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Days Out

May 2011


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$PSCZCPSOEJSFDUPSCSJOHTBXBSEXJOOJOH TIPXUP5IF$PSF WeD 11 - FRi 1 May Following sell-out success at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, ThickSkin brings its vivid debut production of Davey Anderson’s Blackout, to The Core at Corby Cube from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 May. The production won the coveted Arches Brick Award for the best emergent company. Blackout is a 45-minute smack in the face inspired by the true story of young offender from Glasgow who was charged with attempted murder at age 15. ThickSkin’s Blackout is directed by Neil Bettles (Artistic Director of ThickSkin and Creative Associate of Frantic Assembly) and performed by a five-strong cast of young Glaswegians. Their production brings this story to life with a mix of striking physicality and stunning video design. Neil Bettles is also a local Corby lad, having grown up and gone to school in the area. His parents are still local residents and the opening of The Core as an exciting and welcome opportunity for Neil to bring his work to young people from his home town. The production is touring with its original cast, including the applauded Tom Vernel in the lead role as James. Prior to Edinburgh, four of the five

DOuble DOuble MOn 2nD – Sat 7th May Duncan has an uncanny resemblance to Phillipa’s late husband Richard who, had he lived until next week, would inherit two million pounds. GOODniGht MiSteR tOM WeD 4 - Sun 8 May Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister tom follows sad William beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic english countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse tom Oakley.

cast were non-professional performers with little previous experience of performing outside of an educational setting. A hugely important aspect of ThickSkin’s work is to develop and showcase young artists, providing mentoring and a springboard for their professional careers, and the cast of Blackout have all benefitted from their Edinburgh exposure.

blackOut will be performed at The Core from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 May at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 5pm on the Thursday. On Friday there will be free pre-show audience workshops and an aftershow party. Tickets for the evening performances cost ÂŁ10 (concessions ÂŁ8) and ÂŁ7 for the matinee. To book call the Ticket Line on 01536 470 470 or visit

abSuRD PeRSOn SinGulaR 6 - 28 May alan ayckbourn is arguably britain’s most popular playwright and absurd Person Singular is one of his most popular plays. an inspired comedy dealing with marital tensions in the kitchen, absurd Person Singular is easily as fresh and provocative today as it was when it was first written nearly forty years ago.absurd Person Singular provides a welcome tonic for those in search of an evening of pure madcap ingenuity!

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THe WAY BACK HOMe SAT 7 MAY Oliver Jeffers, award-winning author of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found, returns with an inter-galactic tale about little boy seeking adventure. SCHrODiNGer 11 - 1 MAY 2011 Prepare to be challenged in this darkly comic and marvellously bizarre journey through perception and definition. LiTTLe reD rOBiN HOOD 1 MAY 2011 A merry mix up in the forest involving glove puppets, false teeth and a frying pan. Two classic tales are interwoven in a fast and funny family show. BOX SAT 21ST MAY A magical new show for children aged 2-7 years & the young at heart. You spend all that money on the most expensive toy and what do they play with? The Box! Our TOWN MON 23rD - SAT 28TH MAY Thornton Wilder’s play is, on the surface, about a small New Hampshire town in the early 1900s and the gentle lives of its inhabitants. Mr STiNK 26 MAY -  JuN 2011 David Walliams, that funny tall bloke from Little Britain has written the smelliest book of all time and in this live world premiere Curve will break new wind ground with a SCrATCH AND SNiFF production.

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Corrie! 5IFQMBZWJTJUT /PSUIBNQUPO TUBSSJOH,FO .PSMFZ MON 16 - SAT 21 MAY The nation’s favourite and longest running soap is trading its famous cobbles for the boards with a new comedy play by Jonathan Harvey, acclaimed playwright and longterm Coronation Street scriptwriter. Corrie! the play brings its unique brand of humour to Royal & Derngate from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 May. Former Coronation Street favourite Ken Morley will appear as narrator for the theatre show in Northampton. Morley (who played ladies’ man Reg Holdsworth in Coronation Street from 1989 until leaving the show in 1995) said: “As we all know Coronation Street is 50 years old, which is the same age as my-

self! A vintage year. So join me to celebrate, as this stunning production takes to the road. You will love it. I did, that’s why I’m in it.” The play, written to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary, condenses five decades of much-loved storylines and characters into one hilarious twohour show. Featuring over 55 of everyone’s favourite characters, played by just six actors with storylines relived including Dei-

dre going to prison, Brian being stabbed and Tracy killing Charlie. The script carefully weaves through the highs and lows of the characters living on Britain’s most famous Street. COrrie! takes to the Derngate stage from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 May. Tickets priced from £26 to £19. Call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

Tale as old as time... %JTOFZJTDPNJOHUP,FUUFSJOH TPQMFBTFCFPVSHVFTU WeD 11 - SuN 15 MAY Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the biggest musicals of all time. In fact it’s already been seen by over 25 million people and nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical. Now this magical show is making it’s County amateur premiere at the Lighthouse theatre, Kettering. Be our guest at the home of the sinister Beast, where the young Belle must discover the man behind the monster before the last petal drops from the rose and dooms him to be a beast forever. Meet the strange servants who are tied to the Beast’s enchantment, and whose gradual trans-

formation into household objects brings both comedy and sadness to the story. And fall under the spell of the magical land, where nothing is what it seems to be and dreams really do come true. Tickets are now on sale. Show starts Wednesday 11th May and runs until Sunday 15th May. Evening performances start at 7.30pm everyday with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Prices range from £12 to £14. BeAuTY AND THe BeAST. Book early to avoid disappointment. Call the box office on 01536 414141 or book online at


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%POoUNJTTUIF8PSMEoTNPTU TVDDFTTGVM3PDLnOo3PMMNVTJDBM MOnday 23rd May A phenomenally multi-talented cast come together to tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Together they present two terrific hours of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Rave On, Everyday and many more. With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment that will have music lovers from 8 to 80 toe tapping, hand clapping and rocking in the aisles!

BUddy is at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU. For tickets call the box office on 0116 233 3111 or visit

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Hamlet! the Musical *UoT4IBLFTQFBSFCVUOPUBTZPVLOPXJU FRI  - SAT 21 MAY Following on from the success of The Years Between, Diary of a Nobody and In Praise of Love, the next production in Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton season of plays is the riotous Hamlet! The Musical, which bursts onto the Royal stage from Friday 6 to Saturday 21 May. The underlying theme of the season is great British writers, so where better to turn than the great bard Shakespeare himself. In the hands of adaptors

Alex Silverman, Timothy Knapman and Edward Jaspers,

the tragedy of Hamlet has been re-invented as a joyous and critically-acclaimed comedy romp, which wowed Edinburgh audiences at last year’s Festival Fringe, winning the prestigious Musical Theatre Matters award for Audience Favourite Musical. Venturing where other musicals fear to tread, with its foot-tapping first folio frolics, Hamlet! The Musical will entertain Shakespearean purists and novices alike. All the well-known characters are present and correct, from

the sweet Prince Hamlet himself, to crazed Ophelia and the treacherous Rosencrantz and Gildenstern, all galloping through a host of hilarious songs.

HAMLET! THE MUSIcAL. Royal & Derngate, Friday 6 May to Saturday 21 May. Tickets from £27 to £12, cons available. Tickets for under 26s are £11. Call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit

Thriller Live! .8"3)")")")"""" THURS 2 - SAT 28 MAY Direct from success in the West End, the show which celebrates the life of the undisputed king of pop in one spectacular concert, Thriller Live brings the best of Michael Jackson to Northampton audiences from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 May at Royal & Derngate. Featuring outstanding chorography by award-winning director Gary Lloyd, along with dazzling multi-media effects and a host of extremely talented performers, Thriller Live brings to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael and the Jackson 5. The show Includes all the legendary pop hits such as ABC, I Want You Back, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, They Don’t Care About Us and, of course, Thriller plus many more backed by a live band. In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the

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Love, Love, Love... Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. His music continues to sell in its millions, winning new fans young and old alike. For an unforgettable night of exceptional entertainment, join Thriller Live and see all of Michael Jackson smash-hits performed on stage in the Derngate auditorium. THRILLER LIvE. Tickets priced from £29 to £24. Box Office 01604 624811 or go online at

&OUFSUBJOJOHOFXQMBZDSPTTFT HFOFSBUJPOT TUES 24 - SAT 28 MAY Paines Plough and Drum Theatre Plymouth’s co-production of Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love comes to Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May, following its acclaimed small scale tour in Autumn 2010. “It could’ve been politicians or old men, an orchestra or ballet or something old like that something old, but it wasn’t. It was pop music. Young people, like us, dressed up as they want. Things are changing every day at the

moment.” This wildly provocative and hugely entertaining story pitches the baby boomer generation against their children and demands to know where we go from here. LOvE, LOvE, LOvE Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May at 7.4 5pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets £17.50 - £8.50 Call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit


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Beware! Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians are storming the Derngate stage for half term!

#JSNJOHIBN4UBHF$PNQBOZoTQSPEVDUJPOTPG)PSSJCMF)JTUPSJFTo3VUIMFTT 3PNBOTBOE"XGVM&HZQUJBOTBSFDVSSFOUMZSBNQBHJOHUISPVHI#SJUBJO TUES 31 MAY - SAT 4 JUNE They will be playing at Royal & Derngate in half term week, from Tuesday 31 May to Saturday 4 June. Both shows use actors and amazing Bogglevision 3D effects, helping the audience to feel what it was like to actually live in Roman Briton or Ancient Egypt. These two shows are adapted from Terry Deary’s best-selling Horrible Histories books which are currently in their second series on BBC TV. Terry Deary is the world’s best selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. In Ruthless Romans you’ll find out how the Romans made murder into a sport in the Colosseum with more fouls than a Premiership football match! You’ll see eight evil emperors, killer kings and gory gladiators! With incredible Bogglevision effects you’ll feel what it was really like to be a Roman soldier, fighting fierce battles against hordes of grotty Celts – but watch out for those flaming arrows whizzing





straight for your head! In Awful Egyptians you’ll learn the truth of Tutankhamun and his creepy curse and find out the fearsome facts about fabulous pharaohs, mean mummies and gruesome grave robbers. You’ll see how the Egyptians really lived 5000 years ago – how dead bodies were turned into mummies and how the huge pyramids were built. Families in Northampton must not miss out on this awful chance to travel back in time. This is a great chance to treat the whole family to a great show – both funny and historically informative – and discover all the really ‘yucky’ bits of history that teachers and serious books never tell you! Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians will be enjoyed by everyone from 5 to 105.

Call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit the website at to check times or to book. Tickets are priced £14 for children and £16 for adults.

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F70C{B>= If you only go to 20 comedy gigs this month… with DJ Fontana Sun 1 THE LION WHISPERER: MILTON JONES Milton Keynes Theatre Wed 4 THE ‘OUT OUT’ TOUR: MICKY FLANAGAN Royal & Derngate Northampton Fri 6 JIMMY CARR Royal & Derngate Northampton MAGNERS FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB: SILKY, ALFIE MOORE, BEN SCHOFIELD, SPIKY MIKE The Lyric Rooms Ashby-De-La Zouch THE SUNSHINE TOUR: JOHN BISHOP Capital FM Arena Nottingham Sat 7 PATRICK MONAHAN Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrews Church Kettering

Being Dom Joly 5IFXFJSEXPSMEPGB57QSBOLTUFS SATURDAY 7TH MAY Ooh, he’s a caution, that Dom Joly. He’s spent the last 10 years larking in a barking manner – and here the Trigger Happy TV eccentric talks us through the highlights of his day job, with the help of some highly unusual holiday snaps Name one other man who’s skied down a volcano, holidayed in Chernobyl and North Korea, become a paparazzo, flown the Grand Canyon strapped to an eight-foot rocket (well, nearly!), turned into Tintin and been arrested in Switzerland while dressed as a yeti. All this and eating out of Gillian McKeith’s pants while imprisoned in the Australian jungle, too.

Sat 7 WELCOME TO WHEREVER I AM: DOM JOLY De Montfort Hall Leicester


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Thu 12-Sun 15 THE ALIMONY TOUR: JOHN CLEESE The Royal Centre Nottingham

SATURDAY 7TH MAY Cradle To Rave is the brand new one-man show from Lenny Henry, doing what he does best – leading his audience through a gently nostalgic, observational tour of the absurdities of his life. This time around, Lenny’s focus falls on his record collection, and the ever-present musical backdrop to his career


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-FOOZ)FOSZoTNVTJDBMZPVUI from the tinny TV band on ‘The Black & White Minstrel Show’ through reggae and rock to raving it up with our Dawn – music from womb to tomb! It’s funky, funny and touching in equal parts. Sat 7 CRADLE TO RAVE – A MUSICAL JOURNEY: LENNY HENRY Royal & Derngate Northampton



THURSDAY TH MAY Or how about this, from The Age: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Like a stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson. Charming and effortlessly funny.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Or this, from The Scotsman: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Subtle. Intelligent. Perceptive. And very, very funny.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Yes, of course theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re biased, but half-Scottish, halfIndian Danny Bhoy has been treading the boards around the world for over ten years now, and even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on Letterman in the States and


toured Australia, New Zealand and Canada, there are still plenty of Brit comedy punters who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of the growing cult leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm , wry, observational comedy. Unlike the Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Causeway according to Dr. Johnson, Danny Bhoy is worth seeing, and worth travelling to see. Thu 9 DANNY BHOY: MESSENGER (PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT) Symphony Hall Birmingham


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Sun 1 FREDDIE MCGREGOR + JANET KAY + CAROLL THOMPSON ++ The Auditorium Leicester Mon 2 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Symphony Hall Birmingham Tue 3 DAVID FORD The Donkey Leicester Wed 4 MARTIN SIMPSON The Stables Milton Keynes Thu 5 RUSSELL WATSON De Montfort Hall Leicester Fri 6 HUGH LAURIE Warwick Arts Centre Coventry JAMES HUNTER The Stables Milton Keynes Sat 7 CERYS MATTHEWS The Stables Milton Keynes Sun 8 GLASVEGAS Rock City Nottingham Mon 9 THE BRITISH PINK FLOYD SHOW De Montfort Hall Leicester Wed 11 THE SEARCHERS The Castle Wellingborough BRIAN CULBERTSON The Stables Milton Keynes Fri 13 THE KABEEDIES Firebug Leicester


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SAT 4 - SUN 12 JUNE Northampton Music Festival this year features not only a day-long festival on the Market Square, but also brings together new locations and special musical events around the town, for a week of free entertainment. Market Square are proud to host this year’s main festival event on Sunday 12 June, following the success of the 2010 event when 22,000 people visited the Market Square Festival day. Plans are well in advance for a repeat of the Festival Sunday when the

historic square plays host to musicians and artists. Band details are to be announced mid-May, so watch the website for details or follow the event build-up on Facebook. Festival Sunday 12th June on Market Square – 10 bands in 10 hours on 2 stages – Choirs, jazz, rock, reggae from 12 noon to 10pm! Fabulous Arts Market – local artists and creatives selling their work from the market stalls – jewellery, textiles, handmade cards, watercolours, acrylics and more!

Food & Bar – The Old White Hart supply the refreshments in the seated bar area Festival Week – from 4th to 12th June, you’ll be able to enjoy music at venues all over town. Something for everyone, guaranteed!

Sat 4-Sun 12 June NORTHAMPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011 For festival details visit www. For Market Square events: www.marketsquareevents. com


The Great British Songbook "OE"NFSJDBO USFBTVSFT UPP BU UIF4UBCMFT FRI 13TH AND TUES 17TH Voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year three times running, Clare Teal spent years performing shows based on the Great American Songbook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as well as picking up ecstatic praise from the likes of Michael Parkinson, who called her â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;one of the best vocal talents to emerge from the UK in a long, long whileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Now Clare has decided itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to celebrate the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing talent in her critically acclaimed new show Hey Ho, which features a wonderful range of material from Try A Little Tenderness and Spread

A Little Happiness to modern classics Why by Annie Lennox and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our recommended Gig of the Month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but only just pipping the legendary Loudon Wainwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest family outing. Fri 13 HEY HO: CLARE TEAL Tue 17 LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III + LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE The Stables Milton Keynes

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#MVOTUPOFBOE"SHFOUDMPDL VQUIFCJHJOTUZMF 20TH 21ST AND 24TH MAY Can it really be 50 years since those jazz-inflected minor-key marvels, the Hammond-tastic, psychedelic storytellers The Zombies first burst on to the London R&B mod scene? To celebrate the big 5-0, Blunstone, Argent and band are releasing a brand new album of current material â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no slaves to nostalgia, the Zombies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and hit the road with a set-list of newies, classics and solo hits

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Time Of The Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hold Your Head Upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re singing and playing as hypnotically as ever...

Fri 20 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR: THE ZOMBIES The Assembly Leamington Spa Sat 21 Market Harborough Leisure Centre Tue 24 The Stables Milton Keynes

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The Signals Friday 20 May

Live at The Bell. Northampton Road, Market Harborough. Covering hits from The Cure to The Charlatans, Killing Joke to Kings of Leon. Entrance Free

DIESEL PARK WEST The Musician Leicester Sat 14 GLENN HUGHES New Roadmender Northampton SETH LAKEMAN + JACKIE OATES Royal & Derngate Theatre Northampton Sun 15 LUCY KAPLANSKY The Stables Milton Keynes Mon 16 HAYSEED DIXIE Sub91 Leicester Fri 20 ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR The Core Theatre Corby THE AMERICAN FOUR TOPS Wicksteed Park Kettering Sun 22 AN EVENING: SUGGS Milton Keynes Theatre

The WOW Factor! 3FBMJUZ57oT6MUJNBUF1PQ(SPVQ WEDS 11TH MAY G*Mania features the very best of the TV talent shows – the allsinging, all-dancing soon-to-besuperstars who recently won our hearts (and, more importantly, the judges’ votes) on The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, Popstars: The Rivals, Grease Is The Word and Last Choir Standing. This is one high-octane, highon-life production that showcases brilliant arrangements and choreography to bring back to life incredible music from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s - including Don’t Stop Believin’, Gold Digger and, of course, mash-ups inspired by the hit TV show Glee. Wed 11 G*MANIA – REALITY TV’S ULTIMATE POP GROUP Royal & Derngate Northampton

Wed 25 THE MONKEES The Royal Centre Nottingham Thu 26 THE COUNTERFEIT STONES The Stables Milton Keynes Fri 27-Sun 29 OFF THE TRACKS SPRING FESTIVAL 2011 Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel Sat 28 JOHN OTWAY + WILD WILLY BARRETT The Musician Leicester TOPLOADER Kasbah Coventry Sun 29 DAVID GRAY Warwick Arts Centre Coventry MIKE & THE MECHANICS Symphony Hall Birmingham Mon 30 KINGS OF LEON Ricoh Arena Coventry Tue 31 PUBLIC IMAGE LTD Kasbah Coventry


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Live Acoustic Gold 4FBO5BZMPSLJDLTPGGNBKPSOFX BDPVTUJDOJHIUBU+PVMFT:BSE SATURDAY 7 MAY Some of the country’s top young acoustic roots acts are in line for a new monthly slot at Market Harborough’s Joules Yard. Normally held on the first Saturday of the month, the Live Acoustic Gold gigs are only £6 admission, with a £15 full BBQ meal deal available for some top acoustic bands. There’s no-one better than Sean Taylor to set the series off with a bang: he’s a mesmeric acoustic blues rocker with a fast-growing rep. His guitar has the melancholic fire of John Martyn or Nick Drake, his voice

is impure Tom Waits, and new album ‘Walk With Me’ is garnering critical ecstasy: “Atmospheric... fabulous music,” says Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. “A bluesy devotional intensity that rightly draws comparisons to John Martyn,” reckons Q. “Beautiful and breathtaking. World class... a truly magical album... exceptional. Expect a Mercury nomination’ (Love Music Hate Racism). But don’t believe us – sample on myspace, spotify or youtube. Sat 7 SEAN TAYLOR Joules Yard Market Harborough


Is this the way to Leicester-illo? "MMUPHFUIFSOPXJUoT.S5POZ $ISJTUJF TUES 17TH - WEDS 18TH Joining the Zombies in celebration of 50 years in the biz, Manchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest larynx slips out of Peter Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luggage for a monster solo tour. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of the punters who snapped up a share of those 10 million records turned over by the vocal colossus, best get in the queue now for underwear throwing and a rousing chorus of the greatest TV theme tune of all time. All together now: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In

the avenues and alleyways...â&#x20AC;? Heaven knows, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a devoted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s fan who makes it to the de Montâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Solid Silver â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s Show the very next night!


Diamond Lights $POMFZBOE%BZLOFFMBUUIF GFFUPG/FJM TUES 3RD- SUN 8TH MAY Billed as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a Celebration of the Legendary Neil Diamondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a flamboyant, touching and uplifting show that bears testament to the genius of the crossover country legend. Long-time Diamond devotees Brian Conley, Darren Day and Ben James-Ellis spread the word in stunning style in a unique production that features all his greatest hits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sweet Carolineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cracklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rosieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Girl, Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Be A Woman Soonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love

on the Rocksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Am... I Saidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Backed by his 15-piece band, the ever-zealous preacher Brother Love (as in the Diamond LP title) guides the stars of this theatrical concert performance on a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mission of Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, inspired by his exuberant belief that the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Power of Neilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; can conquer all! Tuesday 3 -Sunday 8 BROTHER LOVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW Rockingham Castle

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Ballet Central visits Corby /FXXPSLTQFSGPSNTOFXXPSLTBU5IF$PSF WEDNESDAY 25TH MAY This year will be this unique student ballet company’s 26th tour which will visit 20 venues across the UK. This is the first time that Ballet Central has performed in Corby. The 2011 tour offers audiences a rare opportunity to see new works by some of the dance profession’s leading choreographers with pieces created especially for Ballet Central by Christopher Bruce, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Christopher Marney, Sara Matthews, Kenrick Sandy and Phillip Aiden.

There is much to excite both audiences new to dance and ballet fans alike, with performances by highly skilled new dance talent. And there are revival pieces from Christopher Hampson, Helgi Tomasson and the late Christopher Gable (founder of Ballet Central) – all in a single programme. Audiences will see a great variety of dance styles including classical and neoclassical ballet, dynamic contemporary dance, jazz works, narrative pieces and even street dance. Classical

ballet fans will love the Pas de Six from Sleeping Beauty, and the achingly beautiful Opening from Scenes from a Wedding by Christopher Marney shows just how dance communicates a story. There’s a fast and furious jazz piece by Phillip Aiden called Swing Time, and a unique contemporary piece Doubting Thomas by Darshan Singh Bhuller as a real contrast. Much of the music is original too, composed by Musical Director Philip Feeney who also provides live accompaniment during the

programme. Ballet Central is formed from final year students at Central School of Ballet (CSB) in London, one of Europe’s leading centres for dance education and training. Students not only perform but also help with all aspects of staging, from technical lighting to wardrobe.

Tickets are £12 (concessions £10) and can be booked by calling the Ticket Line on 01536 470 470 or online at

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Footloose! 5IF%BODF.VTJDBM -JWF0O4UBHF MON 16TH – SAT 21ST MAY Let’s hear it for 2011; the year that Footloose - The Dance Musical embarks on its 5th major UK tour! Hot on the heels of two triumphant West End seasons and four hugely successful tours Footloose The Dance Musical cuts loose on a UK tour and onto the stage of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 May. 2011 is also the year that the highly anticipated film remake of Footloose starring Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell is released in cinemas. When Kevin Bacon’s toocool-for-school teenager Ren McCormack dared to dance his way out of Chicago and into small town Bomont in the movie Footloose, an icon for

the 80s was born. Kevin Bacon became a global star and the film’s title track went from gold to platinum to multi-platinum in record time, spawning one of the most famous guitar intros of all time! Cultural icon Sarah Jessica Parker was cast alongside Bacon in this much-loved film phenomenon and went on to enjoy great success. In 1998 Broadway lauded the hit movie live on stage as a musical spectacular. Footloose The Dance Musical tells the story of city boy Ren who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful but Ren, breaking every taboo in the book, is determined to bring dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier award winner Karen Bruce (Saturday Night Fever, The Wedding Singer, Never Forget, Fame) it’s no surprise to know that Footloose - The Dance Musical contains some of the slickest, sexiest dance routines you can see on stage! Featuring a dynamic young cast, this fastpaced show is not only packed full of amazing dance but serves up some classic 80s anthems

Battle of the Strictlies 4UFQ#Z4UFQ%BODF4DIPPMoTTQFDUBDVMBS DIBSJUZTVNNFSCBMM SATurdAY 28 MAY Not only is Step By Step Dance School Northampton’s number one spot to learn everything from ballroom and Latin American to ballet and pole dancing – this month the school is also behind a spectacular black tie event which will see stars from Strictly Chron Dancing go head-to-head with other dancers in aid of charity Last November, Strictly Chron Dancing raised £13,000 towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s £1.55 million appeal for a new blood cancer treatment unit at Northampton General. And now its stars are to raise even more cash, by competing against couples


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from Strictly by Banbury and Astwell Benefice Strictly in the ultimate Battle of the Strictlies! The competition will see two couples from each event

go head to head, step by step, aiming to secure the ultimate winners’ trophy!

Sat 28 BATTLE OF THE STRICTLIES SUMMER BALL The Park Inn, Northampton – £45 per ticket Charity black tie event includes pro dance demonstrations, ultimate Strictly dance-off, IDTA Award Presentation, live band and gourmet 3-course meal Step by Step Dance School 24 Henry Street, Northampton NN1 4JE Tel. 01604 239 755 www.danceschool-stepbystep. com

guaranteed to get you to your feet, including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable hit title track Footloose! FOOTLOOSE: Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Monday 16 – Saturday 21 May 2011 Ticket Prices: £13 - £29.50 Box Office: 0115 989 5555



WOW’s Matthew Bozeat interviews Ballet star, Graham Fletcher


s a dancer, Graham Fletcher has done it all. He was the principle dancer at the Royal Ballet, appeared in Cats and even danced with Rudolf Nureyev on The Muppet Show. Now he’s opening his own dance school in Leicester... F>F Tell me about your dance school

development. It provides a sound foundation for a child’s social development, encourages fitness and co-ordination, develops musicality and a very visible growth in self-confidence. F>F How did you become interested in dance? 6A070<

6A070< I have set up Leicestershire Arts Dance Activate especially to fill the gap left by the axing of Leicester/Shire County Council’s Arts in Education dance education programme owing to council cutbacks. By setting up ‘Dance Activate’ as a community interest company (CIC), I can continue to provide dance education in schools through my creative dance workshops, offer regular weekly dance classes in dance, ballet and contemporary and provide holiday dance workshops, the first of which called ‘Ballet Rox!’ takes place this August.

Originally from Bolton in Lancashire I was the Billy Elliot of my time! To keep me occupied, I was packed off to accompany my sister to dance classes and was supposed to wait quietly for her to finish. As I wasn’t very good at keeping still and was a bit of a nuisance, the teacher clearly thought it would be a far better idea if I joined in. I used to get my own back on the boys in school who thought I was ‘sissy’ by outrunning them and beating them hands down on the playing field! I am really grateful to that dance teacher (who sadly died recently) for seeing my potential and encouraging me to work hard and audition for the The Royal Ballet School.

F>F Who is it aimed at and what are your hopes for the school?

F>F What are your favourite memories of being the main dancer at royal ballet?

6A070< Pupils take part from the ages of 7 to 18, starting with the initial Dance Activate workshops that I provide for school years 3 and 3 / 4 (mixed) free of charge. This is hugely popular, and I have been known to be invited to more than 80 schools a year. Following the workshops, children who show particular ability, natural enthusiasm or interest are offered the chance to attend regular weekly dance, ballet and contemporary classes. My sole aspiration is to ensure that all pupils have the chance to fulfil their potential, enjoy developing their own personal pathway in dance, and open doors of opportunity to those who find that they have natural ability and wish to pursue their dance training further.

6A070< Being a principal with the Royal Ballet was both fantastic and a privilege. I was able to do something that I really enjoyed, perform in front of thousands of people, travel the world and work alongside some real famous names and choreographers of dance, television and film. I had opportunities that I never dreamed were possible when growing up in Bolton, including being to be able to share my experiences as a teacher, director and choreographer in recent years. This has included teaching at a number of national and international dance schools, including the Royal Ballet School and teaching young ‘Billy’s’ for Billy Elliot productions.

F>F What are the benefits of dancing?

6A070< Rudolf Nureyev was a legend and I worked with him and alongside him on no end of occasion. However, when he asked me to be Miss Piggy in ‘Swine Lake’ on the


I believe that dance has an important place in a child’s education and

Muppet Show I thought he was joking! It was a brilliant experience, although my feet were ripped to pieces having to be on pointe through an entire day of shooting, but resulted in a very funny sketch that can now be viewed on YouTube I do believe. . . F>F Who is the best dancer you have ever seen? 6A070< This is hard to choose as ability and technique is ever improving with the generations. In my day it had to be Rudolf Nureyev, but Mikhail Baryshnikov and Carlos Acosta were also fantastic dancers. I am delighted that I have one of these great dancers in the making in Ashley Taylor, one of my Dance Activate pupils who has just started his professional career as a dancer with the renowned Vienna State Ballet. F>F I believe fletcher bird in the Muppets was named after you. That must be a great honour? 6A070< After playing Miss Piggy I was asked become part of the Muppet Show team and went on to play a number of characters, including one they created specially for me called ‘Fletcher Bird’! It was indeed a great honour, lots of fun and I got the opportunity of working alongside stars of the time such as Liberace, Leo Sayer, Alice Cooper and Raquel Welsh.

F>F What’s it like to be miss piggy and dance with nureyev? Leicestershire Arts DAnce ActivAte 2 Burdock Way The Grange : Desborough : NN14 2JE Tel 0771 772 1916

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New artist arrivals *OåVFODFECZ5JO5JO Croft Wingates are delighted to be introducing the striking imagery of Urban Artist, Terry Bradley. Born in Belfast 1965, Terry’s early life was spent growing up just off the notorious Shankill Road, where his mother tried to keep him inside and away from the “Troubles” outside their front door. Bradley found a form of escapism reading Herge’s Adventures of Tin Tin and his work is still influenced by the black lines of the vivid drawings that illustrated the collection of books that he gradually acquired. Terry has started exploring


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the colourful characters from the Belfast dockland area known as Sailortown. In its heyday 100 years ago, the dock workers were famous around the world for their hard drinking and hard working attitude. Bradley finds that these paintings now balance the world of burlesque women that he paints The collection features signed limited editions on paper and canvas from this exciting new artist to Croft Wingates. For further information about Terry visit the website. www. Artist Barry Hilton will be our featured artist for June. Barry

will be joining us on Sunday June 12th in the gallery to meet collectors of his work and to introduce his latest original oil paintings and new signed limited editions. Barry has a big following of collectors and we are looking forward to a great day with him. Make a note in your diary

to join us on Sunday 12th June from 12pm until 4pm.. CrOft WiNgates art gallery, Wingates Walk 44a St Mary’s Road Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7DU. Tel: 01858 465455 email:


Check the small print. *OUFSOBUJPOBMDPOUFNQPSBSZNJOJQSJOUTBU%FSOHBUF 7 May 26 June Unique, vibrant and wonderfully affordable... In the world of fine art printmaking, the best things come in small packages. Small Print: Big Impression is an exhibition showcasing fine prints, presenting artists from across the UK and as far afield as the US and New Zealand. Originated by Leicester Print Workshop and currently

gaining critical acclaim on tour throughout the East and West Midlands, the show uniquely features prints â&#x20AC;&#x201C; etchings, lithographs, relief work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on a small scale, with no image size larger than 100 square cms. The exhibition features over 100 artists and 150 works from an original 550 works submitted for the exhibition; but apart from the

cornucopia of designs, colours and techniques on display, their small size ensures all the works are available at an affordable price.

SMall Print: Big iMPreSSiOnS 78 Derngate: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries, Northampton NN1 1UH

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small is beautiful 5IF)FSJUBHF%PMMT)PVTFTTIPQJTBNJOJBUVSJTUoT ESFBNDPNFUSVF To step into the Heritage Dolls Houses shop in the old stable block at East Carlton House is to enter a curious Alice-like world of real life in miniature. Ironically, owner Anne has recently expanded the shop

almost beyond recognition, making room for ever more beautiful dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; houses and accessories, all fashioned in breathtaking, microscopic detail. Anne explains how life in

miniature mimics real life, with a rush on one-tenth scale wedding accessories in the run-up to the royal event, as miniaturists build elements of reality into their fantasy layouts. Modern houses are now becoming more popular than the Victorian layouts which dominated the market for many years; farms are also on the up (what you might call smallholdings), and male miniaturists are concentrating with new zeal on tiny pubs, shops and gardens. Anne stocks the lot. Here we have dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house kits and houses ready made by Anne; beautiful microcurtains and cakes and dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dresses made by specialist local suppliers; miniature electric lights, furniture and those small home comforts which will help bring your dolls house to life...

hERItAGE DOLL hOUsEs Unit 1, East Carlton Country Park, East Carlton, Market Harborough, LE16 8YF Tel. 01536 771114

Designer crafts on show. "SFUVSOWJTJUUP/PSUIBNQUPO.VTFVNBOE"SU(BMMFSZGPSMPDBM DSBGUHVJMEDFMFCSBUJOHZFBSTPGDSFBUJWJUZ APRIL 9 JUNE 12 Northamptonshire designer makers are exhibiting a collection of work which highlights the best of contemporary craft from the county. The makers are all members of the Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and this year they will be celebrating 21 years of creativity at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Pasqualina Iarrobino, chair of the guild, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Northampton Museum and Art Gal-


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lery was the guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen venue to celebrate its 21st anniversary. We felt that it was important to mark the occasion in the principal town and especially at the museum and art gallery, which has supported our organisation for many years.â&#x20AC;? The guild will be jointly exhibiting their work alongside the work of their sister association Konsthantverkarna I Ă&#x2013;rebro, The Ă&#x2013;rebro Crafts Guild from Sweden. Both organisations will show a range of dif-

ferent styles of work in clay, glass, metal, wood, textiles and enamel, made into a variety of original and exciting objects. The chair added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking forward to sharing the spacious exhibition space in the gallery upstairs with our Swedish friends. This is an exciting opportunity to see original contemporary crafts at their very best. We hope this joint exhibition will be as well received as our last show here was in 2009.â&#x20AC;? Catch this exciting exhibi-

tion at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from 9 April until 12 June. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm. NORthAMPtON MUsEUM AND ARt GALLERy, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP Telephone: 01604 838 111 Fax: 01604 838 720 Email: museums@northampton. museums


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F70C{B>= NeW filMs this MONth... fRiDAY 6th MAY Water for elephants

something Borrowed insidious hanna

fRiDAY 13th MAY the hangover Part 2 Priest


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take me home tonight 1BSUZPGUIFJSMJWFT ReleAse DAte: 13th MAY As the summer of 1988 comes to an end, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of the final night of their unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ is a, raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching, blockbuster blast from the past, set to an unforgettable soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits. Recent University graduate Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23year-old confounds family and

friends by taking a mere parttime job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But Matt’s silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin-ical sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best buddy Barry (Dan Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable 80‘s disco danceoff, these three friends share experiences that will change

the course of their lives in one unforgettable night. GeNRe: Comedy Drama DiRectOR: Michael Dowse cAst: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black, Demetri Martin RuN tiMe: 97 minutes ceRtificAte: Tbc


Curious About Film? Passionate About Cinema?

FRIDAY 20TH MAY Pirates Of The Caribbean- On Stranger Tides

%FWFMPQZPVSMPWFPGäMNNFFUMJLFNJOEFE QFPQMFBU5IF'PSVN STARTING THIS MAY The Forum Cinema is delighted to launch its Talk Cinema Film Appreciation course. Hosted by Trent University Media Studies lecturer, Garrath Churm, this exciting course allows participants to broaden

their understanding and knowledge of film and offers the chance to discuss and debate film with like-minded people. Lasting 6 weeks, the course alternates between a bi-weekly 90-minute tutorial session for participants in the Cyber Forum

(6.30pm - 8pm) and a screening (open to the general public) of a film in our large screen cinema. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be a specialist to join, just have an interest in cinema, a desire to develop it and a readiness to join in and discuss.

FRIDAY 27TH MAY Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules

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It’s the all-in-one that’s all over the high street. Time to leap on the jumpsuit trend. 2


hey keep turning up, like the fashion equivalent of a bad penny that we’ve been trying to ignore. But there’s just no getting away from jumpsuits this spring. After a couple of seasons of hovering on the edges of acceptable, these retro all-in-ones have finally leapt firmly onto the radar.







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'"4)*0/ 8 1. Crouching Tiger Jumpsuit £66, Bempton Necklace £26, 2. Miso Nautical Jumpsuit £26.99, Republic. 3. Fast Apollo Crepe Jumpsuit £167, French Connection. 4. Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing 5. River Island 6. Beige Peep Toe Wedge, £22.99, Internacionale. 7. Floral Wideleg Jumpsuit, £19.99, Internacionale. 8. Snapdragon black jumpsuit with embellishment 863025 £70, Monsoon. 9. Per Una Kaleidoscope Print Corsage Jumpsuit, Marks & Spencer. 10. Crafted Tri Colour Cowl Top, £19.99, Republic. 11. Jumpsuit £12 and Necklace £8, F&F at Tesco.









12. M&S Blue Harbour Polo £19.50, Blue Harbour Shorts £19.50, Collezione Scarf £19.50, Belt £25, Shoes £59.50, Marks & Spencer 13. Crafted Cuffed Chino, £39.99, Republic. 14. Fly London Mens Seven, £69.99, 15. Fly London Mot, £69.99, 16. Office £85



eyes down, legs eleven! /PXJTUIFUJNFPGZFBSXIFOXFTUBSUUPFYQPTF QBSUTPGPVSCPEZ Parts of us may not have seen daylight for a while, such as legs and feet, and with this lovely weather we all start panicing about what state we are in. A good place to start is a good body scrub all over to renew the skin cells and give your face and body a radiant glow, ready for any waxing or tanning. Our recommended product is new formulation of Decleor Exfoliating Body Cream, using small

micro beads to remove impurities and dead cells, your skin will feel renewed, smooth and soft with Meadowfoam and Sweet Almond Oil known for their nourishing action. I can solve the Hair Issue for you, if your legs are slightly on the hairy/fuzzy side then pop in for a half a leg wax. Using the most hygienic method of waxing in the industry, Australian Body Care is a Tea Tree based

wax that provides a clean, quick and smooth finish. To complete your after wax care at home we have new addition to the Decleor Post Wax Double Action Gel for Anti Hair Regrowth and Hydrating. Containing Clove Essential Oil it will purify and deeply cleanse the area, allowing hair regrowth to slow down 92% after 6 days. Hair removal sessions become less frequent and you have time to enjoy the sun. After the legs have been waxed they may look slightly on the pale/translucent side, so if you don’t like the smell of Fake Tan, then Decleor have come up with the perfect solution. Decleor Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk, this can


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If you have any beauty questions you would like to ask our expert, please write to: Kara @ Beauty Manor, C/O WOW, 50 St. Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DU.

be your daily body milk that has an unique tanning active ingredient to illuminate your skin with a natural, long lasting glow. This is one of the best products I have ever used, it does not smell, no streaks and the glow is so natural its perfect. This is my must have product forever!!

Happy Holidays Kara x Beauty ManOr is above Browns Hairdressing, Manor House, High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NL. To book an appointment telephone 0844 999 4365


Love is most certainly in the HAIR

If you have any hair styling questions you would like to ask our expert, please write to: Joe @ March Hair, C/O WOW, 50 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DU.

8FMMXFIBWFBMMCFFOUBLFOCZUIFCJHXFEEJOHBOEUIFSFoTOP CFUUFSFWFOUUPDIFDLPVUTPNFBNB[JOHIBJSTUZMFTBTXFMMBT GBTIJPOTBOEUIFSFXFSFDFSUBJOMZTPNFUPTFF Moving into the summer vibe the 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence has most defiantly taken hold. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for you New Romantics to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;flare your hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; if your dare? Its all about bold colours and loose messy hair, easily achieved with a great set of GHD stylers. Aim for a Marilyn Monroe or more recently a Katie Perry look, even a big bouncy down do. Everything is floaty and drapey with lots of waves and fishtail plaits that have been loosened off, messy buns worn low on the

neck line, also a low ponytail that has been back combed BIG. All these looks can be achieved in minutes at the salon or home. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how to create them why not book in a for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Blow dry barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service that lasts for 30 minutes and can be booked during the same day or the day before. We allocate a stylist and you get the look on the day plus some great style advice from our professionals. All for just ÂŁ10.

In the salon we use the world class GHD styler range that meets all our requirements. With the launch of their new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iconic Eras of styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; range and the new face of GHD as Katie Perry thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better time to get yourself one of the best hair tools youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever own. Buy a set from us during May and we will book you in for a FREE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dry stylingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; session that will show you how to best use your new stylers. Remember keep it elegant

and tussled for a 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look. Have a great month. Joe x

MARCH HAIR is at 9 Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7NB. To book an appointment telephone 01858 469 656

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Guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grooming


.FOOFFEQBNQFSJOHUPP With Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day coming up in June we thought we have a quick look at some grooming ideas for the Men in your life.






1. Braun Mobile Shave Gift Set, 2. Wooden Shaving Brush, The Body Shop. 3. For Men Maca Root Energetic Face Protector SPF15, The Body Shop. 4. Terrain Urban 2 edt ÂŁ8, Next 5. Remington 8-in-1 Personal Groomer PG350 ÂŁ50, 6. Babyliss hair grooming kit ÂŁ49,

Sophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice 1BZ8BJOXSJHIUoTBWJTJU Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple trim, a bold new colour or a daring new style, Wainwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hair Company boasts talented stylists, a lively atmosphere and quality cuts at affordable prices. Promising every customer the five-star treatment, the team at this unisex salon in the heart of Market Harborough pride themselves on the warm and friendly welcome they offer every client. Owner Sophie Williamson is proud to have recently celebrated the salons first birthday, after opening the doors to the salon in March 2010. With six expert stylists on hand, who are more than happy to talk you through the styles and colours that will suit your face shape and features, you can feel confident about


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going for a new style. When asked why people should choose Wainwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over any other salon, Sophie replies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a very friendly salon and as a team we get on really well, which helps to create a good atmosphere. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not over priced, but we do offer high quality hairdressing and we strive to deliver the red carpet treatment to all of our clients. We want everyone to leave Wainwrights feeling like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a very special and personalised experience.

WainWriGhtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S hair COMpany 8 roman way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7Pq 01858 440576


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Fresh from the farm 'BSOEPO'JFMETGPSUIFGSFTIFTU  HSFFOFTUGSVJUBOEWFH Nowhere else in Leicestershire or Northamptonshire will you find fresher asparagus for sale. In season now for only a matter of weeks, the asparagus on offer at Farndon Fields Farm Shop was growing in the morning sun only an hour ago – and now it’s made the short journey of 100 metres on to the enticingly stocked shelves. We can vouch for the fact that it’s tender, aromatic and

perfect packed into a homemade Asparagus Tart... because we just enjoyed one, straight out of the oven, with morning coffee at the Farndon Fields café! Just the same promise of farm freshness applies to every one of the 40 vegetables and fruits grown and harvested in season at Farndon Fields Farm. And if it wasn’t grown right here, there’s a guarantee that every item of produce, cheese

and deli speciality – meats and sausages, Evesham fruit, quality preserves, fresh-baked bread – was sourced from the most local, finest quality suppliers possible.

FarndOn FieLds FarM, Farndon Road, Market Harborough, Leics. Le16 9np Tel: 01858 464 838 Www.farndonfieldsfarmshop..

Love your 3-piece suite again... 2VBMJUZGVSOJUVSFGPSBSPVOE IBMGUIFQSJDFPGOFX Do you have a quality lounge suite? A beloved sofa and chairs that cost an arm and a leg back in the day... but which are now beginning to look more and more tired every year? If so, why not hang on to the suite you love, which was probably built with better quality techniques than the cheaper replacements available today. Recovering your sofa and chairs is the best solution, and normally works out far cheaper, like for like. With over 30 years’ experience in the furniture and upholstery business, Jonathan Green is the man to speak to and arrange a free consultation, with distance no object. Contact the


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master upholsterers at JB Green & Co. for all your re-upholstery, repair or manufacturing needs – they’re trusted specialists in traditional furniture manufacturing and repairing techniques.

JB Green Upholstery The Green House, Station Street, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4TH Tel. 0116 2885432


Looking for a good suite? - Try looking in your lounge! Speak to Leicestershire’s number 1 reupholstery specialist before wasting money on a new sofa and chairs... - 1000s of fabrics to choose from! - Guaranteed for 3 years! - Free consultation! - Free loan furniture while we work on your quality, ‘as-new’ suite!

JB Green Upholstery The Green House, Station Street, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4TH Tel. 0116 2885432

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A facelift for your kitchen! :PVSOFXESFBNLJUDIFOGPSBGSBDUJPO PGUIFFYQFDUFEQSJDF Replacing your tired kitchen with the kitchen of your dreams may not be as expensive as you imagine. Rather than go to all the cost of replacing your cupboard units, you can now build a bespoke, madeto-measure new kitchen using your existing units as a base – a transformation in quality and a whole new feelgood factor within a couple of days. It’s hard to believe the results achieved by Tim and Luca at Dream Doors in Harborough, who will work together with you on a plan to maximise the space, utility and beauty of your kitchen – and then make the dream come true, using only the finest materials for your new cupboard doors and worktops. Drop by and see their inspirational catalogue of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots for


yourself, or visit the Dream Doors website – not forgetting to check out the ‘warts and all’ reviews of the com-

pany’s superb service, materials and project management at www.checkatrade. com.

DreAM DOOrs 4 Adam & Eve St, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT Tel: 01858 450858



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7P__hQd]]XTb All children love to have pets and wow kids are no exception, so after the promise of an Easter bunny they research and prepare to give their new pet a hoppy home!


OW kids acquired their bunny from Cate who is a Local hobby breeder in Market Harborough, she has a website where you can see all her beautiful bunnies! Viewing the rabbits at Cate’s was a real treat! There were chickens that

C>HB WOW kids collected eggs from, along with plenty of advice from Cate about how to look after and care for a new bunny. With clear knowledge of her kits characters, it was now time to choose ours, and with the mention of the word chocolate our decision was made! A chocolate mini lop that WOW kids call Mars - he is so cute and rather cheeky! Pick up would be the next day when we are fully prepared to re-home! Cate clearly loves animals and children which made our bunny buying a real pleasure.

F70CC>54430A0118C Nice fresh hay should be freely available and a good quality pellet or rabbit mix. In addition rabbits should be given vegetables. Baby rabbits may start receiving greens very gradually at the age of about two months. Add one item at a time, in

Rabbits will play with rolled up paper Cardboard boxes Balls Empty cotton reels Tubes Apple and Pear tree wood branches for chewing but not if sprayed with pesticides and not cherry, peach, apricot, plum and redwood as they are poisonous You can also buy toys from your local pet store. Rabbits can be house trained, they like to have human company and can live for between 5 to 7 years.

small amounts. Carrots, Romaine lettuce and kale are good starters. A five pound adult rabbit should receive at least four heaping cups of fresh, varied vegetables per day. Serve vegetables wet, this will increase your rabbit’s intake of liquid.


Almost any green, leafy vegetable that’s good for you is also good for a rabbit. Experiment and see which types your rabbit likes best! Rabbits love fresh, fragrant herbs fresh from the garden including mint. Their favourite is probably your favourite plant!!

Cate is a hobby breeder in Market Harborough, view her website at

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Roll with it! 3PMMFS%JTDPUBLFTPGGJO#SVN Get your roller skates on and head back in time for Friday night fun in Birmingham. The Custard Factory, around half a mile from the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, is bringing back roller disco every fortnight on a Friday night. Back in the late 1970s and 1980s, roller disco was massive and films including Roller Boogie focused on the craze that brought together roller skates, disco hits

54th Annual

Blaston and District Agricultural Show Society


Trade Stands & Rural Craft Tent â&#x20AC;˘ Licensed Bar & Food Outlets â&#x20AC;˘ Vintage & Classic Tractors â&#x20AC;˘ Horse & Pony Classes â&#x20AC;˘ Modern Farm Machinery â&#x20AC;˘ Dog Showing â&#x20AC;˘ Vintage & Classic Cars â&#x20AC;˘ Hound Show & Parades of Hounds â&#x20AC;˘ Show Jumping â&#x20AC;˘ Cattle, Sheep & Goat Showing â&#x20AC;˘ WI Tent & Memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area â&#x20AC;˘ Cookery Demonstrations Heavy Horses, Farrier displays, Terrier Racing, Gymkhanas, Driven Ponies and much more!

Class entry, sponsorship and membership enquiries welcome â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 01858 565 226

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and fancy dress to create a unique and fun night out for all ages. Roller disco has made a comeback in recent years and the Custard Factory have decided to join in the revival. They brought roller disco back to Birmingham at the end of last year and it has proved so popular that two nights are held every month. and 0121-2247777.


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Fine art treasures under the hammer 4QFDJBMJTURVBSUFSMZTBMFSBNQTVQUIFFYDJUFNFOUBU(JMEJOHoT Sunday 26th June The excitement of a potential bargain, sought-after treasures and beauty beyond reach are never far away at the Market Harborough institution of Gilding’s auctioneers. Even so, there’s always a special atmosphere surrounding the quarterly Fine Art & Antiques auction, as we found when we looked forward to the month’s programme of sales with Mark Gilding.

From all the ceramics, paintings, silver, jewellery and fine furniture earmarked for sale, Mark picks out a single Clarice Cliff piece for special attention (see accompanying advertisement), telling the story of a vendor who bought the vase 40 years ago, only recently growing aware of the huge rarity value of its shape and so-called ‘Zap’ pattern. It could be yours for an estimated

£800-£1,200. Or three times that amount. That’s the thrill of the live auction, with the hundred people at the sale joined by 200 more bidding live online, and a further 200 absentee bidders waiting eagerly for the results. Mark’s own personal favourite items? The microscopically intricate ivory carvings known as netsuke and okimono, which make up 30 or 40 lots. “There’s

one tiny ivory toggle carved with a baboon looking through a magnifying glass,” he enthuses, “at another netsuke baboon!”

Tue 17 FINE ART & ANTIQUES AUCTION Gilding’s, 64 Roman Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7PQ. UK Tel: 01858 410 414

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Competition gathers steam /PSUIBNQUPO'PPE%SJOL"XBSETBMSFBEZIPUUJOHVQ The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited (NEL), was launched for the third year running in February and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about the county’s produce and drink, to recognise excellence within its dining venues and to reward those who work so hard within the culinary sector. Thanks to their increasingly prestigious profile, the Awards have attracted two new sponsors this year in the form of Whitco, the specialist catering equipment suppliers based in Thrapston, and the cash and carry giants, Booker. Whitco are lending their support to the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Pub or Bar Restaurant of the Year’ categories and MD Jeff Whitaker explained, it’s an obvious step. “Whitco may be a national firm but it has Northamptonshire very much at its heart. So, given that the Awards offer rightful reward to those in the county striving to be the best – a principle which drives the way we do things here at Whitco – it really is the perfect partnership!” Booker’s sponsorship has prompted two new categories this year, those of ‘Booker Chef of the Year’ and ‘Young Chef of the Year’. Said Area Manager Alistair Rogers, “Booker is delighted to be supporting those chefs who work so tirelessly to put the region on the culinary map.

3FDPSEOPNJOBUJPOT With the closing dates for the ‘Community Pub’ and ‘Curry Chef’ categories already passed, the competition is shaping up to be the biggest yet. Said the competition’s co-ordinator, Rachel Mallows of The Mallows Company, “We are delighted to say that, compared with this


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time last year, we’ve already received a record number of nominations and entries so it has all the makings of an exciting battle across the wide range of Awards! We know from experience that businesses really value the prestige that competition glory brings and that’s also been borne out by the support of our new sponsors Booker and Whitco - who clearly want to associate themselves with that success. So I want to encourage all those within the sector, and the county’s food lovers who are keen to support the ‘buy local’ ethic, to log on to www.letyourselfgrow. com/foodanddrinkawards and take part. This month presents the last opportunity to enter those four further categories of ‘Booker Chef of the Year’ (entries

in by 3rd May) ‘Young Chef of the Year’ (9th May), ‘Pub or Bar Restaurant of the Year’ (16th May) and the category proudly sponsored by Business Times, ‘Restaurant of the Year’ (16th May). Those will be followed in June by the closing dates of the ‘Best Local Product’, ‘Best Local Drink’ and ‘Local Food Hero’ categories. Head of Tourism at NEL, Kate Dent, was equally delighted with the interest already being shown. “The success of these Awards only goes to back up the findings of a recent CPRE report which highlights the importance of local produce and the benefits the associated network of suppliers, retailers and markets brings to local communities. Now in its third year, the competition is playing a valuable role

in supporting that sector which is currently worth £150m to the local economy.” To keep up to date with the latest stages of the competition, including downloading entry or nomination forms, following the judges as they make their decisions or to vote for a shortlisted venue later in the summer, visit the Awards’ website. The winners and runners up in each of the categories will be announced at the Awards Dinner at Holdenby House in September. To find out more about the Awards, visit the Let Yourself Grow website for further details - foodanddrinkawards or contact Rachel Mallows on 01933 664437 or email rachel@



the three swans Hotel 5BLFVQUIFPGGFSPGBTVQFSCGPVS DPVSTFEJOOFSJOUIFTVOOZ$PVSUZBSE Everyone knows the landmark Three Swans Hotel on Market Harborough High Street, the 16th-century coaching inn with a long history of extending a famous welcome to tired, thirsty and hungry souls arriving at its doors. As a local, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all too easy to take for granted the best pub bar in Harborough, so for us the timing was perfect to test out the celebrated fayre served up by the Conservatory restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the sun was out at last, and the season for al fresco drinking and dining had

returned to the Courtyard. In turn, the menu created by head chef Greg Prangnell was heavy on seasonal, fresh ingredients from local suppliers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; asparagus from Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Snowcap Organic Mushrooms, Bates Butchers, Harrison Farms... the list goes on. To start, local Brixworth pâtĂŠ on toast, with home-made chutney, and a generous swap deal for 51% of my colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peppered mushrooms glazed with Colston Bassett Stilton. This is good. And so is the blackcurrant sorbet, from

Loughboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bawdon Lodge Farm. And it gets better: Pressed confit of Grasmere pork belly with apple sauce and thyme potato rosti, all topped with a large ladle of super-rich gravy. Pie and custard for pud, too. And all â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though it seems almost indelicate to point out â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the price of a round of drinks, as throughout May thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special offer of fourcourse dinner for just ÂŁ12.95. Like the food, the beer, the Conservatory and the Courtyard, booking is recommended!.

HOW tO find it Best Western tHree sWans HOtel High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7NJ TEL: 01858 466644

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Grasstrack comes to Harborough 5JNFGPSBMMNPUPSTQPSUUISJMMTFFLFSTBOEQFUSPMIFBETUPHFU ZPVSEJBSJFTPVU.PUPSDZDMF(SBTTUSBDLSBDJOHJTCBDLPOUIF DBMFOEBSJOUIF&BTU.JEMBOET Sunday June 12 After an absence of nearly 30 years, the high octane sport returns to the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough on Sunday June 12th, as the Heart of England Motorcycle Club stage a charity race meeting to raise money for the local Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;smile cause. The newly formed Midlands based club are staging the one off event, just north of the town, as part of their aim to put the once popular sport, well and truly back on the map. Often regarded as one


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of motorsportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secrets, motorcycle grasstrack racing is just about as exciting and explosive as it gets and lives up to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as the fastest off road motorcycle sport in the world! Held on a flat grass oval of around 500 metres, 12 riders on specialist 500cc machines do battle over 4 laps, sliding sideways around the bends and reaching speeds approaching 90mph on the straights. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the issue of brakes . . . They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any!! Add to that the awesome, methanol burning1000cc sidecars, various support classes ranging from youth riders to vintage machines and you have a spectacle not to be missed. Formed late last year, the Heart of England Motorcycle Club is dedicated to bringing one of the oldest forms of bike sport, roaring back into the 21st century. As well as the racing, the one off events will feature attractions for all members of the family, ranging from bouncy castles, fairground rides and sidestalls for children, to caterers and a licenced bar for adults. Club chairman and international sidecar driver, Gary Southgate explained â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our

aim is to provide a good family day out on a summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day and involve local businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and schools etc as much as we can, with the main proceeds helping a charity, specific to that local area.â&#x20AC;? With this particular event being on the outskirts of Market Harborough, it was decided that the local charity to be supported would be the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;smile charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, set up to provide a safe cycleway for children to cycle to school following the tragic death of Adam Mugridge in 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feedback for the event so far has been

fantasticâ&#x20AC;? commented chief fundraiser, Market Harborough based Jeremy Best, who added â&#x20AC;&#x153;anyone wishing to give support in the form of advertising in the programme or individual race sponsorship can contact me on 07771684908.â&#x20AC;? With a line up of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top solo riders and sidecar crews to entertain you, put the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;smile Charity Grasstrackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in your diary with the side note DONT MISS!! Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;smile Charity Grasstrack, Airfield Business Park, Market Harborough, LE16 7QX


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On yer bike! (FUJOWPMWFEJOPOFPGUIFXPSMEoTPMEFTUNPVOUBJO CJLJOHTFSJFTsTQPOTPSFECZ(FPSHF)BMMT$ZDMF$FOUSF Since the mid-1970s, George Halls Cycle Centre in Market Harborough has been at the hub of the Midlands cycling scene, and todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boom in

all kinds of bicycling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; BMX, road racing and mountain biking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has meant more work than ever for current owner Neil Holman. Having

worked for George since 1985, Neil took over the business in 2004, and now stocks bikes for all the family and an extensive range of spares and accessories. His on-site workshop which can cope with just about any job on any bicycle. An active member of the local cycling community, Neilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest claim to notoriety is running the Friday Night Summer Series, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest crosscountry mountain bike series with events all around the southeast Midlands. The grass-roots events are open to everyone, regardless of age, ability or gender â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so check out the website at

Back to my roots. (SBTT3PPUT'PPUCBMM4IPX Friday 3 tO Sunday 5 June The Grass Roots football family have shown their support since the show launched in 2005 with over 60000 attendees making it is the biggest event of its kind in Europe. 2011 is set to be the biggest yet with new show ambassador Robbie Savage being joined by a host of the biggest names in football. The Derby County and former Welsh international has developed a keen interest in football coaching and the development of junior football as he comes to the end of his illustrious career. Savage said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the best show of its kind in Britain and deserves an ever greater platform and profile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am the proud parent of two


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young sons who are starting out on the grass roots footballing ladder. It is vital that all young children in this country - boys and girls - are given the very best coaching development as they grow up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This show encourages the development of coaches and of best coaching practise. Most of all, its vital that our youngsters enjoy playing football and are encouraged to continue playing the game at adult level too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This show offers an opportunity for all of the thousands of coaches and those involved in the grass roots game to meet up with the professionals and learn and showcase new skills, coaching clinics and be educated and entertained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have the utmost admiration and respect for all the junior

Friday niGHt SuMMer SerieS Fri 6 CATS MBC Borough Hill, Daventry Fri 13 LORC Mallory Park Fri 20 Rugby Velo Cosford, Rugby Fri 3 June Welland Valley CC, Mowsley GeOrGe HallS CyCle Centre, 10-12, Northampton Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9HE Tel. 01858 465507





h t t p :// fn s s m t b .w o r d p r e s s . com and this month you might find yourself on the starting grid alongside a national amateur mountainbike champion!

football coaches who devote their time, money and energies into giving our young people a chance to play organised football.â&#x20AC;? Grass Roots Football Director, Joanna Burns, said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we have more coaches, more experts, more players and greater participation and we aim to reinforce the Grass Roots

Football Show as the must attend event for coach education and development in the UK. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are urging all of the football family to come and get involved, have fun and learn from the very best football people.â&#x20AC;? The Grass Roots Football Show is the premier destination for the grass roots football family with leading sports brands, governing bodies, coaches and youngsters attending. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must attend football event will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June.Tickets: / 0844 338 0338 - Adult - ÂŁ15, Child (under 16) - ÂŁ7.50, Senior Citizen - ÂŁ7.50, Family (2+3 )ÂŁ37.50. (+ transaction fee)


Dingley Races May Meetings EBUFTOPUUPCFNJTTFE 15TH AND 29TH MAy Following the hugely successful Easter Saturday Meeting, point to point fans will be waiting in anticipation for the next meetings taking place on 15th and 29th May. The meets are a great day out for the family, with a children’s funfair, trade stands, tote and bar. The position of Dingley, set on a hill, also means you can watch the action from your car with your own refreshments. The 2011 meetings will culminate this year with our “Ladies Day” on Sunday 29th May, kindly sponsored by Essence Hair & Beauty in Uppingham. Our judges will

be selecting the best turned out lady from the crowd who will be given £100 worth of vouchers to pamper herself at Essence. No dress restrictions apply, just your point to pointing best!

First race starts at 2pm; entry is £15.00 per car and driver, plus £5 per passenger. For more information please visit

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V.F.Mmmm 5JN#BSOFT$MBZUFTUTUIF.JUTVCJTIJ-BODFS%*%+VSP The economic downturn, coupled with greater awareness of greener motoring means car buying trends are moving with the times. According to an analysis of used car checks done with HPI during 2010, nearly 40% of all the cars it checked were small family cars, reflect-

_a^R^] POSITIVE â&#x20AC;˘ Price â&#x20AC;˘ Equipment â&#x20AC;˘ Safety NEgaTIVE â&#x20AC;˘ Interior plastics


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ing the demand for fuel efficiency and lower motoring costs for both families and those looking for a reasonably powerful, safe, second hand car. However, it appears Mitsubishi can meet these requirements without the need for shopping in the used car

market. Costing just ÂŁ16,399 the Lancer 2.0 DI-D special edition Juro offers an outstanding price for customers in this â&#x20AC;&#x153;age of austerityâ&#x20AC;?. It should appeal to anyone on a budget who wants a car with a strong, economical diesel engine, a five star safety rating and stacks of kit. In ad-

dition, with 165g/km CO2 emissions, this version of the Lancer falls into VED Band G â&#x20AC;&#x201C; therefore qualifying for ÂŁ155 1st Year rate VED. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the Lancer comes under insurance group 21E and costs just ÂŁ315 for the comprehensive Mitsubishi Service Plan.


From the front, the car looks just like the legendary Lancer Evolution X, but on start up, it soon becomes clear that this Lancer is an oil burner, not a tarmac shredder. Also, the rear of the car is nowhere near as sexy as an Evo; the sportback styling, with rear spoiler, is too bulky for my liking, but it does offer great hatchback practicality. The boot is a good square shape and it’s big enough to swallow a folded pram, the week’s shopping and small items of luggage, all in one go. The Juro’s cabin is a mixed bag. On one hand it’s obvious the cheapest plastics have been used on the dash and electric window switches, but on the other, the Mitsubishi has levels of equipment only found in far more expensive cars. Desirable specification, comprising a multimedia system and leather seats are the obvious plus points. But that’s not all; Garmin Satellite Navigation, Parrott Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and a reversing camera are fitted as standard. There are also factory-fitted steering wheel mounted controls. It’s quite a stunning amount of gear for the price. As I indicated earlier there is no mistaking this Mitsubishi for anything other than a diesel. The 2.0 DI-D unit is noisy. Very noisy. That said, the sixspeed gearbox is slick and

the engine pulls nicely without ever feeling out of puff. The car is also easy to drive and a piece of cake to park – thanks to good visibility and the useful reversing camera. Some people might choose a used ‘prestige’ car for the £16,399 price tag and, yes, I have pointed out some of the downsides of the Lancer, but all things considered you can’t ignore what great value for money the new 2.0 turbodiesel Juro is. .

Max speed: 127 mph 0-62 Mph: 9.6 secs COMbined Mpg: 44.8 engine layOut: 1968cc 4 cylinder 16v Turbodiesel Max. pOWer (bhp): 138 at 4000 rpm Max. tOrque (lb.ft): 228 at 1750 rpm CO2: 165 g/km priCe: £16,399 OTR

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2><?4C8C8=B ...AND READER OFFERS FROM WOW WHAT’S ON WHERE. 8JO(SBTT3PPUT'PPUCBMMUJDLFUT This year’s must attend football event will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June, and The NEC have kindly given WOW 10 pairs

of tickets to give away. 2011 is set to be the biggest yet with new show ambassador Robbie Savage being joined by a host of the biggest names in football.

#VEEZUJDLFUT Buddy, The World’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical is coming to De Montfort Hall in May. Including some of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Rave On, Everyday and many more, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment

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)PSSJCMF)JTUPSJFToUJDLFUT De Montfort Hall have kindly given us a pair of tickets for a lucky WOW reader for the opening night of Buddy on Monday 23rd May For your chance to win apply to “Buddy” and follow the instructions at the foot of the page. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 18th May.

Horrible Histories’ Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians will be at the Royal & Derngate in half term week, from Tuesday 31 May to Saturday 4 June. The Royal & Derngate have donated us four tickets

as a competition prize for Tuesday 31 May, 7pm start. For your chance to win apply to Horrible Histories’ and follow the instructions at the foot of the page. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 23rd May.

8JOBNPOUITVCTDSJQUJPOUP8088IBUoT0O8IFSF WOW What’s On Where has a 12 month subscription worth £20 to give away. To win, all you need to do is

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