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NEW VOICE FOR RADIO CAMBS Listen out to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to find out who their New Voice will be this month. ESP was proud to join the judging panel at the Key Theatre to help discover some new talent and the successful New Voice will be called at 8am on Friday October 4 live on air so make sure you tune in to find out who it will be. We will have more on our website and social media and then ESP will be featuring them in our November issue when we’ll introduce you properly to the person who wowed us.

PHANTOMS ARE BACK ON THE ICE The greatest show in Peterborough has returned as the Peterborough Phantoms Ice Hockey Club kick off their NIHL National League campaign so why not give it a look? After a silverware laden season last term, the Phantoms are going in search of  more trophies in what promises to be the most exciting league campaign in recent memory. Slava Koulikov’s team won three trophies last year in an action-packed and fun filled season at Planet Ice, Peterborough. Phantoms currently compete in the second division of British Ice Hockey. This year, the league format has changed to bring more of the best teams from around the country together into one league, guaranteeing exciting matches and actionpacked weekends on a regular basis. Whether you watch with your mates or bring the family, the Phantoms has something for everyone, making it one of the best nights out in town for people of all ages.

Tickets are available on the website or from the Planet Ice Box Office upon arrival at each match. The full fixtures list can be found online at: https://www.gophantoms.

URBAN CLASSICS AT THE SOLSTICE The guys behind Urban Classics have been in touch and if urban tunes are your thing you need to make your way to The Solstice on the third Friday every month. They specialise in all things urban from hip hop, to Bashment, to Afrobeats and everything in between. They’ve hosted names like Ranz, One Acen and Jay1 just to name a few. This month they’re hosting one of the most amazing artists of this generation. With his hit single racking in almost 23 million views on the grm daily youtube channel they’re proud to announce a live P.A from none other than Zie Zie on Friday October 18. Other supporting acts and DJ’s are 3pi3e performing live along with the Urban Classics resident DJ’s Mr Lion AKA Gazzully King Of The Turn Up, Supa T, T Rex, and Dappa Dan.

NEW COURSES IN HEALTH AND CARE SECTOR The Health and Care Sector Work Academy enjoyed a super busy September with four Peterborough courses underway around the city. October sees the Academy start new courses in Parnwell, Hampton, Crowland, Whittlesey and Yaxley which are enrolling now – get in touch on 0800 310 1160 to book your enrolment appointment, so that when the time comes, you’re ready

to earn the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care! The launch of the Academy’s newsletter in September was met with great feedback and coincided with the unveiling of the new look website; to join the mailing list for your copy, get in touch with the team via phone, or email via libby@healthandcareacade Events-wise, the Academy is really excited to be attending the fabulous Feel the Force Day at the East of England Showground on Saturday October 5 – stop by their stall to find out what the Academy can offer you!

CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? The Force is definitely strong in this one as the world’s first and only fully accessible Film and TV Convention (Comiccon) returns with their biggest event in the city yet! Feel the Force Day XL opens its doors at 11am on Saturday October 5 at a new venue, the East of England Arena in Peterborough. There’ll be a marketplace packed with film and TV memorabilia, clothing, jewellery and a variety of collectibles. Displays will also include vintage cars, a giant Stay Puft marshmallow man, as featured in the classic Ghostbusters and a real Delorean, as featured in the Back to the Future trilogy. The event’s designed to be completely accessible to everyone. Performances on the day will be signed using British Sign Language (BSL), there’ll be extra space for people with mobility requirements and all displays will be tactile. There’s the chance to meet celebrities, including Nick Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sophie Aldred (Dr Who), Shiela Reid (Benidorm), Mike Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) and many, many more. For tickets priced £7.50 and more information please visit

CANCER RESEARCH UK CHARITY GALA NIGHT This month we hear Peterborough Greyhound Stadium has some very special racing action raising funds for Cancer Research UK. The Charity Gala Night is on Friday October 4 when you can book a table in one of the restaurants, enjoy a three or four course meal and help support this great cause! The special event will include a Silent Auction, Human Hound Race and fundraising rafe all hosted by Kev Lawrence from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – can he be persuaded to run as the hare in the Human Hound Race?! Restaurant Gold packages are from £45pp including a donation to CRUK and Grandstand entry is from £5pp including meal from the Fast Food Diner. For further information, to book a table or to sponsor a race, please call 01733 296939. www.peterboroughgreyhou

OPEN SEASON BASH AT TALLINGTON If you want some fun on the slopes at Tallington Lakes don’t miss their Open Season Bash in association with Oakley Eyewear on Sunday October 27. It’s a great chance to try free ski and snowboard taster sessions, tobogganing and lots more. There will be a

free ski boot clinic, free ski & snowboard freestyle session, free ski race team trail, tobogganing and recreational skiing and snowboarding in aid of Lincs Notts Air Ambulance. There’s also free dog harness ďŹ tting to launch Ruffwear – outdoor performance dog gear – which is coming to Tallington Lakes.

CLASSIC IBIZA HEADS TO BURGHLEY Classic Ibiza, in association with San Miguel, is bringing its heady blend of Balearic beats to Burghley House for the ďŹ rst time on Saturday August 1 next year 2020, following the resounding success of its seven venue UK tour this summer – with a limited number of early bird adult tickets available at a discounted price. The concert will take the Burghley crowd on a magical rollercoaster ride of dance music’s most iconic tracks, reinvented by an orchestra that have worked with the very best in the industry, including Nightmares On Wax, Groove Armada, Robert Miles and Octave One. A limited number of early bird adult tickets are now available at a discounted price of ÂŁ39.50 (ranging from ÂŁ42.50 - ÂŁ49.50 thereafter). Discounted tickets are available for children (5-17) at ÂŁ18, with under-5s entering for free. Tickets are likely to sell-out long in advance so don’t hang about!

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Tai Carter has the ESP guide to the best shows around…

The Johnny Cash Roadshow Do you need that Johnny Cash shaped hole to be filled in your life? Look no further than The Johnny Cash Roadshow! Celebrating the monumental 50th anniversary of Cash’s legendary San Quentin State recordings, Clive John, the acclaimed front man will be sure to give you a night filled with your favourite songs and hits. Including video projection, Spirit, the world-renowned band and JCR Horns this will truly be a night of unforgettable music. Be sure to get your tickets now at The Key Theatre, for Monday October 7. Make sure to mark it in your diaries as the most authentic tribute to Johnny Cash you’ll ever see! Tickets for this performance are £25.50 on 01733 207239 or in person from the box office.

The Wizard of Oz The acclaimed Ballet Theatre UK introduce you to The Wizard of Oz in this entirely reimagined telling of the classic story, told with the exciting choreography of classical ballet! With ‘glittering costumes, expressive dancers’ (Dance Europe) and stunning theatrical sets, this should not be missed! See it at the Key Theatre on Friday October 25. Tickets are £19.50, £17.50 (over 60s) £11.50 (under 16s) from the box office or on 01733 207239.


No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter Interested in a night of entertainment, fueled by darkly comic jokes and witty remarks? Then Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land might just be for you. Watch the madness unfold as two elderly writers encounter trouble, when two young men knock at the door… This is a night of classic theatre, written by the Nobel Laureate for Literature. If you’re in the mood for highbrow comedy – you will not be disappointed. See it at the Key Theatre on Tuesday October 8 or Wednesday October 9. Tickets are £16.50 ,£15.50 concessions from the box office or by calling 01733 207239.

Crimes on the Coast A fan of Agatha Christie? Possibly enjoy the odd game of Cluedo? Then this comedic thriller, filled to the brim with twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. From the mutli award winning theatre company, New Old Friends comes Crimes on the Coast. A ‘brilliantly creative physical and verbal comedy’ (Theatre Twittic) this inventive play will take you on a murderous exploration of the English Riviera. See it at the Key Theatre on Thursday October 24 at the Key Theatre. Tickets are £14, £11.50 (over 60’s) £9.50 (under 25’s). Drop in or call the box office to book on 01733 207239.

In The Night Garden Live Kids love theatre too so why not take them on a spectacular journey into the magical world of In the Night Garden and experience the UK’s favourite family show with all the enchanting characters magically brought to life – live on stage! In the Night Garden Live is the perfect musical theatre experience for the entire family – no little one is too young! Children’s favourite CBeebies stars – Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends, plus a real flying Pinky-Ponk that soars over the heads of audiences – are all brought beautifully to life in a specially-written new story using full-size costumes and magical puppets with enchanting music and dancing. Catch it at the Cresset on Wednesday October 9 and Thursday October 10, for tickets call 01733 265705.

Mad About The Musicals

RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Calling all musical aficionados! Have you ever wanted one show containing every one of your favorite songs? Then Mad About the Musicals will have you soaring. The Stage call it ‘Outstanding!’ giving you the best of musical theatre from London to New York. With wonderful set designs and amazing vocal talents on display, any lovers of Andrew Lloyd Webber or Rodgers & Hammerstein are in for a sensational evening of theatre! It’s on stage at the Key Theatre on Friday October 11 and tickets are £20.50, £18.50 concessions from the box office or by calling 01733 207239.

You better ‘Think’ about buying tickts for this hot show, but don’t wait too long! RESPECT: The Aretha Franklin Songbook is coming to the Cresset on Wednesday October 16 so say a little prayer and hope you can still book in. This amazing live concert pays tribute to this incredible singer celebrating her life and greatest hits including Think, I Say A Little Prayer, Do Right Woman, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Natural Woman, Son Of A Preacher Man, Respect and many more! Featuring world class lead vocals from Stacy Francis, Cleopatra Higgins, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewart accompanied by a live band and gospel choir it’s one for any Aretha fan. Tickets are £25 on 01733 265705.

Snow White is a Fairytale Ballet You know the fairytale story, but have you ever seen it told through ballet? The highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet are bringing us their original production of the timeless Brothers’ Grimm story of Snow White and this beautiful ballet is definitely the fairest of them all! If you think ballet’s a little highbrow for you, this is a great introduction to suit everyone! Snow White’s journey through a magical world of hip-hopping dwarves, an enchanted mirror, and a poisoned apple, in pursuit of her Prince Charming will dazzle the whole family. The music’s been specially written for VFB’s production of Snow White and it’s returning by popular demand. They are a hugely talented company now in their 39th year of producing quality ballet productions. Snow White promises to be a real treat for all the family whether you’re a fan or experiencing ballet for the very first time, and offers an ideal opportunity to introduce children to the beauty of ballet. Don’t miss it when it comes to the Cresset on Thursday October 17. Tickets are £24.50 from the box office on 01733 265705.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with an amazing production by Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) at the Cresset… it’s going to fly! We can’t wait for this incredible show to take to the stage from Tuesday October 22 - Saturday October 26 which promises to be a ‘truly scrumptious’ musical for all the family! PODS are the talented team who brought us 9 to 5 and Hairspray so we know this is going be great and with a flying car, what’s not to like?! It’s based on the muchloved 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang but even if you haven’t seen the film, we know you’ll love this show.

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. But they soon discover the car has magical properties and can take to both the seas and the skies. Join them on their wild adventure as they take on the evil Baron Bomburst who wants wants the magic car for himself and of course the villainous Child Catcher. You can sing along to all the classic songs from the film plus there’s plenty of rip-roaring dancing, musical sparkle and of course that magical car that flies before your eyes! Tickets are £21.50, concessions £19 and family tickets are available so book now on 01733 265705.

A Beautiful Noise Led by Fisher Stevens with a full live band and brass orchestra, A Beautiful Noise the internationally acclaimed production, celebrates the music of Neil Diamond one of the greatest performers and bestselling artists of all time. The show pays homage to his incredible career from his teenage dreams of song writing to the Brill Buildings in New York where he became a lone songwriter turning out hit after hit including Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, I am …I Said, America, Holly Holy, Red Red Wine, I’m A Believer and many more. Celebrating all the classic hits of one of the world’s greatest ever singers, this show will have you singing your heart out at the New Theatre in Peterborough on Wednesday October 30. Tickets range from are £24.50 - £27.50 on 01733 852992 or


Toy Testing Returns to Queensgate

Photo: Mike Harris


Peterborough Zombie Walk If you’ve ever caught sight of the Peterborough Zombie Walk you could be forgiven for thinking you were on a film set. The incredible make-up and effects people come up with never ceases to impress us and this year the living dead will be shambling their way through Peterborough on Saturday November 2. The horde will be gathering together in their grimness at Charters bar from 4pm and then setting off dragging their bloody limbs through the streets of the city centre. It’s all well worth a watch and creates a real buzz. If you fancy joining the zombie nation check out their Facebook page for more details.

ESP’s Mikey Clarke loves Christmas – it just so happens it’s his birthday too! So in previous years he’s been all too keen to pop down and test out the latest toys at Queensgate. Once again the shopping centre is giving us the chance to see what are the must-have toys for Christmas 2019 and see what will make it on to our kids list to Santa this year. To crown the city’s top toy for Christmas 2019, Toy Testing will take place from Monday October 21 - Saturday October 26 from 11am-4pm in a pop-up toy factory in Central Square outside Primark. And this year, the toys will be bigger, better, and more exciting than ever before! From The Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear and the Fortnite Battle Bus, to the LEGO Harry Potter Night Bus and the Pets Alive Robotic Llama*, this will be a chance for local children to play with and score the toys that everyone’s going to want this Christmas. Everything included in the Toy Testing event will be available from Queensgate’s toy stores in the run up to Christmas. The centre’s toy stockists include Argos, John Lewis, Game, Menkind, FlyingTiger and M&S – with plenty more stores offering stocking fillers such as sweet treats, accessories, PJs, clothes and more! (This event will be filmed and photographed; parents must remain with their children at all times. *Toys for testing are subject to change). Next month Christmas will arrive in style with the return of the centre’s amazing Festive Fiesta on Saturday November 16 and we’ll have all the details in our next issue.

Tv Star Turns on the Lights at Springfields This year’s big Illuminations Switch On at Springfields Outlet in Spalding sees TV star Martin Kemp turn on the lights. The Spandau Ballet guitarist, film actor and former Eastenders star will be part of a fantastic night of entertainment at the outlet centre on Thursday October 24 from 6 - 9pm. The event will be hosted by Joseph Begley and John Marshall from Lincs FM and features entertainment including the St. Paul’s Community Primary School Choir. You can make a start on the Christmas shopping too and bag a bargain or two with all the outlet stores open until 9pm.

Fright Night Fireworks Halloween will go with a bang at Springfields Outlet in Spalding with their amazing Fright Night Fireworks event on Thursday October 31. You can get your firework thrills early combined with some spooky fun all on one night from 6 – 9pm. There’ll be a Scream Factor Show to keep you entertained and everyone’s invited to dress up. Adults who make an effort with the fancy dress could win a £500 gift card, while the kids can don their creepy costumes and stand the chance of winning a Nintendo Switch. The fantastic firework display goes off at 8pm and the outlet stores stay open unil 9pm so you can do plenty of shopping too. Early bird tickets priced £6 for adults and £4 for children are available to buy up until October 25 from or from the information point. 8

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Half Term Fun with Vivacity If half term panic is setting in, never fear. From inflatable obstacle courses and crafts with a difference to singing along to Grease the musical, it looks like Vivacity has the holiday fun sorted with loads lined up to keep the children entertained… and keep you sane! Holiday Clubs They offer week-long holiday clubs at locations across the city - catering for 4 - 13 year olds their range of themed activities will appeal to sporting stars, drama kings and queens and budding artists. Whatever, your children love to do they have something that will appeal to them this half term. Water Fun In addition to holiday clubs, Vivacity also offer intensive swimming courses so why not fasttrack your children’s water skills and build confidence with their expert instructors. Always popular and so much fun, why not take them along to one of their inflatable pool sessions - perfect for a group of friends to enjoy a great obstacle course on the water. Explore and Create Looking for a fun day out with a difference? Let your young explorers join a treasure hunt, create a journal of their travels and share friendly monster tales. With Halloween on the way there’s also a spooky pumpkin trail, with the opportunity to make arts and crafts and enjoy stories around the fire-pit. Looks like there’s plenty to choose from so visit to find out more and to book.

Learning to Swim with Vivacity Swim Academy

Most of us have enjoyed splashing about in the water, but whatever your age swimming is also a vital life skill we should all have, or improve on. 10

If it’s something you or your children would like to learn there’s an ideal way to get confident in the water with the Vivacity Swim Academy. Aligned with Swim England’s national syllabus it teaches a range of skills to ensure that swimmers advance with confidence and competency. The good news is it’s easily accessible as it’s available at locations across the city – the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre, Jack Hunt Pool and Gym, Netherton and Vivacity Premier Fitness, Hampton. The Vivacity Swim Academy offers learning from as early as 3 months with tailored sessions for babies and toddlers up to adult swimming for those starting out or who want to improve their skills. Vivacity offer inclusive lessons providing extra support where needed. The programme is designed to take you all the way through from fundamental skills like basic water safety and water entry to understanding buoyancy and stroke

technique – all the time building confidence in and around water. You can even take swimming to the next level focusing on swim specific skills such as competitive swimming techniques and rookie lifesaving lessons. As well as expert tuition and a friendly, fun environment to learn, other benefits include: • A colour coded swim cap for every swim stage • A progress passport with stickers to collect • Home portal tool with regular updates and feedback • Plus, direct debit customers get free public swimming! Now is a great time to start so to find out more visit

Halloween When there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Nats Smith and Ross Ayres!


f you live in Peterborough and the surrounding areas, you may not have seen a ghost yourself... but I bet you know someone local that has! Mikey Clarke It's unsurprising when you think about our great city’s history. Peterborough began as a Saxon settlement. It’s seen many lives lost over hundreds of years and it would seem that many of those spirits refuse to leave. I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural. Maybe that's why I hit it off so well with my now dear friends Nats Smith and Ross Ayres when I met them years back. Using special equipment, they’re Peterborough's very own Ghostbusters – having been hunting things that go bump in the night for many years now. In that time, have they actually witnessed strange goings on? To get you into the spirit of Halloween, I interviewed them to find out. I wanted to know what got them into Ghost hunting. Ross explained, “I love exploring the unknown. Nobody really has conclusive evidence of what happens to our souls when we die (if there is such a thing). Many, many people around the world, myself included, have observed things that defy explanation or are very hard to explain through our limited understanding. Ghost hunting is like a voyage through my own fear to the edges of the known universe we call reality.” Nats told me, “I got into ghost hunting after having quite a few experiences which started when I was just 8 years-old. I started to research the paranormal at 16 when I understood more of what was going on around me and after my mum looked up the history on our house. I was intrigued as to what more I could learn.” I’ve participated in enough local Ghost Walks to know that there’s more than a handful of places in Peterborough and beyond


that are supposedly haunted. According to Nats, the most haunted place is the Museum. “We’ve had so many experiences there. A couple of things stand out. One thing was seeing a shadow running up the stairs. The other came from doing a glass divination – a simple exercise of using a glass on a smooth surface and asking questions with a movement being a response. We were given accurate answers that we couldn’t possibly have known from centuries ago. Museum staff were able to confirm the facts. “It’s interesting that even though I had all my ghost hunting equipment with me, it was something as simple as a glass that got the best response.” Ross added, “We've been all over Peterborough and some other places in the wider local area. We'll go anywhere that local legend or witness reports take us. It’s the Peterborough Museum that stands out for me too. On one occasion we were able to record a disembodied voice. A digital recording device was left in a room by itself all night. When we came back to it there was a single and clear voice whispering the word: ‘look’. The voice sounded like a child's, maybe ten years-old or so. It was clear and not like static or some other background noise. This was close-up like someone whispering in your ear.”

With Nats and Ross being well known amongst the ghost hunting community, I asked them whether people often came to them with their own stories. “It’s mostly just friends that I speak to as not everyone is into conversations of the paranormal,” Ross said. “People often talk of lost loved ones coming to visit them in the night and actually being able to see the bed move as their ghost sits on it.” Nats added, “I became a first-grade certified demonologist in 2018, so Ive had quite a few people contact me through my course with stories of possessed houses. I’ve even had some locals contact me but often wish to remain anonymous, in fear of being made a mockery of

2019 or laughed at. These people are often asking for help or explanations. I’m convinced something supernatural was indeed in one lady’s home, but due to a confidentiality agreement I can’t say any more than that sadly.” You might be surprised to hear that Ross is a sceptic. “I don't actually believe or disbelieve in ghosts, even though I've seen and recorded things I can't explain,” he told me. “I personally think that some paranormal events happen through collective telekinesis and some are fear-induced auditory or visual hallucination. “When we do a divination, I think there's the possibility that we're using some form of untapped telepathic ability in humans. I'm also open to the idea that there is an observable soul and that old buildings store some residual human energy within the walls. I just don't know. Hopefully after a few more years of doing what we do, we’ll get a little closer to finding out.” Many of you will be celebrating Halloween this year. It may be wise to take on board Nat’s words of advice. “I feel people need to be open minded when trying out a haunted location. Experience tells me if you go in relaxed and not expecting things to happen, you’re more likely to get a response. Don't mess around with things you don't understand. Always do a cleansing circle first if you feel unsure and research is also really important.” Mikey Clarke

Halloween What's On Fancy doing something Spooktacular this Halloween? I’ve got a whole lotta puns and some great things to do listed below! Ghost Tales and Spooky Trails Flag Fen Archaeology Park Sunday October 20, 4pm – 6.30pm We are so lucky to have so much history right on our doorstep! As if there weren’t already enough reasons to visit Flag Fen, you can follow their pumpkin trail around the site, with spooky stories of the fens, natural crafts and lantern making. Then gather around the firepit for music and food.

Spooky Tours and Halloween Trails Burghley House October 16 - 31 We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by such great historic buildings and if horror movies have taught me anything, it’s that the older the place is, the more ghosts there are lurking within it. Spooky torch lit guided tours return to Burghley House in Stamford this October with more scary stories and haunting hidden history. For autumn family fun with fewer scares – and more daylight – head to the Sculpture Garden and have a go at the Burghley Halloween Trail (October 19 - 31). Tread through the crispy autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat.

‘SCAREWELL’ FARM October 18 - 27 Halloween is back at Sacrewell near Wansford and I can’t wait to take the family! Grab a wheelbarrow and visit their giant pumpkin patch and get creative in their carving tent! Feeling brave? Visit the Farmhouse of Horror, an interactive walk through with live actors (suitable for children of all ages).

An evening at the Priestgate Vaults Peterborough Museum Wednesday October 23, 7pm £4 adults, £3 under 16s The Priestgate Vaults are the historic cellars under Peterborough Museum, revealing 500 years of history from this building and the city. I’ve been down there many times and have always got an uneasy feeling. As part of an escorted tour you’ll explore these rooms as characters from the past tell their stories, brought to life using new technology and theatrical effects. You’ll hear some of the museum’s ghost stories and may find some of them brought to life.

Peterborough Museum Candlelit Tour Peterborough Museum Mon Oct 28, Tue Oct 29, Wed Oct 30, 7.30pm £5 adults, £3 under 16s I once spent an evening at the museum. Even with the lights on, it was a creepy experience. Imagine how terrifying it would be with those lights off! With many ghosts said to be lurking around, dare you spend the evening by candlelight alone? I’m in!

Halloween Horror Night Peterborough Museum Saturday Oct 26, tours every half hour from 6.30pm - 9pm £8 adults, £6 under 16s Prepare to be entertained, enthralled and downright scared in this special dramatised tour of Peterborough’s most haunted building.

Peterborough Ghost Walk

The Wizards Express Nene Valley Railway October 25 & 26 Harry Potter is still a popular choice in my household when choosing a film to watch. I think this event will go down well with my family too. The Wizards Express is fun for all ages. Nene Valley Railway will magically transform into a lantern lit station from another era… or another world perhaps. There’ll be spooky goings-on aboard the train. You can play the Wizards Express Quiz and look out for the friendly ghost in the tunnel. Fancy dress is highly recommended.

Peterborough Museum Third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm £5 adults, £3 under 16s Discover more about Peterborough’s most haunted building and the surrounding area. Your costumed guide will entertain and educate in a fun and theatrical way, explaining more about the city’s past, while sending a few chills up the spine.

Halloween Ghost Walks Meet at Peterborough Museum Fri 25 Oct, Sat 26 Oct, Thu 31 Oct, 7:30pm & 8pm £5 adults, £3 under 16s This is a special Halloween edition of the ever-popular Peterborough Ghost Walk, with some added surprises! See you there… if you dare! To book any of the above museum events, call 01733 864663 or email



The East of England Wedding Show If you’re getting hitched and need some help to make it the perfect day the East of England Wedding Show should have it all in hand for you. With over 90 exhibitors the East of England Arena will be packed on Sunday October 20 with everything you need to make your wedding the dream event you want so head down between 10.30am and 3pm. Whether you’ve just started your wedding planning or only have a few things left to organise you will find everything you need. With over 90 stands, fashion shows and a goody bag for the first 250 brides this event remains the biggest wedding show in the region. Experts from local independent specialists to larger high street retailers will display their products and services giving you an idea of their work and price ranges so you can budget for your special day. You’ll get loads of inspiration from the ideas and options available and most importantly you can talk directly to the experts to discuss your own unique and personal requirements.

Many of them will offer show discounts if you book on the day and don’t forget that if you already have a colour theme, take along a swatch so you can find other elements that match such as the venue décor. So get your comfy shoes on (but take your heels to try things on) and get around as many suppliers as you can – many will have free gifts! For more information and free tickets visit

Legends of the 80s Live in Peterborough If you loved the big hair, the eyeliner, the shoulder pads and especially the music – don’t miss out on this great concert celebrating the 80s with three top acts live in Peterborough in one big show. The Legends of the 80’s will see The Real Thing, T’Pau and Go West belting out their hits at the East of England Arena together in one fabulous concert on Friday October 25. Best known for their legendary hits You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, Children of the Ghetto, The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time. Pioneers in soul, funk and dance music, the two original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating over 45 years in the music industry.


We can still remember Peter Cox in his white vest singing We Close Our Eyes in the video on Top of the Pops back in the day and if you were a fan you won’t want to miss Go West. Can you believe We Close Our Eyes was released in the spring of 1985! It reached number 5 in the UK charts and became a top 10 hit in the USA. This success was followed by three further UK top 10 hits – Call Me, Goodbye Girl and Don’t Look Down. The bill also includes the ever popular red head and vocal powerhouse Carol Decker and T’PAU who enjoyed tremendous chart success with their hits China in Your Hand, Heart and Soul, I Will Be With You and Valentine. If you’re an 80’s fan this concert has it all, so grab your tickets quick on

Time To Celebrate Diwali As the nights draw in it’s time to celebrate the Festival of Light and this year’s Diwali celebrations will certainly bring some brightness to Peterborough city centre. Diwali is the latest in a series of free cultural festivals held in the city and this is the sixth year it has been held. With classical and Bollywood style dancing, music and food this great event will be full of Indian culture and festivities. Head to Cathedral Square on Saturday October 19 between 10.30pm and 5pm for this free festival supported by Peterborough City Council. There’ll be traditional Indian costumes a Diwali Bazaar, entertainment and of course plenty of candles and lights which make it a visually stunning event. To find out more, get involved or to sponsor the event please call the Diwali committee on 07801 283274.

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A University of Michigan study says men are most desirable aged 40 to 50. That’s right. Women are queuing around the block because of my grey ear and nose hair and that I’m asleep on the sofa by 9pm.

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Local Talent Has It Good

Auditions for a chance to co-present or drive your own show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire saw ESP support the search for a New Voice and join the judging. We’ll be able to bring you news of the results soon so keep an eye on our social media. I became interested in working in radio during the late 1990s when I was writing Peptalk in the local newspapers. Back then you had to write a letter to newspaper editors and radio station controllers and convince them to give you a shot, which they did, and I’m thankful for. If you managed to hit on something novel or unique (Peptalk was) then you’d get a chance to prove your passion was backed up with talent. Back then there was no such thing as talent opportunities, as in the main you’d have had to go through some kind of


academy of sorts or sufficient education and study into the field you wanted to go into. Today of course opportunity is everywhere with the digital revolution that’s continuing to evolve and change everything. The Beeb’s New Voices campaign hoped to find the next generation of radio stars and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands have been hosting open auditions. This means ordinary people with a love for their local area could take to the mic with no previous experience or qualification required. It was a golden opportunity to be part of a British institution and to make a name for yourself while doing it. Very few of today’s famous broadcasters started without a stint at their local radio station and New Voices is all about nurturing homegrown talent. When I reminisce about the sacrifices I made (yes, I’m sounding old now) to get established into a career in media and communications, I can’t help thinking how today’s young people (I’m ready for the onslaught) have it slightly easier. I’ve always said there’s no substitute for local knowledge and I’ll be keeping my ear fully tuned to hear it come to fruition. I can’t wait to hear the city’s new voice.

What’s the limit of sharing EVERYTHING in a relationship? I mean, how far is too far before your comfort zone becomes uncomfortable? I’m writing this after just destroying a bowl of Coco Pops (the white chocolate flavour – yum) for breakfast but I’ve read something that’s making me gag. Apparently, using your partner’s toothbrush can put you at risk of contracting herpes. Some 100 million bacteria live in a toothbrush and sticking someone else’s in your gob sparks off the mother of bacteria parties where all strains are invited to potentially give you something nasty. I do know couples who share a toothbrush. And I also know a couple who share the same bath water, which is arguably seen as more acceptable but you still wouldn’t catch me splashing around in someone else’s cocktail of sweat, dead skin and toe bogies. Then there’s sharing razors and hair brushes – again, not on my shift. What’s next? Maybe sharing cotton wool buds, toothpicks or even picking each other’s noses? I know what you’re thinking; I didn’t say consume what you dig out on the end of your finger though, so please let’s not lower the tone here. I guess what I’m trying to say is where’s our decorum people? It’s bad enough walking your kids to school in a dressing gown but harnessing a herpes factory on your toothbrush is where we should be drawing the line.

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Edwards Keeps Evolving One of my favourite and longstanding venues has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment to ensure it remains one of the most popular bars in the city centre just as it celebrates its 20th birthday!

After 43 years in the motorcycle business Robin and Jenny Homewood have decided to retire and I for one will miss them. Jenny’s father – Harry Balderston – opened a motorcycle shop in Cobden Street 80 years ago and Jenny and Robin continued with the business right up until the present Balderston site in Hampton. My earliest memories and I guess where my passion for motorbikes began, was at their Lincoln Road premises. I used to get my hair cut at Fortunato’s across the way and would always marvel at the bikes in the window before and after getting my ears lowered. Fast forward to a few years ago, Balderston sponsored my column and I got to

know Jenny and Robin. I can honestly say I’ve never met two more welcoming, sincere, professional and appreciative people in the motorcycle trade. Good people rub off on their employees and that’s what’s happened at Balderston where everyone is the salt of the earth. Thankfully the crew’s been left in good hands with the business being bought by Sycamore, who have in their portfolio BMW cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It’s a natural fit and I know Balderston will go from strength to strength. To Jenny and Robin: Thanks for giving me the chance to ride and write about your bikes over the years. Enjoy your retirement and be super proud of the legacy you continued.

Still Bella in Town! It’s been at least 20 years but it was good to bump into Solstice manager Pete Bell. ‘Bella’ back in the day was pulling the strings at Shanghai Sam’s / Quo Vadis at a time when the city had ‘proper’ nightclubs before bar culture became heavily embedded into the city centre’s night scene. Pete and other club owners like Rinaldo, Frank at L’Aristo’s, the Howard and Suzanne (mainly Suzanne, yum) partnership at 5th Avenue and later on Mark May at Liquid were heading up successful venues and a large part of that success was down to how they came across at the door. In those days club owners were very much part of the fabric of the venue and they were natural PR

Edwards on Broadway has a fresh look that includes a smart cocktail bar, new layout with VIP booths and the latest sound and lighting systems. It was launched at an opening party with TOWIE star James Lock and we’ll have all the pics in the next issue. Cem Ozkan, General Manager at Edwards Peterborough, told us: “We’re so excited to show off the transformed Edwards bar. We’re in our 20th year now and it’s about time that Edwards got a well-deserved makeover. With our official launch hosted by James Lock from TOWIE and with plenty of other special guests lined up, we’re excited to bring the party back to Peterborough.” As part of the revamp, something I really like the sound of is a brand-new dedicated cocktail masterclass bar which has been installed, giving us the chance to be shaken not stirred as we get to learn the tricks of the trade before enjoying the fruits of our labour in the room’s plush new surroundings. Customers (like me!) can also take advantage of the 2 for 1 deal running every night from 5pm until 11pm on all cocktails. For the money spent it’s a big transformation that’ll certainly attract a fresh crowd to an area of the city centre that’s been boosted with the opening of Forty Two across the road earlier this summer. It’s that good I’m considering coming out of CAUGHT IN THE ACT! retirement... “I wore it bette

r than Rodney bu t I’m starting to wonder, did Robin actually have a pur pose?”

people. They didn’t just focus on the operational side, they made time to get to know their customers and were more often than not seen at the doors adding their personal touch at the very start of your nightclub experience. They were personalities and nightlife celebrities in their own right. Today I’m told our venue owners and managers are a different breed. It’s understandably a more demanding financial environment both revellers and owners find themselves in but it seems there are no characters anymore. The charm, edge and presence of those in charge isn’t there – it’s been diluted or hasn’t been there in the first place. I’m not saying the most important reason for me


frequenting certain nightclubs 25 years ago was because of the manager or owner. But what I am saying is that their personality did reflect the vibe of the venue and for me the atmosphere of a club was the main reason I’d go to it. The Solstice has been a sturdy staple of our night scene for more than 20 years. Pete’s only been there for a tiny fraction of it but what he’s brought with him is those front-of-house people skills you just can’t teach. Nice to see you Pete and next time we’ll have a beer!



Yes, it’s the biggest show on TV and I’ve dabbled in a bit OF THE MONTH of Latin and ballroom, but for me it’s all about: Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy, Janette, Dianne, Amy. Oh, and Janette, Dianne, Amy.


Food Glori us Food We’re in Heaven!

The city’s new dessert restaurant Heavenly Desserts opened its doors last month, and we had a VIP invitation to the new venue on its opening night. ESP columnists Sarah Slack and Darren Grigas were among those keen to try out the array of tempting treats and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Based along Cowgate, this new offering in the Heavenly Desserts chain boasts stylish decor, marble-top tables, plush seats, and a variety of delicious dessert options. From the sharing platter served on the night we can safely say the brownies are absolutely divine, as well as the gorgeously gooey cookie dough and the freshly made super light and fluffy waffles drizzled with maple syrup. There was also a colourful array of ice creams which we can’t wait to sample, including refreshing fruit sorbets plus some truly decadent flavours of gelato such as mint choc chip, creme caramel, and Belgian chocolate.

Scarlett Grey from Heavenly Desserts told ESP – “We place our customers’ experience at the centre of everything we do. We believe in creating memorable dining experiences. Our desserts are made with the best ingredients, and our décor is designed to encourage a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is welcome; our extensive range of vegan and gluten-free dessert offerings make us one of the most inclusive restaurants currently in the market.” It’s the latest in their nationwide chain of 16 dessert restaurants and Scarlett said Peterborough is an ideal location for them – “Peterborough is a bustling city with a rich cultural heritage and a large community of dessert lovers. We felt that this would be a great place to invest in, especially since we notice a large number of customers would visit our Leicester store from Peterborough.” This classy addition to Peterborough’s eating out scene is a restaurant that would also prove perfect for a business meeting with a difference as well as any special occasion or just a sneaky treat for those with a sweet tooth and it’s open late. Heavenly Desserts also caters for vegans and those who are gluten-free with an impressive selection of puddings and cakes from its specialist menu.

Half Term and Halloween @ The Greyhound Stadium If you’re looking to get out of the house, escape the cooking and keep the kids entertained the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium has it sorted for you this month. They’re offering half price children’s restaurant packages from £4.75pc including entry, main and dessert from Friday October 18 to Saturday November 2. There’s extra family fun on Wednesday October 23 when Stripey Wipey entertains. Things also take on a spooky feel for Halloween from Wednesday October 23 to Saturday November 2 with the restaurants fully decorated and the staff will be in Halloween costume so go dressed to scare!

Treat For Teachers It’s time to be good to our hardworking teachers this month and Peterborough Greyhound Stadium is offering a foodie treat. There are free restaurant package upgrades for anyone working in education or childcare in any capacity AND their families and friends on Wednesday October 9, Friday October 11, and Saturday October 12 . Restaurant packages are from £14.95 including entry, race programme, starter, main, dessert and tea or coffee.

Bourne Artisan Butchery & Bakery There’s a great new place to go for delicious cakes, bread and quality meat in Bourne that we couldn’t resist popping into. The old Burtons of Bourne has now opened as the new Artisan Butchery & Bakery in collaboration with Grasmere Butchers. As well as being stocked with a great meat selection, freshly made breads, cakes and savouries are supplied every Friday & Saturday. It’s open from 8am-5pm and has already proved really popular, so initially set up as a pop up, in time this might well become more a permanent venue on the high street.

Van Hage Serves Up Halloween Treats There’s plenty of Halloween fun and food at café Van Hage at the PE1 shopping centre at Eye this month. On Friday October 25 it’s their special Kids Halloween Party (£6.95pc) including Halloween mask making, a delicious cold




spooky buffet and a fun fancy dress event. The best dressed wins a pumpkin and carving kit For mum and dad there’s a seasonal October offer – buy one get one free Spiced Pumpkin Latte.


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Time to be a Community Superhero! In this ‘people powered’ issue of ESP we’re looking at how local people can do big things for themselves and each other to make life better in and around the city. You’ve got the power to be a super hero in your community and Peterborough City Council is keen to back your great ideas with support. They’re encouraging new projects in the city where people come together, organise themselves and volunteer. What can you do to make a difference?

Hello superhero! Superhero films are all the rage – and it’s fun to think that there are people out there ready to help and protect us. But *spoiler alert* the heroes from Hollywood aren’t real, which is truly disappointing! And yet… I’ve been finding out that in Peterborough we have many of our own. Over the past few months I’ve been talking to people across the city about what they do in their neighbourhood and community to make it a better place. From litter picking in the Ortons to looking out for their neighbours in Castor, there is a lot going on. My job, and my passion, is to get more people active in their community. And it’s great that ESP magazine is helping out in this edition, with some ideas of how. At the council we’re also looking at new ways to support community activity, as we think strong communities are the best way to improve people’s lives. It’s the small things that really matter too – and taking a little bit of time for other people. It might be as simple as saying ‘hello’, or having a chat and a cup of coffee. If you want to do something a little bigger, but you just don’t know where to start, such as starting a football group for young people, you can get in touch with PCVS. I think we all need others to help us on our way, and sometimes we just need that extra bit. Loneliness and mental health problems are on the rise, and I believe a little bit of kindness can go a long way. So as autumn draws in it’s time to dig out and dust down your capes, I know we can all be a superhero in our community! Irene Walsh City Councillor and Cabinet Member for Communities

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Time Credits Have you got a minute to do some good? One of the most valuable things you can give to make a difference where you live is your time, so why not be the hero of the hour by joining a new Time Credits reward scheme for volunteering. Time Credits are when you give up some time to volunteer, and afterwards you’ll get a thank you token. You can then spend this token in local businesses. So, good deeds equal good vibes and a boost for you too. Time Credits are initially coming to the Ortons and Hamptons and will eventually be available throughout Peterborough. Initially the city council is looking for communities, already working in the Ortons and Hamptons to get them involved with helping to set this up and make it work. The pilot project will be working with service and community organisations and a meeting’s being held on Tuesday October 15 at the Goldhay Centre, 105 Paynels, Peterborough. This session is aimed at organisations and community groups based in Peterborough interested in learning more about Peterborough Time Credits and its benefits. It’ll be your chance to find out all about how Time Credits can benefit your organisation, increasing capacity and community connections and develop volunteering opportunities and activities. To reserve your space please visit or contact

Take the Think Community Challenge Over summer and the last few months, people across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have been taking part in a quick and simple challenge, to get everyone thinking about what they could do in their community to make it better. So far people are saying they want a community with lots of things to do for everyone, specifically children and young people, and to live in a place with good community spirit that helps stop people being lonely. What do you think you could do in your community? Many people are already happily involved in their communities and the city council wants to encourage more people to do this. That's why they’re starting a conversation about 'the things' that people think they should get involved with.

Boxing Your Way To A Better Future It’s a win win for the local heroes at Boxing Futures in Peterborough which has stepped into the ring to help the city’s disadvantaged young people. This charity is a national project but has a local group operating from Vic’s Gym in Hampton and with the help of local boxing star Cello Renda and volunteers it’s helping improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of local young people.

people with various issues the chance to gain confidence and motivation to move forward positively in their lives. This project packs a punch when it comes to giving young people a purpose - it builds character and resilience. Do you know a young person who could benefit or could you help donate or volunteer? If you want to help get in touch through their website

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Community Lunch Power! Older members of the community often need some super hero support and the Italian Community Association have proved they’re powered by great food when it comes to offering some valuable help. You don’t need X Ray vision to see that it’s easy for elderly people to quickly become isolated and more vulnerable, and you don’t need super strength to lift a teapot!

Volunteer heroes from the Italian Community Association stepped in to run a drop-in day with lunch every Tuesday, at The Fleet in Fletton to make sure there was food and good company for those who need it. It’s great for older people, a place to make new friends and eat lovely food. Just call 01733 560218 if you’d like to go along to the Fletton Lunch Club, or to find out more about setting up something similar where you live.

Coffee and a cake Cake and company are a great duo that can make a big difference, so could you take time to have a catch up with one of your neighbours?

Power up the Community If you’ve been inspired to rally some community spirit and have set up initiatives where you live here’s a chance to join forces with others who’ve done the same and generate some real people power. There’s a plan for a Peterborough Citizens Organisation which hopes to join up people across the city who are trying to improve their communities so it’s time to get in touch if you think your community group could help. Head along to a meeting on Monday October 28 in the Lecture Theatre at the University Centre Peterborough on Park Crescent to hear about community organising and explore the potential creation of a Peterborough Citizens Organisation from 6.30 - 8pm. Citizens UK is the national home of community organising and hopes to bring local groups together to build alliances such as schools, charities, residents’ associations, colleges, churches and other faith groups, unions etc – and then train their members to be more effective community leaders, working together for everyone’s benefit. If you’d like your group to be involved contact or call Daniel on 07495 724658.

Lava Lamp Lighters

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The Lava Lamp Lighters are a local band made up of musicians with various special needs who are showing that music really is for everyone.


aving just released their second EP, Ignore Disability, this enthusiastic group are regulars at Beat This and Chime in Norfolk Street, Peterborough where they learn to play various instruments, rehearse regularly and record their own material. Beat This is a Community Interest Company and includes the Chime Creation Centre where you can learn, create, record and play. It’s where the Lava Lamp Lighters get support and encouragement learning to play a variety of instruments. ESP was invited along to one of their rehearsals and treated to some of the tunes they’ve written themselves. Beat This was founded in 2009 by two passionate music producers Lee Ashton and Ben Turner. They realised that there


was a lack of extra curricula music activity in Peterborough and wanted to set up a service that would give people access to a wide range of interactive, hands-on musical and creative experiences. They decided to set up a charitable, not-forprofit social enterprise called Beat This, as the vehicle to deliver this service. Many local people will know Simon Piper from successful Peterborough gypsy swing band Opaque and he’s one of the guys helping to teach music and songwriting there. It was Beat This founder Benny Turner, also from Opaque, who brought Simon into the fold. Simon told us he’s been involved for a few years now and loves the way it improves the lives of the band and promotes greater independence and creativity. “I think it makes a huge difference. I think they all just really enjoy coming to practice every week, the social side of it, but also there’s something universal about music – it doesn’t matter how good your language skills are, everyone can understand it. Getting out and gigging, I think brings them a lot of joy.” The members of the band can vary, and not everyone was there the day we popped in, but on their latest EP it’s regulars Chris on vocals, Jeremy on bass, Martyn on keys, Natasha on bongos, Enzo on drums, Emily on djembe and Collum on percussion. Martyn plays guitar and electric piano in the Lava Lamp Lighters and told us he looks forward to going along as much as he can. “It’s good for me. It’s my dream because I always had a music background since I was little and I was interested in guitar. I am a songwriter and I’m learning to play the

electric guitar and the electric piano. “We all write songs and contribute. Gigging is an exciting experience but it’s also a scary feeling like you have butterflies in your stomach. We are working on some new songs and are going to do a single. “I enjoy it feeling the music and the vibe of the experience of being in the band and being with my friends. People who are able bodied say people with learning difficulties can’t do things like play music but we want to show it’s no problem and encourage others to do it too.” Lead singer Chris, who also performs as solo artist Shadow, belted out some tunes for us with the band and you can see everyone’s having a great time. Chris told us it’s been life changing for him to be part of. “I love it; I try and get here as much as I can. I want to do more gigs and get the band recognised more. “It’s been really important to me because I couldn’t have met Benny Turner without coming into the band and I wouldn’t have done my solo stuff without Benny. Being part of the band has really made a difference. It’s given me new talents, writing songs and lyrics – I never thought I could do that beforehand.” We were surprised to hear that Beat This and Chime don’t receive any funding, yet they’re doing such an amazing job. If you’d like to help or even volunteer we would urge you to get in touch with this great project. If you’d like to find out more visit or call 01733 873014 and to find out more about the band visit – they’re keen to perform more locally. Facebook @ Lavalamplightersuk

paparazzi Caught in the act?

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The New Theatre’s Opening Night is a Hit! Peterborough’s Louis Smith certainly got the party started at the New Theatre with his music and dance show Rip It Up The 70s and what a night it was! It was the first show under Selladoor Venues, the new management team running the New Theatre on Broadway and it was fantastic to see this iconic venue packed with people, up out of their seats singing and dancing in the aisles. The show featured former Olympic gymnast and Strictly champion Louis Smith who’s enjoying new found success with a dance career, along with Rachel Stevens for S Club 7, Lee Ryan from Blue, Melody Thornton from Pussycat Dolls and Gio Spano the X Factor finalist. We’ve waited a long time to see this amazing theatre back on its feet under professional management able to bring us the calibre of shows our city deserves and now it’s finally happening. There’s an incredible line up of productions coming our way so grab your tickets, take your seats and let’s enter a new era! You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.


Coming soon to the New Theatre... Madagascar the Musical (October 2 - 6) The brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek the Musical) sees all your favourite characters from the film brought to life on stage in style. Lulu – On Fire (October 10) We Love Little Mix (October 19) Gaslight (October 21 - 26) Bill Kenwright brings us this new production of the classic psychological thriller starring TV’s Martin Shaw A Beautiful Noise (October 30) The Rat Pack (November 1) The Mousetrap (November 4 - 9) The classic Agatha Christie murder thriller starring Susan Penhaligon Mr Men and Little Miss (November 12 and 13) Fame (November 25 - 30) The 30th anniversary production featuring Keith Jack (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) and Jorgie Porter (Holloyoaks) The Wizard of Oz (December 14 - 31) A wonderful Christmas panto starring Strictly’s Katya Jones. There’s even more to look forward to next year with Bill Kenwright’s musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cabaret and dance show Firedance starring Gorka and Karen from Strictly Come Dancing. Visit


paparazzi Caught in the act? Peterborough Beer Festival Just to cheer you up, here’s a summer throwback to when 27,500 of us descended on the Embankment and enjoyed supping some ales at the Peterborough Beer Festival in August. Perfectly organised by the local branch of CAMRA and brought to life by a dedicated band of truly wonderful volunteers, this annual event is one of ESP’s favourites and once again we were all too pleased to join the beer judging panel. The 42nd event did not disappoint with some great live music, a huge range of ales, gins, ciders and wine and… some great weather! Our photographer Mike Harris was there to capture you all having a fantastic time working you way through some 72,500 pints and 400 bottles of gin (that wasn’t all down to the Editor honest….) Next year’s festival takes place from Tuesday August 25 to Saturday August 29 so block out your diary. You can see all of our Paparazzi photos on our Facebook page.



She’s one of the most popular hosts on TV and now Emma Willis is fronting the second series of Channel 4’s groundbreaking reality gameshow series, The Circle.


ust back on our TV screens, this year it’s coming from Greater Manchester and will feature more live episodes now hosted by Emma. If you didn’t catch the first series, The Circle is a reality show perfectly aimed at our social media generation. It’s basically a popularity game where anyone can be anyone. The players live in separate apartments in a single building and play games and chat with each other through The Circle, a purpose-built, voice activated social media site. They don’t meet up at all and so can pretend to be whoever they think will make them most popular on their profiles and chat… that could be someone completely different to themselves, even a different sex! They rate each other frequently and unpopular players are blocked. Once blocked, and before leaving the show, the eliminated players will get to meet other players in person for the first time. Ultimately, the most popular player wins a cash prize of up to £100,000. Fresh from Big Brother, Emma says joining this show feels like the right move and she can’t wait. “It just felt like a natural thing to do, to be honest. I know there's this kind of suggestion it is just a replacement for Big Brother for me, but I view it quite differently. “The thing with Big Brother is that for me, I always viewed it with the purist mentality, it was a social experiment. That is always how I watched Big Brother. But this, I very much watch it as a game. I hated Big Brother being compared to a game but this is clearly a game with the interaction of people, how they'll react in certain scenarios and then seeing who is going to be themselves and who is going to play it to try and be the most popular and win that money.” Emma admits that before she’d watched the first series she wasn’t convinced of the format but can now see it has a lot to say about how we live with social media. “Before I'd watched it, I was like, ‘This is glorifying what is wrong with social media, where anyone can be anyone. You don't know who you're talking to’. But I hadn't watched it and that was just my opinion. Then I watched it and I thought ‘This is a glowing beacon to teach people,


do not trust who you're talking to online. Because you just don't know!’ So I think it's a brilliant vehicle for education in the way that a game is showing you that you should be so wary of anything that you're doing online, who you're talking to. “It's fascinating to see what people are going to do. How are they going to play it, who will be themselves?” In her own life Emma thinks she maintains quite a healthy relationship with social media, personally favouring Instagram which she finds – “a much more positive place than Twitter” – but is well aware of its pitfalls. “I can see how it can be addictive but I also like to keep it at an arm's length,” says Emma. “I like to use it for work and I like to use it for personal use as well. I'm always conscious of being realistic on it and painting a true picture of my life, rather than a version of you. I think that's the responsibility we should all be taking. Even if you have that strength I think we can all still get sucked into it.” In The Circle Emma’s hoping to see some varied characters and diversity but is intrigued to see how they all approach it. “What’s brilliant to watch is seeing if people go in with one objective and that is to win the money and then does their conscience kick in? Are they like, ‘I literally can't do this, I'm lying to them and I can't do this anymore’. Then they might switch again and remember it's for a hundred grand. It's for the money that, to an extent, drives that decision. “This is a massive game at the end of the day so you need your tactics but you also need to adapt.” It seems Emma is rarely off our screens and has been enjoying hosting several successful series. The Circle is her latest challenge but then there’s also another series called Pants on Fire on the way for this lovely lady. She’s certainly the go-to host for TV companies so it’s no wonder she says she’s not worrying about her career. “No, because I never thought I was going to have it, so I should just enjoy it. One day it will end and I'll have had a bloody good time doing it!” Sounds like a great philosophy to us! Catch The Circle on Channel 4, weeknights at 10pm.

Garden House In this issue of ESP we’re seeking out the super heroes who are stepping up and making a difference in their communities. Homelessness is a big problem but some fantastic volunteers in Peterborough are proving that when it comes to doing good deeds, they’re playing a huge part in helping people get their lives back on track… The Safer off the Streets partnership was created just over a year ago with the aim of tackling homelessness in Peterborough’s city centre and the wider city. Nineteen partners, comprising voluntary, religious and community organisations, have worked together for a campaign that’s raised around £12,000. One of those partners is The Garden House on Wheel Yard, run by Light Project Peterborough. Although separate from the SoS project, money from the SoS campaign goes directly to Garden House, as it relies on funds to keep it open. It’s a building in the heart of Peterborough which you’ve probably passed hundreds of times without even realising it. Inside, however, is a sparkling example of the city’s community pulling together to help those in need. On any given weekday dozens of rough sleepers may pass through the doors, seeking help to get their lives back on track or just a cup of tea and a chat, with the help of a team of volunteers. Volunteers such as Teresa, who joined the team after hearing about Garden House through her local church, where she’s been a regular volunteer on the Peterborough Winter Night Shelter. Teresa told us – “The Garden House is a magical place. It helps everybody that doesn’t have somewhere to call home, and who other people don’t even think about. They sometimes walk through the green gates and have nothing but themselves.

“It’s certainly grown since we opened and the more people that know about it the better. Hopefully that will continue and the word will spread that we can help people get back to being themselves again.” Rewind a year to last October, and Paul (47) was one of those people who needed help the most, suffering from several health problems that were byproducts of a troubled lifestyle. “I came out of hospital and saw my GP, who was on-board with the (Garden House) project,” Paul told us. “She gave me a slip of paper with ‘The Garden House, Chrissy’ – which I still carry in my wallet – and I found the guys here.

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“I guess I was afraid to ask for help and didn’t want to talk to anybody. That soon changed, and they helped me so much. “You come here and you’re not sure what to expect, but you’re treated fairly – no one will judge you and everybody has a skill where they can help their own progression, or other people’s.” Paul’s now found stability and moved on in life, completing the circle to become a volunteer himself. “I wanted to give back the help I got,” Paul told us. “There’s an amazing group of people here that give up their time. “Without the Garden House I probably wouldn’t be in a good place, to be honest. This place changed my life. “I’m just taking life one day at a time – let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

People Power – How You Can Help The best way to help tackle homelessness is to donate money, offer items, or volunteer your time. You can donate money online, at cash donation points and a contactless card donation window in the St. Peter’s Arcade next to the Argo Lounge. Visit to see what you can do to make a difference.




ivacity and Live Promotions Events stepped in to relaunch the long running annual display after the previous organisers were unable to continue. The new style night will see family focused fun, entertainment and of course incredible fireworks at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough. You know it’s going to be pretty spectacular when Titanium Fireworks are involved as they’re the team behind fireworks displays for New Year’s Eve on the Thames, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Adele The Finale concert at Wembley Stadium in 2017. Wow!

So what else can we expect this year? Well, we’re being promised an extensive indoor children’s soft-play area and entertainments stage, which will be included in the ticket price. There will also be a fun fair as well as food and drink vendors, ensuring a great afternoon and evening out for all of the family. Discounted tickets are now on sale for Fireworks Fantasia and it will be supporting two local charities – Sue Ryder and Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS). Tickets bought in advance are Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25 (2 adults & 2 children), under 2s get in free. Tickets bought on the night will be Adult £12, Child £6, Family £32 (2 adults & 2 children), under 2s get in free. To book your tickets, head to or for enquiries regarding the booking process, please call 01775 768661.


Peterborough is set to see another amazing fireworks display light up the skies this year with Firework Fantasia on Saturday November 2.

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Edward Furlong Director: Tim Miller James Cameron is back with the Terminator franchise that he made his name with – producing this direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The previous three films have been deemed to have occurred in ‘alternate timelines’ – and Deadpool director Tim Miller has taken over the reigns to reunite the cast from the 1991 masterpiece. Set 27 years after the events of said film, a new modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) and her hybrid cyborg human protector Grace (Mackenzie Davis) – but Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor comes to their aid. She’s supported in her quest by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s original Terminator – and Edward Furlong’s John Connor has been confirmed to be returning in a small role – as they fight for the future once again. And after the original two Cameron classics, fingers-crossed that this ‘new’ instalment does his legacy justice – and absolutely kills it…
















Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger puts in a highly-acclaimed turn as legendary Wizard of Oz actress/songstress Judy Garland. The movie chronicles the iconic performer during the latter end of her career as she arrives in London for a five-week run of sell-out concerts in 1968, less than a year before she died.





The creators of How to Train Your Dragon have crafted this computergenerated tale – as a magical Yeti tries to find its way home. When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennett) encounters the young creature on the roof of her Shanghai apartment building, they embark on an epic adventure to reunite him with his family.

Keira Knightley headlines this biographical espionage drama about British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun – who during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War invasion leaked a top-secret memo exposing a joint US-UK spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. Ralph Fiennes co-stars.






The legendary Aardman stop-motion character Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) gets a sequel to his 2015 solo debut. When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home – before a sinister organisation can capture her.

A drama that’s getting a lot of early award-season buzz is this ‘modern day Mark Twain’ adventure, that sees Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, run away from the nursing home that he lives in to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Johnson co-star.





Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the iconic DC Comics’ villain is getting rave reviews – despite the actual movie overall getting some divisive feedback. Multipletime Oscar nominee Phoenix stars as the Arthur Fleck iteration, in this character study of a man disregarded by society. Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) co-star in this crime-drama from The Hangover director Todd Phillips.





Oscar-winning Life of Pi director Ang Lee helms this movie version of the seventies TV series – as Will Smith’s over-thehill government assassin Henry Brogan faces off against a younger clone of himself that knows his every move. He must then uncover the truth behind this junior creation of himself to save him from taking the same dark path, in this sci-fi actioner co-starring British favourite Clive Owen.






A decade later the gang are back for this sequel to the cult zombie action/comedy/horror. The main four protagonists – Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin – all return, with Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson joining the ride. They must face off against more evolved zombies this time round – alongside the squabbling of the makeshift family unit they’ve established.


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A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR PETERBOROUGH GRADUATES The future’s looking bright as Peterborough graduates are about to take up new careers in and around the city.

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t was celebrations all round as the latest crop of students celebrated their achievements at a huge graduation ceremony in Peterborough Cathedral in September and many have already secured jobs in the area. The students from University Centre Peterborough (UCP) were joined by 850 guests including proud family members and their friends as well as academic staff. As the students donned their gowns at the Town Hall ahead of the prestigious ceremony they were able to enjoy some tasty food provided by street food traders from Peterborough City Market. The market, which is managed by Peterborough City Council has a mouthwatering selection of Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Nepalese, Nigerian and vegan offerings. This food was representative of the diverse cultures of students who’ve achieved their degrees at UCP. The Mayor of Peterborough Cllr Gul Nawaz, and Deputy Mayor Cllr Diane Lamb led the procession to the cathedral where guest speakers highlighted the new graduates’ potential to actively contribute to

Peterborough’s thriving economy. To benefit local causes, University Centre Peterborough has made a substantial donation to the Mayor’s charities for 2019/20, which are Little Miracles, Carers Trust Peterborough and Friends of Peterborough Hospitals. It’s been another successful year for UCP and their students with many having already secured full-time work in their chosen careers in the local area, whilst others are continuing to postgraduate study at universities including Warwick and Oxford. University Centre Peterborough’s reputation as a higher education institution continues to grow with local and national employers, as their degrees are aligned with business needs and lead to real job opportunities. There is now a diverse range of degrees in subject areas including accounting, archaeology, biological sciences, business management, digital arts, engineering, forensic investigation, journalism and marketing. For hundreds of other photos from the graduation visit UCP’s Facebook page –

FAKE AUTOPSY – REAL EXPERIENCE! The VIVIT Experience – the world’s first travelling live post mortem – as featured on Dragons Den is returning to Peterborough at an event organised by University Centre Peterborough. For those with a strong stomach and an interest in antatomy and physiology this will be a unique opportunity for students and teachers to gain a practical insight. This nationally award winning academic experience will take place on Thursday October 24 as part of the new BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree at University Centre Peterborough. It’s an opportunity that most students or teachers will never get and some of what is offered during The VIVIT experience session not even medical professionals can get to see and do. It’s suitable for A-level and BTEC students as well as teachers in sixth form or college with an interest in biomedical 34

science, biology, human biology, pharmacology, forensics, sports science, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and nutrition. The VIVIT Experience was even featured on Dragons Den last year and successfully secured investment from both Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden. It’s an amazing chance to participate in a recreated post mortem experience conducted on VIVIT - the worlds’ only semisynthetic human cadaver. You’ll be taken through a scientifically accurate recreated human body dissection learning in-depth anatomy and physiology. The anatomy used isn’t human though, it’s of swine origin, which is identical in size and structure and once harvested the samples are moved into VIVIT. VIVIT is a lifesize synthetic cadaver which is dissected for the audience to teach the structure and function of the human body.

There’ll be the opportunity to ask questions and at the same time handle the anatomical samples and even the chance to undertake some dissection for yourself. Tickets are £40 each (including lunch and refreshments) and places are limited so follow this link for more information with video and to book your place:


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ESP’s Rachael Church has all the latest health and beauty news…

LocaL SLimming SuperStarS As we set into autumn, I was delighted to pop along to MAC’s autumn make up class, to make sure I could share the hottest trends for the next few months. With the clothes aisles full of warm, autumnal colourings – would the make-up trends be going the same way? Here’s what I learnt from the experts! •

The autumn trends are warm tones, using a lot of colours which have come straight from the catwalk.

Burnt oranges, reds and golds are key colours, which can easily be worn during the day for work, then ramped up for the evening with some added eye liner and longer lashes.

Make sure to look out for sparkly eyeshadows (like MAC’s ‘stylishly merry’, which sold out for them last Christmas and has been brought back by demand).

Highlighter pallets are an absolute must for everyone’s make up case to build up those shiny textures and colours for your autumn look.

A good lipstick is key to finishing off any look. MAC’s range called ‘lovely lipsticks’ have all the key colours you’ll need. They suggested a lighter tone for the day, and a darker tone to perfect an evening look.

MAC offer 15-minute complimentary make-overs with some guidance for what exactly will suit your skin tones. So pop down and make an appointment to make sure you’re fully ready for the new style season.

Here at ESP, we felt a weight loss group in Peterborough deserved a big shout out, as it’s been awarded the title of ‘best in the country’ after members collectively lost over 800 stone. The Hampton Vale Slimming World Group was awarded ‘Group of the Year 2019’ at the National Slimming World Oscars ceremony. Run by Scott Smith, it beat off stiff competition from over 35,000 other groups. Well done guys and girls! The members of the Hampton Vale Saturday group have apparently lost 11,200lbs, a whopping 800 stone between them to bag the award. Scott told ESP their secret – “The Slimming World food optimising plan encourages our slimmers to fill up on healthy, filling foods like fruit, veg, rice, pasta, potato, lean meats and fish so it helps them to lose weight and

never go hungry. We also encourage members to get active at the same time, we call it ‘body magic’ to embrace a full rounded healthy living lifestyle, but you’ll lose weight by just following our eating plans.” The group meets at Hampton Vale Community Centre every Thursday evening and Saturday mornings and also in the CSK Church at Hampton every Friday morning. Scott says there’s always room to welcome new and returning members to the Hampton Slimming World family, and it’s not just for the ladies, Scott supports around 40 men that come to the groups each week too. To find out more about joining Scott’s Hampton groups either just pop along, or contact Scott on 07734 364138 or log onto

rachaeL’S product of the month Lush’s refillable lipstick and case – just £8 for the case and £10 for your choice of colour in Queensgate. Lush continues to lead the way in looking after the planet by launching this case made from partially recycled aluminum and brass, that won’t end up back in the landfill. Plus, it looks great too and won’t break the bank. Take a look at the Berlin and Kingston tones, gorgeous reds, blues and purples for perfect autumn lips. But there are more than 30 shades to pick from in total.


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Time to give your wellbeing the acid test... I recently watched a TV advert for heartburn and indigestion which I found so frustrating! Basically, we’re watching an individual who has a full on life seemingly on the go all the time, eating at the work desk, drinking coffee, chugging down a sandwich or large meal and then watching him wince at the pain he’s getting in his gut. Never fear, you can pop a chewable tablet or glug down some chalky liquid to put the fire out, then you can continue as you were, drinking your latte, sandwiches on the go and ignore the symptoms as there’s a pill for the ill – that’s the gist of the advert! Many of us get the occasional heartburn or acid reflux after overindulging such as at Christmas, and taking the odd antacid will give relief, but occasional use has now become the regular norm. So many people complain of indigestion or heartburn too frequently and can find that the over-the-counter solutions have less effect so you’re likely to be prescribed a PPI (protein pump inhibitor) if those symptoms persist. PPI’s are used to inhibit the gastric acid secretions from the stomach. PPI’s can be prescribed for many other reasons, such as protection from gastric ulcers from some drugs or gastric reflux for example. Short term use has not been found to cause side effects and can be really helpful in many cases. The long- term use though is slightly different in that it can cause unwanted side effects such as: • • • • •

Bone loss - leading to fractures B12 deficiency Iron anaemia Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth Unfavourable changes in our friendly bacteria leading to a host of gut and immune issues and much more – quite a price to pay on your health really

Stomach acid has a Ph of around 2-3.5, so it’s highly acidic. It breaks down proteins, protects the body from bacteria and other pathogens coming into the mouth from food/drinks etc and aids in the absorption and uptake of calcium, iron, B12, folic acid, and more. Often people will feel like they’re too acidic but what can be happening is the stomach acid production is too low and therefore your food is fermenting – especially proteins (rotting) and releasing acids and gasses which impairs all the benefits. 38

This low stomach acid output can be triggered by stress, nutritional deficiencies such as B1 (thiamine), zinc and others, excess alcohol, some medical drugs and more. Outward symptoms of low acid output can include things like bloating, wind, belching and bad breath. You might feel full very quickly, see undigested food in you poo or suffer from diarrhoea and/or constipation. It can even cause flaky fingernails… and much more. So back to the advert for a moment, the thoughts that spring to my mind when I watch it are ‘how about looking at the root cause and helping to restore natural gastric balance’? Yes I know it’s only an advert but this is what I see in my practice very often so what would I ask? – • • •

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Is he drinking enough water? Does he drink coffee daily? Is he taking foods his body can’t digest and therefore trigger inflammation and longer tissue damage such as gluten? Is he stressed? Does he drink excess alcohol? Is he sensitive to the casein in dairy? Does he have a bacterial infection? Is he eating excessive amounts of sugar, processed foods and animal protein/eggs?

So, whilst you may think that popping the antacids is innocent, it can lead to bigger problems further down. This approach is nothing more than symptom treatment and can go on to cause further issues. The body is signalling something is wrong – you wouldn’t ignore the red warning light in your car by putting a small blister plaster on the alert, yet we don’t listen to the information coming from our own body – something is not right! There are numerous natural ways to support this natural balance, but the root cause needs to be addressed otherwise using a natural supplement (such as a soother) is taking the same approach as taking the drug. Yes, agreed it may not come with the side effects and can help, but it is still allopathic thinking if you’re not looking for the underlying functional, dietary or lifestyle issues. Karen N.B - If you are on PPI’s do not come off them, always discuss with your GP. The information is based on my own experience of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Functional medicine and is intended for information not medical advice.

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SKI TOURING COMES TO TALLINGTON If a nip in the air has got you excited about hitting the slopes, there’s the chance to add a little more adventure to your usual ski holiday experience by learning how to go ski touring.


he artificial slopes at Tallington Lakes are a great place to learn and improve your ski technique and now they’re set to stage ski touring taster sessions for the first time with top instructor Blair Aitken sharing his skills. If exploring the mountains is something you’ve considered, or would like to try, this session should give you the inside track on how to don your skins for the uphill walks and take your ski experiences to an exciting new level as you ski downhill on beautiful untouched snow! On Sunday November 10 Blair Aitken will host a special Ski Touring Taster Session at Tallington Lakes. Blair is a BASI British Association of Snowsport Instructors Level 4 Instructor, and British Backcountry founder, so he’s just the guy to teach you the key skills needed to safely go on a ski tour. You’ll get the chance to try the equipment and really understand what ski touring involves. The session is practical, with some theory, and will cover ski touring techniques, including the use of skins and touring bindings, an introduction to navigation and avalanche awareness, familiarisation with avalanche safety equipment and planning your first steps into the sport if you decide it’s for you. Blair Aitken is an internationally qualified ski instructor and race coach, ski-mountaineer and former alpine national champion who has been backcountry skiing in Scotland since the mid-nineties so if anyone’s going to give you an insight into this sport – he’s the man! Sessions available: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm on the day; and cost £50 (maximum 10 places per session). Please call 01778 381154 to book your place.

What’s it like to go ski touring? Ski touring is an exciting way to add a new sense of adventure to your ski trips and go exploring away from the busy resorts. Former Peterborough and Cambridge radio news editor Alison Dawes has been ski touring for about 20 years, after growing bored of the regular runs. ESP asked Alison what different challenges it brings. “It’s much more interesting for me than skiing on the piste because you encounter a range of snow conditions and terrains. One moment you can be high on a mountain top and then you will be skiing through a rock field or a forest and then back out into an open area. You need to rapidly adjust your skiing to account for the things you encounter so you might be using a powder technique in one section but then snowploughing on a narrow track ten minutes later!” How did you learn to do it? “I did a couple of courses in France - one which is basically how to ski in a lot of different types of snow and another more advanced version of the

same thing which also included practicing techniques for walking uphill on your skis. Touring skis have a special kind of binding which means you can lift your heel when walking uphill and then lock it down once you start to ski down again. Then I did a number of trips practicing over a couple of years before embarking on the Haute Route.” Would you recommend tuition? “Absolutely! It’s important to learn good technique, how to be safe and how to use the equipment properly. If you don’t learn how to do it properly you will also get tired really quickly and risk falling.” Why do you enjoy it so much? “It’s great to get away from all the crowds in the resorts and to go exploring! You get away from it all really quickly once you leave the lifts behind and can find yourself in some stunningly beautiful places with hardly anyone else around. It feels really special to be in parts of the mountains few other people visit. There are great views (if the weather is good obviously!) and the payback for all the walking is some fabulous downhills in wonderful untracked powder. You really need a guide who knows where the good routes are and where to find the best snow.”

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ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United… We have hosted an under 18 fixture for England in the past (a game with France) and in that England side was Chelsea star Mason Mount. Jack Clarke, who moved from Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year is a regular in the under 20 set-up and there are many future stars to spot. The Young Lions will take on the Czechs at the Weston Homes Stadium on Monday October 14 (7pm BST KO) and tickets are now on sale at and at the Weston Homes Stadium ticket office. Our secretary Liz Elsom said: “We are pleased to be working with the Football Association and are delighted to stage this fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium.

“We feel this is a great way of showcasing our football club and hopefully it can lead to further international fixtures in the future”

During my time of working at the football club I must have witnessed thousands of matches, from youth games to first team games and I’m rather like our director of football Barry Fry, I live, breathe and eat the game. Well not literally, my diet is appalling but eating footballs would be a stretch too far even for me.


hen the international break affects the Premier League, I get withdrawal symptoms from Match of the Day, but it does give the EFL an opportunity to showcase what we can provide and a 6-0 win over Rochdale during that period did get us some coverage a little bit further than the norm. While the England senior side were labouring to a victory over

Kosovo, I was putting the finishing touches to the statement that we were able to release about the Weston Homes Stadium staging an international of our own. You may have seen that our stadium will be hosting the international game between England under 20s and the Czech Republic under 20s. Once I got over the initial fear of correctly pronouncing those Czech players’

names, it got me thinking about how exciting this is for the city of Peterborough. We are a diverse city of multiple ethnicities, religions and nationalities. The fact that we’re able to attract an international fixture is a great opportunity for the city of Peterborough to come together and to use our wonderful hashtag of #AUnitedCity, it really is relevant.

“We feel this is a great way of showcasing our football club and hopefully it can lead to further international fixtures in the future. We look forward to welcoming supporters from both nations and look forward to an exciting evening.” England last faced the Czech Republic in October 2018, where Eddie Nketiah’s goal was cancelled out by a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Budevice. I am excited for this game. I think we can get a good crowd, so if you are reading this copy of ESP, get yourself some tickets, it will be an occasion not to miss.


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Everybody needs good neighbours… We’ve all probably chatted over coffee at some point commenting on the lack of community spirit these days. Well, here’s your chance to be a real community ‘super hero’ and rebuild that spirit where you live – and we’re not talking a street party!

Whether you’ve lived somewhere for years or are new to an area, everybody needs a little help every now and then, so here’s your chance to step up and be that good neighbour. A Good Neighbours scheme pioneered by Castor Parish Council is a great example and it’s hoped other community led projects will start up across the city. Why not take a little inspiration from what they are doing and set something similar up where you live? Opportunity to help The Chairman of Castor Parish Council Cllr Neil Boyce came up with the idea when he realised there was an opportunity to help both the city council and local residents. The Good Neighbours scheme helps local people find a simple way to bring a bit of community spirit to where they live. It helps them look out for people in their community, to come alongside their neighbours, and help share local information that might enrich their lives.

You may be aware that someone living close to you might be struggling, is lonely or isolated. Simple things like saying ‘hello’ or having a cup of tea with them goes a long way. Going for a short walk with them through the park or to the shops can help even more. It’s likely you’ll notice things that could help prevent something like feeling lonely from becoming more serious. So this scheme is a chance to actually do your bit to help someone out. Make time to chat It’s simple stuff – but giving a bit of your time to be there, and taking time to encourage people, can make all the difference in people finding the strength to get on with their own lives and day to day tasks. Now, with a bit of advice from the likes of Age UK, Carers Trust and the Dementia Trust the Good Neighbours can do a little more and put people in touch with others. A little help certainly goes a long way and it’s proving very successful. Helping vulnerable residents in the community also means helping newcomers and those from different cultural backgrounds.

Local groups Through this aspect of the project they welcome any new arrivals and give them a pack brimming with useful info and local contacts as well as details of community and faith groups, common interest groups such as the WI, the allotment group and Zumba classes. They also share information about the area and anything relevant to help them settle in. When someone moves in, their nominated Way Warden will pop round to pass on all the useful information and welcome them to the community. They can then contact them about any issues if they need some extra help. Simple really, but a great example of basic community spirit, so why not consider setting up something similar in your area? Now it’s up and running Neil and the team are working closely with the city council and Cllr Irene Walsh (Cabinet Member for Communities) to make sure it keeps going and that other places can do something similar.

“The Chairman of Castor Parish Council Cllr Neil Boyce came up with the idea when he realised there was an opportunity to help both the city council and local residents.”

The idea behind these types of projects is that they are local, and every area is different. So for example in a larger urban area there may well be more volunteers willing to get involved and so it can be adapted to work in any part of the city large or small. Susie Lucas, Chair of Bainton and Ashton Parish Council told us – “We’re looking to get the Good Neighbours scheme going in a number of parishes in the north west of Peterborough. Recently 23 people signed up to volunteer from just one meeting in Bainton and Ashton. It’s really positive to see how so many people want to give something back!” It’s time for some good deeds out there folks so if you are interested with a little time to spare and you’re willing to be trained up on how it works why not volunteer to help? If you are interested in finding out more drop an email to .

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Sarah Slack brings us the ESP guide to where the laughs are at this month…

Recommended Autumn Reads for Comedy Nerds!

As the nights get darker it seems many comedians announce new novels just in time for the upcoming festive season (I’m refusing to mention the C word, not just yet!). With that in mind, here’s a round-up of the best offerings to keep bookworms busy this autumn… Sex Power Money - Sara Pascoe Pascoe’s second book is already a Sunday Times bestseller after her first book Animal wowed readers with its feminist approach to the female body. Described by Frankie Boyle as 'a genuinely hilarious explanation of the science of sex’, Pascoe promises in this new book to explore heterosexuality and whether all human interactions are underwritten by wealth for an in-depth and fascinating look into modern relationships.

Perfect Sound Whatever - James Acaster Love him or hate him, it can’t be denied that cult comedian James Acaster is one of the most creative comedic minds performing on the UK circuit today. Proving that ‘second album syndrome’ can be a myth, his second book Perfect Sound Whatever, chronicles his year-long obsession of listening to all the music released in 2016 to help him get his life back on track for an enjoyable read for both music and comedy fans alike.

One to Watch: Ed Gamble This month’s one to watch feature goes to Ed Gamble, who will be performing his show Blizzard at the Key Theatre later this month after his sell-out national tour was extended earlier this year. Some of you eagle-eyed comedy nerds may be familiar with Gamble already for his recent appearance on Taskmaster, where at the time of writing he hasn’t won yet (#teamrosematafeo), so you’ve still got plenty of time to catch up on the latest season. Alongside impressive oboe skills and a passion for heavy metal, Ed’s also best known for his hugely successful podcast Off Menu, which he hosts alongside comedian James Acaster. An ideal podcast for those who love their food, each show asks a guest to choose their favourite starter, main and dessert, and celebrity guests so far have included Josie Long, Nish Kumar and Dara O’Briain. Ed Gamble will be performing at the Key Theatre on Tuesday October 29 at 7pm. To book tickets, visit their website or call 01733 207239. 44

March of the Lemmings: Brexit in Print and Performance 2016-9 - Stewart Lee A master of satire and political comedy, Stewart Lee’s shows and books have always been intellectually impressive and this latest venture into tackling our current political situation is no different. Drawing on three years of newspaper columns, a complete transcript of his Content Provider stand-up show, and Lee's caustic footnote commentary, March of the Lemmings is the scathing, riotous record the Brexit era deserves.

Phil Wang Brings Fringe Show to Stamford

Fresh from a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, comedian Phil Wang has just announced a UK tour of his show ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ for 2020, which includes a date at the Stamford Corn Exchange. Performing on Sunday March 8, Phil is probably best known for wearing that infamous

Kill Bill outfit on Taskmaster series 7, however he’s also appeared on Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You. Phil’s made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed BritishMalaysian heritage with shows offering a unique brand of comedy that is both smart and silly. For more information, visit www.stamfordcorn or call their box office on 01780 766455.


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PAUL ZERDIN’S PUPPET SHOW Winner of America’s Got Talent 2015, Paul Zerdin and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand with a brand-new UK tour. Described by The Stage as ‘the best ventriloquist Britain has discovered for many years…’, don’t miss your chance to see one of Britain’s finest entertainers. Tickets are available on 01780 766455.

LIGHTBOX COMEDY CLUB Topping the bill at the Lightbox Café on Bridge Street this month is Tom Houghton, a comedian and musician who was a former member of improv comedy group The Noise Next Door. Joining him will be award-winning comedian Diane Spencer who’s received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, alongside regular compere Jon Pearson. Tickets are available on

ELLIE TAYLOR Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI Ellie Taylor is back with a brand-new show. Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her ‘you got this’. Tickets are available on 01733 207239.

A PINT OF COMEDY @ STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE Taking place at the venue’s cellar bar, join the Stamford Arts Centre for their regular comedy nights and enjoy some of the UK’s best acts on the circuit. The line-up was yet to be announced, for tickets call 01780 763203.


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CRESSET COMEDY CLUB The longest-running comedy club in Peterborough, the Cresset’s comedy club will feature four of the best up-and-coming comedians in an intimate clubstyle environment for a great chance to see the next big thing. Tickets are available on 01733 265705.




RUSSELL KANE Don’t miss your chance to see this energetic comedy show from comedian and presenter Russell Kane, who’s best known as the host of BBC Three’s Live at The Electric, but also for appearing on Live at the Apollo and Celebrity Juice. Winner of Best Show in 2010 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Russell went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year. Tickets are available on 01733 265705.



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DETLEF HEADLINES MIXOLOGY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL A ghoulish Mixology awaits on Friday November 1 packed full of terrifying props and a monster of a headline DJ whose productions will melt your face quicker than a wicked witch. Get ready to welcome back the incredible Detlef to Mixology! The Edwards and RedRoom venue on Broadway has just had an amazing refurbishment so it’s also a great chance to check out the hot new look. Since his last outing at Mixology three years ago Detlef has been one of the most in demand DJs on the planet with his outstanding, captivating sets. Having played massive events and festivals at the likes of DC-10, Amnesia, WHP, Elrow, Miami Music Week the chance to see Detlef shaking the intimate Red Room foundations on the imperious Void sound system to its core is something not to be missed! Support on the night comes from Mixology Residents Tom Skinner, Dan Clare (Maur), James Chan and we also welcome Jack Harrison for the first time to Mixo who’ll be playing b2b with Channy.




There’s plenty of evening entertainment lined up at Charters on Town Bridge this month. On Friday October 11 get the laidback vibe with IT Mek, DJ’s Terry G, Aqua Roots & Andrew (Modshoes) Lindsay, bringing you a collective mix of Jamaican sounds form the 60s-90s from 9pm onwards. Get your mates together and test your knowledge of the tunes at the monthly music quiz from 6.30pm on Sunday October 13. Then it’s time to enjoy the sounds of vinly with DJ Derek Gibson spinning the black plastic from 8pm at Vinyl Night on Friday October 18. On Friday October 25 it’s Crooked the Beat with DJ Derby Neal playing classic 60s-90s music pioneers and 4-to-the-floor vinyl cuts from 9pm.

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BOCA 45 This month the Eclectic Ballroom guys bring us Boca 45 (Scott Hendy) to the Dog House Cockatil Bar in Westgate Arcade. Boca 45 immersed himself in all things Hip Hop from a young age and has been unleashing funky gemstone productions upon the world for years under his various guises. Now he’s heading to Peterborough on Saturday October 12. Banksy personally requested him to DJ at the opening party for Dismal Land in 2015 and he can also include Serge from Kasabian, Geoff Barrow (Portishead), Huey Morgan & Craig Charles at BBC Radio 6 as part of his large group of fans. Catch him in action right here in the city – it’s on until 3am and admission’s free.

SAMM’S BAR THE BREWERY TAP The real ale and Thai food venue on Westgate is also hot on the entertainment and brings us plenty of variety. If big band tunes are our thing, step into the Tap Room inside the Brewery Tap on Thursday October 3 where The Peterborough Big Band will be playing from 8pm and tickets are £5 on the door. If you want somewhere relaxed to get your groove on you’ll be straight on the dance floor when the tunes start flowing at Saturday Night Groove. Get your boogie shoes on this month on October 5 and 19 from 9pm. It’s retro time on Saturday October 12 with L’Aristos Revival with Resident DJ Mr Nash & guest DJ’s Otis Roberts & Steve Walsh. It’s £5 entry and starts from 8pm, raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Expect all your favourites from the Fengate club back in the day and catch up with a few old friends. See the month out in style on Saturday October 27 with The Get Down with resident DJ Mr Nash from 9pm.


The independent bar on Bridge Street continues to liven up our nightlife with a diverse mix of music and entertainment. There’s comedy with Norman Lovett on Tuesday October 1 followed by Cellar Full O’ Soul on Friday October 4 with DJs Malcolm James and Skip Stuart playing the very best Soul, Funk, Motown and Disco from 9pm. Once Upon a Time in Peterborough, a monthly dramatic showcase put on by ACT Peterborough returns on Wednesday October 30 and then hold on tight to your popcorn for SAMM’s Halloween Cinema on Thursday October 31 of course! Find out more about all of these events on their Facebook page.

GREAT NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT HALLOWEEN SOUL & MOTOWN Great Nights Entertainment Soul, Motown and Disco from the 60's, 70's & the 80's has a brand new venue but still with the tried and tested formula of top DJs, the best music and themed decor. Now at The Village Club, Farcet it’ll have a Halloween theme on Saturday October 26 so it's time to dig out your fancy dress and get set for another Great Night! Dressing for the occasion is optional, but prizes on the night will be given for the best dressed male and female. The music policy remains the same – Soul, Motown and Disco from the 60's, 70's & the 80's featuring DJ's Ian Gray (ex BBC Soul Show), John Bradley and Andy Coulson. There’ll be real ale and cocktails to keep you merry! Tickets are £6 in advance from: Larry’s Heel Bar, Broad St, Whittlesey and The Village Club, 1 Cross Street, Farcet or call Louise on 07745 035833 or Andy on 07941 629660, or they’ll be £8 on the door.

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

Tribute Night to Thin Lizzy Shows Dedication There is an added poignancy to this year’s Dedication 16 taking place on Saturday October 5 at The Parkway Club in Maskew Avenue. The annual event is now in its 16th year and is in memory of the music of Irish Rocker Phil Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy. This year though, the show is also dedicated to the memory of Phil’s mother, Philomena Lynott who sadly passed away a few months ago. Philomena actively supported the Dedication shows for her son and visited Peterborough for 10 of the years to join the celebration of his music, brought to life by local rock bands. I had the pleasure of meeting Philomena on a number of occasions and she really was a charismatic lady who once told me that her son was – “A lovable naughty boy who always had a glint in his eyes.” I could tell who he got that from. The show this year features five bands and headlining will be Black Rose (Society) from Northampton who wrote themselves into Dedication folklore 13 years ago, when they played the whole of the last Thin Lizzy Studio album from 1983, Thunder and Lightning, in its entirety plus a greatest hits set. They’re promising something special again playing a full 75 minute set. Also in the line-up are special guests Third Stone From The Sun, and Peterborough's own Thin Lizzy tribute band Lizzy On The Loose who’ve been the backbone of countless Dedication


shows over the past 15 years. There’s also Peterborough's newest Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore and Black Star Riders tribute band Star Lizzy making their debut at the event and finally, The Smarties from Northamptonshire, featuring Lewis Hubbard on lead guitar. They’ll be playing a set of classic rock covers including Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore. The evening will include a Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy memorabilia raffle with some great prizes and all proceeds from the show will go again to the Roisin Dubh Trust which includes support to under privileged children in Ireland and helps support mothers that have lost their children at an early age. Organiser Terry Narraine, whose brainchild the Dedication event was, told me – “Due to public demand our Dedication show which was only meant to be a one off gesture back in 2003 has now reached its 16th show and following Philomena’s passing, my initial reaction was to make this the last show out of respect, but everyone has said that Philomena would have wanted me to keep the memory of Phil Lynott alive and I am pleased to announce that it will continue for the foreseeable future.” Good decision Terry, and an excellent night in store at The Parkway Club. You can get your advance tickets from or direct from The Parkway Club. Alternatively you can pay on the door.

Jezz Helllard and the Djukella Orchestra Jezz Helllard and the Djukella Orchestra are set to play their annual home town gig at the Kings Cliffe Village Hall on Saturday October 5. Jezz tours extensively around the UK and internationally but always puts this annual date in his diary. Jezz is a singer, guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rumba and even reggae. They produce a vibrant stage performance and have built a very keen following in the past few years. During this time, Jez has perfected his art and is backed by a fine band of talented musicians. Whether solo or with the Orchestra he’s played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, from New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide. He’s well worth checking out at Kings Cliffe on October 5 and on his website. Tickets are available from King's Cliffe Village Shop, or phone 07557 382851 or email:

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Quinny’s Proud to be Support Star Local musician Johnny Quinn, is reviving his solo career and is set to appear at Mama Liz’s in Stamford on Friday October 11. With influences of the Beatles, Dylan, Weller, Oasis through to Richard Ashcroft, he’ll perform some of his own material in addition to some classic covers. He is support at Mama Liz’s to the extremely popular rock ‘n ‘roll band, Proud Mary, who visit Stamford as part of their October UK tour. I asked John what the gig means to him and whether he’s excited about appearing with Proud Mary and he told me – “It marks my (long overdue) return to the stage supporting a band that have had a massive influence on my music

since I first saw them in 2001 (after signing to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash Label). I was lucky enough to be invited on stage to sing with them in 2014, so that was a proud moment for me. I’ve got really fond memories of performing at The Voodoo Lounge, so it feels like a bit of a homecoming for me really and I can’t wait to strum out some of the new tunes I’ve written as well as the old ones.” Of course John still appears locally as a member of The Mighty and The High who are regulars on the local circuit. You can see the band this month at The Crown, New England on October 19 and Thorney Ex Serviceman’s Club on October 26.

Ralph McTell in Stamford There’s a chance to see one of the great storytellers of the seventies at Stamford Corn Exchange on Sunday October 20, when the legendary Ralph McTell visits as part of his Hill of Beans tour. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he’s primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that’s both significant and poignant. Ralph will always be associated with the classic and poignant song Streets of London which was released in 1974 and earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and tours extensively every year. Ralph will no doubt be playing that and some of his other classics like From Clare to Here along with a selection of tracks from the new album Hill of Beans which has been produced by the great Tony Visconti. Tickets are available from Stamford Corn Exchange box office on 01780 766455.

New Acoustic Originals Night @ The Ostrich I’ve mentioned previously how much I enjoyed a Sunday afternoon solo acoustic gig that Rob Bull of Children of the Revolution put on and, it seems, so did Rob because he’s performing at the launch of a new acoustic originals night at the Ostrich Inn in North Street on Thursday October 3 starting at 8.30pm. Rob is one of three artists appearing on the first acoustic night at The Ostrich. The evening also features Dave Smith (Austin Gold) and Meg McPartlin. All three doing solo original sets. Hopefully it’s the first of many such events.





FRI SEP 27 ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey AMONG THE CITIZENS Mama Liz's, Stamford ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET The Crown, Lincoln Road CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road HIGH ROLLERS The Ploughman, Werrington NOASIS The Solstice, Northminster THE BROADCASTERS The Ostrich, North Street THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH The Burghley, Burghley Road THE NUGGETS The Brewery Tap, Westgate THE SOUND INJECTORS The Blue Bell, Werrington

SAT SEP 28 BAD SAM + TRAVIS CUT + PARDON US Mama Liz's, Stamford JUNK PUPPETS The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe LAST MINUTE BRIGADE The Ploughman, Werrington LET'S FUNK! (TICKETED) Orton Hall Hotel, Orton Longueville LIVE BAND Charters, Town Bridge 50

LOS COJONES Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor NITE OWLS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue STEALER The Cock Inn, Werrington STINGRAY The Ostrich, North Street SUBWAY 77 The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road THE EXPLETIVES The Peacock, London Road

THU OCT 3 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH ROB BULL + DAVE SMITH + MEG MCPARTLIN The Ostrich, North Street DIVISION The Harrier, Gunthorpe THE GOLDHAWKS The Key Theatre, Embankment THE PALMY UKE BAND The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road VOODOO ACOUSTIC WITH DAVID B Mama Liz's, Stamford

FRI OCT 4 THE RETURNS The Crown, Lincoln Road THE SOUND INJECTORS The Burghley, Burghley Road WHISKEY TWIST The Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping

SUN SEP 29 DANIEL WATT The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue DIVISION The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate ROGUE STATE CIRCUS + THOMAS DUNLEAVY + LAUREN APRIL + JESS ORESTANO The Glasshouse, Key Theatre

MON SEP 30 THE HILLBILLIES British Legion, Yaxley THE RAINMEN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

TUE OCT 1 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Millstone, Barnack OPEN MIC WITH ANNA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

CANDY TWIST The Ostrich, North Street CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road CUBANS & COGNAC The Crown, Lincoln Road DIVISION The Queen's Head, Queen Street GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue LOOSE ROCKET The Nag's Head, Bourne THE GANGSTERS The Solstice, Northminster THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Ploughman, Werrington TORI LAMOUR + DERADE + BLACK HAWK DOWN The Met Lounge, Bridge Street TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM The Fayre Spot, Bretton

SAT OCT 5 BENT BACK TULIPS The Ostrich, North Street BETI GIE Fletton Club, Fletton

BLACK ROSE + THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN + STAR LIZZY + THE SMARTIES + LIZZY ON THE LOOSE The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping HUSH Social Club, Kings Cliffe KICKBACK Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor MISTABEAT The Peacock, London Road PORKY PIG The Burghley, Burghley Road REVOLVER The Ploughman, Werrington SONGBIRD SAMM'S, Bridge Street THE DEADITES + SPRAINER Charters, Town Bridge THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH Palmers Ale House, Long Sutton THE NUGGETS The Crown, Lincoln Road THE OMEGAMEN (POLICE TRIBUTE TICKETED) Ebeneezers, Woodston THE ZEPHYRS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road THREE SCARECROWS AKA + EL CAMINO + HOWLIN BONES Mama Liz's, Stamford TIGER CLUB The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe

SUN OCT 6 BON ROGERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge JAZZ UNDERGROUND SAMM'S, Bridge Street NICOLAS MARTIN The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue OAKHAM MIC NIGHT The Brewery Tap, Westgate

STEPHEN TANNER The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

TIGER CLUB The Crown, Lincoln Road



CJ HATT The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC Fletton Club, Fletton OPEN MIC WITH STACEY The Blue Bell, Werrington

DIRTY RUMOUR The Ploughman, Werrington DOGGONE DADDYS British Legion, Yaxley FRANKLY MY DEAR The Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road MARK STEVENS SAMM'S, Bridge Street MIKKI JONS Fletton Club, Fletton OCTOBER DRIFT + THE PORTLAND + GUESTS The Met Lounge, Bridge Street OFF THE RECORD The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue

TUE OCT 8 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

WED OCT 9 ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH DAVE & SHAUN The Ale House Kitchen, Ramsey LATIN JAZZ DUO The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford

THU OCT 10 GEORGIA EVANS The Turkish Kitchen, New Road OPEN MIC WITH GRAHAM CLEAVER The Bull, Newborough THE PALMY UKE BAND The Ploughman, Werrington

FRI OCT 11 23 REASONS The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road BLACK ROSE SOCIETY The Ostrich, North Street CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Blue Bell, Werrington FOLK NIGHT The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey GLAM SLAM GLITZ The Burghley, Burghley Road PROUD MARY + JOHNNY QUINN Mama Liz's, Stamford THE BROADCASTERS The Fayre Spot, Bretton

ROCK OUT + THE GOODGES The Ostrich, North Street THE B-SIDERS The Angel Inn, Yarwell THE GANGSTERS The Burghley, Burghley Road THE RETURNS The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe VELOCITY The Peacock, London Road

SUN OCT 13 ADAM TRENDALL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate GEORGIA EVANS The Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping PEMBROKE TENNESON (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge PENNYLESS (4PM) Mama Liz's, Stamford THE PALMY UKE BAND World Conker Championships, The Shuckburgh Arms

MON OCT 14 MARK BISHOP The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

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OPEN MIC WITH ANNA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC WITH STEVE & PHIL Q The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

23 REASONS The Ploughman, Werrington ARC NATION The Burghley, Burghley Road

WED OCT 16 OPEN MIC UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford PAGAN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

THU OCT 17 JOHN VERITY (ARGENT) Mama Liz's, Stamford THE KUT + GUESTS The Met Lounge, Bridge Street THE PALMY UKE BAND The Ostrich, North Street

BIG PHIL AND THE HEARTBREAKERS The Ostrich, North Street CANDY TWIST Greystones, Sawtry CIRCA 73 The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe DR A The Blue Boar, Eye GABY STARBUCK Fletton Club, Fletton

THE SOUND INJECTORS Ebeneezers, Woodston THE VELTONES The Brewery Tap, Westgate

SUN OCT 20 CHRIS BOOTH The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue GEORGIA EVANS (3PM) The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC NIGHT The Fayre Spot, Bretton SCP SAMMY KAY & FRIENDS The Ostrich, North Street

FRI OCT 25 ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey CANDY TWIST The Crown, Lincoln Road DIGGIN FOR DIAMONDS The Brewery Tap, Westgate FREAK OUT FRIDAY SAMM'S, Bridge Street Street KINGS & BEARS + THE ULTRAVIOLET + SPHERICAL Mama Liz's, Stamford LIVE BAND The Burghley, Burghley Road


FRI OCT 18 10 YEARS DEAD Mama Liz's, Stamford A STORY TO TELL + DEAD REYNOLDS + CALL TO THE FAITHFUL The Met Lounge, Bridge Street BLACK STAR REVOLUTION The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road GEORGIA AND THE PRISONERS OF JAZZKABAN When Polly Met Fergie Restaurant, Westgate Arcade LAST MINUTE BRIGADE The Burghley, Burghley Road PORKY PIG The Ostrich, North Street THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Crown, Lincoln Road TOKYO RANKERS SAMM'S, Bridge Street

HUNG LIKE HANRATTY The Met Lounge, Bridge Street LET'S FUNK SAMM'S, Bridge Street RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road


REPOSE The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe


THE 59ERS The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue THE DEPS The Peacock, London Road THE EXPLETIVES Charters, Town Bridge THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH The Crown, Lincoln Road

LISA HAMMOND The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

TUE OCT 22 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

ACOUSTIC NIGHT WITH DAVE & SHAUN Palmers Ale House, Long Sutton COUNTRY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford

THU OCT 24 THE PALMY UKE BAND The Limetree, Walton

LOOSE ROCKET The Ploughman, Werrington PCRFM OPEN MIC The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue PHOENIX The Fayre Spot, Bretton POLISH RAPPER OSTR The Met Lounge, Bridge Street RETROLUX The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Ostrich, North Street

SAT OCT 26 ABBY ROAD 5 The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET The Peacock, London Road

CUBANS & COGNAC The Burghley, Burghley Road GENERATION 5PAN Charters, Town Bridge LEE JOSHUA ROSE Fletton Club, Fletton RETROLUX The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe THE AGENTS The Burghley, Burghley Road THE B-SIDERS Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor THE MIGHTY AND THE HIGH Ex Servicemens Club, Thorney THE MONEY SHOT The Ostrich, North Street THE SIDEKICKS The Crown, Lincoln Road THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN SAMM'S, Bridge Street VELOCITY The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road WALKWAY The Ploughman, Werrington

SUN OCT 27 CHRIS POWELL The Parkway Club, Maskew Avenue EPIGONE (4PM) Mama Liz's, Stamford IT COMES IN WAVES (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge KEITH GALL (AUSTRALIAN FOLK) The Ostrich, North Street MIZMERISE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

MON OCT 28 THE RAINMEN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

TUE OCT 29 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

WED OCT 30 OPEN MIC UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford


FRI NOV 1 A BAND CALLED MALICE Mama Liz's, Stamford BLACK DOG MURPHY The Ostrich, North Street CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (DOWNSTAIRS) The Burghley, Burghley Road CUTTIN LOOSE The Bull, Rippingale HALF PRICE DRINKS The Crown, Lincoln Road LAST MINUTE BRIGADE The Blue Bell, Dogsthorpe OOMPAHLIEVABLE (TICKETED) The Iron Horse Ranch House, Market Deeping PUNK NIGHT 6 BANDS (UPSTAIRS) The Burghley, Burghley Road THE ZEPHYRS The Ploughman, Werrington THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road




GIG of the MONTH

The Met Lounge, Bridge Street, Peterborough Here’s the heads up that quintessential British rock n roll band The Quireboys are heading to Peterborough. They’ve played with the likes of Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, the Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Poison and will be performing their full electric show at the Met Lounge next month. Tickets are £20 in advance from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street or through and or from the Met Lounge on 01733 566100.


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