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Issue:- 7 August 2014

The life sized War Horse puppet is heading to Southport Flower Show

JOEY, the life sized breathing, galloping puppet star of War Horse, will be riding into Southport Flower Show for a breath of sea air before returning to Salford for his evening performance at The Lowry.

He will appear at Southport on Thursday, 14 August 2014 and is currently performing in War Horse at The Lowry, Salford until Saturday, 20 September 2014.

This is the last chance to see War Horse in the North West so visitors are advised to book while they can, and take advantage of no booking fees at the Lowry Stand (E49) as well as other exclusive offers for visitors to the Southport show.

The National Theatre's production of War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert, his beloved horse Joey and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome.

At the heart of the show are life sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage, made by Handspring Puppet Company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Joey is made of cane, leather and tyvec with a torso reinforced with aluminium so he is able to carry a rider. He is operated by three puppeteers, the Head, the Heart and the Hind, who work together to create Joey's character, movement and sounds.

War Horse has now been seen by over 5 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007. Over the years Joey has appeared at many high profile events, from "saluting" HM The Queen at her 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations to starring in last year's Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Ray Roukin, General Manager of Southport Flower Show said:- "We are delighted to welcome War Horse to the Southport Flower Show on our opening day and we're sure visitors will be amazed to see this stunning puppet in action. The line up for our 2014 show is fantastic with a host of famous faces joining us, new entertainment and more floral displays than ever before."

As well War Horse, the highlights at the 2014 Southport Flower Show include a host of celebrity guests including Anton Du Beke, Alison King, Lisa Riley, Carol Klein, Christine Walkden.

The showpiece Grand Floral Marquee features more than a million blooms with displays from some of Britain's top growers and the stunning show gardens, floral displays and amateur growers competitions which have attracted visitors to the Lancashire coastal resort for more than eight decades.

The line up also features the North West Food Festival with cookery demonstrations from Mich Turner and Andrew Nutter as well as entertainment for all the family.

Show patrons Professor David Bellamy OBE, Professor Stefan Buczacki, Sir Roddy Llewellyn, Matthew Wilson will also be passing on their gardening tips.

Southport Flower Show, which last year attracted over 70,000 visitors, runs from Thursday, 14 August 2014 to Sunday, 17 August 2014.

Advance tickets are available for just £17 per person.

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