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September 2017


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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”.

Ben Curtis Looks To End Season On A High At His Happy Hunting Ground

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Ben Curtis returns to the happy hunting ground of Carlisle Racecourse on Monday aiming to end another hugely successful Cumbrian flat racing season on a high.

The former Champion Apprentice Jockey has eight winners to his name this season at Carlisle and has five rides booked at the Durdar course for Monday’s season finale.

Curtis will be looking to follow up his recent doubles at Carlisle on August 29 and again last Tuesday when he led Wax and Wane and King’s Pavilion to victory for Karl Burke and David Barron respectively.

Curtis rides Red Star Dancer for Barron in the Watch Racing UK On Youview Now Handicap as well as three rides for JP Murtagh in the shape of Hague Convention, For The Rose and Les Arceaux, who last won back in June at Gowran Park.

His fifth runner is Brian Ellison’s fancied Specialv – an impressive winner last month at Haydock Park.

With his nearest rival Paul Mulrennan not at the meeting, a win for Curtis on Monday will mean he will finish the season as leading jockey at Carlisle – the course where he posted an 80/1 treble in May and a sensational four-timer in 2015.

In the trainer stakes, Keith Dalgleish, who leads the way with eight wins at Carlisle this season, has three runners – Chookie Valentine, Lil Gem and Rock N Rolla.

Nearest rival Richard Fahey has seven entries, including Rubis who last won in June at Ayre, and Flyboy, who finished third last time out at Carlisle.

Tim Easterby and Michael Dods, who have six winners each at Carlisle in 2017, have half a dozen runners between them.

Four of Easterby’s entries are rides for Rachel Richardson, including five-year-old Parole who was an impressive winner at Carlisle’s #AmazingMonday all-female jockey meeting on August 7.

Geraldine McKay, General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse, said: “It has been another great flat season here with many highlights.

“Our historic Bell and Plate meeting in June was superb. We then welcomed more than 11,000 people here for racing and live music with Jess Glynne in July and #AmazingMonday was just that – an amazing day of racing.

“We end the flat season joined by so many of the people who have been part of the success through the year such as Ben Curtis, Rachel Richardson, Keith Dalgleish, Tim Easterby and Michael Dods.

“Preparations are now well underway for the start of our jumps season which gets underway on October 19th.”

Tickets for Monday’s meeting are £14 (in advance) or £17 (on the day). Under-17s get in free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available by calling 0344 579 3002 or by going online at
Gates open at 11.45am. First race 1.45pm, last race 4.55pm.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Set For “Exciting Future” As New 10 Year Deal Is Agreed

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Cuffe and Taylor’s partnership with Scarborough Borough Council to stage live music events at Europe’s largest open-air theatre has been secured for another decade.

The renewed long-term partnership between the concert promoters and the local authority, which lasts until 2028, has been made possible after Scarborough Borough Council agreed a new 10-year deal with Cuffe and Taylor’s parent organisation, Live Nation Music (UK) Limited – the world’s leading live entertainment company.

The deal, which has now been finalised, secures an exciting future for Scarborough Open Air Theatre, which has once again enjoyed a record breaking year. More than 75,000 people attended concerts at the theatre in 2017 – a rise of 50% on 2016.

This summer’s 14 concerts at the Open Air Theatre have seen music fans from as far afield as Japan, USA, Hong Kong, Israel and Australia flock to the Yorkshire coast to see a fantastic line up of artists including Little Mix, Olly Murs, Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys and Jess Glynne.

It is now hoped there will be up to 20 live music events at Scarborough OAT between May and September in 2018.

Cuffe and Taylor have exclusively staged events at Scarborough OAT since 2016.

As well as looking to increase the number of shows, Cuffe and Taylor are now in discussions with the council about raising the attendance capacity at the Yorkshire coast venue by installing a permanent standing area in front of the stage.

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted with the new and exclusive 10-year deal between Live Nation and Scarborough Borough Council to stage events at the theatre.

“Our partnership with the council has worked very well in the last two years and this new deal allows us to continue working together to secure a bright and exciting future for this marvellous venue.

“We have enjoyed two record breaking years since we took over programming live music events here in 2016, with attendances rising year-on-year. In 2017 sales again have broken all box office records.

“This new long-term deal enables all parties to plan even better for the future. The theatre is now on the map, with not only British artists but major international stars too, and we are determined to continue to bring the biggest and best acts to the beautiful Yorkshire coast.

“We are now working not only on next year’s line-up but on 2019 and beyond. We cannot wait to reveal another wonderful series of shows for next summer which we feel sure will break records again.”

Under the agreement, Cuffe and Taylor, who were acquired by Live Nation earlier this year, will continue to exclusively programme all live music events at the theatre while the council retains ownership and management of the venue.

The council will now work with Cuffe and Taylor to provide a permanent solution to cover the lake in front of the stage. The water was covered by temporary decking during the 2017 season.

Covering the lake will raise the attendance capacity of the venue from 5,454 to 7,456 (seated) or 7,900 (standing), increasing the venue’s flexibility and potentially higher revenue income.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said: “Scarborough Open Air Theatre is a critical part of our visitor economy, helping to raise the profile of the Yorkshire coast as a great destination for quality live music and ultimately attracting more spending visitors to the area.

“The renewed partnership with Cuffe and Taylor, reached through our new agreement with Live Nation, allows us to plan for an exciting future at the venue. Working together, we will ensure that the venue continues to build on its success to date, attracts even more big name acts and brings even more economic benefits to the whole borough.”

Leading Trainer Dalgleish Looks To Extend Winning Run At Carlisle

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In-form Keith Dalgleish has no fewer than seven runners set to feature at Carlisle’s penultimate flat meeting of the season on Wednesday (September 13).

The Carluke-based trainer leads the way this summer with eight victories from his 41 entries at Cumbria’s premier racecourse – two more than his nearest placed rival Michael Dods.

Among his seven runners on Wednesday’s eight-race card will be Saint Equiano who won under the control of Philip Makin at Carlisle back in July. Other Dalgleish runners to look out for will be three-year-old filly Eyreborn who was impressive running second at Hamilton a week ago.

Dods has two runners in the shape of Admiral Rooke in the 2.10 Watch Racing Uk Anywhere Nursery Handicap and Reinforced who was beaten by just a neck last time out at Carlisle on August 29.

Another in-form entry is the John Davies-saddled I’m Dapper Too who has won twice on the flat at Carlisle in 2017 before he was narrowly beaten here on August 23. The six-year-old will again be under the control of Sam James in the 2.40 Watch Racing Uk On Sky 432 Handicap.

Trainer Mick Channon is sending Diamond Dougal on a 566-round trip from his West Ilsley stables as the two-year-old is looking to follow up a win at Bristol last week when he stayed on well over 5f.

Channon is also sending two-year-old Iconic Code and Ann Without An E. All three runners will be ridden by Graham Lee who has chalked up 53 wins to his name this season.

Fellow jockey Ben Curtis has had an excellent season at Carlisle – riding six winners –  and he has three entries in the shape of the Karl Burke-trained Wax and Wane and Lady Natasha and King’s Pavilion for David Barron.

Geraldine McKay, General Manager of Carlisle Racecourse, said: “Once again we have eight cracking flat races lined up here.

“It is great to see Keith Dalgleish enter seven runners and it will be intriguing to see if he can continue his fine run of form here.

“There are plenty of runners here on Wednesday who have already tasted success and it will be a great way for many of them to round off their flat seasons with another win here in Cumbria.

“It has been a great summer of racing here and, after Wednesday, we have our final flat meeting on Monday September 18 before we welcome the return of the jumps season on Thursday October 19.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s meeting are £14 (in advance) or £17 (on the day). Under-17s get in free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available by calling 0344 579 3002 or by going online at

Gates open at 12.10pm. First race 2.10pm, last race 5.40pm.

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