‘ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR’
SOUTHPORT take note! ‘ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR’ reaches its special
milestone this year, touring the U.K. for 10 ‘ROCKIN’ years,
bringing sheer enjoyment to everyone who sees this uplifting show.
As one lady from Gwent recently commented, ‘at 63 years old,
this is the best show I have ever seen in South Wales and I can’t
wait to see it again’!
Back in 2004, the show reached new heights with a ground-breaking
tour of Europe. Ever since then, it has returned many times, gaining
a whole new following of Dutch, German and Austrian fans.
During the same year, ‘ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR’ took King’s
Lynn by storm, performing before a 10,000 strong audience in the
Tuesday Market Place Square for the town’s popular annual event,
Festival Too. This marked the beginning of many successful, big
Each year, ROHD plays to an audience in excess of 2,500 at The
Edinburgh Playhouse where the show has a phenomenal following of
Scottish fans. ROHD has also appeared on Ulster television, in
the New Year’s Eve edition of The Kelly Show, and more recently,
ITV1’s new quiz programme ‘THE MINT’. In their review
of all the summer shows at Blackpool, Stage Magazine said that top
honours must go to ‘ROCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR’.
The line-up consists of Steve Halliday (Eddie Cochran), Dave
Wickenden (Buddy Holly), Barry Steele (Roy Orbison), Richard Atkins
(Elvis Presley) not forgetting guest star, Jerry Lee Lewis (Darren
Green) with his amazing ‘flaming’ piano. After Jerry’s ‘Great
Balls Of Fire’ there is no one better than leather-clad
heart-throb Eddie Cochran who has the ladies eating out of his hand
with the classics, ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and ‘Hallelujah, I
Love Her So’. Steve Halliday’s mastery of the guitar is somethin’
else. He is followed by ‘Buddy Holly’ who skips his way
energetically across the stage wielding his Fender Stratocaster with
style - he gives an animated performance full of life, oozing
vitality and energy. Closing the first half of the show to
thunderous applause, is ‘Roy Orbison’ with his
spelling-binding rendition of ‘Crying’.
2001 heralds The
King, (Richard Atkins) who strides on stage to dominate the 2nd half
with his reincarnation of 70’s Elvis. ‘During an utterly memorable
Me’ Elvis set off round the theatre with the roving mike,
shaking hands and giving away scarves to the fans, including one
lady who I swear would have climbed over the heads of the rest of
the audience to give him a kiss!’ (Guide & Gazette - Broughty
Ferry). Towards the end of the show, the four legends appear
together for their breathtaking version of ‘American Trilogy’
in a dream supergroup finale guaranteed to leave the audience asking
‘When will they be back?’
At the heart of the show is the band, the engine room and the
driving force behind the singers. These are musicians of the highest
calibre who must play in four different styles to accompany each
distinctive performance. This show is a totally live Rock ‘n’ Roll
triumph - without doubt, the sound achieved by the ROHD sound crew
is nothing short of studio quality.
As Fordyce Maxwell from ‘The Scotsman’ newspaper commented,
‘They should put a night like this on prescription and it
would save the National Health Service a fortune!’ Mike
Elliott of the BBC recently enthused, ‘It was so good, I had
to ponder how long it would be before there were tributes to this
A performance at The Empire, Liverpool saw 1500 fans give a standing
ovation during the finale. After all, where else can you get to see
Elvis, Roy, Buddy and Eddie Cochran all on stage at the same time!
Close your eyes and you really will think you’re ‘rockin’ on
It will be at the
Floral Hall in Southport on Friday 15 June from 8pm.
Tickets are:- £15.50, £14.50 & £10.
Call the box office today to book your tickets on:- 0870 6077560
Literature and Life
A UNIQUE new
MA course in reading in practice is being launched in Liverpool this
September. The University of Liverpool’s English department has
developed the 2-year part-time programme, which investigates the
role of literature in bibliotherapy and health.
“The subject of
literature is not meant to be academic, it’s about the lives,
troubles, possibilities, hopes and stories of human beings.”
– Professor Philip Davis, course director.
This MA asks, if
literature takes life as its subject matter, what practical relation
do books have to the lives of those who read them? And what does
reading really offer to people? Course director Philip Davis argues
that, “Good novels and perceptive poetry are far better than
self-help books, or taking pills to make you feel better. For many
people Poetry is far better than Prozac.”
The course, MA
Reading in Practice, 2 years, part-time, Thursday evenings 6pm to 8pm,
runs from September, fees £975pa (approx), 15 places available. For
further information, contact Trina Houghton, School of English,
Liverpool University, can call on 0151 794 2771; or email at
breath a stinking problem for couples and colleagues
1 IN 5 people
believe that their partner has bad breath according to a new UK-wide
dental survey. The National Smile Month Survey, commissioned
by the British Dental Health Foundation in association with
Healthplan provider HSA, found that 20% of people would describe
their partner as ‘having bad breath’ – and the result was the
same for both men and women.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Foundation, commented:-
“Bad breath can be a real turn-off for both sexes so it must be a
worry that so many people are noticing it in their partners.
With a further 42% revealing they have friends or colleagues with
bad breath it seems that this is still very much a common problem.
Although there can be other causes, such as spicy foods and some
medical conditions, most bad breath is the result of poor oral
hygiene. People need to brush their teeth twice-a-day with fluoride
toothpaste, cut down on how often they have sugary foods and drinks
and visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
With the survey’s findings that the majority of people wouldn’t risk
their friendship by telling someone they had bad breath it seems
that people need to find out for themselves. Try the ‘lick
and sniff’ test to see if your breath smells. Simply lick the
inside of your wrist, leave it for a few seconds and the sniff. If
the smell is unpleasant the chances are your breath is too.”
The survey was commissioned to mark the 31st National Smile Month.
The campaign will run until June 12 under the tagline ‘Two
Minutes Twice a Day’.
“It’s clear from the survey that the UK breath is not as fresh
as it could be. However, some areas are fresher than others, with
Edinburgh topping the list for minty mouths and Cambridge at the
bottom,” comments Abby Bowman from HSA. “Regular trips
to the dentist are vital for all-round good oral health. And, if
you’re are worried about the cost, a range of funding options are
Home Buyers Search Out A Bargain
in Liverpool – one of the country’s property hotspots - are being
given a helping hand with its fees for property searches being
reduced. The City Council has cut its fees for searches from
£165 to £101. Both residential commercial property will benefit.
This move follows a review of fees after the introduction of a new,
computerised system over the last 2 years which is now providing a
faster, more cost-effective and responsive service with full
searches being turned round within 3 to 5 days.
“With the introduction of the computerised system we are able
to reduce our costs as well as providing a better service.
Now that the system has bedded in we have been able to streamline
it further and with the efficiencies we are making we can pass
further savings on to house- buyers. House prices in Liverpool
have been soaring over the past few years as more and more people
find the city an attractive place to live in and while it shows that
the city is booming it also means house hunters – especially those
trying to get on the property ladder have to pay out more. So
we are only too pleased to do anything we can do to help them
especially with the proposed introduction of Home Information
Packs.” said Cllr Keith Turner, Executive Member for Resources.
Last year the Council processed more than10,000 search applications,
demonstrating the buoyancy of the local property market.