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IRON MIKE HITS THE BORO! It's happening! Sporting legend Mike Tyson is coming to Peterborough on July 15 for a special one-off event in the city where you can spend a rare evening in the company of the 'baddest man on the planet'. Tyson has just started a 40 date tour and the Peterborough show’s being held at the fantastic new EXEC exhibition centre on the East of England Showground and ESP will be there to capture the action. Stewart Howe, spokesman for Boxing Promotions Ltd told ESP interest in the night has been incredible – “Our allocation of VIP tickets sold out within the space of 24 hours but we have a number of theatre-style tickets left for £30. There’ll also be an opportunity for a meet and greet session with Tyson and to buy a photo of you with the big guy himself for an additional charge of £40. It’ll be a night you won’t forget!” It’s a major event for the city and the night includes Tyson giving a talk on his life and career. Some of his fights will be shown on the big screen so you can relive those amazing moments, other top boxers will be in attendance like two time heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon as well as boxing presenter Steve Bunce and there’ll be a unique oil painting completed on the night which you can bid for. If you’re the lucky one it will feature you as the referee in the picture depicting Tyson taking on Ali, plus Mike Tyson will sign it too!
Mike – “Mike Tyson is one of the most controversial and charismatic sportsmen of our age. We think it’s a real coup to get him to Peterborough as the city hasn’t seen an event of this magnitude before. It’s an opportunity for people to see him in person for a lot less money than it would usually cost.”
Stewart Howe says the buzz about the night is building and hundreds of boxing fans can’t wait to meet Iron
It’ll be a fantastic night like no other and the £30 tickets are available on 01733 311549 or see www.tysonpeterborough.com.
BEST OF THE BEER FEST Peterborough Beer Festival is one of the highlights of the city’s summer calendar and this year it’s set to be even better! Running from August 24 – 28, the layout of the site has been revamped to make life easier for visitors and staff alike – this includes a covered walkway and that festival essential, more toilets. As well as literally hundreds of beers, perries and ciders for you to sample, there’ll be live music every night from acts such as Shake Hands Eric, Lime Shark, the League of Mentalmen and The Who tribute, Who’s Who, as well of lots of other bands.
IN THE DEEP(ING) END The Deeping Raft Race returns on August 8 as its reintroduction last year was a massive success. Sticking to the new format, this year’s event will be even better, with Keith Dalton compering, live music from Spirit, Hooker, The Replicas, The Guards and Mauricky Collins. There will also be a visit from Peterborough Lambretta and Vespa Scooter Club, funfair rides and stalls up and down the high street. Of course, you could just watch people fall into the river as all the rafts are home-made by competitors and every year, a few disintegrate! All money raised goes to local charities and Help For Heroes, which is why this year’s fancy dress theme is uniforms – think soldiers, police, maybe even nurses. Organiser Nick Ash told ESP – “Everybody’s really excited about the Raft Race. It’s going to be a great day so come and support our heroes – last year’s race went down a storm!” Make a weekend of it, with the Raft Race Dance at Deeping School on August 6 – headlining is one of the UK’s best party bands, Crazy Ape and there’ll also be a disco. Tickets are selling fast, so book now! To enter the Raft Race, call 07989 367052 or visit Liv Slater www.deepingsraftrace.co.uk.
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The Beer Festival is the perfect chance to try new real ales, but there are a few different tasting tactics. The best is to grab a programme and read the descriptions – if the bar isn’t busy, the volunteer staff will usually let you taste a few beers before you buy a pint. Other methods include going for the strongest brews, which ALWAYS ends badly (ESP’s Andy Slater still bears the scars) or going for the ones with rude names – last year’s Festival had such delights as Slag lager and Golden Shower Ale. ESP will again be hosting the lunchtime quiz with Ian Gray. They’re always looking fro volunteers to help so if you want to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 896555 / 07900 056940. Liv Slater
80S STARS IN THE BORO It’s time to relive the 80s and get those headbands, legwarmers, face paint and shoulder pads on for a fantastic concert on the Embankment! Top 80s names like Toyah, Heaven 17, ABC, Banarama and Go West are coming to Peterborough on July 17. If you love these bands from back in the day grab your mates and get ready for a retro gig you won’t forget! Expect hits like It’s A Mystery, The Look Of Love, Temptation and We Close Our Eyes… oh yes, time to party! Book tickets on 0845 296 0000 or see www.maconcerts.co.uk.