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Gary Barlow Brings 2018 UK Tour To Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Gary Barlow is bringing his solo UK tour to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday June 22nd 2018.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday November 24th via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The tour – which kicks off in Edinburgh in April – will see Gary play venues across the UK and Ireland including some never visited before.

This will be Gary’s first visit to Scarborough OAT – Europe’s largest open-air theatre – but the Yorkshire coast resort already holds a special place in the multi-award-winning star’s heart.

He played Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre with Take That as part of the legendary Take That And Party Tour in 1992 – which catapulted the band to superstar status – and he returned to the same venue as a solo artist in 2013.

Most recently Gary, with friend Tim Firth, penned the song Scarborough for their West End musical comedy The Girls which is based on the famous story of Yorkshire’s WI ‘Calendar Girls’.

Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to great acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena.

His show at Scarborough OAT in 2018 is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “This is going to be a great night at this wonderful venue and will undoubtedly one of the highlights of the summer.

 “Gary’s shows are always incredible events. His solo tours sell out very quickly so we expect demand for tickets to be massive and we would advise fans to get in early!”

Gary Barlow is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets.

Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.  Aside from his achievements with Take That, he has also co-written and produced music for other renowned artists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams.

Gary’s last solo record ‘Since I Saw You Last’ sold more than 600,000 copies and was the ninth biggest selling album that year.  In more recent years, Gary has also turned his attention to the world of theatre, composing the score for the hugely successful production ‘Finding Neverland’, working alongside screenwriter Tim Firth to write the music and lyrics for musical ’The Girls’ and also working alongside his Take That band mates to produce ‘The Band’ a record breaking musical featuring the music of Take That.

Tickets for Gary Barlow’s show at Scarborough OAT go on sale at 9am Friday November 24th. They are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

ALFIE BOE ANNOUNCES FLEETWOOD HOMECOMING CONCERT

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International singing star Alfie Boe is to return to his hometown for a special one-off concert.

Homecoming will be the biggest concert Fleetwood has ever hosted and will take place at Fleetwood Town FC’s Highbury Stadium on Saturday June 2.

And in a nod to Alfie’s roots, £2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Fylde Coast’s Trinity Hospice, where Alfie is a patron.

Tickets to Homecoming go on sale at 9am Friday November 24 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Residents of Fleetwood and wider Wyre will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday November 22 by registering at cuffeandtaylor.com/events/alfieboe

Speaking about the concert Alfie said: “Being Fleetwood born and bred and a fully-fledged member of the Cod Army it’s an honour and a privilege to be performing back in my home town and at my team’s home ground.

“I hold Fleetwood close to my heart and I’m so happy to be coming back to entertain family and friends.”

The UK’s most beloved tenor was celebrated in his hometown earlier this year as part of BBC Music Day when a plaque was unveiled at Marine Hall – the theatre where he made his stage debut at the age of 14 in 1987. Alfie joined the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and George Michael to be honoured in this way recognising pioneering musicians around the UK.

Since that first appearance in Fleetwood 30 years ago, Alfie’s unmistakable voice has cemented him as Britain’s biggest selling and best loved vocalist of his generation.

A hugely successful recording artist, he has conquered the world’s greatest stages and arenas. As accomplished in leading the cast of Les Misérables as Valjean in both the West End and Broadway, to stealing the show at this year’s BBC 100th Anniversary special to mark the Battle of Passchendaele, or taking the lead role of Jimmy, alongside Pete Townsend and Billy Idol, in The Who’s ‘Classic Quadrophenia”.

Homecoming is presented by North West live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor who have taken the decision to donate money from every ticket sold to the Fylde Coast’s Trinity Hospice.

Head of Fundraising Linzi Young said: “This is quite incredible news for the Hospice. Our friends at Cuffe and Taylor are long standing supporters through their local events and the annual Lytham Festival. Their generosity in allowing us to benefit from this very special concert means so much to us and the money raised will help pay for patient care, not just in the hospice but across the entire Fylde Coast community.

“And what can we say about Alfie Boe? He has been our Patron for five years and has helped us launch various fundraising campaigns, has sent videos of support for events such as our annual Ball, and has also sent private messages to some of our patients and their families facing very difficult circumstances. He is a man with a big heart, as well as a big voice. His global fan base is a window on the world for us; fans from across all continents get involved and send donations to Trinity in his name. We feel very privileged indeed to have the support of Alfie and his team.”

Tickets to Alfie Boe Homecoming are available from £30 and go on sale at 9am Friday November 24 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Residents of Fleetwood and wider Wyre will be able to access an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday November 22 by registering at cuffeandtaylor.com/events/alfieboe

Children’s Hospice To Receive Boost From Lancashire CC Skipper’s Testimonial

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Fylde coast children’s hospice Brian House and the Professional Cricketers Association’s Benevolent Fund were today named as Lancashire Cricket Club captain Steven Croft’s charity partners for his forthcoming Testimonial Year.

Steven – who in 2011 went down in Red Rose cricket folklore when he hit the winning runs to seal Lancashire’s first County Championship title in 77 years – has played more than 450 times for his county since making his debut in 2005.

Old Trafford announced last month their captain would receive a Testimonial Year in 2018 in recognition of his services to Lancashire. Steven, 33, said he was “humbled” by the honour.

The Blackpool-born all-rounder will be holding a series of events throughout next year with both charities benefitting from funds raised.

To unveil his charity partners, Steven and his family joined members of his Testimonial Year Committee and guests at Blackpool-based Brian House Children’s Hospice where they met staff and some of the seriously ill children who receive vital care there.

Steven, who is now a patron of Brian House, said: “I’m a proud Blackpool lad, it’s where my cricket career began, and so it was really important for me to choose a charity which means so much to my hometown.

“As I live locally I was aware of the fantastic work Brian House does for seriously ill children, many with life limiting conditions, as well as the essential respite care they offer families.

“But it was not until I visited the hospice that I fully understood the vital role it plays for so many people. I was really moved by the wonderful nursing staff and volunteers, and by the work they do, and so it was an easy decision for me to support this fantastic organisation in any way I can throughout my testimonial year and beyond as a proud patron.”

Brian House, which is in Bispham, was opened 21 years ago by Trinity Hospice. It costs more than £1.2m a year to run, which means the hospice must rely on fund-raising and public donations.

Steven added: “I’m a parent myself, with a young daughter, and it’s heartening to know facilities like Brian House are here to help those children and families who are living with some devastating medical conditions.

“But it is only made possible through donations from the public so hopefully, throughout my testimonial year, we will not only help raise awareness of the charity but some much-needed funding for them.”

David Houston, chief executive of Trinity Hospice and Brian House said: “We are delighted Steven has become a patron of Brian House. He is such a lovely guy and we are very excited he has decided to make Brian House one of his charity partners for his testimonial year.

“We only survive through the support we get from the public and kind-hearted organisations, so having Steven on board is fantastic. It was great to meet him and his wonderful family and we look forward to working together throughout 2018 and beyond.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Benevolent Fund helps former and current players and their families in times of hardship and gives assistance to help readjust to the world outside of the game.

Steven explained: “The Benevolent Fund is vital. Cricket, like all sports, is an unpredicatble career which could end at any moment. I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed a career into my 30s. Others are not so lucky.

“The fund really helps players, who can be forced to give up the game through injury and illness, as well as their families. Re-adjusting to life outside the game is so tough for so many players and, given the fantastic support the charity and the PCA offers so many people, it was a no brainer for me to suppport them.”

Ian Thomas, Director of Development at Welfare at the PCA, said “It is always appreciated when a player supports the PCA Benevolent Fund as one of their adopted charities for a Testimonial Year.  The charity is there to support players and family members of current and former professional cricketers by providing specialist advice, care or assistance.

“We are extremely grateful to Steven. He has been a great servant to the professional game and we wish every success for the year ahead, on and off the field.”

Further details of Steven’s Testimonial Year events will be announced shortly.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Testimonial Year, or have any enquiries, you can contact the organisers via StevenCroftTestimonial2018@gmail.com

Leading Trainers Have Northern Lights Finals Day In Their Sights

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Leading trainers have targeted some of their top prospects for a trip to Carlisle and a crack at the £125,000 finals day of a new race series.

Qualifying races for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Northern Lights Series end this coming Wednesday (November 22) – but plenty of fancied runners have already bagged their place for finals day on Sunday December 3.

Micky Hammond, Lucinda Russell, Iain Jardine, Donald McCain, Tim Easterby and James Moffatt all have horses qualified.

Each final at Carlisle carries prize money of £25,000 and is the culmination of many months of qualifying series held exclusively at northern racecourses.

And with qualifiers still to go at Wetherby and Hexham there’s still time for late contenders to book their place at what is sure to be a showpiece event in Cumbria.

Grand National-winning trainer Lucinda Russell currently has seven horses qualified for finals day at Carlisle. Asked about the Northern Lights Series, Russell said: “We always had our eye on it and I think it’s fantastic for the mid-range horses. I think what’s great with the Northern Lights is it gives those horses a chance.

“It’s very good for the horses that are improving, moving up the ratings.”

Russell’s six-year-old middle-distance qualifier, Forest Des Aigles, has been targeted at finals day with the full support of his owner.

The trainer added: “He’s owned by Ray Anderson Green and Ray is a huge supporter of these kind of initiatives. He asked us to aim the horse at the race, so it’s been a good plan.

“We’ve chosen the actual races and I think he’s only raced in qualifiers. He won at Hexham early last month when we had him aimed for the November Ayr qualifier but he came to hand so quickly that we ran him earlier.”

Forest des Aigles, was ridden to the winning post at Hexham by Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox. And he reckons the second season chaser is one to watch in the middle-distance final.

Fox said: “He’s a horse to look for now and in the future, he’s progressing. He handles well, jumps well and is straight forward with a nice attitude.”

Another from the Russell yard likely to be in the running at Carlisle is Alizee de Janeiro, a recent third over two miles at Kelso.

Fox added: “For Carlisle, you want a horse that’s tough. There’s always going to be some cut in the ground and it’s the stiffest of finishes with that three-and-a-half-miles and a long uphill finish.

“It’s a nice track at the same time. The fences at Carlisle are very nice, they ride very well. You can get into a really good rhythm of jumping with the fences there.”

Cartmel-based trainer James Moffatt also agreed the series is a shot in the arm for northern racing.

He said: “It’s a good idea for the second or third tier rated horses, it gives them their ‘Cheltenham’ as it were. Good prize money always brings owners to the table, so I think it’s a great initiative.

“When you have that kind of prize money up for horses you are encouraged to have a go.

“I think it’s a great initiative and we need more things like this in the north of England.

“I have a horse called Lough Kent that’s done quite well in the spring and he qualified at Cartmel in May. He’s had a break and I think he’s going to come back and have another go. He has won on soft ground. It’s certainly a very realistic option for him.”

The five categories are 3m handicap chase, 2½m handicap chase, 2m handicap hurdle, 3m handicap hurdle and 2½m mares handicap hurdle.

The series is not confined exclusively to northern-trained horses, but to qualify horses are required to have started in at least two series qualifiers and been placed in the first eight at least once.

Geraldine McKay, General Manager at Carlisle Racecourse, agreed the series was a good boost for northern racing.

She said: “It’s a great initiative and we are delighted to be hosting the series finals day on December 3. We pride ourselves on providing quality opportunities for all types of horse. We provide a challenging course which is why so many of leading trainers and owners bring their horses here.

“Over the last few years we have seen the likes of Seeyouatmidnight, Pineau de Re and Many Clouds race here and we are proud to have been part of their development.”

Tickets for the Northern Lights Series Final on Sunday December 3rd – which will include plenty of fun activities alongside the track for all the family – are £14 in advance (£17 on the day). It is free admission for all-under-18s when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Gates open at 10.20am. First race is 12.20pm. Last Race is 3.30pm.

Champion Jockey Leads The Field In Star-Studded Cumberland Chase

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Champion Jockey Richard Johnson will go head-to-head with one of the main challengers to his crown in what promises to be a sizzling November 5th meeting at Carlisle.

Johnson – champion in 2015 and 2016 – has ridden 88 winners this year and will be looking to add to that tally with four runners at Carlisle’s annual Cumberland Chase meeting on Sunday.

They include Chef D’Oeuvre in the historic Cumberland Handicap Chase which also features Sam Twiston-Davies on board Templecross. Twiston-Davies is third in the Stobart Jump Jockeys Championship with 64 winners to his name in 2017.

The 15-strong field for the £25,000 Cumberland Chase sees entries from a host of top trainers including David Pipe, Oliver Sherwood, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Michael Scudamore, Jonjo O’Neill, Venetia Williams and Sandy Thomson.

Sherwood is no stranger to Carlisle as he trained the great Many Clouds – winner of both the 2014 Colin Parker and the Grand National in 2015.

Blameitalonmyroots is Sherwood’s entry in the Cumberland Chase. The seven-year-old, who has four wins from 14 outings, was an impressive winner at Kempton Park in February.

Fellow Grand National winner Lucinda Russell has three entries on Sunday’s card – Sammy B, who enjoyed a three-race winning streak earlier this year with successes at Musselburgh, Kelso and Haydock, together with Celtic Flames and Sky Kahn. All three will be ridden by National winning jockey Derek Fox.

The headline race of the day – the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase – will again be hotly contested with owners and trainers using it as a real test for their Class One horses ahead of the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival.

Malcolm Jefferson’s Waiting Patiently will be going for glory in the race after winning his last three races over fences. The six-year-old has not finished outside the top two in all six of his races to date.

He will be up against French six-year-old made Belami Des Pictons, who made it five wins from his last six starts when cantering home by 33 lengths at Leicester in February, and Nicky Richards-trained Baywing whose last victory came at Wetherby in February when he romped home by an impressive 25 lengths.

This Sunday should be a red-hot November 5th meeting in more ways than one with a cracking day of National Hunt action on the track and plenty of Guy Fawkes-related family fun held alongside it.

Attractions include pony rides, pyro arts and crafts, a series of ‘Mad Science’ shows and a post-racing bonfire. And the great news is children get in ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “The Colin Parker is our Blue Ribband jumps event and we are delighted to see another cracking list of entries this year.

“The race certainly does breed the stars of the future with many of the horses who have triumphed in the Colin Parker going on to great success at Aintree and Cheltenham.

“The meeting always draws racing fans from around the country and we expect another great day of top quality jumps racing.

“And alongside the track we have a host Guy Fawkes-themed fun for all the family as well as a post-race bonfire. What makes days like this so wonderful is, as with all our race meetings, under-18s get in absolutely free.

“We can’t wait for another fantastic day of racing and fun for racegoers young and old.”

Adult tickets for The Guy Fawkes Family Race Day – Sunday November 5th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). All under 18s get in free when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 10.55am. First race is 12:55pm. Last race is 4.10pm.

 

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT LEGENDS TO UNITE FOR CHARITY CONCERTS

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Two shows announced in aid of Alder Hey Hospital featuring BGT icons, including Susan Boyle, Tokio Myers, Collabro, Attraction and Paul Potts

Legends of Britain’s Got Talent are coming together for two exclusive live charity performances, in aid of the world-renowned Alder Hey hospital.

Liverpool’s famous Empire Theatre will be the venue for the two BGT The Big Celebration shows on February 11th 2018, to mark the return to dance of MerseyGirls performer Julia Carlile. The shows will be hosted by musician and TV personality, Myleene Klass.  All proceeds will go towards the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

MerseyGirls were finalists on Britain’s Got Talent 2017 after which Julia successfully underwent life-changing spinal surgery following her appearances on the hit ITV show.

To celebrate 15-year-old Julia’s return to dancing, MerseyGirls will perform at the two shows alongside BGT winners including 2017 victor Tokio Myers, musical theatre group Collabro, who triumphed in 2014; dog trick act Ashleigh and Sully, magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones (2016); Attraction (2013) and Paul Potts (2007).

They will be joined by BGT icon Susan Boyle, who became a global phenomenon when she appeared on the programme in 2009. To date, Susan has record sales of more than 23 million worldwide.

Other BGT stars featuring include comedian Daliso Chaponda, dance troupe Boogie Storm, magician Jamie Raven, singers Lucy Kay, Sarah Ikumu and Richard and Adam and martial artist Jesse-Jane McParland.

Julia said: “I benefitted so much from Simon’s kindness this year and now I want to do the same for Alder Hey Hospital, who have treated me for scoliosis since I was young. They have stood by me and now I want to do what I can for them.

“I am so pleased and grateful that so many legends of BGT have agreed to help.”

Clare White, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, added: “We are really excited to see Julia perform with MerseyGirls at such a special event for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

“Julia is an inspiration to all of us and we can’t wait to see her on stage. Thank you to all the acts and everyone buying tickets for the show in support of Alder Hey.”

Tickets to Britain’s Got Talent The Big Celebration are priced from £21 and are available from Liverpool Empire Theatre Box Office from 9am Thursday October 26th and www.ticketmaster.co.uk from 9am Friday October 27th.

KIM WILDE – HERE COME THE ALIENS TOUR – SPRING 2018

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Pop icon Kim Wilde is heading out on a brand new 19-date UK tour in spring 2018.

The multi-award-winning artist – who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide – is currently completing work on her 14th studio album Here Come The Aliens.

And today, Kim is delighted to announce she will take to the road across England, Scotland and Wales in March and April with her HERE COME THE ALIENS TOUR 2018 – her first full UK tour since 1982.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday October 27th from www.ticketmaster.com

Kim said: “I’m really excited to be announcing a new tour. I don’t think I’ve toured the UK for over 30 years so I can’t wait to play this brand new show with my fantastic band.

“We are going to be playing my biggest hits and some fabulous tracks from the new album which is coming out next spring. We can’t wait.”

Kim has recorded her new album at London’s legendary RAK studios – the very same studios where she began her career back in 1981 and recorded such seminal hits as Kids In America, Chequered Love and Cambodia.

The Here Come The Aliens Tour is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “Kim Wilde is one of the most successful female pop stars the UK has ever produced. She has sold more than 30 million records and has been a trail-blazer for many of the British female artists who followed her success.

“Kim has played to sell-out crowds across Europe and the world and we expect this tour to be massively popular with her army of fans across the UK and beyond. It is going to be something really special.”

THE TOUR DATES IN FULL ARE:

MARCH 2018
30TH FRI           IPSWICH                      REGENT THEATRE
31ST SAT           SOUTHEND                  CLIFFS PAVILION

APRIL 2018
2ND MON         GLASGOW                    OLD FRUIT MARKET
4TH WED          BATH                             THE FORUM
5TH THU           TORQUAY                    PRINCESS THEATRE
6TH FRI             YEOVIL                         WESTLANDS
7th SAT             BOURNEMOUTH        THE PAVILION THEATRE
11TH WED        WREXHAM                   WILLIAM ASTON HALL
12TH THU         PRESTON                      THE GUILDHALL
13TH FRI           SHEFFIELD                  PLUG
15TH SUN         YORK                              BARBICAN
16TH MON       GATESHEAD                 THE SAGE
19TH THU         HALIFAX                       THE VICTORIA THEATRE
20TH FRI           BUXTON                       OPERA HOUSE
21ST SAT           BIRMINGHAM             TOWN HALL
22ND SUN         SALISBURY                  CITY HALL
24TH TUE          HASTINGS                    THE WHITE ROCK THEATRE
26TH THU         LONDON                       KOKO
30TH MON       SALFORD                       THE LOWRY

POP SUPERSTARS STEPS TO PLAY GREENWICH MUSIC TIME 2018

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Pop superstars Steps are the first headline act to be announced for Greenwich Music Time 2018.

The Brit Award winning band will bring their sensational live show to London’s six-day riverside music festival at the historic Old Royal Naval College on Thursday July 5th.

Tickets for the show go on general sale at 9am on Friday October 27th and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Steps – Lee, Claire, Lisa, Faye and ‘H’ – are well and truly back after returning this year with their stunning new album Tears On The Dancefloor and a string of sold out arena shows.

Greenwich Music Time Director Peter Taylor said: “2017 has been a sensational year for Steps and we are delighted to be bringing them to Greenwich Music Time in 2018.

“Their new material is brilliant – fresh but true to their feelgood pop roots. It stands so well alongside their best-loved songs which made them not only one of the biggest chart bands but a record-breaking live act.

“The speed Steps sold out so many dates on their arena tour shows this is going to be a hugely popular night at Greenwich and one we can’t wait for.”

In a hit-packed career, Steps have scored 14 top 5 singles, sold more than 20 million records and reached Number One with three albums and three singles.

And their dancefloor-filling, feelgood brand of pop – which gave us such monster hits as 5, 6, 7, 8, One For Sorrow, Stomp and Tragedy – is proving just as popular today as it’s ever been.

After announcing their return earlier this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the band released Tears On The Dancefloor – their first full album of original material since 2000.

Featuring such bombastic tracks as Scared of the Dark, Neon Blue, Dancing With A Broken Heart – together with the wondrous Story of a Heart written by Abba legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus – the album reached Number Two in the UK Charts and has been a hit with fans new and old.

Tickets for the band’s forthcoming ‘Party On The Dancefloor Tour’ sold out in a flash  with more arena dates added to meet the phenomenal demand.

It was clear proof that after 20 years Steps – who in 2001 set the then record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley Arena and have played to millions of fans over the years – remain a must-see live act.

Tickets for Steps at Greenwich Music Time go on sale at 9am Friday October 27th and  are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk

Unsung Heroes Of Racing Celebrated As Red Rum Day Returns

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Carlisle’s second annual Red Rum Day will celebrate the legendary feats of the world’s best loved steeplechaser – and support racing’s many unsung heroes.

Red Rum famously prepared for each of his three Grand National wins in the 1970s by first winning Carlisle’s Windermere Handicap Chase.

The landmark three-mile chase, held on Carlisle’s first jumps meeting of the season, was resurrected last year to mark 40 years since Rummy’s last winner in Cumbria in 1976.

And the Windermere Handicap Chase returns this year on Thursday October 19th with Carlisle Racecourse today launching a search for a race sponsor. All proceeds will go to Racing Welfare, the registered charity which supports British horseracing’s workforce.

The sponsorship is open to individuals or companies who will have the race named after them and every penny raised will go to help racing’s dedicated stable and support staff.

To submit a bid to sponsor the Windermere Handicap Chase please email Geraldine.McKay@thejockeyclub.co.uk or call the racecourse on 01228 554700. Bids must be submitted by 5pm Thursday October 12th

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “We are very proud of our connection to Red Rum and last year’s Red Rum Day was such a huge success we wanted to make it an annual event.

“This year we wanted to create something more than a tribute to the world’s most famous steeplechaser – we wanted to celebrate and support the many unsung heroes in our sport.

“Racing Welfare offers crucial guidance and practical help to the many hundreds of stable and support staff whose dedication is vital, for not only the success but also the well-being of our wonderful sport.

“Racing in this country would simply not happen without these fantastic people, many of who live away from home throughout their careers and give so much to the sport.

“Red Rum was a true star of racing who made headlines the world over. We think it is a fitting tribute that his name and fame should live on and help support the behind the scenes staff who help create such legends.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Carlisle have chosen to support Racing Welfare through this exciting sponsorship opportunity by celebrating the legendary steeplechaser Red Rum.

“We greatly appreciate Carlisle’s support in recognising all the dedicated staff working behind the scenes of British horseracing.”

Red Rum prepared for each of his National wins (1973, 1974 and 1977) by riding a winner at Carlisle’s first autumn meeting. A win in Cumbria – in 1972, 1973 and 1976 – was certainly a good omen as when Rummy failed to triumph over the jumps at Carlisle in the autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

Last year’s Windermere Handicap Chase was won by Carrigdhoun. The dashing grey is trained by Carlisle-based Maurice Barnes who himself rode Rubstic to victory in the 1979 Grand National.

As well as the stars on the track this year, it is the racegoers who make Red Rum Day so special.

And this year Carlisle Racecourse is offering 25% off the normal price of admission to all racegoers who get in the spirit and “Wear Red For Rummy”, be that a red frock, scarf, tie or hat!

Tickets for Red Rum Day at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 19th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). Gates open at 12.10pm. First race is 2.10pm. Last race is 5.25pm.

To submit a bid to sponsor the Windermere Handicap Chase please email Geraldine.McKay@thejockeyclub.co.uk or call the racecourse on 01228 554700. Bids must be submitted by 5pm Thursday October 12th.

COLLABRO RELEASE FIRST EVER SINGLE ‘LIGHTHOUSE’ IN AID OF SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND

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The world’s most successful musical theatre group Collabro are to give all proceeds from the release of their first ever single ‘Lighthouse’ to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund in wake of Hurricane Irma.

Collabro singer Michael Auger was caught at the centre of the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, where winds of up to 185mph tore through the Caribbean and Florida – leaving dozens dead, thousands homeless and entire communities shattered.

After witnessing the terrible destruction first hand as Irma hit the Caribbean island of Saint Martin where Michael was on holiday, he has joined bandmates Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan and Thomas Redgrave in pledging to raise money for Save The Children’s Emergency Fund which helps bring aid to children affected by war and disasters around the world.

Lighthouse – which was co-written by the band and Ben Adams of A1 – is a beautifully poignant message of being a shining beacon of hope and help.

It is available to digitally download on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd with 100% of all money raised from the release going to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund which mobilises emergency teams in times of crisis, allowing them to assess situations and get life-saving food, shelter and medicines straight to where they are most urgently needed.

Michael, who is now back in the UK, said: “The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Irma is truly heart-breaking for the people of the Caribbean and Florida.

“I know I was very lucky to escape unharmed but there are many thousands of people who have lost everything and will feel the effects of this disaster for years to come.”

Jamie, Matt and Thomas added: “After what Michael went through, and the terrible pictures we’ve all seen on TV of the devastation wrought by Irma, we wanted to do something to help those affected by natural disasters like this, around the world. We have decided to release Lighthouse as our first ever single and give all proceeds to Save The Children.

“The message of the song, being a beacon of hope wherever you are, we felt was very fitting as natural disasters like this affect people both directly and indirectly. Save The Children does amazing work around the world and are a beacon of hope for young people and families caught up in war and natural disasters.

“We hope loads of people download the track. Every penny raised will go to Save The Children and help those so badly affected by natural disasters like Hurricane Irma and its devastating aftermath.”

Save The Children’s Executive Director of Fundraising, Claire Rowney, said: “There are always a multitude of risks to children during emergencies such as Irma—including the chance of separation from parents and the psychological impacts of natural disaster.

“That’s why we are so grateful to Collabro and their fans as they will be raising vital money for emergencies around the world. Every download of ‘Lighthouse’ means that we can continue to mobilise teams and reach the most vulnerable families at times of crisis.”

Collabro first rose to prominence in 2014 when they won Britain’s Got Talent. Since then they have released a Number 1 debut album “Stars”, followed by “Act Two” which peaked at Number 2 in the charts in 2015 and their third Top 10 studio album “Home”.

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