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Make waves with McFly, and have miles of fun for Sport Relief

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: March 22, 2012


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SPORT Relief takes centre stage this weekend with a number of events for those wanting to do their bit for charity.

There are hundreds of Local Miles events across the UK on Sunday, March 25, independently organised by the local community.

Among the locations are Newton Abbot Racecourse, Ipplepen Athletic Football Club, the Church House Inn at Harberton, Dartmouth Leisure Centre and Kingsbridge Rugby Club.

Click www.sportrelief.com for all the details.

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Chart-toppers McFly bring their Keep Calm and Play Louder tour to the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Sunday, March 25.

The band are playing a tour of smaller venues across the UK, with support from bands drawn from the regions they visit.

McFly’s debut album, Room On The 3rd Floor, hit number one in the UK Album Chart in 2004, making them the youngest band ever to have an album debut at number one.

The album produced a series of Top Five hits, including Five Colours in Her Hair, Obviously, That Girl and Room On The 3rd Floor.

McFly have had 18 consecutive Top 20 singles, seven of which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and 15 of which were consecutive Top 10 singles.

They have sold an estimated eight million records worldwide.

Extra interest this year comes from the fact that two of the band’s members emerged as winners in the winter’s big reality TV shows.

Dougie Poynter won I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! while Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing.

Support will come from Dorset band StopGoSixty.

Torquay United are at home on Saturday, March 24.

The high-flying Gulls, currently second in League Two, entertain Port Vale with a 3pm kick-off.

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham play the Ariel Centre in Totnes on Sunday, March 25.

Aly is a fiddler with Phil on accordion and the pair have toured together regularly since 1988.

On five visits to Totnes since 2003 they have sold out on every occasion.

They are expecting this visit to be the same.

The event is being resented by Harberton Cricket Club and supported by Harberton Folk.

Celtic folk duo Blyde Lasses will perform traditional songs and tunes on fiddle and concertina at the Flavel in Dartmouth on their tour of the South West.

Rich in stories as well as music, their songs are based on local folklore from Shetland and archive material.

Claire White grew up in Shetland learning tales behind the tunes she was taught by Dr Tom Anderson.

Frances Wilkins first took up the English concertina in sessions in Shetland, and toured extensively in the British Isles, Europe, and Scandinavia with traditional band Solan, before moving to London to study music at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

She has performed a wide variety of musical styles with bands, including London-based Klezmer group She’koyokh and Aberdeen roots-infused group The Pictones.

Shetland Concertina takes place at the Flavel on Saturday, March 24, at 7.30pm.

They say that if you remember the 1960s you weren’t there. Fill that gap in your memory with The Solid Silver 60s Show and relive the 1960s with original artists singing their greatest hits.

Now in its 27th year, the show features the talents of Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland with Brian Poole and all backed by Vanity Fare.

The production at the Princess Theatre in Torquay on Wednesday, March 28 is a chance to hear the classic hits performed by the original hitmakers. They include I’m into Something Good, Let's Dance, The More I See You, Ginny Come Lately and Sealed with a Kiss.

Fans of musical theatre are invited to have a swinging time at Paignton Zoo.

This unique event on Sunday, March 25, will showcase the talents of TOPS Musical Productions through a variety of company numbers, solo and duets.

The concert will include songs from Doctor Dolittle, Jungle Book, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables, Chess, Annie, Me & My Girl and Beauty and the Beast.

All tickets are £10 and can be booked by contacting Pat Harding on 01803 323801 or Jeane Frost on 07715940293. The event starts at 7pm.

Tuesday, March 27, sees the opening of an annual exhibition of art and craft created by adult students of South Devon College.

Featuring framed pictures, woodcarving, sugarcraft, jewellery, textile work and a host of other arts, the exhibition is designed to celebrate and share the work of Adult amd Community Learning students studying in Paignton and Brixham.It runs until March 29.

The sounds of London’s Royal Albert Hall will soon be resonating in Newton Abbot when the ‘Last Night of the Mini Proms’ visits the Bushell Theatre on Sunday, March 25.

International performers are making a very first appearance with a concert of well-loved favourites including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance and opera favourites such as the Toreador’s Song from Carmen performed exquisitely by a string quartet and two opera singers.

The concert will feature baritone Grant Doyle performing songs from Carmen and The Barber of Seville. He is joined by operatic tenor Nicholas Sharratt performing such classics as La Donna e Mobile and Nessun Dorma.

The concert starts at 5pm and tickets are available from Newton Abbot Tourist Information Office or at the door. The Bushell Theatre is on the campus of Coombeshead Academy, Ashburton Road, Newton Abbot.

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