The Head of the River Race 2015

riverThe Head of the River Race is one of the London’s longest running sporting traditions.

Every spring, 400 crews from around the globe take to the waters of London’s famous river Thames to compete in this historic boating event.

The race was started in 1926 by Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn. It was conceived as a way for crews to practice long rows during winter, in preparation for the summer regatta.

The annual event now sees hundreds of boats, each manned by eight men, row over the 4.25 mile (6.8km) championship course from Mortlake to Putney. The race sees crews from all over the world competing, from Australia to Austria.

This years event takes place on Sunday 29th March 12:00

It is customary for the previous year’s winner to start first. They are followed at 10-second intervals by other crews in finishing order and finally, the new entries start in alphabetical order.

The event is a great way for Londoners and visitors alike to celebrate the start of spring as they cheer on teams along London’s picturesque river Thames.

The first race was held in 1926 and 21 crews took part.  There was no race in 1937 (there was no suitable tide on a Saturday and no competitive sport took place on Sundays at that time) and none from 1940-45 inclusive, but the race was restarted in 1946 and has taken place annually ever since.

The average time taken for the course used to be between 19 and 20 minutes but this has gradually decreased and the record is now 16 minutes, 37.00 seconds, set by the Great Britain national crew in 1987.

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Learn To Play Day 2015 – Officially The Best Ever

learn to playLearn To Play Day 2015 was officially the biggest ever with the highest number of venues taking part, the largest number of lessons given and even one person who flew in from Russia for the event!

This year, 129 venues, up more than 10% from last year, gave more than twelve thousand lessons, to members of the public, young and old, across the whole of the UK. Paul McManus, Chief Executive of the charity, Music for All, was interviewed on London Live TV, BBC Radio London and Sky Arts filmed Fender at the Royal Festival Hall. Waitrose and Tesco magazines, Time Out, Parentdish, Londonist and many other events listings featured LTPD as a recommended activity for the weekend.

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Event Hire supplied chairs for the 6 Nations at Twickenham Stadium

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Event Hire London supplied over 400 Banquo transparent chairs for hospitality use at the 6 Nations International between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 14th March.  England won the International by 25 points to 13 points to take them back to the top of the championship table.

 The Banquo chairs will remain at the stadium for the hospitality at the international against France on Saturday 21st March.

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Northern Restaurant & Bar Exhibition

logo_nrb2015NRB Manchester, the North’s largest hospitality exhibition, opens its doors at 10am today.

If you work in the industry then you shouldn’t be anywhere else but here to find some fantastic new products, witness top chefs showing why they have Michelin stars and get amazing tips from experts in wine, beer, spirits and artisan food.

Recent figures show that Northern hospitality is booming at the moment with cities like Manchester & Leeds leaving London in the shade. This is a great chance to mix with operators and suppliers and make sure your business is growing too.

Make sure you are part of the buzz and come down to NRB Manchester this week.

Manchester Central – Tuesday & Wednesday 10am -5pm

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The International Food and Drink Event

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IFE, the International Food and Drink Event opens in London’s ExCeL in one weeks time. This biannual event brings together over 1,350 food and drink exhibitors from around the globe. They will be showcasing the very best the UK and International food and drink industry’s have to offer.

The Event takes place on 22-25 March 2015 at ExCeL London

As well as thousands of new food and drink products IFE will also feature thought-provoking presentations from industry experts on The Hub.

IFE is an unrivaled opportunity to source new food and drink for your business, learn from industry leaders and network with food and drinks finest.

The last IFE in 2013 had over 1,120 exhibiting companies from 55 countries.

IFE is split into 9 sections to make the event easier for visitors to navigate including Speciality & Regional Food from Britain and Ireland, Cheese & Dairy, Meat & Seafood, Walk the World, Bakery & Confectionery, Ingredients, Health & Wellbeing, Drinks, and General Food.

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Barbican Announces Two Henry Rollins Dates In January 2016

henry rollinsThe Barbican announces two Henry Rollins dates as part of his Charmingly Obstinate UK Tour in January 2016 – his first UK “talking shows” since his memorable Long March tour of 2012.

Rollins has forged his own distinct career path, with the intensity of his punk rock roots with Black Flag and Rollins Band matched by the uncompromising attitude that has permeated through his spoken word performances and journalism.

If Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic”.  When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.

Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on LA’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channel’s H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Don’t Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigiousRay Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.

Henry Rollins
Thursday 14 & Saturday 16 January 2016 / Barbican Hall / 7.30pm
Tickets: £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee

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Some photos of Event Hire in Paris

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Event Hire headed over the English Channel this week to deliver black Chiavari chairs for Paris Fashion Week and now you can see some images from the journey.

Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held biannually in Paris, France with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation. Currently, Fashion Week is held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as at various other venues throughout the city.

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Event Hire supplied folding chairs for use at the National Memorial Arboretum

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Event Hire Birmingham have supplied folding chairs for use at the National Memorial Arboretum.

As part of the Centenary commemorations of the First World War the Department of Communities and Local Government has been laying commemorative paving stones in the birthplace of each Victoria Cross recipient, to honour their bravery and to provide a lasting legacy within the communities of their local heroes.

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War, of which 145 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas. These 145 international born servicemen will be honoured at a private unveiling ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum on 5th March by the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles. The Event is by invitation only.

In August 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced a campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War. As part of this, commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of Victoria Cross recipients to:

  • honour their bravery
  • provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities
  • enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story

The first Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones were laid on Saturday 23 August 2014 in East Grinstead, Willesden Green, Fraserburgh in Scotland and Dublin, Ireland.

These events commemorated Private Sidney Godley VC, Corporal Charles Garforth VC, Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis VC and Maurice Dease VC who all fought in the Battle of Mons and were the first VCs of the First World War.

Event Hire at Paris Fashion Week

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Event Hire have headed over the English Channel this week to deliver black Chiavari chairs for Paris Fashion Week.

Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held biannually in Paris, France with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation. Currently, Fashion Week is held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as at various other venues throughout the city.

Paris Fashion Week is part of the global “Big 4″ fashion weeks, the others being London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week. The schedule begins with New York, followed by London, and then Milan and ends in Paris.

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Great Yorkshire Show – Tickets On Sale

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With just over 130 days to go until the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show, the first tickets are flying out of the door for what will be the 157th show.

The first phone call to book tickets came in as the office at the Great Yorkshire Showground opened at 9am, followed by a steady stream of inquiries throughout the day.

Dates are Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July when more than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend what is England’s premier agricultural show. This will be the 10th for Bill Cowling as Honorary Show Director, and will be particularly poignant as he steps down from the “top job” on the last day.

Some 12,000 entries across the competitive classes form the backbone to the farming showcase, from champion bulls to rabbits to poultry.  Heading the Main Ring programme this year will be the fast and furious Shetland Pony Grand National which sees youngsters race head to head on their speedy mini mounts around the arena.

Elsewhere, visitors will find demonstrations of country skills, fashion shows, exhibitions of regional food and drink and exciting ring displays.

Tickets are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  – or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought in advance                          Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £23                                          Adult                £26

Concession:    £22                                          Concession:    £25

Children:          £10                                          Children:         £12

Family:             £56                                          Family:            £64

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.

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