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September 2016

Stunning New Tribute To Eric & Ernie To Be Unveiled

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The first ever statue celebrating the nation’s favourite comedy double act Morecambe and Wise will be unveiled at Blackpool’s world famous Winter Gardens next month.

Renowned sculptor Graham Ibbeson has completed work on the stunning 8ft tall bronzed statue which has been commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of Eric and Ernie first appearing on stage together in 1941.

Its permanent home will be the spectacular domed entrance to the Winter Gardens in the heart of Blackpool – dubbed Morecambe and Wise’s “spiritual home” by those closest to the legendary double act. Eric and Ernie performed in Blackpool more than 1,000 times in their illustrious career.

This wonderful new statue will be unveiled on FRIDAY OCTOBER 14TH at 11AM by Eric’s widow Joan, alongside eldest son Gary and daughter Gail together with a representative from Ernie’s family. They will be joined on the day by many friends and fans of Morecambe and Wise.

Eric Morecambe’s widow Joan said, on behalf of herself and Doreen Wise (Ernie’s widow): “This is a day which Doreen and I never expected to happen.

“It was so exciting when the statue of Eric was unveiled in his home town of Morecambe in 1999 and I know Doreen was equally delighted when the statue of Ernie was unveiled in Morley, West Yorkshire, in 2010.

“We never dreamt of seeing a statue unveiled to both Eric and Ernie in Blackpool, a town that we have so many happy memories of from all the many shows the boys performed there over the years. It will be a day that will live with us forever.”

The new statue of the double act, which cost £75,000 and has been funded through donations, has been gifted to Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Graham Ibbeson, who previously sculpted the now famous statue of Eric in the comedian’s hometown of Morecambe in 1999, said: “I am delighted to have brought the boys back together so the nation can see them as they should be – Eric and Ernie alongside one another.

“Morecambe and Wise are the greatest double act to have ever graced British TV screens and both Eric and Ernie’s families agree their spiritual home is Blackpool.

“Eric and Ernie’s families have been involved right through the process and they love the statue which means an awful lot. I feel sure it will become a hugely popular and much-loved attraction in Blackpool for generations to come.”

Eric and Ernie entertained hundreds of thousands of people during their many years in Blackpool, playing at seven theatres, six summer seasons and a starring role in the 1955 Royal Variety Performance at the Winter Gardens.

Michael Williams, Winter Gardens Managing Director, said: “The statue is wonderful and we cannot wait to see it unveiled at the entrance of the Winter Gardens where Morecambe and Wise performed so many times in their career.

“This will be a permanent tribute to the nation’s favourite comedy double act which I am sure fans from around the world will want to come and see.

“Graham has done a wonderful job and we cannot thank him enough for all his hard work together with the families of Eric and Ernie who decided Blackpool – the boys’ spiritual home – was the fitting location for this long overdue tribute to these two comedy greats.”

Red Rum honoured with special Carlisle race day

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Legendary racehorse Red Rum’s achievements over the jumps at Carlisle are to be celebrated with a special 40th anniversary race day in his honour.

Rummy – the nation’s favourite steeplechaser and three-time Grand National winner – was not only a legend at Aintree but also at the much-loved Cumbrian racecourse.

Red Rum famously 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 the previous autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s last Carlisle win Cumbria’s premier racecourse has namedThursday October 13th– the opening meeting of its 2016 national hunt season – Red Rum Day.

And in a move sure to please racegoers, anyone celebrating their 40th birthday this year will gain FREE entry to #RedRumDay at Carlisle .

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said:“We are proud of our connection to the world’s most famous racehorse and so we are delighted to name a race meeting in his honour.

“Rummy’s Grand National legend is well known, the fact he prepared for each of his famous wins by riding a winner at Carlisle is fondly remembered by racegoers here in Cumbria. This racecourse was certainly a lucky omen!

“The connection continues to this day as the McCain family, who famously trained Rummy, continue to race horses in Cumbria and we are delighted to be able to invite them to Carlisle on October 13th– the start of our jumps seasons, as guests of honour.”

The highlight of #RedRumDay will be the 4.25 News & Star Windermere Handicap Chase – the very same three-mile chase Red Rum won in 1972, 1973 and 1976. Carlisle has decided to resurrect the race especially for the day.

Donald McCain, son of Red Rum’s trainer Ginger McCain and himself a Grand National winning trainer with Ballabriggs in 2011, said: “Carlisle was certainly a good course for both my father and Red Rum ahead of their national wins.

“It is one of the best national hunt courses in the country especially for novice chasers. The uphill track provides a very fair test for proper chasing types.

“We’re delighted Carlisle is marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s last victory there and I’m sure it will be a great day of racing in Cumbria.”

It is not only the McCain family who will be treated on #RedRumDay.

The racecourse is giving free entry on October 13th to anyone who was born in 1976 and celebrates their 40th birthday this year.

There will also be live music and plenty of fun to be had in the racecourse’s aptly named Red Rum bar, together with food and drinks offers in its sumptuous Main Stand.

Tickets for #RedRumDay at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 13th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). 40-year-olds wanting to take advantage of the free entry offer simply need to bring photo ID with them on the day which shows their date of birth.

Shakin’ Stevens Announces His Biggest Ever UK Tour

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Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 33 towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.

The announcement comes just days after Shaky, as he is known to millions, released his critically acclaimed 12th studio album Echoes Of Our Times.

The Echoes Of Our Times Tour will see the UK’s biggest-selling artist of a decade hit the road from Easter next year with the opening night on Saturday April 15 in Carlisle. Shaky will then travel the length and breadth of the country, including London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd May, before ending the tour on the 28th May.

Tickets for the Echoes Of Our Times Tourare priced from £24 and will go on sale at 9am Friday September 23 from

With 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, the Platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be exciting his audiences as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times,along with classic hits, and a few surprises.

Speaking about the tour announcement Shaky said: “I can’t wait to get back on the road, and introduce the songs from ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ to people who have seen me perform in the past, and those who have not.”

The tour will see this Welsh singer unveil another side to his talents, as an artist, songwriter and storyteller.

Echoes Of Our Times blends blues, roots, Americana and classic rock. Detailing stories from his intriguing family history, Shakin’ Stevens has created a remarkable musical tribute to his once mysterious past.

The 33-date tour is presented by UK event promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We are thrilled to be presenting Shakin’ Stevens biggest ever UK tour. This promises to be a fantastic 33 nights of entertainment across the UK and we look forward to welcoming an abundance of fans both old and new.”

Tickets for the Echoes Of Our Times Tour go on sale at 9am Friday and are available from

Tour Dates:


  • Sat 15 The Sands, Carlisle
  • Sun 16 The Lowry, Salford
  • Tues 18 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
  • Weds 19 The Orchard, Dartford
  • Thurs 20 The Coliseum, Watford
  • Fri 21 The Pavilion, Worthing
  • Sun 23 The Opera House, Buxton
  • Mon 24 St David’s, Cardiff
  • Tues 25 The Forum, Bath
  • Thurs 27 The Churchill, Bromley
  • Fri 28 The Hexagon, Reading
  • Sat 29 Regent Theatre, Ipswich
  • Sun 30 Assembly Theatre, Tunbridge Wells


  • Tues 2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
  • Thurs 4 Venue Cymru, Llandudno
  • Fri 5 The Opera House, Blackpool
  • Sat 6 Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
  • Sun 7 Theatre Royal, Norwich
  • Tues 9 The Queens Theatre Hall, Barnstaple
  • Weds 10 Hall For Cornwall, Truro
  • Thurs 11 The Pavilion, Plymouth
  • Fri 12 Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
  • Sun 14 Guildhall, Portsmouth
  • Mon 15 Alban Arena, St Albans
  • Tues 16 City Hall, Salisbury
  • Thurs 18, The Barbican, York
  • Fri 19 Parr Hall, Warrington
  • Sun 21 Grand Theatre, Leeds
  • Mon 22 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
  • Tues 23 Eden Court, Inverness
  • Fri 26 Town Hall, Birmingham
  • Sat 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
  • Sun 28 Whiterock Theatre, Hastings

The Lottery Winners Kick Off Their UK Tour

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Upcoming indie-quartet The Lottery Winners are about to embark on their 16-date “World Tour of the UK” just weeks after signing a major recording deal.

Fresh from summer performances on the festival circuit the band will be bringing a spot of Lancashire hospitality to venues up and down the country.

The Lottery Winners will perform at venues across the UK:

  • The Loft @ The Arts Club, Liverpool (18 September)
  • Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (19 September)
  • Glee, Cardiff (20 September)
  • Moles, Bath (21 September)
  • Golden Lion, Bristol (22 September)
  • StereoSat, Glasgow (23 September)
  • Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (24 September)
  • Joiners, Southampton (25 September)
  • Hope & Ruin, Brighton (26 September)
  • Black Heart, London (27 September)
  • Glee, Nottingham (28 September)
  • Donkey, Leicester (29 September)
  • Oporto, Leeds (2 October)
  • Flibbers, York (3 October)
  • Cluny, Newcastle (4 October)
  • Academy 3, Manchester (6 October)

Tickets for The Lottery Winners World Tour of the UK are priced from £11.50 and are available from

Made up of Thom, Robert, Katie and Joe, The Lottery Winners came together during their high school years and have gone on perform gigs across the North West, supporting numerous acts including the likes of The Wonder Stuff.

This summer they headlined the Stage Too at Lytham Festival, signed a deal with Sire/Warner Bros and are now ready to storm the UK.

Lead singer Thom said: “We can barely believe we’re actually doing a proper headline tour.

“Touring is the most exciting thing you could possibly do. The thing that makes us most happy is to play live, and we just can’t wait to get in our little red van and discover our wonderful country.

“We’ve been working hard on material for the past eight years, and we finally get to show it all off!”

Alongside the Warner deal they’ve also had their track I Know used as the theme song for comedian Greg Davies’ new Channel 4 show Man Down and Manchester United regularly play their track Elizabethduring their half time entertainment.

Tickets for The Lottery Winners World Tour of the UK are priced from £11.50 and are available from

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