The Empire Theatre Tour Cleethorpes ~Entertainment ~History

A visit behind the scenes and even the walls, of the old Empire Theatre in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire. So I was delighted to here that the Heritage Open Days were allowing guided tours of the old theatre building.

 In the eighties it was converted into an amusement arcade and now has incorporated a laser quest on the upper floors. 

I had been fore warned that there was uneven floors and dimly lit rooms, so I went prepared dressed in leggings, t shirt and flat shoes! I am so clumsy that I was worried I would fall through the ceiling but happy to report that I remained unscathed, and so did the building! On arrival there was a information display on the ground floor of the centre showing photographs and some of the artefacts that have been compiled so far. 

The tour was really interesting and the main tour guide was very knowledgeable and must had done hours upon hours of research.  He presented it in a very interesting way and pointed out the architectural features, including the stage arch, the original windows and floor as well as giving out interesting facts and information. We were walked along the balcony and saw the old stage door entrance. The dressing rooms were under the stage and many times I have walked past the outside of the building and not noticed the bricked up windows and old gas light holder outside of the boarded up stage door. The dressing rooms can only been viewed by somebody crawling on the floor and looking through a small hatch.  I would love to see what, if anything is  still down there. I hope that the walls still have the echos of Tessie O’Shea, Bruce Forsyth, Sabrina and many other actors who have treaded the boards there.

Looking over the theatre above the suspended ceiling there is a feeling of being in the theatre. Under all the layers of black paint is a story to tell.  The features remind me very much of the theatre in Leeds, ‘The City Varieties’ Wouldn’t it be fabulous to bring this theatre back to its full glory to Cleethorpes? My dream is to bring a variety theatre back to Cleethorpes, to show case drag, burlesque, variety and fabulous entertainment.  Possibly in the night club style but with family entertainment as well.It is such a shame that I have so many ideas but not the money!But it does not hurt to dream!This has inspired me to find out more about the history of local entertainment venues. Do you have any stories to share on the Empire Theatre or any other venues?  Do you agree it should be brought back to a theatre or has this time been and gone?Let me know your thoughts.

Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxxx

All photos, unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza.

Down On Uncle Henry’s Farm ~Lincolnshire ~Food ~Review

Now it is officially autumn! Love the fabulous colours,the the crisp cold mornings and the warm and cosy feeling it gives you.  One of the places to get this feeling of nature and cosiness is a farm shop and cafe called Uncle Henry’s,which can be found at Grayingham Grange Farm, Gainsborough, DN214JD
Telephone number 01652 640308
 As of writing this the opening times are 9.30am until 5pm every day except Sunday when it closes at 4.00pm.

They do hold various events throughout the year and these may have different times.
https://www.unclehenrys.co.uk/

Uncle Henry’s opened in 2006 and had recently undergone a face lift.  There is now a large entrance to bring you into the farm shop area, displaying fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a butchers, deli and a large stocked drinks area.
There is also an area to browse the gifts, small toys and cards.

The café is quite large although it can get quite busy at certain times.  I was with Pirate Mick and we shared the potato wedges, which are delicious, with cheese and a chilli dip! The potatoes were home grown and cooked to perfection and just melt in the mouth.  The cheese was delicious and just the right consistency and the chilli dip is where I first discovered chilli dip! Perfection!! There was plenty for us to share and no trouble to order just one portion. I found these really good value for money.  £2.95 for the wedges, 75p for the dip and £1.00 for the melted cheese.
There is also a coffee lounge and a courtyard outside if you want to wrap up and just prefer a drink and a chat. Pirate Mick and I both had a latte and this costs £2.75.  If you wanted a refill it is just £2.00, with your receipt.

View from the car park
                                                  Look at the fabulous fresh vegetables and fruit
Look at those colours! It really does bring out the creative in me!
If you are looking for something to do this autumn then I would recommend taking a visit to Uncle Henry’s.
Have you been?  Do you recommend anything from the menu?
If you do go, let me know what you think!
Happy Autumn!
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
All photographs, unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza

Pride Is Important ~LGBTQ+ ~Views ~Information

It is a big time in the lgbt+ calendar as it is Pride season. Here is a short but important video explaining why Pride is so important. Pride Jubilee 50 Years

I have always been a huge supporter of the lgbtq+ community.  I truly believe that love is love and it should not matter to any body else who you are with so long as you are both consenting adults. I do not fall in love with the gender of a person but more their personalities and who they are as a whole.
I suppose it has helped that , from a young age, my idols and the people I looked up to were gay icons. Not that I knew at the time.  To me they were and always will be just fabulous, talented people. Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Danny La Rue, Dolly Parton and Bette Midler to name just a few, in fact the list could go on and on!!! I remember cutting up a red hair ribbon in the eighties to make my own red ribbon to wear in support of Aids charities and awareness.

Pride is important as I feel it allows an amazing community to stand up for their rights and allows them to walk around without fear or prejudice. Pride allows people to mix and find like minded people without being ridiculed. It is giving people the access of going somewhere where there is information available that may be  they desperately require and need but feel unable to access from other sources for fear of reprisal which can be through many factors such as family, friends or work place.
Pride is a place to be you!
I would gladly accompany anybody who felt uneasy or scared to go to any event or even just for a drink in town.  You are who you are and until you feel able to be this person then you can never be totally yourself and you are worth more than that!  Sometimes you just need somebody to hold your hand, theoretically or literally.
Pride is a great first step!

I have added some photographs of my visit to Hull Pride a couple of weeks ago! It was a fabulous event.  Last year I went with Pirate Mick and we spent a few hours there and bumped into an acquaintance. This year that acquaintance has become a great valued friend and we spent an amazing weekend together and joined up with other equally fabulous people who I am lucky to now call friends!  It just takes that first step!

Please remember ‘Love Is Love’

 

Happy and Safe Pride

Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx

 

All photographs, unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza

 

Whitby Goth and Alternative Weekend, Part Two ~MagpieCafe ~Event ~Food

 

 Following on from my previous post on the Whitby Goth and Alternative Weekend, I thought I would continue on the rest of the day.

After visiting the spa we strolled along the car park to the whale bone arch on West Cliff. This is a replica whale jaw bone and was presented to Whitby by Norway in 1963 and then Alaska in 2003.  Next to the whale bone is a statue of Captain Cook.  We headed past the statue and down the steps to Pier Road.
No visit to Whitby is complete without a meal in the ‘Magpie Cafe’.
‘The Magpie cafe is housed in a distinctive black and white building over looking the harbour…It was built in 1750 as a merchants house…The premises were converted into a cafe in approximately 1939.

Be prepared to queue outside and Pirate Mick and I waited on the infamous steps for only a few minutes, this time, before a table became available. The table was for two in the downstairs part of the cafe and in front of the fish tank.  The fish are there for decoration, not too eat, thank goodness!!
There is a wide range of fish available, to eat!, as well as other dishes.  The freshly caught fish of the day is listed on a flat screen television on the wall. Both Pirate Mick and myself ordered haddock and chips. I ordered small and Pirate Mick ordered medium, and also a side order of mushy peas.  To drink I had a Bacardi and coke and Pirate Mick had the house water.

The Magpie was very busy but the staff were cheerful and kept checking things were okay.

The meal lived up to expectations. Both fish looked and tasted delicious and plenty of chips.  The mushy peas were presented in a large bowl enough for quite a few people!

Toilets are up some very steep winding stairs and have been refurbished to a high standard. Even have some great songs playing in there.  In fact there was a bit of Dolly Parton!  They must had known I was spending a penny!!

The bill at the end of the meal came to £26.05 and it is presented to you on a plate with a Magpie mint for each diner.

We were now suitably refreshed for the afternoon in Whitby.  A lady eating in the Magpie asked us if we were dressed up for anything special and what was going on.  I was so tempted to say that this was our normal weekend attire.  Is it not yours?

Love to know if you have ever eaten one of the catch of the day fish, such as ‘Woof’ or ‘John Dory’ or any other more unusual fish.

Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx

All photographs, unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza