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Sounds of Boney M in Exmouth

19:41 23 October 2015

Sounds Of Boney M In Exmouth

Sheyla Bonnick and the Sounds of Boney M

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Sheyla Bonnick and the Sounds of Boney M are coming to Exmouth Pavilion in November. And we ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this great show!

To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Sheyla was a member of an early line-up of Euro-pop group Boney M and helped to promote the group s first single, Baby Do You Wanna Bump.

Her powerful voice still sounds just like the day German singer-songwriter Frank Farian first formed the iconic group, back in 1975. During the last 40 years, Sheyla and the Sounds of Boney M have enjoyed many successful tours around the world.

The show brings back the sounds of Boney M, its visual feel and musical history. With songs like Rasputin, Daddy Cool, Ma Baker, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon and Holiday, it is easy to imagine yourself back in the days of those Frank Farian tunes and international stories which made the original concept so huge worldwide. For those who missed the 1970s, it s an unforgettable evening of nostalgia with the breath-taking pop and disco hits of Boney M and special guest band Gimme Gimme Gimme! The ABBA Tribute.

Sheyla Bonnick and the Sounds of Boney M appear at the Exmouth Pavilion at 8pm on Friday, November 20. Tickets are 20.50 (raised) and 18.50 (standard), available from the box office on 01395 222477 or online at: www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion

The Journal has a great prize to give away to our readers. For a chance to get your hands on a pair of tickets to Sheyla Bonnick and the Sounds of Boney M, simply answer the following question:

What was the name of Boney M s first single?

Send your answer on a postcard with your name, address and daytime contact number to Sheyla Bonnick and the Sounds of Boney M competition, Archant, Exeter Airport Business Park, Fair Oak Close, Clyst Honiton, EX5 2UL.

Terms and conditions: Competition closes at 11am on Friday, November 6. Winners will be selected at random after the closing date. Usual promotion rules apply – visit www.archant.co.uk

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Lack of tourist information ‘a joke’?

Lack Of Tourist Information ‘a Joke’?

(click on image for larger view) Hot weather views of Weston Sea Front, Grand Pier and Pier Square.

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE has been flung onto the world stage in recent weeks due to Banksy s arrival but councillors say they are concerned the town s provision for tourists is a total joke .

To send a link to this page you must be logged in. South West Transport Network (SWTN) has warned the lack of a tourist information centre (TIC) could mean only those armed with the latest technology will be able to navigate the town s public transport. SWTN representative David Redgewell attended North Somerset Council s strategic planning and economic development panel to stress his concerns after the closure of the TIC and the First Travel Centre1.

He suggested a centrally-located public transport information centre could house details of First Bus and Crosville bus schedules, and sell bus, coach or train tickets.

Crosville opened a travel shop2 in its Regent Street centre in August with the hope of plugging the gap, but Mr Redgewell says not enough is being done. He said: We have an issue of lack of tourist information in Weston. We have now lost the bus office and the Tourist Information Centre (TIC).

The council leader Nigel Ashton has promised us an answer to this problem but I don t know what this is. It s a serious issue, we need to know what is happening with next year s season. The panel wrote to executive members Elfan Ap Rees and Felicity Baker to ask what was being done to address the issue.

Cllr Ap Rees said: There has been no further progress with this but First Bus have been informed that the Silica might be available to them if they could make use of the facility as a travel outlet. To date, First has not indicated that they wish to go ahead with this option.

The council does not really hold influence on this and cannot determine what will be their commercial decision. But councillors were left unimpressed. Cllr Donald Davies said: If we were to use the Conservative mantra of payment by results then the executive member needs to cut his pay. This is appalling, isn t it?

This is important, we are trying to make ourselves a tourist destination.

Unless the tourists come with a full IT kit the average tourist would not be able to find any information about public transport.

If you compare us with other locations in the UK and even smaller seaside towns up in the north, they all have tourist information centres and we are meant to be a premier seaside destination.

This isn t good enough, it is a total joke.

The TIC is moving out of its home in the Winter Gardens this weekend3, but a new venue has yet to be found. Cllr John Crockford-Hawley suggests the lack of tourism expertise in the council is to blame. He said: It is extraordinary that Weston has been flung onto the world stage after an addition by one six-letter name, nothing to do with local government.

Why don t we hand it all over to the artists and let them have it?

We are a bunch of old has-beens and we need to hand this over to people who move in those circles.

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  1. ^ the First Travel Centre (www.thewestonmercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Crosville opened a travel shop (www.thewestonmercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ its home in the Winter Gardens this weekend (www.thewestonmercury.co.uk)

Norwich airport holiday passenger growth despite turbulence overseas

06:00 12 September 2015

Norwich Airport <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Passenger Growth Despite Turbulence Overseas

norwich International Airport. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Norwich International Airport has recorded an uplift in Discount Holidays © holiday passenger numbers, despite facing heightened turbulence in tourist destinations sparked by the terrorist attack in Tunisia and the Greek financial crisis.

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The transport hub saw holidaymakers flying from the airport grow 2pc year-on-year, from just under 101,000 to close to a 103,000.

The expansion came in spite of the financial blow caused by its decision to cancel its chartered flight to Tunisia at the end of June when a gunman with links to the Islamic State shot dead 38 people near the city of Sousse.

Elsewhere, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports all enjoyed their busiest ever month in August, with record-breaking passenger numbers.

Richard Pace, general manager of Norwich International Airport, said: Over all we are having a good year. We are seeing growth in important areas, including Discount Holidays © holiday flights and our international hub connectivity. That is against a backdrop of the terrible situation in Tunisia which has had an impact on our growth profile. Despite the terrible events, we have still been able to grow year-on-year.

He said while the events in Tunisia forced the airport to cancel its chartered flight to the country, the Greek economic crisis did not impact the performance of its service to Corfu, which was performing well.

An upsurge in demand for private chartered flights from Norwich-based SaxonAir also handed the airport a boost, growing its general aviation activity by 40pc.

The airport also saw 5pc growth in passengers using the Amsterdam hub connection, which allows travellers from Norwich to connect to long haul flights from Schiphol airport.

The growth was partly fuelled by the increasing number of international students travelling to Norwich to study at the University of East Anglia, Mr Pace said.

Across the UK, some 7.33 million people passed through Heathrow in August, up 4pc on the same month last year.

Gatwick Airport saw 4.53 million passengers last month – up 3.7pc on 2014.

Manchester Airport recorded 2.6 million travellers last month, making it the busiest in the airport s 77-year history.

The year-on-year rise was 5.05pc.

The airport s managing director, Ken O Toole, said: This has been a truly astounding summer and the number of people flying from the north of England has surpassed all forecasts, providing a boost for our airline, tour operators and retail partners, as well as creating jobs and boosting the local economy as a direct result.

We continue to work hard to ensure services and capacity match the demand that continues to grow across our broad and diverse catchment area.

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