Life in the Fast Lane – Barry Sheene, Silverstone and Seventies Nostalgia

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Barry Sheene. Copyright/ Nick Elliott Photographer

‘It was a more open time all round, and heroes like Barry Sheene were touchable, human, and keen to interact with everyone’

Nick Elliott on the 1970s

The 1970s was a definitive decade socially, culturally and politically. By Nick Elliott’s own admission, it was a great time of exploration and experimentation. Having been an avid motor-sport fanatic in his youth, Nick was in dreamland when top end magazines such as Motorcycle News and Motorcycle Racing commissioned him to capture the action on race days.

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Nick Elliott has always had a passion for racing. Copyright Nick Elliot/ Photographer

A passion for racing has resonated within Nick since childhood, and he and brother Gary frequently raced motorbikes and cars throughout the UK during their adolescence. Some of the Peterborough photographer’s earliest and fondest memories involve off-road biking with friends and family. A devil-may-care attitude, and propensity for risk taking quickly evolved, and this is clearly reflected in Nick’s exceptional and unique brand of photography.

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Steve Parrish (now a well respected commentator for motor-sport) in action back in the 1970s. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

Nick often fondly recalls memories of iconic venues such as Silverstone and Donington Park in the 1970s when legends such as Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini graced the track. Such superstars burned the candle at both ends, and Nick enjoyed rubbing shoulders with these larger than life characters before and after their sensational performances. The champagne flowed – along with the incredible tales of past glories – in the race course bars where Nick became privy to the personal strife and struggles of the world famous stars of motor racing.

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Nick Elliott was able to get close to the stars in the 1970s. It was a different world. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

Nick Elliott was present for Barry Sheene’s sensational World Championship victories in 1976 and 1977. He also fondly remembers the indefatigable Englishman’s clashes with Kenny Roberts in the 1979 Grand Prix at Silverstone. These profound experiences have left a massive impression upon Nick, fashioning him onto the distinctive lens-man he is today.

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Lucky 7! Nick with Barry Sheene’s iconic bike. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

More details about Nick Elliott and his work can be found at: www.nickelliott.photography or phone him on: 07881 650883.

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit David’s website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him now on: 07946686258.

All images copyright of Nick Elliott Photographer.

 

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Stunning Events at Stoke Rochford Hall

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Are you currently organising a special event in the East Midlands area? For weddings, black tie events and social gatherings, the unique facilities of Stoke Rochford Hall are at your disposal. Situated to the south of Grantham, and in close proximity to the major A1 artery, the venue is an excellent choice for your next red letter day occasion.

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Stunning Jacobean architecture and spacious gardens are hallmarks of Stoke Rochford Hall.

The elegant Jacobean architecture and beautifully manicured gardens offer a magical backdrop for a wedding day or corporate occasion. Wedding ceremonies can be conducted in the sublime setting of the Orangery, and the banqueting facilities are perfect for receptions of all sizes. Indeed, prospective couples will feel reassured by the tremendous facilities on offer as they savour the most important day of their lives.

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The Orangery is a magical place to tie the knot.

Stoke Rochford Hall also hosts monthly wedding open evenings when you are invited to visit the hall, appreciate its unique splendour, and chat to a selected group of dedicated wedding suppliers. Visit the website now for more details: Stoke Rochford Hall. Or telephone on: 01476 530337.

Stoke Rochford Hall’s Exceptional Wedding Suppliers

Flower Barn – For incredible floral arrangements for all occasions, Flower Barn offer an exceptional service. Visit their website at: www.flower-barn.co.uk

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The exquisite floral arrangements of Flower Barn

A Beautiful Day Productions – Do you require your wedding day or event to be filmed? For top quality videography, find out more at: www.abeautifuldayproductions.co.uk

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John Corcoran will provide immaculate video footage of your wedding day revelries.

Make My Day Venue Dressing – Every special occasion should be celebrated in style and for a truly stunning mise-en-scene, visit: www.makemydayvenuedressing.co.uk

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Stunning venue dressing by Make My Day will bring magic and class to your event.

Ryan Jarvis Photography – For first class wedding photographs contact Ryan Jarvis today. One of the most sought after professionals in the business, he will capture all of those special moments on your big day: www.ryanjarvisphotography.co.uk

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The man who captures all those special moments: Ryan Jarvis.

Wendyful Cakes – Every bride deserves a sumptuous wedding cake and Wendyful Cakes will make your dreams come true – and much much more! Delicious cake coupled with exceptional designs, visit their website at: www.wendyfullcakes.co.uk

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For wedding cake that is truly out of this world, contact Wendyful Cakes today!

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional magician and freelance writer based in the East Midlands. Visit David’s website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk

Congratulations Dean and Shirley!

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The new Mr and Mrs Alldis. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography

‘Wow! What can I say? David has completely changed my opinion of magic!’

Dean and Shirley’s wedding day, 8th July 2018, Bestwood Lodge Hotel

It was a massive privilege and a pleasure to be part of Dean and Shirley’s wedding celebrations on 8th July this year at the beautiful Bestwood Lodge Hotel. I was delighted when the lovely couple asked me to entertain their guests after the wedding breakfast period. Indeed, it was an additional bonus to have the opportunity to work alongside the exceptional Martin and Ellen Hoyle of Martelle Photography. I have known Martin for many years and this would truly be an evening to savour and remember.

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Special visual illusions for the top table. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Performing magic immediately after the wedding breakfast always allows me the opportunity to perform some very special magic for the newlyweds. I want to provide them with an everlasting experience and unforgettable memory from their special day. Martin and Ellen were expertly on hand to masterfully capture the action at the top table. It is always vital to start the evening with some high impact visual illusion and I was delighted by the reaction of Dean, Shirley and all of the guests.

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Magic brings everyone together on a wedding day. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Bestwood Lodge is one of the finest venues in the Nottingham area, and it was fantastic to entertain family and friends in the spacious and elegant bar area. This is an excellent area for close-up magic and I was also able able to perform some high-impact parlour effects for larger groups of people. On a wedding day all the generations are present and I thoroughly enjoyed entertaining everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.

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Some larger parlour illusions at the wedding. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Magic always helps to build an excellent bridge between both day and evening guests as we move into the latter stages of the wedding day. Dean and Shirley are a very popular couple, and naturally there were a lot of arrivals after 7pm who wanted to share this special moment with them. It really was a privilege to continue to mingle and perform my full repertoire of effects for everyone present.

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Martin and Ellen Hoyle of Martelle Photography. Ready to go that extra mile for you… and much much more.

Recently awarded an elite and much deserved place within the top 100 wedding photographers in the country by ‘Your Perfect Wedding Photographer’, Martelle are truly outstanding. Martin and Ellen Hoyle are an exceptional team when it comes to capturing those special moments on a wedding day. They will always go the extra mile, and more, for bride and groom. The wonderful photographs I have proudly displayed within this blog article are testimony to their talent, dedication and professionalism. Visit their website at: www.martelle.co.uk or phone them now on: 07833 253788.

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Expertly captured by Martelle! A special effect for the lovely bride Shirley. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
If you are planning a wedding, party, black-tie event or social function around the Nottingham area, the conscientious and highly dedicated events team at Bestwood Lodge are always here to help you. Visit their website at: www.bestwoodlodgehotel.co.uk  or phone them today on: 0115 920 3011.

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Romantic shot at sunset. Martin and Ellen went to great lengths to capture this marvellous photo of Dean and Shirley at the perfect moment. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Overall it was a marvellous wedding day experience at Bestwood Lodge with Dean, Shirley and all of their wonderful guests. Thank you again for investing your trust in me and congratulations!

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the East Midlands. Visit his website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk  or phone him on: 07946 686 258.

 

Happy Birthday Gem!

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It was tremendous to be part of Gem Vending’s 50th birthday party celebrations. Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

It was a massive privilege to be part of Gem Vending’s 50th birthday party celebrations at Langley Mill United Cricket Ground. Gem have been providing state-of-the-art drinks and snacks vending machines throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire since the late 1960s, and their team hosted a memorable occasion. For more details, please visit their website at: Gem Vending.

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Langley Mill United Cricket Club is a family friendly environment – excellent for all types of event! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

Langley Mill United Cricket Club was an excellent choice of venue and is in close proximity to Gem’s offices. The club boasts well-stocked bar facilities, function space, and a friendly and diligent events team. Visit their website at: Langley Mill Cricket  Club

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Contact the sensational Joey of Party2Party today for top drawer children’s entertainment! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

It was a real pleasure to work alongside the exceptional Joey of Party2Party who enthralled all the children present with his games, magic and fantastic bouncy castle. Joey provides a superb service and has a fantastic personality. If you are seeking first class children’s entertainment for your next special event, visit his website now at: Party2Party.

A party wouldn’t be a party without delicious catering, and Barlows Butchers were a tremendous hit with all of the guests. This family run business has been providing sumptuous meat products since the 1940s. If you are seeking a caterer for your next special occasion around the Langley Mill area, please visit their website at: Barlows Butchers.

I was delighted to meet DJ Eddy Lush again at the celebrations. I had last worked alongside him at a wedding reception several years ago and he was on fine form providing a great selection of tunes past and present for everyone to enjoy. Eddy also masterfully orchestrated a karaoke contest. The standard was very high indeed and it certainly added something very special to the proceedings. So expect to see the contestants appearing on Britain’s Got Talent very soon! Visit Eddy’s website now for a DJ at your next event: Walk on Entertainments.

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Well done to everyone at Gem Vending for organising such a lovely day! Photograph courtesy of Dave Fuller Photography.

Such an important occasion should most certainly be documented for posterity, and the highly talented Dave Fuller was present to capture those magical moments. I am very fortunate that Dave agreed to provide some of his exceptional photographs for this blog article. Professional, personable and meticulous, Dave is perfect for weddings, parties and promotional shoots around the East Midlands and beyond. Hire Dave Fuller for your next event and visit his website at: Dave Fuller Photography.

Congratulations to Gem Vending on your 50th anniversary! Well done to everyone at the company for hosting such a memorable evening. Here’s to the next 50 years…

The author of the article is David Fox, an award winning entertainer and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit David’s website at: David Fox Magic or phone him today on: 07946686258.

Art, Photography and Nostalgia – Nick Elliott’s Extraordinary Journey

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‘photography is, was and will always be an art to me’

Acclaimed throughout the world for his iconic rock images, Nick Elliott has established himself as one of the most talented and avant-garde photographers in the business. Persistence, passion and a never say die attitude have driven his continuous quest for ne plus ultra. Yet despite achieving tremendous success – as well as frequently entering the orbits of the illustrious and the influential – Nick remains fiercely proud of his roots.

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Happy Family. Left to right: Brother Gary, Mum Coral, Dad Gordon, and Nick. Nick cites his Dad as the major influence in his photography.

Gordon Flanders Elliott (Nick’s father) was the defining influence on his path to becoming a professional lensman. A projectionist at the local cinema, Gordon instilled a deep appreciation of the art of photography in his son. As a child of the pre-digital age, Nick’s earliest memories are of capturing idyllic moments on his Dad’s Brownie camera. These were magical times, when spectral steam trains, romantic rustic vistas, and enchanting English villages would mysteriously materialise within the clandestine chemical-scented confines of Gordon’s darkroom. Halcyon days indeed, Nick savoured family holidays along the alluring Norfolk coastline during the 1960s. Those care-free summer-time sojourns would later inspire his critically celebrated project: Ice Cream & Sun Cream.

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Nick began his career capturing stunning rustic vistas around the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk areas.

An inspirational school teacher so often intervenes in the formative years of the outstanding, and Nick cites Tim Raynor as being instrumental in cementing his decision to pursue photography as a career. A visionary, Raynor appreciated and understood the value of offering opportunity to students. His bold decision to provide photography classes at Stanground Comprehensive School (now Stanground Academy) allowed Nick to hone his skills and contribute to the school magazine. Suddenly the immense power of the captured image became apparent, and Mr Elliott would soon progress to the employment of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and the Peterborough Advertiser.

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A maverick by nature. Nick remains true to his roots and celebrates photography as an art.

After courageously embarking on a freelance career, Nick was catapulted into the tumultuous world of motor-sport, serving commissions for prestigious titles such as Auto Car and Car Magazine. It was during this period that the formidable figure of Barry Sheene entered his life and would leave a long-lasting impression.

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The legendary Barry Sheene. Nick followed the racing champion throughout his career and documented his most famous victories.

Nick fondly recalls how the racing legend trained close to Peterborough and was a larger-than-life character. Sheene would endure a horrific crash in 1975 at the Daytona 200, but Nick proudly captured his sensational victories at the 500cc Grand Prix in 1976 and 1977. The motorcycle legend’s phenomenal desire to win against overwhelming odds, coupled with his propensity to overcome career-threatening injuries, left an abiding influence.

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Halcyon holidays – ‘Ice Cream & Sun Cream’ was shortlisted in the prestigious Vienna Photo Book Awards.

Over a three year period from 2014 to 2016, Nick embarked on a ground-breaking project to recapture the innocence and magic of his formative years. Published in May 2017, and aptly entitled Ice Cream & Sun Cream, it was subsequently shortlisted in the prestigious Vienna Photo Book Festival. It was both an emotional and highly cathartic experience as he sought to recreate his childhood holiday experiences along the Norfolk coastline. Find out more about this seminal production on Nick’s website at: Nick Elliott Press Office.

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Like father like son. Gordon with baby Nick on the promenade in Greater Yarmouth. Family seaside holidays remain an integral part of Nick’s heritage and identity.
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The author with Nick Elliott

Nick Elliott is available for commercial photo-shoots and special events. His website is: www.nickelliott.photography and phone number: 07881 650883

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional entertainer and freelance writer based in the UK. His website is: www.magician-midlands.co.uk and phone number: 07946 686258.

Nick benefited from an exceptional school teacher. At present, funding for the arts is being cut around the country. Please visit this site to stop school funding cuts: www.change.org

 

Loughborough Town Hall – For Your Next Special Event

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The majestic edifice of Loughborough Town Hall has dominated Market Square since the mid nineteenth century, and this vibrant venue continues to successfully host theatrical performances and exhibitions. However, if you are organising a special occasion, it is also available for weddings, parties and corporate functions.

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Many of the top acts come to perform in the Town Hall’s theatre

Having had the good fortune to perform magic at the Town Hall on several occasions, I am always in awe of the tremendous facilities, elegant aesthetics, and stunningly spacious Victorian ballroom. Furthermore, the friendly and dynamic events team make my visits all the more pleasurable. I have very fond memories of providing table magic for Loughborough University’s end of term ball in May 2015. Lecturers and students alike could not speak highly enough of the venue, staff and exceptional catering. It truly was a magical evening at a very unique venue.

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The elegant ballroom is perfect for wedding receptions, corporate functions and parties

Loughborough Town Hall are always very keen to promote their tremendous product, and last Wednesday saw them hosting a sold-out networking event in the ballroom. Sponsored by Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors, it was a resounding success, and provided a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to liaise. The affable Nicholas Furlong was a fantastic host, and Russell Levenston (Managing Director of the Leicester Riders) spoke passionately about his love of basketball and the great achievements made by his team.

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Wednesday’s networking event was a tremendous success thanks to the dedication of the events team

If you are planning a party, wedding, corporate event or promotion in the Loughborough area, why not contact the team at the Town Hall today? Customised packages are available to suit your schedule, guest numbers, budget and unique requirements. Visit the website at: www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk or phone them now on: 01509 231914.

Steve and Nicola’s Wedding Day – 30th March 2018 at Makeney Hall

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Congratulations Nicola and Steve! Some Champagne magic. Photograph courtesy of Jo Brew Photography

‘he kept the adults and kids entertained and captivated the whole time’

Steve and Nicola Fairclough, 30th March 2018

I was delighted when Nicola and Steve asked me to entertain their guests at Makeney Hall. We first met at the hotel on Mother’s Day 2017 when I had the privilege of performing some table magic for them. It is always a tremendous endorsement when a couple decide to call upon my services for such an important occasion – and Makeney Hall is a stunning location for a wedding.

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Magic is perfect for all generations. Photograph courtesy of Jo Brew Photography.

Drinks reception magic immediately after the ceremony always goes down very well on wedding days, and it was a real pleasure to mingle with Nicola and Steve’s guests in the bar area and drawing room. Close-up effects and routines are entertaining, but also have the added bonus of bringing together friends and family of both bride and groom who may have not met before. Card magic, sleight-of-hand illusions and feats of mind-reading are engaging, direct and very versatile – regardless of where the guests happen to be; they can be entertained.

After the speeches, it was fantastic to perform table magic and some child friendly entertainment in the Milford Suite. One of the most pleasing aspects of a wedding day is the opportunity to entertain all the generations present – from the youngest guest to the eldest. The presence of children on a wedding day always works well and livens up the proceedings. Balloon modelling is a colourful and vibrant addition which amazes both young and old. By this time the party was in full swing, and Nicola and Steve’s guests were a real pleasure to mix with.

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Visual magic and balloon modelling are always a hit on wedding days. Photograph courtesy of Jo Brew Photography.

It is always a great bonus if I have the opportunity to perform a special routine of magic for the newlyweds. The exceptional Jo Brew was the photographer for the day and masterfully captured an effect involving Champagne for Nicola and Steve. Jo is available for weddings and photo-shoots around Derbyshire and beyond, and can be contacted on her email address: jojobrewphotography2017@gmail.com. Her tremendous photographs throughout this blog article reveal her fantastic talent and ability to capture the vital moments on a wedding day.

It truly was a spectacular occasion at Makeney Hall and I am very fortunate to have played a role in Steve and Nicola’s magical day. As always, the highly professional team at the hotel did a sterling job in ensuring everything ran smoothly and the guests’ unique requirements were fulfilled. It is always a real pleasure to work with the lovely Antonia and all the conscientious members of staff.

Congratulations to Steve and Nicola!

Visit Makeney Hall’s website at: www.makeneyhallhotel.com or telephone Antonia and the team on: 0330 390 0492.

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the Midlands. Visit his website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him on: 07946 686 258.