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SEPTEMBER 2017 Issue 217

R SINCE 1998



bringing you the best of local Leisure & Lifestyle in Greater Peterborough for 18 years!

Your best guide to what’s on in Greater Peterborough

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Editor Sharon McAllister

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On Tuesday October 3 at 6.30pm, the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough will open the Bridge Fair on the Embankment which will then be followed by the Sausage Supper held at the Town Hall at 7.45pm. Drinks will be available to purchase on the night and tickets are priced at £20 each and proceeds will go towards the Mayor's chosen charities. If you’d like to go along for the supper sign up before September 18 by calling 07506 388718 or email: mayorscharities@

Young people and children will be working with three Peterborough artists to build an extensive eco-art installation at a new community garden in Ravensthorpe. The 'Moon Stage' will then be used for WestRaven's Got Talent on Saturday September 9. There will be live music, entertainment, stalls and artists, a barbecue and a beer tent at WestRaven Community Gardens from 11am to 6pm.


WANTED: NEW STYLISTS Melanie Richards Hair Boutique in Peterborough is in need of a new stylist, so if you’re a talented hair styling enthusiast and have at least 2 years recent experience in this field this may be a great opportunity for you! This salon on Bridge Street is growing and is offering full or part time hours. They’ll provide extra training too so if you’re interested either call 01733 553600 or email your CV via

CONTRIBuTORS Gavin Miller        Darren Grigas Keith Dalton      Phil Adlam          Rachael Church


PETERBOROUGH CLASSIC AND VINTAGE VEHICLE SHOW If you’re a fan of your classic cars and vehicles you’re not going to want to miss out on this great event being held on September 2 and 3. The Peterborough show is open to classic and vintage cars and caravans, motorcycles, scooters, commercial and agricultural vehicles, buses, ex-military and other forms of transport from yesteryear to modern classics. It’s staged at the same time as Key Feste so there’ll be plenty of entertainment on and around the Embankment over the weekend.

If you know a talented youngster this is a great chance for them to be part of a fun-filled, high-quality professional production starring alongside a full allstar professional cast at the Cresset in Peterborough. This isn't just a dance audition, they’re looking for all kinds of passionate, confident young people who love performing and acting. Open Auditions for the roles in this year’s panto are on Sunday September 3. For more info head to pantomime/

STEAM GALA AT NVR Head over to Nene Valley Railway on September 9 and 10 for their fantastic steam gala weekend. There’ll be Double Headed services and the chance to ride on the Brake Vans, with licensed buffet cars on all trains with real ales available. For more information head over to their website

If you’d like to try your hand at performing or be involved with WestRaven's Got Talent contact Sam Smith on sam.smith@peterborough

MBE TATTOO REMOVAL Ever watched Tattoo Fixers on TV and wished you could visit?! Are you always trying to hide that tattoo that you wish you never had done? At My Body Essentials that tattoo can be a distant memory in just 8-10 sessions. The laser system will leave you with fantastic results and no scarring. The team at MBE know their stuff and are all fully qualified so you know you’re in safe hands. For more information visit www.mybody

ROCK AND ROLL CONCERT Here’s one to look out for next month. Head down and support this rock and roll & blues concert in aid of Cancer Research UK on October 20. Along with some great music from the Glorious One Eyed Cats there will also be a raffle. The event will take place at the Sports & Leisure Club on Lincoln Road from 8.30pm till 11pm. Tickets will be £10.

GREYHOUNDS OFFER If you fancy going to see the racing at Peterborough's Greyhound Stadium and dining out too, they’re offering free upgrades in the Raceview Restaurant and

Pizza Pasta throughout September. Call 01733 296939 to make your booking.

SOUL COLLECTIVE RETURN Join the Soul Collective as they return to their new venue at The Brewery Tap in the Tap Room. Experience some great music from 70s rare groove through to modern soul. Regular DJs Mick Mckenna and Lady J will be joined by guest DJ Ady Crampton on September 1, and it’s on from 8pm till late. The next Soul Collective events will be on October 6 and November 3 so if these tunes are your style, don’t miss out.

PRCCG SUMMER PARTY Head on over to Thorpe Hall on Saturday September 16 for a celebration of Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group as they thank existing volunteers and attract new ones. Everyone is welcome to this fabulous afternoon of picnics, tombolas, live music and lots of fun from 1-3pm.

OXJAM FESTIVAL IS COMING If you’re a music lover don't miss out on this charity festival from October 20 – 22. Over the weekend, acts will perform in venues across the city. Oxjam is a month-long series of events up and down the country raising valuable funds for Oxfam and we’re welcoming the first musical extravaganza in Peterborough with open arms. The aim is to bring the community together and it definitely has something for everyone ranging from local independent bands, choirs and spoken word artists to video DJs. The music begins with a Friday night launch party at The Brewery Tap, Westgate with a performance from The Motor City Vipers. The Oxjam Peterborough Festival team are on constant lookout for volunteers, acts to perform, supporters and sponsors, so get involved! For more information head over to the website or Facebook page.

PETERBOROUGH MODEL ON THE CATWALK FOR BREAST CANCER Sharon Brooker from Peterborough, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 will be strutting her stuff on the catwalk soon along with 31 other inspirational people who’ve also been diagnosed. Sharon and the other models are showing how you can still look and feel fabulous after breast cancer in a big fashion show in London. Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care says, “When you are told that you have breast cancer, every bit of your life can change forever. It can shatter your selfesteem and make you feel unrecognisable when you look in the mirror. It can even make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin and in your clothes. Together with our generous sponsor Comfort, we're helping people living with breast cancer feel positive and confident in their clothes.” The models will be wearing stunning outfits professionally styled by fashion director and stylist Hilary Alexander OBE. Hair will be styled by Sassoon Salon and the Estee Lauder team will be adding the finishing touches. The glam event will be taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Thursday 28 September.

GARDEN RAILWAY EVENT Enter the wonderful world of garden railways by attending the Little Puffers event. For all you railway enthusiasts the event is on Sunday September 10 from 2-5pm and up to six engines will be running throughout the afternoon. The cost is £5 for an adult, £3 for children and £10 for a family. There will also be refreshments and auction of homemade cakes. The address is 13 Apsley Way, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 9NE. The event is raising money for The Samaritans. Call 01733 262749 for details.


The Jive Aces

Strictly Fabulous Night in Stamford We’re big Strictly fans here at ESP so we’re excited to see two of the show’s biggest star performers are tangoing their way over to Stamford this month. Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup from Strictly Come Dancing, plus professional singer Paul Amer and guests are staging a spectacular night of dance, song and stories from their time on the BBC hit show. It’s an up close and personal show on Thursday September 21 which will see Ian and Camilla perform some amazing Latin and Ballroom routines and tell their inside stories – we love the back stage gossip! For fans there’s also the chance for a meet and greet with Ian and Camilla for free after the show! Tickets are £26 (£24 concessions) from Stamford Corn Exchange on 01780 766455.

Famed for putting a grumpy Simon Cowell in a good mood on Britain’s Got Talent, playing for HM the Queen and even at Glastonbury, the Jive Aces are swinging their way over to Peterborough this month. These guys are in big demand so don’t miss their high energy jive and swing performance at the Key Theatre on Wednesday September 27. Their video for Bring Me Sunshine went viral and their live show includes classics like When You’re Smiling, Mack The Knife and Sing, Sing, Sing, plus originals such as La Dolce Vita taken from their various albums. They’ve headlined festivals, average 300 shows a year and sold out the Royal Albert Hall so you should need no more encouragement to book your tickets (£17) early for this one on 01733 207239.

The King is Back If you’re a fan of The King you want the best Elvis in the business when it comes to a Presley show and this guy could just be it. There’s no shortage of Elvis impersonators but in August 2012, Ben Portsmouth made history when he won The Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and was crowned as the ‘Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’. To this day Ben remains the only artist from outside the USA to win this prestigious title. Now you have your chance to see the guy who looks like Elvis and sings like Elvis along with his 10-piece band live at the Cresset on Sunday September 10. The King is well and truly back! Tickets are £29 from the box office on 01733 265705.

The Chicago Blues Brothers Everybody… needs to see the Chicago Blues Brothers. We mean you, you, you… Everybody! This award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. Now they’re back with a brand new show for 2017 with an all new elaborate stage set taking you back to 1980 to finish

the concert at the Palace Hotel Ballroom. The legacy of Jake and Elwood has been jumpstarted for a new generation in this highoctane musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies. Jam-packed full of songs by legends such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis

A Dream Night with the Boys! If you had a cheeky giggle at the movie Magic Mike why not enjoy real life thrills with The Dreamboys? A perfect girlie night out, get your mates or your hen party together and book your seats for the boys who are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2017. The guys have had special guest appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV 6

shows such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, so it’s no wonder they sold out at the Cresset last year. See them in the flesh (literally!) on Thursday September 14. Get in quick girls! Tickets are £26 (Premium tickets £29) on 01733 265705.

Redding, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Cab Calloway – plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics, and a few surprises thrown in along the way, they’re on a mission to show you a good time. Grab your tickets priced £21 now for this live show at the Key Theatre on Saturday September 30. Box office: 01733 207239.

The Magic of Motown Those fabulous Motown tunes just never go out of fashion so get ready to celebrate the sounds of The Supremes, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and the rest in this great show. You might have caught some of it on last year’s Royal Variety Show, but don’t miss your chance to join the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! We’re talking 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship that’ll have you ‘dancing in the streets’! Make sure your tickets are ‘signed, sealed, delivered’ and yours – book now for this show at the Cresset on Friday September 29 on 01733 265705, tickets are £25.

Sister Act Hallelujah! The much loved movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg is recreated by Act II Theatre Company this month so get ready to get in the habit and clap along with Deloris Van Cartier.

but soon has the nuns taking to the stage. Get ready to praise the Lord and raise your hands for this lively performance by the youth theatre group at the South Holland Centre in Spalding from September 20 – 23.

When she witnesses her boyfriend commit a murder Deloris goes undercover in a convent

Tickets are £9.50 (£8 concessions) on 01775 764777.

The Wedding Reception

Supreme Queen Everybody now – we will, we will, ROCK YOU! Well Supreme Queen promise they will. With a frontman who looks uncannily like Freddie Mercury and a talented band behind him belting out the classics the Key Theatre is the place to be for all Queen fans on Sunday September 10. They’ve been paying tribute to the rock greats since 1995, and even use the exact same equipment used by Queen on stage in their heyday. They’ve impressed audiences across the UK, Europe and Asia with their attention to detail with BBC Radio 2 DJ Janice Long saying of the lead singer – “He went on stage and he gave a blistering performance winding the crowd up song by song. Nice one.” Tickets are £21.50 on 01733 207239.

Growth Growth is a comedy that’s certainly no ball ache… but tackles a difficult subject for the guys when it comes to their tackle! Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off. He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way- cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… This comedy about growing up and manning up by Luke Norris is the winner of a prestigious Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is on its second national tour. Catch it at the Key Studio on Monday September 25 if you’re 14 or over. Tickets are £12 on 01733 207239.

Abba Forever Mama Mia this is set to be one great night out for ABBA fans! Tribute act ABBA Forever replicate the 70s icons with an incredible attention to detail with non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class musicians and an all-live 2 hour long performance. Singalong with all the hits including Dancing Queen, Waterloo and Thank You For The Music at the Key Theatre on Friday September 29. Tickets are £22 on 01733 207239.

Cult Figure Stop messing about…. Kenneth Williams was one of the most unique and beloved figures in British comedy history and if you’re a fan of the Carry On star you’ll love this show dedicated to the actor.

Laugh out loud and dine in style at the latest theatrical dining experience at the Key Theatre this month. The makers of the Faulty Towers Dining Experience are back with their latest immersive comedy that’s had 5-star reviews from appearances in London’s West End and at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. The Wedding Reception sees bride and groom Kate and Will expecting a small party to celebrate their wedding. But Kate’s parents have planned an altogether different affair – a surprise reception to remember. Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet...

Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne, reprises his celebrated role in this brand new production, telling the great man’s story in his own words, using anecdotes, writing and some of the material for which the comedy legend was so well-known.

It’s a night of improvised comedy theatre so expect a rollercoaster evening with a few surprises as you enjoy the party complete with a 2course dinner and cake for afters.

You can catch the show at the Key Studio on Thursday October 5 and enjoy a night in the company of this true cult figure. Tickets are £15 on 01733 207239.

Book your place at the party from Thursday September 14 to Saturday September 16. Tickets are £40, and £43 on Saturday evening on 01733 207239.


Georgian Festival S T A M F O R D

there’s the Gin Whore Show at the Arts Centre with historical tales of hooch and harlots paired with the very best gins in a slightly naughty one woman show. There’s An Evening with Austen as well as street markets and even Georgian science!

This month’s Stamford Georgian Festival is looking better than ever and some events have already sold out. being recreated in a very different style. From 7.30pm festival goers can enjoy enchanting Illuminati Bull Run-themed light experiences at churches as part of a procession with circus performers and costumed actors. All Saint’s Church, in historic Red Lion Square then stages a dramatic finale projecting the story of the Stamford Bull Run onto All Saint’s Church, finishing with a stunning fireworks display. his wonderful festival celebrating the town’s Georgian history runs from Thursday September 21 to Sunday September 24.


This year is extra special as it’s the 50th anniversary of Stamford being designated the UK’s first ever conservation area and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate. We’ve been along to previous festivals and we think it’s a fantastic few days!

Organiser South Kesteven District Council has already seen the Costume Ball and the Austentatious period drama sell out so make sure you book in now for some of the other 60-plus events over the four-day festival.


Council Leader Cllr Matthew Lee said – “The Georgian Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate Stamford’s history and spread the word about our unique and beautiful town. “As well as being great fun, it’s great for the town’s economy, with tens of thousands of visitors enjoying our attractions, shops and restaurants. "I am an avid supporter of this festival and we will be looking to build on past successes and make our events calendar bigger and better as time goes on." A large proportion of the festival will be free, with numerous events designed to appeal to families with children, including performances on the Meadows on both the Saturday and Sunday. For full details of all that’s happening visit Book online, in person at Stamford Arts Centre or call 01780 763203.

You can expect everything from street theatre, drama, colourful markets, tumbling horseback acrobats, carriage rides, costumed actors to workshops and everything on a Georgian theme. This time the festival will also see the return of a ‘bull running’ as an unforgettable Saturday evening lighting spectacular involving four of Stamford’s churches. For 700 years the town hosted a ‘bull run’ and this ancient tradition is

“The Georgian Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate Stamford’s history...”

TV historian Dan Cruickshank is the headline star for the festival opening event on Thursday September 21 at Stamford Endowed Schools Hall. Then


Chef Aldo Zilli Headlines Italian Festival

Key Feste

Peterborough’s two day Italian Festival this month features special guest, TV chef Aldo Zilli. The two day festival, on September 9 and 10, is now in its ninth year making it the longest running event of its kind in the UK and the celebrity will be just one part of a huge line up of entertainment. Aldo Zilli will be appearing on the Sunday and says – “I love supporting the Italian community all over the world as we’d travel and always bring food, drink, fashion and so on with us, so when asked about Peterborough Italian Festival I jumped at the chance to meet more of my fellow Italian expats.” New additions this year include music and dance from Laboratorio Orafolk, who are coming all the way

Key Feste returns and kicks off September’s events in style bringing some spectacular live acts to the city. For this year's Key Feste Vivacity Arts are teaming up with Vivacity Sports to create a weekend of performing arts and participatory sports! Head over to the Embankment on Saturday September 2 and 3 for some fantastic activities and performances surrounding the Key Theatre, inside the Key Theatre and at the Lido. The entertainment will be unlike anything you’ve seen before! You’ll be awe inspired by Project_Vee as they take juggling in a different dimension. Literally. Roulette wheel meets juggling: danger, skill and awe-inspiring moments! The spectacular Urban Astronaut is one not to miss. This combines stunning design, unseen before aerial performance with simple story telling and moving dance performance.


Whittlesey Festival

Photos: The Studio Whittlesey

Then there’s Campervan of Love a funny, musical, dancing adventure for all the family. See what happens when Cupid falls in love himself. For Key Feste weekend there will also be a temporary ramp set up next to the river for skateboarders. Anyone with their own board or skates (and a helmet) can have a go or if you're more of a spectator than a skater, stick around and watch some of the Castillo team showcasing their skills! For more on Key Feste visit

from Deliceto in the province of Foggia, and captivating theatre from Shakespeare in Italy with their performance Aliens Order. It’s organised by Peterborough's Italian Community Association and is supported by the city council and it all takes place in Cathedral Square from 12 noon to 5pm each day. There’ll be classic pieces from Italian opera as well as wine making, Italian cakes from bakers such as La Rondini, and pizza from a range of specialist vendors. The Mediterranean extravaganza will also feature an Italian market, confectionery, ice cream, pasta, football and boxing demonstrations, classic Italian cars, motorcycles and scooters and lots more.

Whittlesey is also throwing a party and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the town’s annual festival. Head down on Sunday September 10 at 10am for the carnival parade and enjoy all the fun and games right through until the musical finale at 4pm. It’s always a fantastic day out for families and all age groups so don’t miss out. The centre of Whittlesey will be alive with a vast variety of stalls, fun activities and rides for children (many of which are free or subsidised). If you’re a fan of classic vehicles there’ll be over 100 vintage vehicles on display. This year there are marching bands including The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corp from Essex and The Peterborough Highland Band plus new addition ‘Cockney Pride’ the Pearly King and Queen with their band. There’s a full day’s programme of dance including the ever popular Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop and music of all genres as well as the majorettes. There’s free face painting and puppet shows with puppet workshops for the children, a craft fair, schools art exhibition, World War II flypast (the Dakota and Hurricane aircraft) and much more.


Get Ready for Time For Project Fest Oktoberfest Dance Music Festival This September a banging new dance music festival is about to hit the East of England Arena with over 80 artists across six arenas. Project Fest is being brought to us by DJ Danny Burch and his team so get ready to see out the summer in style, but get your tickets now! Danny told ESP it’s been a dream of his to create a festival like this – “Peterborough showground is an iconic venue and being so central in the UK and with the A1 running right next to it we thought it to be the perfect venue and location to hold Project Fest. The East of England doesn't have an outdoor festival purely focusing on house, trance, hard dance and hardcore. “You can expect an exciting weekend of music across multiple genres housed in multiple arenas bringing clubbers together new and old. Those coming can expect to see the UK's best DJ's in proper top tents, an outdoor stage and for those who need a break a chill out area too.

“The arenas will have top quality sound and visuals giving the clubbers a weekend they won’t forget and a full clubbing experience to take home.” If you really want to make the most of it you can also camp and enjoy a pre-party. He hopes to make it annual and for Project Fest to grow so show your support this year and we’ll have another to look forward to in future. Project Fest is coming to Peterborough on Saturday September 23, tickets are available from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, or via

A Spooky Spectacular Awaits You It might feel like the summer holidays have only just gone but it won’t be too long before the next half term so best book in some fun to keep the kids out of your hair! Vivacity has planned some spooky spectacular Halloween themed holiday activities for children and families. Get lost as the museum is transformed into a giant puzzle or chase the ghosts away as you play some spooky sports at Hampton Leisure Centre. Vivacity’s popular kids club is back again this October half term (Monday October 23 – Friday October 27) with activities to keep the kids entertained in four different locations; Werrington Leisure Centre, Jack Hunt Pool, Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre and Hampton Leisure Centre. Each day has been planned to ignite the imaginations of children between the ages of 4 -13. Book just one day or the whole week and choose from days such as Halloween Party or Viva Recruits day and many more. Also get down to selected Vivacity Libraries on Friday October 27 to meet some fantastic authors such as James Nicol and create your very own wonderfully witchy tales. Visit to find out more. 12

The world famous Oktoberfest is heading to Peterborough for a huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment, food and drink. The most important date of Germany's cultural calendar arrives in Peterborough this year for the very first time. The Embankment is the place to be on Friday October 6 and Saturday October 7. It all takes place inside a huge beer tent and will showcase some of the best and authentic Oompah bands from around the world across all three sessions. Plus, of course there’ll be a large selection of traditional German foods plus those all important steins! The Friday session is on from 6-11pm, then on Saturday afternoon the first session is on from 12 noon-5pm and then Saturday evening it’s 6-11pm. For more info visit

The Autumn Food & Country Fair Don’t forget next month the Autumn Food & Country Fair (previously Autumn Show) returns to the East of England Arena on Sunday October 8. The show’s continued to grow over the last 38 years into what has become an extremely popular one-day event, packed with everything from giant vegetables to classic cars, vintage tractors, loads of different animals – including lurchers, rats, rabbits and poultry – plus an extensive shopping and attractions area for all of the family. Advance tickets are adults £8, senior citizens £6, child £4 and a family ticket is £20 – it’ll be slightly more on the gate.

Autumn Fun @ Sacrewell Every weekend from September 9 – 24 from 10am - 4pm the farm will be holding Harvest Weekends playing host to a showcase of local crafts and homemade goods. There’ll be all sorts of activities from a dog and duck show to toasting marshmallows around the camp fire to learning about apple pressing, milling and willow weaving. Then on Saturday October 7 Peterborough Astronomical Society hold their biannual Star Party at Sacrewell. There’ll be telescopes to try to spot some stars and planets (weather permitting) along with informative displays. Doors open at 5.30pm, the fun stops at 9pm and you’ll need to book tickets. For more details of all that’s happening down on the farm visit

ARE YOU READY TO RUN? If you’ve seen the posters for this year’s Perkins Great Eastern Run you can’t have missed the ‘face of the race’ Kay Riley.


eaming with pride in the lead photo the local runner is the focal point of this year’s advertising campaign for the annual half marathon after being chosen from thousands of images. “My friend who runs for Bushfield, Helen Bloodworth took the picture and it was posted on facebook and it went from there,” explains Kay. “The kids love the fact they get to see my face every time they are in town.” Kay is one of thousands preparing to take part, including ESP’s own action man Darren Grigas, as the countdown begins for this year’s half marathon which is set to be the biggest yet.

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Anna’s Hope

10 Years making a difference to the lives of children with brain tumours

“I’ve always been into fitness but joined Thorney Running club in 2012, I first entered the PGER in 2013,” says Kay. “I enjoy the PGER as it’s a nice flat course with lots of support all the way round and this will be my 5th year.” The race is gearing up to be another bumper one in terms of entries to both the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope Fun Run 5k and there's only a few weeks left to enter. If you’ve been meaning to enter but haven’t got round to it yet, now’s the time so you can beat the late entry free. Both races go up by £2 on September 22 and the closing date is Friday October 6 at 12 noon. “The best advice I would give is just make sure you train properly and also have rest days as they are just as important,” adds Kay. “More importantly just enjoy it as it’s a massive achievement.” The fact the PGER is held in the heart of the city means it’s ideal for local people to line the route and cheer on the runners, something that our own ESP entrant Darren Grigas has always said

spurs him on and Kay agrees. “The support really does help. Seeing family and friends really gives you a boost especially near the end when it gets tough.” Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the fastest courses in the country and we get runners from near and far on the start line. "More and more people are taking up running and we want to give them an event where they can have a fantastic day with fellow runners being cheered on by the great crowds we see all around the course." No matter what your ability is you can make the most of the free training sessions at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. Each training session begins at 7pm and the four remaining dates are Wednesday September 6, Wednesday September 20 and Wednesday October 4.

The best advice I would give is just make sure you train properly...

The race takes place on Sunday October 8 and the closing date for entries is Friday October 6 at midday, or when the race limits are reached, whichever comes first. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online at Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Anna’s Hope Fun Run If the half marathon is just too much, don’t forget you can still enter the Anna’s Hope Fun Run which is just 5k and raise money for the local charity which supports children with brain tumours. You can join and run as part of Team Anna’s Hope – for a fundraising pack email, call 01780 740492 or find out more on


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Statue of a Legend Big Reveal Aston has the Glitterball Moves Sorry if I’m tempting fate a little, but if there was ever a man with the moves to win Strictly Come Dancing then surely it has to be Aston Merrygold?! Our former JLS star becomes the second local boy to appear on Strictly and fingers crossed he’ll follow in the footsteps of Louis Smith, MBE who claimed the glitterball crown in 2012. And if Louis isn’t enough to inspire Aston to victory then look no further than our other local Strictly winner Cassidy Little, who clinched the People’s Strictly for Comic Relief title in 2015. Good luck Aston!

The wait is finally over and on Friday September 1 Peterborough United supporters will gather in their droves outside the Abax Stadium when a statue of club legend Chris Turner will be unveiled. It’s been nearly two years in the making but this ambitious project, started by The Chris Turner Statue Fund Committee, will finally see the light of day and I can’t wait. Chris was commercial manager when I joined the club as press officer back in the late 1990s. I was in awe of him, but then we all were. That didn’t matter to Chris, he was one of the boys and asked to be treated that way too. He gave me the confidence to be the best and still is one of the funniest, most generous and sincere people I’ve ever met. This tribute to Chris will be special and it’s thanks to Posh fans who’ve raised money at race nights, quiz nights, Northern Soul evenings, golf days, contributed to bucket collections, bought and sold Posh memorabilia, paid for raffle tickets, bid in auctions and much more. All three supporters’ groups and businessmen have also contributed

financially to making the statue a reality. Committee chairman, Adi Mowles, told me: “Lots of bigger clubs than Posh have taken a lot longer to raise the required funds for similar artworks and this is a testament to our fans’ generosity and the love and affection held for Chris. So many individuals and businesses have contributed and they will be thanked on the day of the unveiling. “But the majority of the total money (more than £100k) collected has been raised and donated by the supporters, which is what was intended from the offset. One of the most successful ideas we had was The CT5 Club, which has seen over 140 people donating £10 per month, many of them have done so since the beginning.” Former Posh players and managers will be at the unveiling and there will be activities throughout the day including free children’s rides and football-related games outside the main stand. The Venue bar will also be open for drinks. The event kicks off at 1pm. For all the latest details, visit

Think I Might Enter Now…

Laura pictured with Kev and Ros from Heart FM


There are only a few weeks to go until entries close for the Perkins Great Eastern Run and if I’m honest I keep putting it off by finding excuses – that’s until now. Miss Peterborough, Laura Bailey has entered the half marathon and I figured since I’ve run it four times and this is Laura’s first attempt, maybe Laura needs a pacer…? It’s a tough job but someone has to help Laura, right? It’ll be one of Laura’s biggest challenges but not before she represents Peterborough at the National Final of Miss Great Britain 2017 on September 15, at the Athena in Leicester. Imagine Miss Great Britain competing in the Perkins Great Eastern Run eh?! Best of luck Laura and you know where I am if you need a lift to Leicester (I’ve been there four times).

Will – here’s my second attempt! Carole – drinking nettles or tomato soup lasagna? I’m spoilt Gary – what shall I call my book then? Charlie – any news on retro? Dan – welcome to the neighbourhood Rosanna and Sharon – time for Limoncello!

Matt’s Finger Lickin’ Good? For a minute, I put it down to my short-sighted vision but now I’m starting to think I really did see him. Basically, I thought I saw Matt Le Blanc at the KFC drive-in on London Road. I immediately dismissed it because, well, Matt Le Blanc doesn’t simply just hang out in Fletton, plus the car he was driving was a regular Audi. Then a couple of days later I heard a rumour that the Top Gear team had been filming in Peterborough. Damn, if I’d have known I’d have asked Matt if he thinks the 8 piece boneless feast is better value than the 6 piece bargain bucket meal. I can’t decide.

Every Little Bit Helps I’ve only been to The Ploughman in Werrington a handful of times but on every visit, I’ve come away thinking what a cracking community pub this is. Manager Andy Simmons won a civic award for his charitable work – the cornerstone of this has been his pub – and of course The Ploughman has twice been voted CAMRA’s Peterborough Pub of the Year. But the fight to keep it open against plans to build flats on the site is becoming harder. Everyone at ESP is in your corner Andy. Remember, everything happens for a reason…

Darts Great at Dinner Event Phil ‘the power’ Taylor is widely regarded as the greatest darts player of all time and you can meet this sporting legend at a dinner event organised by promoter Kevin Sanders. Taylor has won 216 professional tournaments, which include 85 major titles and a record 16 World Championships. For the first time fans will be able to put questions to him and listen to his story of becoming a multiple champion. For tickets (September 29, The Solstice), call Kevin on: 07872 601467. CAUGHT



For those of us who’ve flown out to holiday destinations this summer, let me remind you why we love flying so much: Orange-skinned flight attendants, massive turbulence but captain said we may experience a little bump here and there , passenger’s smelly feet poking under your seat, babies crying until landing doors open, touching elbows when eating, toilet seat covered in urine before take-off, chicken textured like a plimsoll, guy next to you silently breaking wind into the seat and climbing over the guy on your other side every time you want the loo.




Mr Mayor and Ma yoress, on behalf of ESP Magazine accept our apolog please ies for Keith’s chi ldish behavior. Ou columnist is on det r music ention for Octob er.

Top Year for a Top Team Congratulations to last year’s Mayor David Sanders and his team who raised an impressive £46,636.15 for his chosen charities. I was lucky enough to have played a small part in helping to organise some of the many events that resulted in charities Motor Neurone Disease, Salvation Army – Good Neighbours Scheme

and Royal Air Force Association all benefiting from this money. I could probably raise just as much money by publishing a book that documents some of the memorable experiences I had working with David and his team but it’s probably sensible I just say thank you to David, Jackie, Keith, Christine, Helen and Bella – it was emotional.

Capacity Crowd Expected at Next Gables Reunion You’ll have to get to The Solstice early on Friday September 29 to guarantee entry into the next Gables reunion instalment ‘Beyond the Funk’. Organiser Graham Fairbairn is predicting a sell-out crowd for this popular gig, which along with his Viva La Rock reunions, have raised more than £50k for charities. Sue Ryder, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Leukemia Research, Stroke Association, and British Heart Foundation are just some of the charities that have benefitted. This is a fantastic achievement and credit to Graham for bringing back the good times and its people through music that stirs up nostalgia in all of us. His inspiration to keep staging these great gigs is simple, Graham’s driven by messages of support from the charities he’s made a difference to. He told me: “This particular fundraiser is extra special because it coincides with an attempt (along with Nicky Welsh) to climb Mount Fugi in Japan for Cancer Research UK. Last year I hiked Mount Kilimanjaro for the MacMillan Cancer Trust and raised over £10k. To achieve something similar would be great. We have set up an online JustGiving page for those who can't make the gig but want to donate. The link is: “It's always nice when people publicly recognise or acknowledge what you're trying to achieve. What many people are unaware of are the numerous private messages I receive from those suffering from, or those close to people diagnosed with the various illnesses I highlight. I find their personal messages inspirational and one of the main factors that motivates me to organise these gigs. I also love the fact these nights give friends an opportunity to have a great time.” So, for anyone who hasn’t been to one of Graham’s gigs, I promise you there’s music for everyone! For all the details of who’s playing and what tunes you can expect just take a look at our Nightlife pages. It’s only £5 on the door and Cancer Research will be the beneficiary this time.


Sports Connections Foundation

Photos: Ashley Taylor

Local martial arts champion Katie Alexander talks to ESP magazine about her work with local charity, the Sports Connections Foundation…


ince moving to Huntingdon from Nottingham at a very young age, Katie has gone on to win many trophies in her martial art category, Tang Soo Do, but it wasn’t all easy. Katie started her career aged 6, and carried on until her GCSE’s before taking a 6 year gap to focus on her studies. In this time, she became the Junior National Champion at just 14 years of age. “I couldn’t believe that I actually won,” Katie told ESP, “that all the months of hard work had actually paid off, it was my biggest achievement!” Katie feels she can really identify with the disadvantaged children that Sports Connections Foundation work with in their Inspire Through Sport mentoring programme. “I didn’t find school easy, I chose all the practical subjects as I found the conventional subjects really hard. What I didn’t realise until after university was that I was dyslexic! But Tang Soo Do gives you great discipline, which helped me 16

study hard to get good grades even in the subjects I struggled with.” Katie feels that some of the children that the Sports Connections Foundation works with, just need support and guidance from good role models. Having encouragement and support from her own family and friends, really helped her to keep persevering with her training, and with studies. “I was insecure about so many things at that age, and the kids at school can be really cruel – they didn’t know what Tang Soo Do was. But I love Tang Soo Do as it helps me to free my mind, focus only on myself.”

“It’s such a fun charity to be involved in, but you’re helping those who really need it...” Growing up in Huntingdon, Katie was good friends with the charity’s Founder, Junior McDougald, and started helping with admin in the charity’s Peterborough based office. “He didn’t even realise what I did back then,” Katie remembers, “so when he found out and offered me a place as a child specialist at the Huntingdon Inspire Through Sport camp, he really put a lot of faith and trust in me!”

Katie really enjoyed being involved with the charity’s work, and watching the children enjoy themselves. “These kids felt so honoured to be there, they were very well behaved, and a lot of them were amazed that they were allowed to punch us, which was funny!” Katie also attends the charity’s fundraising events whenever she can, “I was at the Summer Cycle last year and will be attending the Cycle Splash Dash event in Cambridge. I’m looking forward to seeing Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn again after meeting him at the Sports Connections Foundation charity gala last year, he’s really nice!” Katie is also hoping to attend the ‘Climb Ben Nevis’ event at Serpentine Green on Sunday September 10, where the charity are using a climbing wall to reach their target of 1,345 metres (the height of the mountain) which they hope to turn into pounds to provide a Sporting Wish for a seriously ill child. “It’s such a fun charity to be involved in, but you’re helping those who really need it at the same time.”

Katie loves working with children and seeing how the smallest thing can mean the world to them. “I love the way that sport really does inspire them – bring up football in conversation and suddenly everyone becomes engaged and has an opinion!” Katie reckons that when it comes to sport, it’s never too late for anybody. “It’s great for mental health and wellbeing, and it helps to have consistency in your life – children need sport in their life, to learn about discipline, team spirit, and to be able to let off steam and have a place where they feel confident and encouraged.” Sports Connections Foundation has a special campaign – Change 4 Children – which Katie will also be supporting. “It’s a great campaign, it basically asks for people to donate their small change every month, whether it’s 50p or £50, so that the charity always has a source of funding at the ready when it’s needed, allowing them to be proactive. There’s nothing worse than not being able to provide a Sporting Wish in time for the family of a seriously ill child.” And finally, Katie has a quick word of advice for the younger generation; “If you enjoy it, keep doing it no matter what anyone says – even if some days you don’t feel like training, remember what the end goal is going to be and persevere!” Katie is currently in training for the European Championships in Holland at the end of October, here at ESP we’re all hoping for first place for you Katie! If you’d like to find out more about Sports Connections Foundation, or to donate to the Change 4 Children campaign, please visit their website, to see how you can get involved.


Food Glori us Food Pizza, Pots and Pints bring their winning pub formula to the heart of Peterborough…

Photos: Andrew James Photography

At last the new Pizza, Pots and Pints pub, The Queen’s Head, is now open. ESP went along to the launch and we weren’t disappointed, it’s a great addition to the city centre scene. The Charles Wells pub, in the former Clarkes restaurant building overlooking St. John’s Square, offers a great selection of wines and beers so it’s good to see another pub back in the centre, but it also offers some really tasty food. The wood fired oven ‘Large Lizzy’ produces delicious artisan pizzas in no time at all – which is good because everyone seemed eager to devour them pretty quickly!

General Manager Marcus Young and his team were in great spirits and very proud of the new venue which boasts a unique look, complete with a Queen’s head statue and plenty of quirky décor. It’s the third of the brewery’s award-winning pub chain, Pizza, Pots and Pints – a new concept that’s based around the idea of the perfect place to enjoy a pint with friends and the food that would be an ideal accompaniment. So whether you fancy pizza or a tasty one-pot dish of meals such as mac and cheese, Tuscan sausage stew, swordfish Thai yellow curry or stilton loaded mushrooms (with various sides), or even a Sunday roast, they have the perfect pub grub.


The opening team consist of Sam Adams, a huge beer fan, and Craig Billington, a foodie perfectionist. They’ve been with the company from the start and have taken the Pizza, Pots and Pints idea and run with it, making sure the homemade food served alongside beers from around the world perfectly matches the quirky atmosphere.

This is the first city centre site for the chain, as Director Craig Mayes explains: “We’re really excited to share our passion of delicious Pizza, Pots and Pints with the people of Peterborough. Sam and Craig are a perfect pair and have made our pioneering Cambridge and Baldock venues a firm favourite with locals there, we’re sure Peterborough’s foodies and beer fans alike will also delight in what they are bringing to the city. “The community around the pub also means a great deal to us and we host offers and events to suit all tastes, such as 2-4-1 Mondays, Live Music Fridays and Sunday Roasts.” There’s a small meeting room upstairs, a beer garden and we’re looking forward to the terrace upstairs opening too.

Harry’s Bar and Café One Year on Harry’s Bar and Café (formerly The Lounge) at The Solstice had a lovely makeover last summer and was successfully relaunched. A year on this has become a great city centre dining venue serving food from day to night so whether you’re shopping, working or going out in the evening you can dine out at Harry’s. Delicious breakfasts get your day started, their lunches are the perfect mid-day pickme-up and their gorgeous afternoon teas provide a lovely afternoon break and chance for a chat. Afternoon teas are served from 11am to 5pm Monday to Saturday 12pm to 5pm Sunday's and their tasty appetiser menu is served all day.

Harry’s is a contemporary stylish bar café offering classic drinks and premium beers with a modern cocktail list and a superb wine and champagne menu. There’s a diverse food menu catering for everything from a quick bite at lunchtime to a sophisticated 3 course evening meal. If you’re planning a function they can cater for that too with the venue available for hire and it’s a great spot for a business lunch or an after work get together.

Food News STEAKHOUSE OPENING THIS MONTH The new Middeltons Steakhouse and Grill is due to open in Peterborough on Friday September 8. A £1 million refurbishment is converting the city centre units in Bridge Street (and within St Peter’s Arcade) into the chain’s biggest steakhouse to date. It will have dining areas across two floors – on the ground floor and at the basement level – to cater for 180 covers. There will be additional al fresco dining which will seat a further 50 diners. Middletons Steakhouse and Grill is a growing steakhouse chain which focuses on serving prime meat in quality surroundings. As well as steak, it also specialises in a signature mixed grill, seafood, burgers, cocktails and classic desserts. All the meat served is prepared at the restaurant’s own butchery in Middleton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

MACMILLAN COFFEE DAY Peterborough Greyhounds has teamed up with Lloyds Bank to bring us the largest coffee morning event in the city raising money for Macmillan on Friday September 29. Join the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough and Miss Peterborough, Laura Bailey, from 11am to 1pm for

cake, cake and more cake all in aid of a good cause! Or alternatively join them in the evening in the stadium for Race-night where they’ll be doing a raffle and donating money from every hot drink sold on the night‌ and more cake!

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The new Lightbox CafĂŠ looks set to open early next month. It’s the idea of Eve Warner who’s set her mind on bringing something different to the city centre. It will be open for breakfast and lunch, serving, locally sourced, freshly prepared and reasonably priced meals, and open for later drinking at the end of the week. Eve told ESP – “I had been looking for premises for some time in which to open a more upmarket, licensed tea room providing table service and 31 Bridge Street is the perfect home for The Lightbox, a venue which will mix just a touch of vintage with contemporary in a wonderful light and airy space.â€? During the daytime, Eve plans to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, somewhere customers enjoy visiting and staff enjoy working. “We have a wonderful and experienced pastry chef who will be making all of our scones and cakes in house,â€? says Eve. “For those looking for something more special, we will offer prosecco and champagne afternoon teas and will be taking bookings for special occasions such as birthdays and baby showers where we will be happy to tailor the menu to suit the event. In the run up to Christmas we will offer parties with Christmas themed afternoon teas - more information will be released soon!â€? The Lightbox will transform into more of a bar and open late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so you can enjoy evening drinking with a range of quality wines and spirits.

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A FILM TO BE PROUD OF I couldn’t be more proud of the people of Peterborough. We are home to some incredible talent – including world-class musicians, writers and filmmakers.

This article is dedicated to one particular talented individual. David Proud is perhaps best known for acting in TV shows such as Mikey Clarke Desperados and Eastenders – where he was the first person to regularly play a disabled part. The local actor has also made numerous short films, with the latest being his directorial debut. Sympathy for the Lemon (which David also wrote) premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, with it being submitted to various other festivals too. It stars Genevieve Barr (The Silence, The Fades) and Christopher Rithin (Harry Potter, The Seasoning House).

I wanted to feature a disabled artist without really mentioning the disability...

It’s about two lovers who get into an argument during what should be an intimate moment. David told me, “I wanted to feature a disabled artist without really mentioning the disability and Gen has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She is a phenomenal talent and I think this film says a lot about disability without


champion their work as much as possible and they deserve all the success. I hope they will allow me to use tracks in the future as their songs have such emotion and for a filmmaker that’s the type of music you really want.” Fresh off the back of their appearance at the local Green Meadows Festival, and with a new album ‘Details’ just out, Glock from The Candle Thieves told me they’re delighted to be linked in with David’s project, “To have our song feature in David's film is a total privilege for us. We're very proud to be a small part of his awesome project and wish him every success with the release.” So what’s next for David? “For me it’s time to step up a gear and I’m now focussing completely on longer feature films. I am having to take a little break from working behind the camera though, as I have started filming on a new series that I can’t talk about yet which has me booked till the end of the year. As soon as I can talk about it, I will of course be in touch with ESP.”

saying anything at all. It is a way to show how disability does not always need to be the focus, it can just be present.” David allowed me to watch his film, which I loved. It flowed nicely, the dialogue was believable and well-acted and as for the cinematography – the local filmmaker clearly has a great eye for detail. Every shot was beautifully filmed. Even the music featured in the film involves local talent. “The music is by the local band The Candle Thieves as I went to school with the talented Mr Shiels aka ‘The Glock’, and I was also in a different school band with him back in the day,” David said. “I played drums but I was sacked by him and the lead singer for not turning up to rehearsals in my lunch hour. However, the reason I didn’t turn up is that I was chatting up a beautiful girl called Amy each lunchtime. She kept distracting me away from the band and there was just something about her that made me go all giddy. I did however get the last laugh as that same girl went on to become my wife last year. Was it worth being kicked out of a band? Hell yes!” David continued, “I have always been a fan of The Candle Thieves and they are insanely talented. I really want to

For any locals wanting to get into filmmaking, David added, “I would encourage anyone to give it a go. If you have something to say it’s a great way to say it. You can always find me online at @prouddavid on Twitter if you are stuck and need any tips.” We wish David all the best with his movie and look forward to getting it on our website once it has completed its tour around the film festivals. Mikey Clarke

The next big thing

The new larger Next store is now open at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre. ESP went along to the pre-launch and to check out the latest trends. The new store stocks womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, shoes, beauty and some homewear too. Manager Leigh Garwood tells us stripes are going to be a strong look across all ranges and look out for some gorgeous

reds coming through in the new season stock (see overleaf). From checks to florals, coats to boots, you definitely need to be a lady in red this autumn! Florals never leave the rails but take on darker tones in the ‘rocking romantics’ range modelled here by ESP’s Rachael Clarke with this gorgeous floaty shirt teamed with leather look leggings. We’re loving the current range of bags too! Visit for the full range.

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Red is a key colour trend at Next this autumn


SUPERDRAMA We have some really great amateur dramatics and theatre groups in this area so let us introduce you to a new group taking to the stage promising us some SuperDrama…. SuperDrama Productions are a newly formed, small group of like minded lovers of theatre, who enjoy putting on great drama performances. All members of the group have many years of experience in many drama productions, with other well established successful amateur drama groups. Tracey Brittle from the group told ESP – “We have come together with two aspirations in mind; firstly to support Peterborough & District's cultural ambition by bringing great quality performances to those who love a good night out at the theatre and secondly to support local charities by gifting all profits made from our performances this year and also from all future productions.” They’re performing at the Key Theatre Studio in October with the comedy play 'Relatively Speaking' by Alan Ayckbourn based on misunderstandings and somewhat complex relationships. Tracey continued– “Progress for our first performance is very strong with the strength of acting in the team promising a lively performance. “We are also delighted that Sir Alan Ayckbourn himself is supporting our production. He has personally signed copies of the script for us so that we can raffle one off at each of our performances.”

Behind the scenes SuperDrama have been supported by Peterborough Regional College who’ve been helping build a website and manage the group’s social media campaign. “We hope that the excitement we have for this new group will be infectious and that more local people will want to get involved,” says Tracey. “We still need help in our production set up and would welcome a little extra local sponsorship. Even the smallest amount of funding will help to make a huge difference.” They’re also keen to get new talent on board ready for their next production next year so if you fancy getting involved in

anything from acting to working backstage all ages and levels of experience are welcome. The show runs from Tuesday October 10 – Saturday October 14 at 7.45pm, with a Saturday afternoon matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are just £10 and all profits from the performances will be supporting local charities, this year it’s for the local Macmillan cancer charity. Tickets are available at the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239. Any individuals or local companies interested in supporting SuperDrama should contact Andy on 07751 747713, or Tracey on 07814 137443.

Phoebe Research

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ESP last chatted to former Corrie actor Steven Arnold when he was appearing in panto at The Cresset and he seemed a thoroughly decent bloke.


hen he called us up at the ESP office to ask if we’d help him in his support for a local charity event, he proved his nice guy credentials once again. Steve’s patron of Phoebe Research and is busy recruiting runners for the charity’s first ever fundraising run at Rutland Water on Sunday October 1. Zoe Crowson founded The Phoebe Research Fund in 2015 to fund research into a possible cure for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa which her daughter suffers from. Steven originally met Zoe when she went to see the panto and asked Seven to record a video message for the charity. They kept in touch and he ended up being a big supporter. Steven says he felt compelled to help, “It was just the story that she told me – she’s a lovely lady and Phoebe’s a lovely little girl – it just pulled at my heartstrings I guess. Nobody’s really aware of EB. “I’ve worked with various charities but it’s the smaller ones I tend to aim for as they need the help the most. The nice thing is you know with this charity that every penny is actually going straight into the research.” The course starts and finishes at Sykes Lane, taking in Whitwell and the Dam. The 5k course is an achievable distance for all

ages and abilities. You can choose to run, jog or walk your way around the course so you should be done within an hour depending on how fast you choose to go. Steven will be there on the day cheering everyone on and handing out medals and is urging more people to get involved and put their Sunday to good use walking/jogging in some beautiful countryside. The run’s hosted by Rutland Radio and entry’s £10 for adults and £5 for kids – it’s a 5k fun run so no need to be super fit, just play your part in raising some vital cash to find a cure. To enter the fun run visit and to find out more about the charity go to There are several other related events coming up including a Garden Gold Day on October 4 at Milton Golf Club, RDEB awareness week October 25-31 and the annual charity auction at The William Cecil in Stamford on November 10.


paparazzi Caught in the act? Parties, Pizza, Pots and Pints…

The fantastic new Queens Head pub has opened overlooking St. John’s Square in Peterborough and it’s the third of the new Pizza, Pots and Pints concept from Charles Wells. ESP went along to the launch night to check out the delicious wood fired pizza and one pot meals. Andrew James Photography covered the night for us. We couldn’t let our columnist Darren Grigas turn 40 without marking the occasion! Lakeside Bar and Kitchen at Ferry Meadows proved the perfect venue for his birthday party which saw a few famous faces attend… or was that just fancy dress? Can you spot Darren? (Hint: Suicide Squad!) You can view all our Paparazzi pics on Facebook.



It’s that time of year again to don your denim and do your bit for a good cause…

Jeans for Genes day on Friday September 22 is a day to wear your jeans at work, school or wherever in return for a donation which will help change the lives of children across the UK. In 2016, 21 genetic disorder charities benefited from the funds raised on Jeans for Genes Day. Peterborough star, actor Warwick


Davis is an ambassador for the charity and supports it each year but a whole host of other celebrities also put their name to the campaign. ESP’s cover star, Lydia Bright explains – “Jeans for Genes Day helps to ensure that thousands of families across the UK get the specialist support they need and deserve. “It’s really simple for the public to get involved; all you need to do is wear a pair of jeans and you really can transform the lives of children with genetic disorders! “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s campaign, and am looking forward to wearing my favourite pair of jeans on Friday September 22.” More than half a million children and adults in the UK live with the daily challenges of a genetic disorder. Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK – that's more than 30,000 babies each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under. Singer Louisa Johnson is new to the campaign and says – “I'm very excited to be taking part in the Jeans for Genes campaign this year. This is a fantastic cause that helps transform the lives of children living with genetic disorders in the UK by offering support to them and their families.

“It's so easy to take part, I will be encouraging my friends, family, and everyone else who wants to take part – to put on their jeans on Friday September 22!” At work you could all make a donation to wear your jeans in the office for the day – it’s a fun way to bring the team together and you can flag up your charity efforts on your social media. At school you could hold a denim fashion show or encourage everyone to jazz up their jeans or hold a denim danceathon. There are loads of fun fundraising ideas on their website and plenty of resources you can use too. Mollie King, singer with girl group The Saturdays might have just been signed up to get her dancing shoes on for Strictly Come Dancing, but she’ll be putting the sequins to one side for this fundraising event – “Fundraising for Jeans for Genes Day is obviously the primary purpose, but it is also a really fun initiative giving us a chance to experiment with denim! “I’m looking forward to wearing my favourite jeans in support of the campaign, and I hope others are too.” So get ready to make a difference in denim and sign up to receive a free fundraising kit full of great ideas at or call 0800 980 4800.

Get Glowing with East Anglian Air Ambulance and ESP! After taking to the water for the Dragon Boat Race in the summer, ESP is now joining forces with another event raising money for charity and this time we’ll be glowing for it! Super-saver early bird tickets are now on sale at just £22.50 (saving over 30%) for individuals and £19.50 for groups (saving 45%), but hurry and book your place as this super offer is only valid until September 21!

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Glow in the Park are bringing an epic 5km, night-time, neon-lit run and glow party to Peterborough on October 21 and we’ll be joining in the fun. We want you to join us and help raise some cash so get your tickets at the early-bird rate before they all go.

“All funds you raise go directly towards helping us keep our helicopters in the sky...” Come join in the party at the East of England Showground in Peterborough as Glow in the Park and EAAA promise to provide the ultimate neon, 5km fun event for families and friends. Dance, jog, walk or run on an epic voyage of six glow zones featuring a foam zone, paint blast zone and time tunnel and finishing with a largerthan-life glow party.

Events Manager for EAAA, Catrina Laskey, said; “We are really excited to be partnering with Glow in the Park for this fantastic event, which provides an exciting evening out for the whole family. Why not have a great time and raise funds for us in the process? You can set up a Just Giving page or download a sponsorship form from the Glow in the Park website. All funds you raise go directly towards helping us keep our helicopters in the sky, so we can continue saving lives.” The ESP team will be taking part and we’ll be there on the night to capture the action so get your glowsticks ready. EAAA is a charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service to us all across East Anglia. They receive no direct government funding so rely solely on donations to help them save lives. This event

offers an opportunity to not only have a fantastic night out, but also raise funds for the charity so they can continue providing their lifesaving service. For all the event details and to book tickets please go to or email For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit or call 08450 669 999. You can also follow on Twitter at @EastAngliAirAmb or ‘like’ their Facebook page – East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.

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Movie Previews

Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis Director: Andy Muschietti

The anticipation is off the chart for this big-screen movie remake of the popular 1990 miniReleased series – based on Stephen King’s infamous novel – and has led to the trailer getting the most views in the first 24 hours for any film of all-time. This production, which is refreshingly devoid of any notable A-list talent, is being targeted as a two-part horror ‘duology’ – just like the mini-series – with the first instalment going by the moniker of ‘The Losers’ Club’. This so-called club are a group of outcast pre-teens, who team up to fight against an immortal shapeshifting entity – usually in the guise of Bill Skarsgard’s (Atomic Blonde) terrifying Pennywise the Clown – responsible for the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine, on America’s East Coast, in the Summer of 1989. The gathering is led by Jaeden Lieberher’s Bill Densbrough, who has more reason than most for revenge on Pennywise – with the monster being responsible for the death of his young brother Georgie – as he joins forces with his overweight pal Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and the only girl in the group, Sophia Lillis’ Beverly Marsh, among others, as they’re forced to confront their own personal demons in the process. Let’s hope with the hype machine at maximum that director Andy Muschietti – who’s got horror previous with Mama – hasn’t been clowning around...




WIND RIVER Avengers co-stars Jeremy ‘Hawkeye’ Renner and Elizabeth ‘Scarlet Witch’ Olsen headline this thriller – helmed by the acclaimed writer of Sicario. They star as a veteran game tracker and an FBI agent respectively, who team up to investigate a murder that occurred on a freezing Wyoming Native American reservation. Another Marvel superhero, Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher, co-stars in this movie that’s been getting rave reviews Stateside.







MOTHER! The latest movie from highly-regarded Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan, Noah and The Wrestler – comes in the form of this psychological horror thriller. The plot follows a young woman (Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence), whose tranquil life with her husband (Skyfall’s Javier Bardem) at their remote country home is challenged by a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) who arrive and lodge with them.

The Maze Runner lead star Dylan O’Brien has recovered from the horrendous stunt injuries he suffered on the set of the third film The Death Cure – which put back production on the dystopian teen drama by more than a year – to headline this action thriller as Black Ops recruit, Mitch Rapp. He gets assigned to Oscarnominated Michael Keaton’s Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, and together they investigate a wave of random attacks on military and civilian targets, which leads them to a mysterious operative – Taylor Kitsch’s (Lone Survivor) ‘Ghost’ – intent on starting another world war in the Middle East.




VICTORIA AND ABDUL The Queen’s Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears goes back to his roots with another Royal Family-inspired biographical drama, which chronicles the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria (Oscar-winner Judi Dench) and her Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). The likes of Michael Gambon, Simon Callow and Eddie Izzard round off a very British inspired cast, with the late Tim Pigott-Smith starring in his last film role.







Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Domhnall Gleeson headlines this basedon-true-events story, starring as legendary Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne, who finds inspiration for his beloved Hundred Acre Wood tales through his interactions with his young son, Christopher Robin (Alex Lawther and Will Tilston). Suicide Squad starlet Margot Robbie plays his wife Daphne, with Trainspotting’s Kelly MacDonald starring as Christopher Robin’s nanny.


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

Taron Egerton’s Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin and his fellow Kingsman agents join forces with Statesman – their American counterpart – after their headquarters are destroyed by a common enemy called ‘The Golden Circle’. An all-star cast sees the return of Mark Strong, and – unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – Colin Firth, who join impressive support in the form of Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones and a trio of Oscar-winners, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges. Director Matthew Vaughn also returns to helm the sequel to Mark Millar’s comic-book creation, which is garnering a cult following.






Oscar-nominated Juno actress Ellen Page (Inception) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Diego Luna headline this remake of the cult 1990 psychological sci-fi/horror film, which sees five obsessive medical students try to find out what lies beyond the confines of life by stopping their hearts for short periods to trigger a near-death experience – which gives them a first-hand account of the afterlife. Original film actor Kiefer Sutherland guest stars.





WANT TO BE A RECORD BREAKER? Stamford-based children’s brain tumour charity – Anna’s Hope – is giving you the opportunity to be a Guinness World Record breaker at Queensgate Shopping Centre on Sunday September 24.

Carole Hughes with Mark Broadhead, centre director at Queensgate

Queensgate’s charity of the year will attempt to break the world record for the ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Fairies’ in one place, which currently stands at an impressive 871.

Men, women, boys and girls can all take part but you must wear three crucial fairy items: a tutu, wings and carry a wand. Founder of Anna’s Hope, Carole Hughes, whose charity logo is a fairy told me: “By dressing up as a fairy and coming to the event you will not only (hopefully) become a world record holder and have some fun but you will also help raise awareness of brain tumours, which is the country’s biggest cancer killer of children and young people.” Fairies will need to be at Queensgate Shopping Centre from 8am and no later than 9am where you’ll be counted into the world record attempt area in St John’s Square (outside Primark). Car parks in Queensgate will be open from 7.30am. The record attempt should be completed by 10am and there’ll be entertainment and activities taking place afterwards. Entry to the record attempt is free but you can only do so by registering online at Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who also should be dressed as a fairy. For further information, email Pep Cipriano

Darren O’Sullivan, local author Darren O’Sullivan is a Peterborough author who has a lot to write home about. His debut novel Our Little Secret is a Mikey Clarke psychological thriller set in Peterborough that’s been published by Harper Collins and reached no.1 in the iBook chart! Our Little Secret follows the story of Chris. He is waiting to join his wife, his poor Julia who was murdered 10 months before. A murder that’s a secret as Chris has been told – ‘If you tell a single soul, I’ll kill everyone you love’. The 10.47pm train is on its way. It doesn’t stop at the small station he’s standing at. As always, it’s deathly quiet and when it passes through he plans to step under it. He hopes she will be waiting for him. All he has to do, is wait. But a few minutes before its due, Sarah, a woman who’s at a crisis point in her relationship, and her life, steps onto the platform. He can’t do what he set out to do... Already, I’m hooked! I spoke to Darren about his book, which has received a best seller status on Amazon, with it being sat inside the top 100, whilst also reaching no.1 in the iBook national chart. I wondered how obvious it was that the story was set in our city? “Very much so,” he 32

told me. The story starts at March train station but goes back to Peterborough, where Chris lives. “I have tried to stay as true as I can to the city where I live. I love Peterborough and despite it being a vibrant city it’s still a little bit of an unknown. Almost as if it’s a secret also. Using our home city as the backdrop over London (where it was originally set) seemed to fit the themes within the book. Our city hospital, the shopping centre, the river all feature within this book.” It took Darren 5 years to write the book, with almost a full re-write – something that sounds like an emotionally draining process. He told me, “Writing this book has been hard, very hard, and to begin with it wasn’t a book at all! Five years ago it started as an idea for a play, then once it was finished I realised it was terrible. But the characters weren’t and their voices might be stronger within a novel rather than for the stage. “The first story took me over three years to write and I sent it out to the publishing world only to get dozens of rejections. Lots coming back saying I had written the wrong genre and it would work better as a thriller. “After sulking for about a month I began again and Our Little Secret was born. After the re-write I faced more rejections and just at the point where I began to question if I was supposed to be an author a lovely editor called Hannah rang from Harper and within a week

they had signed me! “I’m a real believer that with the right attitude, a lot of gratitude and real hard graft anything is possible.” We’ve not seen the last of our local author, Darren’s been signed by Harper Collins to write two more thrillers for them! You can order Our Little Secret online now and read my full interview with Darren online on Mikey Clarke

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A Family Affair 1986. I remember it well. A year of firsts for me. My first kiss (I hoovered her face), my first Electro album (I still have it on vinyl) and my first Wimpy party (I was sent home for eating all the other children’s chips). But it was also the year I set eyes on a Renault 5 GT Turbo. What a car. It was among the hot hatch elite along with the superb Peugeot 205 GTI and I dreamt of one day owning one. Fast forward to 2016 and I’m chatting bikes and cars with Balderston top sales guy Dave Cunningham. He mentions he had a mark II VW Golf GTI. Respect. Then he goes on to say he sold it to make way for a restoration project for a cracking little Renault first registered in 1986. At this point I begin to grin like a Cheshire cat. Surely, he’s referring to a…it can’t be…yes, it must be a Renault 5 GT Turbo! Err, no. Dave was all excited about his Renault 4 GTL. I remember thinking, how could Renault produce such diverse cars in the same year?! I must admit, I was no Renault 4 fan but gave the man respect for his passion to bring the car back to its former glory. Then, earlier this year, something beautiful happened to me. I saw Dave’s beloved Renault 4 and fell in love with it – and more so because of the car’s story. Affectionately known as ‘Reggie’, Dave’s GTL is one of the last ones to have been registered in the UK. Way back when Dave worked as a mechanic at Spalding’s Renault dealer, Swan Street Motors, he carried out its pre-delivery inspection for the car’s first owner, Dave’s mum. Over the years Reggie has also been owned by Dave’s wife Wendy and now himself, having spent only 34

seven years outside of the family. Reggie came back into the family’s ownership in 1996 and he’s only covered 97,000 miles. Twenty years later Dave decided to give his Renault a new lease of life (to coincide with Reggie reaching the grand old age of 30) and knowing that under the body things started to rapidly rust away, he went down the route of a body-off restoration. He told me: “I commissioned Simon Pocklington of Renault Reborn in Louth to do the work. The chassis was completely stripped, repaired and all rusted parts replaced with new metal painted and undersealed. A complete respray back to the original Danube Blue was carried out after fitting new front wings, rear quarter panels, windscreen, heated rear window and bumpers. “The engine was in good working order, so didn’t require much attention. It was cleaned and upgraded to electronic ignition. The carburettor was rebuilt, a new clutch was fitted, all break lines and fuel lines were replaced and a new radiator and drive shaft were also purchased. The seats were retrimmed with original covers from salvaged Renault 4’s. The whole restoration took six months. “Reggie is part of the family and not once did we consider throwing the towel in. We were keen to restore him to original condition, including refitting the red and white pin stripes that I applied when mum bought it. We didn’t want to over-restore him, as that wouldn’t have looked right.” Reggie’s certainly got a bit of character about him and Dave knows I’m a big fan of his retro colour. But what’s most striking is that you just don’t see Renault 4’s anymore and this for me makes the car all the more special. He’s quickly become a bit of a star at local car

shows too - one particular admirer was smitten. “I took him to the show at Bourne and some guy really wanted to buy him but of course the answer was no. What I love best is the attention he gets at shows over poster cars like Ferraris. Everyone seems to have a story of owning a Renault 4 or knowing someone who has owned one. Reggie always brings a smile out of people and we get very positive comments about him.

passengers have to hold on tight but the fact you do actually have to ‘drive’ Reggie is all part of the appeal.” Talking to Dave more and more about Reggie, I can see that he clearly has a particular interest in Renault as a manufacturer. The French brand isn’t necessarily a make that most of us would have a passion for and it’s nice to know a guy who knows a thing or two about French cars. But where did this all start? “My passion for Renault stems back to my first jobs being with Renault garages. My parents always owned Renaults too, in fact my other vehicle is a Renault Kangoo van. A special moment for us and Reggie was when we were invited to Silverstone for the 50th anniversary of the Renault 4, which was part of the Renault World Series events. Reggie got to do a parade lap of the circuit and

We were keen to restore him to original condition, including refitting the red and white pin stripes...

“He doesn’t get used much now, but I try to give him a run at least once a month and he does roughly 500 miles a year. Driving Reggie is challenging, as he doesn’t accelerate like modern cars and visibly rolls through corners, usually to the distress of passengers and following vehicles! There are no seat belts in the rear (he pre-dates them), so

the photo was featured in Renault UK’s press release!” And further proof that Dave’s a Renault man through and through. I asked him if money were no object what one car in the world would he want to own alongside Reggie? “It would have to be a Renault Alpine A110.” Not a Renault 5 GT Turbo then Dave? Damn.

The ULTIMATE Combat Gaming Experience Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball. It costs a lot less to play, it hurts less and uses realistic looking replica weapons.

Shout out to Scooter Boys Been meaning to give Back To Basics Scooter Club a mention after I met a few of their members at the Bourne Classic Car & Bike show earlier this summer. The newly formed club attend various city events and will often open the throttle and travel further afield to attend scooter rallies, classic car and bike shows and other social and music events. Club members ride various scooters ranging from vintage geared models through to modern day automatics like mine. The club has both male and female members and always makes partners welcome at their events whether they’re a scooterist or not. BTBSC meet at 6pm on alternate Sundays at the Lime Tree pub on Paston Lane.


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HEALTH and beauty

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

Back to School Whether you need a bit of TLC after the kids go back to school, or you need a pick me up now your summer holiday’s been and gone, there are a few health and beauty products which can help relax you in your own home. Here are my three top purchases ready for autumn that you can pick up in shops right here in Peterborough:

Get walking for Alzheimer’s On Sunday September 17, why not join many of your fellow Peterborians for the Peterborough Memory Walk. It takes place at the scenic Ferry Meadows at 11am. Whilst you enjoy a lovely walk, you’ll also be helping change the lives of people affected by dementia. It’s also a great chance to get some exercise and destress as you enjoy the beautiful lakes, fields and

woodlands together. The short route will follow flat paths so will be wheelchair accessible, although the event site is on grass. The walk is organised by the Alzheimer Society whose vision is simple: A world without dementia. So register yourself or a team today and join hundreds of others in the city to support this great cause!

And back to the gym... The summer’s out of the way, and it’s time to work off that holiday buffet belly with a few more trips to the Vivacity gym perhaps. So guys, make sure you check out the Mr Natty Gym recovery kit. Perfect for lunchtime workouts, this Mr Natty kit packs everything you need to recover from trips to the gym into a rugged, lined cotton wash bag. It contains hair and body washes from the brand’s most famous Shipwreck Shower Wash. There is also a quick-drying and compact microfibre sports towel, and a brand new UPF Moisturiser to rehydrate and protect your skin. What else could you need all in one nifty little bag? And it’s a bargain at just £30. 36

The first must have is from TK Maxx. It’s called the Herbal Skin Doctor deep foot soak and is a snip at £4.99.This foot soak relieves aches and stresses in the feet, soothing and conditioning them. So after a long summer on your feet and wearing those high heeled sandals, this is a definite purchase to give your feet a well deserved rest before the boots go back on. I found my feet felt super soft after using it too.

Marks and Spencer has just launched the ultimate indulgence product – a bath pillow priced at £8. I loved the bath pillow because it provided the best comfort whilst relaxing in the bath. Plus it has two suction cups to make sure the pillow remains securely in place whilst you relax. A must have if you’re a bath lover like me. John Lewis has welcomed a new beauty brand to its shelves recently – called Fresh – so I gave the Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream a try. At £24 it’s obviously good quality but worth the expense. It feels ultrahydrating and nourishing and is great on any summer dry skin. The price tag highlights that it includes so many things that are good for your skin – omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 and seaberry oil, a powerful antioxidant that helps to restore, protect, and soften. I enjoyed how fresh it left your skin feeling – definitely living up to its name.

Next issue... Can you believe it’s been nearly a year since MAC opened its doors in Peterborough?! Look out for ESP’s October issue, where I’ll be speaking to some of the MAC team about beauty tips for the autumn, and looking back on their first year in the city.

How will you quit this Stoptober?

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Whatever your motivation might be to kick this bad habit, now’s the time to do it and make the most of plenty of support as the latest Stoptober campaign is starting. Smoking remains the number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely. Stopping smoking is more achievable than ever with this year’s Stoptober campaign. The good news is there’s more help and support available now than ever before. There’s a range of free support that can go direct to your phone, laptop or tablet via the Stoptober app, a daily email service or Facebook Messenger.

service with fully qualified advisors giving practical help and support to help you see it through. They can advise you of all the treatments out there that can give you the extra support you need to kick the habit for good. So why not head along and see them to find out how they can help you? On Saturday September 23 and Saturday September 30 they’ll be outside the Town Hall on Bridge Street, or visit www.healthy for more dates in local areas. If you’re unable to visit one of the stop smoking events, remember you can also talk to your GP or pharmacist, or contact the service to book onto one of their many specialist smokefree clinics across Peterborough.

Stoptober is a pledge to not smoke during 28 days of October. Research shows that by the time you have quit for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to stop for good. Stoptober is the perfect opportunity to take action to protect your health and join thousands of others who are also making a quit attempt this October.

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Go on – take the plunge and enjoy a healthier (younger looking!) future!


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Don’t say NO to the gas molecule that does us good...

NO is a gaseous substance that is produced in the lining of the blood vessels by way of many chemical/enzyme reactions which is said to support – Lowering blood pressure Reducing the risk of sticky blood Lowering inflammation Helping to deliver nutrients to the cells Supporting blood flow to the veins Improving sexual function Improving circulation and much more To provide the natural production of Nitric Oxide in our bodies, we go once again to plant foods. Whilst there are many ‘supplements’ out their claiming to boost NO levels, you really do need to be careful what you’re taking. Firstly you cannot get NO in a supplement, it is a gas after all. However, many supplements contain precursors (something that will help to form NO), some of which are better absorbed than others, also the long term use of supplements with isolated nutrients are never going to be a good thing as this can create imbalances with other nutrients long term. Plant foods contain natural nitrates which we eat, once we’ve ingested them it’s said that our body has an innate way to convert these into nitrites then into Nitric Oxide (NO). These nitrates mix with our healthy oral bacteria, then with our stomach acid and then via processes in the gut which then produces Nitric Acid that we need for health. It is my own observation here that so many people use chemical mouthwashes which may kill off our friendly oral microbes and also use too many antacids etc which may have a blocking effect on this natural process. Plant foods that contain the highest natural 38

Nitrates are – Spinach and other dark green leafy greens Beetroot (beetroot juice can really help boost our NO levels) Celery Watermelon (high in the amino acid Lcitrulline) which can convert to NO Rocket Lettuce (dark green colour not iceberg which is mainly water and little nutrients) Pomegranate Cranberries Cocoa… and more It’s not just natural foods, exercising promotes the production of NO by way of increased blood flow through the blood vessels which stimulate its production. We need to get our heart pumping each day, 20-30 mins of exercise in a form that suits you and your ability, which may increase NO production.

“...frequent exercise, daily mindfulness and a diet high in a variety of plant foods are key players in optimal health...” Meditation has also been shown to help increase NO by way of relaxed blood vessels, so finding a Zen moment each day may help reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and strokes and other health issues So in a nutshell, frequent exercise, daily mindfulness and a diet high in a variety of plant foods are key players in optimal health – nothing new here is there! In health, Karen 21168117



t’s hard to imagine that one small gas molecule that our body produces for optimal health has so many research papers citing its importance for the human body, especially for our cardiovascular and circulatory systems. In the late 1990’s three scientists shared a Nobel Prize in Medicine after they identified this gaseous molecule now known as Nitric Oxide (NO for short).

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National Citizen Service

Every year around 100,000 young people take part in the National Citizen Service gaining valuable life, social and business skills and having a brilliant time in the process too, the kind of experiences that make lasting memories, life skills and friendships. Milford said – “It was fantastic to see the team boost their confidence and make friends with all the other participants on their wave. This week is vital to build a strong and dynamic team for the Social Action Project delivery.”

We’re really privileged to have the Peterborough Open Awards Centre running the NCS courses for 16-17-year-olds in the Peterborough area, offering invaluable outdoor learning activities. I was invited to meet the Peterborough group halfway through their four-week course. Their first week had been at Hilltop Outdoor Adventure Centre in Norfolk and was about stepping out of your comfort zone, the group took part in activities such as abseiling, archery, climbing, high ropes courses and many more. Team leader Steve


Programmes like NCS are a good way to develop confidence and leadership skills...

Whilst chatting to the group, it was clear that they’d bonded quickly through their experiences and were all very close despite most having only met two weeks earlier. At the end of week two after having weathered a couple of freakishly wet days, they were still in great spirits, so much so that when an ITN news crew turned up to do a feature called ‘Where has the summer gone?’ they decided not to include the NCS group as they

were too positive for the article. The final two weeks would involve planning and taking part in a Social Action Project which will benefit the wider community. For this group, it would include fundraising towards the renovation of the resource centre at Newark City Farm to provide a positive learning environment for young people. In addition to this, they’ll be carrying out a tree survey at Ferry Meadows which will include the first ever survey of Bluebell Wood and Lynch Wood. As part of this project they’ll be designing a trail for visitors to the park to follow and the NCS participants will also gain their John Muir Conservation Award. So, look out for that on your next visit to Ferry Meadows! NCS is a fantastic opportunity for teens to take part in some adventurous activities and get out of their comfort zone. It’s estimated that the team from Peterborough Open Awards Centre will take part in over 780 hours of voluntary work which will have a lasting impact on the city for years to come. The programme runs each summer and unbelievably costs no more than just £50 for the four weeks as it’s primarily a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. It even has the endorsement of one Sir Richard Branson, who says of the project – “Programmes like NCS are a good way to develop confidence and leadership skills to encourage a new generation of business and community leaders.” I couldn’t agree more! Find out more at

THE POSH PAGE ESP’s columnist Phil Adlam brings us the exclusives on all things Peterborough United…



I always love speaking to players that seem to have a genuine buzz for playing for the football club. I think you can tell sometimes when individuals are just providing a quote that they think people may want to hear rather than what they truly feel – ‘I am happy to be here’, ‘I am delighted to sign for this club’ – there are countless examples.


owever, after speaking to one of our summer arrivals, Steven Taylor, it is blindingly obvious that he is actually thrilled to be back in an English dressing room again and he is loving life at the ABAX Stadium after penning a two-year contract. With over 200 games under his belt in the Premier League, Steven Taylor’s arrival was quite rightly described as a ‘coup’ by the management and after a couple of excellent displays at the heart of the defence, it’s already looking like a match made in heaven. “I walked into the dressing room at the final whistle at Bristol Rovers in my first away league game for the club and you saw how happy the lads were and they thoroughly deserved to be pleased because it was an absolute pleasure to be part of that performance against a good side. I felt sorry for the Bristol Rovers defenders at times because we were very good going forward, the pace and work ethic of the team was tough to play against.


“I thought my centre back partners were superb, they were throwing themselves into challenges, putting their bodies on the line and that is what you need to do. I have played with some defenders at a higher level that are not as brave as these lads are. They are still young as well, they have a lot of potential as their understanding and reading of the game is excellent.” The former Newcastle United man admits it’s an ‘exciting time’ to be a part of a vibrant Posh squad and believes he is being managed the right way by boss Grant McCann and Head of Physical Performance Ben Mackenzie. “The sports science guys here are very good,” says Taylor. “Ben has worked at St. George’s Park and has a wonderful CV, he knows what he’s doing and they have a lot of data from match days and from training sessions. It’s really enjoyable though, I’m grafting hard and I feel fit and I’m just buzzing for match days.

“When you’re not involved, if you’re on the bench or not part of an 18 you can get forgotten about. When you are in the starting line-up, you are part of it and that is what it’s all about for me. I love the game and I love the challenges. When I was nine years old at Newcastle, my hometown club, I don’t think many people would have expected me to get through into the first team. “I had six or seven centre backs in front of me and people were telling me to go elsewhere and then work my way up, but I relished the challenge. I wanted to succeed and I worked hard to achieve what I wanted to. I went to America to play games, I played three games a week out there and proved that I was ready. “I really enjoyed my time with the Portland Timbers,” he recalls, “they were great with me, they gave me match time and they also worked me hard on the training ground. I spent four months in Tenerife in the summer doing a fitness programme and I genuinely am feeling great at the minute and I’m buzzing to be part of this squad.” It’s early days, but I think Tayls has all the hallmarks of becoming a fans’ favourite very quickly. I think it could be the best bit of business done in the league to get him to the club.

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A PINT OF COMEDY Enjoy another great night of live comedy in Stamford Arts Centre’s Cellar Bar. Receive a £1 off your first drink voucher to be used in the Cellar Bar during the night with every ticket bought. Box office 01780 763203.



CRAIG CAMPBELL ‘EASY TIGER’ TOUR Stamford Corn Exchange. The majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie brings his thrilling new show 'Easy Tiger' out of the Fringe jungle and onto the world stage for his 3rd solo tour. Catch this raucous evening of beautifully crafted tales and observational stories. Tickets are £15 on 01780 766455.



Here’s Jimmy! We’re blessed with a great live comedy circuit in this area and we’re pleased to see the laughs keep coming. The various comedy clubs attract good crowds plus we’re seeing more and more big names appearing on our doorstep so check out some stand up near you! One of the biggest stars is Jimmy Carr who just loves the Peterborough audience and puts on numerous appearances at the Cresset to satisfy demand for his controversial humour. He might often cross the line but it seems we just can’t get enough of him and his Best Of tour is proving so popular he’s added another date on Tuesday September 19. “This one’s slightly different as obviously most of the jokes were already written – all I had to do was choose my favourites and then try and remember them!” says Jimmy. Despite being a Best Of tour he promises it won’t be the same show every night – “Obviously there will be a lot of written stuff, but I like to find a balance between the guaranteed laughs of jokes I’ve come up with in advance and the off-the-cuff stuff. I think on a good night it is 80/90% of jokes that I have written and am performing to the best of my abilities. But the best bits always involve the audience, the bits where I don’t know what’s going to happen or where it will lead.” Jimmy came into stand-up comparatively late at the age of 26 after finding his ‘very cushy job in marketing’ failed to satisfy. Having enjoyed huge success with both stand up and TV since then which does he now prefer? “It’s an odd one for me,” he admits, “they feel very distinct. Making television is collaborative – being the host is great because there's a whole group of people working to make you look good. Live stand-up is very different. You're on your own and that can be stressful. You’ve got more freedom though. With TV, even if it’s late night, you’re ultimately being beamed into people’s homes, sometimes uninvited. With a live gig, people have paid to see you. That allows you to push it that little bit more.” Tickets for his show at the Cresset are £29 on 01733 265705. 44

KEY COMEDY NIGHTS JARLATH REGAN Award winning comedian, writer and broadcaster, Jarlath Regan showcases his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand-up in the Key Studio. His performances have made him a firm favourite on the UK comedy circuit. Support comes from David Morgan, one liner merchant Julian Deane and laid back storyteller Jon Pearson. Tickets are £12 or £10 concessions on 01733 207239.



PHILL JUPITUS: JUPLICITY Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions at the Key Theatre. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Tickets are £16 on 01733 207239.



ED BYRNE The master of observational comedy returns with another great show at the South Holland Centre. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. Tickets are £24 on 01775 764777.



CRESSET COMEDY CLUB Peterborough’s longest running Comedy Club returns! September headliner Jack Carroll become an overnight stand-up sensation after reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 14. Since 2013 he’s worked with the likes of Jason Manford and Vic Reeves as well as performing on Live At The Apollo and Sunday Night At The Palladium. Support comes from Sean McLoughlin, Darren Harriott and compere Debra Jane Appleby. Tickets are £13 in advance on 01733 265705 or £15 on the door.



SIMON DAY IN CHARACTER The former Fast Show star Simon Day brings some of his popular characters to Stamford Corn Exchange. There’ll be Billy Bleach, the Fast Show pub bore and star of 2003 ‘grass’ the witness protection comedy. Confirmed bachelor and unpublished Yorkshire poet Geoffrey Allerton reading from his poetry collection ‘Marking Time’. Tony Beckton - one of Britain’s most dangerous men and habitual criminal who’s served over 27 years in various prisons, reading from his memoirs. And finally prog rocker and humanitarian Brian Pern will perform a piece involving music and some modern dance. Tickets are £20 on 01780 766455.


s Peterborough singer Aston Merrygold prepares to strut his moves in Strictly Come Dancing, former winner of the show, city gymnast Louis Smith MBE is also strapping his dancing shoes back on. The former Strictly champion is taking to the stage in a 50s-themed theatre show called Rip It Up alongside fellow Strictly stars, Natalie Lowe (ex-Strictly Come Dancing ballroom dancing pro) and Jay McGuinness (vocalist from The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion 2015). It’s brought to you by the producers and director of 2017’s smash tour Remembering Fred and features the finest choreography aligned with the greatest songs from this amazing decade of music. Louis said, “A lot of people think of the music of the ‘50’s as just rock ‘n’ roll. Whilst this was the decade that brought us Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers,

Little Richard and more, we will also be celebrating the music of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and all the beautiful vocal harmony groups from that special decade.” Rip It Up promises to bring the fabulous soundtrack of the 1950’s to life in an explosion of song and dance that will see Natalie, Jay and Louis swing, bop, jitterbug, jive and ballroom their way “through some of the most fantastic songs ever created,” says Natalie Lowe. You can catch Louis close to home when the dance show tour comes to the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Wednesday September 20, or if you can’t make that, on Friday October 20 at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. So if you’re in the mood for a good bop and to support Louis in his latest dancing endeavour, ticket prices start at £37.50 (plus booking fees) and can be found on the venues’ websites or via -it-up.


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CAMELPHAT @ SOLSTICE The Solstice team are pretty excited to have secured the amazing CamelPhat playing out live on September 2 . Catch them out on the SolGarden terrace with their blend of tech, techno, electronica and house while Soape keeps you entertained in the main room. Tickets are flying so don’t miss out. Get yours via

DIRTY HOUSE WIVES IN SOLGARDEN The girls are back in the house! Get ready for the Dirty House Wives night at The Solstice on Friday September 22. While Jason Lee plays out in the main room the ladies will be hosting the decks in the SolGarden. They’ve built a name for themselves on the tech house scene, once a more male dominated field, and are well and truly flying the flag for the ladies. Zoe pioneered the popular all ladies DJ collective, Dirty House Wives in November 2012. They have a real mix of venues under their belt including the white isle, Ibiza, Birmingham, Leeds and various local venues around Peterborough and Stamford and have been lucky enough to share a line up with X-press 2, Dale Howard, Denney and Leftwing & Kody. The girls have just played their third year at the Green Meadows Festival and are set to become residents. Zoe says – “Our success has been down to playing music we love. If you’re enjoying your own sounds, it’s infectious! Our music style varies a lot, but it’s mainly tech house, a good base line with an old school sound.” 46

On Friday September 15 the So Dope team are hosting the summer send off party, featuring DJ Rashun K. He’s spent the summer entertaining the masses that descend upon the party destination of Magaluf at the notorious pool parties and warming up for some of the world’s biggest artists who performed at Stage BH Majorca! Catch him in Edwards / Flares / Red Room mixing a monster set of old to new house and hip hop.

YOYO STUDENT SEND OFF PARTY As the summer draws to a close we say goodbye and good luck to all our students that are off to start their uni courses. The annual student send off party commences at Edwards on Thursday September 14 with loads of giveaways and prizes to be won and not forgetting selected £1 drinks from 10.30pm!

MOTOWN AND SOUL NIGHT The Party are back with another great night of music this September. The sound of classic soul and Motown will echo around the Braza Club in March on Friday September 8. These revival nights are as popular as ever with soul music fans from across East Anglia and beyond, and the Braza has the best sprung wooden dance-floor in the area. The DJ’s on the night are the ever popular Martin Topley from Boston, with support from John Bradley, Neil Randall and Jamie Trundle. Pay on the door, £6 before 9pm / £7 after 9pm. Doors open from 8pm.

GABLES REUNION You’ll have to get to The Solstice early on Friday September 29 to guarantee entry into the next Gables reunion instalment ‘Beyond the Funk.’ Organiser Graham Fairbairn is predicting a sell-out crowd for this popular gig, which along with his Viva La Rock reunions, have raised more than £50k for various charities. So, for anyone who hasn’t been to one of Graham’s gigs, here’s the music score. In the SolGarden: 70s, 80s and early 90s soul, funk, new jack swing, rare groove, house, hip hop and other similar music. In the Solstice Bar: Mid 90s to present music including R&B, acid jazz, neo soul, garage, soulful house. In the Eden Room: Dub, reggae, dancehall, roots and ska. In Harry’s Bar you can chill-out to trip hop and laid back break beats. This room will also be a dining area for the early birds wanting a bite and cocktails will be served throughout the evening. On the decks will be: Eddie Nash, Mark Goodliff, David Lyes, Dill Gloster, Zed Malik & Jim Norton, Otis Roberts, Pat Unwin and The Pure Niceness Crew. For the first time a guest DJ from out-of-town – Kenni ‘Vexed’ Rollins – will also be in attendance. It’s only £5 on the door and Cancer Research will be the beneficiary this time.

Peterborough-based band Flashback Photograph have had a fantastic summer. After playing in front of huge crowds at Camp Bestival they’re set to play Bestival this month and are recording a new album.


he folk-rock band, formed of lead singer Gary Ward, drummer Adam Mansfield, and bass player Matt Worthington, are set to play the biggest gig of their lives at Bestival. It’s a dream come true for lead singer Gary Lee Ward who told ESP he started the band in 2011 and they’ve been working hard ever since – “We’ve had a few incarnations with different members coming and going. But it was 2015 when we actively started hitting the scene, making sure we played more regularly and supported local venues and going further afield too.”

Spreading their wings a little proved worthwhile as it was down the road in Cambridge that a break came. “After playing a few shows in Cambridge, we were asked to play Strawberry Fair on the Cambridge 105 stage,” says drummer Adam Mansfield. “It was a fantastic event and a local DJ happened to be watching us at the time. He runs a stage at Camp Bestival and Bestival and asked us if we wanted to play. Naturally we accepted!” Bassist Matt Worthington is still buzzing about it – “Camp Bestival was amazing – we had a great time, got a great reception to our music and met some other fantastic musicians too. So we can’t wait to play Bestival, which promises to be even bigger.” They’ll be playing at Bestival on September 9 and 10, but don’t plan to ease off after that. “We plan to keep the momentum going,” adds Adam. “It’s important we capitalise on this moment, but also enjoy this moment. We have some interesting gigs in the pipeline, so we plan to stay as busy as we can.” Even more of us will get to hear what the boys can do in future as they revealed they’re about to go into the studio to record their first album. “It’s been a long time coming, really,” says Gary. “We’ve had a couple of EPs, but we’re taking our time with the album. There’s a lot of music we could include, so we’re in no rush with


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it. It may take a while but it will be worth the wait. “It might be a cop-out, but I think our music stands out. We do wear face paint in the style of Mexican candy skulls to grab people’s attention at gigs, plus it’s good fun, but ultimately if the music isn’t any good then it’s just a gimmick. We’re being invited to play some great gigs and events, so hopefully that’s a good indication we’re doing something right! “I write all the lyrics and music for the band,” Gary continues, “but a lot of my inspiration for that comes from family, friends and life events. I think many musicians write stuff that is personal to them and I suppose I’m no different. In terms of style, I love Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash.” Having made their mark locally and further afield, we wondered what the band thought to the local live music scene and if they thought it needed to change. “Obviously, there are some great venues that support local artists, which is great,” says Adam. “But we could always do with more of them – Peterborough could do with more venues to help bands get started and help build a local fan base and get the experience they need to branch out regionally.” Matt adds – “It would be great if more venues were open to paying for original music. It’s expensive to ‘be’ a musician, so any support from venues actually helps keep the local music scene going.” You can next support Flashback Photograph in Peterborough at Charters on Friday September 8 and you can keep up to date with all their gigs and news on their website, Facebook flashbackphotographoffical or, Twitter and Instagram.

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Jethro Tull Star From The Jam are @ Cathedral Back!

Rock legend Ian Anderson, frontman of Jethro Tull, will be performing a Christmas concert at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday December 16 at 7.30pm. I went to see Tull a few years ago in a sell-out concert at the Broadway. I also saw them in their heyday in Birmingham, and both times they were superb. Jethro Tull were formed in 1968 and, with frontman Ian Anderson, have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. Undoubtedly the major focus of their music is Ian Anderson, who’s very 48

charismatic and is famed as the man who brought the flute to rock music (and performing on one leg). He has a large and enthusiastic fan base, and still maintains a busy international touring schedule, which in recent years has concluded in December with a short series of Christmas concerts in cathedrals. To compliment this, thanks to the musician’s generosity, the proceeds of these concerts goes entirely to the cathedral concerned. Ian Anderson is a self-professed non-believer, but nonetheless claims a huge affinity with the traditions of Christianity and this is his way of showing his support. On December 16 it’s the turn of Peterborough Cathedral to benefit. He and his band will perform some of the more festive numbers from the prodigious Jethro Tull back catalogue, alongside other Christmas music and readings. There’s also the promise of the odd surprise guest joining the line-up (guests at previous Christmas gigs have included the likes of Ade Edmondson, Marc Almond and Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden). Members of Peterborough Cathedral Choir will be making an appearance too. Tickets, at £35 and £27.50, are already selling fast. To get yours call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, or Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, or buy online via

Coming to the Cresset on Friday October 6 is a concert any self-respecting fan of The Jam will not want to miss. Original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton is returning to Peterborough with his band From The Jam. The Jam’s final studio album was The Gift, and was often cited as one of the band's finest albums. The Gift featured the singles Town Called Malice, Just Who Is The 5 O'Clock Hero and Precious. Now 35 years old, From The Jam, are taking this album out on the road and bring it to Peterborough as part of their UK tour. Bruce, along with Russell Hastings will perform this incredible album in its entirety in this one-off, never to be repeated concert. They will no doubt add to this with many of the classic Jam hits such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, The Modern World and many more. The band has gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago. Indeed the band played to a packed out Cresset audience in June 2016, securing themselves as a firm favourite on the touring circuit. This is a fully standing show and support comes from Leeds based live Northern Soul band Samuel S Parkes. My editor, Sharon McAllister saw them perform last year and highly rates them, so already has her ticket for the Cresset. Tickets will be in short supply so don’t hang about. The Cresset box office is 01733 265705.

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Scooted and Booted Gig Back To Basics Scooter Club (BTBSC) are holding an End of Season Bash at the Lime Tree Pub on Paston Lane on Saturday October 7. And they’ve chosen a band who brings the perfect type of music for Scooter fans. They are Scooted and Booted. What a great name for a Ska & Reggae covers band playing songs from artists such as Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, UB40, Desmond Decker, The Beat and many more. The nine piece band contains a brass section to enhance the guitars and keyboard and boasts two lead singers. They appear at

venues all over East Anglia, and claim to make sure that their performance will get you up and dancing from the very start. Back To Basics Scooter Club was formed by a group of friends in the Peterborough area who have an interest in the local scooter scene and have grown in membership by staging scooter related events all through the year but particularly in the summer. Hence an ‘End of Season Bash’. Tickets can be bought in advance for this very popular event and you can get yours from The Lime Tree on 01733 326603.

We Love to Boogie The music of Marc Bolan with his band T.Rex, has endured despite his sad demise in the late seventies. Marc was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era, With Bolan's special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs throughout the 1970s including Telegram Sam and Metal Guru, we lost a potentially great star of his generation. I have seen T Rextasy a couple of times and have another chance on Sunday October 1 when they visit the Key Theatre. Their 20 year plus career ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. T Rextasy is now accepted as one of the world’s few official live tribute bands dedicated to Marc Bolan, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and original ex-members of T.Rex. The band’s been described by many as beyond the boundaries of tribute. Of course Marc’s songs re-appeared to a new generation in the film, Billy Elliot, and therefore it’s a rock and roll concert for all ages. If you’d like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! Tickets are available from the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239.

Former Westlife frontman Shane Filan has announced a major UK tour for October 2017, and it includes the Cresset in Peterborough on Monday October 9. This tour follows the recent release of his new album Love Always and the concert is bound to see him perform a number of Westlife favourites as well as his own recent tracks. Shane told ESP, “I am really proud of Love Always and it is going to be exciting to bring the new songs to the stage, alongside of course some old favourites. It is always great to see the fans who are so supportive.” This obviously includes his Peterborough fan base because he played a very popular sell out gig here at the Cresset last year and is keen to return to the city. Westlife were one of the world’s most successful bands of the last few decades, scoring multiple Number Ones all over the world, and this year’s Cresset appearance, once again, gives Peterborough fans the opportunity to see him doing what he loves best; entertaining the crowd and singing from the heart. He’s supported on the tour by Australian Guy Sebastion who’s very well established the other side of the world, after winning Australia’s first ever ‘Idol’ in 2003. Guy’s decade and a half long career has seen 42 platinum and three gold certifications, and sold three million in combined sales with a string of arena tours. His 2013 single Battle Scars went platinum in the US, with Guy in fact being only one of a few artists in Australian music history to ever achieve this. Guy now wants to achieve in the UK. He commented, “This is a brilliant opportunity to show the UK who I am and what I love doing best. Shane is a fantastic artist, and I am full of admiration for his career history as both a solo performer and as the lead singer of Westlife. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining him on the Love Always Tour.” This show is sure to sell out so get in quick, the Cresset box office is 01733 265705.

R.I.P Mark

I, like all those connected with Peterborough’s live music scene, was shocked to hear the very sad news of the death of Mark Perks, lead singer of The Rocket Dogs. He was only in his forties, and got married to wife Karen just two months ago. Everyone who saw The Rocket Dogs perform will know how passionate and enthusiastic Mark was about the band’s

performances. He saw his role as frontman as being the entertainer and his bandmates reflected this in their posting on Facebook: ‘The Legend, The Ultimate Entertainer, The True Rock Star and the man that would always make you smile. We will miss you forever and never forgotten in our hearts. Love The Boys xxxxxxxxx” R.I.P Mark.


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CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Bell Inn, Sawtry DARREN BETHELL (3PM) Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate GRUMPY OLD MEN The Letter B, Whittlesey LAOE Puzzles?, Bridge Street PEMBROKE TENNYSON The Grainstore, Oakham PENNYLESS + WANSFORD UKULELE FOLK + THE GANGSTERS + LATINO SOUND + GONE TO THE DOGS Water Newton Music Festival, Village Green RETROLUX Charters, Town Bridge SKYFIGHT + MEENA LEE TRIO + CARTER DOLBY + SOPHIE FREAR The Glasshouse, Key Theatre THE DEPS The Fayre Spot, Bretton THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN + UP THE FUNCTION + GROUNDED + THE MESH BAND + BROTHERHOODS ROUNDABOUT + AMY PALMER + THE MOTOR CITY VIPERS Thorney Live Music Festival, Bedford Hall

THU AUG 24 CARPARK RENDEZVOUS Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate FACEBOOK LIVE OPEN MIC Puzzles?, Bridge Street LEWIS SPEIRS + STEPHEN HERO Mama Liz's, Stamford TOM WRIGHT BAND + OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment

FRI AUG 25 CAUSTIC LIGHTS The Crown, Lincoln Road MATT GROCOTT Puzzles?, Bridge Street PLAMERSTONE UKULELE BAND + RETROLUX Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment RISKY TRICK The Grainstore, Oakham THE GUARDS The Ploughman, Werrington THE HIGH ROLLERS The Yard of Ale, Woodston THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN Charters, Town Bridge UNION AVENUE The Grainstore, Oakham WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS WITH THE BOATMEN The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

SAT AUG 26 BAND OF TRAMPS + CHRIS WATSON BAND + THE FEDZ + ALL SHOOK UP + RAMSHACKLE SERENADE + MOTOR CITY VIPERS Peterborough Beer Festival, Bridge Street CAUSTIC LIGHTS The Elm Tree, Dogsthorpe COURTYARD JUKEBOX The Angel Inn, Yarwell FUNK SOUL BROTHER, PEMBROKE TENNESSON AND BLUE SKIN BLAKE The Grainstore, Oakham GO WITH THE FLOW Burghley Club, Burghley Road HAZARDVILLE, FOWOKAN, ELENI DEMETRIOU The Grainstore, Oakham KENNY LEE & HUSTLER The Braza Club, MARCH LISA HAMMOND Puzzles?, Bridge Street LOOSE ROCKET The Anchor, Sutton Bridge NEW GENERATION The Ploughman, Werrington RPM The Crown, Lincoln Road THE GUARDS Ebeneezers, Woodston THE NUGGETS The London Inn, Stamford


MON AUG 28 PENNYLESS Charters Beer Festival, Town Bridge SALMON DAVE Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate VARIOUS LIVE ACTS 1-4PM St Andrews Hall Summer Fete, Whittlesey

TUE AUG 29 OPEN MIC WITH ANNA RADFORD Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate

THU AUG 31 THE LAZOONS Pizza Parlour and Music Cafe, Cowgate VOODOO LOUNGE LIVE PRESENTS LEWIS SPEIRS Mama Liz's, Stamford

FRI SEP 1 3 PARTS DIRT The Duck and Drake, Yaxley ALL SHOOK UP The Crown, Lincoln Road BLACKOUT UK Tallington Lakes Bar DIZZY MISS LIZZY'S The Burghley Club, Burghley Road NICOLE LAWRENCE The Fayre Spot, Bretton THE MOJO SLIDE Charters, Town Bridge

SAT SEP 2 COURSE CORRECT Mama Liz's, Stamford GRUMPY OLD MEN The Crown, Lincoln Road

MIKKI JONS Fletton, Stanground and Woodston Ex service and Working Mens Club, High Street RESPONSE Ebeneezers, Woodston THE GANGSTERS The Burghley Club, Burghley Road TRUE BRITISH MAYHEM The Yard of Ale, Woodston

SUN SEP 3 DIVISION DUO The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OAKHAM MIC NIGHT Brewery Tap, Westgate THE PERSUADERS (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge THE STRINGLERS Mama Liz's, Stamford

MON SEP 4 DUNMORE AND HAMMOND The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC NIGHT Charters, Town Bridge

TUE SEP 5 OPEN MIC NIGHT The Crown, Lincoln Road OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH LIZZIE WATTS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

THU SEP 7 JACK LITTLE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate VOODOO UNPLUGGED Mama Liz's, Stamford

FRI SEP 8 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Ploughman, Werrington FLASHBACK PHOTOGRAPH Charters, Town Bridge KICKBACK Tallington Lakes Bar THE EXPLETIVES The Yard of Ale, Woodston THE HIGH ROLLERS The Solstice, Northminster

SAT SEP 9 ALL FIRED UP The Yard of Ale, Woodston ALL SHOOK UP The Crown, Lincoln Road BRITANNIA ROW The Angel Inn, Yarwell CARPARK RENDEZVOUS The Royal Duke, Oakham FEROCIOUS DOG, BRIAN STONE AND JOHNNY WALLIS Mama Liz's, Stamford MUSTANG BLUE Ebeneezers, Woodston PARK LANE The Burghley Club, Burghley Road THE BLUETONES The Met Lounge, Bridge Street



HUSH (3PM) Nelson's Head, St. Ives RESONATE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

PENNYLESS 1-4PM Sacrewell Farm, Wansford POORBOY Mama Liz's, Stamford THE EXPLETIVES Old Coach House, Market Deeping THE RAINMEN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

MON SEP 11 BLUE GRASS SESSIONS The Ship Inn, Oundle NICOLE SAUNDERS The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate SONGWRITERS EVENING The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

MON SEP 18 ANNA AND JIMMY The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate



OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

FOLK MUSIC SESSION Kings Arms, Polebrook OPEN MIC NIGHT The Boat Inn, Whittlesey OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH ANNA RADFORD The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

WED SEP 13 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Railway, Ramsey JAZZ WITH LATIN J AZZ DUO The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

THU SEP 14 DAVID FORD The Met Lounge, Bridge Street MATTY HAYNES The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

FRI SEP 15 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Yard of Ale, Woodston DB5 Tallington Lakes Bar HUSH The Bell, Deeping St James JOSHUA LEE ROSE The Fayre Spot, Bretton RPM Duck and Drake, Yaxley TWISTED 2 WITH FIZZ WALLACE BAND AND MORE Mama Liz's, Stamford

SAT SEP 16 3D TRIO PENTAGON Fletton, Stanground and Woodston Ex service and Working Mens Club, High Street LET THERE B/DC The Prince Of Wales Feathers, Castor LOUNGE The Grainstore, Oakham MOLLY'S CHAMBER The Yard of Ale, Woodston PENTAGON Fletton, Stanground and Woodston Ex service and Working Mens Club, High Street RAMSHACKLE SERENADE The Iron Horse Ranch, Deeping STEALER The Burghley Club, Burghley Road CALVA LOUISE, NOSEBLEED AND MANY MORE Mama Liz's, Stamford

WED SEP 20 DAVE SMITH The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate OPEN MIC NIGHT The Black Horse, Nassington


FRI SEP 22 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Golden Fleece, Stamford GROOVAPOLITAN Charters, Town Bridge HI ON MAIDEN The Met Lounge, Bridge Street RETROLUX The Yard of Ale, Woodston SOPHIASOUL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate THE JUNK PUPPETS The Fayre Spot, Bretton

SAT SEP 23 3 PARTS DIRT The Yard of Ale, Oundle Road BLACK ELVIS AND ALL SHOOK UP Burghley Club, Burghley Road GRUMPY OLD MEN The Golden Fleece, Stamford HOLLY AND THE BOATMEN The Crown, Lincoln Road RAMSHACKLE SERENADE Kings Cliffe Club, Kings Cliffe TUMBLING DICE The Yard of Ale, Woodston


ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET The Blue Boar, Eye DARREN BETHELL The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate FRUMENTY Mama Liz's, Stamford JIMMY DOHERTY (3PM) Charters, Town Bridge PENNYLESS 1-4PM Sacrewell Farm, Wansford THE NUGGETS Peterborough Conservative Club, Broadway

MON SEP 25 PAGEN The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate


WED SEP 27 ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Railway, Ramsey THE JUNK PUPPETS The Ostrich Inn, North Street

THU SEP 28 BON ROGERS-WHITE The Pizza Parlour & Music Cafe, Cowgate

FRI SEP 29 3 PARTS DIRT The Yard of Ale, Woodston CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION The Burghley Club, Burghley Road DONUT Charters, Town Bridge GROOVE CARTELL Brewery Tap, Westgate WHISKEY BAR ACOUSTIC SESSIONS The Boat Inn, Whittlesey

SAT SEP 30 BEACHY HEAD DIVING CLUB The Prince Of Wales Feathers, Castor FRUIT CAKE BAND CEILIDH DANCE WITH CALLER St Andrews Hall, Whittlesey GRUMPY OLD MEN The Burghley Club, Burghley Road MIND THE GAP Yard of Ale, Oundle Road MY HOUSE OF SHAPES Mama Liz's, Stamford STEALER The Iron Horse Ranch, Market Deeping STINGRAY AMF Bowl, Bretton THE GUARDS The Ostrich Inn, North Street THE JUNK PUPPETS The Granary, Long Sutton THE REASON The Grainstore, Oakham

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