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Eddie Izzard visits Gateway 97.8

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Actor, comedian and cross-dressed politically active celebrity Eddie Izzard visits Gateway 97.8 in support of Mike Le-Surf, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency. They were guests on Friday’s ‘Good Afternoon’ and answered a variety of topical challenging questions put to them by Yvonne Williams. Eddie Izzard made his long-term career commitment to Labour quite ... Read More »

Boeing! Boeing! A Must-See Comedy at the Queen’s, Hornchurch

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It’s not so much a matter of Boeing! Boeing! now, but of Going! Going! because if you don’t hurry, it will be gone. The show runs to March 28th and is playing to pretty full houses: you can count on the public to know a good thing when they see it. And cut to the chase the Queen’s Theatre’s own ... Read More »

Platters sing live from usa on Gateway

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THE PLATTERS AT THE TOWNGATE Who can forget Only You and The Great Pretender! Early rock’n’roll pioneers The Platters had Top 40 Billboard singles and 4 Number Ones between 1955 and 1967. They recorded just under 400 songs, sold well over 100 million records, performed in more than 91 countries and received more than 250 awards worldwide. They were inducted ... Read More »

New Florist for Basildon Market

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Ray Owen is a remarkably pleasant young man, hardworking, ambitious yet delightfully unassuming. Not the sort of character to strut his stuff on ‘The Apprentice’. Yet he is just the sort of young man who will succeed thanks to his willingness to deliver good service and his awareness that starting and growing a business demands hard work and commitment. Even more, ... Read More »

Exploring the Water Margins

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Ceramics and Painting by Patricia Douglas About the exhibition In this exhibition Patricia explores the water margins: land and water flow together, reflected sky transforms through water into a moving rock surface and one medium for making art can easily be mistaken for another. Some of the paintings use traditional painting media but others flow across the margins into three ... Read More »

Rigoletto Hits The Towngate

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If you haven’t yet booked for Rigoletto, then I suggest you phone for your seats as soon as you can, for international quality opera companies do not come to provincial theatres that much. In this case it is the Russians who are coming and coming with a sumptuous opera complete with a thirty-plus piece orchestra and English surtitles to help ... Read More »

New Shot in Dry Street Pastures Protest

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Miriam Heppell spoke to me on Good Afternoon about the latest ‘spanner in the works’ delivered by the Green Action Group (GAG2011) in its fight to keep the Dry Street Pastures as a pristine example of that very scarce resource: lowland pastureland. In wildlife conservation terms it is as important as ancient woodland, but has fared far worse. These Dry Street ... Read More »

Rigoletto comes to the Towngate —

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Rigoletto is perhaps the first really great opera from Verdi. It is certainly an audience favourite worldwide. It’s coming to the Towngate, sung in Italian, but with English surtitles which must be one of the best ways to enjoy it, for Italian lends itself so beautifully to musical phrasing. Incidentally, it’s said that Rigoletto was the favourite Verdi opera of ... Read More »

Oliver Harwood — Local Young Entrepreneur

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Oliver Harwood dropped in to the Good Afternoon studio to tell Yvonne about his Company and to tell how growing a business has impacted upon him, his expectations and his hopes. He is a local entrepreneur 18 years old who has spotted an opportunity in the business to business service sector. Oliver’s promotions business is a fine example of an enterprise ... Read More »

The Queen’s Edelweiss Pirates

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Edelweiss Pirates is a new play being performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival: the world’s biggest youth theatre festival. Yvonne talked to its Director, Patrick O’Sullivan on ‘Good Afternoon': you might like to have a listen to the attached recording. Edelweiss Pirates features Cut 2 Young, the company of young people nurtured and ... Read More »