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Bumper birthday bash for Fleetwood venue

This year sees Fleetwood’s Marine Hall celebrate its 80th birthday and there’s a jam packed calendar of shows and events planned.

Kicking things off is the annual Fleetwood Beer and Cider Festival on Thursday February 5 to Saturday 7, with more than 120 UK cask beers and a range of ciders, perries and beers from around the world. If food is more to your taste, then the Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival  is on Sunday August 16.

There’s a feast of comedy to be served up too. Following another sell out run at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, comedian Patrick Monahan will be at the venue on Saturday 21 February with his brand new family show, Adventures in Monahan Land. Then BBC Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town is coming to Fleetwood on Wednesday 18 March with his stand up show for locals based on what he finds out about the area on his visit and there are two Jongleurs comedy nights on 26 June and 16 October.

Return of the Grumpy Old Women stops off in Fleetwood on Saturday April 11 when Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women Jenny Eclair will be joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake (Mrs Brown’s Boys BBC One, Coronation Street, ITV1) and actress and singer Kate Robbins (Where The Heart Is ITV1, Casualty BBC One) in a brand  new show.

Music fans are spoilt for choice this year. Back by popular demand, The Manfreds return to Marine Hall on Saturday March 7 and The Searchers are back, live in concert on Thursday April 16.

If you love big band music be sure to catch Five Star Swing on Friday March 20. This unique feel-good big band show features Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith Jnr, composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band. Go and swing along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

Local bands and musicians will have the chance to perform on stage and win a cash prize in the venue’s Battle of the Bands on Saturday March 28. With categories for young musicians, soloists, duos and established bands and a prize fund of £1500 it’s a great opportunity for all local performers.

In recognition of the fact the Beatles played at Marine Hall in 1962, brilliant tribute act the Mersey Beatles will be playing on Friday November 27 – 80 years to the day since the Marine Hall opened.

To find out more or to book your tickets, call the Marine Hall box office on 01253 887693 or click here to book online.

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