Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 4th to 12th November 2015

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

There are three new releases in the local cinemas during this period. We have a strong drama with 99 Homes (15); comedy horror in Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (15) and suspense/horror with The Vatican Tapes (15).

The movies Sicario; Maya the Bee Movie and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games have vanished from the screens. In addition the following movies will soon come to the end of their screening Crimson Peak; Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Minions and The Last Witch Hunter.

Despite the loss of two films for a younger audience, family entertainment is still well represented with Animal Kingdom: Let's Go Ape; Inside Out; Minions; Pan and Hotel Transylvania 2.

For adult drama James Bond is ever popular in Spectre. There is also the strong period drama Suffragette and the the very believable science fiction adventure The Martian.

Horror is well represented at the moment with the stunning Crimson Peak; Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and the newly released The Vatican Tapes.

High culture on offer this period includes NT Live: Hamlet; ROH Live: Carmen and Macbeth.


Crimson Peak
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska
The film opens in the 1900s with Edith Cushing (Wasikowska), an aspiring novelist from a wealthy family, living in New York. She is wooed by an English aristocrat Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and Edith subsequently marries him. Thomas takes her to his home Allerdale Hall, a gothic mansion set on Crimson Peak, a mound of red clay. Here Edith must live with her new husband and his sister Lucille (Chastain). However Edith starts to uncover secrets within the house. This is a glorious, stylistic, sumptuous, costume drama sort of of a horror movie, though the film provides suspense rather than horror. A well made and very watchable film.

Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, Nasko Mori
A docudrama set in May 1996 when two expeditions tried to make it to the peak of Mount Everest. However a blizzard resulted in the death of eight climbers. The main emphasis is on the five climbers who perished on the South face. This is a dramatic and moving film, best appreciated in 3D to get the most of the scenery and the dizzying drops. The mountain itself is the primary focus, with character development taking second place, though there is much made of the trials of the climbers and of the emotional distress of loved ones left behind. An unsentimental movie which makes the viewer feel that he is part of the expedition.

Director: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders.
The film is both a spin off and a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. The Minions have always existed on earth and the movie begins by tracing their evolution. They have the purpose of serving the most despicable of masters though not very successfully. The race finally retired to the Antarctic where they fare badly. Hence Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob decide to seek a new master for their race to work for. In a villain convention in Orlando they decide to serve the supervillain Scarlet Overkill (Bullock) who is planning to overthrow the Queen of England and the film, using skits and Musical numbers, follows this plot. The Minions were the best part of the Despicable Me franchise and so it is fitting that they have their own film. The movie is very entertaining, inoffensive and funny and will delight all ages. However this reviewer would have liked more minions and fewer supervillains.

Director: Joe Wright
Certificate: PG
Cast Includes: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke, Garrett Hedlund
A prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Peter (Miller) is abandoned by his mother and brought up in an orphanage run by Mother Barnabus (Burke). He is captured by pirates and taken to the magical world of Neverland where he is forced into slave labour by Bluebeard (Jackman). Peter and his friend James Hook (Hedlund) manage to escape to the forest where Peter befriends the fairy Tinker Bell. The fairies fight and defeat the pirates and Hook becomes captain of the Jolly Roger ship. A rather bland and somewhat contrived movie.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Chris Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill
This is the sixth instalment in the Paranormal Activity series and it opens with a scene from Paranormal Activity 3. Ryan Fleege (Murray) moves into a new home in California along with his wife Emily (Shaw), daughter Leila (George) and his brother Mike (Gill). The two brothers discover a box of old VHS tapes filmed by a previous inhabitant of the property, starring two girls Katie and Kristi. These girls start to communicate with the current family by means of the TV set and various supernatural phenomena manifest within the house. Ryan brings in a priest to perform an exorcism, but things don't go to plan, leading to an unsettling conclusion.

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Director: Christopher Landon
Certificate: 15
Cast Includes: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont.
Ben (Sheridan), Carter (Miller) and Augie (Morgan) are three scouts on a camping trip. They plan to attend a party, but things go awry when zombies commence an attack on their local town. They team up with a cocktail waitress from a strip club and must use their scouting prowess to defeat the zombie hordes. This is a teen comedy horror, a raunchy movie with breasts and dubious jokes. There are some memorable scenes and snippets of real humour amid the gore and bad taste.

Director: Sam Mendes
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Christopher Waltz, Andrew Scott
The latest James Bond Movie. M engages in a political battle to keep the secret service, in the light of a plan by Max Denbigh (Scott) to replace the 00 program with computer surveillance. Bond meanwhile is trying to locate Franz Oberhauser (Waltz), the suspected head of the evil organisation 'Spectre'. The movie starts in Mexico during the Day of the dead celebrations and thence the action continues in London, Rome and Morocco. There are numerous over the top action sequences, car chases, a good assortment of scary villains and exotic love interest. However amid this harshness, the movie contains a good level of humour. Tension builds from the very start, though some of this starts to dissipate as the film progresses. This is James Bond from the classic mould and Daniel Craig delivers a great performance.

The Martian
Director: Ridley Scott
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
A manned mission to the planet mars is aborted when the crew face a huge sandstorm. However astronaut and botanist Mark Watney (Damon) is left behind, presumed dead. Yet he lives and must now find a way to survive and contact Earth in the hope that a rescue mission can be mounted. The movie is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Andy Weir. This is a homage to the ingenuity of man in desperate circumstances. The movie is visually effective, scientifically accurate and is well seasoned with humour. An excellent film that has received glowing reviews.

The Vatican Tapes
Director: Mark Neveldine
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Pena
Angela Holmes (Dudley) is an ordinary young woman until she cuts her finger at her birthday party. Following this her behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and she starts to have a maleficent effect on her friends. It is suspected she has become possessed and the Vatican is called to exorcise the demon. Father Lozano (Pena) is sent to investigate and he finds he has to deal with an ancient satanic force. This is an exorcism movie that borrows rather heavily from other examples of the genre. Dudley puts in an excellent performance and the film has a suitably melancholic tone with little humour. There are moments of gore but a lack of any real frights.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Council Launches Consultation on visitor parking in residents’ parking zones

Lancaster City Council is asking people for their views on proposals for improved visitor parking arrangements in residents’ parking zones.

The existing arrangements and charges have not changed for many years and require residents to visit Lancaster or Morecambe Town Hall on a regular basis to purchase and renew visitor cards.

The consultation asks residents for their views on proposals to simplify arrangements and to make them more convenient.

Under the proposals residents’ visitor cards would be replaced by annual visitor permits.

More information and the chance to comment on the proposals is available online at Consultation forms are also available from Customer Services at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls. Alternatively email your views to or write to Environmental Services (Parking), White Lund Depot, White Lund Road, Morecambe LA3 3DT.

The deadline for comments is Friday 11th December 2015. Views submitted as part of the consultation will be considered by the city council prior to a decision being made on the proposals.

Any proposed changes would then have to be considered by Lancashire County Council for changes to traffic regulation orders and subsequent implementation across all the parking zones in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Countdown to Light Up Lancaster Kicks In

The countdown has well and truly begun to this year’s 'Light Up Lancaster' Festival – a weekend of light, art and fireworks across the city.

The two-night festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on 7th November.

Funded by Lancaster City Council, Arts Council of England, Lancaster Arts City, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster Unlimited, The Duchy of Lancaster and the University of Cumbria, this year’s event promises to be a magical weekend celebrating the city's rich cultural heritage.

The festival will begin with an illuminated arts trail for all the family through the streets of Lancaster city centre on the Friday evening. This will be followed on the Saturday by a host of day time activities from walks to workshops plus tours of the castle and lantern making before eyes turn to the skies for the annual fireworks spectacular at 8pm on Saturday night.

With a number of new opportunities for everyone to throw themselves into the festival spirit this year, members of the public are invited to dress up, light up and razzle dazzle with their illuminated creations to add to the community spirit of the event.

There are some great prizes on offer for illuminated people - and even their pets!There are prizes for 'best dressed four legged friend', sponsored by Bay Vets, and prizes on offer for best dressed families and individuals including a £50 voucher from BHS, tickets for The Dukes Christmas show and a star prize of dinner for two and overnight stay at newly refurbished The Lodge in Slyne.

All those entering are invited to the Pampered Pooch and People Parlour in Market Square on the Friday evening, where a professional photographer will snap every illuminated entrant. All the photos will be posted on the festival’s website after the event and a panel of judges will select the prize-winners.

(Note that this competition is only taking place on Friday and if your pets are at all nervous about loud noises or fireworks then we'd strongly suggest you don't consider entering them. Pets must be illuminated responsibly and safely, using recommended pet accessories. For guidance on illuminating your pets from Bay Vets, go to

Saturday evening’s Fireworks Spectacular will be launched from the top of Lancaster Castle from 8pm with BBC Radio Lancashire presenters back again this year to broadcast the specially coordinated firework music live from Quay Meadow.

Although the free wristbands to watch the fireworks from Quay Meadow and Giant Axe have now been allocated, other official viewing areas which do not require wristbands are Williamson Park and Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

Wherever you are on the night, if you can see the castle and tune into Radio Lancashire you’ll be able to enjoy the full light and sound experience.

• Full details of Light Up Lancaster 2015 including a programme of events can be found at . Programmes are also available to pick up at public venues including town halls and visitor information centres in Lancaster and Morecambe, the Dukes on Moor Lane and the Assembly Rooms Emporium on King Street, Lancaster

Witness appeal after Ridge Estate arson attacks

Police are appealing for information after two arson attacks on the Ridge Estate in Lancaster.

At around 9.25pm on 23rd October, a lit firework was pushed through the letterbox of a property on the Estate. The firework exploded in the hallway causing some minor damage to the doorway.

At around 10.30pm on Sunday (1st November), a firework was set off inside an address on Patterdale Road. The offender is believed to have approached the property and opened a rear door, releasing the firework inside a hallway. Some damage was caused to the floor and walls.

On both occasions, the occupants have been fortunate to suffer no injuries.

• Anyone with information about the first incident can call police on 101 quoting crime reference number WB1508668 of 23rd October 2015 

• If you have information about the second attack, call police on 101 quoting crime reference number WB1508939 of 1st November 2015

• Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

Pensioner seriously injured in Barton collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured following a collision in Barton.

Around 3.00pm on 2nd November, a 73-year-old man was involved in a collision with a blue Skoda Fabia close to the Green Man canal bridge on the A6 Lancaster Road.

He suffered a broken leg, punctured lung and head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed for more than three hours while accident investigators attended.

• Anyone with information about the incident can contact officers on 101 quoting log reference number 0865 of 2nd November 2015

Have your dog micro chipped for free before you’re breaking the law

Lancaster City Council is working in partnership with the Dogs Trust this year to help dog owners avoid breaking the law. In April 2016, the Government is introducing a law making it compulsory for all dogs to be micro chipped, meaning it will be an offence if they are not.

In readiness for the new legislation, Lancaster City Council in conjunction with the Dogs Trust, are continuing to arrange free micro chipping days to ensure as many dog owners as possible are able to comply with the new legislation

Micro chipping involves painlessly inserting a chip the size of a grain of rice under the dog’s skin which will identify the owner and address of the dog.  The chip can be electronically read by dog wardens and other animal welfare organisations if it were ever to become lost.

The next free micro chipping session will take place at The Gregson Community & Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3PY on Wednesday 25th November 2015, between 10am and 12pm and 1pm and 3pm. The session will be open to everyone within the Lancaster City Council district.

Coun Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, said:    “We believe that making the micro chipping of dogs compulsory is an important step forward for dog welfare. It is hoped that the free local micro chipping sessions on offer this year ahead of the new legislation coming into force will not only help residents to avoid breaking the law but will also greatly assist our Dog Wardens in reuniting owners with their much loved pets and reduce the burden placed on local animal shelters when owners cannot be traced.”

• If you would be interested in having your dog micro chipped just turn up on the day (children must be accompanied by an adult). If you require further details email or ring us on 01524 582935.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Could your street benefit from a spring clean?

Lancaster City Council is calling for people to nominate areas to take part in the next round of Street Pride events across the district.

The aim of Street Pride is to give communities an initial boost to smarten up their neighbourhood and put pride back into our communities.

Services provided include street cleaning, gully emptying, minor highway repairs and weeding.

There may be different reasons why you might nominate for a ‘Street Pride’ event. It may be that the area has fallen into disrepair, or it may be that it cannot usually be tidied because of parked cars.

Street Pride doesn’t replace the regular cleaning programme, but rather complements it in areas that may not otherwise be able to be targeted. It also gives residents the chance to get involved.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “Getting the community involved with Street Pride is key to helping to make it a success. And it doesn’t stop with nominating the areas that we will be targeting – everyone has a part to play in keeping our district clean.

“If your street hasn’t been chosen, you can still play your part by helping to organise a community litter pick or other event to build some pride in your area and to help keep the streets clean.

“By working together, and each doing our part, we can help to make our district a cleaner and healthier place to live.”

To nominate a street to take part in the scheme contact your local councillor – details can be found by visiting and typing in your postcode. As roads taking part will be closed for the duration of the works those on a bus route cannot be nominated.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 27th November 2015.

• Lancaster City Council can provide help and advice on how you can organise your own community clean-ups, along with equipment for litter picks. And once your clean-up is complete they’ll come and take the rubbish away for you. For more information visit

Help yourself to stay well this winter

Getting a flu jab could help vulnerable people stay healthy over the winter months and Lancashire County Council is urging people to get vaccinated and is offering advice to help people to stay well.

In particular, they're targeting people with long-term health conditions, people aged over 65, pregnant women and parents of children under seven.

The aim is to help people to stay healthy, reducing the need to get medical treatment or go into hospital.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: said: "By preparing for winter, you can reduce your chances of getting ill. Flu can make you seriously ill and can be fatal in some cases.

"Certain groups are much more likely to catch flu during the winter. We’d particularly like to see an increase in the number of pregnant woman and children age two to four who get a flu jab.

"It's now quicker and easier than ever, with jabs available at your local GP or chemist.

"If you're entitled to a free flu jab, you should get a vaccination before winter sets in and the chance of getting flu increases."

More than 75% of over 65s in Lancashire received a flu jab last year, compared to the national average of almost 73%.

But for people under 65 in 'at risk' groups in Lancashire, just over 53% were vaccinated last year. This is higher than the national average of just over 50% for England.

Councillor Ali added: "It's important to think ahead, before you start to feel unwell. This campaign raises awareness of what people can do to help themselves to stay well, to help everyone this winter.

"Even if you had a flu jab last winter, you'll need to get another one this year, so that it is updated to protect you against the latest flu strains."

Here are some general hints to help yourself and your friends and family to stay well through the winter:

• Make sure that you get any prescriptions before 24 December, to reduce the need for medical help during the Christmas and New Year period.
• Complete the course of prescription medicines.
• Keep as warm as you can and stock up on winter food supplies, in case you feel unwell and can't go out.
• Keep an eye on any of your friends, neighbours and relatives who are elderly or frail.

• For more information about flu vaccinations, contact your GP or local chemist.You can also find out more about staying healthy during winter by visiting:

Local art showcased at Lancaster City Museum

Sunderland Point by Norman Shadwell
There's a great exhibition of the work of talented local artists  at Lancaster City Museum at the moment, showing off the art of many local artists. 

The exhibition, which runs until Sunday 13th December will showcase around 80 artworks by members of the Lancaster and District Art Society, and, alongside it, are a small number of the Museum's holdings of art by artists from the 1930s and earlier.

The exhibition offers a wide range of work to enjoy, from watercolours and oils to acrylics and mixed media and the paintings cover a variety of subjects from local scenes, portraits and abstracts. 
Most of the works are for sale.

Among my favourites are Sunderland Point by Norman Shadwell (above) and an atmospheric steam engine inspired painting by SR McDude titled Green Ayre Railway Station and Lou Morton's image of Church Street.

The Lancaster and District Art Society was set up in 1946 to promote 'the practice of drawing and painting in all mediums'. It currently has around 60 members and welcomes anyone with an interest in art who would like to meet like-minded enthusiasts.  They meet regularly during the winter months for talks and demonstrations.  Check out their web site at

• Entry to the museum is free. Opening times are 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.  For more information phone 01524 64637 or email

Warm Up With The Winter’s Tale at The Dukes

There’ll be a warm welcome for Northern Broadsides when they return to The Dukes later this month with their well-timed version of The Winter’s Tale.

Among the cast of this updated version of the Shakespeare play, which runs from 10th - 14th November, will be two faces familiar to Dukes audiences.

Russell Richardson, who recently appeared as Fagin in the Dukes outdoor version of Oliver Twist this summer, and Adam Barlow, who was Prince Charming in last year’s Christmas production of Cinderella, both feature in the large ensemble cast led by Conrad Nelson.

Conrad not only directs the production but also plays Leontes in his first stage role since his acclaimed performance as Iago opposite Lenny Henry in Othello in 2009.

The Yorkshire theatre company’s production of The Winter’s Tale begins on New Year’s Eve in 1999 as the Millennium bells ring out with hope for the new century. But a lower, ominous note underscores these festivities and the characters are quickly plunged into darkness.

Seized by sudden irrational jealousy, King Leontes falsely accuses his pregnant Queen of infidelity with his closest friend who flees without answering the accusation. Leontes then proclaims his newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives.

What follows is a beautiful and beguiling love story staged by Northern Broadsides for the first time in their 23-year history.

Northern Broadsides are a unique theatre company with a true Northern voice. Their large ensemble casts of multi-talented and charismatic Northern actors all perform in their natural voices.

Find out more about the company and this play at a post show talk-back with the cast on 10th November, free to ticketholders.

• Tickets for The Winter’s Tale are priced at £9-£18.50. Concessions receive £2 off. For more information and to book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

Light Up Lancaster Back This Weekend

This year's Light up Lancaster event is set to return this weekend, with plenty of cultural events across the city. 
The two-night arts festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on Saturday 7th November.

Last year, Light up Lancaster attracted 21,000 visitors to the city with over 20% coming from outside the district, generating over half a million pounds for the local economy.

What's new for 2015?
This year's event looks to be a show stopper and has been designed to be playful and fun; perfect for all the family.

J"Lancaster is the perfect setting for a festival of art and light, with its rich cultural heritage," says Julie Brown, Event Producer.

"This year we want to have a really fun event for everyone, with lots of opportunities to get involved. We're encouraging people to come out into the Lancaster autumn evening and play, to dress up in their own illuminated outfits and for the audiences to really become part of the event.  And Lancaster people are always so enthusiastic, so we know they'll engage with gusto!"

Coun Darren Clifford, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said:  “Now in its fourth year, Light up Lancaster is established itself as a ‘must see’ event.  It showcases just how local art and culture can be used to illuminate the history and heritage of our small city and show off its big story.

“It’s a real partnership event and the Lancaster Arts Partners deserve a huge amount of praise for their organisation of not just Light up Lancaster but also their other events, including First Fridays, which make the city such a lively and attractive place for residents and visitors.

“Their work, in addition to events organised and funded by the Lancaster Business Improvement District, are crucial to the city’s future regeneration.

“The city council is proud to support their work and also the many other event organisers across the district who play such a vital part in the district’s economy.”

Friday evening, Lancaster's historic buildings and hidden corners will be illuminated and brought alive through theatre, dance, projection and light.  This family friendly event is designed so that everyone sees the city as they’ve never seen it before. 

Visit Lancaster on Saturday during the day and enjoy a host of activities for all the family, from walks to workshops plus tours of the castle and lantern making.

Then in the evening, watch the Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular with an array of amazing fireworks launched from Lancaster Castle with BBC Radio Lancashire presenters due back again this year to broadcast live from Quay Meadow.

Who's lined up to take part

Fiery Lights at Lancaster Castle, The Kings Bench at Judges Lodgings, Distant Voices and Lucent at Lancaster Priory Church, Aviary Arcadia at Sun Square, Delight at New Street Square, Shadowlands at Lancaster Library, And the Band played plus The Bazaar of Illumination on at Market Square and The People Pavilion. Plus don't miss the Light Up Your Pooch a parade of illuminated dogs and their owners!

This cultural event, funded by Lancaster City Council, Arts Council of England, Lancaster Arts City, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster Unlimited and sponsored by The Duchy of Lancaster and the University of Cumbria has already achieved nationwide recognition and is set to become a destination annual event across the North West.

The delivery of Light Up Lancaster is supported by Storm Consultancy, The Dukes, Water Sculptures and Better with Jam Marketing Agency who created the exciting new brand for this year's event.

• For more information on the event visit:   

Costumes With A Light Touch: Light Up Lancaster in style with help from The Dukes

Light Up Lancaster in style this autumn.

Just turn up at The Dukes on Tuesday 3rd November from 6.30-8pm and create a light reflective costume to wear at the Light Up Lancaster weekend.

The session is free and all materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

On the evening of 6th November, you can wear your creations with pride and strike a pose for a photographer in a special Pamper Parlour in Market Square. There will be prizes for the best and most imaginative costumes.

The Wearable Art Workshops will be run by Katie Duxbury, who makes many of the costumes for The Dukes theatre productions. She will be fizzing with ideas having just returned from the World of Wearable Art Show in New Zealand.

Katie has made costumes for Dukes productions since graduating in theatre design in 2009 and she held an exhibition of her work there last year. She has also worked in London’s West End on the award-winning production of Top Hat.

Katie will return to the Lancaster theatre soon to make costumes for the Christmas production of Beauty & The Beast which runs from 20th November 2015 - 2nd January 2016

Public consultation on Arkholme’s Conservation Area Appraisal

The Bay Horse Hotel, Arkholme
A consultation on a draft conservation area appraisal for Arkholme ends on 16th November.

Lancaster City Council's consultation offers members of the public the opportunity to comment on the content of the draft conservation appraisal to ensure it represents the area’s special architectural and historic interest.

To find out more about the draft appraisal visit
The draft document is also available in hard copy at Lancaster Town Hall, Lancaster Library, Morecambe Town Hall and Morecambe Library.

• Comments can be made by emailing or writing to Planning and Regeneration, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ. The deadline for comments is 16th November 2015

Magic Lantern Tales of World War One at the Platform

Using a genuine magic lantern projector, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley will be telling a story of World War One from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world at the Platform on Thursday 26th November. Also revealed are the tales of women who worked in the factories that oiled the wheels of war.

We often view war as a series of huge historical sweeps and this show reminds us that war is made by people who each have their own narrative of what happened.

The second half finds Ian and Ian exploring the subjects of magic lantern shows - from the natural
world to engineering and from local novelties to the far-flung corners of Empire - with plenty of knockabout humour and improv along the way!

“In Magic Lantern Tales the past and the present come together in pictures and poems that take the audience back to the First World War and forward to everybody's experiences of work and play and war and loss," says Ian McMillan. "The room will be dark but the pictures and the poems will light up the spirit!”

Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Pick of the Week, Countryfile, Last Word and The Arts Show. Previously, Ian has been resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs and was featured on The South Bank Show. Cats make him sneeze. Fund him on Twitter @IMcMillan and

Ian Beesley is artist in residence for Bradford Institute for Health Research. His work is held in the collections of the National Media Museum Bradford, The Imperial War Museum London and The Smithsonian Museum Washington USA. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2012. More info:

Magic Lantern Tales 7.30pm Thursday 26 November 2015, The Platform, Morecambe. Box office: 01524 582803

M6 junction 34 southbound exit sliproad closed 7 - 8 November

Drivers exiting the M6 from the north at junction 34 in Lancaster are being advised of an important phase of Lancashire County Council's £124.5 million Heysham Link project.

A weekend closure of the junction 34 southbound exit off the M6 is required from 6.00am on Saturday 7th November up to 8.00pm on Sunday 8th November to aid construction of the newly reconfigured Bulk Green junction.

During the closure traffic traveling south on the M6 wishing to use the junction 34 exit will be diverted to junction 33 exit at Galgate, the diversion will guide them to re-join the M6 north and return to junction 34, exiting the motorway via the northbound exit onto Caton Road (A683).

Diversion signs will be erected on the M6 prior to the junction on the southbound carriageway, its important drivers familiarise themselves with alternative routes, and plan their journeys ahead.
Drivers heading south on the M6 from Caton Road (A683) will not be affected.

“It’s important all drivers give themselves time on the approach to and at this junction, allowing time to read and understand the traffic management signage.” said Community Relations Officer, Tom Horton.

A temporary two-way set of traffic lights will also be set-up on Caton Road (A683) as part of the traffic management needed for the work over the weekend. The single-lane running will be set up on Caton Road (A683), through the existing southbound sliproad junction.

The Lancashire County Council road project started in January of last year and is due to be completed by summer 2016. The improvements around junction 34 include the improved motorway slip roads and a 600-space park and ride site just off the junction and work on these is now underway.

• Lancashire County Council has a dedicated website for the project including up to date schedules of roadworks. This is available at: