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Entertainer that’s right up your street

Looking for something to do with the kids this Saturday?

Then come along to The Sunken Gardens where North Down Borough Council’s Summer Entertainment Programme continues with the hilarious Pete Dobbing.

After being abandoned by his mother and father and raised by wild audiences, Pete quickly picked up valuable life skills such as (a) balance on top of a 10ft ladder while strumming Hendrix on a ukulele and (b) escaping police issued handcuffs. (All of which are surprisingly useful).

This charming kilted gentleman, a Covent Garden stalwart, has a show which will have you laughing until you burst — absolutely, completely and utterly brilliant street theatre. Pete’s show starts at 3pm and runs til 5pm so don’t miss it!

Then the fun continues on Sunday, July 3, at The Sunken Gardens, with the fabulous ’Beautiful Stu’. Stu won the hearts of every crowd he entertained at the World Championships in 2008, and in the process sneaked a surprise second place.

With lightning improvisation and a frankly disrespectful lack of actual skill, this charming scamp will win a place in your hearts and in your pockets. Stu is naturally hilarious and a true crowd pleaser!

Stu’s show kicks off at 3pm and runs til 5pm so come along for an afternoon of pure entertainment.

The Summer Entertainment Programme will see live street theatre at The Sunken Gardens every Saturday and Sunday in July and August (from 3pm to 5pm). There will also be live music at The Bandstand in Ward Park every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm during July and August.

Keep an eye out in local press for details on each artist or for more information phone the Tourist Information Centre on 028 9127 0069 or visit:

Summer sports

Don't forget North Down sports department has summer fun activities — for its timetable details go to


War time heritage appeal

Can you help the Somme Heritage Centre (near Newtownards), in their bid to preserve heritage?

Together, the University of the Third Age (U3A), an international educational organisation run by and for retired people which has 5,000 members province-wide, and the Somme Heritage Centre, are now looking for memories and memorabilia.

If you have information or memorabilia which would help the Somme Heritage Centre, ring 028 9146 2043 or 028 9145 9644.

Cream tea indulgence

Treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon cream tea in the stunning surroundings of Castle Ward, near Downpatrick, which throws open the doors to Lord Bangor’s suite, weekends only, until July 10 and weekends in September. Homemade scones, the creamiest clotted cream and mouth-watering fruit preserves, fruit cake and delicate finger sandwiches await the discerning palate, all washed down with the finest Earl Grey tea or coffee.

Cream Teas are available in the Bangor Suite weekends only, until July 10 and weekends in September, with sittings at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Up to 20 people can have a cream tea at any one time.

Cost is £7 per person plus normal admission to Castle Ward. Bookings are preferable to avoid disappointment. For further information contact the tea-room on 028 4488 1015 from 11am to 5pm daily.

Music and fireworks display

Put Saturday July 2 in your diary for Groomsport’s annual music and fireworks display.

This free event has all the elements for a fantastic evening out with three top-class live music acts, food and drinks available on-site, a funfair for children. The evening will conclude when an amazing Motown-themed fireworks display will illuminate the night sky. Headline act The Soul Foundation will be one of the acts featured.

The event kicks off at 7pm and will conclude at 11pm with a magnificent fireworks display.

Community groups/champions, channel five are interested...

Channel five are currently searching the UK to find individuals and groups who viewers would like to see have their wishes granted. They particularly want to hear about community and voluntary Health projects and groups from around the UK.

Do you know of such a group? How could we help them? Perhaps they need new equipment, have problems with transport or facilities or you would like to see the group receive a special treat? We’d love to hear more about the project — who runs it, who they help and the difference the group makes to those who attend.

Or do you know someone who could do with our help because of problems with their health? If they could wish for anything what would it be and what difference would it make to their life?

Perhaps you could be the person to help make their wish come true. Contact us via email at or call 0207 308 5446 or 5447.

Channel five are also asking for nominations of special people who always goes out of their way to help others.

Perhaps he or she is constantly fundraising, doing voluntary work or they have dedicated their life to looking after others with particular needs. Without them, maybe you, your family or your friends would be lost.

Do they deserve a special surprise thank you for being ‘one in a million’? If so, then we’d like to hear all about them for a new series coming soon to Channel five.

To nominate someone you can email us at or call 0207 308 5446 to tell us about your heartwarmer.

Don’t forget to include your own details and make sure you don’t tell them. All calls are charged at a standard rate.

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