Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Sarah Ellen Hughes & Sector 7 at Lancaster University - 1st December

Sensational jazz vocal group Sector7 performs live on Thursday 1st December in The Great Hall at Lancaster University - 7:30pm

To book tickets, call 01524 594151 or go to 

For a free preview, click here:

More info about Sarah Ellen Hughes as a soloist or the Sector 7 group can be found here:

Lytham (Lancashire) On Ice - Ice Rink in the Town Centre from 10th December 2011 - 2nd January 2012

Wonder Ice Rink run and endorse by former Russian and International Ice Dance Champions Natalia and Alexei present:

Skating fun for all the family on special synthetic ice rink. Professional staff on hand to help and give advice.

Open daily from 11 am (except Christmas Day).

Grand Opening:  10th December 2011 - skating from 11 am
4 pm Exhibition including the famous Blackpool Ice Twirlers

Every Monday:  2 skate for the price of one (except Boxing Day)

Monday Morning:  Masterclass with Alexei or Natalia 11 am

Tuesdays:  Guest DJ - Disco on Ice 5 pm - 8 pm

Wednesdays:  Morning Sessions - Parent and Toddler (children under 5 years old free when accompanied by an adult)

Thursdays:  Come and skate with different characters.

Thriller Night:  14th December presented by the skaters of the PK Ice Dance class.  Prize for the best make-up and costume.

For on-line bookings go to

For Group Bookings call 07813 297892.

Further information from

Vice Squad At Blackpool Cricket Club - 17th December

A great night of music at Blackpool Cricket Club featuring Vice Squad, One Way System, Pink Hearse & Litterbug.  

4 great bands for only £5.

Doors open 6pm

Tickets from Blackpool Cricket Club

Listen Again: Vice Squad Interview Special

For anybody who missed our fascinating Vice Squad Interview Special programme on Preston FM on Friday evening there's an opportunity to catch up right now. 

We have posted the whole show (minus music - due to licensing restrictions) here for you to hear "on demand". 
The interview clips are arranged as follows:

Part 1: Paul & Lucy Introduction / Reforming The Band / Resurrection & Get A Life
Part 2: Rich & Famous / Shield Logo / US Riot / New Music Safeguards
Part 3: Defiant Al;bum
Part 4: Fairground / Unreleased / London Underground / Acoustic Projects
Part 5: Early Beki / Animal Rights / Vegetarian Food / Health Issues / Hair & Skin Care / Cold Turkey
Part 6: Beki on Paul Rooney / Social Issues / Songwriting
Part 7: Paul Rooney / Paul on Beki / Rebellion Festival

Just click on the relevant sound icon below to listen in (please note this will take longer to load if you are using a Mac...): .

Monday, 28 November 2011

Christmas Menu at The Pavilion, St Annes - 1st to 23rd December

The Pavilion Tea Rooms And Restaurant in Ashton Gardens, St Annes is offering a special Christmas menu at lunchtime and evenings from 1st December.

Costing £12.95 for two course or £14.95 for three courses, the Christmas menu is available daily from 11am to 3pm - or on Friday and Saturday evenings from Friday 2nd to Saturday 17th inclusive from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Now, obviously, we haven't been able to sample the new Christmas menu yet as it isn't launched until 1st December, but we have enjoyed snacks and meals at the Pavilion before and you can read about some of them here:
and here:

Sensational swing singer Peter Ritmo will be singing for diners on Friday 2nd, Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th December.  To read our review of Peter's performance at the Pavilion, click here:

To reserve your table, call 01253 724440

Host Venues Announced For 2013 Rugby League World Cup

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be staged in four countries with matches played across an exciting spectrum of venues in England, Wales, Ireland and France, the RFL has announced today.

The group stages and quarter-finals of the 14-team tournament will see the world’s best international teams hosted in venues from Wrexham to Perpignan in southern France and Bristol to Limerick in Ireland’s south west.

Today’s announcement outlines 18 different venues which will stage matches and reveals six other venues which will host teams during the tournament. Details of the venues for the opening ceremony, the semi-finals and the final will be confirmed early in the New Year.

A total of 34 bids, comprising 30 stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL. Each of the bidding hosts underwent a detailed inspection from a 2013 team to examine the various sites venue specifications, as well as evaluating the enthusiasm and commitment of each bidding host.

Upwards of half a million people are expected to watch the 28 matches live over a six-week period in the autumn of 2013 with a further 20 million viewers from 120 countries tuning in around the world.

The following venues will host matches in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup:

Avignon -The Parc des Sports Stadium will host a group match.
  • Bristol - The Memorial Ground will stage a group match with the city also hosting a team base camp. Filton College will be used as a team training venue.
  • Calderdale - The Shay Stadium in Halifax will host a group match.
  • Copeland - The new Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven will host group matches with the Cumbria Sports Academy being used as a team training venue.
  • Hull - Both the KC Stadium and Craven Park will host group matches with the city also hosting two team base camps and team training venues.
  • Kirklees -The Galpharm Stadium will host a group match.
  • Leeds - Headingley Carnegie Stadium will host a group match and a quarter-final with two teams setting up team base camps in the city along with a team training venue being utilised.
  • Limerick - Thomond Park will host a group match.
  • Perpignan - The Stade Gilbert Brutus will host a group match.
  • Neath - The Gnoll will host a group match.
  • Rochdale - Spotland Stadium will host a group match.
  • Salford -The new City of Salford Stadium will host a group match and the city will also host a team base camp.
  • St Helens -The new Langtree Park Stadium will host a group match.
  • Warrington -The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host a group match and quarter-final. The town will also host a team base camp and the University of Chester will be used as a team training venue.
  • Wigan -The Leigh Sports Village will host a group match and will be used as a training venue. The DW Stadium will host a quarter-final.
  • Wrexham -The Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium will host a group match and a quarter final. Wrexham will also host a team base camp and training venue.

The following venues will host teams during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup:
  • Allerdale - Workington will host a team base camp.
  • Bolton - Bolton will be a team base camp with Bolton Arena’s facilities used as a team training venue.
  • Bradford -The Bulls Tong High School facilities in Bradford will be used as a team training venue.
  • Halton - Widnes will host a team base camp and the Stobart Stadium will be a training venue. Due to synthetic turf pitches not being sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation the stadium is not allowed to stage a match.
  • Manchester - Manchester will host a team base camp and will also provide a team training venue.
  • Preston - The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will provide team training facilities at UCLan Sports Arena with Preston also hosting a team base camp.

Art Exhibition by Mark Nelson BA Hons at Fylde Rugby Club on Sunday, 11th December 2011

Talented musician and artist Mark Nelson, who is also Head Coach for Lancashire and Fylde Rugby Clubs, hopes you will go along and view his new collection of paintings.

"It's grim up north!!!" is on show for one day only at Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Road, Ansdell, Lancashire on Sunday, 11th December 2011 from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Don't miss it!

Monty joins Bullock and Reilly for visit to British Troops in Afghanistan

PGA captain Eddie Bullock and Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie helped give British troops a boost with a whistle stop tour of Afghanistan.   The PGA-organised trip was designed to show support for the efforts of soldiers in helping establish a new future for the war-ravaged country.

Former PGA captain Parnell Reilly from Huddersfield club Bradley Park also joined Bullock and Montgomerie as they delivered a series of golf clinics to soldiers and local school children and also brought along the famous Ryder Cup trophy.

Europe’s victorious 2010 captain took part in a Q&A during an army dinner with Montgomerie also hosting a special golfing masterclass with Bullock and Reilly delivering an insight into the great Scot’s swing.

Bullock, a director at Golf at Goodwood, said: “It was just sensational to see the troops and their reaction to us and Colin and the Ryder Cup and it was a wonderful opportunity to engage and connect with them.   “It was also a tremendous thrill to engage with Afghani youths and introduce them to golf.

“During the golf clinics with the soldiers we had everybody from plus one handicappers to beginners who were just there for the experience.

“I lost count of how many lessons we gave but it felt like thousands between the three of us.

“My father was in the RAF and I have always had a huge amount of respect and admiration for the forces and I came away with a smile in my heart after meeting the troops.

“This has been a trip I will never forget, the British troops are so professional, working seven days a week without hesitation and when you think of the sacrifice and effort they make on our behalf it is very humbling.”

During the three day trip, the trio travelled to Camp Bastion, the British military’s main base in Helmand Province.

At Kabul headquarters they met the Afghan president of the national Olympics committee, General Mohammad Aghbar and also spent time at the British Embassy, briefing ambassador, Sir William Patey, about the trip.

Montgomerie commented: “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent the PGA along with Eddie Bullock and Parnell Reilly to come to Camp Bastion with the Ryder Cup and give a series of golf
master classes to the troops and to show them that we are thinking about them back home and appreciate the difficult job they are doing here to protect not just us but the rest of the world.

“We have had an enjoyable and informative time during our short visit. We have been impressed by the calm and professional way in which everyone seems to be going about their business. We have been made to feel most welcome by all in the camp.”

Reilly, who in 2010 took the Ryder Cup trophy on a helicopter tour of Welsh clubs, described the visit as life-changing.

“It was a humbling experience, it was just an honour to be invited to represent the PGA and go and see the troops,” he said.

“The whole camp was buzzing that the PGA had taken the effort to come out and see them. They all shook our hands it was just that little extra time that takes their minds off what they are doing out there.

“Many of the troops love their golf and they had created a special driving range on the Apache helicopter area and it was wonderful to see their passion for golf and to be able to give something back, especially with Colin and the Ryder Cup being there.

“To see what they do out there brings into perspective what dangers they face out there but equally impressive is the quiet, confident way they go about their work and we felt very safe in their hands.”
In addition several companies also lent their support to the three day trip with equipment and clothing donated by Tildenet, Huxley, Titleist, PING, Calloway, Golf Foundation and Glenmuir.

Photo courtesy of Tartan Hart Photography.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review: Mark & Lewis Nelson At Parks Art Deco Cafe - 27th November

When someone is as passionate about their music as Mark and Lewis Nelson so obviously are, they pour their hearts and souls into their performance and the result is that feel-good factor that sets you up for the rest of the week.

Add to that the same dedication and passion for food, cooking, service and atmosphere that the Gallaghers provide at the Parks Art Deco Café in Blackpool’s Stanley Park and you have the perfect recipe for a real treat.

Mark and Lewis, who were joined in the second half of the afternoon by Marcus Nayor played acoustic guitar and sang at lunchtime on Sunday, 27th November 2011.

Their performance took me straight back to Strasbourg one winter in my youth, when two young buskers called Barry and Dave played guitar and harmonised the songs of Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen… Mark and Lewis Nelson also write their own material and it is important to encourage anyone who does that.

Numbers performed during the afternoon included a variety of genres and eras, including “Save Tonight”, “Sound of Silence”, “Father and Son” and one of Mark’s own compositions “Summer”. Lewis did a solo spot featuring an excellent version of “Nights in White Satin”, Mark also performed a rousing solo set, featuring “Brown-eyed Girl”, “The Boxer” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Special guest Marcus Naylor put in a great performance, singing a couple of covers from Show Of Hands: "Cousin Jack" and "Crow On The Cradle" as well as Damien Rice's "Amie", before finishing with a highly emotive version of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars".

Check out the Lancashire Songwriters group on Facebook.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Piaf The Songs At Edge Hill University - 26th November

UK Touring presents "Piaf the Songs" at the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University on SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER, 8.00pm. An evening of lengendary song and powerful storytelling, set against a backdrop of scenes from Paris in the 1940s and 50s.

Rose Theatre, Edge Hill University
St Helens Road, Ormskirk
Lancashire L39 4QP

BOX OFFICE: 01695 584480
Tickets: £14.00 / £12.00 (concs.)

PIAF~ the songs: Eve Loiseau sings the songs of Edith Piaf with Fiona Barrow, violin+ Edward Jay, accordion

Video Preview:

Edith Piaf has become synonymous with French Cabaret of the 1940s & 50s and remains France’s most popular singer. Piaf’s life was the stuff of legend, from her dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown. Her life, however, was anything but ‘La vie en rose'. Towards the end of her life, ravaged by pain and injury, Piaf turned to drugs to find comfort and solace, never able to believe that she was indeed loved by countless thousands of fans the world over.

More info:

Further Live Dates:Thursday 08 Dec 2011 BURY ST EDMUNDS, The Apex, 01284 758000
Saturday 17 Dec 2011 BARNSLEY Civic Hall 01226 327 000
Saturday 21 Jan 2012 CHICHESTER Festival Theatre, Minerva, 7.45pm SOLD OUT 01243 781312
Saturday 21 Jan 2012 CHICHESTER Festival Theatre, Minerva, 2pm 01243 781312
Wednesday 25 Jan 2012 CARDIFF Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 029 20 342 854
Saturday 28 Jan 2012 WAKEFIELD Theatre Royal 01924 211 311
Thursday 23 Feb 2012 ALNWICK Playhouse 01665 510785
Friday 24 Feb 2012 STIRLING Tolbooth 01786 274000
Friday 02 Mar 2012 POOLE Lighthouse 0844 406 8666
Saturday 14 Jul 2012 PETWORTH  FESTIVAL

Come and Support Squires Gate FC In 3rd Round Of FA Vase - 3rd December

Ice Hockey: Fylde Flyers Home Game on 26th November is OFF

Fylde Flyers ice hockey team's much anticipated debut home game at their Sub Zero rink home in Cleveleys against Lancashire Raptors this Saturday has had to be called OFF.

Work at the rink to install safety netting has not been completed in time for the match to go ahead and the match will now be rearranged.

Team Manager Mick Caunce said: "The rink management team are doing their best to get everything in place on a very limited budget and this should be ready Sunday or Monday next week. There is a possibility of this game being re scheduled for next Saturday as neither of us have a game 3rd December."

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Vice Squad Special On 103.2 Preston FM - Friday 25th Nov 7pm

Join us on Friday evening for a very special edition of  "Best Kept Secrets...In Conversation" where we devote the whole hour to all things Vice Squad!

We'll be featuring exclusive in depth interviews with Beki Bondage and Paul Rooney talking about how the band came to get back together and how they've managed to stay together ever since... playing some great music from the band's album catalogue and looking ahead to the release of their brand new album "Punk Rock Radio".

So make it a date for an intimiate chat with Vice Squad on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 25th November from 7pm.
You will also be able to listen live across the world via the internet on 
To find out more about Vice Squad - or to pre-order the new Punk Rock Radio album, visit the official website at:  

Snow White & The Seven Dwarves at Colne Muni - 6th to 22nd January 2012

PMA Productions returns to Colne for another year with a brand new version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The happy-ever-after fairytale - originally by the Brothers Grimm - is brought up-to-date with modern references, songs and jokes a plenty in this fun-filled, musical show for all the family.

Snow White, played by the talented Lauren Atkins, dreams of meeting a Prince to fall in love with and sweep her off her feet.

Like many fairytales, there are dark forces afoot and this story has an evil Wicked Queen played by Amy Skillman (seen recently on Britain's Got Talent and Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing) and her ever-willing assistant Ramsbottom - played by Chris Quinten, who many will remember as Coronation Street's Brian Tilsley.

After consulting her Magic Mirror, the vain Wicked Queen discovers that Snow White is the most beautiful girl in the land...and so she plots to do away with her, ordering Ramsbottom to do the deed!

Will he do it to Snow White, who is unaware of the Queen's hatred of her?

Will Snow White meet and marry a Prince?

Comedy genius Keith De'Winter returns as Dame Duddles with her sidekick son George Critchley as Muddles.

Along with a full supporting troupe of dancers from East Lancashire School of Dance and all the traditional ingredients of a fun-filled, family pantomime, this is sure to be a festive treat for any age.

Show info and bookings link:

Sara Creeney Live Date - 2nd December

Friday 2nd December

Talented Vocalist Sara Creeney will be performing from 8pm onwards 
at Bangla Fusion Restaurant 
Much Hoole

Tel  01772...610800.. for table bookings

Always wanted to know how to throw a clay pot on a potter's wheel? Get along to Ansdell Library on Saturday, 26th November 2011

Ansdell Library, who recently celebrated 21 years of lending books, etc. are currently hosting Craft Days.   For those who are not local, Ansdell is the little town in between Lytham and St. Annes on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire before you get to Blackpool.  Definitely worth a visit - there is a station if you don't want to take the car.   Turn left out of the station and go down the hill past the imposing Ansdell Institute to get to the library.

On Saturday, 26th November 2011, local Ceramic Artist Marie Kershaw, MA (who designed the beautiful 'Ophelia' statuette for the ACE Awards) will be demonstrating how to throw a pot on a potter's wheel.   Those who have a go may take advantage of Marie's special offer to take their work away, fettle and glaze it free of charge.  Marie will also be taking names of those who would like to attend her special workshops.

So why not have a go if you have never tried to make a pot before.  Learning a new skill is very good for the brain.

For further information, please call 01253 738554 or e-mail

Ansdell Library
59 Commonside

p.s. if you don't know what "fettling" is you'll just have to go and find out...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Review: Annie The Musical at Blackpool Grand Theatre

What better panacea for the ‘political turmoil’ we currently face with the Eurozone in meltdown and much of the world in revolt and, ironically, as quoted in the programme, similar to what was happening in 1930s America, than a musical show with the ‘feel-good factor’ and happy, positive songs?

“Annie”, originally written by Thomas Leihan, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, produced for this tour by Chris Moreno and starring Su Pollard and David McAlister, at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool until Saturday, 26th November 2011 is definitely that, with stunning performances from a superb cast.

Today’s performance to a packed house was a delight, proving the old show business adage about never performing with children and dogs as a young pupil from Blackpool’s Michael Hall Theatre School stole the show, along with Danny the dog who plays the part of Sandy the stray dog rescued by Annie.  Well done to all the other girls of the Orphanage who were also trained by the Michael Hall Theatre School and of course all credit to their teachers.

On the day the announcement that Su Pollard will join the line up for the Strictly come Dancing Christmas Special when the show ends its current run, Su gave a superb performance as Miss Hannigan who runs the orphanage, a role that she has made her own over the past decade or so of touring with the show. Dance Captain Caroline Andrew, who also plays several roles in the production, can be justifiably proud of the delightful dancing in this production. “Not bad for an old ‘un” says McAlister’s character Oliver Warbucks as he dances with Annie, neatly confirming a comment made in today’s “Daily Express” by Ann Widdicombe that ‘older people these days are not given the credit they deserve’.

Several other dancers in this production could be considered as possible contenders for Strictly (irony here because Arlene Phillips did the choreography for the film "Annie") – Ashley Knight, very light on his feet as Drake the Butler, Simone Craddock, as Grace Farrell - a very elegant PA to Mr Warbucks, and Kerry George in the role of Lilly St. Regis, to name but a few.

A live eight-piece band completed the cast and as always thanks should go not only to the young singers who share the title role but to everyone involved in the production - Producer, cast, musicans, sound engineers, lighting, costume designers (fantastic costumes), stage-set designers (brilliant - especially New York City scene and the snow falling during the Christmas Eve scene), back-room staff at the Grand Theatre, volunteers from Friends of the Grand and whoever produced the programme. Wonderful. A brilliant show - do go and see it!

Bookings: tel 01253 290190 or 

Remaining Tour Dates:
29 November - 3 December • Empire Theatre, Sunderland - Box Office: 0844 847 2499
5 - 10 December • Scunthorpe Bath Halls - Box Office: 01724 277733
17 - 31 December • The Corn Exchange, Cambridge - Box Office: 01223 357851

Monday, 21 November 2011

Anfibio Records "Beat The Crisis" Ska / Punk / Oi CD Sale

Italian Ska/Punk/Oi label Anfibio Records has a special sale on at present.  During the months of November and December, you can buy load fo CDs from their catalogue for just 1.50 Euro each, plus postage and packing - but you must order a minumum of 10 CDs.

For more information, email to:

The CDs included in the offer are:
A/V TRIBUTE TO COCK SPARRER:des-kontrol,tower blocks,blood 77,the forgotten..CD
RAZZAPPARTE-briganti (oi! Streetpunk italia) CD
ARGIES-click off (streetpunk argentina) CD
ENRAGED MINORITY-s/t (streetpunk/oi! Germany) CD
DONKEY WORK-kick up a recket! (oi! Germania) CD
SKARMENTO- s/t (streetpunk galizia/spagna ) CD
KOMINTERN 43-grupos de tormenta (streepunk/rock proletario bogotà/colombia)
A.S.C.O-por un infierno mas digno (streetpunk/oi! Tenerife/spagna) CD
BOOTSTROKE-football drinks e rock'n'roll (greek oi! titanic) CD
ASSERT-laser tattoo removal service ( punk/hardcore legend from uk) CD
CERVELLI STANKI-15 years....old tunes,new blood (italian streetpunk band) CD
ARGIES-quien despierta (combat rock/ska/streetpunk/ legend from argentina) CD
A.S.C.O-sequimur vexare (streetpunk/oi! legend Tenerife/spagna) CD
AGGRESSIVE COMBAT-survive (stretpunk/oi! euskadi) mini CD
GAVROCHE-ragazzo come noi (italian streetpunk/oi!(digipack) CD
VECCHIO SCARPONE-sangue sudore lacrime (italian streetpunk/oi! band) CD
AZIONE DIRETTA/FRANGIA VIOLENTA-(split cd-italian streetpunk/oi! Bands) CD
REAZIONE-the best of...-(oi! italian legend band 26 songs...) CD
BRIGADA OI!-NI UN PASO ATRAS...LA LUCHA CONTINUA! (oi! band from bogotà/colombia) CD
S-CONTRO-KINGS OF FOOLS- (italian oi!/hc band) (digipack) CD
MOB-SANTI SENZA DIO ( oi! hc!!! italy) CD
RAZZAPPARTE-IL DRAGO E IL LEONE (italian street'rock oi! legend band) CD
CERVELLI STANKI-STREET ROCK'N' ROLL (italian streetpunk/rock 'n'roll) (digipack) CD
A/V NO REPRESSION-BENEFIT COMPILATION 23 bands the oppressed,stage bottles,the prowlers,cervelli stanki,youngang,suspenders,freiboiter .... CD
TIRO NA TESTA-AGUèCATE EL PELICANO-(galizia streetpunk) (book+cd)
NATURAL BORN DRINKERS-SZ/8 (italian oi!core band) CD
ADUNATA/ANTIRUGGINE-DA COSTA A COSTA (split cd two italian oi! Bands) CD

For information about new releases, check out the website at:

Wigan Warrior Tomkins Selected By Barbarians RU Side

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes the selection of Sam Tomkins by the rugby union Barbarians testifies to Rugby League’s proud track record of developing skilful, world class athletes.

Tomkins, the Wigan Warriors and England full-back, will play for the Barbarians against the Wallabies at Twickenham next Saturday, just a week after representing England against Australia in the final of 2011 Gillette Four Nations.

His selection was agreed between the Barbarians and his Super League club Wigan, with whom he signed an extended five-year contract earlier this month.

“I’m sure Sam will be successful on Saturday when he plays his first match in an unfamiliar code because he’s a hugely talented Rugby League player, one of many our sport is producing,” said Wood.

“Rugby League has an outstanding track record in developing its own players and is continuing to show union the way ahead. Sam’s inclusion in a sport he knows little about is proof of that

“You only have to look at how often union has turned to Rugby League players and coaches over the last 15 years to see the calibre of talent we have in our midst.

“It’s obvious to even the most casual of observers why union continues to covet Rugby League players whose sheer athleticism and outstanding skills with ball in hand make them extremely attractive to the other code of rugby.

“Sam’s selection underlines that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. Both Sam and Rugby League should feel flattered.”

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Ice Hockey: Flyers Miss Out In Knife Edge Finish At Sheffield

English National League Division 2 North
 20th November 2011

Sheffield Senators 4 - Fylde Flyers 3
Period Scores: 1-3, 2-0, 1-0
Shots On Goal: 57 - 27
Flyers Scorers:  Veldze 2+0, Murphy 1+0, Caunce 0+2, Melbourne 0+1

Fylde Flyers ice hockey team failed to leapfrog their nearest rivals in English League Division 2 North on Sunday night as they finished on the wrong end of a hard fought seven goal thriller.

Team captain Wayne Whitby said: "We were short on players as only 12 were available for the game. We were ‎3-1 up and then Elvis (Veldze) and I got match penalties for fighting after someone took a pop at our goalie. We kept it to  3-3 then they got the winner minutes away from the end..."

Sheffield Senators are now 4 points head of 7th placed Flyers although the fledgling Fylde team have games in hand  over all the other teams in the division and will be able to start playing home games now that their Subzero rink in Cleveleys has been fitted with safety netting.


(stock photo - not from tonight's game)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

"George Harrison: Living in a Material World" - Review of Martin Scorsese's Documentary

I have always been a fan of The Beatles – Mum always said that Paul was her favourite.  I didn’t have favourite members of the Band – only favourite songs.
I seem to remember there was some sort of discussion as to who wrote the better lyrics – John or Paul – but I didn’t think it mattered too much.  After the Band split up and went their separate ways, I discovered Wings and loved them too.   John’s solo work was sometimes to my taste.

I liked the song “My Sweet Lord” without realizing who wrote it.  One day in the early 1990s I discovered an album called “Cloud Nine” by George Harrison and I was spellbound.  From the very first note to the last this album is truly amazing. And the line-up!   Guitars, keyboards: George Harrison; guitars, bass keyboards: Jeff Lynne;  guitar: Eric Clapton;  piano: Elton John; piano: Gary Wright;  drums: Ringo Starr;  drums: Jim Keltner; percussion and drums: Ray Cooper; baritone and tenor sax: Jim Horn; cello: Bobby Kok. I never get tired of listening to “Cloud Nine”.

Some weeks ago I read that Martin Scorsese had produced a documentary called “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”, presumably to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Harrison’s death.   I was pleased to discover that BBC Two was to screen the documentary over the weekend of 12th and 13th November 2011, so I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  A big thank you to everyone involved in the making of the documentary.

The only thing I don’t understand is why no mention appeared to be made of “Cloud Nine” or of the songs on that album at the end of the documentary.  To my mind it is little wonder the Beatles were such a success with the combined talent of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.  

If you listen to the lyrics and music on “Cloud Nine”, from the first note of "Cloud Nine" to the final strains of "Got my mind set on you" you surely cannot help but discover the genius of George Harrison.

 Lucy London, November 2011

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia At Blackpool Grand Theatre - 6th to 8th January 2012

Book now for the hotly anticipated annual new year visit of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia with full orchestra to Blackpool's Grand Theatre.

Friday 6th January 2012: La Fille Mal Gardée - 7.30pm
Frederick Ashton’s famous country comedy tells the tale of the love between Lise and Colas, and Lise’s efforts to thwart her overly possesive mother’s plan to marry her off to a rich, unattractive vineyard owner! Featuring comedy, drama and beautiful virtuoso dancing, these excerpts will give you a taste of the whole ballet, including the flute dance, Fanny Elsler pas de deux and the famous clog dance.

Saturday 7th January: The Nutcracker - 2.30pm and 7.30pm
In a magical production, this most famous of fantasy ballets begins as night falls on a traditional fireside scene on Christmas Eve. On the stroke of midnight we are transported to an enchanting world where nothing is as it seems, as toy dolls come to life and an army of soldiers does battle with a gang of mice and a Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.

Sunday 8th January: Swan Lake - 2.30pm and 7.30pm
The greatest romantic ballet of all! This is an immortal love story filled with magic, emotion and beauty. From the opulence and splendor of the magnificent court room to the exhilarating lake scenes where swans play in perfect formation, Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music creates a truly unforgettable experience.

Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

To read our review of The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia's production of a different ballet - Romeo And Juliet - last March in Blackpool, click here now:

and a review of Don Quixote from January 2011, click here:

Booking information:
Tickets £35.00 £30.00 £27.00 £20.00
Concessions £2.00 off all prices.
Special Family Package – Family of four £100.00 (Stalls & Dress Circle only)
Book for any 2 ballets in March at the same time for just £55.00 (Stalls and Dress Circle only)

Opening times
In Person Open from 10.00am daily. Times do vary on occasion.
Booking is also available at Blackpool’s Houndshill Shopping Centre Information Desk.

Call 01253 290190 or visit

The Ballet Company are touring the country from December 2011 to March 2012. For a full list of tour dates and venues, click here:

Grace O'Malley - New Live Dates

Grace O’Malley is making quite a name for herself as a tireless worker for Charity.

Now age 13years old and at School in Rawtenstall she started singing lessons at 6 years of age with singing teacher Chris Broughton singing on stage for the first time at 7. At 8 years of age she went to Chethams School of Music as a Manchester Cathedral chorister and left at 10 to join the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.

Her grandfather was a Royal Navy veteran of the Normandy landings and this led her to become involved with the Royal British Legion. She has sung for them on many occasions and has been awarded honorary membership for her fund-raising work. She has also raised thousands of pounds for other charities including NW Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Save the Children, The Japanese Tsunami Appeal and Pendleside Hospice.

This year Grace received a Highly Commended Young Citizen Award from the High Sheriff of Lancashire and 2BR's Local Hero Charity Worker of the Year Award.

Grace is very proud to be singing at the LANPAC Annual Dinner 2011 in front of the High Sheriff, The Chief Constable of Lancashire, former England Captain Jimmy Armfield and other dignitaries.

As usual she has an action packed programme leading up to and including Christmas beginning with a concert for HAPPA on Sunday 27th November at 2pm.

The candlelight Carol Service at Padiham Unitarian Church 18th December at 6pm

A big concert at Manchester Cathedral for NW Air Ambulance starring numerous celebrities on December 2nd at 7.30pm. to name but a handful.

Her latest CD available from Hospice shops “When you wish” is packed with a wide range of numbers to suite all tastes priced at £5 with ALL proceeds going to Pendleside Hospice.

NWCFL: AFC Blackpool 0 - Stone Dominos 1

Premier Division new boys AFC Blackpool's 5 game unbeaten run came to an end at home to bottom three club Stone Dominos after a surprise 1-0 defeat. Desp0iote the defeat, the "Mechanics" remain 7th in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division table as many other teams were in FA Vase action today.

Near neighbours Squires Gate overcame Winsford 3-1 after extra time in their FA Vase second round match, having been 1-1 after 90 mins.

Both teams are in league action on Tuesday evening, with AFC Blackpool at home to Ramsbottom - 7.45pm kick off, while Squires gate travel to St Helens Town.

More info:

Squires Gate v Winsford. 
Photo by Albert Cooper

Ice Hockey: Fylde Flyers Away To Sheffield Senators

Fylde Flyers ice hockey team will be hoping to gain ground in the English National League Division 2 North table this weekend  as they travel to Sheffield on Sunday to take on the team who are directly above them.

Sheffield Senators have two wins from their 8 games this season so far and are 2 points ahead of the Flyers who have one win from 6.

Fylde's early season progress  has been hampered so far as they have only been able to play away games as they wait for their home rink to be made ready to stage home matches. 

As things stand, they hope to make an exciting home debut next Saturday (26th November) when they are due to entertain bottom placed Lancashire Raptors at the Sub Zero rink in Cleveleys, who they beat 4-0 at Blackburn in their opening game of the season.

The season so far:
10th Sept: away at Lancashire Raptors - won 0-4
1st Oct: away at Solway Sharks - lost 16-0
8th Oct: away at Solway Sharks - lost 18-6   (Veldze 5, Hulme 1, Caunce 0+3)
16th Oct: away at Bradford Bulldogs - lost 9-2 (Veldze 2)
6th Nov: away at Flintshire Freeze - lost 6-3 (Caunce 2, Veldze 1)
13th Nov: away at Hull ENL Stingrays - lost 6-3 (Caunce 2, Clark 1)

More info:

Friday, 18 November 2011

Saskatchewan Rockers Support Troops CD

Canadian rock band Magic Trees - from Prince Albert in Saskatchewan - have been doing their bit to help bring some extra Christmas cheer to members of the armed forces who will be spending the festive period overseas as they have donated a song to a very special compilation CD.

"Hero 2011" has been produced by English good cases record label TTN Records and is aimed as a Christmas present to the troops and their families. The special limited edtion release is provided free of charge to Forces Support charities who then include them in Christmas parcels that are sent to Afghanistan and elsewhere and coipies are also provided to Forces broadcasting stations so that the songs can be enjoyed by all servicemen, support workers and their families.

Although it is not strictly a fund raising CD - Hero 2011 is NOT available for general sale - single copies are also provided to veterans asscociations and other good causes for them to auction off to raise funds at their own events.

Magic Trees spent the summer in Lytham St Annes in the north west of England working on their new album and met TTN Records' Paul & Lucy Breeze when they interviewed them for When the Trees offered to donate a track from their debut album "Everything Is A Song", Paul immediately plumped for "My Night Sky" as the starry night sky is very evocative image and is often used by people who are far away to help them think about their loved ones back at home.

You can find out more about the Magic Trees at

Thursday, 17 November 2011

See "Annie" at Blackpool Grand Theatre - 22nd to 26th November

Annie opens at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday 22nd November starring Su Pollard as Miss Hannigan.

The timeless tale of little orphan Annie is back at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday 22nd November to Saturday 26th November starring Su Pollard as Miss Hannigan accompanied by a West End company of 40!

The story of Annie, a gutsy 11 year old orphan with a heart of gold, has become a family favourite all over the world since opening in 1976. It’s back to give a whole new generation the chance to experience this enchanting musical about never giving up hope – which was an important message of November’s National Adoption Week.

Since launching in 1997, National Adoption Week has gone from strength to strength, reaching people all across the UK wanting to know if they can adopt.

National Adoption Week is hugely important in reminding people about the difference adoption can make to a child’s life. It is a chance to transform a child’s life for ever, just like Daddy Warbucks does in Annie. Information on fostering and adoption from Blackpool Council will be available from the Grand Theatre during the show week.

Set in New York City during the Depression Annie lives at the Municipal Home for Girls under the ‘care’ of the cruel and crooked Miss Hannigan. Determined to find her real parents she is taken in one Christmas by billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Adventure after fun-filled adventure follows as Annie foils the plans of Miss Hannigan and her dastardly brother Rooster, who are plotting to get their hands on Warbucks’ money.

Winner of no less than 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and boasting one of musical theatre’s most memorable scores including It’s A Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street and the much loved, Tomorrow, Annie is a classic tale of rags to riches filled with visually stunning choreography and a laugh out loud script.

Don’t miss this heart-warming story of one little girl’s journey to find her family.

Annie is at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th November starring Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi!)

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinées at 2.00pm.
Tickets from £12.50 with concessions available.
To book for any show you can call the Box Office on 01253 743339 or click on , or visit  the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre

See Megan Washington On The Cordless Show

The Cordless Show, a UK website dedicated exclusively to music artists, continues with the third series of the award winning Cordless Show, bringing public attention to a whole host of new and unsigned artists. Previous artists to feature on the Show include Katy B, Ed Sheeran, Bluey Robinson, Master Shortie & The Jessie Road Trip. No other online website has showcased more artists that go on to be signed to major record companies and have successful music careers.

In the latest episode, the Cordless Show is honoured to play host to Megan Washington, as she jetted in from Australia to perform two captivating tracks and talk to them about her musical journey. Megan who performs under the moniker of Washington is a platinum selling artist in her homeland Australia and is now signed to Mercury Records in the UK.

You can see Washington’s intimate performance of her award nominated song ‘How to Tame Lions’ with the Cordless Show at:
Washington’s debut single ‘Holy Moses’ and album ‘I Believe You Liar’ were released with Mercury Records on 7th November. They are now available to download from iTunes: 

Monday, 14 November 2011

Listen Again: Rebellion 2011 Festival - Louise Distras and Billy Liar

Here's an opportunity to listen again to our interviews with Louise Distras and Billy Liar that we recorded at the this year's Rebellion Festival in Blackpool.

More info here:

To hear the interviews, click on the relevant sound icon below  (this may take longer to load if you are using a Mac...):

Listen Again: Rebellion 2011 Festival Gary Packman on Mauri Clash City Rocker

Looking back to the Rebellion Punk Festival held in Blackpool in August, here's another chance to hear our great interview with Gary Packman who talks about the festival and why he particularly likes Mauri Clash City Rocker.

You can find out more about Mauri here:
and here:

For information abiout the 2012 festival look here:

To hear the interview, click on the sound icon below  (this may take longer if you are using a Mac...):

Free Meal in Trafalgar Square, London for 5,000 people on Friday, 18th November 2011

Feeding Five Thousand (Feeding5k) is the brainchild of author Tristram Stuart and they have decided to lead the way in showing us all how to eliminate food waste. They are organising a massive free, hot lunch in Trafalgar Square London on Friday, 18th November 2011 from 12noon till 2p.m.  They will be using exclusively food that is still good but officially past it's 'sell-by date'.  Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will be there so why not go along and see what it is all about.  This definitely sounds like an idea to copy all over the UK.   First come, first served.

It seems that in the mistaken belief that certain food items have gone bad, approximately £12 billion worth of food is thrown away every year in the UK.  What an awful thought.   In an effort to cut this waste, the 'best before' date ruling has been relaxed since 15th September and from now on only goods such as soft cheese, meat, fish, eggs and ready meals will carry a 'best before' date.  Other foods, such as tinned food, jams, pickles, snacks, etc. will be marked with a 'best before' date, after which they may not be at their best but will still be safe to eat.

Feeding5k is looking for volunteers to go and help prepare the food - so if you have some spare time why not volunteer.

For further information, please see

Ice Hockey: Hull ENL Stingrays 6 - Fylde Flyers 3

English National League Div 2 North - 13th November 2011

Hull Stingrays 6 - Fylde Flyers 3
Period Scores  4-1, 1-2, 1-0
Shots On Goal: Hull 41 Fylde 47
Flyers Scorers:  Bobby Caunce 2, Andy Clark 1

Fylde Flyers outshot their hosts 47  to 41 on Humberside last night but a disastrous 1st period during which they conceded 4 goals left them with too much to claw back in the latter stages.

A depleted Fylde side missing Latvian Under 21 international Elvis Veldze who had pulled out through illness just before the game, Mark Gillingham, Ric Hulme and Matt Gibson - both of whom picked up injuries at Flintshore last weekend, Flyers were lifted by 2 goals from Bobby Caunce  and a third from Andy Clark but resolute Hull defending kept them goal-less in the 3rd period.

Afterwards, team captain Wayne Whitby said: "It was a decent performance for most of the game. a few silly mistakes here and there cost us but its coming together I think. We outshot them tonight so that's a step in the right direction."

Fylde Flyers travel to face Sheffield Senators on Sunday 20th November before a highly anticpated debut at their home rink against Lancashire raptors on Saturday 26th November.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

"The Times" 30 Best Places for Tea missed out The Sands Venue on Tuesday afternoons!

Regardless of what "The Times" say, The Sands Venue on the Promenade in Blackpool is Best Kept Secret's No. 1 for Afternoon Tea.

For £9.99 per person this is what you get:

entrance to one of the UK's finest entertainment venues,

a sumptuous afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches, savoury scones, sultana scones with jam and cream and a choice of delectable cakes, plus a pot of tea or coffee AND

music from a fantastic live band called Frontline, comprising keyboard/piano player, trumpeter/singer, bass guitar and drums.  Most people who hear the band want to get up and dance and there is plenty of room to do that with three dance floors near the stage, so if you like dancing don't forget your dancing shoes.

But you don't have to dance you can just sit back and enjoy the decor and the music.

The Sands have also just announced for those of you who are on a diet you can just go and dance or simply listen to the music and soak up the atmosphere without having afternoon tea for £5.99 per person.

For further information, please call 01253 625262 or go on-line at

Review: Soul Night at the Sands Venue, Blackpool











NWCFL Premier Division: Squires Gate FC 2 - Alsager 0

Another Hero 2011 CD Presentation!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Swing Dance Night At Great Birchwood, Warton - 18th November

18 November · 19:00 - 23:30


RADIOLYMPIA presnts a 1930s / 1940s SWING DANCE with the sensational KATIE LANCASTER and your Swing Dance favouirites from Radiolympia Plus guest Miss Ivy Walters

Advance Tickets £4.00 / £5.00 on the door / 7pm till midnight.

Under 16yrs FREE / OAPs £2.00 On Door / Royal British Legion Members £2.00 On Door.

Large dance floor , Bar ,Restaurant , Large car park, Coaches welcome.

Caravans ,Motorhomes , Camping ,Motel Rooms Tel:-01772 633162 / 01772 631605

Hero 2011 CD Copies Donated To St Annes Royal British Legion

Lucy presenting copies of the Hero 2011 CD to Spencer Leader, Poppy Collction Organiser for the Royal British Legion in St Annes.

These CDs will be auctioned off at special events to help raise extra funds for the British Legion and continue supporting the important work that they do for ex-servicemen and their families.

Copies of the Hero 2011 CD are available free of charge to any military or ex servicemens charity or support organisation.  To apply for copies, send an email to:

To find out more about the Hero 2011 CD and the artists that have contributed tracks to it, click here:

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Diary Date: Vice Squad Special On 103.2 Preston FM - 25th November

To mark the release of the new Vice Squad album "Punk Rock Radio", our "Best Kept Secrets...In Conversation" show on Friday 25th November will be a 60 minute Vice Squad special.

We'll be featuring exclusive in depth interviews with Beki Bondage and Paul Rooney talking about how the band  came to get back together and how they've managed to stay together ever since...  Beki picks her favourite tracks from the band's album catalogue and Paul reveals what Beki is really like to work with!

So make it a date for an intimiate chat with Vioce Squad on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 25th November from 7pm.

You will also be able to listen live across the world via the internet on 

Friends of Blackpool's Grand Theatre - Christmas Fair and Theatre Open Day Sunday, 20th November 2011

A visit to the Friends of the Grand Christmas Fair and Theatre Open Day on Sunday 20th November 2011 at the Grand Theatre is a wonderful way to get in the mood for the festive season. And best of all it’s free!

Pop into to the Grand from 11am to 4pm and enjoy stalls of Christmas goodies, pick up perfect presents, have a sneaky peek inside Blackpool’s beautiful Victorian theatre and you might even meet Father Christmas! What’s more, Official Town Crier Barry McQueen will be on hand to open the event!

The unique atmosphere of the Grand Theatre’s magnificent auditorium will inspire your Christmas shopping and the varied stalls offer many unusual gift ideas such as photographic prints, jewellery, crafts and ceramics, toiletries and, of course, Christmas cards and decorations. Being hand-made they are just that bit more special than the stores can offer. You may like to browse through fascinating theatre memorabilia, purchase old show posters or try your luck on the Tombola.

There will also be theatre tours available throughout the day so you can explore the hidden corners of Blackpool’s most beautiful theatre – be sure to book as you arrive as they soon fill up. Home-made cakes and mince pies are available from the Friends of the Grand stall at the rear of the Dress Circle and tea and coffee on the walkway. If you fancy something stronger, a glass of Christmas cheer perhaps, Matcham’s Bar will be open throughout the day.
Money raised from subscriptions and charity events has helped fund the restoration of the interior, improved customer comfort and provided stage equipment.

The Friends of the Grand is an annual subscription: Friend £16, Senior Friend £8, Full Time Student Friend £8 and a Friend Plus Membership at £32 where a member can bring an accompanying guest to a show at a Friend of the Grand price. For more information on becoming a Friend call 01253 290190.

Friends of The Grand Christmas Fair and Theatre Open Day is at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool on Sunday 20th November from 11am to 4pm.

FREE ENTRY – A fun day out for all the family!

Call 01253 743339, book online at or visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

The Friends of the Grand is a 2,000+ strong group of people who support the beautiful Grand Theatre and its eclectic programme. Formed in 1973 to save the building from demolition, the first Friends were literally ‘hands-on’. They painted the dressing rooms, repaired holes to the ceiling and helped to get the theatre into shape! Early Friends included such names as Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Alistair Cooke, Ken Dodd, Leslie Crowther, Tim West and Prunella Scales, Billy Pearce and Johnnie Casson.

Miss Fylde Coast, Miss Junior & Mr Fylde Coast - Enter Now For 2012 !

Entries are now being acceptedfor the 2012 Miss Fylde Coast competition, which is an entry route to the Miss England competition and ultimately Miss World!

In order to be eligible you have to be aged 17 to 24, unmarried and live in the Fylde Coast area. 

There is also a Miss JUNIOR competition for girls aged 13 to 16 and for the first time, a MR FYLDE COAST for men aged 17 to 27.

To find out more, visit the official website here:

There are other regional heats for all areas so, to find your own local heat, check out the main Miss England website here:

To hear our exclusive interview with the 2011 Miss Fylde Coast winner, Sophie Leigh Anderson, click here now:

Snooker Shoot Out 2012 at Blackpool Tower Circus - 27th to 29th January

Snooker Shoot Out returns to the The Blackpool Tower Circus January 27-29.

Tickets are on sale now.

Click here to book online:

Or call 0871 620 7052 (calls cost 10p per minutes plus network extras)

Special Group Tickets: Bring your friends along and have a great day out. World Snooker are offering a 10% discount on groups of 6 or more.

VIP Tickets:  The Silver VIP package includes all day access to the event, one free drink, backstage pass to Tower Lounge balcony and player appearances.Benefit from your own bar area to avoid queues.

Gold Package: Get up close to the players with this exclusive VIP Ticket. The VIP package includes all day access to the event, one free drink, full access backstage pass into players lounge live TV area. Mingle with the players and photo opportunities.

For more information, go to:,,13165~2466946,00.html

You can see our great interview with snooker legend Steve Davis at last years tournament here now:

Hero 2011 Showcase Show On Preston FM - 11th November @ 7pm

In view of the fact that our regular Showcase show falls on the 11th day of the 11th month of, in fact, the 11th year in this particular year, we have decided to take the opportunity to feature tracks from our Hero 2011 CD that has been produced as a Christmas present for the troops.

This CD is not for general sale so this is a rare chance for people to be able to hear all the artists who have been kind enough to contribute songs to the album in one go

How do we plan to fit 80 minutes of music in to a 60 minute show?  Well, we have decided to give prominence to artists who we have not featured in previous radio shows.

For example, we will be playing the full 5 minutes of  Bernulf's "Wreck Of The Rohilla", all of Grace O'Malley's "Bring Him Home" and the full length versions of great covers by Jim Marshall and Siobhan Palmer, while still playing edited clips from such artists as the Magic Trees, Outl4w, Bright Shapes and Ashley Benjamin - all of whom we already feature quite often.

So join us for a marathon journey of 22 songs in 60 minutes in our special "Showcase on Hero 2011" show on 103.2 Preston FM on Friday 11th November from 7pm.

You can tune in to Preston FM on 103.2FM in the local broadcast area or listen live via the internet at

For more information about the Hero 2011 CD, click here:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

TTN Records "Hero 2011" CD To Support Troops In Afghanistan At Christmas!

Copies of TTN Records Christmas CD for the troops "Hero 2011" have been handed over to Blackpool based UK Forces Support organisation for inclusion in their annual parcels, which will be sent to help give a little Christmas cheer to the British armed forces who will spending the festive period in Afghanistan.

The "HERO 2011" CD is a limited edition release which is not available for general sale and features contributions from artists and groups from across the North West and beyond

UK Forces Support founder Mel Mullen (pictured) said: "The CDs that were sent out last year were very well received and these will be just as popular.  They put them in the recreational areas and the media libriaries at Camp Bastion so that everybody can listen to them.  It serves as a nice reminder that people at home are fully supporting them." 

To find out more about UK Forces Support, visit their website at:

For more details about the HERO 2011 cd and the artists who have contributed, look here:

If any other armed forces support group or charity would like some free copies of the "Hero 2011" to put to good use, send an email to