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JUNE 2014 Issue 178




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OUTFIT HAS IT WETHERSPOON ALL UNDER ONE OPENS IN ROOF STAMFORD If you’re getting stressed trying to find the perfect wear don’tpub, forget At last the newparty Wetherspoon Thethat Dorothy Perkins, Burton Evans Stamford Post, has finally flungand open its have relocated into the Outfit store at doors inallStamford. Serpentine Green! So now you can save JD Wetherpsoon havefind spent £1.57 your legs and all your high street million developing the outlet, on the site favourites under one roof. They also have of the former Stamford Mercury Topshop, Topman, Warehouse and more. newspaper in Sheep Market. It’s aoffices great place to find a present for someone else too or make lifeby really easy The Stamford Post, will be managed andZoe buyCronin an Outfit Check Ross and andgift it’s card! created 48 out the latest looks from Outfit in our special new jobs. feature on The new pub’s now open from 8am until 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8amGET until 1amPARTY on Friday and Saturday. Food’s served@ throughout READY MYthe day, until 11pm every day. It specialises BODY in real ales, serving a wide range of ESSENTIALS beers, including those from local and regional brewers. Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome in the pub until 9pm throughout the week and it’s wheelchair accessible.

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GIFT If you’re stuck for an unusual gift or COLLEGE something that’ll certainly have meaning STUDENTS for anyone broughtMEET up in Peterborough, we can highly recommend the book of PARALYMPIAN photos, New England, by street photographer Chris Porsz. If you missed out last Christmas then this popular photography book depicts Peterborough in the seventies and eighties through some great candid shots. It’s a fantastic slice of social history. It’s available for just £13.99 from Reba in Cathedral Square, Shrives chemist in Westgate, Art in the Heart Shop, Visitors Information Centre and Waterstones in Bridge St. Also from Colemans in Cowgate, The Barn garden centre Gunthorpe, the hospital friends shop, skier Ferry Jade Meadows and via his website Paralympics’ Etherington visited Peterborough Regional College’s (PRC) Media and Journalism Centre to inspire students with aLAUNCH talk that gave an AMICI insight into her quadruple medal winning success.CHRISTMAS


Jade’s visit started with a tour of the greatin Italian restaurant Amici building,Spalding’s on Broadway, Peterborough’s tell us they’ve a delicious city centre, before shelaunched was interviewed special Christmas December, by a media student for themenu nextthis issue of with five new starters, five main courses the College’s student-led magazine, andwhich plentyisofout mouth-watering S-Xpress, this summer. desserts that are completely exclusive to the menu. Running from Sunday December During the interview, Jade (23), the most 1 – successful British woman in Winter Paralympics’ history, spoke about the Games, in Sochi, where she won four medals.

The new-look pub features one bar, as well as a beer garden to the front of the building, off the high street, where you can smoke in a designated area.

She then headed to the Photography studio for a photo shoot with students, before speaking to Year 1 Print-based Media students, who had a series of questions for Jade and later joined her outside of the building for a group photo.

Manager Ross Cronin said: “Myself, Zoe and our team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Stamford community.”

Nick Reinis, Lecturer of Journalism at the College, said: “It was really good to have Jade come in and meet my students.

Read more on – our website’s always packed with the latest leisure and entertainment news.

“She’s an inspiration and it was great for her to take time out of her busy schedule to come and visit us.”

It’s not always easy to fit Christmas shopping intoladies a busychoir schedule. Well done to a local whichLuckily, in Spalding doesn'tSpringfields just sing forOutlet charityShopping events they extended theirThe opening hours to actuallyhave do things to help. Stamford us out! Springfields is now branch help of A Handful of Harmonies haveopen on weekdays untila 9pm this monthofthrough generously collected vast selection until theitems week for commencing Monday store cupboard the local Food Bank. December 23. What’s more, the car park will be free to use from 6pm. The choir’s madeThe up Kitchen simply ofand amateur Subway, Frankie and ladies who enjoyhowever, singing, will thereremain are noopen until Benny’s, auditions and no termly payment so 'Pay 10pm. as you go'. New members are always welcome, there is a choir near you!

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@ BEALES BANDS @to stop at Beales on Don’t forget Westgate on your shopping travels this KNOBWORTH Christmas. They’re offering 50% off FESTIVAL selected lines, ranging from gifts to home On Saturday May 31 Sunday accessories. Getand some cut-price prezzies June 1before the beer garden at the Angel Inn they run out! Yarwell will play host to the 3rd annual Knobworth Festival – a music, real ale BOLLYWOOD and cider festival devised to raise awareness of testicular and prostate TIGER’S cancer . It’s always a good one and we CHRISTMAS can’t wait. This year’s live line up includesDAY Fat Weasel, Beachy Head BUFFET Diving Club, Elements, Switch Tiger is YaxleyThe restaurant Bollywood Blade, All Whales to Heaven, The bringing an Go Indian flavour to the menu Malingerers, Ignition and this Christmas withSellout a special Christmas Dayalso buffet. Soopen if youmic fancy a change from There will be an session the turkey a restif from each afternoon atand 3.30pm any the cooking the buffet is priced at £19.95 per adult, whilst musicians want to entertain at the citizens and children can dine for crowds.senior Entrance is free. £14.95. For bookings, call 01733 246519.


Rock ‘n’ Ride. With thighs that would put Bradley to shame, more Lycra than a date with Hot Gossip and his guitar swinging jauntily on his back… BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Johnny Dee is

ready to ride. One-time bad boy rock god Johnny Dee knows what it means to ride off whistling into the sunset… that’s just how he used to roll. Now he’s set to hit the road once more with his trusty pushbike under hand (well, under bum!). Born to be wild? Yes he was! He’s taken up the Thorpe Hall Challenge, Ride for Ryder, 25 miles of pure riding passion for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire listeners, for Thorpe Hall’s new hospice and for you.




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It was the first time the Sue Ryder charity had organised a sponsored Firewalk, giving supporters the chance to take on a once in a lifetime challenge to walk on hot coals. It was held at the Greyhound Stadium, in Fengate, and all the money raised through the Firewalk will go towards the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal, raising £6 million to fund the building of a new state-of-the-art hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.

Find out more about how you can join Johnny Dee and Ride for Ryder on page 19 of this issue.



Fancy a little tease of Burlesque? This cabaret evening on Saturday June 7 at XXI Bar on Priestgate features a drag act host, burlesque and belly dancers, cancan girls, tribal acts, a magician and more. The night is fundraising for Breast Cancer and advance tickets are £8 or £10 on the door, with £1 from every advance ticket going to charity and £2 on the door. Contact, Niki at or 07453 560381.

The fantastic Bourne Festival returns for its 12th year running from Friday May 30 – June 1. It’s a great weekend for all the family organised by the Roundtable including 80 real ales, arena events, craft stalls and loads more to keep you amused. As ever there’s a varied line-up of live bands performing and it kicks off in style on the Friday with Cuttin Loose, Bullit Tooth and headliner – Robbie Williams Banned with a full brass section! Saturday sees live bands throughout the day from 12.15 with Dr A’s Rhythm and Grooves and ending with the craziest of headliners – The League of Mentalmen at 9.45pm. Sunday’s live line-up starts at 12.15 with The Little Red Kings and ends on a rocking high note with The High Rollers at 8.45pm. Entry’s £2 per day, children under 11 get in free or you can buy a weekend pass for a fiver. Visit


WIN BIG AS SPRINGFIELDS CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a really fantastic competition. You can win a new £10,000 MG3 plus 10 other fantastic prizes worth over £3,000! Just register as a Springfields VIP, spend £10 in any one day, for 10 weeks starting from June 16. If you aren’t a VIP already you can register for FREE at You enter online and then who knows it could be you! There will be a winner event at the end of the competition when you’ll find out exactly what you’ve won, with one winner each week, and one of those weekly winners will also win the car.


Stamford Amateur Musical Society will be taking to the stage in June for their 2014 show ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. One of the best-loved and well-known musicals of all time the show recently sold out to West End audiences and has been enjoying sellout tours around the UK. It’s a great opportunity be able to have an amateur theatre group be able to bring the show to local theatres so shortly after the West End run and at a fraction of the price! Performances are nightly at 7.30pn from Wednesday June 11 – Saturday June 14 at Stamford’s Corn Exchange Theatre, with an additional matinee performance at 2.00pm on the Saturday. Tickets start from £10 and can be booked with the box office on 01780 766455 or via the website on

MALE VOICE CHOIR @ CASTOR Peterborough Male Voice Choir return to Castor for their 2014 Summer Concert, singing favourites from musicals and opera as well as ballads and popular songs. We have to say a huge well done to all the brave people who helped raised over £8,000 for charity in a Firewalk event last month.

Join them at St. Kyneburgha’s church on Saturday June 21. Tickets £10/£9 concessions available from Peterborough Visitor Information Centre: 01733 452336.


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GET READY GIRLS IT’S LADIES NIGHT STRICTLY JOINS STREETDANCE! Star of Strictly Come Dancing, Kevin (from Grimsby) Clifton and dance partner Karen Hauer are coming to the Cresset as part of the fantastic dance fusion show Flash Mob!

Are you stressed? Overworked, underpaid and underappreciated? Sounds like you need an Emergency Girls Night Out! No need to dial 999, just book you and your mates tickets for the Cresset’s fantastic Ladies Night on Friday June 20. It’s an emergency services theme, so get your fancy dress on, slap on some lippy and prepare to indulge in some medicinal cocktails served by the hunky topless waiters. This is a fantastic fun night out, with gorgeous male strippers, an outrageous comedy drag queen compere, free bubbly for those in fancy dress, games, a raffle and a disco. Discounts are available for group bookings so get the girls together! Tickets are £11.50 on 01733 265705.

Following a successful residency in the West End in 2012 where it attracted rave reviews, a brand new production is heading to the Cresset as part of its national tour on Friday July 11. The show provides a platform for the amazing talent that’s emerged from TV dance reality shows – Strictly meets street-dance as the show fuses together many different styles into one huge celebration of dance. The cast for this latest production includes Flawless from Britain’s Got Talent and Dance Critic’s Choice winner and Olivier nominated Tommy Franzen from BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance. Dubbed the modern day Romeo and Juliet by the media, contemporary duo Alleviate and Irish fusion couple Brosena all from Sky 1’s Got To Dance, complete the impressive line-up. Flash Mob will be the first theatre production to actively encourage social networking as an integral part of the show. Facebook and Twitter are used as tools to drive the storyline in the first act, so the audience will be invited to switch on their mobile phones and tweet as the show begins. Flash Mob enables you to sample so many styles from Latin to locking, from Celtic to contemporary and from street to Salsa. The production climaxes with an exciting finale that’s sure to see the entire audience on its feet, as it takes the show title to its literal conclusion when both cast and audience collectively experience the joy of dance through a shared Flash Mob. Tickets are £26.50 and £17 on 01733 265705.


DIRTY DANCING IN STAMFORD Back by popular demand, An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show is the original tribute to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Now in its fourth smash hit year, it's the ultimate celebration of the iconic music from the classic movie. Dirty Dancing boasts a multi award winning soundtrack and all the hits are here, superbly performed in this fast moving, slickly choreographed treat. This sexy song and dance spectacular is an interactive roller coaster, featuring a dynamic cast of incredible performers. Catch it at Stamford Corn Exchange on Saturday June 21 and you’ll have the Time of Your Life! Tickets are £16.50 (concessions £15) on 01780 766455.

REDUCED SHAKESPEARE ARE BACK Following the success of their UK tour in 2013, the Reduced Shakespeare Company are returning to the stage for 2014 and will be coming to the Stamford Arts Centre on Tuesday June 17. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy, running for nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. The madcap trio weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Just under one hundred minutes of comedy and one not to be missed! All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Tickets are available from the theatre box office by calling 01780 763203 or by visiting Alex Jones


Peterborough’s much-loved Broadway Theatre opens again for one night only on Saturday July 5 with Saturday Night at the Movies, a spectacular and highly-anticipated musical salute to Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir will be celebrating the creative genius of film music composers John Williams, Hans Zimmer, John Barry, James Horner and other greats. The choirs - accompanied by the 46-piece Peterborough Festival Orchestra - will perform theme songs from Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, James Bond and many more! Peterborough Male Voice Choir first performed at the Broadway Theatre with legendary soprano Lesley Garrett in 2011; more recently members of Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir performed there alongside Marti Pellow in Bill Kenwright Ltd’s national tour of Evita and in Joseph, with all three choirs rounding off 2013 on stage with a full house at the Broadway in their ever-popular annual festive celebration Christmas Magic. Remember, You Only Live Twice, so buy your tickets before they’re Gone With The Wind! Tickets are available starting at £15 from Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, by phone on 0333 666 3366 or online at

THE JOHNNY CASH ROADSHOW Fans of the ‘man in black’ will love this show which is back by popular demand. The Johnny Cash Roadshow takes you on a musical adventure unrivalled by any other tribute and truly celebrates the career of a musical legend. The UK’s number 1 tribute to Johnny Cash is fronted by respected singer/ songwriter Clive John, who recreates with astounding accuracy what it was really like to be at a Johnny Cash show. Featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, the Johnny Cash Roadshow takes the audience on a musical journey from the

1950s, right up to 2002 with all the stops in between. It’s all there, from the unforgettable hits such as Ring of Fire and Walk the Line, to the Johnny and June duets including Jackson, Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man and so many more. This is the only Johnny Cash tribute show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and you can see it at the Cresset on Friday June 6. Tickets are £21 on 01733 265705.

ARTS CINEMA This month’s Peterborough Arts Cinema screenings at the John Clare Theare (Central Library) is Blue Is The Warmest Colour (18) on Thursday June 5. Adèle is struggling to come to terms with her sexuality amid a culture of homophobic abuse until she meets bluehaired Emma, an artist with a forthright sense of self. After the inevitable culture clashes their relationship grows, changes, falters and reawakens. Next up on Thursday June 12 it’s The Broken Circle Breakdown (15), Belgium's submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar category. This is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass adaptation of Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels's play. On Thursday June 19 it’s the marvellous Dame Judi Dench in Philomena (12A) with Steve Coogan in the story of a tough-minded, elderly Irish woman, who battles to find out what happened to the baby boy taken away from her in the 1950s. Finally for June it’s Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in Kill Your Darlings on Thursday June 26 (15). This film about the beat generation by John Krokidas sees Daniel Radcliffe giving an intelligent and considered performance as the young Allen Ginsberg and is revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career.


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Peterborough Voices have enjoyed huge success since their formation in 2011, winning competition prizes, touring internationally and recording their first CD, Invitation to Eternity. This year sees the launch of their third Sing for Life project, in association with Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal. They return to Stamford Arts Centre for their annual summer concert on Saturday June 14 with highlights including choral favourites, ballads and songs from the shows. Tickets are £12 (£10) from the box office on 01780 763203.

D-DAY DARLINGS @ THE KEY Peterborough, prepare to air your sirens – the D-Day Darlings will soon be landing! Despite bombs dropping all over the town, Peterborough stood strong through World War II. Paying tribute to this significant era, the D-Day Darlings will be singing ‘The Songs That Won The War’ with two performances on Saturday June 7 at the Key Theatre. Set in the heart of wartime Britain, the show tells a story of a vocal-harmony trio seeking to get their big break in the heart of WW2. It features a range of memorable 1940’s songs, from the likes of Gracie Fields, The Andrews Sisters and Dame Vera Lynn, who is also a keen supporter of the show. The D-Day Darlings will be performing at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 adults and concessions are £13.50. Call the box office on 01733 207239 or book online:

THE LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back in another sizzling and seductive production. Get hot under the collar whilst the stars burn up the stage in ‘Red Hot Kisses’ the brand new show for 2014. Setting the stage on fire with a fabulous mix of fun and frolics, this blazing hot production includes 16 of Thailand’s most beautiful and intriguing lady boys, performing a show like no other! The new show drips with diamante and sizzles with new songs and side splitting comedy in the usual truly glamorous style, with even more flamboyant costumes, painstaking immaculate make up and show stopping choreography. Don’t miss it at the Key Theatre on Monday June 30. Tickets are £22 (£22.50 concessions) on 01733 207239.

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SUMMER SUNDAYS ARE BACK! Music lovers in Peterborough should be pleased to hear that Charters’ Summer Sundays, a series of live music events, have just kicked off for a new season.

STAMFORD FESTIVAL Once again the streets of Stamford will be buzzing on Saturday June 21 when the annual Festival Parade of Floats takes to the streets.

In the arena this year will be Cyril the Squirrel and his Racing Terriers, making you laugh and inviting you to join in. Hearing Dogs for deaf people will amaze you with their incredible training and abilities. There’s a Baby Show at 3pm, a car boot sale, and the Village Queen will be there in all her glory, a 1915 steam motor tractor. If you have a head for heights and want to test your agility, try the climbing wall plus Airsofting is back! Safe, shooting fun for all ages fully supervised and FREE.

Organised once again by Stamford & District Kiwanis this extravaganza starts from the Recreation Ground in the centre of Stamford from midday when the floats of all shapes and sizes will congregate for the initial judging.

When the parade returns to the Recreation Ground at about 3.30pm the fun continues with the fairground rides, exhibits by the RAF and others, a flypast and displays and entertainment by local groups in the arena. Refreshments and the famous Kiwanis Pimms Stall will be there for those who feel the strain of the day before the judges announce the winners at about 4.45pm. On Sunday June 22 it’s the Family Fun Day on the Recreation Ground from 10am to 4pm.



Gavin Polkinghorne, General Manager, told ESP – “Following on from the huge success of previous music events, we’re delighted to provide the people of Peterborough a warm and friendly environment in which to relax and enjoy some free entertainment in one of the best beer gardens in the city. The atmosphere at the events last year was truly fantastic and we look forward to recreating such enjoyable events again this year.”


A colourful procession is promised to the theme of ‘Books and Movies’ and up to 20 floats will wind their way through the centre of the town bringing traffic to a halt. Each float will be judged as it passes in front of Browne’s Hospital by the judging panel of local dignitaries and prizes for the best floats will be awarded. Many reigning champions will be there to defend the trophies they’ve won in the past and a number of new entrants promise to make it an exciting competition to be the best.

The UK’s largest floating real ale emporium under the Town Bridge has the city centre’s largest beer garden and will host acts outside in the marquee every Sunday throughout the summer, with a great line-up of the finest bands and artists from across Peterborough and surrounding areas. It’s what Sundays are made for!

There’ll be story telling with Top Hat ‘n Tales, Thai massage, Owls from Raptor Rescue, Rutland Ferrets, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Three Counties Rescues, Judo, Zumba, games for all ages, ice cream, funfair, hog roast and guaranteed fun for everyone. If that doesn’t wear you out, there’ll still be a number of additional activities as part of the Stamford Festival week – see the Stamford Festival website Read more about the new music events running alongside the Festival in our Live Music pages.

The team at the North Street Bar have two great charity nights planned in aid of Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21 in the Courtyard Room. On the Friday evening there’s a chance to dress to the nines for the Charity Fun Casino Night, tickets priced at £25 include Champagne and canapé reception, and £10 of Childline credits at the casino tables. There’ll be prizes on the night with proceeds going to NSPCC Childline. Tickets are available from the bar. On the Saturday evening there’ll be a night for SKA fans featuring top local band The Gangsters. Admission’s free, but there’ll be the opportunity for a voluntary donation to NSPCC Childline, and a range of promotions including special cocktails.

NOTOWN WITHOUT MOTOWN CHARITY NIGHT Motown fans can help support the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal and enjoy a great night of tunes early next month. Head over to the Ivy leaf Club in Whittlesey on Wednesday July 9 to help raise funds for this great cause. There’ll be live music on the night with headliners Notown Without Motown. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door from the Sue Ryder shop in Eye or the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlesey.

BOTOLPH GREEN FESTIVAL Festival season is here at last and if you’re looking for a family day out the one over at Botolph Green is well worth a look. This lively local festival is in its eighth year and offers fun activities for families and kids, live music, displays from local groups, and many stalls to browse and enjoy over the weekend. There’s a wide choice of fabulous food on offer and the marquee just north of the Dovecote on the Green is the centre of activities, with its ‘pop up beer garden’ and regular Festival bar. The Green will be humming from the evening of Friday June 13 when the Festival kicks off with a children’s disco in the marquee, followed by Snail Race Night – fun and laughter on the big screen with cartoon snails – anything can happen! Throughout Saturday and Sunday you can browse high quality craft and food stalls, enjoy live music and watch demonstrations and displays from fantastic local groups and clubs including Indian dancing and Taekwondo. Have a go at putting, rowing, cycling and fencing, all supervised by expert coaches. Children of all ages can enjoy a Family Dog Show and Dog Agility Competition, a play area, games and fun activities, including donkey rides and steam train rides for children. Make like Mary Berry and take

along your best baking for their Great Botolph Bake-Off cake competition, judged by local experts including Trevor Charlton from Orton’s Ramblewood Inn. On Saturday evening there’s a disco and live music from local band, Electric Warriors. Sunday opens with an informal service on the Green, hosted by Donald McFadyen of Holy Trinity Church followed by a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Walk on Water, fairground rides, and live music throughout the day. For more details see

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of the few remaining outdoor pools of its era in the country so it’s great to see it’s still going strong.

TIME TO LEAP IN @ THE LIDO The Peterborough Lido, the popular outdoor swimming pool on Bishop’s Road, is now open for the summer season! Most of us have some great memories of time spent down at the fantastic outdoor pool in the city centre and it’s still proving a great place to spend some (hopefully) hot summer days.

Families can relax on the large sunbathing terraces, play in the three heated pools and park area and enjoy hot and cold food at the Lido café. With fun music for all the family they

have a great range of summer event days including the fun inflatable sessions with giant blow up zorbs and boats, a brilliant fun session not to be missed! This great Art Deco style pool was officially opened by Councillor Arthur Mellows way back in 1936 and is one

It’s still a reasonably priced day out too. Day entry to the Lido is £4.90 for adults and £3.20 for children. Day entry for a family of four is just £12.50 or £22 with food (includes a burger and a drink each). An adult summer pass for July and August is £60. Entrance to the Lido is free to some Vivacity gym members and discounted with some Vivacity cards, please ask staff for details. It’s open daily 9am-6pm (during May and June) and daily 9am8pm (during July and August) with an early swim on Sundays from 7.30am. For more info call on 01733 864761 or visit

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The Lido offers great outdoor swimming facilities, including a large heated Olympic size 50m pool, a

shallow learner pool and a paddling pool for toddlers.

Summer 2014 sees the Lido in its 78th year of operation which was enjoyed by over 22,000 visitors last summer.

DRAGON BOATS RACE TO THE ROWING LAKE The hugely popular Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival takes place at the new venue of Peterborough Rowing Club, Thorpe Meadows on Saturday June 14 and there’s still time to get a team together and be part of it! Exciting, colourful and great fun, no previous experience is required to enter a team of up to 11 people into the event, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. The Festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with funfair activities, inflatables, plenty of food and drink for all the family and a spectacular flypast by a Lancaster Bomber at around 2.30pm. The top fundraisers for Festival charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, will win the charity trophy and two fabulous prizes: a race view suite for up to 40 guests at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium with delicious finger



buffet and sponsored race plus a prize meal at Nando’s Peterborough! Carol Lester of event organisers, Gable Events, commented – “We’re looking forward to another superb day of racing and entertainment and there’s still time to join in the fun! “The beauty of dragon boat racing is that it’s not reliant on brute strength. The key to success is team work, timing and the ability to listen to your helm’s instructions, failure to do so could result in an early bath! There’s nothing more amusing than to see a crew of super-confident burley builders come unstuck against a mixed crew of IT consultants! Organisation and team work will be triumphant every time. So even if you don’t have the arms of Thor or the athletic prowess of Victoria Pendleton, fear not as anyone can succeed in dragon boat racing, which is why this event is so appealing to companies looking for a fun way to motivate staff and strengthen team spirit.” Pop down to the Rowing Lake to enjoy the fun from around 10.30am with the final at about 4pm. To make sure your company, club or group of friends is on the start line please call organisers Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit the Festival website at

WILDLIFE TRUST BAT PUNT SAFARIS Here’s something a little different organised by our area’s Wildlife Trust – Bat Punt Safaris! As the nearest punts are in Cambridge though you’ll need to take a little trip but if you want a wildlife experience with a difference it’ll be well worth the short drive. The Wildlife Trust BCN has teamed up with Scudamore's punt operator for their annual summer Bat Punt Safaris on the River Cam in Cambridge. These unique and increasingly popular Bat Punt Safaris run every Friday evening from now until September 19, plus Saturday evenings July 26 – August 30 along the River Cam. Wildlife Trust experts show you how to use an ultrasonic bat detector and point out the different species on the river in a thrilling dusk-time encounter like no other where you can see the bats very clearly as they flit across the river. Scudamore’s donate 50% of all ticket sales back to the Wildlife Trust, for more info visit

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HERITAGE FESTIVAL Visit the new Food Fayre on Bridge Street, to discover an exciting taste of unusual local produce, food and drinks for you to sample or to buy and take away. Plus, commemorating the First World War, there’ll be a large Living History Encampment on site, along with a full-sized replica of a tank!

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Celebrate the life and work of our famed local poet John Clare, with poetry readings, and performances of his music. Discover the Bard’s best bits

One of our favourite events is here once again and if you haven’t been along to the Peterborough Heritage Festival before make sure you don’t miss out this time! It really is a fantastic day out right in the heart of the city and it’s completely free! You can come face to face with a tank, a falcon, a Roman or a World War II pilot – you never know who or what you’ll bump into as you wander round the displays and this year there’s a new Food Fayre too. It’s back, even bigger and better than before, on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22, with several fringe events running from June 13 – 29. Arranged in association with Vivacity, Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough City Council, the Festival is set in the historic Cathedral Precincts, Cathedral Square, Bridge Street, St John’s Square and Peterborough Museum. This is a unique chance to experience 3,500 years of heritage in the UK’s only city centre multi-period living history festival. Stuart Orme, Events and Programmes Manager for Vivacity and lead officer for the Heritage Festival told ESP – “This year’s Heritage Festival celebrates and commemorates anniversaries that are significant to Peterborough and its people, from the outbreak of the First World War to the birth of many local groups and communities in the city. We have over two weeks of brilliant events, activities and guest speakers,



culminating in our big Festival weekend. We really want to engage local people in the fascinating story of our city, as well as attract visitors from across the UK to come to Peterborough.” The Heritage Festival features over 300 costumed reenactors from some of the country’s top Living History groups, giving you a chance to meet all sorts of colourful costumed characters from our past. The main arena occupies Cathedral Square with a packed programme of live period music, falconry displays and spectacular battle displays. Over 30 local history societies, community groups and historic attractions put on displays to show off the best of our local heritage. The period market is held on the main Cathedral green, while the craft fair on Cathedral Square provides fantastic shopping opportunities. You can relax with the family in the Children’s Zone – an activity area for the kids with jesters, storytellers, games and activities. There’ll be fun family activities too in the hands-on science marquee on St John’s Square, arranged in association with the Natural History Museum, as well as vintage vehicle displays, folk dancing and more.

with performances of sections themed around ‘Patriotism and Kingship’ from Shakespeare’s History plays by Mask Theatre on St John’s Square each afternoon. There’s so much going on during the Heritage Festival visit HeritageFest for all the news and join in the conversation with #PeterboroHeritageFest. See you there – we can’t wait!

HERITAGE FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS There are various fringe events happening as part of the Heritage Festival and here are just some… Peterborough Ghost Walk – Heritage Festival Special June 17, 7.30pm at Peterborough Museum Join in with this Heritage Festival special of Peterborough’s most popular guided walk. Explore the city’s ghostly sites with a costumed guide and take the opportunity to go to one or two places not normally visited on the tour. Book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £5 adults, £3 concessions. Call 01733 864663 or email

Crime and Punishment Walk Heritage Festival Special June 19, 7.30pm at Peterborough Museum A Heritage Festival special of this guided walk around the city’s sinister and occasionally gruesome history! Tour the city centre with a Victorian policeman and prisoner, to get their very different views on our past criminals and the law enforcers! Book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are £5 adults, £3 concessions. Call 01733 864663 or email

Guest speaker: Shirley Williams - ‘The Life of Vera Brittain’ June 21, 7.30pm at Peterborough Cathedral. Baroness Shirley Williams talks movingly about her mother – Vera Brittain – whose activities helped shape the political landscape in the early years of the 20th Century. Brittain’s pioneering war memoir Testament of Youth still continues to make an impact 80 years after it was first published. Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby PC, is a politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, she was one of the ‘Gang of Four’ who founded the Social Democratic Party in 1981. She has been leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, has written several books and is currently Professor Emerita of Electoral Politics at Harvard University. The talk will be followed by a book signing in association with Waterstones. Adults £13, children/concessions £10. Call 01733 207239 or book online at

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SUMMER CONCERT If you enjoy orchestral music don’t miss The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra's summer concert being held at The Voyager Academy in Walton on Sunday June 14. The programme is Mendelssohn's Symphony No3 (The Scottish), Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No1 in A Minor and the St Paul's Suite by Holst. It starts at 7.30pm and you can find out more on

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE AT SACREWELL After the outstanding success of last year’s outdoor theatre performance, Sacrewell Farm near Wansford is delighted to be welcoming back Cambridge Touring Theatre on Saturday June 14 with their new show, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Logic is abandoned in this wonderfully interactive tale of childhood and imagination as Alice meets White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Filled with catchy songs such as ‘A Flea and a Fly in a Flu’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat’, this lively and funny performance is brought to life for families with music, dancing and a host of pranks that appeal to both children and adults alike. With the performance starting at 6pm, families are invited to arrive at the farm from 5pm to enjoy a picnic near the picturesque Watermill. Make sure you bring something comfy to sit on.

Tickets are £12.50 and £10.50 (concessions) and school children get in free.

PETERBOROUGH PUB QUIZ Can you tell your Baker Perkins from your Perkins Engines? Do you know which bus route goes from Werrington to Orton? Have you any idea which Peterborian founded Pizza Express? Then this could be the quiz for you! Just head along to the Brewery Tap pub to test your knowledge of Peterborough in this special pub quiz on Tuesday June 24 at 7pm. A team must be between three and six people, it’s free to enter and there are prizes to be won! To enter a team call 01733 864663 or email

The family who are dressed up in the best Alice in Wonderland themed costumes will win a £25 voucher to spend in the Three Little Ducks Gift Shop. Tickets cost £8 for an adult, £6 for a child and £25 for a family of four. Children under two can attend for free. To book visit or call the farm on 01780 782254.

CHATTERIS PARTY IN THE PARK The party’s happening big style in Chatteris on Saturday June 28 with plenty of family fun and live music to get your summer started!

PETERBOROUGH ARTISTS OPEN UP! Each year, the artists and crafts people of the Peterborough area open their studios, workspaces and homes to the public. It’s a great opportunity to interact with them and find out more about the techniques and materials involved in their work, or just to have a look around. It’s free to enter each venue and all the artists will have original work for sale and many will have cards and prints available should anything take your eye!

The event is held at Furrowfields from 10am and includes living history encampments, stalls, funfair rides, an entertainment arena and much more. The parade leaves Church Lane at 11am and arrives on site at 11.30am.

There’s a special preveiw event on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 on Cathedral Square in the city centre when 19 artists will be showing and selling their work and giving live demonstrations.

There’s a great line up of live entertainment on stage from 5pm featuring Christian Smith, Violet Bones,The Islanders, Heartwork, Music & Spies, Misty Jones, B-Sydes, Katy Watts, Shannon, Holly & Connor, Abbie, Kira Gibson and Zeldarr.

The Artists Open Studios event is then held from June 2829 and July 5-6 & July 12-13.

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A POETIC JOURNEY – THE LIFE & WRITINGS OF JOHN CLARE If you haven’t been along to the revamped Peterborough Museum yet you’re missing out as the improvements are amazing! As well as some great new features the Museum frequently hosts short term special exhibitions and this month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of the poet John Clare, there’s a unique and extraordinary exhibition on show until Sunday June 22. Offering a once-in-a-generation chance to see incredibly rare, fragile and beautiful manuscripts written by John Clare, discover the largest collection of the poet’s works shown in one place since 1893. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for John Clare Studies at the University of Cambridge. Entry is free, except on special event days, and there’s no need to book – just drop in.

SURGERY PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE TALK & TOUR If you’re intrigued by history tinged with a little gore you can explore the fascinating story of the development of surgery over the last 500 years in a tour and talk at Peterborough Museum on Friday June 13. Photo: Emma Bothamley

There are two tours of the Museum’s unique original Victorian operating theatre, with medical expert John Redmond, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Allied Health and Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University. It’s aprty of the Heritage Festival fringe events and places are limited so pre-booking recommended. The talk’s presented as part of Universities Week 2014. Tickets are £3 adults, £2 concessions and the price includes refreshments.


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Green Meadows Festival, the annual charity music festival near Oundle, has announced this year's line up. The Festival, which is held on the weekend of July 4-6, features three stages and free children's area. On the main stage, sponsored by Brewsters Brewery, The Wonderstuff's Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls are joined by Glastonbury Festival regulars By The Rivers, Irish chart act The Raglans as well as local bands and artists. The Bentwood Stage, which mainly hosts acoustic acts, features former The Bluetones front man Mark Morriss as well as a host of other singer songwriters. The DJ stage, called The Beats Boutique, features international producers Pimpsoul and Mooqee, Ministry of Sound regular Martin Holden and Where's North? who

was nominated in Breakspolls DJ of the year competition. The Festival, which supports the Teenage Cancer Trust, also features a free children's activities area with inflatables, yoga and face painting. Organiser Ollie Sharp told ESP – "We are delighted to have such a wide range of quality acts this year as the Festival goes from strength to strength. There is something for everyone and we hope to raise more money for such an important cause." Tickets range from £5 - £25 in advance including camping and are available from So far the Festival has donated nearly £3500 to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

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JEAN-CHRISTOPHE NOVELLI @ FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL If you’re a bit of a foodie make sure you get yourself along to the Elton Hall Food and Drink Festival his month. It all takes place on Friday June 6, Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8, promising a feast of entertainment for all the family in the grounds of the hall. It’ll feature some of the best regional, national and international food and drink available in the UK – alongside high-quality products and services for homes and gardens. That’s not all though, you can also enjoy a tipple at the beer festival, watch foodie film screenings, enjoy a Medieval banquet, children's cooking workshops by local Coco's Kitchen and a live music event accompanied by delicious Indian cuisine. The highlight of Sunday's entertainment will be three cooking demonstrations by internationally renowned celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. The 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award-winning French chef will be in the kitchen theatre cooking one of his favourite classic dishes at 11am, a Mediterranean meal at 1pm and, at 3pm, a culinary creation focusing on locally sourced produce. In addition to the cooking theatre there’ll be a tasting arena open on all three days where local producers will be showcasing, and offering visitors sample tastings, of their products.

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Back in 2011 Dereck and Edna Brown decided it was time for the last waltz and after more than 40 years of teaching us how to dance they closed their beloved Brown’s Dance Centre on Lincoln Road. four decades and I wish I could say I’ve picked up where my folks left off but I’m making a real good go of it thanks to my girlfriend. Despite being born from dancing parents I’ve never considered it as a pastime and admittedly don’t get over excited when our weekly dance class comes around. Dancing isn’t something that comes naturally to me and perhaps I’ve been left a little scared from my first taste of dancing five years ago, which was Salsa.

LENNY’S ITALIAN JOB IN BRAZIL! It’s World Cup month and I have to admit to being a little bit jealous of my mate Lenny Barletta who’s only gone and bagged tickets for Italy’s group matches!

pressure on Roy Hodgson’s men. England have also improved slightly (in comparison to Italy) since the sides last met two years ago.

This means he’ll be watching the allimportant England v Italy opening game in a packed stadium of what will mainly be England fans and neutrals (Italian fans are poor travellers) basking in 35 degree heat and 80% humidity.

England’s comparatively younger squad will also give them the edge in that unbearable heat. The other plus point for England is they face Uruguay (the team to beat in the group) after the Italy game, so getting off to a winning start should give Rooney and co second round qualification advantage.

Going to watch Italy in the World Cup in the Mecca of football that is Brazil is a lifelong dream of Lenny’s and he’s confident the Azzurri will be 2-0 winners thanks to a Mario Balotelli brace. As a fellow Italia supporter I wish I could share Lenny’s confidence but I see the contest finishing as a draw, if not as a win for England. England go into the game with far less expectations than four times World Cup winners Italy and this’ll mean there’s less

Add to the mix that Italy are notoriously slow starters and you can start to see circumstances favouring the Three Lions. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be a cracking match with one of the largest television audiences in this World Cup. Another point to note is no European team has ever won the World Cup in South America, so Brazil winning should be a safe bet but Forza Italia and C’mon England anyway!



Yes I know World Cup is two words but this is why I love it so much: Ian Wright (not), superstition, Ando flag, Carlo, Adrian Chiles (not), beer goggles, partisan, ‘acida’, convoys, banter, tomato plants, Bruno’s, manager blame, pressing, De Rossi debates, annoying girls suddenly liking football, BBQ and frustratingly Pirlo dependant.


As much as I love watching Salsa I found it frustratingly difficult to master but if I was to take it up again today I’d probably find it a little easier. That’s because my girlfriend convinced me I should give dancing another go and my condition was that it would have to be at Brown’s – the best there is. The dancing husband and wife team spent a lifetime teaching generations to dance ballroom and Latin. When they first started 100 pupils were at every class and they taught almost 2,000 people a week, all day and every day.

We danced at Brown’s for two years right up until that last emotional day when Dereck and Edna closed their doors for good. We were taught by Edna and her daughter Jo and my second stab at dancing was much more fruitful.

Dereck and Edna also enjoyed the company of some major figures in the dance world over the years including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman who is a friend of the Browns.

I’m never going to light up the dance floor but I’m so grateful for the patience the Browns had with me in those early days, which has resulted in me being moderately competent in most forms of Latin and in particular ballroom. I’m now progressing at TuDanse studios in Fengate, taught by owner Anita Winter who herself had lessons at the famous Brown’s.

There are certain Peterborough people that make us proud and are a pleasure to know. Dereck and Edna are two of them and that’s why I’m including them in my heroes wall of fame. I was first made aware of Brown’s when I was in my early teens. My mum and I were sorting through some old photos and it was at this point that I realised how good my folks were at dancing. We came across photos of them being presented with medals at Brown’s during the early 1970’s when it seemed like the whole country was dancing all the time. Mum said she and dad danced to a high standard but it stopped when mum fell pregnant to me. It was all my fault as usual. Fast forward

I saw Dereck recently and he was so happy to hear I was still keeping my dancing up. I told him I still bitch and moan and that probably the main reason I stick with it is because it makes my girlfriend happy. He replied with: “That’s just it, that’s what dancing’s all about. You’re doing something together and surely that’s everything.” He was right. With that he’s given me reason to continue and I’ve since booked into weekly private lessons so that one day I can give Louis Smith a run for his money.

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PIMPED OUT FOR SUMMER Riding a motorbike in full leathers with temperatures of more than 20 degrees makes me just want to strip them all off and luckily for me I know just the girl to give me a hand… Michelle White is clothing and accessory advisor at Balderston and she recommends this hi-visibility textile jacket made by BMW called the AirShell. It’s one of those jackets that looks better on than hanging on the rail and it offers practically all the protection of a leather without sweating buckets. The AirShell has large ventilation areas that gives you lots of air circulation. It’s waterproof, reflective for those late summer evenings and comes with removable protectors on your shoulders and elbows. At the front there are two zip pockets and you can adjust the waist and cuffs. There’s also a pocket to fit a back protector and you can remove the lining on the inside for even more air flow.

It was the late 1990’s and the city centre’s nightclub offering was more than adequate with plenty of tastes catered for, so we thought. Then L’Aristos came along and it should’ve challenged the status quo – but the venue was in Fengate. And being in Newark Road was essentially the club’s downfall. L’Aristos was supposed to be the venue that changed everything. Its presence (had it been in the city centre) would’ve intimidated other clubs and forced them to rethink their strategies, but instead L’Aristos will be remembered by me at least as a slice of London’s West End meets Peterborough’s primary industrial estate. The club’s owner Frank L’Aristo looked like the kind of guy who owned a downtown casino in Las Vegas. He was all gold bracelet and suntan but he knew how to bring a bit of class to Peterborough. I was never much of a drinker so being designated driver had its perks while L’Aristos was open. It meant I could charge strangers a few quid to get back into town to hit the other clubs if they wanted to. Driving was also the perfect introduction to girls who’d be getting a chill up their miniskirts waiting for a taxi back to the city centre. The fact that so many of us would rarely stay the duration in L’Aristos in fear of missing out in town is a massive shame. I seldom saw the club packed to the rafters and even with a shuttle service eventually deployed, revellers still needed to get their end of night kicks in the city centre. L’Aristos did sharpen our up clobber though. The club oozed style,

sophistication and class. It was a big venue and probably the best the city has seen in terms of its layout – the dance floor was central and huge. I remember thinking I’d have to smarten up when going to L’Aristos. It put a bit of pride and effort back into the appearance of the otherwise bordering on scruffy 1990’s clubber. I’m guilty of not supporting L’Aristos as much as I should have on Friday and Saturday nights. For me it was part of a chat up line in Rinaldo’s to say I’d popped into L’Aristos earlier that night. But on a Sunday I was there without fail. Clubbing on a Sunday night was for the die hard and the elite. It was made especially easier by being in your early 20’s, which meant comfortably coping with burning the candle at both ends. It was also a blessing that Sunday entry fees were considerably cheaper. The Sunday routine always began at The Granary where practically the pub’s entire clientele would move onto L’Aristos. For reasons which I can’t figure out, Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is the song I most associate with L’Aristos during that time and like Whitney that excellent venue is now gone but never forgotten.

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PIZZA EXPRESSED IN BOIZOT BOOK People who know me understand that I don’t read fiction although I’ve been accused of writing it from time to time in my 20 years as a columnist. I’m an absolute autobiography man and have a stack of them ranging from Richard Prior to Aryton Senna still to read but a new autobiography of Peter Boizot has gone straight to the top of my priority reading pile. It’s been penned by former Peterborough Telegraph reporter Matthew Reville and I remember being pleasantly surprised when he told me he’d embarked on what I’m sure was a challenging but satisfying project.

I always pray for good weather in time for BMF weekend and get a downpour but this year my prayers were answered for a change. The sun was beaming and so was I when I got to meet World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty.

Peter was chairman of Posh when I worked there and I always used to say I could write a few stories about this experience. Credit to Matt for choosing to write about one of Peterborough’s most famous people (me aside of course) and well done for the book being sold out of its first print run at Peterborough Waterstones in four days!

Chatting with Carl was fab but something else made my visit to the show even more worthwhile. Turn to page 34 to find out.

‘Mr Peterborough’ introduced pizza to Britain, set up the Soho Jazz Festival and of course rescued Peterborough United.


He stood for Parliament twice, renovated the Broadway Theatre and has raised millions to stop Venice from flooding.


Peterborough is finding its way back on the professional boxing map following top quality performances from four of our city’s fighters at Bushfield Leisure Centre last month. Tariq Quaddus, Cello Renda, Michael Maguire and Karl Wheeler all claimed impressive wins at the packed Robert Waterman show and it was the

latter boxer whose performance was an extra bit special after returning to the ring following an eight year absence. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these boys ply their trade and other local fighters including Sam Barron, Tommy Martin and Jordan Gill. To see my full write-up go to

Mr Pizza And All That Jazz tells the life story of a man who made a fortune and lost it all. But profits have never been Peter’s driving force – following his passions have always been paramount to him. I’m looking forward to reading this book for lots of reasons. Paperback copies are £10.99 and hardback £15.99. You can also get it in both major formats of e-book.

ANDO MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT A five-a-side football tournament and fun day will be held on July 6 at Langtoft football ground in memory of my friend Ando Todisco who passed away suddenly last May.


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There’ll be plenty for the family to enjoy on the day (11am – 5pm) and team submissions (£30 per team) should be made by June 22 to or by text 07946 421819. All proceeds will be split between the British Heart Foundation and Langtoft Football Club.


TOP CYCLISTS TOUR THE CITY So did you catch the cycling action when the Pearl Izumi Tour Series came to Peterborough and enjoy the excitement live – or did you see the highlights on ITV4? Great Britain's Matthew Gibson took a stylish win with a last lap attack at the end, but it was the riders of Rapha Condor JLT who took the team win to extend their Series lead at that point.

race organised by Inspire Peterborough. Jade Etherington, the first person to win a medal in Alpine skiing and Britain's greatest ever winter paralympian, handed out the medals.

Earlier in the day there were trike races and local cycle clubs taking to the circuit and a wheelchair relay

It’s the City Council’s intention to bring the event back next year so fingers crossed!

INTO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR CYCLING? Coming on the tail end of several cycling events in and around the city, Vivacity has launched a great indoor cycling programme, fantastic for people who love indoor or outdoor cycling. The Women’s Tour and Pearl Izumi Tour Series in May and the upcoming NSCPP Sponsored Bike Ride (June 22) and Vericool For Schools Circuit of the Fens (July 27) sees the city raising the profile of cycling and the great benefits it brings.


t was fantastic to see the cycle teams racing through the city centre once again and just as exciting to see our city on the tele!

Riding on the popularity of this sport, Vivacity has launched a city wide programme of indoor cycling classes, at five centres across the city for those wanting to train or get fit.

The event saw round three of Britain’s leading men's cycle race series and the Women's Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, featuring top-class riders competing on a 1.1 kilometre circuit at speeds reaching more than 30mph. They started and finished in Cathedral Square with the circuit taking in Church Street, Cowgate, Bourges Boulevard and Bridge Street. It’s all great promotion for the city and Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations for Peterborough City Council, told us she was delighted to see it return – “The Pearl Izumi Tour Series always enjoys coming to Peterborough and spectators line the course giving the riders fantastic encouragement. “The race last visited our city in 2012 when it was Olympic year and cycling became the country’s fastest take up sport. This meant our appetite for the race has


The classes offer a full body workout in 45 minutes, set to great music. You’ll enjoy one of the best cardio and fat burning classes that will leave you energised and feeling amazing.

always been strong, as we have seen once again with the race’s return. “It is like Monte Carlo on bikes and having the race here allows for a great opportunity to show off our city to a national audience. It is also unusual for top sport to take place right through the integral parts of a city centre and it is great Peterborough has this recognition.”

There are a great range of classes across the city at times to suit all at Vivacity Premier Fitness, Hadfield Road in Hampton, the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre on Bishop’s Road, the Hampton Leisure Centre on Clayburn Road, Werrington Leisure Centre and Bushfields Leisure Centre in the Orton Centre. Call 01733 864000 for more information about these great 45 minute sessions or find out more about becoming a Vivacity gym member. Classes are included free with a Vivacity gym membership or can be paid for individually. For more information on cycling events see

GET ON YOUR BIKE AND RIDE FOR RYDER Cycling’s seen a real spike in interest and if you’re feeling inspired you don’t necessarily need to don the Lycra or splash out on a flashy bike. An event is great motivation to get you back in the saddle so why not Ride for Ryder? ESP is backing Thorpe Hall’s Capital Appeal for a new hospice and their latest fundraiser is their bi-annual bike ride. It has three different course lengths so there’s something for everyone, from the Sunday afternoon pleasure riders to the seasoned Lycra-clad bikers. Ride for Ryder is taking place on Sunday June 29. All three routes will start and finish at Thorpe Hall Hospice, giving everyone taking part the opportunity to see just why they’re aiming to raise £6 million to build a new hospice. There’s a 25 mile route, a 55 mile route and an 85 mile route which takes in five counties. All three have been carefully chosen to avoid main roads where possible and to take in some of the stunning scenery in the countryside around Peterborough. The courses will be marshalled and there’ll be plenty of toilet stops and refreshments on all routes so don’t wrorry! You can just turn up and take part but if you’d like to raise sponsorship money, it will all go straight to the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal. Registration costs just £15 and there’s a medal for everyone who finishes. Organiser Kirsty Clipston told ESP – “Ride for Ryder’s always been one of our most popular events and with the massive increase in the number of people taking to two wheels since the London Olympics we’re hoping this year’s event will be our best ever. “We’ve chosen three really lovely routes taking in some of the best local scenery. And there’ll be chance to chill out afterwards in our lovely gardens here. There are no time limits and it’s certainly not a race so you can bring the family and take the whole day to ride your chosen route if you like.” Registration is now open. Visit For information about Thorpe Hall and the £6 million appeal visit

HE’S ONLY GONE & DONE IT! The Route 92 Cycle Challenge saw them cycle a massive total of 2369.5 miles, averaging over 130 miles a day. That’s more than the Tour de France, which is 2284 miles, and they took 21 days, averaging 108 miles a day!

We have to say a huge congratulations to a Peterborough dentist who’s really proved his metal successfully completing the Route 92 Cycle Challenge – bigger than the Tour De France and all in aid of charity. Peterborough Dentist Dr. Phil Johns and members of The Smile Boutique Dental Practice cycled to all 92 English League Football Clubs in aid of Stamford based charity Anna’s Hope which supports children and young people with brain tumours.

Phil Johns told ESP – “It was extremely challenging and long hours but the thought of knowing where the donations were going, motivated us to keep going over the 18 days.” The challenge started on Friday April 18 at Peterborough United, with Phil Johns leading the way, returning on Monday May 5. We think he did fantastically well and just hope his padded shorts didn’t get worn out! You can still donate on their just giving page or visit annas-hope

WORLD CUP Peterborough lad and dedicated Posh fan turned national radio presenter Adrian Durham writes exclusively on the World Cup for ESP. The talkSPORT drivetime presenter is never short of a few opinions so here’s his take on the beautiful game…

WHERE TO CATCH THE WORLD CUP ACTION Flags at the ready it’s time to get your mates together and cheer on your favourite teams! For a great atmosphere with a crowd watch the games on the big screen at various venues throughout the area…

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Way back in 1974 when I was 5, I sat on the lounge carpet at my house in Burns Close, Peterborough all set to watch the World Cup final between Holland and West Germany on an old Adrian Durham black & white TV and I was so excited I threw up everywhere. I did exactly the same in exactly the same spot four years later just as the final between Argentina and Holland kicked off in Buenos Aires. I love this tournament and so I'm blessed to have a job which means I will be attending my third successive World Cup for talkSPORT. I will be working out in Brazil for five weeks and if the protests and social disorder are conveniently ignored, it should be a spectacular tournament. Last summer I was in Rio when the host nation swept all opponents away in the Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm up tournament. If Neymar recovers from a poor season by his standards at Barcelona, Brazil will be expected to go all the way.

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Can Spain win back-to-back World Cups? It would be a stunning achievement but I just can't see it. Brazilianborn striker Diego Costa has been ‘converted’ into a Spaniard, which tells you the ‘golden generation’ is possibly past its best: defender Carles Puyol has quit, Fernando Torres isn't the player he was, Xavi's older, Casillas hasn't been Real Madrid's team in La Liga this season. You can't write Spain off, but Brazil thrashed them last summer in Rio.

If Argentina can build a team to play to Messi's strengths then they are my favourites. But the manager's refusal to pick Carlos Tevez despite his goals for Italian champions Juventus this season is baffling and could be their downfall.

Of the rest, Belgium's friendly results have been poor but they have the players to compete, Italy were European Championship finalists two years ago so will be confident, Germany haven't won a World Cup for 24 years so it's about time they delivered. Ronaldo could do for Portugal what Maradona did for Argentina in 1986 but it's unlikely. History says that because it's in South America, a South American team will win the World Cup. Expectation could work for or against Brazil. But there is always the possibility one individual could shine and take this World Cup by storm.

Adrian Durham and his co-presenter Darren Gough with England manager Roy Hodgson

England? No chance. But I am excited to see players like Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling out there. We won't win it, but we surely have to be better than the pathetic mess we were four years ago. England stunk the place out so badly they had to fumigate South Africa after the squad came home. What I know is this: I will be in Brazil longer than the England squad. I also know Steven Gerrard will be playing his last games for England and the captain will be desperate to make the most of it. And Wayne Rooney has never had a good World Cup – he hasn't scored at the two World Cups he's played in. His reputation as a world class player is very much on the line this summer. He scored for England in a friendly in Brazil last year, and Rooney needs to go back and have a great tournament. If he does, I'll be happy to eat my words about England's chances of winning the World Cup! Don’t miss a thing – talkSPORT will have commentary of every game at the World Cup in Brazil this summer so tune in on 1089/1053AM, on digital radio, listen on your mobile and online at Tune into Adrian’s regular drivetime show with Darren Gough weekdays 47pm.

England’s opening World Cup game v Italy on Saturday June 14 will be shown on a big screen in the bar, combined with live music before and after from the brilliant Shane Poole, who’ll be putting together a special set for the occasion. Usual free admission.

Charters Town Bridge The beer garden at Charters near the Town Bridge is always a great venue during the summer and during the World Cup they’ll be showing all the England games live on a giant outdoor screen in the city centre’s largest beer garden. This year the screen will be in the garden rather than in the marquee. It’s free entry and there’s an outside bar with a great range of real ales to toast the team or drown your sorrows! If the weather’s bad the action will move inside. On Saturday June 14 England’s first match against Italy will kick off at 11pm.

Halo Northminster On Saturday June 14 Halo presents England vs Italy live! Showing on seven plasma screens around the venue everyone will be in the heart of the action. Get free entry plus one free drink on the guestlist by texting HALO WORLD CUP + FULL NAME to 87202. Ladies can enjoy half price drinks all night long with a free ladies card. Beer buckets are just £10 and include five Budweisers, double up on spirits for £1 plus enjoy two for £5 Stella & WKD bottles all night long.

The Dragon and The Ploughman Werrington Both Werrington pubs will be showing all England games on their HD screens and staying open late.

The Heron Stanground This recently refurbished pub has both Sky Sports and BT Sport available and will be showing ALL the World Cup games.

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“I adopted Princess when she was a year old from someone who could no longer look after her,” Elizabeth continues. “People always tell me how hedgehogs are a strange choice in pet but despite her being a little fussy I love her. And now she has been named the Prettiest Pet in Peterborough, I’m prouder than ever to tell people I own an African pygmy hedgehog. She’s always been the prettiest pet to me and I’m just so happy others think so too. I can’t wait to hang the portrait of Princess on the wall at work for everyone to admire!”

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“I’ve always wanted to hit people in the face with my music, rather than tickle them,” says Ella. Fierce and fearless, with a number 1 feature on Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ to her name, her new breed of soul is here. With an ear for the past and a foot in the future, led by a voice exploding with power and passion, brawling and bawling, Ella’s songs speak to us while we dance. Already tipped as the artist to watch by media across the board the voice of 2014 is sure to have a spectacular year. Appearing on Naughty Boy singles, laying down tracks with TinieTempah, Wiz Khalifa and Bastille, it’s obvious Ella Eyre waits for nothing. Born an April Fools baby to a Rastafari father and a knitwear designer mother, music was always the driving force in this Londoner’s life. You might even say she was a born performer – or, at least, “I was always a show-off,” she laughs. Named after the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s drawn to powerful women and soulful men with something to say, like the music she grew up around, Lauryn Hill and Gil Scott Heron. “I’ve always been into punchy, loud songs – passionate, with a message. And I’ve always been really lyrical – I love the idea that someone has felt the same as me. I love honesty, brutality and rawness.” A dancer from the age of two and a drummer at school, she’s always had a physical and lyrical need to express herself through music. Singing backing vocals in a band when she was 14 uncovered a voice of such raw power and potential her path was laid before her. She started writing songs and quickly found what she was looking for. Her music teacher tipped off a few music execs on the ‘best voice in her school’ and soon they were clamouring for her; she was signed to Virgin on the back of two incredible songs she’d written and she was still only 17. Brought into the studio with a thenunknown Rudimental, she laid down the vocals on the track that would really introduce her to the world and following its success toured the world with the quartet, playing prolific festival slots as well as support shows for both Bastille and Naughty Boy. Song-writing was something that came naturally to her. “I wanted to share my experiences in a way that when someone hears it in a car they go, ‘That’s exactly how I’m feeling!’ So they feel they’re not alone.” She knows what she wants: “To empower people. As an artist it’s my job to hit people emotionally.”


Her debut EP is led by title track ‘Deeper’, a collaboration with ubercool producer Two Inch Punch, an incredible marriage of northern soul and dance. It’s got stomp and it’s got swing, her performance hinting at all she’s capable of. “If I was to describe my music as a colour, it would be red – it’s loud, energetic, brutal, brutally honest at some points, and vulnerable, too.” She’s searched the experiences she’s had because, “I want to affect people. Make them happy, sad, ultimately empower them by the end of listening to the album and making them strong. Almost as if someone has been listening to you, but really you’ve been listening.” Looking like a mini Beyoncé, with the power of Aretha and the sophistication of Jessie Ware, she proves the new cool is the new truth: big songs by a big singer saying big things. As the voice that became the soundtrack to many people’s nights out last summer, Ella starts a national tour this month and will once again be wowing the crowds at several festivals.

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One of the best original animations over the past few years gets the inevitable sequel treatment. It’s been five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his trusty dragon Toothless, successfully united the inhabitants of the Island of Berk – led by Gerard Butler’s Stoick the Vast.

They uncover a home to hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious dragon rider that threatens to change the new-found peace and stability on the island forever. Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and Pompeii’s Kit Harington round off a star-studded voice cast in a movie that is currently the bookies’ favourite to be the biggest blockbuster of the summer.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Early signs point to this being the romance of the summer as Divergent’s breakout stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort portray an unconventional relationship – after falling in love at a cancer support group.

If getting through High School again was hard enough, they must now make the next step up by infiltrating college to tackle a new case – but it ends up being a test of their friendship.



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With harmony between the dragons and Vikings – and dragon racing being the island’s new favourite sport – life is great, until Hiccup and pals stumble across an ice cave that could change everything.

After the surprising comedy success of 21 Jump Street, undercover cops Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) move across the street for their new project.

Their important mission threatens to become secondary to these two overgrown adolescents finally finding their path – as going to college might just be the best thing to have happened to them.


They star as Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who share the same outlook on life – with sarcastic wit and disdain for the conventional – as their love sweeps them on a heartwarming journey.




With Hazel’s other constant companion being her oxygen tank, and Gus constantly joking about his prosthetic leg, this tale could just be a different change of pace compared to the summer big guns.

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Released: June 6 This Sundance Film Festival multi-award winning drama finally makes it to this side of the pond, with Chronicle’s Michael B Jordan – the new Human Torch in the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot – getting rave reviews. He stars as a youngster who decides to better himself after feeling ‘something in the air’ on the last day of 2008 – crossing friends, family and enemies in the process.


Microsoft builds on the success of the original Kinect Sports game – by providing an expanded multiplayer experience with lots to enjoy. Again, the Kinect controls are sometimes hit-and-miss – particularly poorly implemented in the soccer offering of this new package – but new games like wave racing and rock climbing work pretty well, and are welcome additions. Throw in improved ten-pin bowling and tennis, which both (most of the time) prove engaging, then this definitely advances your Kinect peripheral on the Xbox One – even though the motionsensor still isn’t perfect.



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Released: June 6 Nicole Kidman stars as legendary Hollywood star Grace Kelly in this story focused on her marriage and identity crisis during the backdrop of a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainer III and France’s Charles De Gaulle over tax laws in the early 60s. Unfortunately the early reviews of this drama – which co-stars Reservoir Dogs’ Tim Roth – aren’t particularly glowing.


There’s no denying the production values and carnival atmosphere that ooze through every pore of FIFA’s World Cup version of their hit football game. The game itself has only been slightly tweaked since the last FIFA ’14 incarnation, with 100 new animations providing better passing mechanics, a new set-piece tactics system, and the addition of Brazilian-inspired dribbling flicks and tricks, being the only barely notable refinements. Of course this is arguably another footballing cash-in – but this offers just about enough to be Rio Grande.



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Released: June 13 Reviews from the States have been favourable of this possible new horror franchise – with its clever use of spine-tingling dread ahead of the usual gore. When Kaylie’s (Karen Gillan) brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released from prison after being convicted of the brutal murder of their parents – she’s convinced it was a malevolent force unleashed through an antique mirror that really killed them.


Spider-man games are a frustrating experience – historically taking one step forward then two steps back. This latest web-slinging experience frustratingly fits into that category as the right moves made a few years back in Shattered Dimensions haven’t stuck – despite this having the best swinging mechanics ever seen in a Spidey game, and some great production values. But sadly when Peter Parker’s alter-ego is on the ground it really offers little that’s amazing, with combat that simply doesn’t have the same bite as Batman’s Arkham series – and all the hallmarks of a rushed movie tie-in.


3 DAYS TO KILL Released: June 20 Kevin Costner stars as a dying CIA agent who’s determined to give up his high-stakes life to reconnect with his young daughter (True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld). But he has to take on one final assignment – tracking down the world’s most ruthless terrorist – after being offered an experimental drug that could save his life, in this action-thriller from the director of Terminator: Salvation.


This gloriously high-def sequel to the critically-acclaimed downloadable games Trials HD and Trials Evolution – two of the best-selling games ever on XBLA – finally gets a brand new world for next-gen consoles. Now you can master crazy motorbike trickery throughout a futuristic high-tech world of platform-racing challenges and obstacle-laden courses in both single and multiplayer – that’s every bit as engrossing as the original games. Despite it generally being more of the same – this is top-class stuff that fans should undoubtedly lap-up.


JERSEY BOYS Released: June 20 Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood helms this biographical musical drama, made famous by its award-winning turns on Broadway and the West End. It tells the iconic story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, who come together to form the iconic sixties group The Four Seasons, with Christopher Walken headlining a relatively unknown cast.


Saving the best till last is the best way to end this month’s gaming round-up – with this little RPG gem. Ubisoft’s truly enchanting game – as your young princess looks to recapture the three sources of light that have been stolen by the black queen in the kingdom of Lemuria – is an absolute pleasure to play. With sensational art and design values, coupled with wellbalanced combat in a diverse world, this ten-hour plus adventure is one of the standout gaming surprises of the year – and at a decent price point.



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MÉNAGE A TROIS SUMMER SOUNDS Ménage returns on Friday June 6 with summer sounds. Getting you ready for the summer heat they have 100's of Ménage CD’s to give away packed full of the best summer anthems. Go party with them in Edwards, Flares & Red Room. Get access to all three venues for just one price! This month’s headiners at Mixology at Red Room are pretty hot! NYC’s Sam Walker & Gavin Royce have been producing emotive, groove-heavy deep house to wide acclaim for the past couple of years. Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID's ‘Future Lately’, on Nervous Records. He began playing it in his sets and reached out to the duo for more. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP ‘You're Not Welcome’ and with that, Walker & Royce were launched into the dance music mainstream. Since then, Walker & Royce's music has been supported by Sasha, Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Catz N Dogz, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Jaymo & Andy George, Maxxi Soundsystem. Manuel Sahagun is considered one of the exciting new talents in the house music scene. Having started professionally in 2001, Manuel positioned himself quickly as a house music reference among Argentinean DJs.

The resident Ménage DJ’s will be playing the best in house, RnB, indie and party. Get yourself on the guest list by texting ‘Menage + your full name’ to 07411 258999. Check out the photos from their last event to see what you’re missing out on –

#HALOSATURDAYS Join the crew for Peterborough’s premium Saturday night out with free entry before 12.30 and one free drink on the guestlist. Saturday June 7 is the mix CD giveaway, on June 14 watch the World Cup on any of their 7 plasma screens, June 21 is the Firestarter Vodka giveaway party and on June 28 they have a huge Beyonce & Jay-Z concert giveaway party. For full info check out


Besides his early residences at Pachá Buenos Aires and Superclub, Manuel has performed at big festivals like Creamfields and Miami’s WMC, has also worked on many FM radio shows, and has made international DJ tours sharing booths with top line artists, bringing his blend of house music to cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, Tblisi and so on.

YoYo starts off June with the return of the After Party. Thursday June 5 sees the second instalment where they create a special After Party event in the Red Room from 3-5am! To get into the After Party you need to make sure you are in Edwards before 2am.

Not only has he versatility on the decks, but also Manuel is well known for his productions and his extended discography, having more than 50 releases with top appearances in Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi and DJ-Kicks to name a few. Recently, he’s signed promising

The following week (Thursday June 12) they celebrate the launch of the World Cup, come out in your team/nation’s jersey and you’ll gain automatic guest list to the night! Check out YoYoClubNights on Facebook and Twitter for more info on up and coming events.


If you have never been to a Vanity event before then check out the latest Vanity mixtapes and download them for free to see what it’s all about, search

THROWBACK IN EDWARDS & FLARES Edwards & Flares sees the return of Throwback, a night of your favourite forgotten about Anthems & Classics on Friday June 20. Downstairs in Edwards there’ll be a mix of house, RnB & garage whilst upstairs Flares plays host to the ultimate Peterborough party destination with the biggest and best cheese, party, indie sing along anthems all night. Take a trip down memory lane and remind yourself of some of your favourite old school tunes! Check the facebook page for some helpful reminders to get you in the mood for this night Throwbackparties. For guest list text ‘Throwback + your full name’ to 07411 258999.

OCN @ HALO The city's most glamorous event returns to Halo on Friday June 6 with dancers from Rihanna's live stage show, a Pretty Boy clothing giveaway and Firestarter Vodka tastings all night along with the OCN models, a specially designed VIP area and professional photographer. Catch DJ Roscoe Jnr & Push playing house & hip hop alongside Kami C on percussion. For VIP tables and guestlist check out

GET CREAMED EVERY TUESDAY! Now officially the biggest Tuesday night out in Peterborough, every week in Ghost! So far they've had a bucking bronco, popcorn cannons, hot tub, zoo party, topless models and unlimited whipped cream! Just turn up and pay £3 entry to get any three free drinks before 1am. Check out to see this week’s theme.

TuesGays at New York New York every Tuesday – Peterborough's only LGBT & Student night out for fantastic drinks deals, epic entertainment and amazing people! Doors open at 10pm. It’s REWIND in MYU Bar every Friday, a night of old school classics, dance, chart and party anthems. Free entry before 12.00 and all drinks are buy one get one free all night long!

INTRO BY HOUSE PROUD @ SOL GARDEN Intro is a forward thinking house and techno event, showcasing the finest local artists happening every Thursday 9pm - 2am. The concept is to uncover new acts that might not receive the opportunities they deserve, they’re pleased to support the future of our scene and deliver a platform for all to display their abilities. Intro & House Proud resident Russell James will be joined by new artists throughout the summer months. For full event details visit

NEW NO SUGAR NIGHT @ SOLGARDEN A new night’s kicking off this month outside on the SolGarden terrace on Friday June 27. No Sugar! Presents... Nick Power from Soul Kandi (Nissi Beach/Ayia Napa) & Mr Nugget (Hot Yoga Music/Universe Media) & guests. There’ll be a BBQ and it’s on from 7pm till the early hours outside on the terrace!

ESCAPE @ GHOST The very best hip hop, RnB, dancehall and afrobeats along with an exclusive old school garage set. Featuring special guest Might Moe from Heartless Crew alongside residents Klipz, Skratchee and Krisis – sexy music, sexy vibes and sexy people.




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SALOON CAR REVVING CHAMPIONSHIP UP FOR DREAM FOR ROSS SUMMER! Former King’s School pupil Ross Elliott is living the dream competing in the Toyo Tires Saloon Car Championship across the UK. At just 19 he’s racing in grids of up to 35 cars after securing vital sponsorship from some leading businesses all with links to Peterborough – QUADRIGA, Astle BMW and local service and repair garage, FRM Automotive. Driving a BMW 328 he built himself in the family garage, Ross has made the next step to achieving his long-term goal to drive in the British Touring Car Championship after learning his craft and the skills of wheel-to-wheel racing in karts from the age of eight. Ross told ESP – “We built the car last year, spending over 400 hours, taking the BMW from a road car to full race spec. It took longer to build and more of our savings than we’d expected, but it’s been an incredible experience. We finished the car in time to enter the last two races of the 2013 season and were delighted to win third place in the car’s first race on the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone. “Like all motorsports, it’s incredibly challenging to keep the costs under control and we are largely funded from the family budget. Without the extra support from our sponsors competing would be impossible.” When he’s not racing, Ross works for Peterborough-based Radical Sportscars, so cars really are the centre of his life. Anyone interested in sponsoring this young man with a bright future should call Gary Elliott on 07836 579624.

The sun’s out (sometimes!) and bike season is well and truly here so I’ll be getting out on mine as often as possible. If you have a passion for all things two wheeled, why not head along to Wheels Motorcycles to see what they have to offer. They have all the latest machines from top brands like Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Aprilia as well as a huge selection of scooters from Vespa and Piaggio you can drool over. From those looking to take their bike tests to seasoned riders Wheels Motorcycles in Fengate is pretty much your local one stop bike shop. Clothing from Alpinestars and RST gives you one of the biggest choices in the UK. This year they’ve opened a new cafeteria in their Honda showroom offering customers some tasty bites to munch on while they watch all the motorcycle racing live on their big screen TV. Sounds like a biker’s dream to me. So with the summer weather with us what are you waiting for?

CLASSICS AT THE YAXLEY FESTIVAL It was a case of being at two events in one day for me last month and as soon as I was done drooling over bikes at the BMF I raced over to the Yaxley Festival to check out their classic car display. Like last year there was plenty of chrome on show ranging from big American muscle cars to Mini’s and this delightful Fiat 500. There are more local classic car shows lined up this summer including ones I regularly attend in Maxey,


Bourne and Stamford. But the one I’m looking forward to because it’s a new event on the classic and vintage calendar will be held in the city on The Embankment on September 13 and 14. The Peterborough Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show is being organised by Peterborough City Council and I’m told more than 200 cars have already registered to attend. The event’s open to anything old that has wheels so expect to see motorbikes, busses, steam engines and caravans too.

IRON HORSE GOT ME IN A BMF GALLOP Last month’s BMF show at Peterborough Arena was one of the best I’ve been to in recent years and credit to the organisers for making it more of an interactive experience for everyone. I got to meet World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty, which was brill and just missed out (I had to shoot to the Yaxley Festival!) on seeing TV presenter of the World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides – Henry Cole. My highlights were meeting Foggy, seeing an exhibition of Mike Hailwood’s bikes in the excellent Classic & Vintage area and falling in love with the motorbike I’m pictured sitting on. It’s a Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 833 and I’m tempted, but the problem is I love my current bike. Still, a test ride wouldn’t hurt would it? I was in the same predicament four years ago and ended up buying my Triumph when I thought my whole world revolved around the Honda I owned at the time. This is the beauty of going to the BMF. You get to broaden your motorcycle horizons by talking to people in the know and get the confidence to try out new bikes. But one of the main reasons thousands of people flock to this event every year is to grab a bargain. Leathers, helmets, accessories – you name it – everything is on offer at massively reduced prices. Better still there’s a second chance to do it all again when the Tailend show arrives in September (12 to 14). Expect more of the same and a good selection of live band performances over the weekend. For tickets visit

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ROB’s 2CV TRIBUTE TO SISTER She was after a low cost and economical car and settled for a red 2CV6 special, which she absolutely adored. Rosalyn soon became an avid enthusiast of the 2CV and joined the 2CV GB club, joining fellow owners at events around the country. This led to Rosalyn replacing her first 2CV with a Dolly model, which Robert has today.

The Citroen 2CV is a special car. It’s one of my favourite classics because of its uniqueness and quirkiness, which is so typically Citroen. Part of today’s appeal for these wonderful cars is their distinctive sounding 602cc engine and group one insurance. Robert Hayes owns three of these head-turning motors and his passion for them started after he lost his sister Rosalyn to cancer in 1990. Rosalyn had moved away to train as a nurse at St. George’s and St. James’ hospital in London.

The car is called ‘Ros’ and it keeps the spirit of Rob’s sister alive. Rob’s wife and children never met his sister but the car helps make a connection that’s been strengthened by his two children who’ve developed a deep passion for the cars too. They’ve learnt to weld and strip down 2CV’s of their own and accumulated more than 1,000 parts that’ll

see them good for spares and making improvements. Low running costs and fun factor will enable them to enjoy driving these characterful cars whilst remembering their aunt. Along with Ros, Fiona is the green and white Dolly and the blue van is Bob. The van and Fiona are in use daily with Ros being brought out in the summer only. Rob’s children are rebuilding Jodie and Domino. I love all three of Rob’s Citroens but the 1978 AK400van is my favourite. It makes you want to drive it to a farm in France, pick up a couple of straw bales and park up for a spot of crusty bread, cheese and wine lunch. There’s nothing Rob and his son don’t know about these delightful cars, as I found out during an hour in their company. I have no doubt Rosalyn is extremely proud. We want to hear about more of your Pride and Joy stories, so please keep them coming in. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car you used to own or currently own – and the same applies for motorbikes, buses, tanks or whatever floats your boat to make it your Pride and Joy. Email



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ESP’s Charlotte Jolly has all the latest health and beauty news…

Janette of Ego Beauty and Rita who owns The Mop Shop Hair and Beauty in Woodston have made the great decision to combine their expertise in beauty to offer the best of treatments from the salon on New Road.

get Sleek aNd chic thiS Summer… With Sleek MakeUp; the latest beauty brand to join Tesco. Offering the most up to date beauty trends and shades, Sleek MakeUp has strong pigmentation for lasting colour with a range of shades to suit every skin tone. Their palettes are especially gorgeous and are great for on the go touch ups or to take on holiday with you thanks to the slimline packaging.

Janette has recently become a lash specialist exclusively using Nouveau Lashes to create stunning effects that are tailored to client’s requirements. From strip lashes that last up to four days using Nouveau’s brand new glue to express lashes and lash extensions. The Mop Shop offers Gelicure, HD Brows, facials, Microdermabrasion, make up and waxing as well as bridal hair, hair extensions and sells a new range of make up and now that Janette has joined them, The Mop Shop is one of only a few local beauty salons with a resident permanent make up specialist on hand! Janette says – “The teaming up of our talents is a natural progression in both our businesses. Clients can now come to The Mop Shop and not only have excellent hair care and styling including extensions, but also a full range of beauty treatments. We are a one stop beauty shop!” So whether you’re looking for a new hairdo or you want your make up doing for a special occasion, the Mop Shop is the only stop to get off at.

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Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, £7.99 With 12 shades of super pigmented colour to choose from, it’ll be easy to create eye popping looks to take you from day to night.

If you take a course of the ever popular Radio Frequency skin rejuvenating treatment facials at My Body Essentials, you will pay for three sessions and get the fourth one completely FREE. That’s a free treatment worth £80! This deal has proven so successful that MBE have decided to extend this outstanding offer for the whole of June. Be quick though as appointments for these fab treatments are limited.

Sleek MakeUP Blush By 3 Blush Palette, £9.99 This pretty blush palette offers three times the impact in one compact.

Radio Frequency is safe, effective and with a full course can knock years off your skin without the need for invasive surgery or botox. So get summer ready with softer, younger, fresher looking skin. Give My Body Essentials a call and speak to Mary or Martin on 01733 305102 or take a look at for more info. Sleek MakeUP Corrector & Concealer, £7.99 The corrector and concealer palette is so versatile. Use it to brighten dark under eye circles with the corrector, restore skin tone with the concealer and set in place with the UV protecting powder. Et voila! Sleek MakeUP Lip4 Palette, £8.99 This bright lip quad is perfect for creating hot holiday looks this season. The full Sleek MakeUP range is available now in Tesco stores and online at

ViVacity offer helpiNg haNd With exerciSe Want a healthier and more active life? Do you have longstanding health conditions such as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure? Then Vivacity at Hampton Leisure Centre can help you with their specialist programmes of light exercise tailored to your individual needs. Even if you suffer from arthritis or a respiratory condition such as asthma, help is on hand with classes focussing on giving you the support you need in a friendly environment where you can even stay for a coffee and chat afterwards. At a reduced price of just £2.50 you get a light exercise class, lots of helpful advice and a chat and hot drink at the end. To find out more, just give them a call on 01733 864764 or email


JuSt for dad Now, I’d almost forgotten (Dad, I hope you’re not reading this!) so I thought I best remind you all that Father’s Day is creeping up… it’s on Sunday June 15 to be exact. If, like me, you’re stuck for ideas here’s our pick of the best grooming gifts out there… The prize for best new dad is L’Oreal Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Eye Roll-On. After all those sleepless nights they’ll need a helping hand to help combat tired, puffy eyes. Used every morning, this simple roll on will fight wrinkles, reduce dark circles and make eyes appear brighter. For active dads who like to keep in shape and enjoy their sports, make sure it’s not at the expense of smelling good. Treat them to some Rock Face products such as their Active Body Spray to ensure that even after playing hard, they’ll still smell great all day long. This high performance spray is sure to refresh and invigorate. If he doesn’t thank you for it, at least your mum will! And for the older dad (like mine… again hope you’re not reading this!) treat him to a Philips face shaver. The Dry Shaver Power Touch is available from Tesco for £40 and ensures a comfortable shave every time. The three head shaver adjusts to contours and curves in the face for a close shave and accurate results. Treat any dad to some fabulous pampering with a cut throat wet shave at Spencers on Lincoln Road as featured in our last issue. He’ll be in safe hands as Liza recently won the title of East Anglia’s Best Wet Shaving Barber and guys who’ve been tell me it’s super relaxing and leaves their skin feeling great – now doesn’t dad deserve a little TLC?


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Good vibrations…

time to tune into your mood and find the positive vibes. W hat kind of mood are you in right now? Take a few seconds to ponder that question, then ask what mood you have been in all week, month and year. When we think about that question we normally say we are either in a good mood or a bad one. The mood you’re in right in this moment is sending out a signal or energy pulse, electromagnetic frequency – whatever you like to call it – you are sending it out there. Think about the mood you are in right now, are the feelings that are underneath it supportive or destructive? Positive feelings such as optimism, excitement, love, generosity, happiness, hope, abundance (this is not just boiling down to how many £££’s you have in the bank but of abundant love, friendships etc), can all elevate our mood. Negative feelings such as anxiety, anger, worry, hopelessness, hurt, disappointment, revenge and the like dampens our mood or should I say our spirit. We think about a mood as good or bad but if you go into the question a little deeper you can generally find out what is the dominant feeling. Feelings count, feelings are everything, the feelings we emit are those that are sent out to the vast energy field around us, drawing and pulling equal energy towards us which can draw in or attract something of equal energy, this could be the nasty comment, moody shop assistant, unhelpful boss and other irritable people. Whereas when we have a feeling of love, optimism, happiness, peace – yes you’ve guessed it, we draw to ourselves that equal energy. Or at least what you will see is evidence of this as you go through the day. Our feelings can go up and down the scale quite quickly, and it’s our job to be able to ‘check in’ with how we are feeling during the day before we get to the place of the heavier energies that pull more of the stuff we don’t want. Make no mistake, this takes time to get a


handle on, we have so much outside stimulation from people, technology, what we listen to on the radio, watch on TV, read on social media and the like. In every given moment we have the choice to allow feelings to stick to us. When you start to allow your feelings to be your guidance you will know instantly if you are going up or down on the energy/feeling scale and from there you can adjust them. It can be as simple as removing yourself from company that is pulling you down, or taking a moment on your own to regroup your thoughts. Or getting a good therapist to help you with issues that are affecting you right now.

Sometimes though, we need some solid props to get our feelings back up the scale, here are a few suggestions… • Spending healthy time alone – being alone is not the same as being lonely! • Eating foods that offer nourishment rather than fake stimulants. • Getting out in the sunshine

• Earthing – getting your bare feet into some grass/sand • Taking a walk on the beach or in nature. • Listening to music that uplifts you. • Journaling, writing down all the feelings good and bad – get them down, get them out! • Watching a film that inspires and/or uplifts you • Take a cyber space detox – yes turn off social media, computer etc • Turn off the TV and avoid the hypnotic way in which media can over stimulate our minds • Surround yourself with people that elevate you or make you laugh . Feelings matter, they are your own internal sat nav so tune in and let them guide you. Nothing is more important than finding the good feelings for health and happiness.

Karen If you would like to join Karen in her cleansing, and education programmes please get in touch. Karen is a Registered Nutritionist, and a member of BANT, life coach based in Peterborough.



DINNER AND MURDER @ DOWN TURN ABBEY! For a meal out with a difference the murder mystery nights at the Bull Hotel promise entertainment and delicious food! This month’s special event is Down Turn Abbey, a themed night where you’ll gather in the Broadway Suite to celebrate his Lordship’s birthday where proceedings have taken a turn for the worse. A skeleton’s been found in the garden on this, the anniversary of his fiancé’s disappearance. Who may be lying beneath the sprouts? Who may be lying through their teeth?


It’s up to you to uncover the dastardly truth… whilst enjoying a three course meal fit for a Lord! The menu includes smoked salmon, lemon & thyme roast chicken, roast Grasmere Farm pork and desserts to die for such as macerated strawberry cheesecake. These nights are a great alternative dining out experience so if you fancy dinner with a twist book in for Saturday June 28. It starts from 7pm, dinner is served at 7.30pm and it’s £32.50. Book now on 01733 561364.

Serpentine Green’s very own Sub Xpress has won a gold award at this year’s prestigious industry awards the Sammies. Sandwich star Peter Puntrello, who owns and manages the successful café in Serpentine Green’s food court, was absolutely delighted to be presented with the gold award for Independent Sandwich Bar of the year at an event at the Lancaster London Hotel. Peter Puntrello said: “This is such an honour for the whole team at Sub Xpress to be recognised by the British Sandwich Association for our work. We are now one of five sandwich bars in the UK to have a gold award.” The award was judged by a panel of experts

from the British Sandwich Association. The judges visited independent sandwich bars across the UK and judged them on the basis of their products as well as factors such as innovation, customer service and ambiance. Serpentine Green manager Chantelle Watson said: “Our heartfelt congratulations go to Sub Xpress for all their hard work. It is fantastic they have been honoured in a national awards scheme.” Peter Puntrello is no stranger to the Sammies as he has been previously recognised for his creativity in developing new recipes.



It’s a great month to visit Café Clarkes on the Embankment – as if their usual delicious menu isn’t enough to tempt you they’re running a special lunchtime offer of three courses for £10.

If your dad’s a big real ale fan, why not get him one of their discounted polypins (17 or 34 pints) for Father’s Day too and your brownie points will be well ad truly earned for the year!

Most dads appreciate a quality pint and you can ensure he gets that and enjoys some quality Thai food over at the Brewery Tap. They’re offering two courses for £12.95 per person including a pint!

Café Clarkes is the perfect spot to get away from it all and enjoy a more relaxing lunch overlooking the river and is just a few minutes walk from the city centre. So break free of the lunchtime sarnie run and try their tempting menu instead. Just choose three courses from the lunch or pre-theatre menu from Tuesday to Saturday. Just make sure you book in advance quoting the offer on 01733 561465. Don’t miss out as the offer is only running during June and if the weather’s good you can dine alfresco.

Book now on 01733 358500.


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TREAT YOUR DAD @ THE BULL He might embarrass you at every opportunity but it’s time to reward your dad for all those times he’s acted as a taxi service, got you out of scrapes and leant you a tenner! If you’re looking for somewhere to treat him on Father’s Day – that’s Sunday June 15 if you’ve forgotten – try taking him out for lunch at the Bull Hotel. They’ve put together a delicious three course menu followed by coffee and even better – every dad gets a free gift. Job done! Whether he likes a hearty roast, beer battered cod or if he’s more of a risotto fan there’s something there to tempt his tastebuds and some gorgeous desserts, all for just £19.95 per adult and £13 per child – so you won’t have to borrow off your dad to pay for it! Book now on 01733 561364.


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ESP DANCERS GET YOU READY TO RACE FOR LIFE Come on girls it’s time to show cancer who’s boss and join Race For Life at Ferry Meadows early next month.


he ESP Dance Crew got the ball rolling helping to launch this year’s Race For Life at Serpentine Green shopping centre teaching shoppers how to do the Cancer Slam – a specially commissioned dance to get everyone in fighting spirit! ESP is supporting the local Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life events and our girls will be at the Peterborough race to get you warmed up to walk or run the race and show cancer who’s boss! Hundreds have already signed up but there are a few places left so don’t hang about girls – you don’t


have to be remotely sporty to join in with this one. And if you can’t take part then at least head along to Burghley House in Stamford to cheer on the formidable army of women who are ready to take on cancer on Sunday June 1 and Ferry Meadows in Peterborough on Tuesday July 8. The Peterborough event is filling up fast with entries taken until Saturday July 5 but don’t leave it till the last minute. Come on mums, daughters, grannies, sisters, friends – you can all take part in the 5k event whatever your shape or size so sign up as soon as possible at

Julie Braithwaite, Event Manager for Race for Life for Peterborough told ESP – “We are very grateful to the women who have already entered Race For Life in Stamford and Peterborough. But we still have places left so we are urging women to sign up as soon as possible.”

By raising money through Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, people in the East are helping Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists make advances in research which will help more men, women and children survive.

Every participant receives a donation bag, along with a Gift Aid form, as part of their Race For Life entry pack. Just by completing the form and popping it in your bag, you can boost the value of your donation by an extra 25 per cent.

To enter Race For Life, visit or call 0845 600 6050.

DO THE WARDROBE WORK-OUT You can boost your contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work by doing a ‘wardrobe work-out’ before the event. The charity is encouraging you to sort out and bag up hidden treasures such as quality clothes, books and accessories you no longer use and take them to the Donation Station at Race for Life. Each bag of goods could help raise up to £30 for groundbreaking research.


IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT EASTERN RUN! The Perkins Great Eastern Run is on its way and is already on course to be a record breaker.

Ron had this advice for first time entrants – “A lot of people won’t train enough or do enough running to get round, and the biggest mistake is starting off too fast. Then you get into oxygen debt you get tired and despondent. It’s better to go more slowly at the start and have something left at the end for a last couple of miles sprint.” New to 2014 is the introduction of race pacers who’ll help runners to achieve their best possible time on race day. Seven pacers will lead different target times ranging from one and a half hours finish time to two hours and forty five minutes. Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council and Race Director, told ESP she has high aspirations for the event – “It’s to grow the race and make it the best it can possibly be. We grew it by 20% last year and if we can keep doing that year on year we really will have one of the top half marathons in the country. “It puts us on the map for something really positive. Iit encourages local people to take up running and gives a sense of well being for the city. There’s nothing more inspirational than seeing thousands of people running through the city perhaps raising money for charity or their own personal goals and getting fit.” There’s also a chance for local bands and solo artists to apply to perform on the running route and on The Embankment where the race starts and finishes so if you fancy it you should get in touch with the organsiers. “I’ve run this twice,” said Annette, “and one of the things I’ve noticed that’s fantastic is the resident’s support, they are phenomenal they really cheer the runners on and we need to give them something back. If they’ve got their street party going on, wouldn’t it be great to put a local band on or something punctuating that road with entertainment and the by product of that is it makes it so much easier for the runner to keep them going.” Stamford based charity Anna's Hope is the official charity of the fun run but runners in either race can fundraise for any charity they like. This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday October 12 and the route will remained unchanged, starting and finishing on the city's Embankment.

Photos: Chris Brudenell

For more info, to enter and to keep up-to-date with all the latest race news and training tips, visit or call 01733 207210.

The race is gathering pace in reputation and size amongst runners and has now attracted national attention securing the BBC’s Children in Need as its official charity partner. In 2013 the half marathon attracted its highest number of runners with almost 5,200 people entering the race and more than 1,700 signed up for the Anna's Hope fun run. The race was launched and endorsed by none other than Doctor Ron Hill MBE who’s competed in more than 100 marathons and raced in 100 different countries. He told ESP – “There’s lots of advice in magazines and so on but there’s nothing better than consistency in training, getting out four or five times a week if they can, and some longer runs to get used to time on feet. I do encourage people to race too because a race situation is a lot different to doing a long run with a group or on your own. A Saturday morning 5K – anything, just try and get something in before and then you’ll have a better idea.


MIKEY’S MONSTER TRAINING SESSION ESP’s Mikey Clarke is taking part and is being trained by the best of the beasts…

When thinking of local sporting legends, certain names are likely to spring to mind. These include Wolfie (yes, Darts is a sport!), Louis Smith and Dinomite. Dinomite needs no introduction… but as I have a page to fill, he’s going to get one. The Perkins Great Eastern Run mascot is one of the fastest athletes in the city. Many argue that he has a huge advantage over fellow competitors due to the fact he’s a seven foot dinosaur. But nobody can deny that he’s at the peak of fitness.

Throughout the next few months, Dinomite and I will be keeping you up-to-date on how our training is going. We’ll be sharing what’s worked best for us and what hasn’t. If you would also like to be trained by a pro, fear not – it’s not just Dinomite in the know. Runners of all abilities are welcome to attend free training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. The training sessions have been organised by Advance Performance and are held in conjunction with experienced runners and coaches from local running clubs, who will lead the runs.

Each training session begins at 7pm on every other Wednesday from July. For those who don’t have time to participate in regular training sessions, again – don’t worry. Dinomite’s first tip for us is to run everywhere we can. Most people think they don’t have time to squeeze in a regular run. You might have more opportunities than you think. When taking the kids to school, why not then run back home. When nipping to the shop for a pint of milk, why not leave the car at home and run there and back instead. By the end of the week you might be pleasantly surprised how many hours of training you’ve snuck in. There’s still plenty of time to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run and Fun Run. Sign up by visiting www.perkinsgreateasternru and keep checking ESP Magazine for more training tips from myself and Dinomite.

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Last year, I took part in Peterborough’s famous half marathon, but I won’t lie, my running time was nothing to brag about. That all changes this year! With 2014’s Perkins Great Eastern Run taking place on October 12, I don’t have long to train and yet I plan to make it my fastest year yet – due to the fact I’m being trained by Dinomite himself.


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rthritis Research UK will soon be holding their unique charity walk in Peterborough for the third year and ESP Magazine is backing the event. ‘Pop Around Peterborough’ is a 5 mile sponsored walk where prizes are won, taking place in aid of Arthritis Research UK. It all starts at the civilised time of 10.30am on Sunday June 29 from the Boathouse pub, Peterborough. What makes this easy going event a little different is that all walkers are given an Arthritis Research UK balloon, which they ‘POP’ once crossing the finish line, to find out if they have won a prize. Prizes that can be won on the day include a signed Warwick Davis book, great family days out, meals in local restaurants, and vouchers for local stores. Sounds good to us, plus you get some


fresh air (you could even walk the dog at the same time!) and can enjoy a pint afterwards. Plenty of people are already signed up to the walk, but the charity’s hoping for more participants to make an even bigger difference to the charity – which takes the pain away from sufferers of all forms of arthritis and helps people to remain active. Michael Clarke, who’s the event organiser and Regional Fundraising Manager for Arthritis Research UK told ESP – “There’s still time for people to sign up to this fun family event. “Arthritis affects more than 10 million people in the UK – including children! That’s around 1 in 6 people. Peterborough has a population of over 184,500 people. That means around 30,750 people in this city alone will be suffering with the condition. You can make a difference to those people by joining in.”

Entry for Pop Around Peterborough is just £5 per person which includes a fantastic goodiebag and the chance of winning many prizes worth hundreds of pounds. Simply write a cheque out to ‘Arthritis Research UK’ and send it (along with your contact details) to Michael Clarke, Regional Fundraising Manager, 55 Huntsmans Gate, South Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 9AU. Walkers will then be sent a welcome pack with full info. For more on Pop Around Peterborough or Arthritis Research UK contact Michael Clarke by emailing or call 01733 331721. Alternatively visit the website

Can you donate a prize? What makes Pop Around Peterborough so unique is the fact that many walkers will be heading home with a prize. Each participant is given a balloon, which they pop after the walk. Inside will be a slip of paper which tells you, “Sorry, you have not won this time” or “Congratulations you have won…” Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, every 1 in 4 walkers went home with a prize last year. If you are able to donate a prize for this year’s walk, contact Michael Clarke by emailing or call 01733 331721. Your support is greatly appreciated.

YAXLEY FESTIVAL The second Yaxley Festival proved itself another success story. The ESP team popped down at various times over the weekend and whether it was day or night the festival was packed and it was great to see how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown into a major regional entertainment event in just 24 months. Opening the show was TV and Hollywood star Warwick Davis accompanied by Shailesh Vara MP, who led the village's parade and took part in Yaxley's ancient ceremony to invoke Turf Law. Flanked by English civil war era soldiers from the Sealed Knot, the procession of 300 was led by the village's peculiar leafy mascot Jack-in-the-Green through the village. Visitors were treated to a huge selection of attractions, which bridged the gap between the traditional Medieval village fayre, which dates back to 1227, and a thrilling 21st century rock concert. Twenty-two acts lit up the spectacular main stage whilst Stanground Academy showcased the enormous talents of their students on a second stage built around a temporary village green, complete with Maypole. "We were absolutely staggered by the numbers this year," explained Festival Founder Stewart Howe, adding "and this is just the beginning; this event is still in an embryonic stage and will continue to evolve as Cambridgeshire's most ambitious and unique annual family entertainment spectacle." The music stage was impressive with bands including Groove Cartel and Sons of Kal-El seeing festival goers rock into the evening. We thought it was a great weekend so hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to next year!

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The Key Theatre’s been bringing us some great comedy and this month on the main stage there’s a night of laughs from Miles Jupp. The actor, writer and comedian is making a return to stand-up and going on his first live UK tour since the hugely successful Fibber In The Heat with which he toured the UK twice and performed in London’s West End in 2012. He’s not been all that idle since – regularly appearing on Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Mock The Week and much more. Desribed as – ‘A tour-de-force of very British comedy’ by The Telegraph. Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions) on 01733 207239.




With over four decades in the entertainment business, Billy Pearce has somehow managed to outlast most of his contemporaries, and continues to be one of the nation’s best loved comedians. He’s won just about every comedy award going and there are few stages upon which Billy has not appeared and now he’s coming to our own Key Theatre. A fine actor, Billy has also appeared on numerous shows, including ITV’s ‘Heartbeat’ and the award winning BBC drama ‘The Street’. Tickets are £18.50 on 01733 207239.




Comedy at the Key Theatre moves into the bar for this night with Elis James. He’s now cemented himself as one of comedy’s brightest young stars regularly seen on TV shows like 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) , Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and Dave’s One Night Stand. Join him for laid-back tales and soaring stand up. Support comes from the dry and laconic Matt Rees (Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year) and story telling with surreal twists from Jack Campbell. Tickets are £9 in advance on 01733 207239 or £11 on the door.




Expect an evening of the very best in stand up and sketch comedy at the Stamford Arts Centre. This month’s line up includes the witty and insightful Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Phil Nichol, star of BBC1’s Live At The Apollo & BBC2’s Mock The Week Romesh Ranganathan along with the gifted Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Luke Toulson. Tickets are £15 (£13) £12 students and groups on 01780 763203.



he beers are in the fridge, the snacks are in the cupboard and the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil is about to begin, which means finally the BBC can stop showing their ruddy advert for it with Thierry Henry! Since Easter, they've shown the promo of him spouting off footballing clichés about memorable moments from past World Cups so frequently, I'm sure I even spotted Ian Beale watching it during an episode of Eastenders. The reason being, the Beeb is getting him to provide analysis in Brazil alongside Gary Lineker & co (Thierry Henry I mean, not Ian Beale). It's a nice idea intercutting clips of the time Henry lifted the World Cup in France '98 with when Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto lifted the trophy, but a bit misleading to imply he's also one of the World Cup greats. When they lifted the trophy they were captains of their country, but when France won the 1998 World Cup not only was Thierry not the French captain, he didn't even play in the final! He was an unused substitute. In fact the only thing I can remember about Thierry Henry playing in the World Cup is the cheating I felt he committed. First in 2006 when he pretended he'd been elbowed by Carlos Puyol (he hadn't), and rolled around clutching his face. The free kick he got for it led to the goal that knocked Spain out, and then in a World Cup qualifier play-off match against Ireland for 2010 he handled the ball twice to set up the winner! Arguably the worst piece of footballing cheating in my opinion since Maradona's 'hand of God' goal against England in 1986.

"I never thought about what I could get out of football, I just wanted to play," says Henry inbetween clips of Pele and Cryuff. A noble sentiment, but not very believable coming from someone who seems to have spent his entire career thinking about what he could get out of football! From turning his back on Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2007 because they offered him a more lucrative contract (a reported £6.7m a year) to wearing Nike, Reebok and then Puma football boots (depending on who was willing to pay him the most I assume) or signing a sponsorship deal to flog people the latest Gillette razor that trousered him an estimated £5m a year, marrying, and later divorcing the 'va-va voom' model he starred alongside in the Renault car adverts. Then there’s that celebration for the best ever goal of his career in October 2000 by running to the touchline, holding an imaginary phone to his ear and yelling 'Wasssup' – the annoying catchphrase from that year’s Budweiser advert. Still, with that sort of commitment to football when he was playing, he's bound to have some tricks up his sleeve now he's a pundit. Maybe he'll roll around the studio floor claiming Gary Lineker has elbowed him in the face, or try and pull Gabby Logan and she'll react by putting him in a headlock saying, "I'll tell you wassup pal!" Of course I doubt any of that will happen, and all we'll get is a story Robbie Savage tells about how 'Le hand of God' took an extra croissant from the hotel breakfast buffet. Meanwhile Roy Keane's on the ITV pundit team and he always looks like he's only an ad break away from telling Adrian Chiles to shut the feck up, so that could be worth looking out for.

The Key Monty Python Live Encore Meanwhile following unprecedented demand, the Key Theatre's live screening of Monty Python Live (Mostly) sold out in 72 hours. As a result an encore performance will take place on Saturday August 2 at 7pm. The Python reunion has been one of the most eagerly awaited shows for years and unless you managed to get a ticket for one of the 10 shows at the 02 Arena, this is the next best thing. The Key's live screening equipment means you'll able to see the show in HD and being in a theatre setting with like minded fans promises to be one of the funniest comedy experiences in the Key's 40 year history. Tickets are £12 on 01733 207239 or from



LOCAL COUPLE REVIVE THE HERON A Peterborough couple who wanted to see their local survive have taken it on themselves! Meri and Rob Hyde are now hoping to get The Heron at Stanground back to its former glory and have invested in sprucing up the place. They’ve recently opened after having extensive works done but have done much of it themselves along with valuable help from friends, family and the local community demonstrating their dedication to the pub’s survival. Meri told ESP – “What started as an idea in a pub, wondering what was going to happen to our local when it got shut down, has morphed into the most important project I think I’ve ever undertaken! We are passionate about saving our local pub and making it a local’s local, where everyone is welcome. “Myself and my husband are both advocates for Real Ale and are CAMRA members, and as such, we have introduced a range of local ales to the pub from such brewers as Tydd Steam, Castor Ales, Digfield, Oakham and Star Brewing Company to name a few!” They have both Sky Sports and BT Sport available and will also be showing ALL the World Cup games. They have a huge, enclosed beer garden where dogs are welcome, and children are welcome from 12 – 7pm daily as long as they’re properly supervised. There is also a competition ready pool table. So head on over to The Heron and give them some support!

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Keith Dalton has the ESP guide to the best news and views from the local live music scene…

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Church starting the event on Friday June 20 featuring Tourdion bringing French dance music played on a wide range of instruments like the hurdy gurdy. They promise great music and also the chance to try some traditional Breton dances. This is followed on Saturday by the Liam Robinson Band bringing traditional music from Lincolnshire and surrounding area. It’s disappointing to learn that the very popular Stamford Riverside Festival isn’t happening again this year. Two years ago it was hit by excessive flooding on The Meadows. As a consequence the insurance on the event has made it unviable. Hopefully one day it will return because it gathered a huge following over its 25 years. Now here’s the good news. Visitors to the Stamford Festival have the opportunity in June to visit an entirely new venture which is aiming to encourage a wide range of music throughout the town in different venues, and the organisers hope that this will grow in future years. It starts on Friday June 20 and runs to the following Sunday June 29, with diverse venues all around town, like Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, The Green Man, The Arts Centre and two churches (United Reformed and Barn Hill Methodist). The organisers are mostly gigging musicians themselves, and one of them, Penny Stevens of Pennyless, told ESP – “It’s a very exciting project and although we started with small intentions it seems that with so much interest being shown we’re already at 15 different gigs around Stamford. If it proves popular then there is no reason why it can’t get bigger next year.” So what inspired it? Penny told me – “A few of us were talking one night after a gig and we were discussing all the wonderful venues around Stamford, and how we would all like to really establish a great music vibe in the town. We know the pubs in the area have a vibrant music scene over the weekends, and we wanted to broaden the offerings by trying to also attract more visitors to see many different genres of music. So we formed an organising committee and the idea of coinciding with the Stamford Festival was a natural connection.” The bonus is that as most of the events are away from the river there’s a better chance of it surviving any adverse weather. There really is something for everyone with United Reformed


Saturday June 21, brings two rock gigs with Petrology delivering some classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s to their home town at The Green Man, whilst Evil Scarecrow are at the Voodoo Lounge with their entertaining parody heavy metal show with humorous stage antics. Support comes from two young Peterborough bands, Death Valley Piledriver and We Few Hollow Men. Caprice and Steve Bean are at The Stamford Arts Centre on Monday June 23, with the latter playing virtuoso classical, flamenco guitar and Caprice playing European café music on violin and accordion. At the same venue on Tuesday June 24 there’s an evening of a capella folk music from the powerful voices of trio Hex. In addition some poetry, harp and birdsong from Oundle’s Nick Penny and David Garrett. Mama Liz’s bar host Paspatou on Thursday June 26 featuring an entertaining show of traditional music played on a bizarre range of instruments including PVC tubing! The Arts Centre, on Friday June 27, has Orphicon String Quartet playing a range of music from minimalism to The Beatles. In addition local six piece clarinet ensemble Second Time Around play a set of classical and jazz. Saturday June 28 William East Quire perform in costume, some rural church music and poetry at Barn Hill Church whilst Voodoo Lounge features The Tin Pigeons and Opaque. Finally, on Sunday afternoon there’s an open stage and BBQ hosted by the very popular Pennyless, who’ve been featured at many festivals in the region in the last twelve months. This is at Mama Liz’s and there are bound to be a few surprises and guests on the day. We all want this sort of musical variety back in Stamford, so do support it and it will become a regular fixture in the local calendar. Most of the gigs are free, but there is a small charge to a few. For detailed information on the acts and on charges go to

Lexie Green, Peterborough based singer/songwriter has released her debut solo album entitled ‘Breathe’ released under Fifty Road Records. Written, recorded and produced by Lexie, ‘Breathe’ contains an exciting mix of her own compositions, and they show off the versatility of her voice. Tracks ranging from the soulful swing of ‘In This Together’ to the countrified ‘Born This Way’. But her voice really stands out on the title track, ‘Breathe’ and my favourite ‘Goodbye Herotio’. I asked Lexie what her favourite track was. Coincidentally she named the same track but told me – “My favourite does change quite a bit. The trouble with being a songwriter is that after so long mixing a favourite song, you get fed up with hearing it, so you change your mind to another! But later you swing back to it.” Lexie is a prolific songwriter, and found the choice of tracks for the album really difficult to make. The nine tracks were chosen in collaboration with Pete Brazier who mixed the album. It was Pete, known for his work with Simon Cowell, Dolly Parton and John Martyn, who persuaded her to record the tracks that were written some time ago, but never published. “Pete awarded me Best Song at the Strawberry Fair and asked me if he could listen to some of my other work. Having listened to over 60 of my compositions, we eventually brought it down to nine tracks for ‘Breathe’,” she told me. Sounds like there’s plenty more ready for the next album then! Lexie has performed around the UK in venues and at festivals such as Brighton Fringe, Strawberry Fair, Ely Folk Festival and at the Peterborough Christmas lights switch-on, whilst her most recent local performance was at the Hearts in Harmony CD launch at North Street Bar. June starts off with a double date on June 7. Firstly, a return during the day to The Strawberry Fair in Cambridge which she’s looking forward to – “Last year we were in the acoustic tent, this year we are on one of the main stages.” The band is Lexie on vocals and guitar, Sam Carter on drums, and Steve Wilson on bass. Then in the evening of June 7, they appear at The Angel in Yarwell. That’s a busy day, so what about the future? “Hopefully the album will be well received and I’d love one of my compositions to be picked up for a commercial, but as long as people want to see me perform my music, I am happy with that.” With her quality of voice there’s no problem with the latter, and the album is well worth a listen. ‘Breathe’ by Lexie Green is available now and you can get more on

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Good luck to local guitar legend, Gizz Butt of The More I See because he’s about to do something way out of his comfort zone

SOUNDS CENTRAL It’s great to see Sounds Central is returning with some great tunes and good time vibes in Central Park on Sunday June 15.

Organiser Chris Brocklehurst told ESP – “The first two instalments of Sounds Central, in 2012 and 2013, were a resounding success and we’re hoping this one will be even better.” This year's Sounds Central is happening in Central Park from 12 - 6.30pm. The event is free and there’ll be some fantastic bands, a range of arts and craft stalls, and tasty food provided by Magic Organic. Playing live music will be Lunatrix, The Gangsters, Blue Print, Battle Royale, Meg McPartlin and Bes. Central Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award in recent years which mirrors Peterborough City Council’s and The Friends of Central Park's commitment to making, and keeping the park a safe, welcoming, environmentally friendly and well maintained green space.


The National Foundation for Youth Music is calling on musicians, promoters, venue owners and music fans to put on and attend gigs to support the charity’s work and enable thousands of disadvantaged children and young people to have access to life-changing music-making opportunities. Whatever the gig is, in size or music genre, whether in a hall or pub, Give a Gig will be a fun way to bring musicians, friends and communities together to enjoy music, while raising funds to enable others less fortunate to enjoy it too. Youth Music developed the campaign idea as one of the few charities that uses music as a core part of its work.

He’s joining the HM Truants cycle team led by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Alex Milas from Metal Hammer for a 160 mile cycle ride from Alexandra Palace to Download Festival to raise money for Nordoff Robbins, Childline and Teenage Cancer Trust. Gizz told ESP – “I’ve never ridden a bike for this kind of distance before so there is a genuine fear for the condition my a*** will be in , not to mention the fact that I have to wear Lycra which I don’t believe any man looks good in!” So why choose this torture? Gizz explained: “My incentive for this is that I have a very close friend whose teenage daughter has cancer. Her story, and the fact that this year in particular has seen many friends suffer from

the disease and others receive the first earth shattering news. “Now is the time for me to do my bit towards making a difference for cancer sufferers. Please give a donation. I’ll do the suffering for you but even a few pounds will make every bit of difference!” Gizz’s goal is to reach £1500 in donations and given his popularity in the area through playing in various gigs and his guitar teaching it’s highly possible that he can achieve it – with your help! You can pledge on

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Youth Music’s Executive Director Matt Griffiths says:“We hope this fundraising campaign offers great flexibility to music fans who might like to give to a charity that uses music to help change lives. We don’t mind who you are or where you are, we welcome all Give a Gig supporters regardless of the size of the gig, the type of music or the amount of money raised. Of course, the bigger the better, but most of all we want people to have fun performing and attending gigs.”

UB40 are Britain's most successful reggae/pop group ever with more than 50 singles in the UK charts. And we have a chance to see them when they perform in the beauty of the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford on Saturday June 7.

Give a Gig will be supported by a bespoke website that will enable bands, performers, venue owners and promoters to list their event. The site will also host ticketing and venue information, music videos, gig news, info on how to put on a gig, and a dedicated area for fans to review gigs, making it an online resource for fans and artists. So there could well be good promotional opportunities. If you are involved in music in some way and feel that you’d like to harness this to a charity then you can check out their website on

The band still features three founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue and an anticipated large crowd will enjoy picnicking in the beautiful gardens of the stately home prior to and during the concert. The show will feature live performances of some of their biggest hits,

including Red Red Wine, Kingston Town, Every Breath You Take and Cherry Oh Baby. In addition they’re certain to play some tracks from their latest album, ‘Getting Over the Storm’, which was well received on their recent UK tour. Having been to some of the open air picnics at Burghley before, they’re a great social event in the area and, with so many UB40 fans around, it’s sure to be a great evening. For more information and tickets go to


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LIVE BANDS + OPEN MIC The Solstice, Northminster NEW VOYAGER + AURORA The Met Lounge, Bridge Street OPEN MIC WITH DAVE B The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road BOO HEWERDINE + JOHN QUINN North Street Courtyard, North Street


DAN COLLINS ACOUSTIC North Street Bar, North Street ELECTRIC WARRIORS The Swiss Cottage, Woodston REVOLVER The Golden Fleece, Stamford THE 707 The Heron, Stanground THE GUARDS The Solstice, Northminster THE LIMIT The Dragon, Werrington THE PULSE The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road

OPEN MIC WITH DAVE B & PHILL The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

COLONELS BOOGEY BAND The Burghley Club, Burghley Square DR. FEELGOOD The Key Theatre, Embankment FAT WEASEL + BEACHY HEAD DIVING CLUB + THE ELEMENTS + SWITCH BLADE + ALL WHALES GO TO HEAVEN + THE MALINGERERS + IGNITION + SELLOUT + MORE The Angel Inn, Yarwell PORKY PIG The Swiss Cottage, Woodston CAPTAIN OBVIOUS The Cross Keys, RAMSHACKLE Oundle Road SERENADE The Cock Inn, Werrington CUTTIN LOOSE + BULLIT TOOTH + THE 707 ROBBIE WILLIAMS The Ostrich, North Street BANNED THE COMMITMENT Bourne Festival, BROTHERS Well Head Field New England Club, DAVIDSON, GATES Occupation Road & WATSON THE GUARDS The Swiss Cottage, The Golden Fleece, Woodston Stamford GRUMPY OLD MEN The Fenman, Stanground THE INFLUENCE + THE NUGGETS + THE LET THERE B/DC LEAGUE OF Hole in the Wall, Stamford MENTALMEN Bourne Festival, Well LIVE BAND The Cock Inn, Werrington Head Field THE MALINGERERS LLOYD WATSON Iron Horse Ranch, Market The Cherry Tree, Deeping Oundle Road THE NUGGETS NEW GENERATION North Street Bar CRASH AND BURN Courtyard, North Street The Fayre Spot, Bretton OPEN ACOUSTIC WITH TWENTY4 London Road, Stamford DAVE B & PHILL The Boat Inn, Whittlesey ZEB ROOTZ The Granary, Long Sutton SOUL SISTERS The Heron, Stanground THE BRAYS FAT WEASEL + The Dragon, Werrington BEACHY HEAD DIVING THE DIZZY CLUB + THE MISS LIZZYS ELEMENTS + SWITCH The Ostrich, North Street BLADE + ALL WHALES GO TO HEAVEN + THE THE GANGSTERS MALINGERERS + The Brewery Tap, IGNITION + SELLOUT Westgate + MORE THE GUARDS The Angel Inn, Yarwell O'Neill's, Broadway OPEN MIC WITH DAVE THE WHOLE POINT & PHIL Charters, Town Bridge The Boat Inn, Whittlesey ZACK ZOOT ACOUSTIC PENNYLESS North Street Bar, Stamford Fayre, Stamford North Street SONS OF KALEL + ZEB ROOTZ REVOLVER + THE Rose Inn, Frognall HIGH ROLLERS Bourne Festival, Well Head Field BIANCA & THE THE ONE EYED CATS TOPCATS Charters, Town Bridge North Street Bar, North Street BLACKOUT UK OPEN ACOUSTIC WITH The Cherry Tree, RICHARD Oundle Road Millstone Inn, Barnack CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STACEY & DAVE'S Kings Cliffe Social Club, OPEN MIC Kings Cliffe The Dragon, Werrington CODE RED The Peacock, London Road





SHADES OF GREEN The Kings Head, Apethorpe SUBWAY 77 Thorney Club, Thorney THE 707 The Peacock, London Road ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH AIN'T THE CALENDAR BOYS MISBEHAVIN + SHADES OF GREEN Mama Liz's, Stamford + PENNYLESS The Kings Head, LEE MAJOR Apethorpe The Fayre Spot, Bretton THE LIMIT MOTOR CITY VIPERS Ebeneezers, Woodston + SOUL RUNNERS + SUPPORT THE MISTREATED Attica, Broadway Kings Arms, Ely OPEN MIC WITH THE OVERDUBS JAMES EDMONDS The Straw Bear, The Crown, Lincoln Road Whittlesey THE RELICS The Ostrich, North Street CIRCA 73 THE RETURNS The Crown, Lincoln Road The Granary, Long Sutton CUTTIN LOOSE THE ROCKET DOGS The Masons Arms, Bourne + FRANKLY MY DEAR FRANKLY MY DEAR + LATESHOW + THE The Cock Inn, Werrington EXPLETIVES The Crown, Lincoln Road FRONT COVER The Dragon, Werrington UNDER_COVERED The Blue Boar, Eye LEE MAJOR The Fayre Spot, Bretton MIGHTY QUINN BAND The Swiss Cottage, Woodston RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Golden Fleece, Stamford SOUL RUNNERS The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road THE DIZZY MISS LIZZYS Tallington Caravan Park, Tallington THE RAINMEN North Street Bar, North Street THE SOFT TONE NEEDLES ZEB ROOTZ South Holland Centre, The London Inn, Stamford Spalding



THE GANGSTERS North Street Bar, North Street THE MISTREATED The Angel Inn, Yarwell THE MORE I SEE THE COLLABORATORS + KIOSK 2 The Cherry Tree, Botoplph Green Festival, Oundle Road Oundle Road THE NUGGETS Radius, Northminster ALBION + THE AMBER UNTAMED CLUB + ATLANTIC Fletton Club, Fletton REVENUE + SOAHR The Met Lounge, Bridge Street CHILDREN OF BLACK CAT TRIO THE REVOLUTION Braza Club, March Charters, Town Bridge CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION CAPRICE SolGarden, The Solstice + STEVE BEAN CUTTIN LOOSE Stamford Arts Centre, The Swiss Cottage, Stamford Woodston LITVINENKO Mama Liz's, Stamford HEX TOM & PETE Stamford Arts Centre, ACOUSTIC Stamford North Street Bar, North Street ROCK OUT ACOUSTIC SESSION The Dragon, Werrington WITH AIN'T MISBEHAVIN ROCKET '57 The Cock Inn, Werrington The Railway, Ramsey

CIRCA 73 Ebeneezers, Woodston GROOVE CARTEL The London Inn, Stamford GRUMPY OLD MEN The Crown, Lincoln Road LIVE BANDS Party in the Park, Chatteris LOOSE ROCKET The Cherry Tree, Kettering NOBLE OX The Burghley Club, Burghley Square PENNYLESS Church, Deeping St Nicholas RADIUS 45 New England Club, Occupation Road ROCKET DOGS The Swiss Cottage, ELECTRIC WARRIORS Woodston Botolph Green Festival, SHAKE HANDS ERIC Oundle Road North Street Bar, FASTER MUTTLEY North Street The Railway, Ramsey SWITCHBLADE GIN HOUSE The Angel Inn, Yarwell The Burghley Club, THE 707 Burghley Square The Straw Bear, Whittlesey THE COLLABORATORS Maxey Village Fete, Maxey STRELLIES BAND The Swiss Cottage, THE DIZZY GROOVE CARTEL Woodston MISS LIZZYS + SUPPORT Regional College, TALLAWAH Attica, Broadway Peterborough The Cherry Tree, OPEN MIC NIGHT Oundle Road THE OVERDUBS The Cherry Tree, The Ploughman, THE GUARDS Oundle Road Werrington The London Inn, Stamford PASPATOU THE ROCKET DOGS TOM & PETE Mama Liz's, Stamford The Swiss Cottage, ACOUSTIC SHADES OF GREEN Woodston North Street Bar, The Golden Pheasant, North Street TIN PIGEONS Etton + OPAQUE TOURDION Mama Liz's, Stamford United Reformed Church, TIDAL DAVE/MATT GROCOTT + THE Stamford SHRIVES + SUPPORT TRIBAL MISFITS VELOCITY The Solstice, Northminster The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road The Heron, Stanground LIVE BAND The Dragon, Werrington ZEB ROOTZ WSM Beer Festival, SHANE POOLE ACOSUTIC SESSIONS Wisbech St Mary BOUQUET OF ACOUSTIC WITH DAVE & PHIL GROOVE CARTEL DEAD CROWS North Street Bar, The Boat Inn, Whittlesey Charters, Town Bridge Charters, Town Bridge North Street CHILDREN OF REVOLVER BLUE HAZE EVIL SCARECROW + THE FEDZ THE REVOLUTION The Masons Arms, Bourne The London Inn, Stamford DEATH VALLEY Nelson's Head, St Ives O'Neill's, Broadway PILEDRVER + WE SKYFIGHT + FLAMING THE RELICS LEON FASTER MUTTLEY FEW HOLLOW MEN JUNE + JAMES Charters, Town Bridge The Cherry Tree, The Pear Tree, Stamford Mama Liz's, Stamford EDMONDS + TOY Oundle Road PENNYLESS HOOKER SPARROWS FRANKLY MY DEAR + SUPPORT The Cross Keys, Key Theatre Glasshouse, The Burghley Club, Mama Liz's, Stamford Oundle Road The Embankment Burghley Square GROUNDED LEON THE CALENDAR BOYS HEARTBREAKER Charters, Town Bridge The Dragon, Werrington The Golden Pheasant, The Blue Boar, Eye SHADES OF GREEN LUNATRIX + THE Etton LOOSE ROCKET The Golden Pheasant, HENDRIX BAND GANGSTERS + BLUE Boston Bowl, Boston Etton The Swiss Cottage, PRINT + BATTLE Woodston ROYALE + MEG NOISY NEIGHBOURS OPEN MIC WITH MCPARTLIN + BES The Fayre Spot, Bretton HOOKER JAMES EDMONDS Central Park, Peterborough The Dragon, Werrington QUINNY & THE DUKES PORKY PIG The Bull, Newborough The Cherry Tree, PENNYLESS North Street Bar, ONE NATION Oundle Road St Marys Church, The Peacock, London Road North Street Whaplode THE FEDZ RETROLUX ACOUSTIC SESSION PETROLOGY The Ploughman, WITH AIN'T The Green Man, Stamford The Swiss Cottage, Werrington Woodston MISBEHAVIN REVOLVER SHADES OF GREEN The Railway, Ramsey THE INFLUENCE ROCKET '57 The Black Bull, Kirton The Golden Pheasant, The Swiss Cottage, The Crown, Lincoln Road Etton Woodston THE FEDZ Anchor Inn, Sutton Bridge THE GUARDS The Cherry Tree, Oundle Road








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ESP June 2014  

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