Journey Through Conflict, February 12, 2020. Grand Theatre, Clitheroe. 01200 421599, www.thegrandvenue.co.uk


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