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Issue:- 12 January  2012

The Rat Pack Is Back Live at Southport Theatre

START spreading the news... According to Nancy Sinatra; the daughter of Olí Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, tribute act David Alaceyís rendition of New York, New York is far too close for comfort.  The Star of the Rat Pack Is Back! Stage show, David who trained as an actor at The Italia Conti Academy in London, recorded a note perfect version of the classic song for use as the signature tune to a new computer game to be released by Atari. Accompanied by a 35 piece big band, David spent a day in Londonís famous Abbey Road recording studios recreating New York, New York for use on the game Tycoon City New York.

"Performing New York, New York is second nature to me. In the 15 years Iíve been playing Sinatra, Iíve sung it live more than 1,500 times. In the studio it was a matter of going over absolutely every syllable separately to ensure it was a really spot-on cover."
says David.

David says Atari chose him over all the other Sinatra tributes in the world because he is one of the few performers who portrays the singing legend as he entered the latter part of his career.

"New York, New York was recorded in 1980, Frank would have been 65 years old. There needs to be subtle changes to the phrasing to his earlier recordings to ensure you create an authentic version of the song."
says David.

When Tycoon City New York; featuring Davidís vocals; was released in the States, Nancy Sinatra objected that the soundtrack was too authentic and Atari were guilty of passing off.  The gameís UK release was delayed as a consequence and eventually released minus Davidís vocals. David can be seen as Sinatra in The Rat Pack Is Back at Southport Thearter with Paul Drakeley as Dean Martin and Des Coleman as Sammy Davis Jnr.  The Rat Pack were the definition of cool during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, collectively known as the Rat Pack, combined the sound of swing with charisma, panache and swagger. The trio had attitude to spare.

"Itís the UKís original Rat Pack concert show; a brilliant production with real musical pedigree. We are really looking forward to coming to Southport Thearter, as the theatre has real variety history, making it a perfect venue for our trip down memory lane." says David.

Soap opera fans will recall Des Coleman as Lenny in "Eastenders", the part he played with great popularity for over four years. Since then, Des has been seen regularly as a reporter on "The One Show" also for The BBC, when not touring as Sammy Davis Jnr with The Rat Pack is Back.

Des who recently won a prestigious Royal Television Society award has great memories of Southport:- "I used to spend a lot of time here socially in the nineties and we always had a great time because the people are so friendly. So I think that we will have a gas during and after the show."

The band is led by Don Hunt a musical director who actually worked with Sammy Davis Jnr on 2 TV specials.  The cast of The Rat Pack is Back have also recently graced the stage at a Royal Command Performance for HRH The Princess Royal and performed for former President Clinton at a Gala concert held at The Round House in London.  New York New York is one of 150 world-famous songs the show can draw from in its set list. Thus, just like Frank, Dean and Sammy in their prime, The Rat Pack Is Back! is spontaneous, with performers responding to audience requests. It includes all the razzamatazz of the Rat Packís infamous live stage show and one luck lady in the audience will even have the chance to replace Nancy by joining Frank on stage for the hit duet "Somethiní Stupid" Ė Memories really are made of this!

Savings must not be used to subsidise dodgy infrastructure projects

"THERE may be some sensible infrastructure investments that are as good as other investments, that's fine; but we can't have the £140 billion LGPS funds used as a politicianís plaything." says GMB

GMB commented on the revelation that the Treasury and the Local Government Association (LGA) have been having secret talks about using Local Government Pension Schemes funds (LGPS) to pay for infrastructure projects.

Brian Strutton GMB National Secretary for Public Services said in a press release that:- "The money in these pension funds are union members savings for their retirements. They are not a Treasury resource. The funds are savings belonging to local government workers and they should be invested well. I'm very surprised that Treasury and the Local Government Association have been discussing the use of our memberís pension savings to support government infrastructure projects like roads and railways. There has been no discussion with us which is very worrying. Given that government wants staff to take more responsibility for the cost of their pensions we have an absolute right to have a say in how those pension savings are invested. GMB intend that this right is exercised by our members. There may be some sensible infrastructure investments that are as good as other investments; that's fine; but we can't have the £140 billion LGPS funds used as a politicianís plaything. Pension fund savings cannot be gambled on projects which are financially dodgy due to risks of cost escalations from planning, design or other problems. Government has worked with National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) to come up with ways for private sector pension schemes to invest in infrastructure projects safely and GMB will be happy to help do the same for the LGPS. But GMB can't have our members' pension pots raided to pay for pet projects for politicians. That is not fair and probably unlawful."

Do you agree with the GMB? Email us your views on this topic to:- news24@southportreporter.com.

Elderly Residents Plan 715 mile Torch Relay to Celebrate Olympics

HUNDREDS of elderly residents living in 29 ExtraCare Charitable Trust retirement schemes and villages across the country, including Reeve Court Village in St Helens, are getting active in the run-up to the London 2012 Games, bearing their own torch in a 715 mile relay.  The torch will be coming to St Helens on 17 April 2012 and staying for a few days until residents and staff take it to Sheffield, travelling in vintage cars and buses.  The ExtraCare Challenge, launched this week by former Olympic long-distance runner Dave Moorcroft, is a celebration of activity, health and social opportunity in later years.  Involving a mix of activities (including gyms, running, and cycling) and transportation (including hot air balloons, boats, and golf buggies), the ExtraCare torchís 5 month long journey will finish at Shenley Wood Village in Milton Keynes on 27 July 2012, the day of the Olympic opening ceremony.  Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said:- "The ExtraCare Challenge is encouraging older people around the country to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as ExtraCare, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in sports and other physical activities."

Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said that he was looking forward to the ExtraCare Challenge. He added:- "It is a clear demonstration of our collective drive and imagination that we should unite and bear ExtraCareís own Olympic torch from scheme to village and village to scheme Ė travelling to 29 sites, with thousands of miles and countless activities involved Ė culminating in a grand celebration at our brand new Shenley Wood Village next summer. I suspect it will be one heck of a trip!"  For more information, please visit:- extracare.org.uk and also go to:- london2012.com/inspire-programme websites.

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