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WELCOME SPRING 2011 A
s Royal wedding fever grips the nation we’ve decided to devote this edition to all things royal as a timely and fitting tribute to the big day. Packed full of “Royal” features, fashion, news and reviews, this regal treat has everything you need to know about the city this season. For the girls get ahead in the fashion stakes with our tips on the hot trends guaranteed to seal your status as a fashion princess. Guys be the King of cool with our guide to clothes, gadgets and gizmos. Get the low-down on Coventry city centre’s cream of the regal crop as we plan your perfect Royal wedding and after all that planning indulge yourself in choco-heaven with our guide to a cracking Easter. Meet Coventry’s next top models as they make their debut as our majestic cover stars and celebrate the City’s talent as we catch up with King of the Dancefloor Paul Morell and Queen of the dance schools Jill Freeman as she prepares her school for Britain’s Got Talent. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Dawn from Nuleaf Florists, Susan Graley Wedding Gowns, Nigel James Dress Wear, Diane and Elspet from Renaissance Hair & Beauty, Marcus from St Mary’s Guildhall, Ed from Debenhams and Paul Gilroy Photography for all their help with our photo-shoot.
4 Keeping you up to date with what’s hot and happening
10 S ophisti-Kate – Girls, it’s this season’s must have fashion 11 H e Will! – Boys, smarten up, you’re looking good! 12 Little Gems – Kids fashion fit for any prince or princess
14 A White Royal Wedding – Coventry’s own Royal wedding 15 Will You? – Propose in style 16 R egal Grandeur – Perfect wedding venues 18 Jewel in the Crown – It’s time to start the party 20 P rincess Bride – Our pick of the most exquisite wedding dresses
21 Q ueen of all Mothers – Make sure your mother makes a statement this season
Have a cracking Easter…until next time…enjoy!
22 P rince Charming – Suits you sir! Essential suits to get you noticed
24 E xquisite Blooms – Stunning flowers for any royal occasion 25 Icing on the Cake – Sumptuous cakes designed to melt any palate
26 Imperial Beauty – Look beautiful this Spring 27 Royal Polish – Guys it’s time to scrub up 28 C rowning Glory – Get this season’s must have hair 29 Q ueen of the Night – Lingerie guaranteed to make any
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30 A right royal knees up! – Your final night of freedom – enjoy! 32 E nchanted – And the bride and groom lived happily
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34 R oyal Retreats – The perfect honeymoon destinations 36 C oventry, a Royal City – Historic royal moments in our
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40 Royal Rascals – Meet our new cover stars 42 Fit for a King – Essential gadgets and gizmos 44 Cracking Banquets – A royal feast, perfect for Easter 46 B y Royal Appointment – Freeman Dance, our latest dance sensations
48 K ing of the Dance floor – Up close and personal with
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nEWS NEWS | COVENTRY
Live site launch
All kinds of
tocking a myriad of the wonders of wildlife from boa constrictors and corn snakes, bearded dragons and crested geckos to beetles, scorpions and spiders! KBN Reptiles owners Brian Cochrane and Katie Hodgkins have been planning the opening of their shop for over a year and have now found the perfect premises to develop their business in the city centre. As well as the livestock available, the shop will also sell food and reptile housing and everything needed for the animals in store. Brian also plans to host kids reptile parties which will allow them to handle and learn about stick insects, snakes and many more!
illennium Place will soon have a brand new attraction to catch the eyes and minds of passers by. A huge 25 metre screen will adorn the wall of the Transport Museum and will be used to show a whole host of presentations, including local event listings and community events as well as giving the public a chance to use interactive applications using an integrated camera system.
The screen’s main aim is to keep the public up to date with Olympic and Paralympic events and will also show major broadcast events, news, sport and music. The screen is one of 20 dotted around the country and it is hoped its presence will have Millennium Place buzzing with live audiences. The project has been brought together with support from the BBC, LOCOG and Coventry City Council.
KBN Reptiles, City Arcade, Coventry, Tel: 024 7623 1166 www.kbnreptiles.co.uk
Walking the walk One of Coventry’s best known shoe stores, Deichmann shoes, has undergone a major store refit and now offers an even greater choice of footwear for men, women and children to choose from.
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Deichmann is Europe’s largest footwear retailer selling the latest fashion at prices which can’t be beaten. As well as stocking their own brands such as Graceland along with 5th Avenue and Catwalk, the store also
carries a huge range of famous sportswear brands including Nike, Adidas, Puma and Fila. With an enormous range of styles and designs to choose from, Deichmann continues to make strides in the footwear fashion stakes.
Deichmann Shoes, Broadgate, Tel: 024 7663 4249.
NEWS | COVENTRY
Walk like an Egyptian T
he Herbert Art Gallery will be showcasing some of the best displays and collections ever brought together, highlighting many of the myths and truths surrounding ancient Egypt. “Secret Egypt” is a brand new blockbusting exhibition with over 200 of the finest Egyptian objects and artefacts from many of the most important collections throughout the country. Included in these are an amazing Colossus statue from the British Museum, a rare Queen Nefertiti head, crocodile mummies and a
gold pendant, which was amazingly discovered by archaeologists in the hands of an ancient thief trapped in a collapsed tomb! The exhibition will display many treasures previously unseen by the public and will bring in a collection of the rarest objects from Manchester University Museum, The Birmingham Museum collections and Bolton Museum, which have never before been viewed as a single exhibition. February 11th – 5th June Jordan Well Contact: 024 7629 4774
Success! Squirrel Sweet K
ne of the Coventry’s best known pubs has undergone a second recent refurbishment and now believe they have found that missing ingredient that sets them apart from everyone else in the city. With a new interior layout and stylish décor, the Squirrel offers up somewhere to relax and wine & dine throughout the week.
Boasting a new look food menu with a sumptuous choice of grills, pastas and salads to name but a few and also authentic tapas available from 3pm onwards, there really is something for everyone. The Squirrel also has a function room and “Shai’s bar” available for hire, making it the perfect place to hold business lunches and meetings, or simply to come and meet up with friends and chill. The Squirrel, Greyfriars Lane, Tel: 024 7662 7300
itty’s sweets and balloons has opened up its doors and is proving a huge success as a haven for sweet and treat fans of all ages. Kitty’s offers the chance for both the young and old to discover and rediscover some sugary treats from years gone by. Whether you’re fond of old school favourites like cola cubes, flying saucers and aniseed twists, or more traditional flavours such as rhubarb and custard through to bon-bons, this treasure trove has got the lot and can even provide specially filled “Retro gift hampers”... the perfect present! Owner Helen Wickett opened the store after moving from an established position in Bulkington and describes the move as “the best decision I have ever made!” Kitty’s also specialises in gift balloons and party
treats for any occasion, be it a special birthday, a wedding anniversary or a graduation surprise, you’ll find exactly what you need in store. 20 City Arcade, Coventry city centre, Tel: 024 7767 6434
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n EWS In NEWS | COVENTRY
-Spire-ing! Coffee tots in The Independent newspapers Top 50 bars for 2011, sitting proudly alongside many of the UK’s swankiest venues.
city centre bar has gained national recognition after being named in an exclusive list of some of the country’s coolest nightspots. Inspire Cafe Bar, situated beneath the impressive Christchurch Spire in New Union Street has been a favourite hangout for residents and visitors to Coventry for a decade and has just been named 28th
Described as “Coventry’s best kept secret” Inspire was recognised for its unique setting and in particular for its helpful staff. The experts labelled the bar as a “tiny gem of a venue infusing rustic European charm with contemporary ambience”. Landlord Mick Leape was delighted to have made the list adding, ”it was great to be recognised and we were particularly touched that the staff got a mention as they are always doing their very best to help.” With a fantastic choice of European beers, wide ranged menu, live music and beer tasting nights topped off with fantastic service, Inspire is certainly worthy of its place in such esteemed company. Inspire bar, New Union Street Tel: 024 7655 3355
Wedding-Fair One of our favourite independent city centre retailers, Craft Culture continues to bring fair trade goods to the shoppers of Coventry. The store now has an incredible array of wedding accessories, ideal for brides to be. All the pieces are handmade by “Touch of India” in Delhi which works mainly with Muslim minorities and uses traditional embroidery techniques such as Kantha embroidery, Zardozi and Aari work and the entire sequin and bead embroidery is done by
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hand, making the work in the new range extremely delicate and highly skilled. Included in the collection are a wedding album, clutch bags, ring boxes and a handbag mirror which make perfect bridal accessories. Craft Culture personally import their products from across the globe, ensuring they lead the way in the sale of Fair Trade goods. Craft Culture Sherbourne Arcade 024 7655 3673
illed as a place for parents with young children to come and meet up, enjoy a coffee and a chat, Coffee Tots has been set up by a registered Christian charity and run by parents who understand the challenges of raising young children. The group had previously been run as 3 Spires Tots, a monthly toddler group, at Holy Trinity Church for 2 years before they struck on the idea of a permanent base within the city, allowing new parents and children to meet on a more regular basis. With affordable fair trade drinks and snacks available, Coffee Tots provide a relaxing cafe environment for the parents and has a play and craft area for the children to enjoy throughout the week between 9:30am – 3:15pm. Coffee Tots, 11 City Arcade www.coffeetotscoventry.co.uk
oventry fashionistas have long since known about the much admired clothing store where the latest and greatest labels can be found.
The store has been a favourite amongst trend setters for over two decades, stocking universally known brands such as Nike SB, Addict, VANS, Levis and Puma. Kong now has a new extended edition in their upstairs ADIDAS department, stocking the absolute must have treads and threads the iconic brand now carries.
The Burges, Coventry city centre Tel: 024 7652 0972
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ACCOMMODATION NIGHTLIFE ATTRACTIONS SHOPPING EATING OUT
Le Mans comes to Coventry L
e Mans Through The Ages is an exhibition which celebrates the cars, the drivers and the stories which together make up the history of this extraordinary annual event. Le Mans 24 is possibly the most legendary endurance motor racing event in the world and is seen by many as the race that has continued to influence the styling and technology of racing vehicles
throughout its history. The exhibition serves up the ideal opportunity to get right up close to some of the actual vehicles that have undertaken the challenge of the 24 hour race, including such iconic cars as the 1955 Jaguar D-type, the 1970 Lola T297 and 1987 Porsche 962 which are both owned by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. There is also the chance to see more modern classics such
as a 2002 Audi R8 Le Mans and the Spyker C8 Double. A competition to win tickets to Le Mans 2011 is running alongside the gallery, courtesy of Peugeot UK and to be in with a chance of winning get yourself along to the Transport Museum for this truly once in a lifetime event. Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place Tel: 024 7623 4270
uleaf Florists offer stunning, exquisite and affordable flowers for any occasion. Regarded as one of the leading florists in Coventry and Warwickshire, Nuleaf’s commitment to providing a dedicated customer service experience for its customers is second to none. Launching their exclusive Royal Signature range which includes luxurious romantic and contemporary bouquets and hand tied flowers all personally selected by highly qualified staff ensures that everyone can now have the royal wedding experience at a fraction of the cost! Nuleaf Florists also offer an extensive selection of arrangements, corsages, 3D tributes and bespoke floristry.
NEWS | COVENTRY
Top of the
igh street favourite Topshop has undergone a major refit just in time for the Spring/ Summer collections to hit the streets. Topshop has long led the way in High street looks, thanks largely to stocking ranges from supermodel Kate Moss in recent years. With their new spring range from studio label Rare Opulence in store and their “Swedish Summer” lines available, Topshop will once again be leading fashion trends throughout the city. Topshop, Broadgate, Coventry city centre, Tel: 024 7623 1969
Nuleaf Florists, 4 New Union Street, Coventry city centre, Tel: 024 7622 0022, www.nuleaf-florists.co.uk
Everyday’s a Bayley’s! B
ayley’s wine bar has expanded on its live music venue status with the introduction of further themed mid week and weekend entertainment. Kicking off with “Jazz and Jam” night on Tuesdays, expect live music at its best. Wednesday’s are “Emergency services night” where once a month emergency
service workers are invited to meet, listen to live music and strut their stuff to the latest sounds. “Live in your living room” takes centre stage on Thursdays with the sound of jazz, funk and soul and on Friday’s it’s “Coventry Live night” with the best in live music from the Coventry music scene. “Slinky Saturday’s” revs up your weekend with dance, R&B and drinks promotions and
“Smooth Sundays” takes it down a notch with jazz duets, candles and an atmospheric ambience. Bayley’s is also available to hire FREE for functions and private parties. Bayley Lane, Coventry city centre, Tel: 024 7663 3757
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FASHION | WOMENS
Sophisti...Kate! C asual wear and sharp tailoring collide to create smart, daytime looks which are easily transferable to the most sophisticated evening event. Pastel shades are perfect for carrying you from the icy, winter months into the bold, vibrant and warm shades of summer. Team your feminine style with oversized, boyish statement pieces to confirm your status as a fashion princess.
Marks & Spencer Dress £69 Belt £29.50
River Island Kenya Blazer Kenya Shorts £32.99 Bobby Denim Shirt Baryo Leather Bag £54.99
Marks & Spencer Jacket £59 Shorts £39 Top £22
Monsoon Agate Orange Maxi Dress £65
River Island Mollie Dress £49.99 Liana Platforms £64.99
Marks & Spencer Jacket £69 Trousers £55
New Look Light Pink Lace Up Sandal with Raffia Heel £39.99
Debenhams Faith Dori Strap Platform Shoe £70
Accessorize Bow Clutch £25
River Island Farida Blazer Kate Spotty Dungarees £44.99 Red Bow Platforms £69.99
Debenhams EB by Erickson Beamon Cluster Ring £12
Accessorize Glass Ring £12 Debenhams EB by Erickson Beamon Bead & Shell Stretch Bracelet £18
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New Look White Shirt £24.99 Pastel Blue Knit Jumper £24.99 Ditsy Pring Shorts £17.99
New Look Heart Charm Bracelet £5.99
MENS | FASHION
He-Will! L ook like a King with refined, tailored pieces with a strong nautical theme, bang on trend for cool guys this season. Combine shades of navy, white and grey with sharp yet laid back style... perfect for home or away.
Marks & Spencer Autograph Shirt £25 Sartorial Blazer £129 Blue Harbour Luxury Chino Shorts £25 Collezione Belt £25
Debenhams Shirt £30 T Shirt £12 Chinos £30
River Island Republic Soul Cal Cardigan £39.99
Next Watch £20
Debenhams Jacket £75 T Shirt £18 Chinos £35 Capri Deck Shoes £65
New Look Red & Blue Striped Tee £9.99 Blue Hooded Mac £34.99 Blue Shorts £12.99 White Plimsolls £17.99 Watch £12.99
Marks & Spencer Autograph Polo Shirt £25 Collezione Blazer £99 Blue Harbour Luxury Chinos £35 Boat Shoes £39.50 Trilby Hat £18
Debenhams Maine Shoes £45
Marks & Spencer
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FASHION | KIDS
Little Gems F
ashion Queens take note... this season, pastel, feminine shades take centre stage. Patterned dresses teamed with delicate sandals make perfect day wear for girls. For boys, take the lead from the men with nautical and casual layering… a perfect combination for any little Prince.
New Look Navy & White Striped Shirt £8.99-£9.99 Navy Jacket £15.99 Denim Shorts £11.99 Checked Velcro Trainers £6.99
Primark Lace Floral Dress £7 Pointelle Cardi £6 Ballerina Pumps £5
Marks & Spencer Indigo T Shirt £8 Harrington Jacket Limited Collection Shorts from £12 Espadrilles from £10
New Look Butterfly Print Maxi Dress £21.99 Cream Lace Waistcoat £11.99 Bronze Pendant £7.99 Gold & Cream Bangle Stack £4.99 Tan Lace Up Gladiator Sandals £16.99 New Look Pink Bird Print Dress from £16.99 Cream Flat Brogues £8.99 Floral Head Band £4.99
Marks & Spencer Trainers £12
Marks & Spencer Indigo T-Shirt from £10 Indigo Shorts from £13 Boat Shoes from £14 Accessorize Jewel Sandal £22
Marks & Spencer Autograph Dress from £25 Sandals from £8
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New Look Navy Jersey Jacket from £11.99 Grey Logo T Shirt from £6.99 Dark Blue Jeans from £11.99 Socks, Boots & Sunglasses (stylists own) Checked Shirt from £8.99 Navy Faded Shirt from £6.99 Red Jeans from £11.99 Trainers (stylists own)
FEATURES | WEDDING
Wedding As royal wedding fever grips the country, preparations are now in full swing for the nuptials of Prince William and his beautiful bride to be Kate Middleton. As a tribute to this special occasion and to celebrate Coventryâ€™s royal connections we took our own Will and Kate on a journey through the daunting process of planning a wedding. From the proposal through to the Honeymoon each step is covered to show how you too can have a right Royal wedding at a fraction of the cost! Wedding dress Susan Graley 161 -162 Spon Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 1450 www.weddinggownsbysusan.com Grooms Suit and Accessories Nigel James Dress Wear 69 Corporation Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 2341 www.nigeljames.co.uk Bridesmaids dress, shoes, tights and tiara Boys suits, shirts and cravat Debenhams Smithford Way, Coventry Tel 0844 561 6161 www.debenhams.com Boys shoes Shoe Zone 28 Hertford Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 3943 www.shoezone.com Flowers Nuleaf Florists 4 New Union Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 0022, www.nuleaf-florists.co.uk Hair by Elspet at Renaissance Hair & Beauty Broadgate House, 320 Broadgate Coventry Tel 024 7622 0694 www.renaissancehair.co.uk Make up by Diane at Renaissance Hair & Beauty Broadgate House, 320 Broadgate Coventry Tel 024 7622 0694 www.renaissancehair.co.uk
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THE PROPOSAL | FEATURES
Follow our tips and
your proposal will be fit for any Princess!
It’s one of life’s most stressful times for any man, the daunting proposal... What to choose? How much to spend? Do I ask her father’s permission first? Where do I propose? The list is endless…
18ct Gold 1/4 Carat Diamond Seven Stone Eternity Ring £499 H Samuel
Test the Waters – Before you propose, the two of you should talk about the possibility of getting married. Make sure it’s something that you both want and agree on major issues such as children. You don’t want her to be taken completely off guard, as such a proposal is almost certainly guaranteed to elicit only a hesitating yes, if not a, “I’ll have to think about it!”
We asked James Harrison, Director of Francis & Gaye Ltd, Cathedral Lanes for his top tips on the trends for engagement and wedding rings this season... “Single stone diamonds in platinum or white gold still remain the most popular engagement rings this season. For wedding rings we have found that with metal prices being so high there has been an increase in popularity for Palladium style rings, especially for the Grooms.”
Make it a Surprise – Even though you have discussed getting
Platinum Diamond Cluster Ring £5900 Francis and Gaye
married, the marriage proposal itself should still be a surprise. Find a moment and a way that she won’t be suspecting.
Be Prepared – Saying, “Will you marry me?” is quite a
daunting experience and one that leaves many proposers completely tongue-tied! So practice! It might feel silly, but say the words out loud a few times. You might also want to write down exactly what you’re going to say, to make sure you come off as smooth and confident.
9ct White Gold Cubic Zirconia Wave Ring £49.99 H Samuel
Talk to Her Parents – Although sometimes considered old fashioned there is still something nice and respectful about asking for the parents blessing.
Wedding bands 9ct, 14ct, 18ct, 22ct gold (in all colours) as well as Palladium and Platinum starting from £125 Francis and Gaye
Links Of London Sweetie Bracelet £110 Francis and Gaye
Find The Right Engagement Ring! – Wearing an engagement ring is a lifetime commitment, make sure it’s the right style. You might find an opportunity to window shop for rings when you are walking past a store, or bring it up in conversation. You can also ask her mother or best friend to help choose the ring.
9ct White Gold Diamond and Tanzanite Ring £229 H Samuel Ladies Longines Prima Luna Watch £650 Francis and Gaye
Be Creative – Incorporate her personality, her favourite things, what foods she likes into the proposal. Make it memorable.
Pick a Personal Spot – Think about your favourite romantic places – choose a meaningful spot to pop the question. A favourite park, a romantic meal, it doesn’t have to be expensive! Just don’t ask her in the middle of the supermarket! 18ct White Gold 1 Carat Forever Diamonds Ring £5999 H Samuel
Emporio Armani classic watch £299 Francis and Gaye
Tell Her Why You Want to Marry Her – Don’t just utter
those 4 little words, tell her why she’s the one for you. Unlike the royal couple you may not have the luxury backdrop of Kenya as you get down on one knee but she won’t care as she’s bagged her own Prince Charming! Rotary Aquaspeed Men’s Chronograph Black Dial Bracelet Watch H Samuel
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FEATURES | VENUES
hoosing the right location for your special day is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Whether you’re planning a spectacular traditional white wedding or something smaller and more intimate or unique... Coventry has a diverse range of venues to suit every budget, all guaranteed to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Coventry Register Office
St Mary’s Guildhall
A Manor House has stood on the site of the register office since the 13th century and today, the original timber framed gatehouse is still in use for ceremonies. There are two rooms within the building to choose between, The Black Prince Room which can hold up to 50 guests and also The Register Office Room which can accommodate 25. This is the oldest building in Britain still in use as a register office and remains the perfect setting for smaller, more intimately sized wedding parties.
St Mary’s Guildhall is one of the finest surviving medieval guildhalls in the country and one of the most important historic sites in the city of Coventry. Boasting a prime city centre location, there are a choice of 3 magnificent rooms available catering from 40 up to 180 guests. Choose between The Great Hall, The Undercroft or Draper’s Room. St. Mary’s Guildhall combines classic elegance and romance for your wedding ceremony.
Manor House Drive Coventry CV1 2ND Tel: 024 7683 3141 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 024 7683 3328 Fax: 024 7683 3329 E-mail: email@example.com
Holy Trinity Church
The Britannia Hotel Coventry Coventry Cathedral
Holy Trinity Church is the ideal setting for the traditional white wedding that every bride dreams of. Set against a stunning backdrop of 12th century architecture and a wealth of history and romance, Holy Trinity is also one of the largest churches in the region, ensuring there is the chance for every single member of your friends and family to share your most magical day.
The Britannia Coventry is located right in the heart of Coventry city centre and offers wedding package deals where every need of your special day can be taken care of. The package includes a Bucks Fizz welcome and a 3 course wedding breakfast for 50 guests, an evening buffet reception for 100 guests, red carpet and reduced rates for guests on the room hire. All of this can be taken care of from just £999, leaving you feeling stress free and able to enjoy your moment.
The city has some of the most remarkable settings for your wedding... and the ultimate jewel in the crown for that true fairytale day is Coventry Cathedral. A cathedral wedding will add that incredible touch of grandeur and splendour that every little girl dreams her wedding day will entail. Prices for ceremonies needn’t cost the earth and can be tailored to suit your own personal requirements. With a wedding in the Cathedral, the ruins of the old Cathedral outside create the perfect backdrop for the perfect pictures on your perfect day!
Fairfax Street Cathedral Square CV1 5RP Tel: 0871 222 0095 www.britanniahotels.com
1 Hilltop Coventry CV1 5AB Tel: 024 7652 1200
Priory Row Coventry CV1 5EX Tel: 024 7622 0418
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FEATURES | THE RECEPTION
Jew lin the
With the ceremony over, it’s time to party...
for family W hether it’s an intimate “do” tle more and friends, or something a lit can cater luxurious, Coventry city centre eption. for your ultimate wedding rec rted... It’s time to get that party sta
St Mary’s Guildhall
A truly stunning 14th century guildhall in the centre of the city, with 3 reception venues available for 20-150 guests and a choice of menus available to suit every need.
An award winning hotel with views over the city centre perfectly placed with a choice of rooms catering for up to 75 people and a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant perfect for wedding breakfasts and receptions.
Catering for up to 200 guests and offering the complete wedding package, from the ceremony right through to the wedding breakfast and evening buffet. Britannia Hotel’s professional and attentive staff offer the expertise and guidance to make your special day a perfect one.
Tel: 024 7683 3328
Tel: 024 7623 8110
Tel: 024 7663 3733
Coventry Transport Museum
Aqua Food & Mood
A truly unique destination and setting for a reception right in the heart of the city, which offers excellent facilities and incredible personal service. Guests can also enjoy privileged access to a world class attraction.
Recently refurbished with a stylish new decor and fabulous new menu, the Squirrel boasts a new upstairs room and “Shai’s Bar” which is absolutely perfect for your reception catering for up to 80 guests.
A fantastic choice for intimate wedding parties and featuring a champagne and cocktail bar upstairs. This superior restaurant offers delicious Lebanese cuisine... a sensational break from tradition.
Tel: 024 7623 4270
Tel: 024 7622 6661
Tel: 024 7622 9551
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FEATURES | THE DRESS
A Princess Bride
The main attraction of any wedding is of course, the brides dress.
ndoubtedly, the choice of dress is a very individual one and one of the most important decisions any woman will make. This season take inspiration from current trends including “three-dimensional” dresses made of Tulle and Organza and a move towards slimmer silhouettes and less emphasis on embellishments. The most fashionforward dresses focus on using beautiful fabrics that are draped, layered and detailed. Make sure all the eyes are on you with our guide to this season’s essential dresses, guaranteed to make any wedding day a royal one.
Available from ‘Proposals’, Spon Street Coventry £1,390
Available from Berketex Bride in Coventry city centre
Available from ‘Proposals’, Spon Street Coventry £1,299
Available from Berketex Bride in Coventry city centre
Available from ‘Wedding Gowns by Susan Grayley’, Spon Street Coventry
Available from ‘Wedding Gowns by Susan Grayley’, Spon Street Coventry
River Island Jemima Platform £100
Available from ‘Wedding Gowns by Susan Grayley’, Spon Street Coventry
Available from ‘Wedding Gowns by Susan Grayley’, Spon Street Coventry
Accessorize Heart Clutch £45 River Island Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Lace Detail Pencil Dress £49.50 Monsoon Anuska Bridal Peep Toes with Corsage £70 Available from ‘Proposals’, Spon Street Coventry £899
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Monsoon Winsta Cream Floral Sleeveless Shift Dress £180
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE | FEATURES
Queen of all Mother’s
Accessorize White Flower Fascinator £28
s one of the most important roles in any wedding, every mother of the bride or groom wants to feel glamorous yet comfortable enough to last from the ceremony right through to the reception. With the big trends this spring being khaki, shades of magnolia and deep purples, ensure you combine these with luxurious fabrics, statement jewellery and stylish shoes to exude elegance, style and sophistication…
Accessorize Aagadir Earring £12
Marks & Spencer Flower with Veil Head Band £29.50 J by Jasper Conran Corsage Clutch
Debenhams Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Multi Ring Necklace £25
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Marks & Spencer Autograph Blazer £39.50
Marks & Spencer Dress £225 Bangle £12.50
Debenhams Faith Fifi Sequin Platform Shoes £65
Debenhams Principles by Ben De Lisi Satin Heel £35
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FEATURES | SUITS
onochrome and sharp tailoring teamed with flashes of blue, grey and purple are spot on this season. Spring trends lean towards slim fitting, one button suits with peak lapels to accentuate the shoulders for a flattering silhouette….
Marks & Spencer
Charming Marks & Spencer
Debenhams Three-Piece Suit £248 Shirt £40 Tie £20
Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Shirt £25 Tie £25 Suit £99 Timothy Everest Shoes £65 Pocket Hankie (set of 7) £10
Marks & Spencer Sartorial Shirt £39.50 Ultimate Tie £15 Sartorial Suit £199 Autograph Watch £39.50 Silk Pocket Hankie £10
Debenhams Belt £22.50 J by Jasper Conran Suit £230 Shirt £32 Tie £18
Next Brogues £45
Next Suit Jacket £115 Suit Trousers £64 Shirt & Tie Set £28
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Marks & Spencer Sartorial Chequerboard Tuxedo £199
FEATURES | FLOWERS
oyal blues, rich reds, sweet yellows and natural whites combine to make beautiful and striking designs for any bridal bouquet. For a stylish noir experience try a combination of black and white foliage or for hopeless romantics think dusty pinks, pale violets blended with creams and white... a perfect combination for any princess.
❀ White roses were a favourite of Princess Dianas ❀ Kate Middleton’s favourite flowers are said to be white lilies ❀ All royal wedding bouquets have included a sprig of Myrtle to symbolise a happy marriage, ❀ All royal bouquets have also included fragranced blooms to evoke lasting memories. ❀ Kate’s wedding flowers may be sourced from Prince Charles’ beloved organic Highgrove garden or foliage from the Royal Gardens which has the highest quality and variety of English foliage available. For a stunning collection of special occasion flowers visit our pick of the bunch of florists in Coventry city centre. Nuleaf Florists 4 New Union Street Coventry West Midlands CV1 2HN 024 7622 0022 www.nuleaf-florists.co.uk The Tomlinson Flower Company 13 City Arcade Coventry West Midlands CV1 3HX 024 7622 5533 www.flowers-coventry.co.uk Judy Austin Flowers Pool Meadow Bus Station 024 7622 3987 www.judyaustinflowers.co.uk Ben n Zacs Supafresh Florists 209 Coventry Market 024 7622 2214 www.bennzacs.co.uk Johnsons the Florists Queen Victoria Road 024 7625 6399 www.johnsonstheflorist.co.uk Lillis Florists Retail Market Queen Victoria Road 024 7655 1430
Bridal bouquet as featured in wedding shoot supplied by Nuleaf Florists Coventry
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CAKES | FEATURES
edding cake trends for Spring/Summer will continue to be tall and elegant, but with a touch of rustic-chic. Natural flowers provide a focal point or try sugar glazed fruit as a fun alternative.
The wedding cake table remains a huge trend making a focal point of the wedding reception. Tropical Colour Palettes are bang on trend, with sunny yellow, bright orange, deep red and dark blue adding a fun and playful twist to any wedding cake. For a fresh nautical theme, underwater colours take centre stage with deep purple, aqua green, pink, navy and dark blues domineering the colour palette. For true romantics, think pink, soft teal, light grey and beige, perfect for a fairytale themed wedding.
Wedding cake specialists Mariaâ€™s Bakery West Orchards and Coventry Market 024 7663 3532 Chic Cakes Hill Street 024 7635 9500 Druckers Hertford Street 024 7652 5581 Marks & Spencer The Precinct 024 7663 1616
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L A I R
FEATURES | BEAUTY WOMEN
With clever styling and top products, Kate Middleton needn’t be the only princess in town this spring. Girls, pamper yourself with a glamorous and refreshing beauty regime in time for the big day!
Get The Look
Diane, Beauty Therapist from Renaissance Hair & Beauty, Broadgate House, Coventry city centre gives her thoughts on Kate’s wedding day look. “Kate is a classic, elegant beauty who is making her mark on becoming a real style and fashion icon. She has a real English rose look which many women relate to so her wedding day make-up should reflect that. She should choose a look that highlights her best features, her beautiful hazel eyes and her lovely complexion. I’d recommend a classic warm toned look, emphasizing her eyes and a creamy, smooth glow to her skin. To complement the focus on the eyes, her lips should be neutral and creamy.
Maybelline Eraser Foundation £7.99 Superdrug
Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum £39.00-£68.00 Debenhams This Jimmy Choo fragrance expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident and intelligent with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is modern with warm, rich and woody depths.
This new and innovative product from Maybelline uses patented technology to conceal and ‘erase’ the darkest of under eye circles, fine lines and imperfections for the ultimate flawless perfection. Enriched with collagen and goji berries, this product is a must-have for every woman’s make up purse.
“This season, red lipstick is once again making a huge come back. Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese have all been fans of this trend which is once again bang on for 2011. Red lippy, when worn with understated eye make up and neutral tones plump and add shape to the thinnest of lips. It certainly looks as though this trend is here to stay!”
For wedding make up consultations, beauty and massage treatments contact Diane at Renaissance on 024 7622 0694 www.renaissancehair.co.uk
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Cocoa Butter Cream Body Scrub £5.00 Bodyshop Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturiser that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. Rich in organic Soya oil, this must have cream is full of essential fatty acids to help repair the skin’s moisture barrier, helping to restore smoothness and suppleness.
Barry M Nail Paint 10ml £2.99 Superdrug For a fashionable and inexpensive touch, Barry M nail polish is the perfect look for your nails this season. Barry M provide the very best in award winning, quick-drying nail polish available in over 50 shades; metallic pearls, matts and shimmering finishes are all offered to suit every mood and taste.
Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover by Scott Cornwall Hair Expert £10.20 Boots We all know the routine, the hair colour looked great on the box but on you, it’s an entirely different story. Easy to apply, ‘Colour B4’ reverses the effects of artificial hair colour in 20 minutes without having effect on your natural hair pigment and all in the comfort of your own bathroom.
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara £11.29 Boots This stunning product from L’Oreal gives the perfect fanned-out, volumised lash effect. The elastomer applicator is ultra flexible with both long and short bristles to coat every lash evenly from root to tip. The excess wiper removes excess mascara, achieving maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps.
AL Y O
Today’s metrosexual needn’t be nervous about making the most of the latest in male grooming products. Make sure you bag yourself some new goodies and give your skin a royal glow this wedding season.
Top Tip ‘Eat a healthy balanced diet and get some regular exercise. Keep your intake of fast food to a minimum and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Not only will you feel better and have more energy but it will improve the look of your skin and your hair.’
Babyliss Easy Cut Clipper £45.00 Debenhams Making a fabulous edition to your bathroom, this easy cut clipper uses a unique, patented rotary blade system to guarantee a perfect even cut every time. With a cutting technique that is so simple, it’s impossible to make a mistake!
BEAUTY MEN | FEATURES
Top Tip ‘Eyes are always the give away, whether it be your true age they reveal, or the fact that you were actually out partying the night before! Combat the tell tale signs by using a specialist eye cream to get rid of puffiness and any tell tail wrinkles and hey presto no one need ever know the truth!’
BOSS Orange 40ml £23.99 Superdrug Featuring an energising blend of crisp apple, warm frankincense and comforting vanilla, this vibrant new scent perfectly encapsulates the free-spirited optimism of the BOSS Orange man, the ultimate feel-good fragrance!
BEAUTY SALONS Coventry city centre Renaissance Broadgate House 024 7622 0694 Isabella’s City Arcade 024 7663 1316 Spa Laser & Beauty Corporation Street 024 7655 5880 Enigma Hair & Beauty Spon Street 024 7663 3077 Blushers Laser Advisory Clinic City Arcade 024 7622 8160 Inner Beauty Bishop Street 024 7622 6631
National Slimming & Cosmetic Clinics Hay Lane 024 7655 0015 Miss Mays Beauty Box Canal Basin 024 7655 5177 Holistic Health Care & Beauty Fairfax Street 0800 111 6886 Aquarius Beauty & Aromatherapy Clinic Spon Street 024 7655 9678 The Beauty Shop Trinity Street 024 7663 2569 Mandy May Bishop Street 024 7625 2244
Biotherm High Recharge Eye Serum 10ml £28.60 Debenhams
Wilkinson Sword Quatro Titanium Precision Razor £9.19 Superdrug This ergonomically designed razor is an essential component in any male grooming routine. With four different trimming levels, you’re able to create different beard lengths comfortably. Its lubricating strip is enhanced with Aloe and Vitamins B-5; easy to use, allowing ultimate control.
Specifically formulated for the eye area; a cooling roll-on treatment for eyes, designed to improve the skin’s radiance. Enriched with Ginseng, the serum cools and refreshes the eye area for a healthier, “fresher look” the ideal solution for sleep-deprived nights and 36-hour days!
Bullocks Refining Facial Scrub 100ml £15.00 Boots Perfect for buffing away dead skin and surface grime, this luxurious scrub promotes a smooth, nick-free shave and helps reduce ingrown hairs. The soothing properties of hemp seed oil maintain the skin and moisture levels without a greasy effect.
Regaine for Men Extra Strength Scalp Foam – 3 Months Supply £69.90 Boots Perfect to help men with thinning areas of hair, this easy to use foam prevents further hair loss and re-grows hair. Using innovative technology, this product is quick and convenient to use in your own home.
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FEATURES | HAIR
Crowning Glory F
or the perfect hair this spring, be sure to follow these easily achieved looks. From classic, natural waves to low ponytails and woven locks, these understated trends are sure to dazzle and impress. The bed head look teamed with a coiffed bouffant and extreme height are all key trends seen on the catwalk, so come on girls make sure your hair remains your crowning glory this season!
Get The Look Elspet, Senior Stylist at Renaissance, Hair & Beauty, Broadgate House, gives us her tips on Kate’s wedding hair. “Kate has fantastic glossy hair which shines with health. I predict that she’ll wear something simple and elegant and her hair will take a classic look to reflect this. Perhaps a chignon or a ballerina bun, worn away from her face and low in the nape, this timeless classic will ensure she looks groomed throughout her big day. She may team this with an elegant tiara or alternatively she could go for a soft-tonged look which is becoming increasingly popular with modern brides.”
For wedding consultations, hair analysis, colouring, Racoon hair extensions and many other treatments contact Renaissance on 024 7622 0694 www.renaissancehair.co.uk
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HAIRDRESSERS Coventry city centre Embrace Corporation Street 024 7663 3665
Supreme Hair Salon Trinity Street 024 7623 0606
Royal Beauty Salon New Union Street 024 7652 0696
Echoes Hairdressing Hay Lane 024 7622 5744
Hair Shop Far Gosford Street 024 7622 5860
Renaissance Broadgate House 024 7622 0694
Strands Berry Street 024 7663 3466
Savoia Unisex Hair Salon Far Gosford Street 024 7622 1161
17a Spon Street 024 7625 8010
Cabello Hill Street 024 7625 8256
Enigma Hair & Beauty Spon Street 024 7663 3077
Supercuts Sherbourne Arcade 024 7663 4425
Malcom Hair & Beauty Bull Yard 024 7601 6852
Studio B Shelton Square 024 7655 1475
Hairdressing & Beauty Far Gosford Street 024 7622 3662 Roger Symons Mobile Hairdresser Shelton Square 07811 469981
LINGERIE | FASHION
Queen of the Night
ake your wedding night one to remember with these smouldering lingerie sets... perfect for any dashing bride!
Debenhams 10 years of Reger by Janet Reger - Silk plunge Bra with lace trim £18.50 Silk hipsters with lace trim £10.50
Debenhams 10 years of Reger by Janet Reger, Silk multiway bra with lace trim £18.50 Silk thong with lace trim £8.50
Debenhams 10 years of Reger by Janet Reger, Black pleated chiffon cami £18.50 Black chiffon shorts £12.50
Marks & Spencer Romance Bra £35 Brief £15 Garter/Suspender Pack £16
Marks & Spencer Pretty Prairie - Limited Collection Bra £16 Brief £8
Marks & Spencer Bra £29.50 Brief £9.50 Marks & Spencer Pretty Prairie Limited Collection Broderie Basque £25 Broderie Brief £8
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FEATURES | STAG & HEN PARTIES
any call it the last night of “freedom” for guys and girls before the wedding day, but whatever it may be, the stag or hen night is one of the most traditional events of the wedding calendar. Whether it’s a meal out, dancing and laughing the night away, belting out a few old favourites at a karaoke or working your way through the city’s many watering holes… we have the definitive guide on where to go.
knees The Castle
The Castle is the perfect location to meet up and chill out in a welcoming, urban and modern, yet comfortable and relaxing environment. Whether it’s day or night, there’s always something going on at the bar. With great beer and fantastic quality food, kick back and enjoy a fantastic evening.
Definitely not a “Dance club” simply a place to party with drinks promotions and a dance floor throbbing to indie classics from the likes of the Stone Roses to the Stereophonics. Throw in some retro classics and you have the recipe for a superb night of entertainment.
Little Park Street 024 7663 0862
Far Gosford Street 024 7666 3101
One for the boys!
The Spon Gate
An award winning gentleman’s club in the heart of the city centre, welcoming stag parties and group bookings. ‘Club Heat’ offers its visitors the very best in adult entertainment, with relaxing surroundings and stunning dancers. The ground floor lounge offers a full waitress service and the VIP room is the perfect setting to entertain groups of friends in a luxurious setting.
As the latest edition to Coventry’s bars at the Skydome, the Spon Gate screams great value and a lively party atmosphere guaranteed, in the finest of Wetherspoons traditions. Following a £750,000 redevelopment the bar now boasts one of the widest choices of beers, wines and spirits you could ever wish to sample on a night out, a dance floor and an outside pavement style café area. With DJ’s playing live sets on Friday and Saturday nights, the Spon Gate has become a firm favourite on the city’s social scene.
How about a bit of old school entertainment? Start the night off with a sumptuous Chinese buffet and then sing your heart out in true X-factor style. The Dragon Phoenix has a dedicated karaoke bar and even a separate private karaoke room available for hire. With a resident DJ on hand to keep groups entertained on the dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s the perfect way to get into the party mood.
Since opening in December BLOK continues to go from strength to strength. Offering some of the very best DJ sets and live music throughout the night from local and established artists, BLOK will have you rocking the night away.
City Arcade 024 7622 7751
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Skydome 024 7662 7300
Hertford Place 024 7625 8688
Hertford Place 024 7685 0273.
STAG & HEN PARTIES | FEATURES
up! DRESS IT UP!
Crosby’s Sports Bar
An elegant, decadent space oozing appeal, this stylish lounge bar merges late night sophistication with current and trend breaking entertainment. Offering cocktails to die for and beers from all around the world to suit everyone’s tastes, Maison is chilled by day, buzzing by night.
An absolute must for a night out with your mates. Where hundreds come in on a Saturday night with only one thing in common, everyone is up for a party. Live entertainment and music playing through to the small hours, plus private areas to hire ensure JJ’s is THE place to party in Coventry.
A fantastic night out in the city wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Crosby’s Bar at the Sky Dome.
Priory Place 024 7623 9306
Christ Church Spire New Union Street 024 7655 3355 Outrageously good bar in Coventry’s 13th century Christchurch Spire, Inspire Bar serves a wide selection of world class beers with a wide variety of live music. With a European vibe, put the world to rights in their outside candle lit terrace area and you’ll be transformed to the streets of Paris, Amsterdam or Rome. A fantastic oasis, perfect for a get together with friends, make sure you discover one of Coventry’s best kept secrets.
The Skydome 024 7655 5913
Hertford Place 024 7622 7397 Fun laughter and dancing, not many combinations go together as well to make sure everyone is catered for on a night out in town. Live comedy shows start the evening off with a laugh and live music takes place later. If you’re looking for a real blast from the past then the Park Lane Revival on Friday night transports you back to the 80’s for over 4 hours of retro disco and pop classics. If you want to go the whole hog and hit the fancy dress trail, they’ll even let you jump the queue! Perfect.
The Sky Dome Coventry 024 7696 0886.
Much much more than just a sports bar, Crosby’s has a huge choice of beers and a sumptuous cocktail range, all set to a thumping beats and a real party atmosphere. Housing live DJ’s at the weekends and holding themed party nights with the added bonus of free admission and the chance to hit the dance floor til the early hours, Crosby’s Sports Bar is THE place to be for a great night out... and, if you are holding a private party for your stag or hen night with all your mates the bar could even be hired for free!
It’s your stag or hen do, therefore it’s an unwritten law that fancy dress is the order of the day! It could be a themed night out or just completely random. Be it fairies, princesses and tiaras or superheroes, cartoon characters and roman gladiators, or even a specially printed t-shirt to mark the event, they can all be found in and around the city. Arcade Fancy Dress: City Arcade, 024 7663 3924 Toyland Fancy Dress: Coventry Market, 0789 981 0193 Jokers Corner: Whitefriars Street, 024 7622 5938 Snappy Snaps (t-shirt printing): Smithford Way, 024 7625 1830
Old Orleans Skydome 024 7663 1760
A unique dining experience offering an authentic taste of the Deep South. The fantastic culinary heritage of Louisiana and the South is reflected in their food and drink menus with a décor inspired by a classic Crescent City style. A perfect place to relax, chill or party, Old Orleans also offers live music, cocktails and culinary experiences to cater for any occasion.
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FEATURES | WEDDING
Enchanted... Congratulations to our happy couple as they start their life of wedded bliss
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WEDDING | FEATURES
Happily ever after With Love x,
Make up by Diane at Renaissance Tel 024 7622 0694
Wedding dress Susan Graley Tel 024 7622 1450
Hair by Elspet and Renaissance Tel 024 7622 0694
enhams Bridesmaid and Pageboy suits Deb Tel 0844 561 6161
Happy ever after x,
Flowers Nuleaf florists Tel 024 7622 0022
Future Happiness x,
Grooms suits and accessories Nige Tel 024 7622 2341
yâ€™s Guildhall Wedded Bliss x Venue, St Mar3328
Tel 024 7683
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FEATURES | HONEYMOON
he wedding day is over and after all of the stresses and strains of ensuring everything went smoothly and problem free, it’s now time to settle into married life. Don’t worry! the honeymoon gives you both the chance to unwind, de-stress and relax. From Barcelona to Bali, Amsterdam to Australia or Milan to the Maldives, the city’s travel experts can set you on your way to a feeling of calmness, inner peace and pure tranquility.
EUROPE Discover some of Europe’s most famous venues and uncover a wealth of heritage, history and culture, with a city centre coach tour. All inclusive trips to many of Europe’s capital cities from 4 – 9 days, throw up the chance to explore some real hidden gems and cultural hideaways. Many of these trips can be booked with excursions to famous sights included allowing you to tailor your trip to your own requirements, so you can just sit back, relax and see the best our continent has to offer. Vienna? Paris? Munich? Rome? Prague? Why not visit them all!
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PARADISE Tranquility, serenity and a feeling of total calm and relaxation. Nothing sums this up better than lying on a powder soft white sandy beach, cocktail in hand and the crystal blue warm waters of faraway seas gently lapping at your feet. For the ultimate getaway, honeymooners have often headed to idyllic distant shores such as Goa, The Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Slip on the swimwear and the sunglasses and get the sun cream out, paradise has never been so close at hand.
HONEYMOON | FEATURES
BOOK IT Thomas Cook: Hertford Street 024 7681 8800. Smithford Way 024 7681 8700 Thomson (TUI): Hertford Street 024 7663 3999 Going Places: Hertford Street 08716 647150 Bowen First Choice Travel Shop Ltd: Lower Precinct 024 7663 4300 CO-OP Travel: Bull Yard 024 7625 1751
CRUISES… Quite probably the most relaxing way to spend your honeymoon, floating along the ocean with everything you could possibly need close at hand. Drift off on a path through the Mediterranean islands, or stop off at some of the Caribbean’s most sumptuous soft sand beaches. The perfect way to do as much…or as little as your heart desires.
Take to the slopes to feel the cool wind in your hair and the adrenalin rush through your veins. Ski and snowboarding holidays provide the ultimate hit of adventure and flair, absolutely ideal for the more adventurous or simply for those newlyweds looking for something different from a beach holiday. Spend the day overlooking breathtaking mountainous scenery and the evenings in front of a roaring fire with an aperitif… or two!
Wherever you venture, bring those memories back with you ready to keep and treasure for a lifetime. Digital cameras, Camcorders: The Sony centre: Lower Precinct 024 7655 9111 Jessops: Hertford Street 0845 458 7084 Beryl Houghton: Bull Yard 024 7622 4639
Harry Shaw City Cruiser Holidays: 024 7645 5544
Or for snow lovers kit yourself out with everything you’ll need for a week on the piste!
Two Seasons: Lower Precinct 024 7663 0020
Ok, so you’ve arrived at your honeymoon hideaway, now make sure you look the part as you bask in the sunshine and soak up the local culture. Whatever you need we can help you find it all. Sunglasses, Swimwear, Summer Fashion. Next: Lower Precinct 024 7650 0820 Dorothy Perkins: Lower Precinct 024 7663 4975
Trespass: Lower Precinct 024 7655 5465
PROTECT IT! Sun cream, after sun, skin care. Boots: Lower Precinct 024 7622 6561 Bodycare: Smithford Way 024 7663 0399
H&M: Lower Precinct 024 7650 0890 Monsoon: Upper Precinct 024 7663 2168 Bank: Upper Precinct 024 7625 8914 River Island: Upper Precinct 024 7622 0287 Republic: West Orchards 024 7663 1587 Debenhams: West Orchards 0844 561 6161
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FEATURES | ROYAL CONNECTIONS
ith an abundance of royal connections and revelations, Coventry’s history is coloured with royal buildings, regal visits and princely traditions. In this “Royal” edition we take the opportunity to delve deep into our proud city’s history and uncover Coventry’s regal links...
Cheylesmore Manor Probably built by 1250, granted to Queen Isabella which in 1358 passed to Edward Prince of Wales (Black Prince). Saint John the Baptist Church 1344, Queen Isabella (wife of Edward II) granted a parcel of land for the building of a chapel. Edward the Black Prince and Prince of Wales gifted further land to the north of the site on which further building work took place. Charterhouse For Carthusian Monks. Richard II claimed to be the founder of the Priory and he laid the foundation stone of the church attached to it in 1385. St Mary’s Guildhall Built in 1342, many Kings and Queens of England have visited this wonderful place. The tapestry on the main wall dating back to the 1490’s,
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depicts King Henry VI and his wife Queen Margaret, who not only visited Coventry many times during his reign, but he held Royal Court and a Parliament in the city. For a short while Coventry was seen under his reign as the capital of England. Mary Queen of Scots was also held in the Guildhall briefly as a prisoner in 1569, possibly only for 1/2 nights but she was held in Coventry for a total of 5 weeks. Coombe Abbey Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King James I, was staying at Coombe Abbey in 1605 when the gunpowder plot was formed and quickly failed. For her protection, the princess was brought to the city where she could be protected and armour and weapons to protect her were issued from St Mary’s
Guildhall. She eventually married and became Queen of Bohemia, later being buried at Westminster Abbey. One of her sons later became known as Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who attacked Coventry during the Civil War leading a royalist army. Her father King James I visited in 1617. Baginton and Caludon Richard II came to the city in 1398 to watch combat between the Duke of Norfolk and Duke of Hereford fight on Gosford Green. They stayed at the castles of Baginton and Caludon the night before combat but it was stopped before both men crossed swords and both were banished from England. The Duke of Hereford, Henry Bolingbroke later returned, taking the crown and became Henry IV. The captured Richard was initially brought to the city as a prisoner.
Prince Arthur visited in 1498 when only 12 years old but died before he could be king and his younger brother took the crown and became Henry VIII. Broadgate Elizabeth I visited the city in 1565, and entered via the old Bishop Gate and later entered Broadgate where she was greeted by crowds. She stayed for two days. Charles I During the Civil War in 1642, this king tried to enter the city but was pushed back at the wall and had to camp nearby. Later in 1662, under the orders of his son Charles II, the wall was slighted so it could never again refuse entry like it did to his father. Henry VII visited not long after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth.
ROYAL CONNECTIONS | FEATURES
The Royal Visits 1330 Isabella inherited Cheylesmore Manor 1338 Isabella dies. The Black Prince (the son of Edward III) arrives in Coventry and stays at his newly inherited Cheylesmore Manor. 1397 Richard II visited to
watch Combat on Gosford Green between Duke of Hereford (afterwards Henry IV) and Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Mowbray)
1404 Henry IV held a Parliament in The Great Priory 1436 Henry VI came to Coventry and kept Christmas at Kenilworth
1485 Henry VII with his army, came to this City after his signal victory over Richard III at Bosworth field 1487 Henry VII with the
Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Winchester, and many other Lords, spiritual and temporal, held a Council in this City
1492 Henry VII, with his
Queen came to this City to see the plays performed by the Grey Friars, and much commended them
1497 Prince Arthur came to this City
1455 King Henry and Queen
Margaret came to Coventry and stayed at The Priory
1499 King Henry VII and his Queen came to this City, and were made a brother and sister of the Trinity Guild
1458 Queen Margaret came
1510 Henry VIII and his
alone to see the Mystery plays
1459 Another Parliament held in the Chapter House of The Priory by King Henry VI 1465 King Edward IV and his Queen kept their Christmas in Coventry 1470 During the Civil War King Edward IV attempted to enter the City from Gosford Green
Queen Catherine of Aragon came to this City and stayed in Coventry
1525 Princess Mary came to this City. She remained 2 days at The Priory 1565 August 17, Queen Elizabeth came to this City. Her Majesty slept at Whitefriars on Saturday and Sunday nights before travelling to Kenilworth
1611 Prince Henry, with a train of nobility came to this City
1956 23rd March Queen Elizabeth laid the foundation stone of the New Cathedral
1617 Tuesday September 2nd, King James I arrived with a numerous train of Nobility
1958 March. The Duchess of Kent opened the new Belgrade Theatre
1687 September 1st, King James II came to the City
1962 25th May. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret attended the Consecration of the New Cathedral
1688 Princess Ann of Denmark visited December 11th and stayed 2 days 1690 King William III came to Coventry on his way to Ireland 1807 September 18th His Royal Highness George Frederick Prince of Wales passed through the City on his way from Ragley Hall to Coombe Abbey 1808 November 24th Louis XVIII of France stayed at the Kings Head Inn in the City 1940 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited 2 days after 11hr blitz 1941 February 21st Duke of Kent visited Coventry
1944 Duchess of Kent visited
2012 May 25th Her Majesty the Queen will visit the city for the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Coventry Cathedral
George VI and Queen Elizabeth came to Coventry
1474 Prince Edward for the first time came to the City
detained in St Maryâ€™s Hall at Elizabethâ€™s request
1477 Prince Edward kept his
1605 Tuesday April 3rd the
1948 Princess Elizabeth opened the new Broadgate 22nd May
1483 Richard III came to this City and kept Christmas at Kenilworth
2008 5th February. Prince Edward visited the New Studio at the Belgrade Theatre 2008 Prince Charles visits schools in Coventry
Princess Elizabeth, eldest daughter to James I came to this City from Coombe Abbey
2000 3rd March. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a service of Thanksgiving at the New Cathedral
1942 February 25th King
1569 Mary Queen of Scots
court at Cheylesmore
1995 The Queen distributed Maundy Money at the Cathedral
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FEATURES | HOME
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4. Marks & Spencer Autograph Spheres Table Lamp £149
6. Debenhams Floating Frame £10, Grey Box Frame £12, Meta Bedlinen Double Duvet Cover £50, Pillowcase Pair £28 7. Next Elegance Lamp £70 Crackle Vase £12 Rose Bowl £32
8. Debenhams Mineral Storage Canister £5, Mineral Cake Tins £16, Mineral Colanders £8, Mineral Steel Tongs £9, Mineral Worktop Saver £10
10. Next Towel Bundle £32 11. Next Regency Accessories (set of 3) £12
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FEATURES | THE COVER STARS
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Meet our Cover Stars!
! s r e n n i w Saffron Davies Conrad & Aidan
(7) is in year 3 of Coundon Primary School, Coventry.
Saffron loves modelling, Gok Wan and Justin Bieber and has aspirations to become a fashion designer or archeologist. Mum, Amanda Davies said: “It’s been so exciting hearing the news that Saffron is going to be a cover star. We actually forgot that we had entered the competition and now she’s on the front cover it’s fantastic! Saffron has really enjoyed every minute!”
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are in reception at All Souls Catholic Primary School, Coventry. Conrad would like to be a “Professional Wrestler” and Aidan a “Soldier in war” Mum, Esther Claridge-Jones said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for them, they both loved being in front of the camera and it’s not often you’d get an opportunity like this, we’re thrilled!”
THE COVER STARS | FEATURES
n the last edition of Feel Alive we joined forces with Re-Act Kids a new and exciting casting, training and modelling agency representing children and teens to find our face for our Spring 2011 cover. The competition has been extremely fierce and we have been in-undated with entries, but after a long deliberation we found it impossible to pick just one winner so we ended up with three!
eet our cover stars twins Aidan and Conrad Claridge-Jones age 5 and Saffron Davies age 7. The winners not only grace the cover of the magazine but have acquired a 12 month contract with Re-Act Kids. In addition our runners up have all received 50% off their modelling portfolio books which included a professional modelling shoot. Samantha Ferry Director of Re-Act Kids said: “We have really enjoyed the photoshoot with the winners and runners up and we are now looking forward to representing them for the next 12 months. The models already on our books have worked with high profile brands including Muller, TGI fridays and ‘Relate’ as well as working on Bollywood films so there are many exciting opportunities ahead for them all.”
Re-Act Kids represent children from 0 to 19 with a lot of interest from clients particularly for younger children. In addition to modelling Re-Act Kids offer workshops designed to build children’s confidence and teach the difference between acting for the camera and stage, terminology used on a film set and audition techniques. ReAct Kids workshops in Kenilworth have been so successful they are about to launch another Academy in Coventry. The Academy teaches from ages 8-16 and anyone interested in attending sessions should contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.reactkidsagency.co.uk
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Children’s portfolio photographs: Alex Ridgway, www.alexridgway.co.uk
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fitforaK ng FEATURES | GADGETS
Get your hands on this season’s essential gadgets... OUT NOW Nintendo 3DS
Available in two launch colours, Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue, 3DS can handle games in full 3D. With an extremely convenient slider placed on the side of the console that can switch between 3D and 2D on the top screen, the 3DS also contains built in software including a handy pedometer, Mii Maker and Face Raiders game. With software for manipulating sound, similar to that on the DSi, plus several nice cosmetic tweaks such as a larger top screen, the 3DS has the same high quality touch pad on the lower screen, SD/DS card compatibility and a significantly more powerful internal processor, plus gyroscopic motion and Wi-Fi built in. Price: £299.99 Where: A vailable at GAME and HMV, West Orchards Shopping Centre Coventry city centre and Argos City Arcade, Coventry city centre
MHC-GTZ3i Mini HiFi One of the most impressive models currently available on the HiFi market the MHC-GTZ3i contains dual USB ports for easy editing between iPod, Walkman and other portable audio players. With a 3 disc CD changer, FM/AM radio, 3 band equaliser, Z-Groove enhancement offering rich, deep bass boost to all your connected devices; it really does offer a substantial amount of sound for your pound! Supporting most of the popular audio file formats, including CD-R, CDRW, MP3, AAC and WMA (DRM), this cracking device boasts crisp, clear stereo sound from 3-way hybrid dual woofer and 4cm high compression horn delivering 780W total music power output. Price: £229.95 Where: A vailable to order at Sony Centre, Lower Precinct, Coventry city centre
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Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab
As a new category of device, the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a wealth of mobile experiences. Its striking 7-inch TFT-LCD display is perfect for watching films, viewing pictures, e-reading or sharing documents. In design, its light (380g) build provides perfect portability, with its svelte dimensions making it easy to grip and use. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the Samsung GALAXY Tab fully supports swift, seamless viewing of every single page of the web. Price: £559.33 Where: Available from the Carphone Warehouse, Coventry city centre - prices may vary
FutureTech Sony PSP2 (Codenamed NGP)
Sony has confirmed that their next handheld console to rival Nintendo’s recently launched 3DS, is the PSP2 or NGP as its codename. Featuring a 5 inch high resolution OLED touch screen, with PlayStation 3 quality graphics, dual nub analogue controls, touch sensitive panel on the reverse of the system and optional 3G Wi-Fi, the PSP2 is looking mighty sweet. The console is due to launch in Europe in Winter 2011.
LG LZ9700 FULL LED 3DTV
LG claims this 72-inch monster of a television is the world’s largest FULL LED 3D TV. Along with its whopping size, there are plenty of features to fully enhance your home 3D viewing experience. Expect a crisp picture in both 2D and 3D and much smoother 3D images courtesy of TruMotion 400Hz. Smart TV functionality also means you can browse the web, check your emails, and get access to LG’s new customised TV apps all from the comfort of your sofa.
Sony HDR TD10E
The latest piece of tech uncovered from the recent CES from electronics giant Sony is being labeled as the “World’s first consumer 3D camcorder”providing double full HD”. Featuring two 1080p sensors and two processors to allow for the touted ‘double full HD’ video capture, the sleek looking compact 3D Handycam also has a 10x zoom and a 3.5inch glasses-free 3D display for convenient video playback.
Apple iPhone 5 and Apple iPad 2
Not so much future tech as here and now, by the time you read this, Apple will have launched its second iteration iPad 2. 33% slimmer, 15% lighter, with a 9.7 inch backlit LCD screen, dual core A5 processor for double processing capabilities, nine times faster graphics, front facing VGA camera, rear facing camera that can record 720p HD video, iOS 4.3 operating system and brand new apps.
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EASTER | FEATURES
KINGor Fit for every QUEEN A banquet fit for a King, choco-holic heaven and royal hot cross buns! What more could you ask for?
Easter is the perfect time to get family and friends together for a spot of indulgence….
Fill the table with a selection of delectable meats, fresh fish, fine wine, crusty breads and divine hot cross buns followed by a selection of mouth watering deserts...
Choco-holics it’s time to indulge... go on spoil yourself!
After all that indulgence, relax and chill out with all the family with some visual treats...
HMV, West Orchards Game, West Orchards Argos, Queen Victoria Road Escape Games, City Arcade
Marks & Spencer, The Precinct Sainsbury’s, Trinity Street Tesco Express, Market Way Iceland, Queen Victoria Road
Thornton’s, West Orchards & Bull Yard Kitty’s sweets & balloons, City Arcade Coventry Market, Market Way Poundland, Market Way
T. J. Rowland Butchers, 13 Spon Street, Walter Smith, 6 Bull Yard, The Ham Bar, Shelton Square, Body Fuel, City Arcade Marias Bakery, West Orchards, Greggs, Smithford Way, Ironmonger Square, Hertford Street Coventry Market, Market Way
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FEATURES | FREEMAN DANCE
BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT
oventry is a hub for developing and creating talent with many gifted performers learning their skills within the city and achieving phenomenal success in a host of genres from music, art and film to theatre and dance. In this edition Mick McLaughlin caught up with Jill Freeman who runs local dance school “Freeman Dance” to discover why she believes it’s important to nurture and support talent, her pupils passion for dance and why her school might just be about to put the city in the national spotlight once again on Britain’s Got Talent!
So you’re through to the last stages in the Britain’s Got Talent auditions how does it feel? All our children are so excited! It has been a fantastic experience so far. Our BGT dancers are all aged between 7 and 11 and they are working really well together as a team. Their enthusiasm and joy of dance is incredible. I am really proud of all our students and our team of teachers and we have fantastic support from parents too. It must have been a lengthy and exhausting period, tell us about what the school has had to go through to get this far? It’s our first experience of BGT and we didn’t know what to expect, so we took 76 primary school age students to the NEC in December to see what it was like! We had a really fantastic day, the BGT organisers and the film crew made our children feel really special. Ours is the biggest dance troupe that has ever entered for BGT. Did you or the children get to meet the celebrity judges? If so any star struck moments? After going through at the NEC, our children danced on stage at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham for the judges, Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasslehoff. The highlight of the day for most of the kids was meeting Ant and Dec, who attempted to give all 76 of them a high 5 as they bounced off stage after receiving their 3 yes’s!
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How long has Freeman Dance been running and what inspired you to open it? Freeman Dance opened in Coventry in 1982. From the beginning the aim was to create something special, a well-organised, friendly school with not only great technical training, but a School that would offer its students incredible performance opportunities. We aim to be innovative and ground breaking and take the lead. How many pupils are in the school and what age ranges are they? The school opened with just 4 pupils on the first night, my 2 nieces and their 2 friends! We’ve grown a lot since then and we now have almost 350 students training with us from just 2 years old! We are really proud at Freeman Dance to have over 70 boys, we know we are unique in the city and believe we are unique in the country of having such a high ratio of boys to girls in a non-selective school. What achievements has the school acquired so far? It is a great achievement to be the only dance school in Coventry to produce an annual show at the city’s Belgrade Theatre, giving our students the chance to perform to packed houses in Coventry’s premier professional Theatre every July. We offer our students the chance to perform annually at the West End too and compete in major competitions in Europe. Our students have been incredibly successful in winning Major World Trophies in many dance styles and gaining scholarship places to the country’s leading
dance colleges. In 2010 the Associated Board of Dance nominated no fewer than 8 Freeman Dance students for Senior Ballet Scholarships, an incredible achievement. As a school you’ve performed in many shows throughout the world, tell us about them? We’ve been performing and competing abroad in some of the most important dance competitions in the world since 1999. Some of the most memorable events include; Freeman Dance representing the UK in the International Children’s Festival held each year in Coventry’s twin city of Belgrade, Serbia. Forty of us stayed for a week and had an amazing experience performing in three separate theatres. The final event had young dancers representing their countries from all over the world in one big showcase. It was a sell out performance at the Sava Centre, with an audience of over 4,000 and the Show was televised on national TV. Another year we took a group of 60 to Barcelona where we competed with other dance groups from Europe, Russia and America in a three-day competition. Our group won Major trophies in Irish, Tap and Modern Dance and also made a lot of friends. Our children have also performed in the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Resort, Paris, at the famous Alessandro Bonci Theatre in Italy and we represented the UK at the International Tap Dance Festival in Holland.
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Has the school produced any major stars? Stuart Carroll danced on the European Tour of ‘Tap Dogs’, which is now currently back in the West End. Ben Prince is performing all over the world, most recently in ‘Spirit of the Dance’ in Las Vegas and ‘Starlight Express’ in Germany. Zoe O’Sullivan is currently dancing in the West End production of ‘Thriller Live’, following the International Tour. Zoe has also danced in the UK Tour of ‘High School Musical’, and the European Tour of ‘Daddy Cool’. Tom McGarrity recently completed a sixmonth contract in ‘Oliver’ in the West End, and also performed in ‘Matilda’ for the RSC over Christmas. Ben Bazeley has performed in both The English Youth Ballet and the National Youth Ballet, and Alexandra Allen, Tom McGarrity, Joshan Patel and Bethany Carter are all in the cast of the successful Debbie Issit film ‘Nativity!’ Many of your pupils go on to teach or help with coaching younger ones at Freeman Dance, there seems to be a lot of loyalty to the school, why do you think this is? There is a remarkable level of loyalty within the school. Many of our former students are now returning with their young children, which is one of the highest compliments we can receive. Many of our teachers trained with Freeman Dance since they were two or three years old. It sounds corny, but it truly is like a family, with everyone supporting each other. Our students who go on to train and dance professionally all come back regularly to share their expertise with our current students. We are very lucky. Your pupils always seem to be well behaved, proud of the school and professional from a young age- how do you manage to achieve this? Thank you. We have very high expectations of our students, and they never let us down! With Freeman Dance they have many opportunities to work in professional theatres from a very early age, they respect that, respond to it and rise to the challenge. We have had countless comments on the good behaviour of our students from the professional companies we have worked with, the latest being the film crew and organisers of BGT. What’s your proudest achievement so far? We have had so many over the years, but one recent one was when we entered a small group to dance in a three-day competition in Italy. Our team were the only UK group to reach the Grand Finals in one of the world’s most prestigious, highly regarded International Dance competitions. We competed in the finals with groups representing Russia, U.S.A, Brazil and Croatia, and gave performances in Irish, Street and Salsa dance. It was an amazing moment when our group won the top overall prize of the competition, the Artistic Directors Trophy. This group included many
of the current teachers of Freeman Dance and it was fantastic to see their hard work rewarded. How important do you think it is for Coventry to have dance schools and foster creativity and dance through home grown talent? Coventry has a wealth of talented and enthusiastic young dancers, it is vital to nurture and support their development and creativity and a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of that process. There is also a lot more to a good dance school than learning to dance; it is also about developing confidence, loyalty, and being part of a team. Our students are from many different backgrounds, they learn to work together, pride, discipline and increase their self-esteem, which are all valuable life skills. Most will not choose a career in dance, but all of these skills, together with firm friendships and happy memories go with them. With all our West End and trips abroad, Freeman Dancers also have an incredible CV when applying for University or work! Do you think parents and families contribute towards this? The parents and families of our students play a major part in the success of our School. We are extremely fortunate to attract supportive, loyal and appreciative parents and families who encourage our dancers and support our team of teachers. Without this support we could not achieve the results we do and our students would not be able to take advantage of all the opportunities we offer. Your school has acquired a lot of interest from boys with many joining why do you think this is? Most recently TV shows featuring dance acts such as Diversity and Flawless have had an impact. However, Freeman Dance has always had a great reputation for the amount of boys we attract and the success they achieve. We had a very high ratio of boys from very early on. I trained with a male dance teacher, Lee Clark and often worked with male dance partners as I was growing up and it was always one of the main aims of the School. We run Boys Only classes as well as mixed classes and we have both male and female teachers in the School. Our boys are extremely welcoming to any new boys who join and now with so many boys always around, it is a reassuring for any new boys who want to give dance a try. What’s unique about Freeman Dance? We are certainly unique in having so many boys training with us each week and unique in that we will be staging the first All Boys Dance Show of its kind at the Belgrade Theatre on May 28th (Tickets on sale now!) We know we are also unique in the amazing performance opportunities we offer our students. Freeman Dance has represented the UK many times in many different parts of the world.
are unique in the level of success we achieve in this area also. How would you like to see the school develop over the next 5 years? We will continue to grow, to innovate and seek out new, exciting and challenging performance opportunities for our students. We also expect the number of students we prepare for professional training to increase, as we have such a wealth of talent and determination present in our younger students coming up through the School. I expect we will be sharing in the success of many of our young dancers and I hope we will continue to attract boys into the School too and celebrate our 100th boy training with us very soon! After all these years of teaching dance do you think you can recognise talent instantly and how do you nurture this? Some children are very natural dancers and performers and others take a little longer to develop. It is incredible what can be achieved with determination, persistence and a genuine love of dance. The right technical training is of course essential, but with encouragement, belief and above all, a child really wanting to dance, the results can be inspiring. I became a Senior Dance Examiner for the Associated Board of Dance in 1987 and I am now a member of the Grand Council of Dance and within these roles I have worked with thousands of young dancers all over the UK. From this it is clear that although some children display a very obvious talent, there are also others that can achieve great things with the right training and encouragement. If you get through to the live finals what can we expect from Freeman Dance? Our students have come on so well during this competition, their focus, their confidence and their teamwork have all developed dramatically, so I expect they will achieve a truly remarkable performance! We have such an energetic and happy group of young dancers, we don’t put any pressure on them at all, but encourage them to have fun and enjoy the moment! We are planning an exciting, entertaining and fast moving new dance with lots of fun and vitality. It has been a great journey so far and if we reach the finals it will be a bonus but if not we will all have had a fantastic experience along the way. And finally what’s the best piece of advice you’d give to any boy or girl who has a dream and wants to dance? Believe in yourself and never give up. Dance is a competitive industry to enter but the rewards can be fantastic and most dancers and dance teachers could not imagine doing anything else. It is important to train at a good school with excellent technical training, continually expanding performance opportunities and one with a forward looking and ambitious future. One just like Freeman Dance in fact!
Our reputation for preparing students for acceptance to the major dance colleges in the UK is increasing every year and I believe we
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FEATURES | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW
KING OF THE
s a DJ, Coventry born Paul Morrell, started his journey in the local Coventry clubs The Foundry, Ikon and Demand. Gradually building up his reputation, Paul has now filled dancefloors for just over a decade gracing the turntables at some of the nations most proliffic nightclubs, parties and underground venues. Morrell holds the prestigious accolade of being one of the few DJs to have performed in every room at the world renowned ‘Ministry of Sound’ club in London UK. In addition Paul has performed for Gatecrasher, Cream, Polysexual, Tidy, Atomik & Judgement Sunday in Ibiza, and is a regular face at The Gallery in London, working with dance music Royalty and performing on the same bill as artists such as Armin Van Buuren, Sander Van Doorn, Paul Oakenfold, Mauro Picotto and Paul Van Dyk.
As a producer and remixer, Paul has worked with artists from across the dance music spectrum from that of hard dance and trance icons such as Lisa Lashes, Stimulator, BK and Anne Savage, to commercial dance ‘A’ Listers Sonique, 4Strings, Blue Pearl & KKlass. His work has been supported by major radio DJs including BBC Radio 1’s Judge Jules, Dave Pearce and Eddie Halliwell, as well as on Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Sound Garten’ show in Germany and Riley and Durants Galaxy dance show. His production “Lights off” received Judge Jules’ prestigious “Tried and Tested” accolade for an impressive three weeks in a row.
“Give Me Love” is released on 6th April
In January 2010 Paul was honoured by Ministry of Sound at The Gallerys annual awards, at which he won the award for “Best Breakthrough Artist of 2009”, fighting off competition from other UK based artists, and putting him on the winners board with the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Sander Van Doorn and Judge Jules. Paul has now turned his talents to writing and producing his own releases and has joined up with founder Sugababe, Mutya Buena for this year’s summer smash “Give Me Love”. The track is already tipped for huge success and Paul has been approached by other artists for future collaborations.
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Feel Alive caught up with Paul during his busy schedule and got the lowdown on his musical influences, favourite hangouts and why he’d like to collaborate with the legend that is Mark Ronson... So Paul, you grew up in Coventry and went to Coundon Court School, what have been your favourite places to hang out in the city? When I first started going out, I loved the Foundry in Gosford St. The Lighthouse was also a favourite! Obviously now Classique@ Careys of course!!! So what inspired you to become a DJ? I’ve always been inspired by Pete Tong and have appreciated his music from an early age. What are your influences? Too many to list! Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Human League, Sasha & Jon Digweed, Boy George, Sonique, Fatboy Slim, Mark Ronson... how much time do you have?! Where do you get your inspiration for writing tracks? They just happen... I can’t really say a specific event on the tracks I’ve written so far but who knows – maybe a future track will see the backlog of emotions being poured out!
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What do you think of the local music scene? Bands like The Enemy have really raised the profile of Coventry. There are many acts that I tip to make it big including Pint Shot Riot, Vicky Jackson (who I’m also collaborating with shortly!) & No One Jones. Coventry has so much to offer and it’s great that these acts are inspiring up and coming artists to go for it. Do you record in Coventry or do you base yourself in London? Both really – I record the music in Coventry but depending on the location of the artist I sometimes go to a London studio to make it easier. You’re releasing a track with ex Sugababe Mutya – tells us about her? Mutya was amazing to work with, a professional from the start. She has such an iconic unique voice, I knew from the second she started singing that this was going to be huge. I’d like to think our collaboration had a part to play in her return to music! Seriously though, I couldn’t rate her any higher – I’d record every song with her if I could! And finally, who would you like to record with and why? Mark Ronson because he’s really cutting edge and I relate to him musically.
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