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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).

THE MILITARY WIVES JOIN ALFIE BOE FOR ARMED FORCES DAY CONCERT

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Alfie Boe will be joined by the Military Wives Choirs when he headlines a special Armed Forces Day concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The chart-topping and world-renowned tenor will play Europe’s largest open air theatre on Saturday June 30.

Alfie will be joined on stage by Military Wives Choirs – drawn from a network which has more than 70 choirs at military bases across the UK and overseas.

And as part of Scarborough’s special 10th annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, Open Air Theatre promoters Cuffe and Taylor will be offering 250 free tickets to Armed Forces personnel as well as raising funds on the day for the Help For Heroes charity.

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “Armed Forces Day in Scarborough is a massive celebration of the selfless bravery and heroism of our servicemen and women at home and abroad.

“As a gesture of thanks, we will be issuing service personnel and their families with free tickets for Alfie Boe’s concert. We will also have bucket collections for the Help For Heroes charity which does so much great work for members of the Armed Forces injured in the line of duty.

“We are delighted to be bringing Alfie back to this wonderful venue and again inviting the Military Wives Choirs to join him on stage. They are a wonderful and inspirational group of women and this promises to be a real night to remember.”

The Military Wives network was created following the hugely successful TV show inspired by choir master extraordinaire Gareth Malone and is now a crucial part of life for many women whose partners are often deployed around the globe.

Armed Forces Day will see an estimated 25,000 people head to Scarborough’s South Bay for an action-packed programme of thrilling aerial displays, interactive exhibits, marching bands and parades.

Tickets for Alfie Boe and The Military Wives Choirs at Scarborough Open Air Theatre are available from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or, in person, from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (Tel: 01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (Tel: 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

Ben Curtis Returns To Winning Ways With Classy Carlisle Double

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Carlisle’s reigning champion flat jockey Ben Curtis was doubly delighted on his return to the course with two wins from three rides.

Curtis has been the course’s top jockey twice in the last three seasons and wasted no time in getting back to winning ways.

He rode Little Kim to victory in the Carleton Fillies Novices Stakes before landing his double on board fellow Karl Burke-saddled Kelly’s Dino in The Racing UK Handicap Stakes.

Curtis will be looking to add to his winning record with his one ride in Friday’s meeting – Carlisle’s annual Feel Good Friday. The bumper eight-race card is followed by live music from top tribute act The Mersey Beatles.

After completing his double, Curtis, who has an incredible strike rate at Carlisle of one winner every four rides at the Durdar course, said: “It’s great to be back and great to get a couple of winners.

“They were good quality horses and it’s great for Karl and the team. My record was good here already but that certainly improves it!

“I’m looking forward to being back on Friday and here’s hoping (for another winner).”

Curtis was not the only jockey to land double joy on what was a glorious night bathed in Cumbrian sunshine.

Daniel Tudhope, who currently lies second in the flat jockeys’ championship, rode 9/2 shot Nate The Great (pictured above left) to a two-length victory for Archie Watson before leading French Resistance home in The Watch Racing UK In HD Handicap Stakes for Jed O’Keefe

Tudhope will also be well fancied when he takes charge of Angels in Friday’s biggest prize race, the Fillies Handicap over five furlongs. Tim Easterby’s three-year-old bay has won on her last two outings at Pontefract and Ripon over a slightly longer distance.

Challengers will include William Haggas’ Perfect Thought, racing for the first time since winning in November and Andrew Balding’s Foxtrot Lady, who led home last time out at Chester.

Elsewhere on the card, the Handicap for four-year-olds over 1m 6f will offer a chance to the duo of trainer Michael Dods and jockey Paul Mulrennan with Davy’s Dilemma. The gelding was good enough to be placed on his return at Doncaster last month after being a winner at Hamilton Park on his 2017 finale.

In the same race PJ McDonald, a triple winner last time out at Carlisle, partners Mark Johnston’s Dominating.

McDonald will then be one of four trying to land the 1m 3f Handicap for three-year-olds. His chance is Johnston’s Lucky Deal with Richard Fahey’s Sempre Presto a strong candidate.

Gates opening on Feelgood Friday at 11.30am. First race is at 1.30pm and the last at 5pm followed by live music from The Mersey Beatles. Adult tickets are £15 (in advance) or £18 (on the day). Under 18s free entry when accompanied by an adult.

BADLY DRAWN BOY & GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY JOIN STELLAR INDIE LINE-UP

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Two of Britain’s most unique and influential singer-songwriters will join indie greats James at their headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Badly Drawn Boy and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will open the show on what is set to be a not-to-be-missed night at Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Saturday August 18.

Multi-instrumentalist Badly Drawn Boy has been a creative force for two decades. It was June 2000 when the Mercury Prize-winning album ‘The Hour of the Bewilderbeast’ announced the arrival of the formidable musical talent of artist Damon Gough.

Since then it’s been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable career which has delivered such wonders as ‘Once Around the Block’, ‘You Were Right’, ‘Silent Sigh’, ‘Something to Talk About’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind’ into the nation’s consciousness and to audiences around the world.

His critically acclaimed soundtrack to the movie ‘About A Boy’ remains a masterpiece.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – the musical moniker of singer/guitarist Sam Duckworth – is well and truly back in 2018.

Raised equally on electronic, political folksingers, and post-hardcore, Duckworth began Get Cape in his hometown of Southend, Essex, in 2004, and Top 40 singles The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager (Part One), War of the Worlds, I Spy, Find the Time quickly followed.

After releasing material under his own name in recent years, Duckworth reactivated Get Cape earlier this year and released the album ‘Young Adult’ which included the tracks ‘Adults/Always’, ‘Just A Phase’, ‘DNA’ and ‘VHS Forever’.

James – who have sold more than 25 million records worldwide – have released 14 studio albums over the past 30 years which have gained both critical and commercial acclaim.

And the band behind such indie anthems as ‘Sit Down’, ‘Born of Frustration’,She’s A Star’ and ‘Come Home’ make a welcome return to Scarborough OAT after their sensational headline show in 2015.

James have just announced they will be releasing their new album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ on August 3. The album is produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew (whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice) and rising star Beni Giles.

‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ follows the release of their recent ‘Better Than That’ EP, the  band’s first new music since their hugely successful 2016 album ‘Girl at the End of the World͛’, which debuted at number two in the UK  album charts, second only to Adele – their highest debut entry in almost 20 years.

James 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, Steps and Alfie Boe’s special Armed Force Day concert.

Tickets for James’s gig 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).

ONWARD TOGETHER – Fleetwood Town Launches New Onward Card

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Fleetwood Town is proud to launch the new Onward Card, giving fans much more than just access to all the club’s Sky Bet League One home matches.

The Onward Card, which celebrates the town’s motto, goes on sale from Friday June 1, gives supporters the chance to make a unique long-term commitment to the club, gaining access to all 23 home games each season as well as exclusive invite-only events throughout the year.

The new card is a direct replacement for traditional season tickets and existing season ticket holders have until 5pm on Monday June 18 to secure their seats and purchase their new Onward Card. After this date, their seat will be available to purchase on general sale.

And to make watching the Cod Army affordable for all, Fleetwood Town supporters will purchase it via direct debit from as little as £6 per month for Under 16s, £12 per month for Seniors and Under 25s and just £17 per month for an Adult – as cheap as just £170 a year!

The first year will be paid over a 10-month period, transitioning to ongoing monthly payments from July 2019.

Fleetwood Town Chairman Andy Pilley said: “The Onward Card is something which we consider to be quite revolutionary. We take pride in being a forward thinking club and we have listened to our customers on this and the vision is one being Highbury being full and to make football more affordable for the local community.

“It is a scheme which is similar to a season ticket but different in many ways. It makes watching the Cod Army more affordable and allows our supporters to spread the cost of the price over a ten month period. We believe this makes it much more affordable for those in the community to come and watch Fleetwood Town.

“It brings the average cost down to £4 per week and we’d like to think that’s a price which will allow everyone to come and join us at Highbury Stadium, to get behind the team and the town as a whole.

“We feel the payment plan will make it much easier and more affordable for everyone in the town and surrounding areas to come together to watch what we aim to be an exciting, winning team.”

As well as access to all 23 Sky Bet League One home matches at the Highbury Stadium, additional benefits for Onward Card holders includes:

Exclusive access to ‘Meet the Head Coach’ evenings at Highbury Stadium

Invitation to supporter events with players at Poolfoot and Highbury

Discounts at various Fleetwood Town FC outlets such as Crossbar and Grill, Poolfoot Farm

Regular, exciting offers from selected club partners throughout the year including:

Discounted admission to Blackpool’s Merlin attractions including The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and SEALIFE Blackpool

Discounted admission to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Discounts and offers at a range of live music events by Cuffe and Taylor – promoters of Lytham Festival and major UK tours and events

For more details about the Onward Card go to www.fleetwoodtownfc.com. The Onward Card goes on sale at 9am Friday June 1 and is available by calling 01253 775080, by visiting the Club Shop at Highbury Stadium, or online at www.ftfcstore.com

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