Former Strictly and X Factor stars to appear in hit stage show in Preston and St
KRISTINA Rihanoff and Christopher
Maloney are to team up in a new smash hit:- 'Dance To The Music'
that promises to transport audiences on a musical journey through time. The
pair became close pals during their time in 'Celebrity Big Brother'
and now they are to appear together in a nationwide tour of this glittering
The new production will showcase every genre of dance, from the roaring twenties
to the present day, with plenty of sequins and surprises along the way! The
production is the creation of professional dancer and choreographer Kristina,
who spent 8 years on hit BBC show:- 'Strictly Come Dancing.'
Kristina, who became a parent with partner Ben Cohen in 2016, said:-
"'Dance To The Music' is a totally new show with some breath taking dance
routines that I hope the audience will love. Chris and I have kept in touch ever
since we left the Big Brother house and I'm really excited about working with
him. As every fan of The X Factor will know, Chris has got a fantastic singing
voice, and I'm very lucky to be joined by him. It's a dance production like no
other because it includes everything from tap and the Charleston, right through
to modern Latin and Ballroom. There's even Break Dancing and Hip Hop!"
In addition to Christopher's vocals, Kristina will once again be paired with her
former professional dance partner Robin Windsor, who himself starred on
'Strictly' for 4 years.
Also gracing the stage will be Oksana Platero, who
partnered Judge Rinder, on Series 14, of the BBC show, becoming famous for her
jaw dropping lifts! Oksana's husband Jonathan is also in the cast, as is top
singer songwriter Beth Sherburn.
'Dance to the Music' will be touring with 38 dates across the UK,
throughout January and February of 2018. Christopher, a former finalist on
'The X Factor', said:- "I'm looking forward to having a great
time in such an exciting show! Hopefully I'll get to do to the odd bit of cha
cha cha myself, as well as singing my heart out!"
In our area the show will be preformed in both Preston and St Helens, as
part of the UK Tour. Dates are as follows:-
► 31 January 2018, at the Theatre Royal, St Helens.
► 13 January 2018, at the Preston Guild Hall.
For full tor schedule, listings of and details visit:-
The big December freeze set to spur almost
19,000 Liverpudlians to book a holiday
NEW research by
ATOL has found that over 19,000
Liverpudlians are set to book their holiday this week, as December's snowy
weather accelerates the holiday booking period. Other key drivers for these
consumers booking a holiday before December is out include:- "needing some
sunshine after the dreary weather" 20% and "grabbing an early bargain"
Top 10 holiday destinations for those in Liverpool in 2018:-
||Joint India and New Zealand
||Joint Canada and Germany
The research also revealed the destinations at the bottom of tourist's wish
lists, with Azerbaijan and Bali proving the least popular.
Least popular holiday hotspots:-
Despite the weakness of the pound driving up costs, the latest data has found
that the popularity of the USA is stronger than ever with over a million more
people looking to travel across the pond in 2018 than 2017.
After enjoying adventurous gap years, the study shows millennials are now keen
to holiday a little closer to home with European destinations very much in vogue
for the younger generation. Spain, Italy and Greece are all top destinations of
choice and Portugal is rapidly closing the gap thanks to its buzzing food scene,
photogenic Cityscapes and Port making a comeback. This is in contrast to the
older generation who are increasingly using retirement to travel to far flung
destinations such as New Zealand and Australia.
The research found that when it comes to booking holidays, top priorities for
consumers include guaranteed sunshine, a nearby beach and even access to British
For the younger generation, the top three priorities for a holiday include:-
'good wi-fi' (35%), 'free data roaming' (15%) and 'instagrammable
locations' (10%). This is in stark contrast to those who are over 55
these sensible spenders are three times more concerned about having ATOL
protection when booking a break (60%)
Richard Moriarty, Consumers and Markets Director at the Civil Aviation Authority
said:- "With more consumers than ever using the period between Christmas
and New Year to book trips abroad, we want to make sure as many people as
possible understand the benefits of the ATOL scheme. It's the most comprehensive
form of protection for package holidaymakers in the UK, ensuring more than 26
million British travellers every year can travel with peace of mind. Whether
you're travelling to popular hot spots such as Spain or exploring destinations
even further afield, don't forget to ask about ATOL before you book. Having an
ATOL certificate means that your holiday is financially protected, so if the
worst happens and your travel company goes bust, you will still be able to get
home and will not lose your hard earned cash."
IS YOUR CALL A REAL EMERGENCY???
WHILE everyone has been enjoying their turkey and mince pies and relaxing with
loved ones, for North West Ambulance Service staff, it has been business as
usual with thousands of incidents responded to over the festive period.
The Trust answered 4,111 emergency calls and attended 3,178 incidents on
Christmas Day alone and this figure has increased on subsequent days as the
Trust urges the public to only call in the case of real emergencies.
Director of Operations, Ged Blezard comments:- "This Christmas has been one of
our busiest ever and there are no indications that activity is going to reduce
as we head towards New Year's Eve; traditionally always our busiest day. On 27
December 2017, we were astounded to see that our control staff had answered
5,491 emergency calls and we know that not all of these required an emergency
ambulance response. Unfortunately, there have been some patients who have been
waiting longer than we would like, but I want to assure the public that we are
doing the very best we can to reach people as quickly as possible, but if your
condition is not urgent, you will wait some time for a response or be given
advice on other healthcare options."
The sudden cold snap currently being experienced in the region is also likely to
increase activity as those with heart and lung conditions need our help. Add to
this, ice on the roads means treacherous driving conditions, bringing about an
increase in road traffic collisions and also slows down Ambulances as they can't
travel as quickly as usual.
Ged adds:- "Please do check on elderly and infirm friends, relatives or
neighbours, make sure their homes are adequately heated and they have the
medications they need. For coughs, colds and sore throats, seek advice from your
pharmacist. Ambulances must be kept free for those in urgent or life threatening
conditions and should not be used as a quick route into Hospital. Our staff in
the call centres and out on the roads are working incredibly hard at the moment
and doing the best they can for patients but we also need the public's help in
making the right call."
As New Year's Eve approaches, NWAS is also reminding people to act responsibly.
Ged Explains:- "On this night we see an increase in assault and alcohol related
injuries and these are avoidable if people take some simple steps... eat well,
don't drink to excess and wear warm clothing when out and about. No 1 wants to
see in the New Year with a headache and bruises."
Between 23 December and 27 December 2017, NWAS call centres received the
following calls. Ambulances were not despatched and callers were advised on
seeking help elsewhere:-
► Cracked tooth; Greater Manchester.
► Soiled self; Greater Manchester.
► Constipation; Merseyside.
► Had cold symptoms for a week; Merseyside.
► Sinus infection; Lancashire.
► Had a cough for 3 months; Merseyside.
► Sore throat and a cough, only started in the morning; Cheshire.
► Need a repeat prescription; Lancashire.
► Can't stop hiccupping; Merseyside.
► Burnt finger 6 days ago, still swollen; Greater Manchester.
► Swallowed toothpaste the day before, got a stomach ache now; Greater
► Chipped tooth - Lancashire.