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NINA NESBITT JOINS JAMES ARTHUR AT SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE

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Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt will join James Arthur for his headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The man behind such worldwide hits as ‘Impossible’ and ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ is bringing his stunning live show to Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Thursday July 26.

Tickets are available from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Nina, who enjoyed a whirlwind success with her 2014 album ‘Peroxide’, will open the show for James on what will be a not-to-be-missed gig.

Still only 23-years-old, Nina’s follow-up tracks ‘The Best You Had’, and ‘The Moments I’m Missing’ demonstrate a huge leap forward from her Top 15 debut album.

Nina’s pop and R&B-tinged sounds, blended with her own confessional songwriting, have been embraced by fans around the world including Hollywood royalty in the shape of Chloë Grace Moretz and Taylor Swift, who included ‘The Best You Had’ on her ‘favourite tracks’ Spotify and Apple playlists.

Under a new deal with Cooking Vinyl, these two tracks alone count for more than 25 million of her 85 million streams to date.

James Arthur is riding high following the huge success of his 2016 album ‘Back From The Edge’ which catapulted him back to the top of the charts and led to a string of sold-out live shows.

It is just five years since the Middlesbrough-born singer/songwriter became an overnight star when he won ITV’s X Factor. His debut single ‘Impossible’ became a worldwide hit – selling more than three million copies and hitting No.1 in 50 countries.

He was nominated for a Brit Award and his self-titled debut album, featuring the single ‘You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You’ and collaborations with Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, was certified Gold in the UK and sold 400,000 copies worldwide.

And last year James – who picked up two more Brit Award nominations in 2017 – capped his triumphant comeback by embarking on his first ever UK arena tour.

Tickets for all shows at Scarborough OAT are available from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s Box Office (01723 818111) via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Tom Jones says ‘get ready for the expected and the unexpected this summer’

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We caught up with Tom Jones ahead of his Summer House Sounds tour to talk about playing some of the UK’s most magnificent stately homes and historic locations this July.

You can see Tom at the following venues:

Euston Hall, Suffolk – Friday July 6

Englefield Estate, Berkshire – Sunday July 8

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire – Thursday July 12

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland – Friday July 13

Stansted Park, Hampshire – Wednesday July 18

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire – Sunday July 22

 

We caught up with Tom to chat about his work……


What can fans expect from your summer shows?

Fans will experience both the ‘expected’ and the unexpected!  This is what gives a show excitement and energy, and the audience will feel it — they won’t know exactly why they are having such a great time, but they’ll leave feeling great and with a big smile on their face.

 

What is special about playing in the open air?

I think the open air really brings people together, it’s so relaxed and casual and easy to have a great time, even with people you don’t know!  People feel more free to express themselves and to share what they’re thinking and feeling. My only caution is to not have too much to drink, as that can spoil it for everyone.  So get loose but stay happy and in control!

Your set includes songs from across your career – do you have a personal favourite or a moment of the show that you particularly look forward to?

There is nothing in the show that I don’t love to sing.  Every song has a story for me, which makes it special and gives it a reason for me to give it a convincing performance.  The arrangements are great and the band are wonderful musicians who love to play — and they’re fantastic, which gives me both a bedrock and inspiration.

 

You’ve worked with so many legendary names. What makes you keep doing this – going out and performing live?

Well, it’s what I do.  When you decide to try and make music a career early on, it takes total commitment, it’s not a part-time thing. So my life is music and the quest for the next level of understanding in performance never stops, just like any artist. There is nothing else I do that comes close, and I don’t want there to be!

 

What’s next for you after the summer?

I have different kinds of engagements throughout the autumn, and the next season of The Voice, which I really enjoy.

Do you have a special message for your fans who are going to see you this summer?

It is my privilege to entertain and perform for anyone who wants to listen. When an audience reacts to what I’m doing onstage, it’s the most wonderful thing and it never gets old.  A show is a 2-way street, an exchange between the performer and the people there to experience it.  If they love it, I am nothing less than thrilled.  So come on — see you there!!

 

The Summer House Sounds concerts will be a celebration of a career that spans six decades and will see Tom play live against some of the UK’s most beautiful backdrops.

With a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, Tom Jones has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006, the global star has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits.

Fans attending the concerts are assured of a fantastic night as Tom and his band present a stunning set-list built from a career that traverses all eras and genres of popular music.

For tickets go to: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/summerhousesounds

Conor McGovern and Waarif win historic Carlisle Bell

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Apprentice jockey Conor McGovern announced his arrival in England in some style as he landed one of the most historic prizes in racing – The Carlisle Bell.

The 22-year-old County Monaghan jockey claimed his first ever winner on English turf by leading 6/1 shot Waarif to a superb three-quarter-of-a-length victory in the famous race which dates back to 1599.

The David O’Meara-saddled five-year-old was very strong in the final two furlongs to hold off the challenge of Raselasad and Presidential.

After the race, Conor, surrounded by a large group of happy owners, said: “It’s a big race, an historic race so it couldn’t have gone any better. It’s a proud moment to get a ride in The Bell let alone win it.

“I felt Waarif had a chance today, he has been running consistently and he was always in with a shout.

“A furlong to go he was batting on. He’s quite strong in the finish and he will always do what he can to help you – he gives you everything he can.

 

“It’s a great day for the owners and it’s brilliant that we could pull it off.”

McGovern is the first apprentice to win The Bell since 2012 when Willy Twiston-Davies won on Levitate.

The second feature race of the day The Cumberland Plate was won by Tim Easterby’s heavily-backed favourite Aasheq. The five-year-old was always in control of the 1m 3f race under the control of David Allam.

Another horse that was always in control was Richard Fahey’s Dance Diva in the £40,000 Class One Eternal Stakes.

It was a one-two for the Fahey yard as Dance Diva, ridden by Paul Hanagan, was pushed all the way to the line by stablemate Clubbable ridden by Tony Hamilton.

Fahey, who won The Carlisle Bell in 2017 with Carnageo, said: “Both are strong fillies who have been riding consistently well.

“It’s a good result. We knew Dance Diva had a very good chance and she has run solid all year. She has run at the highest level all her life and on the day it is job done and we are very pleased.”

Elsewhere on the card, Ben Curtis – this course’s leading jockey – led from start to finish on David Loughnane’s Baby Steps to land the 5f Edmundson Cabletech Carlisle Novice Auction Stakes and take his winning tally to six for the season.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “It has been a brilliant day.

“The weather has been sensational, temperatures have topped 30 degrees and it was lovely to see thousands of people here on our most historic race day.

“We are delighted for Conor McGovern and David O’Meara winning The Bell. It was great to see a young apprentice claim such an historic race

“We are back racing on Saturday July 7 when Paloma Faith will be delivering a great after-racing concert. This is going to be another wonderful day at Carlisle Racecourse and we cannot wait.”

Circa Waves will open the seaside show for Stereophonics

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Circa Waves are to join Stereophonics at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

Stereophonics play Europe’s largest open-air arena on Thursday July 19. Tickets are on sale now via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Liverpool indie band Circa Waves – Kieran Shudall (vocals, guitar), Sam Rourke (bass), Colin Jones (drums) and Joe Falconer (guitarist) – have built up an army of devoted fans since they spectacularly arrived on the scene in 2013.
Their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ hit the UK Top 10 and included four Radio 1 A-list singles ‘T-Shirt Weather’, ‘Stuck in My Teeth and ‘Get Away’ and ‘Good For Me’.

They followed this up with 2017’s ‘Different Creatures’ which brought a bigger, louder sound and singles ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Fire That Burns’ . The Number 11 album was rewarded with a string of stellar reviews and more sell-out live shows and unforgettable festival appearances.

Circa Waves will open the show for Stereophonics who play Scarborough OAT for the first time.
Twenty years after their debut ‘Word Gets Around,’ Stereophonics’ tenth studio album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ was another critical and commercial hit for the band.

It followed ‘Keep The Village Alive’ which went straight to No.1 when it was released in 2015 and became their sixth chart-topper after ‘Performance And Cocktails’ (1999), ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ (2001) ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’ (2003), ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ (2005) and ‘Pull The Pin’ (2007).

Stereophonics followed the success of ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ by playing a massive arena tour of the UK which has seen them play to more than 150,000 people this spring.

Tickets are on sale from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

‘It’s the biggest day of the year for racing in Carlisle’

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With Carlisle boasting nine million visitors in 2017, the city’s most historic sporting attraction is playing its part and proving its appeal is as enduring as ever.

“Carlisle Bell and Plate Day is a popular and important part of the city’s cultural heritage – and a key part of a thriving year-round events calendar.”

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, is left in little doubt as to the importance of Carlisle’s very own ‘Derby Day’.

In an era when the city’s tourism offering is diverse – from pop concerts starring music legends to multi-coloured climbing centres and a vibrant cultural scene – our most historic and famous race day is set to wow crowds again, and in the way it always does best.

Around 5,000 people are expected to don their finery and head to the city’s famous old racecourse on Wednesday June 27, just as generations have done before them.

Many will journey in from all corners of the UK, adding to a tourism boomtime for Cumbria, and particularly Carlisle.

Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate Day has certainly stood the test of time – more than 400 years to be precise. And it is not only a popular day out, but a piece of Carlisle’s living history that gives a further boost to the city’s vital, and growing, tourism economy.

The Carlisle Bell can trace its running all the way back to 1599. The race’s name derives from the bells awarded to the first winners in the reign of Elizabeth I. ‘The Bells’ are the oldest sporting trophy still contested today.

This year’s event is set to be keenly fought with increased prize money of £137,500 across the day’s seven races. The famous ‘Bells’ themselves will be heading back north to be on show at the historic race from the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket.

Bell and Plate Day has long been championed as Cumbria’s own ‘Derby Day’ and its heritage ensures many thousands will turn out to enjoy the racing, hospitality – and for many – an afternoon away from work.

The social aspect of this famous day is not lost on sports stars, local businesses, tourism chiefs and those who put this magnificent showpiece on.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said her team is pulling out all the stops to ensure the course and its facilities are in tip-top condition for the biggest date in Cumbria’s horse racing calendar.

Molly said: “It’s amazing to think we have these trophies at the course that have such history and that we’re still running the same race.

“It really is a great race for the north. It’s incredibly important for a lot of owners, trainers and jockeys and it is on their radar as one they really want to win because of the history.

“It’s great to see the history and to see great action live on the racetrack.”

As part of Bell and Plate, Carlisle Racecourse prides itself on providing hospitality to suit all purses from fine dining in Swifts Restaurant to traditional Cumbrian fare available at a number of trackside outlets.

Molly, who took over the course’s top role in March, said the various food and drinks packages are an important part of the day, while the main focus is on the quality of the racing.

She added: “I want Bell and Plate to be Carlisle’s day because that’s where the history is driven from. I want it to belong to the people and for them to be proud of this amazing event.

“Going to enjoy a day at the races is an aspirational thing for an occasion like this. People see the horses looking in such peak condition, the course looks immaculate and they want to dress up themselves.”

In recent years, the day has been further bolstered with the addition of the £40,000 Eternal Stakes, which attracts the highest level of flat racing’s three-year-old fillies.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said the racecourse was an asset in attracting visitors to the city, boosting the local economy.

She said: “In 2017 more than nine million people visited Carlisle, adding £548m to the city’s economy, a huge increase of 13.8% on 2016 which reflects the high quality of attractions and events Carlisle offers visitors.

“Carlisle Bell and Plate Day, and other race meetings at Carlisle Racecourse, are a popular and important part of the city’s cultural heritage – and a key part of a thriving year-round events calendar attracting high numbers of both tourists and residents.”

The day has long been established as a prime summer networking event for businesses, with many choosing to entertain clients and lure them away from their offices and factories.

One city-based business could use its support of Bell and Plate Day as a barometer of its growth.

Four years ago, in its first year of trading, Rachael Bell Wealth Management took one hospitality table for clients. This year they’ve booked four and will also be sponsoring the day’s final race.

Rachael said: “It is my way of saying thanks to clients. It is just so relaxing. There’s a great atmosphere and the food is always superb.

“There’s only one rule on the day and that is we don’t discuss business.

“Our clients like it because it’s a refined day and some stay over in Carlisle and make a night of it. I’d definitely agree with the description of a northern Derby Day as it’s just such an enjoyable occasion.”

Accountants Saint and Co, who have offices across Cumbria and South West Scotland, will be taking 40 clients to the big day which they agree is good for the local economy.

Partner Stuart Farrer said: “Hospitality normally centres round football and rugby which tend to be male dominated. We always invite couples to the racing so we have a good mix.

“It’s the biggest day of the year for racing in Carlisle so they enjoy it. They come together, and they can wander off and put on a flutter.”

Gates open on Wednesday June 27 at noon. First race is at 2pm and the last at 5pm. Adult tickets are £15 (in advance) or £18 (on the day). Under 18s free entry when accompanied by an adult. Complimentary buses return to the city centre from the course.

HUDSON TAYLOR JOIN BASTILLE FOR SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE DATE

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Hudson Taylor will support chart-toppers Bastille at their not-to-be-missed headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, released their ‘Feel It Again’ EP in March – their first new music since their 2015 debut album ‘Singing for Strangers’.

Hudson Taylor will open the show for Bastille at Europe’s largest open air theatre on Saturday July 28. Tickets are on sale at www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Building on the success of the debut album, which featured the hits ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Battles’ and ‘Weapons’  Hudson Taylor enjoyed a busy 2017.

The multi-talented siblings played to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at the Electric Picnic festival in September, and their lead-off Irish single ‘Feel It Again’ was one of the biggest national airplay hits.

Barely pausing for breath, 2018 has seen Hudson Taylor play a sold out headline tour of the UK and Europe and a US tour with Gabrielle Aplin.

Now, ahead of their own autumn UK Tour, they join multi-award-winning Bastille – the band behind such huge hits ‘Pompeii’, ‘Good Grief’, ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ – at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Tickets are on sale via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

NEON WALTZ TO SUPPORT NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS AT SCARBOROUGH OAT

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Scottish indie rockers Neon Waltz will open the show when Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds make an eagerly-awaited return to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

Neon Waltz have been named one of the finest new British bands of the year by the likes of Q, NME and Shortlist to name a few… and this is just the beginning.

Hailing from the most northerly point of the UK, the Caithness band honed their majestic sound in an abandoned cottage, where they recorded a set of demos that would form the basis of their debut album ‘Strange Hymns’ out now on Ignition Records.

And now they head to the Yorkshire coast to support Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on Friday July 6.

Tickets are on sale now via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Neon Waltz’s captivating debut album ‘Strange Hymns’ which features songs ‘Dreamers’ and ‘Perfect Frame’ was released last summer.

Described as “a confident, chiming, mature-sounding debut”, ‘Strange Hymns’ was followed by a string of brilliant live shows as the band – Jordan Shearer (Vocals), Darren Coghill (Drums), Kevin Swanson (Guitar), Jamie Swanson (Guitar), Calvin Wilson (Bass) and Liam Whittles (Keyboards) – hit the UK big-time.

Fresh from the success of the No.1 album ‘Who Built the Moon?’ – and sold out tour dates around the world – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds return to Scarborough OAT after a sell-out show at the venue in 2016 as part of the ‘Chasing Yesterday Tour’.

‘Who Built the Moon?’ – featuring the singles ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ and ‘Holy Mountain’ – is the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and was released in November.

Noel and his band are currently playing to sell-out crowds around the world as part of their massive ‘Stranded On The Earth World Tour 2018/19’.

The Scarborough OAT date is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “We are thrilled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are heading back to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer after their brilliant gig here in 2016.

“And we are delighted to today announce Neon Waltz will be joining Noel here for what will be a show no-one will want to miss.

“They are a band that has made the music world sit up and take note and so we are very happy to be bringing them here to Scarborough OAT for what will be another great night.”

Tickets are on sale from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

SISTER SLEDGE JOIN STEPS FOR ‘ULTIMATE PARTY NIGHT’ AT SCARBOROUGH OAT

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Disco divas Sister Sledge will join pop chart-toppers Steps at their upcoming Scarborough Open Air Theatre date.

Sisters Debbie and Kim will bring a true party vibe as they open the show for Steps when the band play Europe’s largest open air arena on Friday June 29.

 

Fans of disco are in for a treat as the sisters will be belting out their massive hits including Frankie, We Are Family, Lost in Music and He’s The Greatest Dancer.

 

Tickets are on sale now from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.co.uk

Sister Sledge are undisputedly one of the most iconic female groups of all time. Over the years, the group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of more than 15m worldwide. Garnering along the way additional Grammy Nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Duo or group, Sister Sledge has earned more than a hundred awards and commendations.

The group has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in six of the planet’s seven continents including Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, Japan’s Nakano Sun Plaza, Glastonbury, Dubai’s Burg al Arab, the Zenith in Paris, and the State House in Accra, Ghana. They also performed a rousing set at the final White House Christmas Party of the Clinton administration.

Peter Taylor, director of OAT promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “This will be the ultimate party night at Scarborough OAT this summer. We’re already delighted to be bringing Steps to this venue so to now have Sister Sledge supporting is fantastic.

“Disco, divas, chart-topping hits and pop-fuelled fun – that sounds like the recipe for the perfect party night out and it’s exactly what Scarborough OAT will be delivering.”

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 last 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.

Sister Sledge join a fantastic line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer which includes Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Emeli Sandé, Lionel Richie, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra’s Ibiza Classics, James Arthur, Texas, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Stereophonics and Alfie Boe’s special Armed Force Day concert.

Tickets are on sale now from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

World Cup 2018 – Poolfoot Farm Is The Place To Be!

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There will be nowhere bigger and better to watch England’s bid for World Cup glory than at Poolfoot Farm.

Thornton’s state-of-the-art community sports complex is showing every game from Russia 2018, and not only inside the stunning Crossbar & Grill sports bar and restaurant but also outdoors on a huge 11m2 screen.

A fabulous new viewing area and beer garden has been created especially for the tournament, which kicks off on Thursday June 14.

This means football fans can relax in the sunshine and watch the live action on what will be the biggest outdoor screen anywhere on the Fylde coast.

And alongside a brand-new menu, and a host of special food and drink offers, families will be able to make use of the children’s Play Park and Football Pitches ABSOLUTELY FREE on England match days.

Poolfoot Farm is the £9m training base of Sky Bet League One Fleetwood Town FC, and boasts unrivalled sports facilities that are used by the community seven days a week.

Steve Curwood, Fleetwood Town’s chief executive, said: “There will be nowhere better to watch the World Cup than at Poolfoot Farm. And with a 11m2 screen now installed there will be nowhere showing it as big outdoors either!

“We are very proud of Poolfoot and the amazing facilities on offer here. Hundreds of local people come here each week to play sport and relax in Crossbar & Grill and so we wanted to create a unique experience for the World Cup.

“We have a wonderful new beer garden area and the big screen will be positioned right in front of it, so families will be able to come here, relax in the sunshine and watch the action.

“We are also unveiling a brand-new menu in time for the first game on Thursday June 14 and will have a number of special food and drink offerings which will not only make this the best place to watch the match but also offer incredible value for money.

“Fleetwood Town prides itself on being a real community club and Poolfoot has become a hub for local people who play sport or simply want to relax in a very family friendly atmosphere.

“Hopefully we can cheer England on to glory together!”

As well as a sumptuous new menu, Crossbar & Grill staff have created a range of special offers linked to the countries playing that day.

Richard Shorrock, Fleetwood Town’s Food & Beverage Manager, said: “We already deliver a real quality food and drinks offering here at Poolfoot, but we wanted to do something unique for the World Cup.

“We will be offering a range of daily specials themed to the games that day, from German Bratwurst and beers to Mexican tacos and, of course, fish and chips, so we cannot wait for the tournament to start.

“There really will be nowhere quite like Poolfoot where football fans and families can relax, unwind and enjoy all the thrills of the World Cup.”

The World Cup kicks off at 4pm on Thursday June 14 when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia.

England’s three group games are versus Tunisia (Monday June 18th at 7pm); Panama (Sunday June 24 at 1pm) and Belgium (Thursday June 28 at 7pm).

For more information call Crossbar & Grill on 01253 208441 or visit the website www.poolfootfarm.co.uk

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