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AUGUST 2012 Issue 156



Movies Food Heath & Beauty Peterborough Beer Festival The Posh

The best

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SUPERCLUB LAUNCHES IN CITY The August bank holiday is set to be the busiest ever as one of the city’s biggest promoters and DJs join forces to launch Superclub night on Friday August 24. There’ll be three different club experiences all on one night and in one destination at Edward’s, Flares and the Red Room. Edward’s hosts OfficialClubNights, with Kiss FM’s DJ Steve Smart launching his new residency performing live straight after his national radio show. The night features an exclusive starlit VIP area, Ibiza style dancers, laser lights and a TV crew and photographers! In the newly re-branded Red Room, Vanity is launching with a champagne reception in what’s set to become one of the most exclusive monthly R ‘n’ B nights, complete with VIP table service, a live percussionist and special guest DJs from London’s elite clubs. Flares will host the legendary retro night Disco Inferno which is back after a three year break. There’ll be a unique mix of 70s, 80s and 90s party anthems complete with a live stage show every 30 minutes hosted by local sensations Theodore Supafly and Ginger Jones. Entry’s from just £3 and there’s a £1.50 premium drinks selection and 2 for 1 on all cocktails all night. Enjoy!

FUN @ THE HALCYON On Saturday August 11 head over to The Halcyon for the VIP visit from the official torch! You’ll get the chance to have your photo taken with Superhorse and the official torch, plus take part in loads of fun and games. They’re also looking for singers to take part in The Horse Factor – so if you think you’ve got the voice, or can rustle up, up to five people to belt out a classic, you could be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and a day at a recording studio! The competition’s in three stages, the first is in September, when you turn up to your local and show them what you’ve got. Then in October there are 10 regional heats, where one winner per region will go through to the national final. And finally in November it’s the national final where 10 talented singers will perform to win the whopping prize. All runners up will receive £500 each. To enter, visit

SPECIAL BUFFET @ ANGEL SPICE The delicious special Sunday buffet continues at Angel Spice in Stilton, so don’t miss out on the chance to indulge in the fine Indian cuisine they have to offer. Make the most of the buffet anytime from 12 noon – 10pm and choose from up to 40 freshly prepared mouth-watering dishes, or even English dishes if you prefer. It’ll cost you just £8.95 per head, and children and senior citizens can eat for just £4.95. To book your table call 01733 244373.

SUMMER BEER FEST @ COCK INN The Cock Inn in Werrington Village is holding a summer Beer Fest in aid of Help For Heroes. On August 11 – 12 there’ll be live music in the beer garden from 2pm –


7pm, a selection of real ales, bouncy castle and BBQ (weather permitting!) It’s suitable for all the family and there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained. Call 01733 322006 for more info.

CAR BOOT SALE @ JEM’S DINER Jem’s Diner in Warmington are planning a car boot sale for sometime in the near future, so if you’ve got a few bits and bobs that you’re desperate to get rid of then let them know if you’re interested! If you want to take your car along and pass on your unwanted goods to someone who’ll take care of them, call 01832 226497.

THE TRIUMPH OWNERS BIKE SHOW Peterborough Triumph Owners MCC will be gathering at the Talbot Inn, Stilton on Saturday August 18. There’ll be everything from classic Triumphs to modern day race bikes, so make sure you pop along and meet some of the friendliest bikers in the county! Entry’s free and there’ll also be a BBQ and live music, don’t forget the Talbot Inn also has a great selection of beers, real ales and a tasty food menu.

SMART PHONE DRIVING APP @ MARMALADE Do you think you’re a good driver? Then why not challenge yourself with your Smart Phone? Peterborough based young driver specialist, Marmalade, has developed a Smart Phone App that will tell you if you’re a smooth driver and how much you could save if you went for Marmalade car insurance, specifically designed for young drivers. Compare your score with your friends on social media. Free downloads at If you want to find out more about Marmalade, call 0845 644 2026.

THE GROOVY CLUB, STAMFORD Looking for a new place to head to at the weekends? The Groovy Club has recently opened its doors above the Hole In The Wall in Stamford, and is off to a great start with their Disco Inferno nights. From 10pm – 3pm you can get on down to the sounds of the 70s and 80s. There’ll be funky 80s pop anthems, classic hip hop, funk and soul. There’ll also be a show with dancers, musicians, circus performers and break dancers, plus it’s free entry. To find out more, visit

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HAVE YOUR PARTY @ VIRTUAL GOLF Do you fancy trying something different for your special occasion? Well Peterborough Virtual Golf may be the ideal place for it – especially with the recent wash out weather! It’s the perfect venue for stag nights, corporate events and birthday parties, plus you can play golf on several different courses without having to travel. There’s a café/bar there too, so you can keep topped up on refreshments, and if you haven’t experienced virtual golf before, they’ll give you a free 15 minute trial so you can see just how good it is! Call 01733 202604 to book now!

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TRACY’S FLOWERS With summer being the season packed full of events and popular for parties, you may find yourself in need of a few decorative touches such as flowers. Well look no further, as Tracy’s Flowers – located in Stilton – is the ideal place to go to. Tracy’s a qualified florist and can create gorgeous arrangements of flowers for all occasions such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events and funerals. Wedding stationery’s also available. Call 01733 240062 for more details.

THE BLITZ SPIRIT CONCERT 1940’s weekend is coming to Nene Valley Railway in October, returning to its original format and welcoming back the soldiers from the 39-45 society. The Blitz Spirit Concert will recapture the Blitz Spirit of

1940s London, with a stage show of authentic 1940s entertainment. There’ll be drill displays, battle displays and firepower displays so you’re sure to get a true taste of the 40s! It’s on from October 6 – 7, for more details call 01780 784444 or visit

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VIC’S GYM Local boxing trainer Vic is off to a great start at his new premises in Hampton, with boxing becoming one of the favoured sports and it’s a brilliant way to keep fit. He’s organising another boxing event which will be held at the Cresset on Saturday September 29, and we’ll have more details soon! If you wish to speak to Vic about the event, call 07595 167679.

SAVE THE GREEN BACKYARD The Green Backyard on Oundle Road has been a place where anyone can go and share skills, grow food, make friends, gain confidence and have fun. It’s a beautiful and inspiring place and has hosted workshops and events involving arts, music, crafts, discussion, martial arts and more. However supporters of this grassroots environment project are fighting to keep it open as the city council wants to uproot it. To help save the Green Backyard and find out more visit and search for ‘save the green backyard’ to sign the petition.

NEW SHOES @ QUEENSGATE It’s great to hear that family footwear favourite Barratts is back in Queensgate, and re-opened its doors in time for the Back To School stage and summer sales. The Back To School range features affordable and quality shoes for children of all ages, plus there’s a huge range of popular brands for women and men from Skechers, Rocket Dog, Hush Puppies and their own branded shoes. We’re glad to have it back! Another high street shoe store is also arriving in the centre – Office – and will be opening its doors towards the end of the summer. They offer the newest trends straight from the international catwalk, and stock everything from sophisticated shoes for in the office, chic wedges and sandals, trainers, boots and of course skyscraper heels! We’ll definitely be spoilt for choice now when it comes to looking for that perfect pair of shoes. To find out more, visit .

BEN FOGLE COMES TO TOWN TV presenter Ben Fogle is coming to town to talk about his new book The Accidental Naturalist early next month. You can catch him at Central Library on Monday September 3 at 1pm, telling the extraordinary true stories of his encounters with animals and how they changed his life. Tickets are £3 and are available from the Central Library and Waterstone’s in Peterborough.

PETERBOROUGH YOUTH RADIO LAUNCHES A radio station dedicated to giving the young members of the community the chance to get involved is launching in September. They’re inviting local people to become a member of the station, where you’ll have the opportunity to further your interest in music and broadcast, plus you may get the chance to shadow one of the presenters or create your own playlist! The live broadcasts will start on Saturday September 8 at 3pm. For more info email stationmanager@peterboroughyouth

SPRINGFIELDS’ SUMMER FESTIVALS Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding has some great entertainment lined-up this month as well as some fantastic bargains! On August 4 – 5 it’s all about fashion and beauty and toys for the boys with fashion shows and beauty tips for the girls and car displays, laser shooting, and simulators for the boys. On August 11 – 12 it’s the fit and fun festival to promote healthy, outside activities with the emphasis on fun. It’s all about arts and crafts on August 18 – 19 with a variety of different demonstrations and interactive, hands on experiences for kids and adults. See out August with a fabulous music festival from August 25 – 27. There’ll be live music each day from 12 – 6pm on Saturday with rock and pop, 12 – 5pm Sunday with easy listening tunes and a mix of music 12 – 8pm Monday. There’ll be more street food and a licensed bar.



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Guest writers Annabelle Davis and Autumn Rose have the guide to the area’s hottest shows...

WONDERSTUFF DUO IN STAMFORD Two members of the Wonderstuff return after 20 years of playing to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK. They are best known for their number one single with Vic Reeves, Dizzy, as well as Welcome to the Cheap Seats and Size of a Cow. Miles Hunt and Erica Nocktalls are supported by folkpop-punk-country-blues singer, Paddy Nash bringing back the concert experience of the 90s. Paddy’s toured England as well as accompanying Billy Bragg on his tour of Ireland guaranteeing you a night to remember. They’ll be performing live at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford, on Wednesday August 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12. Box office: 01780 766455. Annabelle Davis



Well known for being one of the world’s best known and greatest recording bands, the Electric Light Orchestra packed stadiums and sold out tours. To hear their best hits reproduced by the exciting tribute band, ELO Experience, head to the Cresset on Friday August 24. They’ll be performing the band’s famous songs that previously stormed the charts, including Wild West, Sweet Talking Woman and Mr. Blue Sky. The show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18. Box office: 01733 265705.

World famous 80s band, Madness, were recently brought back into the spotlight with their dazzling performance from the roof of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Bourne Corn Exchange is now offering you an opportunity to get close to this experience with Complete Madness, an energetic and lively tribute band. This fun-packed show is full of your favourite Madness numbers, including One Step Beyond and Our House that are sure to get you on your feet. Complete Madness perform at the Bourne Corn Exchange on Friday August 31 at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 on the door or £10 in advance. Box office: 07828 032241. Autumn Rose

KYT’S GREAT DAY OUT The talented youngsters from the Key Youth Theatre present Willy Russell’s famous musical, Our Day Out. The production follows Mrs Kay’s class as they go on a trip to Alton Towers, however school tyrant Mr Briggs decides to join them for the journey – with eventful consequences. Guaranteed to provide brilliant entertainment, Our Day Out will prove to be a great day out! It hits the Key Theatre from Wednesday August 15 – Saturday August 18. Show times are 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinee performance on Saturday August 18. Tickets cost £10 - £15. Box office: 01733 207239. Autumn Rose

GO DIRTY DANCING IN STAMFORD An Evening of Dirty Dancing is the original box office smash hit tribute to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. It’s been getting people up on their feet all over the UK since 2010. Originally directed by Matt Firth, the sell-out sensation features a stunning cast straight from the West End, guaranteed to show you a great night out. It’s the ultimate party for everyone, you won’t be able to help tapping your feet to the beat and singing along to all the hits such as Be My Baby, Wipeout and the Oscar winning, (I’ve had) The Time of My Life. Catch it while you can on Friday August 17, 7.30pm at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford. Tickets are £16, concessions £14.50. Box office: 01780 766455. Annabelle Davis

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGS Fancy a film? An evening of outdoor screenings will feature four film nights, each starting at 7pm, so grab some popcorn and head to Burghley House, in Stamford. On Saturday July 28, Chariots of Fire (PG) will be showing. Then on the following Wednesday, August 1, Pride and Prejudice (U) will be shown, a film adaptation of the world famous classic novel, some of which was filmed on location at Burghley. Then one for the adults and older teens, Thursday August 2, The Full Monty (15) will hit the screen. Finishing with the feel good Abba film, Mama Mia! (PG), on Friday August 13 featuring many of Abba’s hits. This will be following the Great Olympic Garden Party, for those who want to watch the Olympics in a spectacular setting. Special late night tickets will be available after 6pm at a reduced rate. For specific details, please visit Annabelle Davis


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LEARN TO PLAY THE LION KING We all know the popular musical The Lion King, but now the famous West End show is hitting the local area, at John Clare Cottage in Helpston. Polka Dot Theatre have built up a good reputation for their brilliant work with the community, and from Tuesday August 14 – Wednesday August 15 are offering the chance for youngsters to get involved with their production. From 10am – 4pm Polka Dot will be providing fun-filled theatre training. Family and friends can then watch the performance on the second day. Children aged between 7 and 12 years can participate, for a cost of £50. For more info call 01733 253330. Autumn Rose

FROM SALZBURG TO SOUTH HOLLAND If, like most of us, you’re unable to travel to Austria for this year’s Salzburg Festival, then all that is needed is a short car journey to the South Holland Arts Centre in Spalding. They’re providing a live satellite screening of the festival, which includes Live Opera performances to make you feel like you’re actually there. On Wednesday August 1 at 6.30pm Puccini’s La Bohème will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic in Italian. Conductor Daniele Gatti is featuring alongside the performers Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. On Monday August 6 at 6.30pm the Vienna Philharmonic will be performing Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Italian, with conductor Bertrand de Billy and performers Christopher Maltman and Annette Dasch. Finally, on Monday August 13 at 6pm Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be shown. It will be performed by Concentus Musicus Wein and sung in German. This screening will feature conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and you’ll get to see performers Georg Zeppenfeld and Bernard Richter. Tickets for all of these screenings cost £15 or £13 for concessions. If buying on the day of the performance then contact the box office on 01775 764777. Autumn Rose

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One thing I have learned during our random ESP nights out is that the team can drink! So, don’t be surprised if you see the likes of Jess Lockhart and Steve Gonzalez at Peterborough’s 35th Beer Festival. The week of August 21 – 25 sees the return of the biggest bar in the Boro, with facebook and Twitter constantly updated with talk of ales, ciders, perries and wines. It seems the entire city attends this annual event so make sure you don’t miss out yourself.

A few things make the Embankment’s much loved event different this year. A popular decision for drinkers who return year on year is that the layout has returned to the original horseshoe shape. Other changes include reduced entry prices and even cheaper (free to CAMRA members) lunchtime sessions. Also for the first time, pizza will be available amongst the other selections of food – something I’m sure will please our Man About Town Pep Cipriano. Regulars will also be pleased to hear that plenty has not changed. As always, amongst the 350 plus real ales, there’ll be traditional pub games, quizzes and some really great live music every night. To find out more on who’ll be performing, read Keith Dalton’s article on page 44.

Mikey’s Checklist Challenge! Whilst visiting Peterborough’s 35th Beer Festival, look out for the following… • Brewsters ‘Strong Hophead’: The Festival’s very own real ale, brewed in conjunction with Brewster’s Brewery of Grantham. • Tipplefair: a haven for fans of beer and pub memorabilia. Go and browse (and buy) items of interest from the licensed trade. • CAMRA e-petition: This year, we’re all invited to sign the CAMRA e-petition to help secure an MP’s debate on the beer duty escalator. This led to record price hikes on the price of beer. • Exotic Fruit Bottled Beer: As well as having several huge real ale, cider and wine bars, the Peterborough Beer Fest also has well stocked bottled beer bars too. Beers from all over the world are there and so are the exotic fruit beers which always seem to sell out before everything else! • The RNLI: Each year, the Peterborough Beer Fest helps to raise thousands to support the RNLI Skegness lifeboat station. Last year Peterborough CAMRA was proud to attend the launch of their brand new lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV, funded entirely by the generosity of festival goers over the years.

JOIN THE ESP LUNCHTIME QUIZ Every year ESP Magazine is proud to host the Beer Festival Lunchtime Quiz with Ian Gray. Wednesday August 22 – Saturday August 25 1pm start and finishes by 2pm – ideal in your lunch hour! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and funny team name. All general knowledge. Enrol at the CAMRA membership stand Hear the questions over the PA in various locations across site. Join in solo, or bring your mates.



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So whether you’re into your real ales or not get yourself to what’s guaranteed to be the talk of the town. Take the family. After all, it’s free for anyone under the age of 18 with a responsible adult. You can even bring your dog on a lead (but don’t give it any Old Codger’s Gut Grumbler!) and your own picnic… minus the alcohol for obvious reasons. For further details on the Peterborough Beer Festival, visit or call 01733 896555. Also, keep updated on the Beer Festival by visiting our new website on or by liking ESP on facebook.

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ITALIAN FESTIVAL RETURNS Peterborough’s set to live la dolce vita next month! TV chef Gino D’Acampo

The city’s Italian Festival is ready to return and this year it’s running over two days with some very special entertainment lined up that everyone should enjoy. The girls in the office are particularly excited about the Italian hot dish himself – lovely TV chef Gino D’Acampo – who’ll be making a special appearance on the Sunday. This event just gets better and better and with two days of celebrations there’s now even more reason to go along on September 15 and 16. There’ll be an Italian market and delicious, authentic Italian food tasting by local restaurants including Mattoni, Riva, Ristorante Fratelli, Barista, Papa Luigi and The Pasta Shop. There’s also an Italian sausage making demonstration and homemade wine tasting.

Papa Luigi will be running a children’s pizza making session as well as selling pizza slices in aid of the Mayor’s charities. Plus their ever popular Pizza Eating Championships make a return – always worth a watch! There’ll be some fabulous Italian cars, bikes and scooters on display (including our very own Man About Town’s Vespa!) for enthusiasts to drool over. You’ll be amazed by the skills of the flag throwers from Florence and marvel at the cookery skills of Italian chefs from Forli who’ll be giving demonstrations. One of the main highlights will be a pop up restaurant by Riva which will set up in Cathedral Square on Saturday night when you can dine accompanied by a live string quartet and Italian song performances. Table for us please guys! It’s all organised by the Italian Community Association and Peterborough City Council and we certainly can’t wait!


Organiser Tony Weaver told ESP – "The idea behind BEAT Festival was a simple one. Colin (from The Plough) had already made clear his desire to have an event that involved the local community, be that artists, stall holders, marshals and of course ESP! For my part, I wanted to Want some festival fun without a hefty put together a event that not only price tag and miles to travel? offered a selection of the very best artists involved with electronic music, ESP is pleased to support this great electronic music festival at The Plough in but given the current economic climate, it had to be priced as competitively as Farcet Fen guaranteed to get you possible... hence BEAT The Recession partying to the sounds of some great was born!" DJs.

JAMIE’S BIG BENEFIT WEEKEND There’s a great weekend of live music and DJs coming up at The Plough in Farcet Fen all in aid of a local lad. Little Jamie Andrews has a rare blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia alongside a chromosome disorder and it’s hoped this fundraising weekend will help. Jamie’s Big Benefit Weekend is taking place on August 18 and 19 with a massive line-up of DJs on both days. There’s also a range of live bands and solo singers adding to the entertainment as well as a barbecue and loads of stalls. Dan Andrews, Jamie’s dad, and Carl Donovan are having their legs waxed at about 5.30pm on Saturday by ladies from Beautiful Day Spa in Yaxley, to sponsor them call Carl on 07968 471679. Please, no alcohol to be brought into the event, as there's a bar outside in the marquee and in the pub, and there’ll be zero tolerance to abusive behaviour. There’ll be a big raffle to win a kid’s and adult’s bike plus there’s plenty of entertainment for the kids too and you can camp over from £10 for two nights (book at The Plough) to make a real weekend of it. It runs from 11am – 2.30am on Saturday and from 12 noon – 10.30pm on Sunday with admission just £2 and £1. Family discounts are available both days. For more details call Emma on 07958 140306.


The BEAT Festival on August 3, 4 and 5 is raising cash for Help For Heroes but must be one of the best value festivals ever – you can attend and camp on site all weekend for just £25 and even the food and drink are well priced. We like it! That's why we're sponsoring the ESP Arena playing old skool, house and techno and this will be home to the after party 11pm – 3am on the Friday and Saturday nights.

The line-up they've managed to bring together is impressive too – national acts include Slipmatt, a godfather of the electronic music / rave scene, and half of the legendary production duo SL2 who'll be playing an exclusive two hour set. Then there's Nicky Blackmarket, Meth & MC 2Shy, Morphy / Dubmonger, Fathom Audio, Ben Townsend, DBR UK, Mr Bang-e [C-Sonix] and a huge list of local talent too.

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WET AND WILD IN DEEPING! It’s expected that this year’s Deepings Raft Race, on Sunday August 5, will be bigger and better than ever! Olympic-themed rafts will race down the River Welland, cheered on by thousands along the banks. This year, the Rotary Club of the Deepings are organising the race and raising money for local sports clubs. There’ll be plenty of arts, crafts and trade stalls as well as a flypast from an aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. For more information, please visit, www.deepings or call 0843 289 7064. Annabelle Davis


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Whether you’re a fan of Steve Redgrave and keen on rowing or just want to idle away a few hours watching some great sporting action (and athletes in lycra!) – get yourself along to the annual Summer Rowing Regatta in Peterborough.

The event at the rowing lake on Thorpe Meadows on August 11 and 12 is an entertaining weekend, even if you don’t know one end of an oar from the other. It’s fast paced with races every few minutes and you can cheer on the Peterborough Rowing Club teams as they take on competitors from all over the country.

BMX CHAMPS HIT TOWN Calling all BMX fans! Are you ready to see the pros in action? Peterborough Phantoms BMX Racing Club are hosting a National British Cycling race at their track in Orton Malborne, just two weeks after BMX racing appears in the London 2012 Olympics. Taking place over the August bank holiday, the action begins on Friday August 24 when the competitors arrive at the track to practice. The racing starts on Saturday August 25 from 12.30, where 700 of the country’s top riders are expected to battle it out for the title of National Champion. This track is well known for being one of the best BMX racing facilities in the UK. Mark Campbell, Secretary of Peterborough Phantoms BMX Club, told ESP – “The atmosphere is sure to be electric.” On the Sunday evening after the racing, an end of series party is being held in a marquee next to the track. For more info, visit or email them at You can also call 01487 831133. The event’s sponsored by Queensgate shopping centre so look out for some of the BMX riders in the centre in August – keep an eye on the new or like us on facebook for dates. Autumn Rose

OUR STAR JOINS THE HIKE Do you want to get involved in an interesting new fundraising event hitting Peterborough? Formerly known as the Midnight Walk, the Starlight Hike is a great way to get a group of mates together and have a laugh, while raising money for Sue Ryder at the same time. And great news, men can now participate in the hike, too! As ESP proudly supports the event, the Face of ESP, fitness instructor Jessica Lockhart, is limbering up to get involved. Taking place on Saturday September 8, the Starlight Hike is a brilliant excuse to dress up and have fun with your friends. The 10k sponsored hike starts and finishes at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. Leading up to the start of the race, local singer Murray Hockridge from BBC’s The Voice will be performing to get the crowd buzzing. Murray grew up close to Thorpe Hall, where the Sue Ryder hospice is, so was eager to get involved with the event.



The Ruddy Duck pub in Peakirk is holding its fourth annual Beer Festival this month with a great line up of bands and beers.

Digventures at Flag Fen has just begun; open from Tuesday July 24 to Sunday August 14. If you’ve always been interested in archaeology, don’t miss your chance to head down to this Heritage site this summer!

It’s being held on Saturday August 11 from 2pm onwards. Everyone’s welcome and it’s free entry. There’ll be 10 real ales, ciders a barbecue and some really great live music from The One Eyed Cats, DB5 and The Nuggets. If you’ve seen any of these bands before you’ll know you’re in for a good night, and if you haven’t – trust us!

You’ll be able to watch expert archaeologists uncover the secrets of Peterborough’s historic site. This is the first time in 10 years that any work’s been done at Flag Fen, and hopefully many new finds will be unearthed! Admission to Flag Fen is £5 for adults or £4.50 for concessions. The cost for children/ full time students to enter is £3.75, and children under 5 years get in for free. For more information you can call 01733 313414. Autumn Rose

GET TRAINING FOR RUN The Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday October 14, and looks set to top all of the previous years. This year they’ve seen a surge in entries, reporting a 45 percent rise compared to last years. Leading up to the big race, they’ve started to hold regular training sessions every fortnight on Wednesdays, the next one being Wednesday August 8. Further details about entering the race, training dates and a number of downloadable training guides are available at Annabelle Davis

CLASSIC CAR ROAD RUN So what are you waiting for? The Starlight Hike is guaranteed to be a great night of entertainment for everybody taking part. If you’d like to head along to join Murray and Jessica, you can register by logging on to or contact the fundraising team at Thorpe Hall on 01733 330060. Autumn Rose

For those of you interested in vintage cars, the Wisbech and District Historic Vehicle Club is hosting an event that you’re sure to love! On Sunday August 12 a Road Run’s being held, starting at the Somers Road Car Park in Wisbech. It involves an eighty mile route around Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, with a static display at Perkins Engines in Peterborough and finishing with a show at the Somers Road Car Park. As this is the twentieth anniversary of the popular Road Run, the organisers are hoping to make it the biggest and best yet! All classic and historic cars, commercials and motorbikes are more than welcome to join in the fun, as all money raised is donated to charity. If you’re interested in having a blast from the past, you can visit the Club’s website on, or email for more info. Autumn Rose


Nearly 140 golfers braved the rain at The Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms Charity Golf Day at Elton Furze Golf Club, including our very own Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart, who dropped by to cheer them on. The event was held to raise money for Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice. Despite the miserable weather on the day everyone entered into the spirit of this annual event, which was once again organised by Iain Forsythe the Managing Director of Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms and his team. The charity golf day has been staged for 15 years, becoming part of the social golfing calendar in the area and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Stephen Wallis part of the fund raising team at Sue Ryder told ESP – “We’d like to thank Iain Forsythe and his team for their amazing support and for organising the event so impressively against all the elements on the day!"


Last chance FaceofESP’12

This is it girls… time to go for it and get ready for the night of your life that could give you a year to remember. If you fancy being our next Face of ESP we have to have your entry in, and you need to have qualified for a semi-final preview during August, so get cracking NOW!

to enter! YOU TOO COULD HAVE A YEAR LIKE JESS! Jessica Lockhart’s had a packed year as the Face of ESP joining us at some great events and meeting a host of stars. The idea of the role is to be an ambassador for ESP Magazine and Jess has done a fantastic job so far, promoting us on Radio Peterborough during its recent stint on air and supporting local charities as well as getting to meet various celebs...

There’s nothing to lose by entering and everything to gain. Get through to the finals night and you’ll be treated like a star from start to finish, regardless of whether you take the title. Jessica Lockhart our reigning Face of ESP says – “I entered the competition mainly to meet new people and gain confidence. I never in a million years expected to win but still went into the competition with an open mind. I'd encourage any girl to apply and give themselves the chance of becoming part of the ESP family. Everyone who is part of ESP and also contributes to the magazine, including all of the businesses who work with the magazine, are absolutely amazing. I've enjoyed every aspect of my year and I am really disappointed that its all coming to an end!” It’s a fabulous night to take part in and you’ll feel glamorous and gorgeous. Every girl gets a fabulous gift bag to take home and it’s an experience you’ll never forget. So come on, take the step onto the red carpet. You never know, at the end of the night it could be you… but only if you enter! “Everyone who enters stands a chance of winning the competition and even if you don't win, you meet so many new people and have a really good evening on the night of the final,” adds Jess. “There's nothing to lose in trying!” We’re looking for an ordinary girl who has that magic something and can represent the spirit of ESP Magazine. It’s not a beauty pageant, but you need to look after yourself, be able to take on anything from an It’s A Knockout contest to a fashion show and of course have a great personality. The winner will be lavished with prizes and pampering throughout the year, appear on our October front cover and become a local star!

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I read somewhere that sex lasts on average for seven minutes and 30 seconds. It’s the time limit set by women for us to get some nookie because reading Fifty Shades Of Grey is more important. That overrated book is all about ruining, not rejuvenating sex lives..

Pep Cipriano

I thought my catwalk days were over once I turned 30 (not that long ago of course) so you can imagine my delight when I was asked to fill in for our Face of ESP (get well soon Jess) and model the new Posh strip for this season.

It’s also great to see local man and lifelong Posh fan Andrew Killingsworth supporting the club with his Werrington-based company becoming the new ‘back of shirt’ sponsor.

I waived my £10k a day catwalk rate in return for a new shirt (where is it Phil? Medium please) and I have to say at long last the club has created a jersey I actually feel comfortable wearing. That’s because of its polo shirt-like design. It means I can wear it casually and keep my old one for the occasional kick around.

The shirt’s priced at £40 for adults and £30 for children. For full kit prices visit www.the or pop into the Posh club shop at London Road. If Posh play as good as this shirt looks then we’ll be in for a play-off place for sure!



Olympic torchbearer Iain Crighton was kind enough to let me hold one of the most talked about and symbolic pieces of history since Lex Luthor came across a chunk of Kryptonite.

of separating them over religion and war. The Olympic Torch is a beacon of peace and aspiration – and it’s much better than the ones Hollywood used in Sinbad and Ben-Hur.

My initial reaction was what a striking resemblance it had with the exhaust pipe of a Caterham Seven. But after a few seconds I began to realise the significance of holding something so powerful.

Our city was chosen to embrace the torch en route to its resting place and that we did. It was a grey and showery evening but that didn’t stop thousands of us lining the streets and gathering on the Embankment to welcome the torch Peterborough style as you can see in our photo special.

For decades the torch has helped to build cohesion across differing communities and bring nations together in friendly competition instead

Can we have the football World Cup next please?


Lauren’s big night is September 29 at the Cresset in Bretton. The show starts at 6pm and tickets are £25 and £30. To book call: 07595 167679.

TWF July 2013 can’t come quick enough but in the meantime there are a couple of other festivals well worth going to. The one and only Peterborough Beer Festival returns for its 35th year on the Embankment from August 21 to 25. The beer fes (as it’s affectionately known) is always worth a visit and so is the Italian Festival, which is back for a fourth year in our city centre. This time chef and TV personality Gino D’Acampo will be dish of the day (Sunday).

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Customers can also grab pizza, panninis, salads and antipasto – all freshly prepared by its Italian owners Michele and Carmelina. Proper Italian ice-cream is on its way also, but best of all Barista is open until 9pm Thursday to Saturday. That’s what I call a taste of the continent.

Former Face of ESP Lauren ‘Hitman’ Hughes will be lacing her boxing gloves for her second outing at the city’s regular white-collar boxing shows. Lauren will be one of 14 fighters aiming for glory at a show organised by Vic’s Gym against fighters from St Ives.


The festival is going to be held over two days (September 15 and 16) for the first time and expect to see and sample all things that symbolise Italy including:

The city’s latest coffee shop offering is a little different to most. Barista in St Peter’s Arcade (alongside the Town Hall) is serving up a slice of Italian coffee culture by laying on Lavazza – Italian coffee at its finest. Trust me, try it and you’ll taste the difference.


Photo: John Grant


Pretty girls Gelled-hair boys Hairy chests Gold crucifixes / horns

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Hand gestures Trivial debate Italian football shirts A whiff of Pino Silvestre



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I WANT THIS BIKE! A bit of Italian exotica – there’s nothing like it. Just about every biker I know would love to get their hands on a Ducati. They’re stylish, fast and unique in so many ways but best of all they have soul – a character that underpins the passion of motorcycling. This S4 RS beauty I’m drooling over is just one of more than 20 used bikes on sale at Balderston. The guys at Hampton almost always seem to have a Ducati in their used ranks but every time I get around to arranging a test ride they end up selling! What’s even more frustrating is my plan to ride this one was ruined by a random torrential downpour that decided to start just as I entered the showroom. Maybe next time, if it’s still there… The rest of Balderston’s used machines cover almost every type of bike out there. There are naked, sport, cruiser and classic – there are even scooters. All used bikes come with warranty and they’ll take in part exchanges on used bike purchases too. Check them out at

WILLOW 2013 DIARY DATE Here’s a photo of me at this year’s brilliant Willow Festival (TWF) after having just one beer. I think the hat belonged to one of the Simmons brothers from Werrington? Oh dear. Next year’s Willow will be held on July 12, 13 and 14 and let me tell you it’s going to be even better in every way. It’s hard to believe organisers can top such a fantastic event this year but in 2013 we’re being promised at least 123 bands, seven stage areas and more bars (minus a stupid straw hat). More than 50,000 of us flocked to the Embankment and thousands more are expected next year with organisers working on ideas to attract more families. Keep an eye on www.willow for details and for opportunities to sponsor the city’s biggest event.

WEIGHTY SHOW @ RADIUS OK, so even our Face of ESP Jess Lockhart can bench press more than me so I’d never intentionally take a pop at this city’s impressive body builders! I know you all work hard guys so well done with the recent Mr Peterborough Body Building Show, it’s clear you’re truly dedicated to your sport and it was a great showcase at Radius.

www. The new improved ESP website is the hub of happy times! Everything you need to know to get the best out of your social time is on as well as reviews of what you might have missed, and diary dates to help you plan ahead.

of what to do when you leave work on Thursday – just make sure you check it out before you leave the office.

Packed with events, the best what’s on guide and a Something For The Weekend section which gives you a handy round-up

Up to date with the latest gossip about what’s going on in this area, leisure, lifestyle and looking good, it’ll fill the gaps between each issue of ESP hitting the streets.

We’ll even guide you to the best deals around for going out or to look great with our local offers page so you can get the most out of your hard earned dosh. Our photographers are always out an about and now you can see even more pictures with every story – you might just spot yourself!

So cheer yourself up and check out – like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and you’ll always know when there’s fresh news on the site as you’ll receive alerts every time a new story goes live. espmagazine espmagazine

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paparazzi Caught in the act? The Paparazzi have been out capturing the action at Edwards, Flares and the newly rebranded Red Room where there have been plenty of parties and an up-for-it crowd! OfficialClubNights has moved to Edwards and has already seen Romeo perform live, while the Mixology nights are going down a storm. Get set for the busiest Bank Holiday event of the year, as the city’s biggest promoters and DJs join forces to launch SUPERCLUB night on Friday August 24, offering three different club experiences all on one night at one destination. Away from the city centre our photographer Mike Harris dropped by at the AMVC leaver’s ball at the Holiday Inn. The students had certainly gone to town on their outfits and the event, which included surprise fireworks. Melanie Richard’s hair salon on Bridge Street celebrated their first anniversary in July and as they were throwing a party, Pep Cipriano dropped in to get some photos. They’ve really made their mark so congratulations guys – here’s to another successful year ahead! We just can’t squeeze in all of our photos here so take a look at our new website for more on or like us on facebook.





arry Potter stars Tom Felton and Warwick Davis created some magic at the primary school in Holme recently and ESP’s Mikey Clarke was there to help cast a spell or two…

ESP would like to congratulate Ben Tomsett, the winner of a recent talent show at Holme C of E Primary School. However, Holme School’s Got Talent was not your average competition. Students had every right to get excited. The official voiceover for the event was Peter Dixon, the man behind the voice of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Hosting the event was local celeb Warwick Davis, the star of blockbusters such as Willow, Star Wars and Harry Potter.

Photos: Emma Bothamley

Speaking of Potter, one of the judging panel was none other than Tom Felton, the teen heartthrob best known as blond bad boy Draco Malfoy in the popular flicks.


Whilst attending Holme School’s Got Talent I must admit that I was a little jealous… the biggest name I ever got at my school talent show was Kev Lawrence! As a big Harry Potter fan I was keen to grab a few words with Tom to find out

just what he’s been up to since playing the iconic villain. Well, you may have spotted him in another bad boy role in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a 2011 remake of the classic favourite. Tom starred alonsgide Rupert Wyatt, James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis. What attracted him to the role I wonder? “It didn’t take any convincing to be a part of the movie,” he explained. “I’m a massive fan of James Franco.” Spoiler alert as Tom continued… “As I died in the movie, I knew this would obviously be a one off, and wouldn’t be signing up for more of the franchise.” Tom joked – “For a sequel, I suggested a two hour flashback featuring my character but the director didn’t seem keen!” Having once heard Felton being referred to as ‘Snoop Hoggy Hogwarts’ I had to ask what this was about. He laughed – “My lovely girlfriend and publicist take

the Mickey by booking me into hotels under that name. The idea is that my name doesn’t attract too much attention, but it backfires as I have to check in as ‘Snoop Hoggy Hogwarts’. Thankfully they don’t do that anymore!” Fans of the Harry Potter star will be pleased to hear they’ll be seeing more of Tom very soon –“I’ve just come back from Serbia,” he revealed. “I did a film out there called Therese, which should be out around Christmas. And I have a mini TV series called Labyrinth coming soon, which is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kate Mosse. Both are very different roles and both very exciting.” If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, make sure you check out more of our exclusive interview online. Read what Tom had to say about his ten years on the Harry Potter set by visiting our new website There are also more pictures from the Holme School’s Got Talent event.

The feature Life And Times Of Warwick Davis is also available on our new website.

BUILDING UP A GREAT REPUTATION! The Mr. Peterborough Bodybuilding competition at Radius saw Theo Scorer from Spalding take the overall title and Aaron McCallum from Louth take the novice title. They were up against some tough competition in the regional amateur bodybuilding competition which saw some amazing athletes take part. There were several different classes on the day from novice, masters over 40s, women’s physique, junior under 21s, shirts off, a bench press competition and much more. The event was sponsored by the Fitness Station in Dogsthorpe and was organised by four times bodybuilding champion Rob Reinaldo from Peterborough, who proved this city knows how to stage a great event. Bodybuilding has gained quite a following in the area so if you fancy building up your physique and maybe even competing in future, drop by the Fitness Station for help (near the fire station) – they also have a supplement store which is open to non members too. There’s a great £20.12 membership offer running at the moment so it’s a great time to sign up!


Olympic Torch Relay

Peterborough got behind the Olympic Torch Relay in style and the celebrations did the city proud. ESP Magazine was there to catch all the action and loved every minute from its arrival on Tuesday July 3, 2012 to when it left early on Wednesday July 4 from Cathedral Square. It really was an event to remember. Photography: Chris Brudenell, Emma Bothamley, Neil Golding and Kevin Goodacre.





Louis Smith Olympian, medal winner, world class athlete and model...

This month Louis Smith becomes the first guy to grace the cover of ESP Magazine in 12 years. We knew there could be only one cover star for us as Peterborough's local hero steps up to the plate at the Olympic Games. Sharon McAllister catches up with the city's golden boy...


When I interviewed him back then as a young guy in a competitive sport I expected him to be nothing less than cocky but was pleasantly surprised by his mild manner and measured response coupled with a friendly cheekiness. Catching up with him again just before he headed off to the Olympics I'm pleased to say that he really hasn't changed much. As the star of various TV adverts, appearances on radio and TV shows, not to mention modelling naked in Cosmo (for charity and concealing his modesty!), I was definitely expecting to talk to a more arrogant Louis now, pumped up on his sudden celebrity. But again, I’m pleased to report that despite doing handstands on a pommel horse for around 32 hours a week he still has his feet firmly on the ground.

“For all British athletes this London Olympic Games is going to be life changing.” As he set off for the most challenging competition of his career with all eyes upon him and the pressure of a country desperate for home grown winners he summed up my own conclusion about him perfectly – “I'm just a normal geezer trying to achieve his dream.” This former Arthur Mellows Village College student, who admits he could've been a little ‘naughty’ if he hadn't become focussed on his gymnastics, has become quite the poster boy of Team GB. Young, good looking and with a physique most blokes would envy you could imagine the Lucozade and BMW adverts, and modelling for Next could easily turn him into a gold medal-winning big head! But not so far at least and long may it continue.


Instead it’s still the gymnastics and the hardcore training that continues to keep him focussed. “When I'm not training I'm doing media and when I'm not doing media I'm sleeping, so it's very hands on and busy all the time but I'm able to get enough hours in the gym. “Life is very different – there's a lot more responsibility involved. You have to be a little bit more mature about how you handle situations.

Photo: Mike Harris

e've long supported gymnast Louis Smith here at ESP, naming him as one of our Perfect Ten – our list of local heroes who we featured during our tenth anniversary year – and he’s been a special guest at two of our Face of ESP events.

“I'm still grounded, the same old Louis, just very busy that's all.” Despite spending so much time away competing around the world any suggestion of him leaving the area for good are quickly rejected and to confirm this he tells me – “I'm building my house in Helpston. I wanted to find a bit of land and build my own house and a friend of mine's dad owns some land out there. Although he’s not literally turning all Grand Designs himself he adds – “It's got little touches of Louis design in it. I've got two stained glass windows in my living room and they're going to be designs from my tattoo.” His well known body art across his back carrying his motto ‘What I Deserve I Earn’ with angel wings either side, now has the addition of a tribute to his late Nan to whom he was very close. “She was very influential on me and very enthusiastic about my career as well,” he confides.

Since winning bronze in Beijing Louis’ career has shot through the roof both in terms of his sporting achievements and his popularity with the media and sponsors, but when I ask what he’s enjoyed the most it’s not what you might expect – “The response I get from my friends and family when they say they see me everywhere and they're all looking forward to seeing me trying do well in the Olympics.

“Gymnastics is brutal” “I still feel like me, although it's fun filming adverts and meeting people I still put a lot of hard work in at the gym. “People might think I'm just basking in the glory and rolling in money but it's not that at all. I'm still spending hours in the gym every week – it's still quite demanding.” This lad from Eye admits life’s taken a bit of a surreal twist with appearances on the Chris Moyles show on Radio One something he never quite imagined. One thing he’s particularly proud of as a result of all of the publicity though has been the chance to promote the sport he devotes his life to and he’s certainly given gymnastics more prominence.

Louis with Peterborough actor Luke Pasqualino at The Face of ESP

“It's been a very female dominated sport, a lot of girls get into it at school and guys have been more reluctant to get involved so yeah, any publicity is good publicity, and I like to think that all of us are doing our bit to improve the awareness of gym and how exciting it can be to watch and get involved with.”

...but “he’s just a normal geezer trying to achieve his dream” With the hours of devotion it takes to achieve Olympic standards, it fascinates me how anyone can identify their passion for one particular thing so early on in life and frankly, not get bored of it when other distractions come along later! “It's corny saying you’re living the dream,” says Louis “but it is hard to get bored of something when you're living the dream. I've wanted to be a gymnast from such a young age, I've been doing it since I was four. There are more aspects to it than just competing – you're doing something that you love. And doing it from such a young age, so many people have sacrificed their time and effort so that I can do what I do and it's the thrill, the thrill of learning new skills and elements, the thrill of having to train eight or nine weeks for a competition and then pulling your routine off and getting that satisfaction.” In the men’s artistic competition at the Olympics, Louis leads the team and with it being the London games the spotlight on all the British athletes is more intense than ever, so I wonder if the pressure this time around is overwhelming? “It's alright,” he says in a resigned tone, “we've had it for some years now. The GB gymnastics team have been doing so well the last couple of years that I think everyone's become accustomed a little bit to the pressure and expectation that the Olympic Games bring and it's all about finding ways to deal with it and to manage it. You're going to feel the nerves – it's the biggest competition we're going to do.

Louis at home with his mum after Beijing

“It's all about trying to find ways to overcome all of those nerves and the expectation. I think I do it quite well, I try to thrive off it and just concentrate on what I need to do instead of what the public want me to do.” When it comes to winning medals has it got to be gold? “I'd be happy just to go there and do a routine clean. It's all about trying to limit the pressure and self expectation is probably one of the worst types of pressure, so I just like to set myself a goal to do a clean routine.” As the Olympics begin after years of build up and preparation it’s hard to imagine what the come down will be like for Louis and the rest of the competitors afterwards. History will be made, some sporting careers will go through the heavens while for others hearts will be broken. Louis knows he’s stepping into an arena that will change his future. “I don't think anyone's ready for what's going to happen afterwards. I think I'll just have to take it as it comes really. “For all British athletes this London Olympic Games is going to be life changing.” Front cover photo: adidas athlete Louis Smith will #takethestage at London 2012. Show your support with the official adidas Team GB wristband RRP £7, visit

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As it's Olympics year, these colours are in the forefront of every shop window – ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly says fly the flag and make the most of some red, white and blue in your wardrobe… This rare event’s inspiring us with national pride so it's a great time to indulge your passion for patriotic colours. You could start with a colour block dress in red and add a navy bag or shoes to ensure the look is more classic and timeless. For men, a great blue and white striped shirt is classically inspired and a red and white stripe top, more sporty and casual.

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No need to choose bright colours as muted, softer ones can look just as good and less 'patriotic'.

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If you want to support Team GB and have some fun, then go for the numerous red, white and blue accessories – tote bags, sunglasses, earrings and necklaces add a note of special occasion. Stick to one and don't over do it! Swimwear is also a way to get involved without wearing the Union flag on the streets. Women can wear these colours in their cosmetics, red lips, blue eye shadow and white liner can look great if applied well. Red, white and blue are primarily summer colours and the way you combine them can give a totally different look to your outfit. White and blue give you the crisp nautical feel of the oceans, red and white are patriotic and red and blue give a fun vibe. To change the look, add the third colour but just be careful you don't look too much like the Union Jack, unless that's your intention. If you’re a true Olympics supporter why not complete your outfit with one of the NEXT Official Team GB and ParalympicsGB special edition scarves as all the profits go to the British Olympic Association.

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I have a huge beauty crush on Revlon’s new Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, £7.99. Available in a whole host of gorgeous colours there’s one for every outfit and every occasion plus they look fab in your make-up bag. You’ll be left with soft, smooth lips but with a vibrant flash of colour. Go Revlon! x

pOST HOLIDAy BEAUTy... We spend ages making sure we’re beach ready before we go away but post-holiday pampering is just as important, if not more so. Sun burned skin, frazzled hair and dark circles from late nights and too many cocktails all need attention. Here are my top tips... If you’ve overdone it in the sun it’s likely that your skin’s dry and your tan will start to fade and even peel after a few days. An after sun lotion is essential to repair dry, damaged, sun parched skin. Having just got back from San Antonio I’m using Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter to keep my skin super moisturised and post holiday glow glowing. This ultra rich moisturiser intensely hydrates for up to 12 hours and smells divine. For a cooling effect keep it in the fridge.

Last but not least don’t forget your feet. We often spend a lot of time on our feet on holiday. Flip flops don’t help either, they may be comfier than heels but can lead to dry, cracked skin which isn’t a good look. Marble Hill Pedisalve is a balm designed to heal and prevent cracking, nourish dry skin and soften calluses. It’s 100% natural and with Shea Butter and Vitamin E it’s super moisturising. This is the ideal solution for post holiday piggies.

As well as your skin, hair can really take a beating on holiday. Sun, chlorine and sea water mean it’s unlikely your crowning glory is looking its best post holiday. To restore your sun damaged tresses try L’Oreal Solar Sublime After Sun Shampoo to nourish dry locks back to health. If you did a lot of partying whilst away you may have the dreaded puffy eyes and dark circles. Use an eye gel instead of a cream to soothe the area. Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage is a great choice as it instantly refreshes and brightens.


Peterborough partners Gary Stephens and David Griffin have recently opened a brand new make-up boutique on Bridge Street, Peterborough called CosmeticsINC.Makeup Boutique. The guys have been advising local ladies on how to look and feel their best for nearly 10 years so decided to open their very own boutique and create their own range of beauty and skincare products just for you! The fabulously pink and black boutique has a laid back, friendly atmosphere with no hard selling or pressure to buy. Simply browse the boutique at your leisure, play with the products and even enjoy a luxury make over if you fancy a new look. All their products have been custom designed by them and made in a top cosmetics lab in New York but luckily for us they don’t have a New York price tag. The guys also focus on hypoallergenic and paraben free products making them perfect for those of you with sensitive skin. Pop in and pay Gary and David a visit when you’re next in town for a whole new makeover.

TLC FOR SUN SOAKED HAIR Heading off for some sun? Don’t forget to pack this fabulous hair care range from SP which we can recommend for safeguarding your tresses from sun damage. We’ve tried it and it works so grab yours from P.Kai hair in Hampton or the Westgate arcade.

EgO BEAUTy HOSTS ‘ALTER’NATIvE BEAUTy FAIR Ego Beauty of Yaxley, Peterborough is hosting a beauty and gift fair with a twist. The pamper event takes place on September 23 at the Ramada Hotel from 10am – 4pm and will not only have high quality beauty stands with skin-care specialists and make-up experts, but will also involve live entertainment such as free dancing lessons and their very own singer, Simon Lee, roaming around the venue. The event’s called Beautiful Peterborough and it’s certainly going to be that! With a free prize draw with the chance to win a goody bag worth £1000 you too could be looking your beautiful best by the end of this glamorous day. Entry’s just £5 including entry into the prize draw and there’ll be refreshments and bar snacks available throughout the day so why not enjoy a coffee and a sarnie whilst watching the hairdressing competition? You’ll also have the chance to do some shopping with lots of special ‘show deals’ to be had as well as treatments to try out. For more info call Janette Rickman at Ego Beauty on 01733 244486.


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If you want to look fantastic but need to keep to a budget you’ll definitely be gasping ‘Oh My God!’ when you step into OMG Accessories in Bretton.

This is wall to wall wonder with an incredible range of bags, jewellery, purses, and sunglasses at amazing prices. “It’s all about quality, style and variety but at an affordable price,” explains Tapas Chatterjee, the owner of OMG Accessories which has been open for just over nine months. Located in the Cresset shopping arcade, you’ll really feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem when you pop in. The beautiful Shamballa jewellery range is flying off the shelves – not surprising when it looks like it’s available at the best price anywhere in town. There’s a huge range and you can pick up bracelets for as little as £15, made to order in all colours so you can find the perfect match for any outfit! You can drag your fella along too girls as guys can choose from an extensive range of watches and sunglasses including Police. If you just have to have the perfect handbag you’re spilt for choice with names like LYDC London and Carbotti amongst others as well as evening bags.

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Serenity Loves is fast becoming one of the most talked about salons in Peterborough and their Pamper Parties are just what you need for a great girls’ night out. Make a real night of it and glam it up at this trendy salon pampering yourself along with some of your mates before you head out on the town. You can have anything from tanning, nails, eyelashes, hair and make-up. It’s ideal for birthdays, hen parties, pre-wedding, pre-holiday or just a girlie get together. They’ve also got a wine chiller in store so you can really make an evening of it! The salon on Oundle Road also hosts Princess Pamper Parties where you can choose from six options and make your daughter’s dreams come true. Girls can have anything from nail painting, make-up, hair up/clips, hair curling, plaits, have their toenails


painted and get time to play in the playroom too. All perfect for whilst mum gets pampered in the salon. They’re stockists of several exclusives such as Laurens Way instant tan, and GHD hairdryers are a huge seller. You can receive 10% off all products – including GHDs – when you have a treatment at the salon! So don’t miss out on all the great services they have to offer at Serenity Loves – you’re sure to get your sexy back! Serenity Loves, 438 Oundle Road, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 687835

Tapas certainly knows about leather having run a shop in the city previously and is putting that expertise to good use by producing his own range of leather bags and purses called Alicia C. “Our aim is for customers to look great without breaking the bank and we have a huge choice, much of which you won’t find elsewhere. I buy direct to keep prices low and soon you’ll also be able to buy online.” So there’s no need for excuses, just drop by and treat yourself or choose the perfect gift and still have some money left to party with afterwards.

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FAB ESP DISCOUNT @ RIVA Indulge in traditional Italian cuisine by the river at Riva on the Embankment this August and you’ll receive 15% off you bill! All you have to do is quote ESP August Offer when you make your booking. Riva has some great dishes on the menu, and they’ll make your dining experience a special one whether it’s a working lunch, casual night out or special evening meal. Call 01733 894952 to book your table now. The offer’s valid until August 31 so why not make the most of it? Look out for Riva’s great pop up restaurant in Cathedral Square next month too as part of the city’s Italian Festival.

HOME COOKED TREATS @ CHERRY TREE BENTO’S GETS TOP RATING Imperial Bento on Broadway have excelled themselves once again by achieving a Trip Advisor rating of 4.0. This means they’ve been awarded a certificate of excellence for the year of 2012, so a massive congrats to them! We only ever hear good things about the food there, and hope that customers continue to support this Oriental restaurant and let everyone else know just how good it is. Call 01733 319188 to make a reservation.

Everyone loves a traditional hearty meal, and over at The Cherry Tree on Oundle Road there’s a Bangers and Mash Monday special. For £5.50 you can enjoy bangers, mash, a Yorkshire pudding and a pint – lovely! New managers Janet and Tony pride themselves on offering proper food at proper prices, so you’re sure to have a delicious meal that won’t leave you with an empty wallet. Call 01733 703495.

NEW DISHES @ FALCON HOTEL There’s an exciting new menu available at The Falcon Hotel in Whittlesey, with a great special offer from Monday – Saturday during lunchtimes. You can choose two main courses for just £10, which is a bargain, so make the most of this special offer and treat yourself and a friend to a home cooked lunch. Call 01733 351001 for more details.

FOOD’S LOOKING FINE @ BURGHLEY A celebration of local produce, the Fine Food Market on Sunday August 26 – 27 at Burghley House in Stamford is back. Go along and meet over 20 local producers of cheese, bread, vegetables and meat, with stalls in the courtyard tempting your taste buds. This is a free event, so there really is no reason to miss it! For further details, please visit, or for details of exhibiting, please contact Annabelle Davis

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A PLATEFUL OF COLOUR IN 2012 Local nutritionist Karen Devine continues her theme of ‘eating a rainbow’ to gain maximum health benefits. Different coloured foods contain different natural chemicals known to protect and heal – so does your diet include plenty of colour? Hold your noses as this month Karen’s talking garlic...

It may be a tiny vegetable but garlic can boast many reasons to enjoy it in as many meals as we can . Although for convenience we have garlic powder, flakes or pastes for quickness, the fresh garlic cloves have superior benefits so the fresher the better in this case. Once you’ve peeled the garlic clove then chop or crush it and allow it to sit for 5 mins which activates the enzymes within the garlic to produce more allicin (the phytonutrients with the big benefits). You can then add it to your cooking but cooking for over 10 mins can reduce the benefits so add in extra at the end before serving. You can also eat garlic raw in salads for extra flavour.

Of the ‘white’ coloured vegetables garlic has to have a special mention. Although it is a love it or loathe it food it has some incredible benefits that we need for health and longevity. Garlic is a food that’s centuries old (it’s one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world) originally from Asia. It’s been used for medicinal purposes around the world along with being used in folklore to frighten off vampires, however if it is Robert Pattinson I’m not so sure if us ladies would want to shoo him away! Garlic contains many good nutrients in particular the cancer preventing selenium which is badly needed in many people’s diets today, along with B6 and Vitamin C but the important health benefits come from the sulphur containing phytonutrients. One of those in particular is called allicin (there are many others) which may contribute to the numerous health benefits that garlic offers us, some of those that are well documented are focused mainly on cardiovascular health such as – Lowering of triglycerides (fats in the blood) Lowering of cholesterol Lowers inflammation which can reduce the risk of arterial disease Anti blood clotting Lowering blood pressure Garlic may also help with iron metabolism and is a powerful antioxidant as well as being known to have anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

“Although it is a love it or loathe it food it has some incredible benefits that we need for health and longevity.”

There may be many garlic supplements out on the market but eating the ‘whole’ garlic as nature intended is far superior. Some supplements do not offer the same protection as the fresh garlic due to the lack of the allicin phytonutrient, however there are some good manufactured garlic capsules that do have some merit. In health, Karen For more information on health and nutrition visit my website

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BRAVE (PG) Released: August 17 Voice cast: Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson Director: Brenda Chapman & Mark Andrews


fter Disney/Pixar’s biggest collaborative disappointment last year with Cars 2 – they’re back doing what they do best with another original gem.

A All release dates are correct at the time of going to press. has basically been given a free featurelength advert as luscious highlands are brought to life with jaw-dropping computer-generated landscapes that’ll make you pine for a journey to our northern cousin – if it actually stops chucking it down!

This adventure tells the story of skilled archer Merida (MacDonald) – daughter to Scottish King Fergus (Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Thompson) – who loathes the thought of being pressed into an arranged marriage. But when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) in defiance, the kingdom’s turned upside down when Merida is granted an illfated wish – and she has to discover the true meaning of bravery to undo a beastly curse. In this moment lies the weakest point of the film, as the main plot point somehow seems patch-worked into a seemingly thin storyline. But the heart at the centre of the movie –

mainly in part to fantastic core characters and the truly charming surroundings – pulls it through its shaky middle third to provide a good ol’ yarn full of wit, wisdom and just plain good fun. It falls a shade short of Pixar’s original best – such as Toy Story, Up and Finding Nemo – but sits comfortably alongside the upper echelons of their bountiful library of animated marvels. Compared to the rest Disney/Pixar are still King of their domain – as this hits its target with considerable ease.






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After notching more than $210 million Stateside earlier this year, the latest zany creation off the Dr Seuss conveyor belt finally makes it to this side of the pond. This 3D computer-generated feature follows the journey of a boy (Zac Efron) who must discover the story of the charmingly grumpy title creature (Danny DeVito) to win the girl of his dreams.

Undoubtedly the surprise box office hit of the summer around the globe is this crude comedy from the mind of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. He provides the voice to a teddy bear that has come to life – as the result of John Bennett’s (Mark Wahlberg) childhood wish – but their friendship is tested when John’s girlfriend wants more from their relationship.

After the massive success of the initial Matt Damon-inspired trilogy, The Avengers’ Hawkeye Jeremy Renner reignites the franchise as a CIA operative whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz join an impressive cast with acclaimed director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) at the helm.

Sly Stallone and his team return for another explosive outing after his project to combine most of action cinema’s greatest stars was a massive success two years ago. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Liam Hemsworth join, with bigger roles for Arnie and Bruce Willis – who reportedly double-crosses the team – and Con Air’s Simon West is on directorial duties.

He has his fan base – and now he has a film. The Celebrity Juice presenter (Leigh Francis) obviously feels he’s popular enough to hit the big screen with Hollywood Blisters Kelly Brook, David Hasselhoff and Austin Powers’ pint-sized star Verne Troyer joining his comedy about a man who travels to London with dreams of becoming an entrepreneurial millionaire.


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SPEC OPS: THE LINE (360/PS3/PC) What initially seems like a Gears of War rip-off in army clothing – turns out to be one of the most though-provoking games in quite some time. As a leader of a Delta Recon Team, you’re sent into Dubai to track down survivors after thousands of lives were lost when a sandstorm swept through the city – but what you find is a compelling first-person shooter with some of the most gratifyingly balanced achievements in quite some time. There are a few flaws – the cover-system can get a little tedious – but for the most part this is top notch stuff, with a story that brilliantly oversteps the line.


LONDON 2012: THE OLYMPIC GAMES (PS3/360) The hype surrounding the London 2012 Olympics has spilled onto your computer screen – and for once, it's pretty good fun. There are all the usual track and field events, including the exciting 400m, plus swimming, diving, shooting, gymnastics and a spree of more low key sports, which sometimes deliver the most satisfying experience – particularly with the crowd cooking up an atmosphere not seen in other athletics titles.If the London games aren't up to scratch, we can console ourselves with perhaps the best Olympics game of all-time instead.



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Like the aforementioned Spec Ops, this is another game that rips-off several games from the shooter genre but again, is surprisingly good. With a bit of Dead to Rights, Dead Space, Singularity and dare I say it, Gears again, this is noteworthy fare – and I stuck with it right until the end because it was a little different. Arguably the sometimes clunky gravity controls don’t compliment the all-round decent shooting experience as an alien race invades Vanguard City, but with a bit more honing this could’ve been great, instead of simply good. But there’s still a great feeling – when you’re shooting on the ceiling.



Hot on the heels of the blockbuster movie, the webslinger makes a notable console return. Set as an epilogue to the film, you’ll tackle such comic-book foes as Rhino and Iguana – with the combat owing much to the likes of Rocksteady’s Batman game and Activision’s own [Prototype] franchise. But although it doesn't quite live up to the 'amazing' tag, the latest Spidey offering is largely enjoyable – with a wealth of collectables – and with around ten hours of web action this outing is far better than Spider-Man’s last woeful Edge of Time effort.

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Don’t we just love movie tie-ins? Especially the ones that make use of Kinect. If you detect a hint of sarcasm you’d be right, because this seemingly hastily cobbled together effort of – the okay(ish) sledging and curling to extremely woeful assault course and leak-plugging – mini-games is strictly for families who like the series. There are a few merits – and easy achievements – to be had, but this game is riddled with cracks, mainly hampered by sometimes completely unresponsive Kinect controls.



Review For the second month in a row this round-up is headlined by a massive box-office flop – this time action thriller Battleship ## (August 20) taking the plaudits. Again it’s John Carter himself Taylor Kitsch who finds himself tagged with a second dud, starring alongside Liam Neeson and Rihanna in this movie based loosely on the Hasbro strategy game. Talking of playing second fiddle to the box office, look no further than the Julia Roberts’ comedy-tinted Mirror Mirror ## (July 30) – the disappointing first Snow White adaptation out this year. A lean edition’s wrapped up by John Cusack’s underwhelming Edgar Allan Poe-based thriller The Raven ## (July 30), Mamma Mia star Amanda Seyfried’s predictable sisterkidnapping drama Gone ## (August 13) and Zac Efron’s marginally better romance The Lucky One ### (August 27) – which sees a soldier return home to track down a mysterious woman in a photo he found. Fortunately it’s not quite as creepy as it sounds.

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Festival season’s drawing to a close with some real crackers. Andy has his guide to the very best… It’s been a damp old do so far this summer but good news that the jet stream has cleared off back up north and we should be into the sunshine. We’ve had some interesting times in the wet, Curious Yellow party at The Plough being a classic example of how a couple of hundred people with the mind to have a good time don’t give a hoot about the weather. Happy smiley people, great music, a few random sofas dotted about the place and not an angry thought or deed for miles. Kind of how Secret Garden Party used to be before it bank rolled itself.

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Down the A1 at Biggleswade is an old favourite of mine which I haven’t managed to get too lately, Rhythm Festival. This year organiser Jim Driver has pulled out all the stops with a three area festival namely, Rhythm,

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So what delights do we have in August? Seventeen years strong the small but perfectly formed Thorney Charity Music Day organised by the ever happy Andy Stuffins will be a great place to spend a few hours watching some great local and regional bands. Birmingham based band The Platforms will having you throwing some mum and dad shapes to their great set of 70s and disco tunes and may get you wearing afros too. My favourite goat boy rockers Grounded will be playing some classic rock with a bit of punk thrown in whilst you can get all heavenly with The Peterborough Community Gospel Choir. Retrolux, Irene’s Secret and On The Ceiling will also be providing quality sets to while away the hours. All the bands should be


Over at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall it’s Summer Sundae time so expect some great artists there including Asian Dub Foundation, Billy Bragg, Adam Ant, Death In Vegas, Django Django and the bloody amazing Magic Tombolinos who we saw at The Great British Folk Weekend who blew us, and the rest of the crowd, away. The festival is set in the grounds of the hall and Victoria Park which makes a very compact festival so you’re not walking miles to your tent or between stages. There are also loads of trade stalls, kids’ stuff, chill out areas, food stalls and a great atmosphere. It also prides itself on being very eco friendly so if that’s a tick box for you, tick it. Speaking of tickets they’re available from it’s on August 17 – 19 and if you like it lively but safe enough to take the kids this is a festival for you.

Blues and Folk. I can’t list all the bands for obvious reasons but there are at least 15 that I would love to see – Booker T, Hawkwind, The Damned, The Beat, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Peatbog Faeries, and Geno Washington just to name a few. Yes you will have all the gubbins that goes with a festival, stalls cinema, real ales and the kids stuff but this festival is, and always has been, a festival about the bands and the music. Jim Driver is a knowledgeable man when it comes to music and he manages to get the bands and artists to play at his festival. If you claim to be a music buff this is the one for you without doubt. For one weekend at least forget the local pubs, put your money on the counter and enjoy. Find out all you need to know on It’s on August 24 – 26 and a weekend pass will get you all three festivals in one.

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Farewell Paul Finally, I can’t let the fact bypass this issue that I lost a true and dear friend last month. Paul Chatham was a gentleman and one that I had the pleasure of knowing for over 20 years. He battled a short illness bravely and with dignity, just as he had lived his life. I can tell many stories of out times at Cambridge Folk Festival or the times we have sat talking in late bars after all the bands had finished. I have many treasured memories of those times. More than that I have the memory of a man who never had a bad word to say about anyone, a man who always asked of my daughter Olivia and how she was doing and a man who was kind and full of humour. Yes he did a great deal of work helping bands and promoting live music but I will remember him for the man he was and not the persona. Rest in peace Paul, Cambridge Folk Festival will keep going but it will never be the same for me, you will be missed.

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Stamford CALLING RIVERSIDE JOINS BANDSTAND MARATHON The Riverside Festival organisers are still reeling from the cancellation of last month’s event which was devastating to everyone involved – and all of us who were looking forward to it! While there’s still a willingness to put it on again in some form it’s going to be some time before they sort out the finances and the fall out so please be patient. If ever you wanted to scream at the heavens it was then, as the rain washed away all hope of the event going ahead, but there is at least something to look forward to. The organisers are looking ahead to taking part in the Band Stand Marathon on the recreation ground in Stamford on Sunday September 9. It’s part of hundreds of bandstand music events taking place simultaneously across the country as part of the closing celebrations of the Olympics. They’re looking for acoustic acts and choirs to take part so if you’re interested get in touch on or call Jenny Collins on 07788 534290.

FASHION SHOW FOR ANNA’S HOPE Calling all fashionistas, on Friday September 14, Anna’s Hope are running an exclusive fashion show with a top of the range collection of high street brands from local fashion retailers, to give you inspiration for your winter wardrobe. The event will take place at the Haycock Hotel, Wansford. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets bought in advance are £15, including a drinks reception and canapés. All proceeds go to Anna’s Hope, a Stamford based charity giving hope to local children diagnosed with brain tumours. For further info, please contact Carol Hughes via e-mail at or call 01780 740492. Annabelle Davis

It all kicks off with the monthly Voodoo Unplugged night on Thursday August 2 which gives local musicians a chance to showcase their skills in front of a live audience. It starts at 8pm and it’s free entry to both performers and spectators with no booking necessary!

On Saturday August 11 the fast and furious excitement of Roller Derby comes to Oakham as the Mean Valley Roller Girls host the Midsummer Night’s Scream tournament.

On Sunday August 12 the very talented classical guitarist Steve Bean will be performing. Starting at 4pm, his set boasts unique compositions from artists as wideranging as Vivaldi and John Williams to more popular pieces by The Beatles, Queen and Lady Gaga. I highly recommend checking out his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody online as a small taster, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re unaware of what roller derby is allow me to explain. Roller Derby is an allfemale full contact sport which is played on roller skates! Two teams play and each team has a ‘jammer’ that tries to make it through a ‘pack’ which consists of both team mates and opposing players. If the jammers manage to make it through the pack and get round the track they have to do it all over again but this time they score points for each opposing team member they pass. Still with me? Good! The Mean Valley Roller Girls were founded by Emma and Marcell Grove from Stamford but includes several Peterborough skaters on the team. The event on the 11th consists of roller derby players from near and far playing against each other in a round robin style tournament,

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which promises to be high octane action from start to finish! It’s then off to The Green Man in Stamford for the after party! Splendid. The event starts at 1.30pm and will be held at Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 at the door and under 12s get in free! You can buy tickets from If you fancy joining the team there’s an open day on Saturday August 18 at Queen Eleanor School in Stamford from 10am – 12 noon. You need to be female and over 18 but the session’s free, all equipment’s provided and you don’t need any experience! They’re also looking for guys to get involved and be referees and guys are also be more than welcome to this event.

And finally on Friday August 17, Lee Southall (pictured) from indie heavyweights The Coral brings his new acoustic act to the Voodoo Lounge. Teaming up with Molly Jones the pair create a sound described as ‘thought provoking, melodic and unbelievably catchy’. Support comes from The Offshore Rivers, The Thinking Men and Mr Brave. Doors open at 8.30pm and tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the door. For tickets visit or contact Mama Liz’s on 01780 765888.

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The HaHa Club at Radius (above The Solstice) signs off July in style with Alfie Moore, as seen on ITV1’s Show Me The Funny, Carly Smallman, Frankie Peoples, Peter Otway and MC for the night Ben Van Der Velde. Tickets are £7 from the bar or available on the night.


MISS POSH IN OPENING HOME GAME HOLIDAY HELL HEARTBREAK Peterborough United fans are waking up today to the news that the team will begin their first home match of the 2012/13 season without their talismanic 25 year matchday mascot 'Miss Posh' to lead the team out against Millwall on Tuesday August 21. A source close to Miss Posh (real name Jess Weaver), exclusively told ESP that Miss Posh had been ruled out of the opening two home games after Jess and sister Chloe had got a really good deal on a summer holiday abroad that overlapped with the first home game. Jess was a season ticket holder for 16 years before being voted the current 'Miss Posh' by fans in 2010. Her emergence at home matches ever since has added some much needed glamour and blonde hair to the London Road pitch, (especially since Craig Mackail-Smith's girly

locks went to Bognor Regis or whoever he signed for.) It's also coincided with the club's best form in its history and many superstitious fans believe 'Miss Posh' to be a good luck omen. Sure, Mr Posh will be out twirling his cane in front of the Posh players and the bloke inside the rabbit costume 'Peter Burrows' will be waving at the kids, but if there's one mascot in world football that sums up the phrase 'the beautiful game' it's 'Miss Posh'. Her absence for the Millwall game now raises the terrifying possibility that Posh press officer Phil 'The power' Adlam may dress up in a blonde wig and a black micro-skirt. The consequences of him tottering around in high heels down the players’ tunnel doesn't bear thinking about, so instead let's go back to thinking about Miss Posh on her summer holiday and await her return to matchday mascotting duties in September.



While many clubs are taking the summer off The Angel Hotel in Bourne is back with another great line-up. Sharp satirist Nick Revell is joined by Tudur Owen and Scott Bennett all linked together by compere Christian Steel. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £7 in advance on Tel: 01778 422346.




The HaHa Club brings more top names guaranteed to make you laugh at the regular comedy club at Radius above The Solstice. The August line-up includes Sam Avery, Sean McLaughlin, Will Duggan, Ben Harrington and MC Ben Van Der Velde holding it all together. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £7 from the bar or on the night.




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Fifty The Posh boss has turned author and his new book From Hobby To Obsession has been outselling Fifty Shades Of Grey at Peterborough’s Waterstone’s. ESP’s Susan Saunders gets up close and personal at his book signing… It’s not every day you get to experience the charm of the Irish/rub shoulders with an Irish entrepreneur but that’s certainly what I experienced at Waterstone’s, Peterborough when I met Peterborough United Chairman and multimillionaire, Darragh MacAnthony. You don’t have to walk more than two steps before you hear someone talking about the ‘mummy porn’ sensation Fifty Shades Of Grey – people just can’t get enough. It’s a bit of a craze, that being said however, it’s a very different story in Waterstone’s where, Darragh’s book From Hobby To Obsession outsold its competition in its first week of release becoming the top seller. So, rightly or wrongly sex sells, but I wanted to know exactly what it was about the book and the man that was sending people in a frenzy for their copies (I saw one man getting six copies signed!) And how come Darragh, football chairman, property tycoon, media sensation had come over all… author?

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“I’ve always fancied myself – my wife will tell you that. With regards to as an author, not really. I did a bit of journalism briefly when I was a teenager but there was no money in it [near on impossible to find a place on The Times 100 Rich list if you invest all your time in things that make no money I suppose] so I went into sales. I wrote some articles for a local newspaper and my uncle’s a published author, so I knew a bit about it. I’m not a qualified journalist as you can see from the grammar in the book but it was a great story to tell, so I thought I’d tell it.

POSH BOYS ARE WELL KITTED OUT Here it is folks, the stylish new home shirt modelled by Joe Newell, Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett. Fans can now look equally cool as their footy heroes by picking one up from the Posh Club Shop and online at priced at £40 for adults and £30 for children.

Based in Werrington, Yours Clothing is owned by Andrew Killingsworth, who was born and bred in Peterborough and is a lifelong Posh fan. Andrew says he’s delighted with the deal – “We’re a growing company and our success is built on passion, hard work and a great product, something we feel we have in common with PUFC and we look forward to celebrating a successful 2012/13 season together.” The Yours logo will appear on the back of the home, away and third shirt this season. Fans who’ve already purchased the away and third shirt will be pleased to know that they can visit the Posh Club Shop to have the logo applied free of charge while they wait.



The shirt’s produced by Nike and sponsored by Peterborough Energy Park with, for the first time ever, a back of shirt sponsor as well, Yours Clothing. The company specialises in selling plus size clothes for women sizes 14 to 32 through 40 stores in the UK, and on its website

“If you want to find out what it’s like to own a football club – at times it’s a rollercoaster – my book tells of the past six years at the club with brutal honesty. From how difficult it was to buy a football club, how difficult it was to integrate my plan for the club, hiring eight or nine different Football Managers, firing a lot of Managers too. It talks about Darren Ferguson’s arrival, his departure, him coming back, one bad season we had, back to back promotions and all the fun we had. Also about the stuff

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that was going on outside of the club, which affected how I was feeling inside the club. I don’t hold back.” Outselling the saucy Fifty Shades, I wondered if there was much sauce in Darragh’s debut? “Oh no. Only in my house! My wife thinks I’m Christian Grey, honestly. She says, this woman’s written a book about you, she must have had a fling with you years ago – without the heavy S&M, you know.” Bringing it back, ever so slightly to the topic in hand, was the title of his book, the way to become successful? “Urm yeah. I think when you get into something you like and you use energy, drive, passion, desire and want for it to succeed, you become obsessed. Whether it be in business, a new relationship or owning a football club. That’s my personality – a bit obsessive – and that’s what I’m like with my football club. I’m like it in my personal life too. Always aim really high, reach for the stars and if you get to just a little bit short of that, it’s OK. The fans thought I was mad when I said I wanted us to get to the Promised Land. I’m proud of what we’ve done but hopefully it’s just the start.”

OK, so my time with Darragh wasn’t quite as I’d expected it. I try not to make up my mind about people without meeting them myself; however, somehow he wasn’t what I was expecting at all. “Some people would perceive me as arrogant, ruthless, cocky and if you read Google, you might see some bad things that some trolls have written about the property business. However, when people meet me they think I’m charming, charismatic, fun and driven.”

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True to his word here as well. I didn’t know if it was the Irish accent, his jovial nature or his twinkly blue eyes that had my attention but overall a very enjoyable interview. And he said I was welcome at the club anytime so you might see me there next season with my book in the terraces! Catch the rest of my interview with Darragh on our new website and the rest of his story in From Hobby To Obsession – you won’t want to miss either! From Hobby To Obsession available to buy from Waterstone’s priced £14.99 in hardback and is also available on Kindle.

And Darren Ferguson famously left because…? “Because of me. We were both used to success and we like to do well – back to back promotions, getting into the Championship, where we struggled. We weren’t used to losing. We had a row that we didn’t recover from at the time and so we parted company. We then had 15 months of hell as a football club, he had the sugar [he didn’t use this word!] kicked out of him at Preston and we then discussed him returning to the club. The rest was history.”

POSH TAKE ON MAN UTD XI Tickets are now on sale for the pre-season friendly with a Manchester United XI at London Road on Friday August 10 at 7.45pm, but don’t hang about! You can purchase tickets for this fixture at the London Road box office, online at or via the 24-hour hotline 0844 847 1934. It’s a Manchester United XI, details of the United squad available for selection will be made available close to the fixture.

AUGUST FIXTURES Peterborough United open their npower Championship account at Leicester City on Saturday August 18 with home fixtures against Millwall on August 21 and Leeds United on August 28 to follow. For a full list of fixtures take a look at the new Posh website at

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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE, LOUIS IS GOING TO GET GOLD! It’s been a long seven years since London was announced as the venue for the 2012 Olympics and it’s hard to believe that the Games are finally here. Even the most hardened of cynics can’t have failed to be moved by the patriotism of the Torch Relay over the last few weeks and it was a proud day when the Torch arrived here in Peterborough as our photo spread shows. But in Peterborough we have an extra reason to be proud, in the shape of local boy, Olympic Bronze medallist gymnast Louis Smith. I interviewed Louis at the Face Of ESP finals a couple of years ago and he really was a top bloke. I’d love to be able to tell you more snippets about the real Louis and pass on some gossip but he let me squeeze his (fabulous) biceps at the very start of the interview and, truth be told, I can’t remember a single thing after that. All I can say is that if physique was a discipline, those pesky Chinese may as well save the air fare because Louis would have the gold in the bag. No wonder he’s ESP’s first male cover star in 12 years. Go Louis!

SEEING RED KEEPS YOUR LOVE LIFE IN THE PINK – APPARENTLY Pop star Pink reckons the secret to keeping the passion alive in a relationship is fighting. She’s reportedly said – “When you retreat to silent corners and don’t fight anymore, that’s bad. I’ve not thrown anything at his head in a while. I had 13 stitches in my hand after trying to slash his tyres. I learned from that.” Forgive me, Pink, if I don’t follow your advice on how to keep things spicy; call me old fashioned but I’d rather he bought me underwear and a bottle of massage oil…

SLOWLY DRIVING THE MOTORIST MAD So the Government is talking about reducing the national speed limit from 60mph to 40mph on rural roads in the interests of road safety. Are they kidding? I hate to come over all Jeremy Clarkson (although for his reported £3.5m salary, I’d happily don the corduroy) but how much more misery can they inflict on the humble motorist? It already costs us a fortune to fill our cars, speed cameras are everywhere and any vehicle with a bit of guts to it necessitates remortgaging your house to tax it. Seriously, at this rate we might as well just give up and get out and walk. Maybe that’s the plan, screw the economy but solve the obesity and environment crises in one. Who needs the G8 summit?

FAT CHANCE HE’LL BE SINGLE FOR LONG If ever you needed inspiration to get off your butt and lose a few pounds, look no further than teacher James Pepper from Market Deeping who’s lost over 10 stone and been named as Slimming World’s Man of the Year. He lost his weight after giving up pizza, chips and cake and has gone from an overweight, average looking kind of bloke to well, it’s fair to say (good job it’s the school holidays or he’d be in for some serious ribbing for this) a bit of a hottie . And ladies, the big news is that he’s single too so my advice is to head over to Deeping and bag yourself a date – just don’t expect him to take you out to dinne r. I gave up pizza, chips and cake in a bid to lose weight once too. Didn’t work for me though. Mind you, that could be because I replaced them with choc olate, red wine and prawn crackers. Worth a try thoug h.


This month I’ve hardly read any newspapers, watched any television or to be honest, set foot outside. Before you ask, I’ve not been in prison, joined a commune or taken part in some kind of media avoidance experiment I’ve just, like most women it seems, been in a self-imposed exile with my nose in the book Fifty Shades Of Grey. Dubbed ‘Mummy Porn’ this racy trilogy has got the nation’s women gripped and has steamed up more than the odd pair of glasses (Pink, take note). Got to be honest though, if I hadn’t known the ‘good bits’ were coming (so to speak), I’d have given up on it by about page 40 as it all started off a bit Mills and Boon for me. But I’m glad I battled through because where Mills and Boon would’ve left you with a row of ‘…’, Fifty joins those dots, crosses the t’s and practically draws you a diagram – what is there to say but “Oh my”?! I’m just fascinated by the author though, she’s either a very lucky woman, or her husband is a very lucky man or maybe she just has a really good imagination. Either way though, I bet she had great fun researching it. I just hope she had an Ann Summers loyalty card – her Nectar points account must be amazing.

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I popped into The Deeping Stage a couple of weeks ago and caught Twenty4. Featuring strong female vocals from Kelly Ireland, they perform some really different numbers that you wouldn’t normally hear on a live music night. They ring the changes with songs from Adele and KT Tunstall joining U2 and Snow Patrol classics. With Kelly in the line up are Jerry Bennett on guitar, David Whitehouse on keyboards with Matt Ireland on drums and manic bass player, Kevin Herbert. It’s worth checking them out and dates in early August include The Cross Keys on Oundle Road on August 3, Grainstore in Oakham on August 4 and The Pear Tree in Stamford on August 10. More info on

August sees the 35th annual Peterborough Beer Festival on the Embankment. One of the great social events of the year in the area, it brings together hundreds of beers, ciders and wines, together with some real quality live music throughout the Festival, which runs from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. The main stage features acts every night with some afternoon entertainment on Saturday. The busy Friday night sees a well deserved headline

As if that’s not enough on Friday, the support act are also worth catching – The Indigo Kings. They bring swing and jazz to the Beer Festival for the first time and although they play a different genre of music to The Vipers, the one thing they have in common is a big sound. Tuesday night sees the only act to play, yet not old enough to imbibe at the Beer Festival

The Nuggets are supporting The Fab Beatles on Saturday night, and although I’ve not

RED LION MUSIC FESTIVAL The Red Lion in Eye has become another new venue in the area to put on live music, which is always welcome. Good luck to the new owners Claire, Vickie, Percy and Darren who, to begin with, are featuring bands every alternate Friday. They’re also holding their first all day festival – LIVELION 1.

It’s free and it’s a day for the whole family with outdoor and indoor live entertainment, a selection of real ales, barbecue, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. It all starts at midday. Music takes centre stage at 2pm through until 11pm and those already scheduled to appear so

far are: The 707, Eddie Manson & The Disciples, Children of the Revolution, The Pulse and The Limit.

LIVELION 1 takes place on Saturday August 11 and all proceeds raised will go to the Macmillan Cancer Fund.

LIVE ON RADIO PETERBOROUGH Another stint on Radio Peterborough has just finished and it’s expected another 28 day run will occur later in the year with the hope that a permanent licence will eventually be awarded to enable us to once again have real local radio back in Peterborough. Those live music fans who listened will know how good the bands were that Claire and I had playing on Live at Lunchtime each Saturday on the station. We had The Nuggets, Brotherhoods Roundabout, Children of the Revolution and Aladdinsane. They were all absolutely brilliant and yet quite different in


when up and coming Peterborough band Amplified, take the stage. This young band recently appeared in the Midlands regional final of Live And Unsigned and are sure to make their mark on the opening night of the Festival. And what a final night it’s going to be on Saturday, with local favourites The Nuggets returning to the Beer Festival for another high energy performance of sixties music. Whether it’s pop, R&B, rock or soul the band will bring back some great memories of the era. The band were very enthusiastic about their successful appearance at The Willow, and are looking forward to more of the same back on the Embankment.

their styles. There’s something that brings out the inventiveness of bands in an acoustic gig and this run featured a stylophone, a cardboard box and something that looked like it came out of a washing machine! It all contributed to some magical fun moments and I’d like to give my personal thanks to all involved.



appearance from The Motor City Vipers. Formed around a huge soul scene in the Peterborough area, The Vipers perform classic and northern soul as well as Motown standards and present a really strong show featuring some powerful brass sounds. The mix of male and female vocals means they can turn their hand to the full spectrum of soul and are well worth seeing.

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WIN TICKETS TO SEE ALADDINSANE When Aladdinsane came into the Radio Peterborough studios recently, they mentioned how much they were looking forward to their gig at Bourne Corn Exchange on Saturday September 8. Spending so much time touring around the UK, they always enjoy doing a show for local fans. As I saw them at The Willow Festival, I’m looking forward to the Bourne date and the lads gave me two free tickets (£10 advance, £12 on the door) to give away to an ESP reader. So if you fancy seeing THE top Bowie tribute band you could win a pair of tickets for September 8 just by texting or emailing your answer to the following question. Q – Who, according to the Bowie song, was ‘Floating in a tin can, far, far from home’? Usual competition rules apply, there is no cash alternative, entries must be in by 31/08/12


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The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

NEW GENERATION CRASH 'N' BURN The Black Bull, Whittlesey

THE DIZZY LIZZY'S THE LITTLE DAVE MISS The Ostrich, North Street BAND (10PM) The Stage, Market THE LITTLE Deeping DAVE BAND Swiss Cottage, THE LITTLE DAVE The Woodston BAND (5PM) Deeping Rugby Club, UNTAMED Market Deeping




Goodbarns Yard, St Johns Street





The Swiss Cottage, Woodston



The Deepings Rugby Club, Market Deeping


The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

The Granary, Long Sutton



The Old John Clare, Gunthorpe

The Red Lion, Eye


THE RAINMEN The Cock Inn, Werrington

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford



The Hole In The Wall, Stamford

The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe



The Cock Inn, Werrington

The Axe & Cleaver, Boston


ENVY The Granary, Long Sutton


The Boro Bar, Oundle Road

The Ruddy Duck, Peakirk




The Red Lion, Eye

The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

The Ploughman, Werrington



The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

The Cross Keys, Oundle Road



The Boro Bar, Oundle Road



The New Inn, Boston

The Cock Inn, Werrington

The Swiss Cottage, Woodston


The Bell, Sawtry

ONE EYED CATS The Dragon, Werrington

SLIDE TO OPEN The Fayre Spot, Bretton

THE DIZZY MISS LIZZY'S The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


THE JAZZ PIGEONS The Woolpack, Stanground

SAT AUG 11 ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

KICKBACK The Cock Inn, Werrington

LAST BROADCAST Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

MOTOR CITY VIPERS The Granary, Long Sutton

NEW GENERATION CRASH 'N' BURN The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe



The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

The Granary, Long Sutton

The Stage, Market Deeping



The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

BE BOP A LULAS Ebeneezers, Grove Street




The Rose & Crown, Oundle

North Street Bar, North Street


GLASS HEART The Stage, Market Deeping

OPEN MIC NIGHT The Rose & Crown, Oundle

Maxey Car Rally, Maxey





THU AUG 30 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


The Swiss Cottage, Woodston


Itter Park, Walton



The Straw Bear, Whittlesey

North Street Bar, North Street

OPEN MIC WITH JAMES EDMONDS MOTOR CITY VIPERS The Bull, Newborough Charters, Town Bridge




The Vine, Coates

The Hole In The Wall, Stamford




THE NUGGETS + BE BOP A LULAS THE FAB BEATLES The London Inn, Stamford Peterborough Beer CHRIS BATEMAN Festival, Embankment


The Three Horseshoes, Werrington

The Granary, Long Sutton

Goodbarns Yard, Peterborough Beer Festival St Johns Street Embankment UNDERCOVER OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road The Boat Inn, Whittlesey





The Ploughman, Werrington

The Dragon, Werrington


The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe



The Hole In The Wall, Stamford



The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road


The Ploughman, Werrington


Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

PULSE + THE LET THERE B/DC 707 + EDDIE Goodbarns Yard, OPEN ACOUSTIC MANSON & THE St Johns Street SESSION DISCIPLES + The Millstone Inn, Barnack CHILDREN OF MARMITE AND PUSSY RATZ OPEN MIC NIGHT THE REVOLUTION THE Charters, Town Bridge + THE LIMIT The Rose & Crown, The Red Lion, Eye Oundle THE FIREBIRDS The Braza Club, March ROCKET DOGS FRI AUG 10 The Black Swan, THE LIMIT The Swiss Cottage, BE BOP A LULAS Farcet Fen Woodston The Cock Inn, Werrington SLIDE TO OPEN The Stage, THE LITTLE FASTER MUTLEY Market Deeping DAVE BAND Goodbarns Yard, The Burghley Club, St Johns Street THE Burghley Road COLLABORATORS FINAL THREAT Ebeneezers, Woodston TORI LAMOUR + WRECKLESS Ebeneezers, Grove Street NECKLASS THE DIZZY + DEAD MISS LIZZY'S COMMERCIAL The Woolpack, SAT AUG 18 Mama Liz's Voodoo Stanground ELECTRIC Lounge, Stamford UNDERCOVERED WARRIORS HIGH ROLLERS The Ploughman, The Dragon, Werrington The Woolpack, Werrington HONEYWELL Stanground WHITE SPIRIT Ebeneezers, Grove Street HOOKER The Cherry Tree, KICKBACK The Bluebell Inn, Oundle Road Dogsthorpe


The Bluebell Inn, Dogsthorpe

The Pear Tree, Stamford

ONE EYED CATS ACOUSTIC + DB5 + THE SESSION HOSTED NUGGETS BY BONDY The Ruddy Duck, Peakirk The Elm Tree Tavern, Dogsthorpe

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge, Stamford


The Angel Inn, Yarwell

Peterborough Beer Festival Embankment

THE OFFSHORE RIVERS + SOULWEAVER Peterborough Beer Festival Embankment

FRI AUG 24 COLIN SMITH North Street Bar, North Street

GIZZ BUTT The Swiss Cottage, Woodston

HOOKER The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

MIND THE GAP The Hole In The Wall, Stamford

MOTOR CITY VIPERS + THE INDIGO KINGS Peterborough Beer Festival, Embankment

The Carpenters Arms, Boston

GRUMPY OLD MEN The Cock Inn, Werrington



RETROLUX LITTLE MIRACLES The Swiss Cottage, CHARITY MUSIC Woodston DAY STARTING The Peacock, London Road THE CAR The Bluebell Inn, LIVE BAND The Swiss Cottage, Woodston




Sawtry Club, Sawtry

The Ploughman,

RETROLUX + THE Werrington TEMALLICA PLATFORMS + IRENE'S SECRET The Axe & Cleaver, Boston + ON THE THE GUARDS CEILING + O'Neills, Broadway GROUNDED THE INFLUENCE Bedford Hall, Thorney The Ostrich, North Street STEVE BEAN THE LITTLE The Woolpack, DAVE BAND Stanground The Cherry Tree, THE Oundle Road COLLABORATORS THE MORE I SEE Charters, Town Bridge The Boro Bar, Oundle Road THE COLLABORATORS (8PM) The Kings Head, Apethorpe



The Letter B, Whittlesey

The Golden Fleece, Stamford



The Stage, Market Deeping

The Late Bar & Venue, Bourne

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ESP August 2012  

ESP Magazine August 2012