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OCTOBER 2011 Issue 146



In this month’s issue check out our:

Special souvenir Face of ESP Finals Night 14 page supplement! Plus all our usual leisure, lifestyle and what’s on for Greater Peterborough.

Jessica Lockhart Introducing the Face of ESP’11


YOUNG MARMALADE GETS YOUNG DRIVERS ON THE ROAD LOUIE SPENCE DANCES @ WATERSTONES Flamboyant dance star Louie Spence will get his fans up on their feet in a special dance routine outside Waterstone’s on Bridge Street on Saturday October 15. It’ll launch his book signing session at the store at 11.30am and will be led by local dance group Ministry of Dance. If you want to join in make sure you get there early and get to the front of queue! The star of Pineapple Dance Studios has whipped up a special routine he’s performing as part of his book tour promoting his autobiography Still Got It, Never Lost It. Look it up on You Tube to be prepared! To find out more or to book your advance copy call Waterstones on 01733 555323.

Young Marmalade is the young driver specialist in the Peterborough area, and is here to keep young drivers on track. It’s an award winning, combined car purchase and low cost insurance scheme, linked to a selection of vehicles specifically designed for young drivers. We all know that today younger drivers are penalised and that insurance has become sky high, stopping them from getting the car they want – well insurance premiums with Young Marmalade are low because they use technology in the car to monitor how the car is driven. This means that if you were to choose Young Marmalade you could end up with 40% more cash in your pocket to spend on other things! Interested? To find out more, call 0845 644 2026 or visit

GHOULS BALL @ PLOUGHMAN As Halloween approaches at the end of the month, the Ploughman pub in Werringotn’s planning its next party. The Ghouls Ball will be the party of the month on October 29, with live music from Citizen Smith, plus a prize for the best dressed. So get your scariest outfit on and prepare for a spooky night out! For more info, call 01733 327696.

NEW ORANGERY @ STAMFORD GARDEN CENTRE Everyone loves celebrating in style, so why not try having your Christmas party at the Garden Kitchen at Stamford Garden Centre. They prepare delicious lunches, dinners and private evening party menus, with the very best local, seasonal food. They’re also very excited about the latest addition to the centre – the Orangery – which will be opening during Christmas 2011. You can find out more by visiting www.stamford, find them on Facebook too, or call them on 01780 765656.


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receive a free bottle of wine! All you have to do is quote ESP, and sit back and enjoy the lovely food and drink they have to offer. There’s a selection of real ales and locally sourced wines, plus a delicious menu to suit all – whether you fancy a light lunch or a tasty evening meal. They’re also taking bookings for Christmas parties, so do let them know if you’re interested by calling 01780 470627.

20% OFF @ STUDIO NO.4 Studio No.4 in the Matley Centre is offering a whopping 20% off your first visit on all hair and beauty services in the salon. They cater for both men and women, and use all the latest top quality products to ensure you get the very best treatment and look great. They’re open seven days a week, and are just five minutes from the city centre. So give the team a call on 01733 390620 or visit their website on


CHARITY FIRE WALK @ THE DRAGON The Dragon pub in Werrington is holding a Charity Fire Walk event on November 19, all all funds raised will be donated to the Lee Groome Appeal. It’s going to be an evening jam-packed with entertainment for the family, with live music from local band Easyer Said, plus a tasty BBQ, and don’t forget they serve six real ales. ESP will be supporting the event, so make sure you pop along to check out those brave people who will attempt the fire walk!

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TIME TO PAINT PETERBOROUGH PINK! It’s time to go potty about all things pink and help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Peterborough. The campaign launches on Cathedral Square on October 1 and 2 when the big pink bus will roll into town packed with ideas on how you can help. The plan is for everyone to hold pink themed events and fundraise throughout October. Lots of groups, schools and organisations have already planned some fun but Cancer Research UK want loads more to join in… so what will you do? A pink cupcake party? A ‘wear pink day’ at work? Get sponsored to dye your hair, err… pink?! Get more ideas and a fundraising pack at or by calling 08701 602040.

WINE OFFER @ THE KINGS HEAD The Kings Head in Apethorpe has opened its doors again with new managers Simon and Charlotte ready to welcome customers old and new. The cosy country pub has been a favourite for many over the years, and we’re sure people will be pleased it’s back. They’re starting off with a great offer where if you book a table for four or more, you’ll

Every bride-to-be wants their special day to be perfect, and that’s what Wedding Fairs are made for. On October 9 from 10am – 5pm the Old School in Farcet is holding a wedding fair – showcasing everything from wedding dresses, flowers, venues, hairdressers, make-up, vintage car hire, photographers, cakes, balloons and so much more. You can even grab some advice from local specialists to ensure your day is nothing less than perfect! Call 07786 036563 for more info.

OXYGEN HAIR MOVES TO WERRINGTON Following the success of their Hampton salon, Oxygen is opening a new hairdressers behind the already established gents salon. They’ll be restructuring the gents salon to introduce long hair and hot towel shaving, and even a men’s grooming section. Other treatments on offer will be hair extensions, Brazilian blow-dry and wedding and evening hair. Everything will be top of the range, with three new senior stylists joining the team including Laura from the Hampton salon, who’ll bring a vast amount of experience and customers with her, and Jenny from Hair FX who has over 20 years experience in hairdressing. Oxygen is due to open on October 17.

QUEENSGATE GETS READY TO TURN IT ON You can’t ignore it – the countdown’s starting and it’s time to start getting ready for the Christmas lights switch ons! Not long to go as Queensgate shopping centre gets in first with an action packed event on Thursday November 3 and is promising all new displays this year – how exciting! There’ll be a packed programme of entertainment to build up the excitement and no doubt an appearance by the big guy in the red and white suit too! We’ll bring you all the details in the next issue, but get the date in your diary.

HAIR BOUTIQUE Located within the beautiful grounds of the Haycock Hotel in Wansford is the Hair Boutique. The salon offers many services for both men and women, from colouring, cutting, perming, bridal services, conditioning treatments, head massages and the Brazilian blowdry. So whether you’re just looking for a fresh new look or need to be glammed up for a special occasion – they’ve got it sorted! Call 01780 781102 to book an appointment.

NEW PHOTO EXHIBITION IN QUEENSGATE The Peterborough paramedic turned paparazzo Chris Porz has been charting the city’s history in his photos for 30 years and now returns with his second exhibition in Queensgate. Running from Monday September 26 to Sunday October 2 it’ll feature more of Chris’ images of the city’s people and places plus some reunion shots of people he’s managed to find who appeared in some of his old photos. Chris will also be selling his unique 2012 calendar Peterborough Through A Lens for just £6 so grab yours before it sells out! Find out more at

POLO ARRIVES @ JOHN LEWIS A new addition to the menswear department in John Lewis is launching on September 30 in Queensgate. Polo Ralph Lauren will have its own section in the store, and the smart and fashionable clothing will be up for grabs soon! Polo is the original symbol of the modern preppy lifestyle, it’s stylish, timeless and will appeal to all generations of men – plus there are plenty of colours to choose from! As if that’s not enough they’ve also launched John Lewis & Co a new menswear range featuring tailored styles, outerwear and utility fashions.

CHARITY RAFFLE @ MELANIE RICHARDS Melanie Richards hair boutique on Bridge Street is having a client evening on November 1 to draw tickets for raffle prizes. During September and October they’ll also be selling the raffle tickets to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with prizes donated by local businesses, Wella and the salon themselves. So do your bit and help raise some money for such a good cause. For more info, call 01733 553600.

STUDENT LOCK-IN @ QUEENSGATE Calling all students in Peterborough! You’re in for a fabulous treat this October when Queensgate Shopping Centre holds its first ever lock-in. They’ll be offering amazing discounts, goody bags, make-overs and so much more! Popular stores such as Topshop, River Island, H&M, LUSH, Superdry and Game will be offering fantastic discounts of up to 20% with those who have a valid student ID. The event’s running from 6pm – 9pm and will feature live music from local band A Story To Tell, plus DJ sets, drinks and nibbles to keep visitors going while they shop. The event is on October 5 – so book this in your diaries and make sure you bring along valid student ID. Enjoy! For more info visit

show Tropicana in a specially created cocktail lounge in the Van Hage restaurant, when you can book tickets for this fantastic show coming to the Exec centre in February.

GET CRAFTY GIFTS Here’s a chance to find some really original Christmas gifts as Merge Contemporary Craft hold a fair at the Great Hall in New Street in Oundle on October 29. There’ll be 24 craft stalls featuring some of the best British Contemporary Makers on site from 10am - 4pm. There’ll be everything from unique jewellery to pottery and glassware. It’ll be an inspiring place to treat yourself to an original piece of art or buy a unusual one off Christmas gift.


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NEW BENTLEY’S BAR Brand new upmarket bar Bentley’s recently opened its doors in New Road, Spalding. It’s taken over the bar half of the old Orchid bar and restaurant premises (which was known as The Bass House before that), and will provide a comfortable lounge atmosphere – which includes Wi-Fi – by offering table service for drinks and light bites. Opening hours are from 10am-midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 10am-11pm TuesdayThursday and Sunday.

CROWN AFFAIR OPENS IN SPALDING Spalding’s newest hairdressing and beauty salon is due to open its doors on October 3. Crown Affair Hair & Beauty is the first in the town to offer the acclaimed OXYjet alternative to cosmetic injections, and will be offering the latest ladies, gents and children’s styling services along with beauty and nail treatments. The salon’s also part of a national network of independent salons which will be providing a wig styling service for medical and illness related hair loss. They’ve got a team of 14 who’ll start taking clients from Tuesday October 4, and are situated at 24 Hall Place. The opening day is from 11am – 6pm so make sure you pop in! Visit for more info.

BLUEBELL DOGSTHORPE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT The Bluebell pub in Dogsthorpe has recently changed management, and Kirstie and Michelle are pleased to announce that they’ll be the new faces at the pub. They’re hoping to welcome new customers as well as current clientele, and will be making a few small changes over the coming months. So keep an eye out and support your local pub! They’ve got plenty of live music planned too, check out our Gig Guide later in the mag for band listings.


NEXT MOVING IN We’re very excited to hear that Brotherhood Shopping Park has announced Next as the latest leading retailer to join the development. We found out all the latest gossip when we popped over to the site to celebrate the day when work officially started and local school children buried a time capsule. We now know that Next will offer the complete line including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as a gift and homeware section and will be open from 9am – 10pm. Next will join the previously announced Marks & Spencer, which are both scheduled to open in autumn 2012 – we can’t wait to see who else will be moving in!

CHRISTMAS AND THE CIRCUS COME TO VAN HAGE The Christmas activity starts at the Van Hage garden centre at Peterborough Garden Park on Saturday October 1 and part of this year’s festive fun includes a circus! Santa's Christmas Circus is coming to Van Hage for the first time as an extra Christmas treat for children of all ages. The fun-filled one hour show in a heated big top will feature clowning, magic, juggling, aerial artistes, wire-walking, roll balancing, lots of audience participation and of course a special appearance of the man himself Santa! The 450 seat big top will be situated at the rear of Van Hage from December 21 – 31. It’s £5 a ticket for the circus and you can book from October 1 onwards. Drop by that day for the launch to meet some of the clowns and Santa will be there at 4pm. Earlier in the day you can meet ice skating stars from the Holiday On Ice

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LOCAL AUTHOR IN PRINT Look out this month for a new book by local author James Cartwright called Sniper in Helmand. It is a powerful firsthand account by a specialist sniper of his action-packed tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2007. James, who writes under a pseudonym for security reasons, suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder. As part of his treatment he was told to write down and record the events that occurred during his six months on tour. The result of this is an exciting account of what life was like in the heart of the Afghan campaign as well as covering the buildup and aftermath. The foreword is written by James' boyhood hero, Andy McNab. Grab a copy from Waterstones in Peterborough.

HAVE YOUR SAY @ PETERBOROUGH PEACE GROUP Volunteers from Peterborough Peace Group are arranging an event which will be held at the John Clare Theatre on November 5. They’ve got two eminent speakers who will be addressing issues of peace and conflict at home and abroad. They’ll be hosting stalls of organisations such as Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth for members of the public to browse. The doors will be open and welcome for anyone who wishes to attend. The idea is that the meeting will generate a good discussion and leave people with ideas of actions they can take on issues they currently feel powerless to affect. It’s on from at 1pm – 3pm, so if you feel you’ve got some good points to raise, then don’t miss out on this.

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FUR AND FEATHERS @ AUTUMN SHOW The arrival of autumn can only mean one thing in Peterborough – the fabulous Autumn Show at the East of England Showground.

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A fantastic family day out, the popular one-day show on October 9 offers something for everyone – from fowl fans to lovers of livestock – a real mix of fur, feathers and even scales all in one location. Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, animal antics will be taking over the East of England Showground and Exec Peterborough for another jam-packed event. This year it includes the arrival of the Supreme London Championships Small Livestock Show – billed as the ‘rabbit world’s equivalent of Crufts’!


There’ll be loads of dog events including Scrufts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year, the Wisbech Shire Horse Show, a giant vegetable competition, Pony Club team show jumping, over 100 stalls, a craft fair, a food hall and err… welly wanging! Admission on the day ranges from £4 for children, £6 for senior citizens, £8 for adults and £20 for a family ticket. Save up to 15 per cent on admission prices by booking in advance up to October 4 by calling the ticket hotline on 0845 600 5445 or on line at

Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding is gearing up for Christmas and turns on the centre’s lights on Thursday October 27. This year the lights will be switched on by Tom Lister and Lucy Pargeter – Carl King and Chastity Dingle from ITV1’s Emmerdale at 7.30pm. The evening’s fun kicks off at 6.30pm and will be hosted by John Marshall from Lincs FM. Music will be provided by Holbeach Brass Band, there’ll be kids characters and entertainment, refreshments and late night trading till 9pm. This will be closely followed by the Sporting Heroes Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday November 3. This event’s hugely popular and will be hosted by Kev and Ros from Heart FM. Gates open at 6pm and advance tickets are – adults £5 and accompanied children under sixteen £3. There’ll be live entertainment, the fireworks go bang at 7.30pm and it’s late night trading until 9pm. Of course with up to 75 per cent off at dozens of top stores that’s a good enough reason to pay a visit long before then but get these dates in your diary as they’re always popular.



They’re mad for ‘em! Conkers that is. Competitors from all over the world will be descending on New Lodge Fields near Oundle on October 9 to take part in the fantastically quirky World Conker Championships.

Hundreds of youngsters will be at ‘Fortress Fengate’ on Sunday October 9 for one of Peterborough’s biggest sporting events – Peterborough Rugby Club’s annual Minis Festival.

The event starts at 10.30am and finishes at 3pm, with stalls open from 9.30am and plenty to see before the conker battles kick off! There’ll be a fairground, the all important beer tent, food stalls, 50 stalls, bouncy castle and live music. As a spectator, the entrance costs are £4 for adults and £2 for senior citizens and children. Family tickets (two adults and up to four children) cost £10. Car parking is free!

Teams from eight different clubs will be competing at six different age groups – from under seven to under twelve. “Ours is traditionally one of the first Festivals of the rugby season,” said Mini & Junior chairman Matt Throne, “and it’s very much a benchmark for other clubs. “We pride ourselves on it being one of the best organised in the East.” Borough have seen a huge influx of new players this season, helped by the World Cup in New Zealand.


There’s a thriving under sixes group, with youngsters from age four upwards, where the emphasis is on fun rather than competitive rugby.

Dance floor fillers the Wild Boys have been lined up to bring some sparkling pop to a day of squash at Spalding’s award-winning Pumpkin Parade on October 7. From Billy Idol numbers to KC and the Sunshine Band, the Wild Boys have built a reputation for their 80s-style sets and will round off the annual spectacle with some quality entertainment. The day’s festivities start at 10am with a programme of family fun, live music from Megz McPartlin, indie trio the Romantic Idols who won last year’s Lincolnshire Battle of the Bands, The Wellocks, Kamakazie Hot Shots, street artists and fireworks – all in honour of the humble pumpkin. The parade, led by Spalding Flower Queen Daisy Ivatt, starts at 6.30pm and will tour the town centre. Children and their families are invited to join in with their decorated pumpkins. The musical entertainment begins at 4pm, the fireworks display is at 7.30pm before the Wild Boys wrap up the musical entertainment.


BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE MUSIC Sixty members of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra will be playing at their annual autumn concert at the Voyager school in Walton on Sunday November 6 at 3pm. The highlight will be Symphony No.5 from Sibelius and an outstanding programme is completed by Grieg’s wonderful piano concerto and Neilson’s Helios overture. Tickets are available from the Desitnation Centre on Bridge Street priced £12.50, concessions £10.50 and accompanied children free. Tel: 01733 452336.

The under sevens are the youngest squad to play matches against other clubs, with it being tag rugby and contact begins with the under nines. “New recruits are always welcome and you’ll find the atmosphere really friendly and welcoming,” added Matt. Borough also run teams at every age from under seven to under 19 as well as four men’s teams and a ladies’ side as well. Check out to find out more.

ART EXHIBITION OF CITY’S TREASURES Celebrate the city’s treasures and the fact we have a city centre art gallery once again at Harriet’s Art Gallery. The fabulous City Treasures Art Exhibition Open Evening is on October 7 from 5.30pm-8.30pm at Harriet's Cafe and Tearooms. A percentage of the ticket price and art sales on the evening will be donated to the Mayor’s Charities. Tickets cost £6 per person, which includes an exclusive first view of new work from the best of our artists including Paco Calvo’s Guild Hall Mosaic and Kaine Kulczak’s Peterborough Architecture Series, a glass of wine and nibbles, as well as limited edition prints, greetings cards and art and design led jewellery. Tickets are available from Harriet's Cafe and Tearooms on Cumbergate or call 07986 609141 or 01733 567500. The exhibition is then open to the public from Saturday October 8 – 29.

CHARITY BALL AND MAN AUCTION! There’s a fantastic ball coming up at the Park Inn on Saturday November 5 but this night has a twist! It also includes a man auction! So come on girls this has to be an excuse to get glammed up and enjoy a night out with your friends. It’s been organised by a team from local company BGL which has a group of 30 staff walking part of the great wall of China next April to try and raise £105,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Proceeds from this ball will go to this charity effort. Tickets are £20 which includes arrival cocktails, buffet and raffle. For tickets call 07929 471219 or email

COMMUNTIY FUN DAY AND DISCO There’s a fun day planned at the Lime Tree in Paston organised by local ladies raising cash for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. It’s on Saturday October 8 from 12 - 4pm with games, tombola, gift and craft stalls, sweets stall, cakes, bouncy castle, food, refreshments, prizes and more but admission’s free! The fun continues into the evening with a charity disco and karaoke from 7pm - 12am. Tickets are just £5 and there’ll also be live music, raffle prizes and food. Find out more on Facebook - the event is called 'Community Fun Day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support'. For tickets pop into the Lime Tree pub, or call 01733 571813 or contact Jackie on 07941 377800.

GUIDED TOUR OF BURGHLEY HOUSE If you’ve ever wanted to take a look inside the magnificent Burghley House in Stamford (which has been used as a film set many times), here’s a chance to have a private guided tour! It’s all to raise money for the charity Independent Age and takes place on October 11 during its famous flower festival. You’ll need to book in advance and tickets are £25. There’ll be some incredible floral displays plus there’s an impressive collection of 17th century Italian masterpieces and an exceptional collection of Oriental and European ceramics, among other works of art. As well as the private tour there’ll also be a sandwich lunch in the Orangery and you can take a look around the grounds, the Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden. For more info call Nicola Franklin on 0116 271 8851 or email

ANNUAL RSPCA CHARITY BALL RSPCA Peterborough and District are hosting their annual charity ball which is held at the Holiday Inn West in Thorpewood on October 15. Enjoy a three-course dinner, drinks at the bar and plenty of dancing for just £40 each. There’ll be some great live music, and it starts at 7pm running through ‘til midnight. It’s formal dress too, so make sure you get your best dress and shoes out the wardrobe and get ready to spend an evening in style. For more info and tickets, call Pat or Freda on 01733 203363.

LOVEPETS SHOW Visitors to this year’s popular LovePets Show will come face to face with 55 species of animals – including meerkats, skunk, and a real life dragon. LovePets takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday October 30 and brings everything fur and feather related together under one roof, with thrilling animal displays, interactive talks from pet experts, plus the chance to pick up goodies from top pet stores and suppliers from across the UK. TV vet Marc Abraham is the host giving live talks with the opportunity for visitors to ask about problem puppies or crotchety cats, or what to do if their pet bird seems ‘down in the beak’. Tickets pre-booked now at offer a substantial saving, with online family tickets (two adults and three children) just £12. Nominated animal welfare charities will receive 10 per cent of ticket sales.




Lara Johnson has the ESP guide to the area’s hottest shows...



The Vagina Monologues is a hilarious and moving play about women and their sexuality, based on true stories from around the world. Starring Corrie’s Wendi Peters, Eastenders’ Tiana Benjamin and Louisa Lytton, this part stand-up, part cabaret, part serious drama is the ultimate girl’s night out! It’s described as a unique, fresh and funny evening in the theatre, with an informal relationship between the audience and performers. Take your mum, best friend, sister or even your gran – it’s sure to be laugh. It’s on at the Key Theatre on October 17 at 7.30pm with tickets priced £18.50. Box office: 01733 207239.

Essence Of Ireland is back and better than ever as they return with another sensational show. Follow the story of Sean Dempsey and Coro McGowen who meet during the 1940s, but are forced apart when Sean moves to New York to find work. The breathtaking dance routines are performed by some of the country’s finest dancers and with the very best of Irish music combine together to create a heart warming story, describing the letters sent between the two during their time apart. There’ll be songs such as Galway Girl, Carrickfergus, You Raise Me Up, Song For Ireland and so much more! The dazzling costumes, fantastic music and energetic dancers capture the true spirit of the Emerald Isle giving audiences a thoroughly entertaining show. It’s certainly not one to miss! It’s on at the Cresset on November 10 and 11 at 7.30pm, and tickets are on sale now from £24.50. To book your tickets call 01733 265705 or visit

PAUL ZERDIN – SPONGEFEST 2011 The country’s top ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is coming to Stamford with a show that will have audiences laughing from start to finish. He’s appeared on the Royal Variety Show, BBC1’s Generation Game, Late Night With Jerry Springer and even a Kelloggs commercial – there’s no end to his talents! His shows are said to be so polished and he’s so in control of his material that when he’s on stage he’s not just performing – he’s showing off, having as much of a laugh as the audience! We suggest you get booking now though as his shows are known to sell-out. He’s on at Stamford Corn Exchange on October 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15. Box office: 01780 766455.

DEIRDRE AND ME Far from average character Susan is an average 35-year-old woman. Average build, average looks, average height – but she’s not at all how she seems! Join Susan in her front room as she chats about her Bessie – Deidre Barlow (yes, the one from Corrie) and tells us all about her unusual friendship with the lady who made big glasses look fashionable! She’s on at the Key Theatre on October 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50. Box office: 01733 207239.

SING FOR LIFE Following the sell-out success of Sing For Heroes, Peterborough Male Voice Choir have created a new project in aid of Cancer Research UK. They’ve added 140 women to their new project, and have all been rehearsing hard for what will be a spectacular performance. There’ll be all the favourite’s ranging from opera through to the musicals and chart hits, and are hoping they’ll get plenty of support to help raise money for such a great cause. So show your support and get booking your tickets now. The choir will be singing at the Kingsgate Centre in Parnwell on October 15 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets range from £11 to £22 and are available by visiting


It’s time to get out your ra-ra skirts, leg warmers, drainpipe jeans and Don Johnson jackets as Absolute 80s comes to Peterborough. Emcee Productions have a great show in store which will take you back to a time when men wore more make-up than women! The cast will be singing to a number of classic songs from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Europe, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, The Jam – the list goes on! What’s more is ESP’s Keith Dalton will be the compere during the evening, and you’ll be able to join the cast for a boogie towards the end of the night. Tickets vary from £14 – show only, and £32.50 for a meal and the show. It’s on from November 3 – 5 at the Cresset. For tickets and more info, call 01733 704303 / 07974 700285.

THE MERRY WIDOW – PETERBOROUGH OPERA For the first time Peterborough Opera is taking its main production to Stamford’s Corn Exchange Theatre. The Merry Widow will be a fully staged performance with a live orchestra and costumes, and is directed by James-Lee Campbell from Peterborough, with soprano Caroline Trutz in the lead role. It’s a tuneful opera which follows the story of wealthy widow Anna, who meets important men from a bankrupt country, and the government wants her to marry one of them to fake her fortune there. It sounds like a great show and will be hitting the stage from October 26 – 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12. Box office: 01780 766455.


LOOK TO THE SKY This mysterious play follows a group of young people in a lonely, disused warehouse. They find themselves looking for one lost member, searching along dark corridors and winding stairs that lead to a discovery which will change their lives. To find out what happens, head over to Stamford Arts Centre on October 21. The show is on at 7.30pm and tickets are £11. Box office: 01780 763203.

RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR Get ready for a fantastic show full of nostalgia as the Rat Pack boys hit the Cresset stage later this month. Featuring all the greatest music of the 20th century – the wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior will take you on a trip back in time to vintage Las Vegas. All the music is completely live, and you can expect songs such as Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Mack The Knife and many more of all the favourite hits. It’s on October 22 at 7.30pm, and tickets are £19. Box office: 01733 265705.

MAGICAL EXTRAVAGANZA ON ICE Be prepared for a dazzling performance on ice, showcasing the talent of international ice skaters in four sections – Circus, Swing, Around The World and Fantasy. You’ll experience the delights of high energy skating routines, with the glamour and excitement of Bollywood, Africa, Spain and Ireland. It’s produced and presented by Fire and Ice Entertainments, and the breathtaking talent mean it’s certainly not a show to be missed. It’s on at Stamford Corn Exchange on October 23 at 6.30pm. Tickets are £14, or £48 per family of four. Box office: 01780 766455.

PETERBOROUGH ARTS CINEMA October brings some action-packed films to the John Clare Theatre, with Blue Valentine being the first on the screen on October 6 at 7.30pm. A couple get into a festering argument over family values, which blows up over the question of their gate getting left open and allowing their daughter’s adored dog to escape and get lost. On October 13 at 7.30pm Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal hits the big screen. Helicopter pilot Steven wakes up with a jolt on a commuter train, only to find he’s carrying ID identifying him as a school teacher, and that the face in the mirror isn’t his own. Follow him as he finds out why and how this has happened. Submarine is next on the screen on October 20 at 7.30pm. Take a trip back to the 1980s where Oliver Tate’s only concerns are losing his virginity to his girlfriend and keeping his parents’ marriage from falling apart. Last on the screen is Brighton Rock – a film based around character Pinkie – who’s precociously taken charge of a Brighton protection mob. However other problems over complicate things – such as the murder of an enemy gangster. It’s on October 27 at 7.30pm. For more info on films at the John Clare Theatre, visit

Tickets for the show are already on sale so get Tropicana down on your Christmas gift list and get ready to enjoy an amazing show right on your doorstep.

OH MANDY! IT’S TROPICANA ON ICE Fantastic news – Holiday On Ice has announced it’s bringing its brand new ice show to the EXEC Peterborough at the East of England Showground from February 2 – 5 next year. Every show we’ve seen has been a knock-out and this time Tropicana sounds even better, featuring a giant, state-of-the-art LED screen as the backdrop to the show. This will enhance all the action on the ice with a thrilling light show that incorporates additional footage of the skaters. Wow!

Tropicana – The Passion Tour is another ice spectacular created and choreographed by Olympic champion Robin Cousins MBE. It takes you on a journey that celebrates love, life, music and dance from the high octane rock ‘n’ roll of fifties America to a smouldering bolero and the steamy Latin rhythms of a tropical night club – brought to life by a cast of over 40 world class skaters. As well as an original musical score, the show also features interpretations of some of Barry Manliow’s best loved songs including I Can’t Smile Without You, the iconic Mandy and the one and only Copacabana – so get those frilly shirts out and get ready to party! Robin told ESP – "A few years ago I was working with Barry Manilow on a TV special and I found his music works just as great skating should. It flows beautifully and soars in all the right places! There's passion and power in the songs and that's what I've always tried to convey in the shows I create.” Tickets range from £25 to £36 with concessions for senior citizens and children at just £12. A family ticket for £70 is also available and new for 2012 is a limited edition ‘meet and greet’ package on selected performances for just £10 per person. There are big savings for groups of 10 or more people. Money raised from ticket sales for the opening gala charity night will be donated to locally based charity Anna’s Hope.

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Research at the University of New South Wales has revealed the average British male has 12.7 sexual partners over a lifetime. How can you have .7 of a partner?! Unless of course it’s relating to pubescent experiences with warm apples pies, vacuum cleaners, joints of beef and blow-up dolls?

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JESSICA JOINS ESP ELITE Congratulations to Whittlesey chick Jessica Lockhart who became our 9th Face of ESP last month at one of the toughest to call finals night me and my fellow judges (Keith, pictured, being one of them) can remember. Jess has already been thrust into the limelight with photo-shoots and interviews and next month she’ll be joining me for the launch of a charity ride on the back of a scooter! I’ll also be introducing our Jess to you in an up-close-and-personal interview. It’s not goodbye to the outgoing Face, Lauren Hughes but more like: see you later. Lauren, like all previous winners is a part of our family and you’ll be seeing her in a new feature to the magazine come 2012 so watch this space…




Well done to the Italian Community Association, our City Council and everyone else who contributed to another brilliant Italian Festival event on Cathedral Square – made all the better of course with special guest, chef Antonio Carluccio.

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GREASE LOVERSATTHE DRIVE-IN Study this photo of the back of my head and you’ll notice I have a rally-style turbo gauge mounted on my car dashboard. How retro. You’ll also make out a big screen in the background filled with a blurry image. It’s blurry because the photographer’s nail extensions prevented her from being able to use my iPhone camera function to the best of its capability. So cutting to the chase, the photo is of me enjoying a drive-in movie showing of Grease at Itter Park. How retro. Organised by Cinema Central – part of The Voyager School – the event attracted plenty of Grease lovers dressed as Pink Ladies and T-Birds. It also attracted a randy couple who were most probably having relations in a black Mazda MX5 parked in front of me. The car was rocking vigorously from side to side so I guess the couple were clearly fans of Rizzo and Kenickie – Grease fanatics will remember the scene… It was a brilliant idea to put on a drive-in movie event. More of these please! Next time may I suggest a Sergio Leone spaghetti western or Star Wars?


My sponsors Balderston have just launched an Aladdin’s cave of juicy accessories, clothing and aftermarket goodies for BMW motorbikes on Bikers will be pleased to see Touratech products ranging from hand guards to fly screens available from the new online shop. You can also browse the great selection of used bikes for sale (I want the Moto Guzzi) where there’s a bike for everyone’s taste. And with winter practically in full flow some of us will be hibernating our two wheels for a few months. This means it’s worth booking your machine in for a winter preservation treatment, which is also on offer from the good people at the Hampton dealership. Finally, check out www.theunbearable if you want to raise money for Cancer Research by riding a scooter for 2,241 miles in five days this November. More on this event in next month’s column.

Antonio looked every part Italian as he was driven to the stage in a gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulietta (I want one please) courtesy of Alfa dealership Donalds on Burghley Road. And thanks to the guys at Donalds (I figure if I keep mentioning them they might give me a Giulietta to test drive for the weekend) for allowing Antonio and I to park our behinds on the glorious white paintwork (I really want one now) for this photo. Did I mention I want a Giulietta?

ICEMAN TURNS 55! World champion boxer George Forman fought until he was 48 years-old but local bruiser Colin ‘Iceman’ McKee (pictured taking a playful punch from me) is still in training at the ripe old age of 55. Colin’s magnificent demonstration of fitness, stamina and strength is worthy of a mention in this column. Well done to Vic at ESF Sports for keeping the old man ticking over with spoonfuls of cod liver oil and use of a Zimmer frame for the walk from the gym to his car. Many happy returns Iceman – see you in the ring.

WILLOW FESTIVAL RETURNS! As per the heading. The city’s best ever music festival is back next May. Don’t miss next month’s issue for the lowdown.


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>> Phil – welcome back! Can we throw a shrimp on the barbie? >> Anna – it’s been a long time… but you’re still worthy >> Steve – welcome back beer? >> Petch and John – “Let’s do this!” Your GER mascot >> Keith – still want a gold dickie for next year? >> Bru – “every birthday”. What bar are we standing bored at?

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Glamour Galore! Get ready for Glamour Galore in aid of Sue Ryder as it returns bigger and better than ever! ESP Magazine is once again supporting this fantastic girlie day out presenting three fashion shows featuring the best in party wear from John Lewis in Queensgate. New Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart will be taking to the catwalk along with previous winners Lauren Hughes, Tori Bradshaw and Becca Evans plus models of all ages. ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly will be giving tips on how to work the latest looks so whatever you age or figure we’ll be showing everyone how to look their best this party season. This year it’s an all day event on Sunday October 23 at Thorpe Hall hospice. A huge marquee will be packed with around 50 stalls selling everything a girl could want, while the house will be turned into a pick-me-up pamper zone and setting for the fashions shows at 11am, 1pm and 2pm as well as health and beauty demonstrations, plus there’s a swishing room (clothes swap). Jackie Page from Sue Ryder told ESP – "We’re very excited about Glamour Galore this year as it’s bigger and better than ever and we’re very excited that ESP Magazine, Cath Kidson and John Lewis are supporting the event. Ladies, this is your chance to pamper, shop and simply indulge yourselves as well as helping to raise money for a great charity. Please come along, have fun and help us raise lots of money." Glamour Galore is on from 10.30am – 4.30pm and tickets are just £5 including a glass of bucks fizz. Register on the website or email and receive a fantastic goody bag of L’Oreal products worth £10! Call 01733 330060 for more details.


New Face of ESP Jessica Lockhart made her catwalk debut in the Wear it Love it Share it fashion show in Queensgate to promote the stylish looks that can be found in charity shops for a fraction of the price. The fashion show was hosted by our very own Sarah Tempest and was part of an ongoing campaign by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership and local charities, encouraging people to donate clothes and buy second hand. The ESP girls and other local models were styled by P.Kai Hair and proved you can look stunning while saving pennies and saving the planet! All the outfits came from local charity shops and included everything from Monsoon evening wear to Ted Baker suits, so next time you’re after a new look make sure you try the charity shops too – you’ll be amazed at what you

find! And when you clear out your wardrobe make sure you donate to charity – even rags can raise much needed cash. Charities miss out on £1.5 billion every year when people throw clothes away rather than donating them and making new clothes uses up to ten times more energy than producing steel – that’s a major drain on natural resources! If you want to gain some basic sewing skills to adapt or update your clothes try a sewing workshop such as the ones at the Green Back Yard (behind Apex house on Oundle Road) held by Redbarn Crafts – for dates and details.

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NICK’S A BIG WIG So what made Nick decide to put his name to this particular campaign? “This is such a fun idea,” he told me. “This challenge should bring people closer together and competition between teams can be very interesting. And then of course, there’s the main reason everybody is here – to support Sue Ryder. There will be a lot of laughter and perhaps a few tears during the campaign. But whatever happens, people should not forget that the money raised will make a big difference in the community.” Discussing business, Nick told me – “Shows such as The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den can definitely take some credit for making business such a big talking point for people. It’s on the agenda in schools: they’re running Young Enterprise schemes, and it’s good to see Sue Ryder making the most of its popularity too.”

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Thorpe Hall Hospice welcomed a very special guest recently to launch its Big Wigs campaign. ESP’s Mikey Clarke pitched a few business ideas, but was he hired or fired…? Lord Sugar’s right-hand man in TV’s The Apprentice, Nick Hewer, was the guest speaker at the launch of Sue Ryder’s Big Wigs challenge – the campaign where budding entrepreneurs are encouraged to turn £50 into thousands by any means they wish... as long as it’s legal! So how difficult is this fundraising challenge? If you have a good business mind, then it’s not difficult at all, explained Nick – “Let’s not forget that on one episode of The Apprentice, the teams were able to make a lot of money out of rubbish. There are a lot of wise investments people can make with £50. A true business mind should easily be able to turn that £50 into £5000.”

And it would’ve been rude not to ask about Nick’s old Apprentice sidekick Margeret Mountford. I was pleased to hear – “I still see Margeret and she’s very well. In fact, I saw her recently. We did a radio show together discussing the importance of leaving a gift in your will to support charities.” Do you think you have potential to be the ultimate Big Wig? There’s still time to impress Nick with your skills. The fundraising challenge runs from October to January, so there’s still plenty of time to get your team together. Sue Ryder will give every team the £50 to start the challenge, and any money you make will be donated back to the Thorpe Hall Hospice, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. To sign up to the Big Wigs challenge call Alison Toomey on 01733 330060 or email

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When asked if I’d go along to Beautiful Spa and Salon in Yaxley, like any girl I was looking forward to it, but I wasn’t expecting to experience anything near the relaxing evening I had. Sarah who looked after us, showed us around and made us feel instantly at home. Once changed into our white, fluffy robes we made our way upstairs into the spacious, purpose built spa where our journey into pure bliss began. We started with the massage chairs to ease away our aches and pains after a long day in the office before bubbling away in the Jacuzzi baths. If only I had one of those in my bathroom at home I’d be stress free every day! However, the real highlight was the steam room and getting messy with the Heavenly Hydrating salt brushing and all over Dead Sea mud which left my skin softer and smoother than ever before, not to mention the overwhelming sensation of general wellbeing it created. The spa’s been perfectly cultivated to create a relaxed, informal, tranquil atmosphere which leaves both your body and mind revived and care free. Complimentary robes, slippers and towels are provided adding further to the sensation of comfort and warmth.

My time at the spa really was like nothing I’ve ever enjoyed before and Alice and I both said we’ll definitely be going there again before Christmas. Ideal for a group of friends to unwind and chillax, you can choose to spend either a full day there, including lunch, a 25 minute treatment and use of all the facilities (£75) or if you can’t fit in a full day you can opt for a morning or afternoon session priced just £35. Guys, if you’re feeling left out, you needn’t do, as they host a male only session on Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 9.30pm.


Not only can you chill out with friends in the spa or on your own in the thermal rooms they also offer a host of beauty treatments including manicures, Swedish body massage, stone therapy and the ever popular fish pedicures. Whether you need to escape from the everyday stresses of work life or home life, this truly is the ideal place to visit and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling refreshed, revived and cleansed of all your troubles. To book your pamper day now call 01733 248938 or for more details visit – you’d be silly not to!! Charlotte Jolly


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THINK PINK THIS OCTOBER With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month what better way is there of showing your support than by getting in the pink? The month is dedicated by all the major breast cancer charities, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cancer Research UK and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to increasing awareness and helping to raise money in order to fund research into finding a cure for the disease, as well as funding campaigns and education. According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK despite it being rare amongst men. There are more than 500 cases of breast cancer for every 100,000 people in the UK and figures show that rates for the disease have increased over the years. But with your help and support along with that of the major charities more and more women can survive breast cancer through greater knowledge, treatment and screening. Breakthrough Breast Cancer have joined forces with many high street retailers offering some great pink themed products from fashion to beauty and home to food. Hair product maker Ghd has gone a deeper shade of pink this year with their limited edition Pink Orchid Styler (£129) which comes with a gorgeous clutch or check out some of the M&S lingerie such as their special pretty pink bra (£16) which is also available in a post surgery fitting. All of the products carry a donation which will go directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s life-saving research, education work and campaigning. Avon is once again doing their bit to support the cause and this year they’re calling on you to join the Breast Cancer Bake Off. With their new Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Baking Set (costing just £5 of which £1.25 is donated directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer), the beauty giant is encouraging people everywhere to host their own cakes sales in order to raise funds. The set includes a pink ribbon and heart shaped cutter as well as six silicone cupcake holders.

MAGICAL (TRICK AND) TREATS THIS HALLOWEEN Add a touch of magic to your Halloween this year with some supernatural pampering from Lush in Queensgate. Cast a spell over yourself to look and feel better and help prevent you suffering from the winter blues. Made with the finest fresh, natural ingredients Lush’s treatments will not only nurture your skin but nourish your mind, leaving you feeling relaxed and with a positive outlook on life. Transform oily skin into flawless skin with Lush’s Dark Angels cleanser (£5.95). Containing charcoal it helps absorb excess oil and exfoliates the skin with black sugar, revealing a brighter appearance. Follow by working a little magic on your skin with Lush’s extra light Vanishing Cream moisturiser (£16.75). With its minimal oil content it vanishes into your skin as soon as you apply it. Rosewater helps calm damaged and stressed skin. Have hours of trick-or-treating left you tired and aching all over? Then try the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar (£5.95)). A concoction of warming cinnamon and cooling mint will make aches and pains disappear as if by magic. For more spooky treats visit or pop into the Queensgate store.


Estee Lauder, Clinique and several other big name brands are all doing their bit and the mineral make-up brand Jane Iredale is also continuing their commitment with a limited edition product, Roses and Lollipops available on This beautiful lip duo comes in a petite, portable keychain locket featuring a pink Swarovski crystal and includes a handy mirror. The flattering shades suit everyone and are ‘beauty essentials’, helping to hydrate and soothe your lips, but what’s better is that 100 per cent of the net proceeds from sales will go to the Against Breast Cancer charity.

BE BREAST AWARE The first symptom of breast cancer for many women is a lump but according to Cancer Research UK nine out of ten breast lumps are actually benign and not cancer. If you do spot a lump though, consult your doctor straight away. Here are some other things to look out for:A change in the size/shape of the breast Dimpling in the skin A rash on your nipple or surrounding area A swelling or lump in your armpit A blood-stained discharge from the nipple Breast cancer awareness campaigns like this have proved to be highly effective in raising funds and awareness which has helped to lead to earlier detection of the disease as well as reducing the stigma associated with it. So don’t just read this and leave it to others to help, do your bit and think pink this October!

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The Face of



The arrivals

It was the big night to be seen at as we prepared to choose a new Face of ESP. After weeks of sifting through and then interviewing dozens of entries, 26 contestants had made it through to the final. The girls and judges arrived early for the first stage of judging at The Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood and were greeted at the doors by the glamorous ESP Dance Crew in their fantastic outfits from Harlequin.

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Our finalists Olivia Landin

Michaela Murthwaite

Leonie Mitchell

Nadia Piskova

Holly Hutton

Chantelle Freshwater

Flora Chiutsi

Amy Freeman

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Joanna Linford

Hong Cameron

Stephanie Harper

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Rebekah Ward

Andrea Garford

Sophie Collins

Hayley Chisholm

Jessica Lockhart

Amber Read

Daisy Rivetti

Lucy Grace

Sharna Emanuel

Sophie Newiss

Holly Tomlin

Chelsea Parry

Samantha Hutchinson


The judging

Our gorgeous contestants had to introduce themselves to as many of our sponsors and judges as they could during the first phase of judging called ‘mix and mingle’. Sponsors and special guests including former Eastenders’ star David Proud and Fabio Cappello lookalike Howard Brown met and scored our finalists. The Face of ESP has to be able to represent the magazine at all kinds of events throughout the year so the girls needed to show they could work a room!

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The main event

Guests were entertained by the ESP Dance Crew and King Don on steel drums before all the contestants were introduced to the audience. Then the finalists had to show they knew how to have fun, didn’t take themselves too seriously and had real personality. They were split into groups and joined one of the ESP Dance Crew to strut their stuff and have a giggle with hula hoops, air guitar and other fun numbers to music. Soon the results were in and it was time for the main judging panel to pick their top six finalists. It was a tough decision and all the girls who didn’t make it through received a fabulous gift bag packed with goodies.

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The winner

Our top six finalists gave the main judging panel a hard time choosing as Sharna Emanuel, Olivia Landin, Daisy Rivetti, Jessica Lockhart, Michaela Murthwaite and Rebekah Ward took to the stage. Each had different qualities and were worthy finalists. In the end as the confetti rained down, bubbly Daisy Rivetti was the runner up with lovely Jessica Lockhart taking the title of Face of ESP’11. What a fabulous night!

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A special mention

The Face of ESP finals night was a fabulous event at the Holiday Inn and our thanks go out to them and everyone else who worked so hard on the night, all our photographers, Dobbies Garden World for our fabulous cupcakes and local florist Sharon McLean from Bespoke Blooms for the gorgeous bouquets. Tel: 07759 983474.

INSPIRATION SOUND & LIGHTING The crowd at the Face of ESP Finals night were wowed with intelligent lighting effects and digital music playback systems – perfect examples of the kit available to either buy or hire for any size event from Inspiration Sound & Lighting. Whether you just need something for a birthday party, or if you have a corporate showcase or conference where you need a ‘wow’ factor, this is the place to look. Equipment from many of the big brand names in the music, entertainment, sound and lighting markets are on display in their showroom in Mancetter Square, Werrington, with helpful staff on hand as well. They can also equip DJs and bands with the full array of latest technology kit to fill any venue for any gig. Tel: 01733 577666.

DÉCOR BY HARLEQUIN If ever you needed to see how balloon decorations can highlight a venue, then the Harlequin team certainly demonstrated it on the night. Designed to a chosen colour scheme and supplemented by shimmer curtains, ribbons and table décor, all areas of the Holiday Inn were transformed to amaze our guests. Add to that the fantastic costumes worn by the ESP Welcome Girls, and it’s easy to see why Harlequin is the place to go for your party – big or small. Contact Jen and her team on 01733 896758 or visit

OUR ENTERTAINERS Guests were put in the party spirit and kept entertained by the cool Caribbean sounds of King Don on the steel drum. This type of music always puts you in a fantastic mood so if you fancy putting a little flavour of summer into your event just contact Don Saunders on 07751 825785 or email for details. You can see him in action on You Tube as King Don 1956. Young Peterborough star in the making Jack Sandison wowed the audience with his amazing songs from the likes of Sinatra and Michael Bublé – what a voice – but also some amazing break dancing moves. You’ve got to see it to believe it but we can tell you it works! If you’d like to get in touch or book Jack just call on 07545 220201.

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GreAt music niGhts At mAmA’s! There’s a couple of stand-out gigs going down at Mama Liz’s on North Street this month, the first is The Dead Rabbits! These guys formed way back in 2002 and are regarded as the best Pogues Tribute act in the UK and always play to sell-out crowds here and abroad. They’ve even had two members of The Pogues come and guest with them in 2007 and have earned an enviable reputation as an excellent night out. This will be their only Stamford show this year and their last show of 2011. Do not miss it! The second is the new acoustic open stage sessions at Mama’s. All styles and abilities are encouraged giving local talent the chance to take to the stage. Whether you sing or play an instrument, whatever your style, you’ll be made to feel welcome so it’s worth a try! You don’t have to book a slot, it’s an easy chilled night, just go along and take your turn. Even better it’s free entry to performers and audience alike and kicks off from 8pm.

STAMFORD FESTIVAL NEEDS YOUR DOSH! The team behind the Stamford Christmas Festival have been on to me and are appealing for more businesses to get behind this great event for the town. Various grants have now dried up and they’re having to find all the cash locally this time around. They’ve done really well so far but are just a few thousand short and are urging local businesses to get behind them. The Stamford Christmas Festival will be held throughout the streets of Stamford town centre on Sunday December 11 between 10am and 4pm. It’s always a great day out and gets you in the festive mood and brings around 15,000 to the town. That’s brilliant for raising the profile of our businesses, restaurants, hotels and shops and brings much needed extra cash into Stamford. Project Manager Ali Hawley-Smith told me – “We’re just £3,600 short of our sponsorship target and want this to be a truly home-grown venture ‘from the people of Stamford for the people of Stamford’ so we’re pleading with all businesses to join us and become involved, as this event undoubtedly brings a very welcome boost in the run up to Christmas.” So, if you can help give Ali Hawley-Smith a call on 07791 334221 urgently to talk about how you can become involved. Visit where you can see more information about the event and pictures from the last two years.


Q&A with James Sheehan

My Q & A this month is with Ryhall Utd Football manager James Sheehan… Favourite place to go out in Stamford? “I love living and going out in Stamford, my favourite pub is probably the Lord Burghley but what I like most is that the pubs and restaurants are close together. You can walk from pub to pub and each one has its own atmosphere. Stamford is normally a good night out.” Favourite part of managing Ryhall United? “Well... probably getting to the ground on match day without any texts or calls of players dropping out. But my least favourite part would definitely be losing on a Saturday!” How long have you been a manager? “I first became the player/manager at Newage FC in Division 2, 10 years ago now, I was signed on as a player when our manager quit half way through pre-season. I took it on to help the club out and really enjoyed it. I was 25. I also enjoyed three years as player/manager in the premier division with Stamford Bels.” Favourite all time footballers? “Ronaldo (Brazilian one), for my money the best player ever. Michael Owen, his hat-trick against Germany will live with me for ever and Nemanja Vidic, I’ve never seen a better defender.” Favourite all time sportsmen? “Lennox Lewis, best heavyweight of all time, too big for Ali or Louis, too fast for Foreman or Marciano and destroyed Tyson. Also Roger Federer, pure class. Plays tennis the perfect way and if you can class it as sport... wrestler Hulk Hogan – legend!”

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Cinema Central showings at Voyager School, Walton Thor (12a) – Friday September 30 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) – Friday October 14

Hundreds of people pulled up at the drive-in to watch Grease on the big screen for the Stars Under The Stars movie event, and the good news is they’re planning another next year! Our very own Pink Ladies – the ESP Dance Crew – performed on stage to rev up the audience for a bit of Summer Lovin’ in Itter Park, dressed in fab outfits supplied by Harlequin in Fengate. Over 650 people attended the event organised by Voyager School to promote their community cinema – Cinema Central – which shows monthly films at the school’s theatre and was celebrating its first anniversary. The cars lined-up in front of the big screen and the audience tuned in through their car radios to enjoy all the hits like Grease Lightening and Hopelessly Devoted To You. Spokesman Louise Hill told ESP – “So many people went onto the Cinema Central Facebook page to leave positive comments and ask us if we’d do it again! We’re already working on next year’s plans and we’d like to add one or two surprise twists to the next Stars Under The Stars event.”


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (12a) – Friday October 28, special Halloween showing, expect thrills, spills and maybe even a fright or two. Fancy dress encouraged and there’ll be prizes for the best! Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets £4 adults, £2 children, £2.50 concessions and £10 group ticket (2 adults & 2 children). For more info just search for ‘cinema central’ on Facebook and click the ‘like’ button or call Louise on 01733 383873.


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All release dates are correct at the time of going to press.

Released: October 26 Voice cast: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis. Director: Steven Spielberg.

Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson’s pet project has finally come to life in breathtaking stop motion capture animated 3D – and with two of movie’s biggest names behind the film it surely can’t fail, can it? With the computer animated wizardry provided by Jackson’s WETA Digital company, the duo have finally brought the series of books – by Belgian artist Georges ‘Herge’ Remi – based on the intrepid young reporter to the big screen. With a heavily Britishinfluenced cast that boasts Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy

Serkis (who else?) as Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham – as well as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – this hopes to be the start of a blockbuster trilogy. In the first adventure Tintin and friends go on a treasure hunt as they search for a sunken ship – but only time will tell if it garners enough box-office dollars with Jackson hoping to direct a sequel. One thing’s for sure, we’ll get to see it a full two months before the Yanks with it being delayed for Christmas in the States.






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Released: October 14 What was I saying about 3D? Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, and even Kris Kristofferson have grins on their faces (maybe for the easy paycheck) as this modern day Free Willy gets released just as the kids break up. Compassionate strangers team up to save a dolphin that’s injured its tail in this by-thenumbers family adventure.


My blunt refusal to mention Johnny English Reborn within this actionpacked movie month has left me with this. To be honest this looks terrible as Sara Paxton and pals strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of terror, but I like the poster, and I like sharks. Just don’t expect Jaws or even Deep Blue Sea. Maybe Jaws: The Revenge.

Disney’s classic – which stands towards the summit of their fine pantheon of family films – gets the 3D treatment just in time for halfterm and its Blu-ray release. This is an emotionally stirring and terrifically animated movie which sees young lion cub Simba urged to reclaim his rightful throne, by taking a bite out of evil uncle Scar.

I had to throw Woody Allen’s latest into the mix to add a touch of film culture to proceedings as this humorous and sentimental comedy romance bears all the trademarks of the director’s charm; along with a stellar cast which boasts Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody and Michael Sheen.

Ah, a running theme in this month’s Screen Scene – that cash cow known as 3D. Fortunately it’s been built three-dimensionally from scratch instead of being a second-rate conversion, with Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) and Orlando Bloom on villain duties. The story requires little explanation, D’Artagnan etc, etc.




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The other real big-budget offering along with Tintin, sees Hugh Jackman star as a washed-up boxer who lost his chance at a title fight when robots replaced humans in the ring in the not so near-future. After he hits rock bottom, he teams up with his estranged son to train a championship contender in this heavily plugged underdog story.


Another unnecessary remake? That remains to be seen as Kenny Wormald fills Kevin Bacon’s shoes in this updating of the 1984 cult classic. He stars as a youngster uprooted to a sleepy southern town recovering from a tragic accident that killed a group of teenagers, aiming to break the status quo after dancing is banned by Dennis Quaid’s reverend.

Traffic director Steven Soderbergh’s new highly-rated thriller has set the Oscar buzzometer off early as the medical community aims to prevent the rapid progress of a lethal airborne infection. Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow headline a stellar cast as society threatens to tear itself apart quicker than the virus itself.

Released: October 21 The good news? No more bloody Saw or Jigsaw this year. That franchise has been bled dry, literally. The bad news? The initial ingenuity is being slowly sucked out of the Paranormal Acitivity franchise as they cash in for the third straight year as Halloween approaches. You know the drill: ghosts, camera, action.

Released: October 26 Along with Bridesmaids this was the other surprise hit of the summer in the States, but will it carry so much weight this side of the pond? Hot Hollywood property Emma Stone stars as a young writer who builds an unlikely friendship with two black women to break race boundaries in this acclaimed drama set in 1960s blinkered deep south.

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ESP brings you a bumper autumn special headlined by exclusive Xbox 360 and PS3 releases and a wealth of gaming ditties encompassing gun-totting gems, sporting feasts, frenzied driving action, a three-dimensional classic, a double Kinect-ion and the undead…

GEARS OF WAR 3 (360) Out now

RESISTANCE 3 (PS3) Out now

After opening to much fanfare, the finale to Microsoft’s blockbuster Gears of War trilogy has definitely been worth the wait.

Equally good as Gears – but as a first-person shooter – it’s my favourite PS3 exclusive of alltime.

The third-person shooter oozes class from every pore – with a bigger and bolder single-player campaign and improved multiplayer modes – as Marcus Fenix and his Delta Squad aim to bring down the invading alien Lambent army once and for all.

Again, it’s hard to build on the nigh-on-perfect previous sequel, but as Oklahoma-based soldier Joseph Capelli, taking on the Chimera has never been so thrilling as the alien race starts to terraform Earth into the mould of their icy homeworld.

It looks great, it plays great (despite over-familiarity), and provides a truly spectacular and epic conclusion to the saga from developers Epic Games. Rev up those lancers.

Technically everything from graphics, presentation, single-player campaign and multiplayer is top-drawer, making this one irresistible package.



DEAD ISLAND (360/PS3/PC) Out now

WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE MARINE (360/PS3/PC) Out now

It may also owe a lot to the likes of Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead, but despite being rough round the edges this is a well-crafted first-person actioner – which sees you take on the infected ‘undead’ on a remote Pacific island.

Being released around the same time as Gears Of War 3 was obviously going to bring up the inevitable comparisons – but this third-person shooter deserves credit in its own right.

It has minor flaws in most areas, but the frightening sound of zombie hordes chasing you makes this a gaming experience that really is a new dawn of the dead.

This taxing sci-fi adventure set in the world of Warhammer may be Gears-lite without the cover mode or ultimate polish, but the simple style – as you play as leader of the ultramarines Captain Titus – is one of its most endearing features. Decapitating thousands of orks has never been so much gruesome fun.



STAR FOX 64 3D (3DS) Out now


Nintendo has already proved that classics never grow old with Zelda a couple of months back – and this 3D upgraded port of Star Fox 64 is no exception.

The high-octane Driver franchise is back with a refreshingly satisfying twist.

(360/PS3/WII/PC) Out now

Piloting your Arwing star fighter as the great Fox McCloud to save the Lylat system from the evil Andross is as great as it was a decade ago – if not even better with the graphical and control enhancements.

It does have a slightly far-fetched plot – as the story plays out from cop John Tanner’s subconscious after he’s put in a coma by sworn enemy Jericho – but shifting from car-to-car to track down your nemesis boasts originality and ingenuity.

For those still contemplating the 3DS console, this is one massive barrel-rolling reason to reach for the stars.

With numerous side quests and a vast array of cars – coupled with a cool 70s soundtrack – this is well worth taking for a spin.



NHL 12 (360/PS3) Out now


Year in, year out, EA’s sporting games are perfectly tweaked from the previous version – and for ice hockey fans this year’s NHL entry is no different. For fans, it’s probably best to give you the lowdown on the game’s enhancements, which includes an all-new ‘full contact’ physics engine, more dynamic goalies, and the outdoor experience of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Basically for ice hockey enthusiasts it’s puck-ing brilliant.


(PS3/360/WII/PSP/IPAD) Out now It was tempting to cut and paste the body of the previous NHL review into this second EA sporting update of the month – but again, this is nigh-on-perfect. With an all-new collision detection system and presentation enhancements, this has been notably tweaked to improve on the previous incarnation. Like NHL it’s hard to fork out for minimal updates on a yearly basis, but for die-hards it scores another impressive touchdown.




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Yay, an adult-rated Kinect-inspired game for the 360 – but boo, it’s not very good.

Alas, the start of a new sporting franchise to get my teeth into – but bizarrely it’s actually that reason why it’s not close to the polish of other sporting titles.

An ambitious title, yes, but this atmospheric survival horror quickly moves from uniqueness to tedium with basic (hit-and-miss at best) controls and repetitive gameplay that doesn’t do the welcomed gore justice.

There’s a lot right with this fledgling official World Cup game that gets the basics right, but lack of all licenses, poor AI and jagged graphics, do hamper the experience. But ex-EA developers HB Studios and publishers 505 have at least brought the game back to the masses – and they’ve given it a bloody good ‘try’.

Trying to save your wife from a mad scientist will give you nightmares – but sadly not in the enjoyable gaming context it’s trying so hard to deliver.



BODYCOUNT (PS3/360) Out now If ever a game does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s Bodycount. You'll spend much of the short six-hour campaign wreaking havoc as a faceless operative of 'the Network' – but although this mindless scoring system-based shooter is entertaining, it's an incredibly linear experience that won't live in the memory too long.

THE GUNSTRINGER (360/PS3/PC) Out now Despite being an impressive piece of kit Kinect has been surprisingly underutilised thus far – so this touch of ingenuity is truly welcomed.

If you like the utter carnage of games like Bulletstorm – but with little offered tactically – let the bodies hit the floor.

This humorous ‘run-and-gun’ western-based adventure – which comes with impressive XBLA game Fruit Ninja Kinect thrown in – may be a tad on the short side, but is one of the best games to make use of Microsoft’s motion controller.


In fact it’s also arguably the best Kinect release so far this year.



Thanks to Colin Ward for playtesting Dead Island, and Andy Clucas for playtesting Driver: San Francisco and Bodycount.

A new franchise that shows dead good potential is this Fallout with Zombies adventure – it really kicks ass.

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON... AND ON... AND ON… Last month, my good mate Patrick Monahan won the live final of ITV1 stand-up comedy competition Show Me The Funny which was hosted by Jason Manford at the Hammersmith Apollo. I've got to know Pat pretty well since he came runner-up in the 2001 Gaslight new comedian of the year contest here in Peterborough, (a certain Jimmy Carr was runnerup the previous year) and many of you will have seen Pat when he's performed at gigs across the city and Stamford. His prize for winning was a cheque for £100,000, a month long UK tour and his own live stand-up DVD that'll be out in the shops at the end of November. You can pre-order it from Amazon, Play and HMV and I’d urge everyone reading to check it out. It was recorded at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London on September 26 midway through the month long tour and if the opening night which I went to in Stevenage is anything to go by it'll be well worth watching. There were a few Peterborough fans in the crowd I noted! Being mates with a jobbing stand-up comedian has given me a unique insight into what it takes to make it in the world of stand-up. There are no short cuts, just talent and hard graft. Honing your act, constantly coming up with new jokes and material, gigging night after night after night up and down the country and building up an audience in each city or town who'll come back to see you again. There's also the small matter of trying to impress people in the industry to give you a chance to play to bigger audiences whilst competing with established comedians and rising stars. What have they got that you haven't? Are they funnier than you? Have they got a better agent than you etc. etc? I've seen the sacrifices that Pat's had to make by choosing to make a living out of comedy, but I've also seen the rewards that those sacrifices can bring. The two pictures of me and him above demonstrate the subjectiveness that exists in comedy. What makes one person laugh, doesn't always make another. Fortunately for Pat, winning the biggest prize that's ever been offered in UK stand-up comedy history shows that there were enough people out there who thought he was funnier than the ten other comedians in the competition.





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JEREMY HARDY One of Britain's funniest comedians Jeremy Hardy plays the Key Theatre this month. A regular on BBC2's QI and a stack of clever-clog radio panel shows. The mildmannered intellectual comic is no stranger to making audiences laugh, so you'll be in for an autumnal treat. Box office: 01733 207239

RUSSELL KANE Meanwhile, over in Spalding at the South Holland Centre it’s Russell Kane. Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane, as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. Box office: 01775 764777

STAMFORD COMEDY CLUB Issy Suttie the acclaimed musical/character comic returns to Stamford Arts Centre, as seen on Peep Show, Whites, 8 Out Of Ten Cats, and much, much more. Also on the bill is Alfie Brown described by Chortle as having ‘A comic glint that sets him apart from his peers’, and Tobias Persson the top Swedish stand-up (voted 'best stand-up comic' in Sweden 2008) fresh from Edinburgh Fringe. Box office: 01780 763203.

AL MURRAY Following the huge success of his 2010 tour, Al Murray The Pub Landlord is for the second time extending his Barrel of Fun Tour. Britain's best-known pub philosopher will be serving up his own special brew of bar-room banter. Box office: 01733 265705

JONGLEURS ON THE ROAD Jongleurs return with three stand-ups and a compere from their comedy circuit. Enjoy a real comedy club setting at the South Holland Centre in Spalding with the bar open throughout. Box Office: 01775 764777

REGINALD D HUNTER One of the UK comedy industry’s best-known and most distinctive performers. Often brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out, he’s a well-known face on TV shows such as Live At The Apollo and QI. Box office: 01733 265705

VOODOO STANDS UP The independent club at Mama Liz’s in Stamford has Paddy Lennox – with acting appearances on Holby and many other TV shows he’s a versatile, adept comic. So You Think You’re Funny finalist 2010 Rob Callaghan has only been gigging on the comedy circuit for a year, but in that time has established himself as a good, solid working comedian with over 100 gigs under his belt. Sean Percival is a regular at larger clubs, such as Jongleurs. A great act with some sharp observations and ability to get an audience rolling with laughter. Box office: 01780 765888


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USING HIS HEAD Everyone thinks that their kid is brighter than little Johnny down the road, but I know for a fact that my little Johnny is brighter than them all. At the grand old age of two, he’s going through a phase of being totally obsessed with numbers (very cute at home, not so cute when you’re trying to get round Asda on Rivergate in under two hours), his favourite number being six. The other day I was watching the news when 9/11 flashed up on the screen and Johnny, spotting the numbers shouted ‘SIX!’ at the top of his voice. I turned round to correct him that it was actually a 9, only to find he was standing on his head! So proud…

A JAVELIN THROUGH MY HEART For several months now I’ve had what can only be described as an unhealthy obsession with Andy from the Cbeebies channel but sadly, my love for this shining star in a seemingly endless sky of Waybuloo and Numberjacks is no more, having just come to a sudden and abrupt end. Aware of my little crush, Mr T (husband, not the crazy fool bloke with the bling) thrust the TV magazine under my nose to show me that my Cbeebies idol was going to be on the next celebrity Come Dine With Me. I grabbed the picture excitedly, only to discover it wasn't Andy at all, it was actually Fatima Whitbread :(

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If you love corn and beans with a touch of spice then you’ll love the traditional Mexican foods! As with all cuisines Mexican foods can have the ‘not so healthy’ additions such as deep fried ingredients but let’s have a look at the positives as there are platefuls of them… The history of Mexicans from the early Aztec empire times shows some interesting taste in protein such as dogs and grasshoppers! Specific worms were eaten as source of protein – today you’d probably only find them at the bottom of a bottle of tequila, they’re edible and should be eaten once the bottle is empty! The most popular grain in early Aztec times which is still widely used today by modern Mexicans is the humble corn or maize as it’s also known. Today the Mexicans will eat corn on the cob or use ground up maize to make the ever popular tortillas or tacos (these are deep fried versions of the tortillas) which are then stuffed with fillings. Many of the tortillas we see now are made from wheat but originally it was corn. Let’s shine more light on some traditional Mexican foods. Corn is a grain which is commonly eaten, the downside to this is it can be an allergen for some, particularly if it’s eaten too frequently and it’s not a complete food as it’s low in proteins (by adding beans to the dish you can provide the lost protein in the corn) and zero B3 but on the up side it does have some good levels of vitamins B1 and B5,

along with some magnesium, phosphorous and folic acid. Rice – there are thousands of varieties of rice which is a popular second grain used in many Mexican dishes, unfortunately white rice has been stripped bare of nutrients and fibre but using the brown versions you’ll bring fibre, some protein, B vitamins, zinc and much more into your diet. Avocado – (also known as the alligator pear) a popular fruit used in Mexican dishes, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and much more. This is not an unhealthy food as we’ve been told; it may help with joint pains and may reduce cholesterol. It’s also a lush food for the skin with its rich oils and vitamin E content.

many people wind due to the compounds called oligosaccharides) so not perfect for everyone but you will find many of these in many Mexican dishes. Beans are high in fibre, rich in B vitamins, folic acid and trace minerals, to name a few. Although not a complete protein they do still have good protein levels and eaten with a rice dish the protein is complimented. Some of the health benefits include a lowering of cholesterol. Chillies – a common ingredient used in Mexican foods, the larger the chilli the milder it is so you may often find the large chillies stuffed with meats, veg, cheese etc. The small chillies can be very hot, and are added to many dishes. Chillies may offer some health benefits, namely from lower inflammation and may help blood sugar control amongst other things. Cilantro – also known as coriander is used in many dishes in Mexican foods and may offer health benefits

such as helping fight infections, helping to detox mercury, lowering cholesterol and more. That just leaves me with chocolate which has to be mentioned here as it’s said that the cacao bean came from here. Early Aztec civilisations used the cacao bean as a currency, (it was known as the food of the gods) they’d make the cacao bean into a drink but not with milk and sugar but with chillies and corn meal. The cacao bean delivers lots of antioxidants, minerals such as magnesium, calcium, in fact too many to write here but the manufacturing, additional milk and sugar makes the chocolate unhealthy. Raw cocoa or at least dark chocolate will deliver the health benefits the early Mexicans enjoyed. Karen For more information on health and nutrition visit.


Salsa – you will find many varieties of tomato salsa on offer which is a dip with the addition of onions, cilantro and chilli peppers. Tomatoes are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients but on the downside are part of the nightshade family which can cause allergic reactions and increased inflammation!

White rice for brown rice, as white rice is stripped of nutrients

Beans – not everyone can digest beans (I’m being polite so let’s get to the point which is they give

Karen is a qualified Nutritionist, member of Bant and is currently completing her registration process.

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The Banyan Tree 53 Westgate, Peterborough, PE1 1QA. Tel: 01733 342800 The starter soon followed, and we were served a mixed tapas platter – a sizzling plate of chicken, lamb and fish on a bed of fried onions, plus two very generous sized onion bhajis – grease free and mouthwatering! After diving into the generous starter we waited a few minutes for the main course to be prepared. Out came three perfect size portions of meat and fish. The first being a murg makhani – chicken in an aromatic butter sauce. The chicken was tender, juicy and the sauce was just right for the both of us who aren’t massive fans of overly spicy food. The second was a lamb korma – succulent diced lamb cooked in a mild creamy sauce – a moorish and delicious combination of flavours and again not too spicy! The third dish was a Goan fish curry – fish simmered in a tangy curry sauce made from coconut and Goan red chillies. The fish was cooked to perfection and fell apart into succulent bite size flakes and the sauce was incredibly tasty but with a bit more of a kick.

The Banyan Tree has quickly established itself as one of the best additions to Peterborough’s restaurant scene. It’s stylish and contemporary and refurbished to a high standard, serving exclusive North Indian cuisine, fresh and true to its origins.

To accompany the meat we had a side of lemon jeera rice – basmati rice with cumin seeds and lemon, plus lachcha paratha – a tandoori bread with lightly puffed layers, definitely a delicious alternative to naan bread which is always great to soak up all the delicious flavours! We’ll definitely be returning again to try out more of the delicious dishes soon.

We were greeted with a warm welcome and enjoyed our drinks at the modern tapas bar whilst our table was prepared. Banyan Tree owner Dinesh had chosen us a selection of dishes from the menu, so we were looking forward to trying something different to your average curry. First on the menu was something we’ve never seen before, an unusual but extremely tasty pani puri – a dish of small cases

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FOOD NEWS ESP OFFER @ THE CLOCK This month you can receive a free bottle of house wine at the Clock when you quote ESP when you book. The offer’s valid until the end of the month, but you must book in advance. Sounds like a great reason to try the new evening bistro. Café by day, bistro by night, the Clock on Bridge Street is open from 6pm ‘til midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with two courses for £16.95 and three courses £21.95, or choose from the menu. Tel: 01733 555413.

GEISHA GIRL HELPS EAST CELEBRATE 10 YEARS East restaurant celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with a captivating performance by a geisha at a fabulous gala dinner and ESP went along to join the party. Proprietor Patcharee Shaweewan told ESP – “We’re delighted to be celebrating our tenth year in Peterborough,” and puts the secret of the restaurant’s success down to the dedicated team who continually strive to provide only the highest quality of food and first class service. “We would like to thank the people of Peterborough for their support over the last 10 years and look forward to many more.” Well known for specialising in providing fresh authentic cuisine from Thailand, China, Malaysia and Vietnam the team didn’t disappoint at this special celebration. East boasts a fantastic variety of dishes and the setting’s unique, based on the upper deck of the Charters barge, making it the perfect choice to celebrate a special event of your own, or simply to enjoy a meal in relaxed surroundings. Tel: 01733 315702.


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Posh skipper Grant McCann and Mark Little took to the grills, goalkeeper Joe Lewis made a flaming cocktail, while George Boyd was in stir-fry action. Craig Alcock and Daniel Kearns were also there to help and signed plenty of autographs during their stay.

Emile Sinclair has proved he can be a big hit on the pitch but was he any good in the kitchen?

There was no hiding their culinary skills as the guys were then featured on Sky Sports 3 and Anglia TV!

Sinclair was at Jimmy Spices restaurant along with four other Peterborough United players, and in front of Sky's Big League Weekend cameras, trying his luck on the 'Mexican Station'.

Jimmy Spice’s donated £1 for every meal sold during the week the Posh players went in to play chef, raising thousands for the football club's chosen charities, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

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EASTERN RUN IS SET TO BE GREAT! and gives youngsters the opportunity to try out the basic principles of athletics – running, jumping and throwing – with the support of UKA coaches and top athletes. The pod will be situated at the race finish and open to the public. Peterborough’s Park Inn hotel has special overnight rates for runners and spectators and is Liz Yelling also putting on a VIP Post Race Lunch with Dr Ron Hill, one of the race sponsors, for just £9.95 per person.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough looks set to live up to its name with thousands of runners taking part, including none other than Olympic runner Liz Yelling. Liz said – "I'm excited to be running the Perkins Great Eastern run on October 9. It's a race I've not participated in before although I have heard the course is fast and hopefully flat!" Race Director Stuart Hamilton added – “We’re so excited to confirm that Liz will be running the 2011 Perkins Great Eastern


Run. Having such a high profile and inspiring athlete in the line up is a tremendous boost and I hope it will encourage a few more last minute entrants.” Of course it’s not all about elite runners though; this year’s Perkins Great Eastern Run will see all levels taking part – and plenty in costume raising cash for charities. Make sure you line the route and support them all the way! You can view the route on the website so make sure you get yourself a good spot – or see the fun runners off at 10am on Cathedral Square and the half marathon runners at 10.30am – there’ll be entertainment prior to the race adding to the atmosphere. You can greet the runners over the finish line and enjoy the after race celebrations on the Embankment. McCain Foods, Principal Partner of UK Athletics (UKA), is bringing its Track and Field roadshow experience along which features an inflatable ‘pod’

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CLUBLAND decent giveways that are certain to have the dancefloor going wild. Tickets are on sale now so try and grab an earlybird ticket for just £6. Buy yours online or from the Clues 2 shop in Westgate Arcade. For more info visit:

OFFICIALCLUB NIGHTS LAUNCHES IN THE BORO They’re telling us to ‘Expect One Unbelievable Party!’ as their first night hits Halo nightclub on Friday October 14 headlined by renowned Kiss FM DJ Neev. Looking to bring something different to Peterborough, OfficialClubNights say they’re ‘a complete entertainment experience immersing clubbers in a crazy circus atmosphere’. Guests can expect to see stunning visuals, flamboyant entertainment and hear some of the biggest remixes in dance. A convoy of dancers, entertainers, magicians and acrobats will be brought into the club to create a real carnival atmosphere. There’ll be a live TV crew, professional photographers and various

HAPPY HALLOWEEKEND @ CENTRAL The Stamford club aims to bring you the coolest night of the year on Friday October 28 with its Freaky Halloween Co2 Party. Expect full Halloween club decor, fancy dress prizes and special drinks offers on the night. The twist to the night is their Co2 freezejets cooling the dancefloor to -10 c! Brrrr! It’s £2 entry before 11pm for this one with BOGOF on drinks all night and Jagerbombs £2.50.

hosted by the legendary MC Chalky White who earned his name playing out at the likes of Raindance, Astoria and Labyrinth. Karma’s DJ Hardhouse Banton will be playing back to back all night long with Halo resident Matthew Symes for a mix of dirty funky house alongside the most current R‘n’B and hip hop tracks from 9pm ‘til 4am.

There’ll be full club décor and if you dare to wear fancy dress you could just win yourself an iPod.

HIP HOP DOWN AT THE GRAVEL PIT Hip Hop ain’t dead, it’s alive and kicking at the Gravel Pit Club at Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge on North Street. Get down there on October 8 for the best beats and rhymes from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Special guests on the night are the Candyland Burlesque Dancers. The night’s on from 9.30pm ’til 2.30am. Search for the gravel pit on Facebook for more.


The creepy weekend clubbing continues on Saturday October 29 and if you don’t fancy the Friday night chills the Freaky Geek Halloween Party might be more up your street. They’re laying on the entertainment big time with firebreathers, stilt-walkers, angle-grinder girls and the biggest tunes all night.

KARMA PRESENTS CRAZY COUZINS The Crazy Cousinz and MC Versatile will be headlining at Halo on Northminster on Friday October 7 playing an hour long set with a selection of their hits plus some funky remixes. The night’s

COURTYARD SESSIONS IN STAMFORD Opus Dai in Stamford continue to impress the region with their slick house music policy and stylish surroundings and on Saturday October 29 the venue's excellent Courtyard Sessions event returns with DJs including Steve Andrews, cAs + special guest producer and Kiss FM favourite, Dan Clare. Their last party on August bank holiday was an absolute roadblock with a superb atmosphere outside under the heated gazebo so expect the same again and best of all it's absolutely free all night! Contact Opus Dai for more details on 01780 481880.


Around 8,000 people turned out to enjoy a taste of Italy and to see top chef Antonio Carluccio in Peterborough at the city’s Italian Festival. He was driven onto Cathedral Square in a Alfa Romeo Giulietta from Donalds garage and took questions from the crowd before presenting his special recipe for a dish he created just for Peterborough. Antonio said he was very touched by the appreciation shown for him adding that Italians who live outside of Italy are extremely passionate and hang onto tradition including their food.


Other highlights included a display by twenty traditional flag throwers, a fabulous Italian market as well as demonstrations of pasta and mozzarella making. Classic Italian cars and Vespa’s were on display – including our own Man About Town’s! The crowds were also entertained by live Italian music and opera.

Papa Luigi supported the event with a pizza tossing competition and sold food which helped raise around £500 for the Mayor’s charities while local restaurants Riva and Mattoni served up other tasty dishes. It was such a success it looks like it’s set to return next year… two days next time we wonder??


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I’ve had an excellent four weeks of music since my last column in ESP. We’re so lucky to have so much talent in the area and I’ve seen some excellent examples. It started with Andy and Tracy Slater’s Wedfest at the Plough in Farcet Fen where the celebrations were kicked off by our very own Matt Zilch. Sunday featured Smithy and friends and a delightful session from Lloyd Watson, Rex Gates and Murray Hockridge. It’s hard to believe they don’t play together every week– a great fusion of talent. Then, it was to see Hooker rocking at the Decoy in Newborough and the following weekend, great to see the One Eyed Cats at the Crab & Winkle in Werrington. Not forgetting a great performance from Copperhead, an Oakham band who are definitely worth checking out. They were on a four band bill at Yaxley in memory of Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy.

Are you one of those people who mourns the loss of the Willow Festival in Peterborough? Well ESP can reveal the re-emergence of the event in 2012 – yes the City Council is joining forces with the original organiser Mark Ringer and local businesses and it’ll return next May! Current sponsors include Papa Luigi, The Guitar Shack, Battenburg and P.Net. The TWF team are in talks with several other possible sponsors and are keen to hear from local companies who may wish to benefit from supporting this national event.

And I must mention the Beer Festival where I went to see Letz Zep but I thought that Retrolux stole the show. They were brilliant in spite of the headline act pinching half their repertoire. They pulled a masterstroke with the addition of violin, keyboards and harmonica which gave massive flexibility. Loved Hocus Pocus!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had conversations about how loved the Willow Festival was, and how many of us wish it could come back to the Embankment. Before it finished nine years ago, the open air festival showcased an amazing array of bands from the local area, and occasionally from afar. Who remembers the appearance of Buster Bloodvessel and Bad Manners? The three day festival will take place on the Embankment at the end of May and showcase 120 live bands from all across the UK, as well as showcasing local acts in the hope that they’ll gain record industry interest.

Thanks to all for the entertainment and to the venues for putting on the bands.

Even better news, the festival remains free to the public and is funded via sponsorship and concession sales.

It’s a long lay off and I’m sure that fans of White Clouds And Gunfire will be eager to be at the Met Lounge on Friday September 2 for their long awaited return.

In 2012 the organisers are looking to attract 70-80 thousand festival goers over the three day festival period and I’ll most definitely be one of them! I’ll bring you full details in next month’s magazine but keep an eye on for more in the meantime.

OPEN MIC – UNDERGROUND! There seems to be a bumper crop of open mic sessions around the area at the moment, which can only bode well for the local music scene. It’s always encouraging when people decide to move on from playing in their bedroom to taking those first steps into live performance.


Of course, not everyone who plays at open mics is a newbie: there are plenty of seasoned players around who are regulars at the various sessions you can catch throughout every month. Some are strictly ‘hobby’ players while others see

MeatLoaf could always be relied on to give a stage performance of passion and drama. Unfortunately there aren’t many opportunities to see the big man these days – apart from the embarrassment of watching him judging talent shows on TV – not really rock ‘n’ roll! However fans of his music may be interested in a show visiting Bourne Corn Exchange shortly.

MaetLoaf successfully mix album tracks with exciting live performances just like Meat himself. The talented Craig Halford is Maetloaf, and with the Never Neverland Express behind him they give the audience a fantastic night to remember. The line up of drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards and two female vocalists is the same as Meatloaf’s own live band. Be prepared for a night of 'Sex, Drums & Rock n Roll!' It’s on Saturday October 8 starting at 8.30pm. For tickets call 07828 032241.


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It’s MaetLoaf & The Never Neverland Express; an eight-piece tribute to the rock legend (misspelled name but presumably pronounced the same!)

the open mics as a fun addition to their own solo or band gigs.

One of the open mics that’s firmly established itself over the past couple of years is the Cellar Bar Session. Run by Richard Groom and Paul Schmassmann, the monthly sessions in one of the city’s funkiest little venues have never been more popular. Certainly on the night that ESP visited there was a range of musical styles on display – with original songs and covers both appreciated – and a range of ages

(from 14 - 60 at a rough guess). Everyone was welcomed warmly by the organisers and audience alike. The friendly atmosphere can only help to encourage more and more people to dip their toe into the world of live music. The Cellar Bar Sessions are held at the Cellar Bar (to the rear of the Thorpe Lodge Hotel) on Thorpe Road on the third Friday every month, starting at 8.30pm For more info call Richard on 01733 891860.


Cult comedy students from TV’s Young Ones had a number one hit, Living Doll, with Cliff Richard in 1986 for Comic Relief. And they also managed to upset Sir Cliff. So says Adrian Edmonson who played the Punk Vyvyan in the series. “Whilst recording Living Doll, we tried to persuade him not to tour South Africa and we nagged him so much that he avoided us in the end.” Adrian went on to be Eddie Hitler in a glorious partnership with Rick Mayall in Bottom. But it’s music that occupies Ade’s attention at the moment with his band The Bad Shepherds. He told me they’re essentially a folk-punk outfit – “Folk because we play traditional folk instruments and like jig and reel. But we don’t like songs about sailors and blacksmiths so we take the lyrics of famous punk songs and give them a Celtic feel.” They’re scheduled to play Stamford Corn Exchange on November 11 as part of their UK wide The First Farewell Tour. They’ve released two albums and were nominated for Best Live Act at the 2010 BBC Radio Folk awards.

The band were created when Ade met pipe player Troy Donockley and told me – “We met in a pub to discuss possibilities and straightaway I knew that we could collaborate. In fact, for the second time in my life I am working with somebody who is on exactly the same wavelength as me.” The first? “Rick! We understood each other and wanted the same result in our comedy and it was so easy to work with him.” Two series of The Young Ones, 12 years of Bottom on TV and those unforgettable live shows are the result. Pure comic genius in my opinion. And yet Ade told me – “The Young Ones didn’t take off the first time it was shown on TV, attracting only one million viewers, but actually took off during its second airing.” But what of the future and will they work together again? “Well we always agreed that it would be great to resume Bottom as two old men,” said Ade. Two violent old men I asked – “Absolutely two violent old men – I think it would work!” We will have to wait for that but there is a chance to see Ade next year in a TV programme about English beer. “It covers the social history of beer and takes me all over the country. No other country in the world has the English pub and its community focus,” Ade told me. Meanwhile, he assured me that, family aside, his current love is music – “My whole life is full of strange passions and the Bad Shepherds is the current one” – and he’s looking forward to enjoying every minute of the tour. With folk versions of punk classics like Teenage Kicks, Up The Junction and Anarchy In The UK, it promises to be an interesting evening at the Stamford Corn Exchange in November. With other parts of the Bad Shepherds tour already sold out, I suggest you book your seats soon. Box office is 01780 766455.


Two blues and roots artists who have had sessions on BBC Radio 2 are playing the Key Theatre on Friday October 7. Headlining is Derrin Nauendorf with his band, who a few years ago was a regular at Charters. Since then Derrin's been very busy touring the UK and Europe dropping into a number of the summer festivals. He also released a new live album. Support at the Key will be from Delta Blues artist Bex Marshall. Curiously Derrin and Bex have both featured in sessions from the BBC Maida Vale studios for Paul Jones' blues show on Radio 2, and

if their blues is good enough for Paul Jones its gonna be good enough for the rest of us! Derrin’s looking forward to entertaining old friends and fans – “I had some great times in Peterborough,” he says. “I hope I see a few old faces in the audience and in the bar afterwards and meet some new ones along the way.” More information on The gig starts at 7.30pm and you can buy tickets from the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239.

• Sky Sports 3D • Rock and Roll Bingo every Fri 7.30pm onwards • £1.99 a pint during football games • See Gig Guide for listings




Bookings no being taken

Atherstone Avenue, Netherton, Peterborough PE3 9TT Tel: 01733 263801

Andy Slater

Andy’s been on a mission to find the best fests around and has discovered a little beauty for

blues fans... There’s a massive treat in store this month nearer to home at the Plough pub in Farcet Fen on October 22. Peter Donegan will be performing with Hobo Jones And The Junkyard Dogs. Peter’s the son of legendary skiffle star Lonnie Donegan and a talented performer in his own right. Having a famous parent can be a curse as much as a hand up but Peter’s way of entwining his own sumptuous material with his take on his dad’s classics, backed by his dad’s original band, lends itself to the spirit of skiffle without purely and clinically copying it. He’s played with the likes of Van Morrison, Bill Wyman and Crystal Gayle so the guy ain’t no chancer, expect a polished performance and some good old sing-along, foot stampin’, beer-spilling tunes. Support comes from a band I know really well having seen them on the festival circuit several times over the last three years. Hobo Jones And The Junkyard Dogs are as much punk as skiffle or ‘skunk’ as they like to say. Think tramps playing Ace Of Spades with a tea chest bass, washboard and an acoustic guitar with the odd wine jug and kazoo to boot and you have it.

Hobo Jones And The Junkyard Dogs

Although summer’s spun out and disappeared over the horizon we’ve still been managing to find little gems and nuggets to wander off to at the weekend, one such being Newark Blues Festival.

Describing themselves as ‘the ugliest and oldest boy band in the world’ I can’t really disagree but their music and their show will have you dancing and laughing and spilling beer, again. Tickets from the Plough on 01733 844307 or AND if you wish, that includes camping. It’s only October… what’s wrong with you? The clocks haven’t even gone back… it’ll still be light at 6pm!

I don’t mean this to sound disrespectful in any way but Newark’s always been a place I drive past on the A1. Mind you, people say that about Peterborough so I guess we are vaguely kindred spirits. It also has a sugar beet factory which brings its evocative smell around October time, I miss the ‘Peterborough pong’ and yes, Newark I am slightly jealous that you still have it! Anyway back to the Blues Fest, the main part being set in the historic ruins of the castle overlooking the Trent. We caught The Mentals on Saturday afternoon and they were great, not your old man blues but b*lls out rockin’ blues with a three piece line-up that had vox/guitar, drums and keyboards, they were vibrant and powerful and in no way mournful. Hailing from the North of England they’re labelled under the banner ‘blues for the next generation’ and that really just about sums them up, a band to blow away the air guitar lawyers and estate agents with Eric Clapton T-shirts if ever I saw one. Keep at it fellas!

Charlie and Mick walk to Soho after missing the bus

Another night out on the horizon is October 4 the album launch of the new Midwezt album at Freedom in Soho. A little patience in the studio and on the line-up has paid off for Charlie, Mick and Rex and this great venue will be a fitting place to showcase the end product which has already had a lot of airplay on radio stations around the States. Support on the night comes from Tiger Lilly and Lewis Clay, tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door, catch Charleen Armitage on Facebook, again befriend her and also ask about the bus!

My old mate rockin’ Jim Pollard is raising money again with a charity gig for hospital at home. On November 12 Gizz Butt’s Red Black And Blues band will perform at Fletton ex-servicemans club playing the best of the Beatles with maybe a bit of blues thrown in, especially as Gizz has read this by now... there may also be a few special guests as well but we can’t name them yet as Jim hasn't told ‘em yet! Supporting Gizz and the band will be country music star Al Chapman. Chalkie White, he of much hair and beard is having it all shaved off on the night to raise money and it’s all in the memory of the lovely Elaine Springthorpe who we lost not so long ago at no age at all. Elaine was helped no end by the Hospital at Home team so Jim, wisely, thinks they deserve some financial help – spot on fella. Tickets are £6 and available from the club.

“...we’ve still been managing to find little gems and nuggets to wander off to at the weekend”

Headline at the castle was Ian Siegal’s band who closed the Saturday night frolics with a swaggering set only interrupted (or was it stage managed?) by a cloud burst that had the crowd scatter for cover thus creating laughter, screams and general mayhem. That geezer knows how to get a crowd jumping and his music cut the mustard too!

Earlier in the day we sat in the Prince Rupert with the eternal festival chick Sandy Doherty and sausage scoffin’ Derek Lovell and witnessed an amazing stripped back blues set by Simon Ark and Jim Widdup. Two hours (drinking real ale) of beautiful vocals and sublime guitar work from the pair of them. It was probably one of the best two hours of festival afternoon this year. Check them out and befriend them on Facebook to find out where they play next, it’ll be worth it. Newark Blues? Beautiful town, full of great people showing off great bands and definitely on the radar for next year.


Finally a real harp back to the Lounge Lizard days if anyone can remember them. Positive Outlook present HHH, Mend This Tear, The Deadites and A Great Notion as a 10 year anniversary gig. Plenty of old school hardcore emo, screamo and folk, ska, punk and all for a fiver – any profits they make will go to the East African Famine Appeal. Those guys from Positive Outlook have, and always have had, big hearts so respect for that. Tickets from Don’t miss this unique chance to see this line-up on October 7!

Camra Pub of the Year 2011

Ghouls Ball

October Gigs 8th 15th 21st 28th

The Takeaways Ticket Gig. £5 a ticket Lloyd Watson live band Open Mic Lloyd Watson live band

83-85 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6JQ Tel: 01733 348759

REAL ALES, CASK MARQUE APPROVED, CAMRA GOLD AWARD • Proper food at proper prices served daily, Mon-Thur 11.30am-2pm and 6pm-9pm. • Fri/Sat 11.30am-2pm and 6pm-8pm. • Sunday lunches 12.00-5pm • Function room available for private parties

• Oakademy of Excellence accredited pub • Sky Sports • Outside bar available • Happy hour Mon – Fri, 5 ‘til 7pm • Live entertainment – see ESP Gig Guide • Karaoke every Sunday with Mighty Mouth Trev • Camra Gold Award winning real ales available from £2 (5 hand pumps ) • Function room for hire at reasonable prices • Join our Facebook group The Ploughman

Live music from Citizen Smith on Saturday 29th October. Prize for best dressed!

THE PLOUGHMAN Staniland Way Werrington Centre PE4 6NA 01733 327696

Upcoming Events

Bookings now being taken for Xmas

• See Gig Guide for bands

• Weekly live music (see ESP Gig Guide) • Live Sports – showing all major Premiership and Championship games • Outside bar available • All real ales £2.80 per pint • Sunday night cash quiz • Tuesday night cash Poker • Join our Facebook site – Dragon,Werrington

Charity Fire Walk Saturday 19th November An evening full of great family entertainment Live music from Easyersaid. BBQ. All funds donated to the Lee Groome appeal. Supported by

9 Oundle Road, Fletton, Peterborough 01733 703495

Hodgson Avenue, Werrington, Peterborough, Tel: 01733 578088





The Lion Ramsey St Mary's

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

93 MILLION MILES FROM THE SUN + THE ROCKIT The Peacock HARRINGTON London Road BLUES Mama Liz's STORM Voodoo Lounge The Swiss Cottage Woodston





The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

HOOKER The Ploughman Werrington


OUT OF ORDER The Cross Keys Oundle Road


The Lime Tree Walton The Swiss Cottage Woodston

WRECKLESS The Golden Pheasant Etton



The Dragon Werrington


FRANKLY MY DEAR The Cock Inn Werrington

GLASS HEART The Blue Boar Eye


O'Neills Broadway


The Old Coach House Market Deeping

The Millstone Inn Barnack

The Peacock London Road

The Cock Inn Werrington




The Cherry Tree Oundle Road



Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe The Swiss Cottage Woodston


Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Dragon Werrington




The Ploughman Werrington

The Cherry Tree Oundle Road



The Key Theatre Embankment Road

The Ploughman Werrington


RETROLUX The Ostrich North Street

RIFF RAFF The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe


The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

FRI OCT 14 CUTTIN' LOOSE The New Inn Boston

GLASS HEART The Cross Keys Oundle Road

JASMINE ALLEN The Fayre Spot Bretton

LADY GA GA TRIBUTE Ebeneezers Grove Street

LATE SHOW The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

ONE EYED CATS The Swiss Cottage Woodston

OUT OF ORDER The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

THE KING KILL + WHITE ONE EYED CATS CLOUDS AND FRI OCT 7 GUNFIRE The Golden + PSOTY BRYTER LAYTER Pheasant Mama Liz's Etton + DAVID Voodoo Lounge WYATT SHAMELESS Stamford Mama Liz's The Cherry Tree Oundle Road



The Swiss Cottage Woodston

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Spalding Pumpkin Stamford Parade THE JAZZ Spalding





The Three Horseshoes Werrington



FIVE SKA The Lime Tree Walton

JOEL EVANS The Fayre Spot Bretton

MALINGERERS The Swiss Cottage Woodston

MONKEY BOY Brennans Bar Spalding


The Boro Bar Oundle Road


THE MOLL GRIPS The Straw Bear Whittlesey

THE RETURNS The Three Horseshoes Werrington

THE TAKEAWAYS The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

UNDER COVERED The Dragon Werrington



ROUGH AND READY The Golden Pheasant Etton

THE DEAD RABBITS + THE PSYCH-OBOMBS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

THE GUARDS The Old Coach House Market Deeping

THE KARSIES The Cherry Tree Oundle Road





The Peacock London Road


OPEN MIC NIGHT The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road

RETROLUX The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

ROUNDHOUSE The Dragon Werrington

SLIDE UNDER The Swiss Cottage Woodston


VOX MONDIALLE Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford


Ebeneezers Grove Street

CIRCA 73 The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

CLUELESS The Peacock London Road

EAST COAST The Ploughman Werrington

KICKBACK The Three Horseshoes Werrington

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford


CUTTIN' LOOSE The Axe & Cleaver Boston

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford




BLACK ROSE The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Cellar Bar Thorpe Road


MUSIC NIGHT WITH PHIL Quinns Club Whittlesey

NEW AGE ANTICS + THE CASTROS Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford



Ye Olde Dun Cow Cowbit

The Three Horseshoes Werrington


PARK LANE The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe

PENNYLESS The Golden Pheasant Etton

CRAYFISH ROCKETS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe


The Swiss Cottage Woodston

The Ploughman Werrington


The Fayre Spot Bretton



The Golden Pheasant Etton


The Ostrich North Street

The Peacock London Road






The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe


The Cock Inn Werrington



The Boat Inn Whittlesey

The Peacock London Road

Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Swiss Cottage Woodston





The Old Coach House Market Deeping






The Cock Inn Werrington

The Ploughman Werrington

The Cock Inn Werrington The Dragon Werrington


The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

The Braza Club The Snooker Club March Bourne


WAYNE MILLS The Bluebell Inn Dogsthorpe


The Letter B Whittlesey

The Met Lounge Peterborough

The Plough Farcet Fen



Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford The Fayre Spot Bretton

The Cock Inn Werrington


O'Neills Broadway

THE SPIRIT The Cherry Tree Oundle Road


The Carpenters Arms Boston

FRANKLY MY DEAR The Dragon Werrington

GLASS HEART The Office Oundle Road

KICKBACK The Cherry Tree Oundle Road

LES WOODS BAND The Prince Of Wales Feathers Castor

LIVE BAND The Swiss Cottage Woodston

MONKEY BOY The Horseshoe Thurlby

OUT OF ORDER The Waggon & Horses Langtoft

SUN OCT 30 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN Mama Liz's Voodoo Lounge Stamford

The Cock Inn Werrington

The Cock Inn Werrington

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